5+5: Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo
Bootstrapped besties, doyennes of design
The Art for Everyone 5+5, presented by 20x200 and Jen Bekman Projects, is a series of mini interviews that focus on a variety of tastemakers and trailblazers. From founders, curators and CEOS, to media mavens, editors-in-chief, and prolific authors, each of our subjects have one thing in common — a major appetite for art. In every feature, our interviewees round up their five favorite 20x200 prints, then answer five questions that shed some light on their relationship to art at this moment. Check out the entire series here.
Claire + Erica are my style icons (no, really, I mean it you two!) Their indie-designer site is my favorite destination for acquiring amazing fashion by up-and-comers, and C+E’s knack for storytelling make Of A Kind emails must-reads that are often forwarded.
5 Perfect Picks
Can you believe this colorful amazingness (a 20x200 Vintage Edition) was created for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? I think it’s the weirdest-looking map I’ve ever seen — in a good way, obviously. — Erica
Helena Wurzel’s sense of color and shape is super spot-on. Something about her work feels very textile-ish to me, perhaps because they have a certain flatness to them. Searching is a scene that looks so happy to me — sitting on the floor flipping through magazines and cutting things out is something I used to spend entire days doing when I was a teenager. I should start doing it again! — Claire
I actually gifted this to my brother for his first grown-up Manhattan apartment — I like that it has a story that he can easily convey to anyone who sees it. And, of course, I love it’s mosaic-like look . — Erica
I adore everything about Jason Polan — his artwork, his instagram feed, his entire sensibility, really. I picked this particular drawing because my own daily running habit began in central park so this scene is very familiar (and dear) to me. — Claire
This is one of the first prints I ever purchased from 20x200. It’s beautiful and also has a sense of humor, which are the two things I really like in a piece of artwork. It’s lived in 4 different apartments with me. — Claire
5 Q’s + 5 A’s
- What’s your favorite museum?
Cooper-Hewitt — we’re so excited for it to reopen in December. [Editor’s note: now open!]
- Favorite color?
A quick glance at the current products on our site would seem to suggest that blue is what dominates around here.
- Coveted coffee table book?
Olympic City Project
- Do you prefer a single statement piece or a salon wall?
Single statement piece.
- If you could be reincarnated as another artist, who would you want to be?
My Grandma Shirley! Her work perfectly reflected her outlook in life — cheery, colorful, and just a little bit askew. — Claire
Claire + Erica’s Passion: Of A Kind
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