Thursday, October 19, 2017

Collectors: David and Sybil Yurman: Out of Africa — and the subconscious

Show Us Your Walls
By Warren Strugatch
The jewelry designers David and Sybil Yurman in their SoHo apartment. Credit Alex Welsh for The New York Times
When the SoHo jewelry-design power couple David and Sybil Yurman bought the adjacent penthouse in their building two years ago, converting much of it into studio space, it gave them the opportunity to stretch out stylishly in their original loft just across the hall. Since then they have been rearranging and adding to their collections of furniture and art. The masks are mostly African in origin or inspiration. Other objects have an Asian aesthetic. A few of Mr. Yurman’s jewelry pieces and small sculptures — he began his career as an apprentice to Jacques Lipchitz — and Ms. Yurman’s paintings are included too. Their favorite pieces enjoy places of honor on a living room cabinet, but arrangements are not firmly fixed. [More]
From far left: “Seated Old Man,” a Rembrandt etching from 1630; a bronze sculpture by David Yurman; a William Blake illustration for John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”; a raku pot by Sybil Yurman; a carving of Fukurokuju, a Japanese deity; and a glazed pot given to Ms. Yurman from her father. Credit Alex Welsh for The New York Times