Friday, December 31, 2010

HONEYsuckle is the Color of the Year for 2011, says Pantone

Ta ta, turquoise. The hot color for 2011 is honeysuckle.

The color gurus at Pantone have christened the reddish-pink shade the Color of the Year, calling it "a brave new color, for a brave new world."

The blushing pink is the perfect shade to ward off economic doldrums, the company said.

"In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Expect to see the rosy shade pop up on everything next year on everything from dresses to appliances.

Last year, turquoise was supposed to bring calm and serenity to our troubled world.

Perhaps thinking pink will improve the economic outlook for the new year.

The company began naming their 'Color of the Year' in 2007.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 10 Green Roofs Across the Globe - Amazing!

Source: Inhabitat
School of Art, Media & Design, Singapore 

Eva Maddox, Design Principal, Perkins and Will

Sustainability is no longer just a trend, a buzz word or even a preference, when it comes to architecture and design. It's the standard. It's vital. And this "greening" of cities continues to take new, exciting forms, as well as adopt old ones.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Solution for Those Dull, Boring Fluorescent Light Fixtures & Drop-in Ceilings

For about $8 per square foot plus installation, you can transform your existing light fixture covers (Light lens or light diffuser panels) and acoustic tiles into something special!  We have thousands of images of the sky, nature, urban, architectural, travel and more available - just give us a call at (888) 440-9260 for more information - takes just  few days to produce, ship and easy installation.....voila!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Interior Design Trends: Brown and Green

Blue Sky Evergreens by Bonfils

An excerpt from

Green and brown work well in studies, these are the two colors that I automatically think of when a 'study' is mentioned. Of course, they are not limited to only the study. The darker and heavier shades seem to have a traditional feel to me, though I know that is not always the case. There are so many pieces, in so many styles of design, which is absolutely wonderful. So, what do you think about green and brown?

We have a variety of paintings and sculpture in colors of nature, green and brown.  For more information, visit our website at: - we rent art, lease art and sell art!  With over 3,500 original paintings and sculpture, we have just the right piece for your space.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Housekeeping Guidelines for your Paintings

Housekeeping Guidelines - excerpts from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

After carefully examining your paintings for loose or flaking paint, dust them every four to six months. Feather dusters can scratch or snag on paintings. Instead use a soft bristle brush, such as a white-bristle Japanese-type, sable (such as a typical makeup brush), or badger-hair brushes (called “blenders” and used for faux finishes). Never try to clean a painting yourself or use any liquid or commercial cleaners on a painted surface. Commercial preparations can cause irreparable damage to the fragile layers of a painting. Avoid touching the surface of paintings with your fingers. The natural oils in your skin can also cause damage or leave marks that may appear later. Avoid using pesticides, foggers, air fresheners, or furniture sprays near artworks. Remove paintings from a room before plastering, painting, or steam-cleaning carpets or wallpaper. Return the artworks only when the walls and floors are completely dry.

When to consult a conservator

If your painting requires special intervention, you should contact a paintings conservator. They will give you advice about the safest means by which to conserve and restore your special items.

The recommendations in this document are intended for guidance only. For the full article please visit:

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Tree Made of Lobster Traps - Benefits the Arts

Albert Carver
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

In this photo taken on Dec. 2, 2010, Albert Carver, looks at a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree made of lobster traps on Beals Island, Maine. Some of the top lobster-fishing ports in New England are claiming bragging rights about who has the biggest and best Christmas tree created from lobster traps. The groups that put up the trees say they draw attention to the ports' maritime heritage, bring people together and raise money for good causes. The tree in Beals helps raises money for the Beals-Jonesport Fourth of July festivities and the one in Gloucester benefits a nonprofit devoted to the arts.

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Merry Christmas from everyone at Art Rent and Lease, your resource for fine art rentals, art leasing and artwork from hundreds of artists throughout the US, much of which is sustainable.  Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Cool Video: Giant Paper Sculpture Looks Like an Abstract Wheatfield

From by Japanese architect Ryuji Nakamura

We’re crazy about this installation by Japanese architect Ryuji Nakamura. Created for the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo earlier in the year, the thing is about twice the size of a pickup truck but infinitely more delicate; it’s built out of paper and glue -- and nothing else.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Best Green Offices

Tables Built Around Trees
An Atrium With a Purpose
Cutting Energy Use in Half

Gummo, an advertising agency, wanted to rent a floor of the old Parool newspaper building in Amsterdam for just two years. But it didn't want to sacrifice interesting design. So the company enlisted the help of i29, which aimed to reuse and recycle as much as possible, buying used furnishings from charity shops and on the Dutch eBay, and appropriating furnishings left by a former tenant.

In an effort to conform to the house style of white and grey, all the furnishings and decor were spray painted with polyurea Hotspray (an environmentally friendly paint). Yes, even a mounted deer head and a Jesus statue were not spared. "The new office is a perfect case study of a smart way to fill a temporary space stylishly and at minimal cost," the designers wrote. "The collection of old and repaired products in it’s new coating has given a new potential and soul to the old furniture."

Foundation Nicolas Hulot for Nature and Humankind, a French NGO that works on education and environmental issues, was growing—and wanted to assert its ecological values in the design of its new office. The foundation also requested spaces for collaborative working and for flexibility of use of spaces.

Nicolas Favet Architectes came in with natural and raw materials, including spruce plywood for bordering flexible spaces. Natural linoleum lines the floors, and the cafeteria walls are made with bricks of recycled material. Brightly-lit and wide open spaces are organized around a central block, which includes a lush plant wall designed by botanist Patrick Blanc.

It's a foyer, a waiting area, a meeting room, a place for socializing, and more. The Taipei-based IT firm IPEVO calls this "fuzzy space" Central Park, a deliberate twist on IT Park or "server farm." Part of the goal of Central Park is to provide relief from long hours spent on computers.

