A Global Affair | Summer Art Series

Whether you travel extensively, or simply dream of doing so, creating a worldly home that reflects your personal experiences and interests enriches you every day. Three 50 West debuts contemporary art in a wide cultural context by artists: Rim Lee, Tina Tahir and Lisa Caccioppoli, represented by Kasia Kay in Chicago. Join us on Wednesday, June 1st from 4-7pm at our Lincoln Park, Chicago showroom to meet the artists, enjoy wine and hors d oeuvres as well as discuss how to bring global culture into your home with the addition of fine art.

RSVP to rsvp@fredmandesigngroup.com

This collection will be on display at Three 50 West until September.

Rim Lee

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South Korean artist, Rim Lee, finds primary source material within the realms of performance and photography. Her oeuvre focuses on the intensity of human emotions. Lee’s works emphasize a visualization of the conceptual values of inherent human emotions. The artist provides a portrayal of human sentiment within the context of art discourse. Lee was recently nominated for the Perrier Jouet Award. Her works have been exhibited at Seoul Museum, the Space Can Beijing, the Korean Eye Exhibit at MAD in NYC, Saatchi Gallery in London and selected international art fairs including Art Chicago, Scope Miami and Art Miami.

Lisa Caccioppoli

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Inspired by an organic process, Lisa’s work has been included in numerous group shows across the US and Germany, including: White Columns in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston Texas and Lothringer Dreizehn in Munich. Her abstract paintings aren’t bound by the limits of formalism of self-imposed constraints on subject matter. Textural, iconic, layered and geometric works are free from a singular aesthetic. Tone and mood are the common denominators linking paintings to each other. Caccioppoli currently lives and works in New York.

Tina Tahir



Southern Germany native, Tina Tahir, works in a variety of media, exploring the concept of impermanence. She has recently received the Art Slant juried artist showcase award for installation and was shortlisted in the Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency in Paris.  Her work has been featured at the SCA Contemporary Art and Artlab in Albuquerque, NM, the Hyde Park Art Center, and EXPO Chicago, among many others. Tahir currently lives in Chicago.

Getting into the mind of an artist is what can make an artwork so beautiful. The story may resonate with you or take on a whole new meaning in and of itself. Having global style doesn’t mean every corner of the home has to be filled with exotic finds. Our designers emphasize focusing on one statement piece for lasting impact. Most of all a home should reflect you and the things you love. Global artwork provides rich visual interest that can be used in moderntransitional and traditional spaces. Unexpected elements can be incorporated to influence any style, adding flair.


Jennifer Webster Painting


Jennifer Webster is an artist beloved by designers, art collectors, and homeowners in Chicago and beyond.  This local painter is living out a profound truth, doing what makes her come alive and storytelling through art.  Webster’s work is always rooted in a deeply creative context, telling a narrative about finding meaning and making connection.  Her artwork seamlessly integrates and elevates any space.


Webster will never forget how difficult it was to make the risky shift to pursue her dream career of being a full-time painter, and stop playing it safe.

“I was making rather large work even [in the early years], not caring if it was completely unrealistic to make and sell large paintings.  Better to make small pieces, I was told.  Yet I made them large because I HAD to make them.  I felt better when I painted large!  I was happy, felt complete, I felt like myself!”

She tries to recognize when that way of living in fear shows up in various ways of life.  Don’t we all come up against this same test over and over again?  Webster is a true example of what can happen when we break down these barriers.



Artistic influences root from literature, music, films and immediate external environments, which may include interiors as well as nature.   Elements of the natural as well as the human-built world serve as inspiration.  Often an idea springs forth initially from a line in a movie, a book, or a song and that word spurs visual ideas that Webster then explores in her painting.  She also dives into the language of spaces and how they create meaning.  Every piece of art tells a story.

The Night Vision collection is a response to external environments.  They are landscapes, devoid of human figure and explore a conflation of experiences.  These speak to having one’s own internal landscape, despite an obvious environment around you that is different.

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The Spells collection is comprised of daily paintings that empower taking action, exploration and not worrying about the “big picture”.  These works are full of certainty and drive out hesitancy.

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Spells series

There is magic in the mundane, the everyday, in the experience of being human.  “Painting is a constant back and forth between assertion and surrender. Interestingly, though, that is the only way MAGIC can happen – when I give up forcing what I may have seen, or wanted to see, from the start, down to the detail, and let the painting come through, showing me what it needs to be.”  Her paintings are true masterpieces and surely reflect this magic.

Local interior designers have placed Webster’s artwork in countless residences. Below are just a few ways her collections have been incorporated into recent design projects.



