The Easter Bunny is over, but Mother’s Day is coming up. And the whimsical world of cult artist and favorite decorator Hunt Slonem is available at Julia Moss Designs at Wayzata.
“As we were placing new items across the country, we knew the Twin Cities was an important market for Hunt’s art,” says Penelope Kernen, CEO of the business she owns with Slonem, Hop Up Shop. “Julia has such a beautiful store and a pleasure to work with. Hunt’s art appeals to many different clients, but has a contemporary twist. Julia’s store has that feel too, and she mixes up her items so well.
Slonem is best known as a Neo-Expressionist painter, but he is also an engraver, sculptor, entrepreneur, author, historical curator and curator. He has been collected by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and in private collections around the world.
The artist’s signature bunnies, butterflies and birds magically come to life on tableware, barware, placemats, table linens, bed linens, cashmere throws and accent pillows. New items from Julia Moss Designs include artful throw pillows, embroidered cocktail napkins and a footed dessert stand in the famous black and white bunny pattern with hand painted gold trim.
Kernen also singled out a beautiful new dessert plate for Julia Moss Designs, adorned with butterflies in an array of spring colors. A new silver foil top features a design from Slonem’s studio: a wall of bunnies.
Her favorite item from the new collection now at Julia Moss Designs is the Bunny Bar Bowl with a hand-painted gold rim and, for the new season, a pink interior. “It’s perfect for nuts, olives and other bar snacks,” Kernen says. “But people also buy it and fill it with small flower arrangements, like a single hydrangea or several small roses.”
A lovely Mother’s Day gift, she adds, “It’s also a collector’s item that you can use later or keep to pass down from generation to generation.”