IPEVO's Central Park is furnished entirely with natural elements: dried Taiwanese grass lawns as walls and closet doors, recycled camphor trunks (a fragrant, natural antimicrobial and insect repellent), and silk foliage as custom “tree table” hybrids- where the cafe table is integrated with the tree trunks. "The grassy scent with a hint of camphor permeates the office and creates a direct yet subconscious olfactory association with nature," the space's Architizer profile reads.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sky is the Limit: New Artificial Sky for Drop-in-Ceilings, Light Fixture Covers, Ceiling Tiles and Wall Murals

How can you have a blue sky in a room with no windows? How can you make your ceilings and walls come to life?  Welcome to Artificial Sky. A Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
They are the leading supplier of dropped ceiling tile art and decorative wall murals used to create customer and patient friendly environments for commercial and residential use throughout the world.  Contact us at or call (888) 440-9260 for information on murals that can brighten your ceiling, your light fixtures, your walls and more.

Ceiling art will reduce stress, enhance your image and is available for sale, rent or lease - just ask about a free consultation for locations anywhere in the US!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Color Red - Steak Tartare, or Monet's "Still Life: Quarter of Beef"

Claude Monet, "Still Life: Quarter of Beef"
c.1864, oil on canvas, 24 x 33 cm, Musee d'Orsay, Paris

From - The Color Red - Steak Tartare

As a leading artist within the Impressionist movement, Claude Monet’s paintings are associated with dreamy landscapes and pastel colours. Before his redundant paintings of haystacks, churches and waterlilies, his work was closer in appearance to his contemporary, Gustav Courbet, whose Realist manner was concerned with the common ‘plebeian’ life.

The cut of beef depicted in Monet’s Still Life: Quarter of Beef is an inexpensive and tough piece, typically consumed by the lower class. The garlic would be used to flavour the meal – perhaps in a stew – and the earthenware jug confirms the working-class nature of the tableau. To mimic the paradoxical nature of the colour red, the painting of a plebeian meal is paired with a quintessentially posh recipe for steak tartare.

The dish was served in the early 20th century under the name of steak à l’Americane without the egg yolk and with a side of tartare sauce. Over time, the fare evolved to become an assemblage of raw, minced (not ground) beef, season and topped with a raw egg yolk. Typically the beef is marinated in citrus juice, a Mexican technique that begins to cook the meat and kill off any bacteria.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Carver Carl Wright's Sculpture in "Motion"

Dove Gray Indiana Limestone
18" x 18" x 24" 650 lbs. Approx.
Indoor or Outdoor Installation
Rent/Lease $270 per month, $6,500 Purchase

Will be showing March 4, 2011 - October 9, 2011 at the Courthouse Galleries in Portsmouth, VA

For more information on an art rental, art lease or consulting, please call us at (888) 440-9260

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Eye Candy: Gorgeous Sculptures Made Only Out of Pressed Flowers

By Suzanne Labarre, Sr Editor at Co. Design, article from

Images courtesy of Ignacio Canales Aracil

And these ain’t your grandma’s pressed flowers! We love crafty stuff and everything, but we admit we’re a bit mystified by the appeal of pressed flowers, which have about as much youthful pizazz as a box of muesli. At least that’s what we thought until Ignacio Canales Aracil came along. The Spanish artist has managed to freshen up the old flower-press technique with a pair of gorgeous sculptures that appear to float in mid-air.

The sculptures -- called, ambitiously, The Fragility of Time -- are meticulously built out of plants and flowers plucked from various parks in the UK (with permission, of course). Aracil then flattens the blossoms and weaves them one by one over a cone-shaped paper mold. There’s no adhesive used here; the flower arrangement is its own support structure (comparable to a straw hat). About a month later, the flowers dry out, and Aracil removes the mold. The only addition is a coat of varnish to prevent the plants from absorbing moisture.

For the complete article by Fast Company, please visit:

Aracil's sculptures are for sale, and a percentage of the proceeds go to the gardens Aracil worked with: The Wild About Flowers Nursery in Devon; and Pembroke-Lodge in Richmond Park. Visit Aracil's website for more images and info.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Caring for your Fragile Creations a.k.a. Paintings

An excerpt from "Caring for your Treasures" from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Paintings are fragile creations that require special care to ensure their continued preservation.

It is important to maintain a proper environment for your paintings. The structural components of a painting expand and contract in different ways as the surrounding temperature and humidity fluctuate. For example, the flexible canvas may become slack or taut in a changing environment, while the more brittle paint may crack, curl, or loosen its attachment to the underlying layers. Paintings generally do well in environmental conditions that are comfortable for people, with relative humidity levels between 40 and 60 percent.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Candy-Colored Conference Room

This San Francisco headquarters for Kirshenbaum, Bond, & Partners Westis a bit like a candy shop for adults. A bright green phone booth is used for conference calls at the advertising agency, and stadium-stairs are used for company meetings. Have an idea? Chalk it on the wall. Jensen Architects also built an indoor garden into the plans, and allowed for a bit of privacy, too: Three separate wings can be acoustically sealed off from the rest of the space.

From - for the full article visit:
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

50 Miles of Thread Puts Double Rainbows to Shame


The Texas-based artist Gabriel Dawe creates dazzling, Op-Artish sculptures out of thread, making sewing seem somehow painterly. Take that, seamstresses.

His latest installation, Plexus No. 4, consists of more than 50 miles of thread strung up on wooden planks to form floating, rainbow-colored veils. The veils are static, but in the photos, they appear to flutter and blur and sway -- sorta’ like the last hour of the Gay Pride parade.

