Rise of ‘Zoom-scaping’ sees sales of picture frames and wall art soar

Home workers are snapping up picture frames, art and plants to “Zoom-scape” their houses for work meetings.

John Lewis said sales of items popular with those looking for an attractive backdrop for calls on video-messaging service Zoom have soared compared to last year.

Since March, large numbers have been working from home because of the pandemic meaning that meetings have had to be conducted online on Zoom or Skype.

Sales of picture frames are 80 per cent higher than last year, art is up 113 per cent and mirrors have risen by 65 per cent, John Lewis said. Shoppers have also splashed out on attractive desk lamps, pushing sales up by 27 per cent, and plants.

Katherine Lemin, a wall decor buyer at the retailer, said: “With meetings happening mostly on video calls our walls have become our first impression. They are the way we ‘dress to impress’ now

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How to Master the Art of Scandinavian Design, According to Experts

Photo credit: Courtesy of Liza Laserow
Photo credit: Courtesy of Liza Laserow

From Veranda

Between fashion brands like Ganni, Stine Goya, and By Malene Birger dominating the style landscape; companies like Ikea bringing functional home design to the masses; and architectural firms like Bjarke Ingels Group reshaping the way we view and build our cities, it’s needless to say Scandinavian design is taking over. And we’re expecting an interest in Scandinavian design to continue growing as the world sees a greater need for sustainable, soul-soothing design to make our homes—and the world—better places to live and thrive.

We talked to authors of three Scandinavian design books, Rhonda Eleish and Edie Van Breems, of the eponymous design firm and home decor brand, along with Liza Laserow, a high-end Swedish antiques expert, interior designer, and co-founder of Nordic Knots, about the basic elements, history, and future of this widely misunderstood decorative arts style.

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Naples Art & Design Expo opens Nov. 19

The delayed Naples Art & Design Expo opens Thursday, Nov. 19, a double-hinged door to the importance of its L-shaped neighborhood behind Naples Boulevard: 

  • There is a vendor or manufacturer for nearly every aspect of home design — upholstery, stone,  furniture, draperies and cabinetry — inside the busy buildings in the boxy district behind Naples Boulevard.  
  • Similarly, the art studios that nestle against the design trade businesses hold everything from glass sculpture to classical portraits to small ceramics, dyed fabrics and wall-gulping abstracts.

With the same ingenuity that married peanut butter and chocolate into a candy bar, commerce and art have collaborated for three days of open houses and demonstrations. Their mission: To bring people a sense of the entire aesthetic of home design. Two specific workshops on Friday, Nov. 20, demonstrate ways of pairing art and furnishings (see information box for times locations and free registration instructions). 

Small art

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Inside a Mecca of Midcentury Brazilian Art and Design

Brazilian design dealer Ulysses De Santi and his husband, Graham Steele, didn’t normally spend long periods of time together. They had different responsibilities, and very different rhythms. “Graham is extremely social, hyperactive, and his schedule was always insane,” says De Santi, who’s been sheltering at home with Steele since the pandemic upended life as we know it. “So just to be able to have him here is such a gift.” As a senior director at Hauser & Wirth, an art gallery with outposts in Asia, Europe and North America, Steele was used to jetting across the globe, sometimes having breakfast in one continent and dinner in another. By contrast, De Santi is an introvert. “He would happily be socially isolating for the next five years,” says Steele, only half-jokingly.

The couple’s personality contrasts extend to their design sensibilities: One is a minimalist and the other a maximalist. And yet in

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