Monday, January 16, 2017

The Bezel Collection From Hammerton Studio

Since it's a new year, let's take a look at an amazing new interior lighting product.

I am in love with these stunning lighting fixtures from Hammerton Studio and I'm so excited to use one in a project for a client. Their simplistic, clean-lined design is offset by the chunky, organic, blown glass shades in the shape of rock crystals and gems. The glass comes in three hues of clear, smoke, and bronze. And they come in a variety of configurations for ease of installation: round chandeliers or linear hanging lights (both of which feature integrated downlights in their design!), pendants, cluster pendants, and even sconces! Gorgeous!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Why Not: Stripes!

Bold. Interesting. Stripes can make a statement in a space unlike anything else. On the floor or on the walls or even ceiling...

And stripes can go anywhere. The bathroom above is in the Roman home of architect Achilles Salvagni but the striped floor continues into the kitchen seen below!

This incredible entry below at the home of Lara and Jeff Sanderson by Kelly Wearstler features a double dose of stripes on the floor and the ceiling!

A riot of color erupts from the striped walls in the vivid home of Muriel Brandolini.

In the home of Todd Hase, stripes in a tower bedroom give the appearance of being in a tent!

Paula Caravelli of Paula + Martha used large scale, graphic brown stripes to great effect in the butler's pantry of her home.

Red stripes in an entry by Kristina Ratia are a fun way to say hello and announce your personality to visitors!

Designer Bruno Caumont used hand-painted lilac and cream stripes as a classical background for a salon-grouping of art pieces.

If you're ready to give stripes a try, whether with tile in a bathroom, or with wallcovering or paint on your walls, give me a call!

Happy designing!

Monday, January 2, 2017

White: A Blank Page Or Canvas 2017

Hello past, current, and future clients, and regular readers and followers: welcome to 2017. As we begin a new year with promise and possibility stretched out before us, I am reminded of these words from "Sunday In The Park With George" by the legendary Stephen Sondheim: "White: a blank page or many possibilities." Here in the western world, white represents purity. It is basic, untouched, unformed. These are the qualities of a blank piece of paper or a painter's canvas, ready to absorb any ideas and to support whatever might be created upon it.

There are those in the interior design world who think that white is a lost opportunity for color, and being more of a maximalist myself, I might lean in that direction, but I can't deny the allure of the absence of color as well. White can be a bold statement as much as any hue and the following white rooms speak volumes.

Happy designing and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year to all my followers and regular readers. May 2017 be a peaceful and prosperous year for the planet.

See you next week for the first post of 2017. Until then, Happy Designing!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Holidays 2016!

This year, the Winter Solstice for the northern hemisphere happens this Wednesday, December 21st. I am wishing everyone a Happy Winter Solstice and a beautiful and joyous Holiday Season!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Know Your Chairs: The Platner Chair

Warren Platner started out as an architect but he will forever be known as a furniture designer and interior designer. He was a member of Eero Saarinen’s office (previously here) from 1960 to 1965, participating in the designs for the Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., the Repertory Theatre at Lincoln Center, and John Deere World Headquarters. But it wasn't until 1966 when he unveiled through Knoll his classic Platner chair collection that he found his true calling. All the pieces--except the Platner Loveseat which is no longer made--have been in continuous production since their introduction and each sculptural base of these staples of modernist design is made up of hundreds of steel rods which take over one thousand welds to manufacture!

Warren Platner was inducted into Interior Design magazine’s hall of fame in 1985. Until falling ill, Platner was still active in his firm, working on projects. He died in 2006 at the age of 86.

The Platner Arm Chair--
can be bought from Knoll here

The Platner Easy Chair--
can be bought from Knoll here

The Platner Lounge Chair--
can be bought from Knoll here

Happy designing!