Dynamic Design Duo Porter and Hollister Hovey Curate Their Favorite Works From ’40 Under 10′

See the pieces the sister designers found most exciting from our current sale.

Hovey Design's recent project for a home in Tribeca. Courtesy of Hovey Design.

Sisters and interior design duo Porter and Hollister Hovey see art as “the spine” of any space they design. “It simultaneously gives rooms their structure and the nerves that make it all feel alive,” Hollister shares.

The pair are no strangers to the world of art and design. After breaking out as internet phenoms a decade ago, the Hoveys have gone on to found a firm, Hovey Design, and publish a design book with Rizzoli, Heirloom Modern, in 2013. In the years since, the pair’s full-service staging and interior styling firm has continued to evolve and, with it, the sisters’ profiles have expanded—their work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and House Beautiful, and they have collaborated with brands like Anthropologie and One Kings Lane. 

A recent project by Hovey Design for a single-family Cobble Hill townhouse. Courtesy of Hovey Design.

The Hoveys aim to craft a simple, understated elegance for every space they create. When designing homes, the sisters make sure to consider the neighborhood, space, light, and buyer demographics. “We try to make it look like the inhabitants have been collecting art and objects throughout their lives and travels,” Porter says. 

As real-life curators of space, we thought they would be the perfect fit to choose pieces from artnet’s current 40 Under 10 sale. Our popular online auction returns with a wide variety of contemporary prints—each under $10,000—by sought-after artists like Mickalene Thomas, Robert Indiana, Kara Walker, Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Kehinde Wiley, Andy Warhol, and many more. 

Porter and Hollister Hovey. Courtesy of Hovey Design.

“We want loose and tight, bold and neutral, geometric and soft to play against each other and create the illusion of a collection built over time,” Hollister explains. See their expert picks and hanging recommendations below, and see if any might be right for your space.

Willem De Kooning
The Man and the Big Blonde

Willem De Kooning, The Man and the Big Blonde (1982). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

“De Kooning’s loose style, anchored in a bold, happy yellow here would add a ray of light to any interior. We’d love to see this hung on a pale pink wall to bring out the peachy tones and the warmth of the rust.”

Alex Katz
Rose Bud

Alex Katz, Rose Bud (2019). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

“We adore all of Alex Katz’s work. It’s instantly recognizable and his color choices couldn’t be better. We love his portraits, but it’s so fun to see his distinct style translated to a floral that he manages to imbue with as much personality as his human subjects.”

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst, Fenbufen (2012). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

“We love Hirst’s Dot Paintings for their colorful minimalism. The small dot versions can almost serve as neutrals, but by increasing the scale of the dots, he’s created a foil to his other work that is as bold as can be.”

Find these and other artworks lover at artnet Auctions’s 40 Under 10 sale, live for bidding now through October 30.

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