Handheldimage is a specialist fine art company offering both limited editioned artworks and artistic production tailored to specific projects.
Handheld was founded in 2000 by Kimberly Lavery and her husband, the renowned photographer Peter Lavery. The Laverys decided to launch the business after years of travelling. Peter explains:
During the thirty years I have been taking photographs, Kim and I have stayed in hundreds of hotels worldwide, most of which have not taken into consideration how important art is for the overall guest experience. All too often the walls are an afterthought and we decided to help change that. Technological developments have enabled us to create original pieces of art at realistic prices and Handheld is our outlet for this work.
Collaborating with designers and architects, the Laverys bring the work of top photographers and artists to the hotel industry and to other commercial enterprises worldwide. As well as commissioned work, they have a large library of images and a print studio where artworks are created in-house.
The artists who collaborate with Handheld and who employ platinum, salt, colour carbon, silk screen, dye destruction, and oils are quite simply masters of their crafts. In bringing together the creative activity of a group of specialists, Handheld aim to make projects both satisfying and worthwhile.
Sniez Torbarina, Jestico Whiles Architects:
We have worked with Peter and Kim on numerous hotel projects over he past four years and have enjoyed the process which was creative, efficient and inspiring. They truly understand our ideas and aims and make sure that everything gets done professionally, within budget and on time.
William Broadbent, Malmaison and Hotel du Vin:
This is now the sixth project we have worked together with Peter and Kimberley Lavery. Peter's distinctive style certainly reflects our strong brand image. We pay close attention to detail and Peter has reflected this in all art work and photography he has produced for our Malmaison group. He certainly has maintained our philosophy to be different from the mainstream boutique and chain hotels.