Dawe is trained in graphic design, and he debuted the sculpture at Dallas Contemporary this fall. On view 'til January, it's part of the Plexus series, which got underway when he started experimenting with thread sculptures by climbing up and down a ladder in his studio about 300 times a day, for five backbreaking weeks. He has since refined the construction process (understandably so). As he tells us:

For the second [sculpture] I only had one week to install, so I developed this tool with safety pins, wood and an extension pole, which works like a giant needle. That reduced my time considerably. Plexus No. 4 took me about 105 hours just to put up the thread, working about three days a week for a period of one month... It is definitely a process about endurance and concentration. I have a system of numbering, so I can keep count while I make them, one thread at a time.

We’ve got a slide show of his latest work here, with images by Dallas artist and photographer Kevin Todora.  To view, visit

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Art Gets Unmasked in the Palm of Your Hand

Courtesy Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

An illustration promoting a smart phone application being developed by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. From the New York Times:

Museums are developing smart phone applications to enhance the visitor experience!  For the New York Times Special Report, please visit:

Monday, December 13, 2010

Office Space + First Impression = Organization Culture


The choice of building is increasingly important for staff considerations. The quality of your building and office space is an important factor for both recruitment and retaining quality employees. Today in order to insure a high performance workplace it is critical that building selection is aligned with Human Resource strategies. The building and your office space portrays the image that reflects your organization both to your employees and your customers. When a customer enters your premises, your office space is the first impression they have of the culture of your organization.

What does your office space say about your culture?  For help with improving the design of your space, call us for a free  consultation: 888-440-9260 x710.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Color Barcode Multiblend Generator....say What?

Color Masters: Gene Davis's Rhythmic Color

Check out the Color Barcode Multiblend Generator (see examples here), which creates Davis-like vertical stripe multiblends from up to 99 different palettes from the COLOURlovers library. The generator was created by COLOURlover sero*.

Gene Davis was a member of the group of abstract painters in Washington DC during the 1960s known as the Washington Color School. The Washington group artist were among the most prominent of the mid-century color field painters.

Images from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and can be found on the museum's flickr page.

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Art of Paintings and Rugs, for $85 per month?

Consider your home or office.  Is there a space that just needs a little "wow" and you want it NOW?  We may have the solution: add  a new painting on the wall and a new handmade wool rug on the floor - two art forms that are subtle, instant and inexpensive!

An example of a contemporary mono-chromatic 8' x 11' area rug with a "wow" original 36" x 36" painting, for rent/lease at $85 per month plus tax and any installation.  Free shipping, can be in your home or office within days of placing your order.  Makes a great gift too!

Call us at (888) 440-9260 for more information on options for renting or leasing your art or handmade wool rugs - we have consultants throughout the US to help you with your project, large or small.  Other sizes, colors and styles available - we have thousands of original paintings available for sale, rent or lease.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Transforming Space - A Bank Vault Dining Room?

Innovative, Functional Flagships

Vanguard Properties, the San Francisco-based real estate giant, knows a good building when they see it. With the help of Charles de Lisle architects they transformed this century-old bank into a modern headquarters that offers closet space for each employee, a 12-foot entryway steel desk, and converted the original bank vault into the coolest - and safest - dining room you've ever seen.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

San Diego Roof Top Garden - "Ode to Joy"

GreenScaped Buildings Installs Green Roof at Sharp Memorial Hospital

(San Diego) – Patients at Sharp Memorial Hospital will soon enjoy a natural healing boost during recovery thanks to the addition of a green roof visible from the hospital’s patient recovery rooms.

The Sharp Memorial green roof design features linear rows of plants that depict a music staff. Potted plants are placed to represent musical notes. The pattern represents the familiar melody of “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. The majority of the 20,000 plants in the roof are pre-grown sedum varieties grown in “tiles.”

Jim Mumford, president and owner of GreenScaped Buildings, says this green roof is the first of its kind completed at a hospital in San Diego. Green roofs have been installed on several hospitals on the East Coast, in Michigan and in Iowa.

Green roofs (or “eco-roofs”) are an engineered, lightweight roofing system that supports plants. The technology is popular in Europe, and used in some North American cities. Mumford installed San Diego’s first permitted commercial green roof on his business in Kearny Mesa in 2007.

The environmental benefits of green roofs are well known. Green roofs can prevent water pollution by reducing the amount of stormwater entering sewer systems, slowing it down and filtering it; lower energy use and energy costs; lowering air temperatures to combat the urban heat island effect; clean and oxygenate the air; add biodiversity, mitigate noise; suppress fire, and extend the lifespan of the roof.

In a health care setting, green roofs provide even more benefits. According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, the benefits of therapeutic garden environments have been known since ancient times. In the 19th century, Dr, Benjamin Rush, the "Father of American Psychiatry," asserted that garden settings hold curative effects for people with mental illness.

Multiple studies show viewing plants and nature significantly reduces stress, aids in faster recovery, reduces the use of pain medication and even shortens hospital stays.

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For assistance with office design or artwork for your space, please call us for a free consultation at (888) 440-9260 x710.  Happy Holidays!

A Sleek "Power Office"

There's the power lunch and the power tie, so why not the "power office?" In this 17th century converted space in Amsterdam, Office 00 places every board member in the spotlight - literally. Designed by i29 l interior architects and Eckhardt&Leeuwenstein, large oval-shaped lampshades and oval-shaped carpeting define the separate working areas and provide a sense of individuality for employees.

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If you're looking to innovate your office, call us for a free consultation: 888-440-9260 x10

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Design is Trending toward TAN (and we're not talking a spray on!)

From COLOURlovers
Versatile and soothing, in a home (or office) tan can be used in healthy doses. Add a rich color to it and you're set. What are your thoughts on tan? Do you find it soothing? Or do you find it too dull?

