We first laid eyes on Anndra Neen's gilded objets d'art in the home of Brady Cunningham, and we've been hooked ever since.
“We love Brady,” Phoebe and Annette Stephens said almost in sync. “She’s been super supportive from the beginning. We designed these pieces and it was organic. We were like, ‘Well, what do we do?’ and then our friend saw them and said, ‘You know, it’s so different. You really should show it!’ Eventually the New York Times broke the story, and it sort of went from there!”
The gorgeous duo (did you see the beauty feature we did with them?) have an artistic eye like no other. Though based in N.Y.C., the girls have maintained ties to their heritage by bringing all their designs to a Mexican artist, who hand-makes each piece. “We’re always trying to push the boundaries of what you can do with metal,” Phoebe said.
Upon our arrival, the girls gave us the grand tour around Phoebe’s abode, which was filled the sweet smell of Santal 26 (you know we have a weakness for candles.) Every corner of her gallery-like digs was filled with massive pieces of canvas and historical sculptures, many of which depicted Biblical and heritage-inspired Mexican art.
"Our grandmother was friends with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico," Phoebe told us. The girls went into their closet and brought out a mixed-material necklace. "She also designed jewelry. She made statement one-of-a-kind necklaces using objects like brass, stone, and bone, and she sold them in Henri Bendel in the 70s."
When it comes to their home, designs and aesthetic, it’s easy to see the influence of art. Along with their grandmother’s heirlooms are works by their father and brother, too. “We are sort of all about that middle ground between fashion and art and how you join the two together,” Annette said. From the massive reupholstered couch (it belonged to Maria Félix, the Marilyn Monroe of Mexico, NBD) to the 200-year-old cast of a Virgin Mary, which they just had restored, it was clear where the true roots Anndra Neen’s genius lives.