Three 50 West, retail arm of Fredman Design Group, also carries numerous pieces, including the large-scale abstract beauty below.  Jennifer Webster will be showcasing some of her most recent paintings at the 23rd annual Art Attack in Harbor Country, Michigan the weekend of April 29 – May1st. Learn more about the event here: http://goo.gl/C0mTww

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“The more I stuck to feeding myself with what supported my dream rather than what would kill it, my life kept expanding, drawing all those to me whom I treasure for assisting me and supporting me and my dream life-come-true.”  The images Webster paints are a true reflection of how she sees things.  Her paintings are ethereal and misty, sparkly and definite all at once.  We feel honored to carry Jennifer Webster’s works of art that help remind us of all the magic in everyday life.










Sapere Atelier’s Global View

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The next installment of The Artisan Experience highlights Sapere Atelier, a tastemaker’s studio exclusive to Three 50 West. Lead Interior Designer, Aimee Nemeckay’s, painting and watercolors have been translated into a truly mesmerizing collection of custom, flat weave rugs. Our designers saw the need for sophisticated rugs that make an impact and Sapere Atelier was born. The inspiration for the collection came from our designers’ travels to the Far East. They experienced the rug-making process first hand, met the weavers and saw how fibers are hand dyed up close. After several experiments were conducted, and while working closely with Oscar Tatosian of Oscar Isberian Rugs, Three 50 West debuted this high quality, soft silk rug collection.


Strong flavors and influences of the Far East yield to the exotic in this artisan collection. The large scale rugs give tribute to the beautiful artisan process of hand weaving and hand-dyeing rugs in India and Turkey. Sapere Atelier will delight your senses and have you ready for an exploration abroad.



These inspirational sketches have been translated into the works of art seen below:

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Sangli II | Saturated blue and green tones come together in this harmonious pattern to create interest and add an etheral pop of color to a well-traveled space. Sapere Atelier’s large scale, custom, silk blend rugs set a room off and show off the owner’s own sapere.

Sangli II


Marias II | The latest addition to the collection is the Marais rug, which is in saturated tones of blue and a pattern this is a fresh twist on a classic chevron. Saturated tonality of blues lead the way through this jagged and unexpected chevron path. The Marias rug is truly an artwork for the floor and is loyal to the ancient, intricate process of hand weaving.

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Hagia II Rug | Muted beige, blush and teal tones travel well together on this design journey to luxury living.

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A neutral color scheme fosters a sense of flow in this front foyer. The Hagia Rug provides texture and interest, taking emphasis off of the original tile floors in this Winnetka home. View more from this design story in Make It Better. 

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Arriving means a conclusion of a journey for some, but we’re only getting started. The journey continues… Enjoy the collections.




APORTA Textiles


Drawn to a genuine form of living, local resources and hand craftsman, Three 50 West, is excited to connect you with the moving narrative behind product creation. We’ve developed a new blog series devoted to products of deeper meaning.


Our first spotlight is on a talented artisan who honors the tradition of honest, hard work, Noelle Sharp, and her handmade textiles company, Aporta. One of the most important aspects of Sharp’s designs is they are made well, to last and to be passed down from one generation to the next. Aporta designs are inspired by and drawn to the aesthetic of minimalism found in nature and art. From the start, we were instantly enthralled by Sharp’s creative process.


Aporta—an homage to her grandmother’s family name, is composed of a collection of knits, scarves, reclaimed furs and other woven treasures, produced by hand in the USA. Excellence in craftsmanship and quality of living is what Aporta is all about. Skilled knitter and weaver, Noelle Sharp, handpicks fibers to make sure products are of the highest caliber.  Sharp knows all aspects of the design process, including where and who materials are best made by, establishing wonderful relationships with US and Icelandic farmers and production mills.


We are enthralled by the lifestyle story Sharp is creating in each piece she constructs. All of her products are designed with the story of a traveler that utilized cloth as a means of protection through their journey:

“Aporta is the door. You are encouraged to walk through. No matter where the door takes you, carry your cloth with you. Choose wisely. It will be with you until the end.”


Sharp embodies the hands of an artist down to her Navajo, Danish and Greek symbol finger tattoos, rooted from her interest in shapes/symbols and their deeper meaning. We love the authenticity that goes into every aspect of her creative process.

Third generation artist and Utah native, Noelle Sharp, emphasizes you don’t need 5 of one item.  Better is to buy one of highest quality and have it all your life. To own an Aporta product is to invest in an heirloom piece that can be passed down. Aporta has collaborated with Three 50 West on two distinct lines of custom textiles available both at our stores and online:

Table Runners:

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Bulky Knit Throws:

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This designer textile, knitwear and accessories company is taking storm and we are Aporta’s biggest fan. Use and surround yourself with exceptional, fine crafted products at Three 50 West.