We can help design your space - add some versatile and colorful artwork, just give us a quick call for a free consultation: (888) 440-926- x710 - our consultants can help you with an art lease, art rental or purchase!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Glittering Dream Office

Diane von Furstenberg's Glittering Dream Office

A six-story structure in New York City’s trendy Meatpacking District, Diane von Furstenberg's studio headquarters houses the company’s flagship store, a 5,000 square foot flexible space for events and a showroom, as well as offices for 120. Oh, and there's a penthouse apartment. What's that diamond-faceted atrium perched on top? Furnished in rich furs and playful pinks, it is von Furstenberg's lavish take on the concept of the corner office. The space is designed to reflect and refract the abundant light from above. Swarovski crystals hang from the ceiling and washes down the grand, perforated staircase, which has been dubbed the "stairdelier." By design, it seems, no expense was spared in creating this sparkly gem.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Need Art? No Budget? RENT IT & ENJOY!

You need artwork for your lobby, building, or conference room, but don't have thousands of dollars to spend. What's your option? To lease or rent.

The factors to consider:
Rental vs. Lease, short term vs. long term, use vs. ownership. All good questions when considering whether to rent or lease artwork...with one exception: Tax Deductibility.

Why rent from Art Rent and Lease?
1. Art you rent is tax-deductible as a business expense;
2. Low up-front costs: typically just the first and last rental payment in advance plus any installation or design costs;
3. No one will know it's rented but you and your accountant;
4. Rentals allow you to rotate your artwork every so often if desired;
5. Simple rental agreement with terms from 1 week to 24 months;
6. No fixed purchase requirement at the end of the rental. Your options are to continue renting on a month-to-month basis, return the artwork, or negotiate a separate purchase;
7. We make it easy.  Our consultants provide solutions for budgeting, artwork selection, framing, installation and collection management;
8. If you need it fast, we can deliver and install anywhere in the US within days (photo shoots, movie sets, special events);
9. We're a woman-owned business established in December 2000 and have placed artwork across the US to virtually every type of industry;
10. We have thousands of original paintings and sculpture to choose from, much is eco-friendly and sustainable;

For more information on a True Art Rental, call Lisa Powell at (888) 440-9260 x710 or visit our website:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Need for Collaboration is Changing Office Design

From ecoBuilder Today and The Tenant Advisor
The Way People Work is Changing
by CoyDavidson on 11/22/10

In today’s competitive environment, sharing information and expertise can be critical in driving both individual and organizational success. From forward-thinking business leaders to younger workers who have grown up in the Web-based world, working collaboratively is now business as usual.

The agile office is one that promotes collaboration and innovation while still observing employees’ needs for concentrated work time. The way people are working is changing. Smart companies are providing their employees with space that actually supports this new work style.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

EXCITING color trends: Gray and White!

Interior Design Trends: Gray and White
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 by COLOURlovers

When someone thinks of 'colorful' most of the time gray and white are not the colors that come to mind. The twosome are dull, yet calming. What I like most about gray is that it's a neutral, and when another color is added it always livens it up.
"Untitled" by Art Rent and Lease Artist John Haubrich
22" x 30" Unframed, $105 monthly art rental

As for white, it also meshes well with other tones just as gray. Gray and white together radiate a serene ambiance. Being that gray and white have calming and relaxing qualities, they work well in bedrooms and powder rooms. What do you think about gray and white? Is it calming to you or just plain boring?
We love gray and white and this work by artist John Haubrich.  For more information on art leasing, art rentals or art consulting call us at (888) 440-9260 x710.

Friday, December 3, 2010

New Rule on Cargo Is Shaking Art World

Employees of Stebich Ridder International, an
art-shipping company, preparing a crate

From The New York Times, Art & Design
Published: February 12, 2010

An excerpt: 

Airline employees could open carefully crated works of art to search them the way checked baggage is sometimes searched now...

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

If you Lease (Car, Office Equipment, Art), PLEASE See This

In simple English, if you lease anything for your business the way you account for the lease may change. There is a lease accounting change proposal proposed that will completely revamp te way you account for leases, and NOT in a positive way.

Here's a summary from BOMA International:

If you want Deloitte'sExposure draft on Lease Accounting (all 51 pages) click here:

Art Basel Miami 12/2 - 12/5/2010 Don't Miss It

Art Basel Miami Beach takes place December 2 - 5, 2010.

Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. As the sister event of Switzerland's Art Basel, the most prestigious art show worldwide for the past 41 years.

Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Exhibition sites are located in the city's beautiful Art Deco District, within walking distance of the beach and many hotels.

An exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists. The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-calibre artworks.

Top-quality exhibitions in the museums of South Florida and special programs for art collectors and curators also help make the event a special time for encountering art. And every year, a greater number of art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world participate in Art Basel Miami Beach - the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world.

If you're in Miami, don't miss it!  If we can help you with artwork for your space, please call us for a free consultation at (888) 440-9260 x710....thank you!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The New Rules of Office Design

Courtesy of

Dividers are good; cubicles are evil.  The sofa is back in business.  Natural is sexy.  Ceilings are staying raw.

Desk drawers? Check. Lockers? Check. Extra pods for overflow? Increasingly, designers are working storage options into office style. Yes, it's utilitarian, but incorporating shelves, cubbies, or bins can allow an architect a lot of flexibility in shape, style, and color. Vitra Citizen in Weil am Rhein, Germany, included flexible fabric bins for storage into its office design.

Consider it taking cubby holes one step further. Glass-paneled pods are taking the place of cubicles in newly designed offices, as is – gasp – no assigned desk space at all. At Vitra Citizen, workers can choose to sit anywhere for the day, or for the hour. Individual brightly colored nooks allow ducking away with one's laptop. And the stacked-up, layered box look at Pallotta Teamworks in Los Angeles perfectly embodies the trend Marc Kushner refers to as "boxes within boxes."

