• How #TeamNate Displays Artwork

    We already know artwork looks great framed on the wall. But if you’re curious how people who live and breathe design – i.e., Nate’s Chicago-based team – display their artwork, come right this way. We have a feeling at least one of these will inspire you to try something similarly daring…


    First up, co-Design Director Lauren Buxbaum Gordon: “I love stacking art to draw the eye up, and take the chance to mix pieces for a more interesting moment,” she explains. “In this instance, I’ve paired a handwoven black and white photograph by the late Fernando Bengoechea, with an old skull my grandparents gave me which I had wired for hanging.”

Meanwhile, co-Design Director Sasha Adler has a sentimental secret for great art placement. “My husband and I sent each other notes the morning of our wedding day. Years later, I found them in a drawer and decided to have them framed for our anniversary. It took me forever to find someone to frame them as I envisioned, floating within thin brass frames hanging from a small jewelry chain.” she says. “Now, they hang next to each side of our bed and are my favorite pieces of art in our home.”


The firm’s Creative Director Lauren Allan is passionate about choosing the right piece for the right spot, and her prime placement of artwork styled alongside themed toward accent pieces makes a big splash (see here, a Donald Robertson lip print alongside a Kelly Wearstler kiss sculpture. “A vibrant work of art sets the tone and mood for a space,” she tells us. “So have fun with it, take risks and only purchase works you love. Build your collection over time.”

Over on the Nate Berkus Studio side of things, we have Creative Director Tara Shade, who brought artwork into the kitchen in a striking way. “I purchased this watercolor by a local artist while on summer vacation in Michigan,” she tells us. “And the piece found his home on our open kitchen shelving. It’s nice to have the fond memory of our family trip come to mind every time I grab a dish off the shelf.”


And Studio Art Director Meredith Smerchek also has warm family memories that come with her artwork. “When my boyfriend Mitch and I moved in together, we wanted to create a wall that incorporated both my art finds, and paintings from his childhood home,” she explains. “His paintings were especially meaningful because his mom had recently passed away. The result was this frame wall in our entryway, which can continue to grow and change with us!”

  • Finally, Studio Designer Gabby Exner tackles the tough spot you’re probably looking at at this very moment. “I find styling art around a computer to be a pain,” she says. “So for my desk at home I keep my set-up very casual and ever-changing by leaning and layering a few art pieces against the wall. Accessories like vases and candleholders keep things looking polished and intentional.”


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