The home furnishings and art markets receive a jolt of creativity this week with the launch of Tempo Luxury Home Collection, a line of unique, artist-designed furniture, art and accessories debuting at the New York International Gift Fair. The brand new collection comprises nesting and side tables, Tibetan silk rugs, blown-glass lighting, pillows and fine art prints. The line is designed and fabricated by Joe Ginsberg, a Manhattan-based artist and interior designer known for his stunning work on residential projects such as the estate of architect Paul Rudolph and hospitality commissions like the glitzy revamp of the Gramercy Park Hotel in tandem with hotelier Ian Schrager and artist Julian Schnabel. With Tempo Luxury Home Collection, Ginsberg brings the beauty and originality of custom-made furniture to a wide audience. “This collection applies the luxe attitude and artistic sensibility of my one-off pieces to a line of furnishings that’s priced competitively for both residential and commercial projects,” says Ginsberg from his Midtown studio. He cites a blackened steel table called XX, as an example. A custom version of this design would typically cost around $2,500, he estimates; the Tempo version will wholesale for $500. “It’s a custom look at a retail-friendly price,” he says. The artist wove his favorite designs, materials and techniques into the collection. Each item fuses old-world techniques with fresh ways of approaching materials. A group of steel- and copper-base side tables are topped with surfaces like luminous acid-etched gilded glass and poured concrete. Lush mohair accent pillows are hand-painted with watercolors. Wall-size original paintings are reproduced as vivid giclée prints. Each item shows the hand of the artist, explains Ginsberg. “The pieces show consistent inconsistency,” he says of the line, which is designed and made in New York City. The furnishings bear creative monikers. A table with insect-like feet is called Mantis and a rug depicting an animal-kingdom motif is named Creature Feature. “These are not furnishings straight off the conveyor belt,” says Ginsberg. Joe Ginsberg was trained in painting, sculpture and filmmaking and he continues to create fine art. He began his career as an artist— his paintings have been sold by Christie’s—and quickly found success in developing whole environments, first with film and retail set design for Bloomingdale’s and other top retailers, and then as an interior designer, creating residences, restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. For more information about the Tempo Luxury Home Collection, visit www.tempoluxuryhome.com.
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