Despite the proliferation of cube-like solo spaces, a lot of office architecture is moving toward open-feeling central areas. Multi-purpose areas – part lounge, part conference-room, part café – are simple to create. And they can morph into more private spaces when a little seclusion is needed. Check out what architects from FLATarchitects created for the Nije Gritenije foundation: 20 workstations divided by flexible walls in a design that "can be customized and completed by the users."

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Portraits and Power, an Exhibition

Portraits and Power, the exhibition at CCC Strozzina in Florence explores portraiture and contemporary representation of political, economical and social power through the works of artists. Images nowadays have the role not only to represent but also to affirm power. A chapter of the exhibition is dedicated to the representation or self-representation of members of the 'high society.' For the full story: 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

World's Coolest Offices (Creative & Functional)

From a derelict barn to an airy design studio; from a vintage
 city utility headquarters to a LEED-certified office gallery.
Meet the masters of repurposing.

Whether it’s a Shanghai skyscraper or a converted barn, workplace matters. A creative, functional office can set the tone for everything a company does. teamed up with Architizer in a contest to find the world's best offices.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Street Art: Ben Wilson's Chewing Gum Paintings

Art Rent and Lease loves innovative and creative art!  Check out these Chewing Gum Paintings:

Thanks to Kuriositas, our curiosity was momentarily quenched when they revealed a unique kind of street art. Imagine walking down the street and all of a sudden the gray sidewalk- once just boring slabs of concrete- turns into a canvas for mini paintings, colorful little morsels that make your day. Ben Wilson, a London based artist, is on a six year quest to turn abandoned bits of chewing gum into a collection of paintings. As Kuriositas explains, Wilson finds a piece of gum that has been around for a while (thus lacking in moisture) and heats it up with a burner. He then lacquers it, making it a more durable surface, allowing his acrylic paintings to last longer. Check out the slideshow below to see Wilson at work, and Kuriositas to read more about him.

Slideshow link:

Thanks to the Huffington Post for this link!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

7 Ways To Show Gratitude - FULL color! Happy TG

Work of Art: Art is Whatever

Art is whatever!  Great YouTube video:

Whatever you want it to be, whatever you want if for.....really, whatever!  If you need art in your office, facility, building us for a free consultation: 888-440-9260 x710

Art Rent and Lease has over 3,500 original works of art - you can rent art, lease art or purchase artwork, whatever you want - we'll help you bring the beauty of art into your space!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Innovative Office Interiors

Innovative Office Interiors

From - innovative office interiors: bright, colorful, peaceful, quiet - what makes you happy and productive in your office?  A few carefully chosen pieces of art can help and won't break the bank.  We rent art to business clients so they can write it off as an expense while filling empty spaces!

For information on renting art, an art lease or corporate art consulting, give us a call at (888) 440-9260 x710 - your initial consultation is always free!

Monday, November 22, 2010

How to Design a Great Small Office

GARAGE WITH A CONFERENCE ROOM: With 2,700 square feet for seven full-time employees, 2fORM's owner, Richard Shugar, has managed to create a balance of open and private spaces in the company's Eugene, Oregon, office.

Published on and ASID's Eye on Design

How to Design a Great Small Office

Forget reducing clutter or hiding storage. Here's how to design a small office that will boost your bottom line.
By Eric Markowitz
Nov 7, 2010
To read the full article visit:
And don't forget the artwork!  If you're on a tight budget, consider a tax-deductible art rental.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

CFO Guide to Art Rentals and Art Leases

You need artwork for your lobby, building, or conference room, but don't have thousands of dollars to spend.  What's your option?  To lease or rent.

The factors to consider:
Rental vs. Lease, short term vs. long term, use vs. ownership.  All good questions when considering whether to rent or lease artwork...with one exception:  Tax Deductibility.

Artwork is NOT considered a depreciable asset by the IRS, so a company that purchases artwork or leases with a purchase option CANNOT expense or depreciate the art.  See The CPA Journal on Federal Taxation for Revenue Ruling 68-232:  "a valuable and treasured art piece does not have a determinable useful life. The ruling also distinguishes between the condition of the artwork and its life. While the actual physical condition of the artwork may influence the market value placed on it, its condition will not ordinarily limit or determine the artifact's useful life. Accordingly, works of art may not be depreciated."

The solution:
An art rental CAN be expensed if structured properly.  Renting art solves two problems:  one, you need artwork and two, you have limited capital.

Why rent from Art Rent and Lease?
1. Art you rent is tax-deductible as a business expense;
2. Low up-front costs: typically just the first and last rental payment in advance plus any installation or design costs;
3. No one will know it's rented but you and your accountant;
4. Rentals allow you to rotate your artwork every so often if desired;
5. Simple rental agreement with terms from 1 week to 24 months or more;
6. No fixed purchase requirement at the end of the rental.  Your options are to continue renting on a month-to-month basis, return the artwork, or negotiate a separate purchase;
7.We make it easy by providing solutions that include help with budgeting, artwork selection, framing, installation and collection management;
8. If you need it fast, we can deliver and install anywhere in the US within days (photo shoots, movie sets, special events);
9. We're a woman-owned business established in December 2000 and have placed artwork across the US to virtually every type of industry;
10. We have thousands of original paintings and sculpture to choose from, much is eco-friendly and sustainable;

For more information on a True Art Rental, call Lisa Powell at (888) 440-9260 x710 or visit our website:

Friday, November 19, 2010

Organizing your Materials Library, A Resource Guide for Art

Please add Art Rent and Lease to your Materials Library or Resource Guide for Artwork, sustainable products and design services, thank you!

