Eavesdropping in on the Creative Class

Hello Elena Frampton here. I run Frampton Co, an interior design studio and art consultancy with two gallery spaces called Exhibition in Bridgehampton and New York City.

Elena Frampton in Miami

In a pre-covid world, I loved welcoming guests to salon series galleries, having personal conversations with some of my favorite artists – or sometimes with artists whose work I had just met but knew they were on the rise were.

The live version is still on hold, but thanks to Design Milk there is good news – the salon range is back and this time it’s “Short & Sweet”.

These six-minute episodes offer condensed stories and insights from some of our favorite creatives from around the world. (The advantages of virtual, we can act globally!) In our first episode, we invited the visionary Nina Johnson from her gallery of the same name in Miami to make a phone call.

Nina Johnson portrait by Gesi Schilling

Johnson called from her gallery and brought us back to the beginning of her career. “I grew up in Miami and nobody knew what to do with me,” she said.

Their stories brought me back to my own foray into the art world and the tendencies that brought me where I am today. There’s a gut feeling that draws me to art and goes a long way in how I work with clients, whether they’re established collectors or just starting out. As a link between art and design, I am looking for works with which customers can and want to live not only in an aesthetic but also in a metaphysical sense.

Judy Chicago and Nina Johnson. Courtesy Nina Johnson.

Courtesy Frampton Co.

We inevitably ended up in Miami too. Seen from the outside, the vibrant city is often synonymous with a beautiful time of year – that exciting time of year when the global art world sinks into its sunny shores. That is changing, says Johnson. The once up-and-coming local art scene is now a force in its own right, much of which can be attributed to educators and gallery owners like her. “A larger part of the population is now interested in contemporary art,” said Johnson. “And it’s important that we not only recognize artists who live and work here, but also artists who make us wonder what it means to be in Miami. Are we respectful? Are we raising the bar? “

Check out the video above to hear how we talk about meaning, Miami, art matchmaking, and more – all in a nutshell.

The episodes are edited by Evey Joan, with selected images courtesy of the Nina Johnson Gallery and the artists.

Special thanks to Frampton Co for this post and for having a media partner for their salon series: Short & Sweet Talks series.

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