Some of the greatest loves in history have left a legacy not only of their undying affection, but of their creative output, as well. This week, we’re celebrating those romances that have contributed not only to our understanding of true love, but also to the artistic canon.
“Lobster” and “Fattuski,” as Alice Toklas and Gertrude Stein lovingly referred to one another, met in Paris in 1906. Both Californian expatriates, Alice described hearing bells the first time they met, and together they reigned over the literary salon at 27 rue de Fleurus for the next 39 years. In addition to bringing together such modernist whales of art and literature as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound and Henri Matisse, they shared a philosophy that inspires us to this day; that a life worth living should include plenty of food, the company of artists and writers, and a general refusal to do things that did not please them. For the love notes that they scattered around the house for one another, we’ve chosen this simply sweet heart locket that opens into a clover-like shape with four separate compartments.
Yoko Ono met John Lennon in 1966 during a preview of Ono’s art exhibition at a London gallery, and the two married in 1969. These radically creative spirits collaborated on numerous recordings, including Two Virgins and “Give Peace a Chance,” as well as peaceful protests against the Vietnam War that took the form of “Bed-ins for Peace.” After Lennon’s untimely death in December, 1980, Ono founded the Strawberry fields Memorial in Central Park, the John Lennon Museum in her hometown of Saitama, Japan, and the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland in his memory, and their message for peace and love lives on still in these institutions. For these forever flower children, we’ve chosen our lovely diamond flower pendant.
Charles and Ray Eames were American designers who made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture. Incredibly prolific, their collaborations also shaped the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film, from the most creative design office in post World War II America. Frequently photographed in matching clothes, poses, or both, each brought a rich array of talents to their life/work partnership, as well as a contagious enthusiasm for life and art. For dazzlingly bright-eyed Ray, whose spirit and energy helped drive their delightful partnership, we chose the playful owl pendant, which certainly would have found it’s way into one of her bedside tableaus.
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