Who doesn't love Andy Warhol? Fresh from visiting the pop art sensation's current show at the Whitney Museum in New York this weekend, I've had his work on my mind nonstop, so imagine my delight when I saw a bit of his influence in designer Leanne Ford's minimalist kitchen-for under $5, no less.
In an Instagram posted on Sunday, Ford shared images of a kitchen featured on her beloved HGTV show Restored by the Fords. Viewers likely admired the clean, minimalist space, with white counters, a square tile backsplash, and a few red accents. What viewers didn't see though, was one artful touch which Ford wasn't able to include on the show. On the kitchen's windowsill, the designer used four Campbell's soup cans as a makeshift herb garden, adding fresh greenery to the space along with a pop of that same red and an ode to a legendary pop artist.
"Notice my #popart touch and #Pittsburgh #Warhol shout out with those #soupcans," Ford, a Pittsburgh native herself, captioned the post. Warhol, of course, raised the humble soup can to icon status with his 1951-1962 screen print series 32 Campbell's Soup Cans. Today, the supermarket standby is nearly synonymous with the artist, and his take on it has been licensed on everything from socks to skateboards (seriously).
Given the fact that original Warhol works reliably go for multi-millions at auction, Ford's clever incorporation of the artist's muse is a cheeky way to get a high-art look at a supermarket price. Plus, lucky for us, it couldn't be easier to replicate: Simply buy a few soups, clean the cans after you enjoy their contents, and pop in your plant of choice. It's like a museum on your windowsill.
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