From Research Design Connections
Organizing Materials (11-10-10)

Faller and his colleagues have developed a classification system for a material library that recognizes a material’s intangible characteristics. This schema aids in the material selection process. Their work “proposes the following classification: tangible or technical characteristics (technical properties, manufacturing process, usability and functions), intangible or subjective characteristics (perceptions, associations and emotions) and sensorial or aesthetic characteristics.” The intangible or subjective perceptions can be unique to an individual, so applying this categorization system on a firmwide basis requires adapting standardizing criteria. Categorizations can thus run from rough-smooth to classic-modern, mature-young, masculine-feminine, and formal-informal, for example.
Roberto Faller, Celso Scaletsky, and Wilson Kindlein. 2010. “Structure for a Material Information Database: A Material Selection Tool for Project Development.” Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Design and Emotion; Chicago, IL, October 2-7.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Socially Responsible Design - A Lot Harder than it Looks

Over 70% of the artwork we rent, lease and sell is eco-friendly and sustainable, utilizing recycled and reused materials, natural pigments and dyes.  Our goal is to help companies beautify their space and be socially responsible at the same time. 

Excerpt from an article featured in the ASID "Eye on Design"  from
The (Limited) Power of Good Intentions
Socially responsible design is a whole lot harder than it looks
By Julie Lasky

Unless you’ve been living in Cathay Pacific’s first-class lounge at Hong Kong Airport and reading nothing but Agatha Christie novels, you may have noticed that more architects and designers than ever are working to save the world. They want to contribute not just to a healthy economy but also to a clean, well-regulated environment and peaceful society. And they’re beating multiple paths to those ambitions: forming nonprofit companies or partaking in corporate social-responsibility initiatives, mobilizing students, partnering with NGOs, applying for foundation grants, and participating in competitions trolling for innovative ideas. They’re even moonlighting in their studios, designing emergency shelters, water purifiers, public-awareness campaigns, sustainably sourced fashion, and solar-powered stoves.

Are they spinning their wheels?

For the complete article, please visit:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Companes Who Care Outperform All Others

At Art Rent and Lease, we agree that companies that care not only outperform, but have happier employees and customers - we encourage the use of art that reinforces a companies goals, values and mission statement.  See this great article by Fast Company Expert Blogger Norman Wolfe

In his book Firms of Endearment, Raj Sisodia proves that success of any enterprise is built on a foundation that goes deeper than what we do and how we do it. In the FoE (Firms of Endearment) companies, terms like purpose, meaning, appreciation, joy, and yes, even love are not only acceptable, they are critical in the corporate language and culture. And they are not reserved for internal use only; they are attributes that are applied to all stakeholders--employees, customers, suppliers, investors and society.

This is not a call to embrace a new paradigm based simply on a touchy-feely justification that corporations should simply do the "right thing." This is about an in depth study of firms that have out produced their peers and the market as a whole. The publicly traded FoE companies studied returned 750% over 10 years while the S&P overall provided a 128% return. What is even more telling is that over the last 5 years, these same companies provided their investors 205% return, when the S&P lost 13%. And many of these companies are well known--Southwest Airlines, IKEA, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, The Container Store to name a few.

What gives? Why does having attributes such as caring, appreciation and love as part of the corporate culture make such a difference?

It's simple, actually. As described in The Living Organization® model, the act of producing goods and services is an act of transforming energy. The more energy you have available and the more you focus that energy, the greater the results. The attributes that are core to the corporate culture of FoE companies set a context that allows for a greater flow of energy through the system. This energy is aligned and focused by their deep sense of meaning and purpose that permeates through their whole stakeholder community.

It's not so hard to understand how this happens. Think of the various relationships you have had in your life, whether in business or personal. Think of those relationships where you felt appreciated, truly appreciated. Now compare those to relationships where you were simply having an interaction, a transaction if you will. Which one gives you more energy? Which one would your prefer having more interactions with? Now turn it around. Don't you also experience more energy when you are being appreciative of what you are doing and whom you are interacting with than if you were feeling dread about it.

Now magnify that energy to the size of a corporation who, as a collective, truly appreciates their customers, each other, and all stakeholders. How much more energy do they have available to them? How much more would customers choose these Firms of Endearment, over other choices?

When you truly think of a corporation in the same terms as other human interactions it is not so difficult to understand why FoE companies would always outperform all other traditional companies. Perhaps you should think of your organization more as a living organization rather than the traditional efficient machine of production.

We can help your "Living Organization" with beautiful, inexpensive paintings, photographs and sculpture to enhance your space.  Call us for a free consultation: 888-440-9260 x710 or text Lisa at 3609218247 for more information!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Why Rent or Lease Art?

Why rent or lease art?  Simple:

1)  A business can expense a rental payment on artwork
2)  Low up-front cost conserves capital
3)  No one knows it's rented but you
4)  Our consultant visits your office to view your space,
     we'll make recommendations and provide a cost
     estimate/proposal, complete installation, voila!

We have thousands of original paintings and sculpture
available from artists throughout the US, with prices from
$25 to $800 per month per painting, and groups of 6 - 8
paintings starting at $195 per month. 

We've rented art to Hedge Funds, Insurance Companies,
Banks, Law Firms, Medical and Dental Offices, Building
Managers, and more - it's simple, cost effective and always
on-time.  Call us for more information or to schedule a free
consultation: (888) 440-9260 x710

**Woman owned, established in 12/2000 with offices in
New York, Austin, Boston, Washington D.C., San Diego,
Minneapolis, Portland OR, Sacramento and Philadelphia.

Tax Law Changes Proposed in 2011 on Leases - IMPORTANT

For any business that leases property, furniture, equipment, etc. this is IMPORTANT!  The FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) is proposing changes to leases that will affect your balance sheets.

Click on the link, accept the terms and download or view the PDF. 

Currently, a business puts a note in their financial statement that shows the next 12 months of lease payments coming due.  With the proposed changes, the business will need to capitalize the lease payments - in other words, show the liability.  It will affect current ratios and could impact your bank covenants, so please take a look at these proposed changes and consult your CFO, Accountant or tax advisor.

