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Knock Knock! Inside Chloe Wise's New York loft

Chloe Wise is a Canadian artist based in New York City. Wise works in sculpture, drawing, video art, and oil painting. Wise is known for her stylized and humorous approach to both still life and figurative painting that incorporate intimate depictions of food trends, agriculture, consumer culture, friends, and muses.

Photography Brian Ferry, Interview by Kristen de la Vallière

Chloe and her feline friend resting on [Puffy Lounge Chair + Ottoman Sand / Stainless](/furniture/chairs-and-stools/puffy/20309)

Chloe and her feline friend resting on Puffy Lounge Chair + Ottoman Sand / Stainless

Ambassador visits - At home with Chloe Wise.

What is your favorite object in your home and why?

I try not to pick favorites. I really like having an oven; that’s new for me; I lived with a toaster oven instead for the last five years.

Can you tell us a little bit about your new Midtown apartment? How did you find it? 

I had been looking high and low for two years. When I saw this one, I knew immediately.

An [Alphabeta Pendant Uno, Beige](/lighting/alphabeta/20330) suspended over Chloe's hallway.

An Alphabeta Pendant Uno, Beige suspended over Chloe's hallway.

Ambassador visits - At home with Chloe Wise.

How do you build a homey oasis in one of the busiest cities and most hectic parts of New York?

Still workshopping that one..

You’re a painter often times painting portraits. How do you decide who to paint, and are you always looking for subjects in the people around you? What is that process?

I paint my friends. I have them over, take photos, and work from there.

Ambassador visits - At home with Chloe Wise.
Another shot featuring [Alphabeta Pendant Uno, Beige](/lighting/alphabeta/20330) hanging in Chloe's hall.

Another shot featuring Alphabeta Pendant Uno, Beige hanging in Chloe's hall.

You’ve also ventured into making objects — can you tell us a little about your design approach? Do you want to explore that more?

Sometimes that will be a sculpture that, in a rare turn of events, is functional in some way. I suppose the moment you have an art object that possesses any potential for function, that object ventures into the design arena… But I wouldn’t say it’s a conscious decision or a place I’d like to explore more, at least not on purpose.

“I am indiscriminate about the things I make, so if I have an idea, chances are I’ll go ahead and make it.”

Some of Chloe's finer things on display thanks to [Zig Zag Low Shelf Walnut](/furniture/shelving-and-storage/zig-zag/20087).

Some of Chloe's finer things on display thanks to Zig Zag Low Shelf Walnut.

Ambassador visits - At home with Chloe Wise.

As an artist, do you find that you need a more calm, zen-type home for ideas to thrive, or do you want your home to be more of a reflection of your ideas and creative vision?

Somewhere in between.. Although calm is not really a concept I’ve ever considered. 

Chloe lounging on [Puffy Lounge Chair + Ottoman Sand / Stainless](/furniture/chairs-and-stools/puffy/20309)

Chloe lounging on Puffy Lounge Chair + Ottoman Sand / Stainless

Chloe continuing to lounge on [Puffy Lounge Chair + Ottoman Sand / Stainless](/furniture/chairs-and-stools/puffy/20309)

Chloe continuing to lounge on Puffy Lounge Chair + Ottoman Sand / Stainless

Chloe and her [Zig Zag Low Shelf Walnut](/furniture/shelving-and-storage/zig-zag/20087)

Chloe and her Zig Zag Low Shelf Walnut

What are Pluto and Hans’ favorite pieces of furniture in the apartment?

Whatever is the newest, they will immediately sit on. At the moment, they prefer my Hans Hopfer Mah Jong sofa, but that’s because it’s in direct sunlight, and they love to sunbathe (just like their mama). 

Ambassador visits - At home with Chloe Wise.
Ambassador visits - At home with Chloe Wise.
Chloe's cat enjoying the [Puffy Lounge Chair + Ottoman Sand / Stainless](/furniture/chairs-and-stools/puffy/20309)

Chloe's cat enjoying the Puffy Lounge Chair + Ottoman Sand / Stainless

You would break up with someone if they had what piece of design in their house?

In this economy?!?!!

Ambassador visits - At home with Chloe Wise.
Ambassador visits - At home with Chloe Wise.

Inspired by Chloe’s apartment

Puffy Lounge Chair + Ottoman, Sand Leather / Stainless
  • +2
PuffyLounge Chair + Ottoman, Sand Leather / Stainless
$5,699$6,048
Zig Zag Shelf Low, Walnut
Zig ZagShelf Low, Walnut
$1,699
Alphabeta Pendant Uno, Beige
  • +7
AlphabetaPendant Uno, Beige
$499
Palo Lounger, Beige
  • +4
PaloLounger, Beige
$2,449
Bronto Mug (Set of 2), Orange
  • +1
BrontoMug (Set of 2), Orange
$89
Bookmatch Table 220 cm / 86.6 in + Benches, Walnut
BookmatchTable 220 cm / 86.6 in + Benches, Walnut
$6,699$7,397
Last Stool, Sand
  • +15
LastStool, Sand
$329
Glyph Side Table Alpha, Chocolate Brown
GlyphSide Table Alpha, Chocolate Brown
$719

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