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Barclay Butera has been redefining luxury his entire career and one thing has not changed: his belief in helping his clients achieve the “Better-Best” concept of living. His mantra is “in interior design there are no rules”.

He grew up in the interior design business, and, at 25, found himself with an opportunity to create his own company in Los Angeles. Butera’s transitional style grounds itself in traditional European, American and Far East influences and integrates clients’ personal pieces with new classics that contain an edgier element.

Butera has been featured in Traditional Home, ElleDécor, House Beautiful, Town & Country, Veranda; has written Barclay Butera: Living in Style for Assouline; has produced products for Kravet, amongst others; and, appeared in numerous blogs and TV programs.

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In an effort to give you a sneak peek into the highly anticipated window displays at LEGENDS OF LA CIENEGA 2011: CELEBRATE ART, we asked the Legends designers to share the inspiring thoughts and aesthetics behind their Legends window in the La Cienega Design Quarter. "The Legends Style Sheet" sponsored by Jean de Merry, presents a series of fun and unconventional interviews with our participating window display designers.

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Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) was an American Abstract Expressionist painter and printmaker. He was one of the youngest of the New York School (a phrase he coined), which also included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston. Being from Northern California, he received his BA in philosophy from Stanford University and completed one year of a philosophy Ph.D. at Harvard before shifting to art and art history at Columbia University. His rigorous background in rhetoric would serve him and the Abstract Expressionists well, as he was able to articulate to the public what it was that he and his friends were doing in New York. Without his tireless devotion to communication (in addition to his prolific painting), well-known Abstract Expressionists like Rothko, who was extremely shy and rarely left his studio, might not have made it into the public eye. Motherwell’s collected writings are a truly exceptional window into the Abstract Expressionist world. His greatest goal was to use the staging of his work to convey to the viewer the mental and physical engagement of the artist with the canvas. He preferred using the starkness of black paint as one of the basic elements of his paintings. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1989.

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