Note that we rent art and a true rental is not affected by these changes.  If you'd like more information on what constitutes a true rental versus a lease, send me an email:

Legal:  We are not tax advisers or accountants and are providing this link and these details for informational purposes only!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Color Choice a Key to a Brand's Success

Colors are a key to a brand's success, but also to your office success.  Consider color when you're redecorating, want to spruce up your home or office, need to uplift those that enter your space!

We have a large selection of colorful artwork for rent, art for lease and art for sale - prices are low, and for a business, if you rent art you can expense the rental payment - a true win-win.

Take a look at this article from Office Arrow:

The colors of a brand play a key role in how consumers will react to the product. Here are some tips to consider as you try to determine what colors to use.

Most often, consumers will interact with your product on a visual level first. This means that the wrong visual presentation can deter them from choosing your product.

Leslie Harrington, the executive director of The Color Association and a color consultant, told Inc. magazine that she advises business owners not to leave color choice up to designers alone, as the color of a brand is a business, not artistic, decision. Color choice will affect your company's overall performance either for better or worse.

Finding a color that is authentic to the message the brand communicates is key, says Harrington. Do not focus too much on what colors consumers like or what colors are trendy. Instead, make sure they connect to the brand.

Your clients and your employees are dependent on your brand - let us help you enhance your brand, your image and to bring the beauty of fine art into your space!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

American Flag Art - Veterans Day Collage

A large scale single work of art that when viewed from one side shows an American Flag and from the other side shows Central Park in New York.  By artist Antonio Perez Melero, it measures 42" x 56" x 3" and is a collage with applied relief: acrylic, wood and silkscreen on canvas.  Available for rent, $350 per month, framed.  For a free consultation on art rentals or leasing art please call us at 888-440-9260 x710 and visit the website: Perez-Melero&whatpage=artist

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Investing in Art

"Joy" by Francine Kohn


Art auctions have helped to raise more than $600 million for Lehman Bank’s creditors. “Inside this big organization was a very good corporate collection of contemporary art which was put together early on, in the 90s, with a continuous effort to find young art that hadn’t been discovered by the global audience,” said Tobias Meyer of Sotheby’s.

 Interested in a corporate collection with tax advantages?  Consider renting artwork.  Contact us for a free consultation, 888-440-9260 x710.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

White - a HOT color trend, use it DELIBERATELY!

Color trends 2011 for modern interiors, white hot!

Each year the Color Marketing Group or CMG convenes to forecast what will be hot for the coming year.

This is important information. Furniture manufacturers, for the most part, are trend followers and will plan their introductions and production on what is current in the marketplace.

There are always exceptions to this rule, though.

Some manufacturers are trendsetters. They have a tendency to just "go with their gut." This is the more popular approach for more contemporary furniture manufacturers because it defines who they are....being trendsetters is , well, what makes them contemporary

Inspiration for new color trends comes from a variety of sources for the CMG. They look at fashion, culture, mods, and attitudes and formally develop reports to assist manufacturers in their product development.

It is important for you to know what is "in" and what is "out" if you are in the market for furniture and accessories.

White is a color that never goes out of style. The key to using white in modern interiors is to use it VERY DELIBERATELY. Using white as a color is the trend....using white as absence of color is, well, just boring.

For help with your design project, contact us at 888-440-9260 x710!

Monday, November 8, 2010

The New York Times - Week in Culture Pictures

The Week in Culture Pictures, Nov. 5

    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    Take a Look at the Gallery Events, Art Openings this Weekend!

    A few of the thousands of events being held this weekend - get out and support the arts!

    Saturday, November 6th:

    Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Family day today:

    Chicago - Simply Chicago Art is open today from 11am to 7pm:

    Atlanta - The High Museum of Art, interesting exhibits today!

    Dallas Museum of Art - Bite-sized BIG tours:

    Dallas - The Women's Museum:

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Free Film tonight: Trash Humpers, A Tribute to William Eggleston: Photography and Film

    Pittsburgh, PA - The Warhol Museum

    Seattle, WA - Frye Art Museum, free admission, 2 exciting events this weekend: Keller & Picasso lecture

    Washington D.C., Smithsonian, National Portrait Gallery: Elvis at 21, 2nd floor, through January 23, 2011

    Raleigh, NC Museum of Art:  Rodin Sculpture Open 10 - 5 Saturday & Sunday

    New York - Whitney Museum

    Sunday, November 7th

    New York:  Liron Sissman:  My NYC artist reception 4 The American Artists Professional League is tomorrow (SUNDAY) at the Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Ave., 2 - 5 pm!

    San Francisco, de Young Museum: A screening of "The Storm That Swept Mexico" Free, 2:00 pm
    New York: From Vincent Romaniello's blog:

    You'll have a chance to see a number of great works from Robert Rauschenberg through December 18th at Gagosian Gallery.

    Thursday, November 4, 2010

    Title Insurance on Artwork?

    From an article at

    Why is it important to have title insurance on an artwork?

    For one thing, it creates financial permanence and security in the art transaction, which can’t happen without a third-party insurance product behind it because of the way art transactions are done in the world. So, for example, just because there may be an indemnity behind a transaction, it doesn’t mean that a company will have the financial stability to provide that indemnity. So unless you have a third-party risk-transfer method, you can’t have finality to the transaction. It affects everything from your typical buying and selling and gifting to how a trust and estate attorney might create the trust and estate plan.

    The other issue is a valuation issue. Title has an effect on the economic value of a work of art, and it’s just not a credible valuation without understanding the ownership issues. If you have a piece of real estate where there are liens and encumbrances on it, nobody would buy it unless they were assured clear ownership. So it’s an application of valuation that every single asset class goes through, and up until now nobody really thought about it from an art perspective.

