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Katie Leede has designed highly customized homes all over the country from Santa Monica to Austin to New York and Maine. Her interior design work has allowed her to explore and discover the glories of beautiful objects and textiles, both ancient and contemporary. Katie’s passion for the artisanal spirit that transcends centuries and cultures has fueled the creation of her own line of fabrics for Katie Leede & Company.

Katie’s work has appeared in numerous magazines including House Beautiful, Elle Décor, “C” Magazine, Veranda, Santa Barbara Magazine, Luxe, Angelino, Traditional Home, LA Confidential, LA Times Magazine and New York Times Magazine. Her interiors have also been featured on numerous design blogs including Remodelista, Stylebeat, So Haute, Balustrades and Bitters, Habitually Chic, COCOCOZY, and others. In 2010, Traditional Home nominated Katie as one of the “20 Young Designers to Watch,” and in February 2011, House Beautiful sited her as one of the “10 More Designers Who Create a Global, Sophisticated Look.”

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KATIE LEEDE
INSPIRED BY PAUL KLEE
AT DOWNTOWN (NORTH)

Paul Klee (1879-1940), Swiss and German painter. Movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, orientalism and surrealism influenced his highly individual style. Klee was a natural draftsman and through long experimentation developed a mastery of color and tonality and wrote extensively about it. His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes-childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality. He developed experimental techniques, including drawing with a needle on a blackened pane of glass, amongst others. He often used geometric forms as well as letters, numbers and arrows and combined them with figures of animals or people. Some works were completely abstract. His works frequently allude to poetry, dreams and music and sometimes include words or musical notation. Klee and Kandinsky both taught at the Bauhaus and welcomed many conflicting theories and opinions. He learned to manipulate color with great skill and passion and became an effective teacher of color mixing and color theory. Because of the war, Klee, a Jew, was fired from his job and his family immigrated to Switzerland. He was a very prolific painter having produced over 9,000 works of art. “Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible”.

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