HBCH September, October, November 2010 : Page 52

then And wow From top: erik Retzer and Jim Josephson bought the big pot on the table from michael del piero, who let them put it on hold for a year; the tapa cloth above the bed is from new Caledonia. Retzer likes it because it reminds him of a Keith haring painting. ...continued 18th-century Chinese cabinet, one of three large wood cabinets in the main living area used to store items no longer on display. (“We have a buying problem,” explains Josephson.) A large framed black and white image by contemporary artist Michal Macku hangs in front of a makeshift wall of floor-to-ceiling chocolate wool fabric, which Josephson hung to separate the kitchen from the large living and dining area. “Some of my aesthetic tends toward the aggressive— “One thing I learned is that I hate lofts,” says Retzer. “I need walls.” An antique rug defines the main seating area where a modern brown leather sofa piled with Turkish Kilim pillows and a white leather Barcelona chair co-exist with an antique Chinese scholar’s stool made from a gnarled tree root and a wooden statue carved by the Baule tribe in West Africa. According to Retzer, the figure is a sort of tribal but subtle aggressive,” says Retzer. marital aid, a carved representation of a person’s opposite gender spiritual avatar who can be called upon to intervene on their behalf during marital strife. Retzer named it Timmy, and it sits in front of another one of his creations: a graphic black and white piece of art, which Retzer was inspired to make after seeing a similar piece by artist Richard Prince in a European design magazine. Te capitalized san serif type lines up shoulder-to-shoulder with no spaces or punctuation to fill the small square canvas, reading something like “If you don’t like it, you can get out of my house,” but with an expletive. “Some of my aesthetic tends toward the aggressive— but subtle aggressive,” says Retzer. But the message is more ironic than hostile when it comes to Retzer and Josephson, who nearly always wind up on the same page despite their differences. “We met in college, so this has grown from the ground up,” says Josephson. “I like seeing how people respond to it.” And on the rare occasions when the ordinarily well-matched couple does fall out of sync, they can always call on Timmy. 52 | | Fall 2010

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