    From Art Rent and Lease:  If you're purchasing artwork, consider utilizing title insurance.  If you're interested in leasing or renting artwork from any our artists (never a provenance issue!), please contact us at (888) 440-9260 x710 and visit our website:

    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    Fall Palettes of Green

    Fall Palettes of Green

    Fall is upon us and the magical transition has begun – Time to celebrate the spectacular display of fall’s warm tones.

    On tiny canvases of apples and leaves, darkening greens are melting into reds and oranges.

    Earthy greens sometimes veer to rusty oranges.

    Pink is not thought of as particularly autumnal and yet, nature sparkles with pink highlights. It enlivens the more traditional fall hues.

    The elegant and feminine combination of Living Coral and Green Woodbine, two of this season’s Pantone colors might be perfect for the little house.

    For more on colors for your space, visit us at, or call for a free consultation: (88) 440-9260 x710. 
    Thanks to for their fantastic articles on color!

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010

    VOTE: The Machinery of Democracy


    Presented by the Smithsonian
    National Museum of American History

    Vote: The Machinery of Democracy explores how ballots and voting systems have evolved over the years as a response to political, social, and technological change, transforming the ways in which Americans vote.

    This exhibition looks at the history of voting methods in the United States, which are as varied as the individual states and their local election districts.

    From Art Rent and Lease:  An interesting history of voting - take a look, please vote today!

    Sunday, October 31, 2010

    Interior Design Trends: Red and Gold

    By Olan, October 30, 2010 from - thought you'd enjoy this!

    Interior Design Trends: Red and Gold
    Red and gold are quiet a unique combination to me. They seem like a color combination that fits well with Christmas. I know Halloween is just around the corner but you can not help but think about Christmas when commercials are already reminding us that it is soon approaching. So, here are some Red and Gold accessories to thwart any dawdling in putting your home in a festive mood for this holiday season.

    Thanks Olan for the great blog article!

    For those of you looking for orginal paintings in vibrant shades of red, call us for a free consultation: 888-440-9260 x710 and enjoy!

    Friday, October 29, 2010

    Thursday, October 28, 2010

    IFMA Trade Show a Great Success

    Lisa Powell (L) and Artist Ronda Waiksnis (R)

    Thousands of Facility Managers from the US and abroad attended the show in Atlanta, where exhibitors showed their sustainable products, processes and efficiencies.  Art Rent and Lease featured Peachtree City, GA artist Ronda Waiksnis and her beautiful original oil paintings at the booth, and look forward to working with the dozens of prospective clients that need artwork in their facilities!  We rent, sell and lease art to corporate, healthcare and hospitalit clients in the US and provide consulting, design, framing, installation and management services - a one-stop shop!

    Congratulations to Steve Krupka of Virginia for winning the Apple iPad giveaway at our booth, and thanks to the hundreds of people that stopped by to learn more about original artwork!  Many thanks to Sephanie Weber of Artful Decor Gallery, located at the International Market Square Design Center in Minneapolis, for helping at the booth and for working with us to provide beautiful prints, framing and original works for clients.

    Looking forward to IFMA in Phoenix in 2011 - see you there!

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    Help! I need Art, Furniture & a Rug NOW

    Help!  A new client called and needed artwork, furniture and an area rug in their building lobby for the grand opening - in two weeks, O.K., and the budget wasn't huge - $250 per month.  Here's the result:
    Thanks to our fabulous designer and art consultant Betsy Ingram and our fantastic suppliers, we were able to provide and install beautiful Italian leather oversized chairs, an oval wood and glass coffee table, three framed paintings and a stunning contemporary wool rug below budget and within the time frame needed.

    If your space needs a facelift, re-framing, to fill empty walls or if you have an event coming up, let us know.  Our designers and consultants are located throughout the US and can help you with budget, selection, delivery & installation quickly and inexpensively.  Free initial consultation, call us at (888) 440-9260 x710.

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    Promoting Sustainable Artwork at IFMA in Atlanta - Come Join Us!

    Join us October 27 & 28th, 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta for the International Facility Management's World Workplace Conference & Expo.

    Art Rent and Lease will be exhibiting sustainable artwork by local artist Ronda Waiksnis, offering art rental and art leasing solutions to building and facility managers in the US - rentals are tax-deducitble and expensed out of an operating budget, saving valuable capital for other business expenditures.

    Monthly payments start as low as $25 - and can create a beautiful lobby, conference room or meeting space.  Why have empty walls when we can help you budget, select and manage your artwork.  For a free consultation please call us at (888) 440-9260 x710.

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    Picasso's Birthday & International Artist Day

    October 25, 2010 has been selected to honor artists and their contributions to humanity as International Artist Day, and it's also Picasso's birthday.

    From their website:
    Art is the backbone of everything we use and see that is man made yet the artist behind the scenes is seldom recognized. Cultures are defined by their art, yet we take for granted these unsung divas of art.  Everyone can participate on this day in many ways:

    1.Visit a gallery and explain why you're there.

    2.Purchase a piece of art to support an artist.

    3.Visit an artist studio.

    4.Take an artist to lunch and explore their world.

    5. Contact us about an art rental, art lease or how we can help you bring the beauty of fine art into your space!

    Art Rent and Lease provides artwork for facility and building managers, corporate and real estate offices, medical, dental and hospital facilities, short-term photo shoots and movie sets, home and building staging, with rental prices starting at just $25 per month.  Ask about a free initial consultation! (888) 440-9260 x710 for more details.

    Enjoy the day!
    Lisa Powell

    Saturday, October 23, 2010

    Artexpo Artist Challenge - Please Vote for Francine's "Joy"

    The Artexpo Artist Challenge is on Phase Two, the public Vote, through November 8th!  Please vote for one of our Art Rent & Lease artists:  Francine Kohn's work "Joy" - you can vote once per day, and help Francine win free exhibit space at artexpo in New York!

    Here's the link: