Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon

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Legendary designer and artist Vera Neumann (1907–1993) believed in art’s ability to inspire and enrich lives. An innovator and one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her time, Vera built her company on a radical philosophy: fine art should be accessible to everyone, not just a select few. Known for her iconic images of cheerful flowers, trendy geometrics, and vibrant ladybugs, she believed people should surround themselves with beauty.

 

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Overview

Legendary designer and artist Vera Neumann (1907–1993) believed in art’s ability to inspire and enrich lives. An innovator and one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her time, Vera built her company on a radical philosophy: fine art should be accessible to everyone, not just a select few. Known for her iconic images of cheerful flowers, trendy geometrics, and vibrant ladybugs, she believed people should surround themselves with beauty.

 

For the first time, Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon, tells her inspiring story through the art and designs she created. In this volume, richly illustrated with Vera’s original sketches, paintings, and photographs of her worldwide travels, readers are introduced to the amazing woman behind the dynamic designs that continue to inspire and influence art, design, and fashion.

 

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Editorial Reviews

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Seid, owner of the Vera Company, and Renzi, a former senior editor at Interior Design, attempt to create a thorough portrait of Vera Neumann's (1907-1993) personal and professional life as one of the most influential designers and entrepreneurs of the late 20th century. Readers looking for a serious art historical perspective will wince at the colorful prints and forced attempt at contextualizing their significance, but Neumann herself conceived of her work as a commercial endeavor above all. Famous for scarves and sportswear that became a multimillion-dollar franchise in the '60s, Neumann was always keen on cross-marketing her brand identity to include a range of household products (carried by chic Anthropologie as well as department stores). However, at the core of Neumann's marketing strategy was translating trends in contemporary art to the mass market and introducing her own interpretations of exotic locales such as India and Africa. She was one of the first designers to create a successful lifestyle brand, bridging gaps between fashion, interior design, and celebrity culture. Although the book offers a light and visually appealing read, Neumann's work is probably best appreciated on table linens rather than the printed page. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810996045
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 629,667
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Seid is the owner of The Vera Company, based in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and has held various executive positions in the retail and direct marketing industries.

 

Jen Renzi has written for publications including the New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper, and Condé Nast Traveler. Previously a senior editor at House & Garden and Interior Design magazines, she is also the author of The Art of Tile.

 

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    A Visual Treat from a Mid-century Design Master

    Vera Nuemann was your mother's or grandmother's "Martha Stewart"; yes, she was THE design maven even before Martha was born. Vera's bold, exotic and often whimsical designs were found on table linens, scarves and home goods of the stylishly astute from the late 40s to the late 80s. This book prominently features Vera's designs along with a history of her life and art training. Information on the early days of her avant-guarde company and it's amazing growth is also included. Even Marilyn Monroe wore her scarves and Perry Ellis worked for Vera. Yet it was the many, many vibrant women of the day that loved her design aesthetic and made Vera a timeless style icon...my aunt, Ann Ryder, proudly wore her Vera scarves every day.

    This book left me wanting more of Vera's designs...so I'm off on a treasure hunt seeking to add some mid-century style to my 21st century home.

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