Boyance Originale

Watching Mad Men has given me tons of inspiration for my home. I can’t help but constantly find myself nudging my husband and saying “I want one of those chairs!” or “Look at that lamp!” I hope I’m not alone…

Photo via Dr. Television

I fell in love with a sculpture that I believe was in Roger Sterling’s original office from Season 1 (not the crazy Saarinen op art space-age one he’s in now!). Above the fireplace in our living room, there was a bare space that begged for something like this. Jordan and I made a commitment for our new house that we’d make more investments in art instead of buying tons of posters and prints and putting them in frames that cost more than the prints themselves. So, I did some Googling to find something similar and stumbled on Marc Creates Inc. I immediately emailed them to see whether they had some pieces available.

Missouri inventor and artist Mark Weinstein established Marc Creates in 1967 after working for many years with his father in metal scraps. The scraps he saw on a daily basis were beautiful to him with their various shapes and colors. He soon realized that they could become beautiful pieces of art, so he took some leftovers and experimented with various welding techniques. After a few years, Weinstein was creating and selling sculptures at a rate that demanded he focus primarily on his artwork. Limited quantities of his work are still available, being produced by his sons Boyd and Ric along with consulting and designing from Mark himself.

When I emailed about the availability in the Spring, production was on hold. One of Mark’s sons, Boyd, emailed me back and told me that he might have some pieces ready in the Fall and that he’d get back in touch with me. I waited patiently and after courting the sculpture for months, I finally received an email from Boyd in early January that a Boyance Originale was available for purchase (the sculpture I wanted):

It was like Christmas morning when it arrived (in the most gigantic box ever!). I’m so happy with it – it’s absolutely perfect for the space. In fact, I wish it was larger!

(please ignore the hideous fireplace doors!)

If you’re interested in more of this style of metal sculpture, you can check out Curtis Jeré or Paul Evans, or do a search for “brutalist sculpture.” I’m pretty sure that the one in Roger’s office is a Paul Evans, but (I don’t know about you) I certainly don’t have $15K lying around to throw at a piece of art right now… however, I’m completely satisfied with my choice.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.