Apartment tour: Urban scrawl
Kid Robot's marketing manager finds street art a home in her vivacious Greenpoint gem.
Thu Oct 9 2008
When Nichole Lindsay traded in her cramped, cluttered Jersey City apartment for a roomy one-bedroom in a Brooklyn brownstone, the longtime vinyl-toy fanatic and art enthusiast knew she'd finally snagged a space worthy of displaying her collection. "I fell in love with it because of the open space and light," says Lindsay, a.k.a. the Toy Baroness, who has been the marketing manager of adult toy-shop Kid Robot for five years. Before moving into the third-floor pad in April, Lindsay edited her collection—"it was in the thousands, at least"—and sold most of her toys so she could focus on using her new digs to showcase only her favorite pieces.
In the apartment's kitchen and office, one glaringly white wall serves as a stark gallery-like background against which Lindsay's array of vibrant artwork pops. Elsewhere, an eclectic collage of framed screenprints, drawings and other original works from numerous street and contemporary artists from around the world (Shepard Fairey, Tim Biskup, Devilrobots, Coop and Urban Medium, to name a few) creates a graffiti-like wallpaper.
In fact, the only room that Lindsay kept blank and white is the kitchen. Everywhere else color reigns: Upon entering the apartment, visitors are greeted by a delicious hue of bubble-gum pink. A pink retro dining set—a castoff from a friend—lends the small dining nook a vintage vibe. A large mixed-media illustration by Hawaii artist Aaron Martin (a.k.a. Angry Woebot) features an amusing trio of angry pandas baring sharp incisors and pink tongues. "The pink tongues accent the dining set," she adds proudly. Even her small bedroom—not big enough to accommodate closets—is painted a dark, eggplant purple.
Even though she insists she's narrowed down her collection, there's still a good amount of treasure throughout her apartment: There's a blush-worthy "penis collage" print, a portrait of Lemmy from Motrhead, a cheeky print of a vampire rabbit and a small glass display case that houses the kinds of miniature toys she covets. In the living room, French graffiti artists Tilt and Mist tagged one large, vibrant orange wall. "They just happened to be in town the weekend I was moving in, so they came over and painted the entire wall. It's definitely my most prized possession, and I'll be very upset if I ever have to move!" she says. And in spite of her fairly large art collection, there are a few more things she just has to have. "I just commissioned a black velvet painting of Stephen Hawking from an artist in Tijuana. It'll be totally badass."