- INTERIOR INTRIGUE
“I have no specific style or period that I am especially fond of…I am enamoured with immense rooms, partly because I pride myself on knowing how to bring together immensity and comfort. Most people are afraid of houses on a grand scale, but I’ve always been completely at home in them.” – Alberto Pinto
One of the most special opportunities we have worked on this year was designing a window at the Janet Yonaty showroom for the LCDQ’s Legends event that took place this past week. Every May, the design community descends on Los Angeles for three days of inspiration. Forty interior designers are invited to design showroom windows inspired by this year’s theme: Legendary: Icons of Design presenting their homages to legendary interior designers of the past. We were VERY pleasantly surprised to WIN the contest for “Favorite Window!” Heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for us and to all of the amazing vendors, artists, and craftsmen (listed below) that brought our vision to life. A special thank you to Tamar Mashigian for inviting us to participate in this incredible event!
Inspired by the enchanting exoticism of the Orient, my window is an homage to Alberto Pinto, the master of converging cultural aesthetics. Turkish Iznik patterns and Syrian inlaid pieces blend with Moroccan and Indian motifs in exuberant colors revealing how all cultures can harmoniously coexist.
The backdrop for the window was custom colored in Turkey by Iksel Decorative Arts to blend with the gorgeous hand-blocked textiles by Schuyler Samperton found at Hollywood at Home. Kravet provided richly colored velvet and mohair for the settee and ottomans. Janet Yonaty provided the accessories and the Syrian inlaid mirror, wedding chest and chair were generously loaned by Alkhayat Furniture. I found the finishing touches on a recent trip to Morocco that involved much haggling and negotiating including getting the pottery brought down from a Berber village in the Atlas Mountains on the back of a donkey!
I have admired the work of Alberto Pinto for as long as I can remember. Born in Casablanca, Pinto’s work was incredibly diverse ranging from very formally classic to ultra modern. I became enchanted by “Orientalist” period and used that as my inspiration for the window.
ABOUT ALBERTO PINTO (VIA WWD)
Born in 1943 in Casablanca, Pinto spent his childhood in Morocco. His tours across Europe and the rest of the world with globe-trotting parents would influence Pinto’s exotic, global design vision later in life. In the Sixties in New York, he began working on interior design stories for Condé Nast, where he was introduced to avant-garde decorative arts, inspiring Pinto to experiment with varied and elaborate interiors within his own apartment.
Pinto founded a design studio in Paris in 1971. Viewing each project as a unique and global creation, he became one of the most cosmopolitan and worldly of French decorators, favoring Orientalist styles and pattern play.Within his studio, Pinto surrounded himself with numerous artisans and collaborators, promoting a hyper-detail-oriented work ethic and putting colors and art at the epicenter of daily life. This ethos garnered him a variety of luxury commissions, ranging from bespoke airplanes and private yachts to luxury hotels across the world, notably the private salons of France’s Elysée Palace.
JANET YONATY : Accessories
HOLLYWOOD AT HOME: Hand blocked fabrics by Schuyler Samperton
CIRCA LIGHTING: Floor lamps
IKSEL DECORATIVE ARTS: Wallcovering
KRAVET: Settee velvet, Ottoman mohair
ALKAYET FINE ART FURNITURE: Mirror, wedding chest and chair
FLORAL DESIGN: The Empty Vase
PHOTOGRAPHY: Meghan Beirle
CONSTRUCTION: Carlos Rittner and Team/ C.R. Creative Services
CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGNS: Settee, Pottery, Moroccan Rug, Turkish Pillows
Stay tuned for all of the LCDQ windows in my next post…Thanks for visiting!
- ARTISTIC LICENSE
“We must now learn to draw inspiration from the tangible miracles that surround us.” -Umberto Boccioni
Last week, we had the pleasure of designing a table for the 125th Anniversary Gala for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House at Cipriani’s 42nd Street Ballroom. Every spring, forty interior designers, artists and floral designers from around the country are invited to design tables for the annual black tie charity event. This year’s theme was “The Future Starts Now” in honor of their 125th anniversary. Recognized as one of New York’s premier non profit organizations, the settlement house provides an extensive array of human services including social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness to improve the lives of 15,000 people in need each ranging from 3-103. The event raised close to $900,000 and we could not think of a more worthy cause to which we could donate our time, creativity, and resources. Thank you to Virginia Pittman, Honorary Design Chair Christopher Spitzmiller, and Design Chairs Alberto Villalobos and Lindsey Coral Harper for including us in the event.
Chairish is one of my favorite resources to find vintage pieces for client projects. This month, I am delighted to have been selected to participate in their exclusive Designer Showhouse sale, a curated collection of pieces hand-picked by designers from some of the country’s most prestigious Showhouses! See all of the beautiful finds, available now on Chairish by clicking HERE for my shop and HERE for the rest of the sale. The sale goes live TODAY (Saturday, March 2nd) at 12 noon EST.
I have included items from the Southeastern Designer Showhouse presented by Atlanta Home and Lifestyles and the Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse. There are some incredible finds in the sale that are marked well below the wholesale prices. Happy hunting!
- INTERIOR INTRIGUE
“There is good taste—and then, in a stratosphere all its own, there is Agnelli taste…Marella Agnelli is the goddess of style.” –Vogue
Marella Agnelli at Home, Horst P. Horst, 1967
Regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most glamorous and cultured women, Marella Agnelli led an incredibly fascinating life married to Gianni Agnelli, also known as “the rake of the Riviera,” for his love of fast cars, sailboats, clothing, and beautiful women. Gianni’s sisters introduced him to the stunning Marella and thought she was the only lady suitable for their brother. The famous Agnelli fortune was made In the early 19th century when their father Giuseppe planted mulberry trees for silkworms on his estate in Villar Peroso. This incredibly successful venture led him to launch Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili Torino, aka Fiat. which his son Gianni ran for 30 years.
Richard Avedon nicknamed her “The Swan” in 1953 after taking this iconic portrait of her below. Throughout her lifetime, Marella collaborated with the best artists and designers of her day, offering her gardens and residences as their canvases that spread throughout Turin, Rome, Milan, New York, St. Moritz, and Marrakech. The projects range from classic to ultramodern filled with amazing art and groundbreaking decorating innovations.
“Each of us has an enchanted vision that we carry around in the treasure house of our minds….your personal approach to your own magic.”-Tony Duquette
When the opportunity arose to host an event in Paris during Deco Off and Maison et Objet, I thought what could be better than to have a celebration of creativity surrounded by the most talented people I know? In searching for a theme for the evening, I decided to take a cue from two of the most fascinating figures in design…Elsie de Wolfe and Tony Duquette. Gay Gassman of Architectural Digest captured the magic of the evening in the lovely article below…
The table setting for Cathy Austin’s Elsie de Wolfe and Tony Duquette-themed dinner party in Paris. Photo: Kelly Marshall
CHARLOTTE DESIGNER CATHY AUSTIN HOSTED THE FESTIVE AFFAIR AT THE HOME OF FRANK DE BIASI AND GENE MEYER/ TEXT BY GAY GASSMAN
Design has taken over Paris this week with the 10th anniversary of Paris Deco Off and the opening of global trade fair Maison + Objet. Besides the massive fair, this means more than 100 fabric and furniture showroom open houses, countless pop-ups and special events, and streets festooned with oversize lampshades swinging from the buildings in the City of Light. It also means every night is jam-packed with cocktails and dinners hosted by the big industry showrooms, but there are also smaller private events. One of the most intriguing invitations of the season was the beautifully designed one for “An Unforgettable Romp in Paris: An Evening Inspired by Elsie de Wolfe and Tony Duquette,” hosted last night by Charlotte, North Carolina–based interior designer Cathy Austin of Catherine M. Austin Interior Design at the Paris home of AD 100 designer Frank de Biasi and designer Gene Meyer.
- INTERIOR INTRIGUE
The second annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House opened in Palm Beach this past weekend showcasing the work of 21 talented designers. Overlooking Lake Worth, the Mediterranean-style villa provided a beautiful backdrop for the designers to work their magic. The house is open until February 20th and tickets may be purchased by clicking here. See below for a tour and if you are headed south, do not miss seeing these spectacular spaces in person!
- INTERIOR INTRIGUE
We are excited to be up for the LUXE Red Awards this year in the 3 categories below. The Reader’s Choice Voting is open and we need your vote!
Please click on the image below to cast a vote in the three categories before THIS FRIDAY January 25th.
CLASSIC INTERIOR DESIGN
MAJOR RESTORATION OR RENOVATION
I would be so grateful for your vote. Thank you in advance for your consideration!
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“Mere color can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”-Oscar Wilde
This week SOCO Gallery presented its first exhibition of 2019 with Austin Eddy’s vibrant abstract works. The joyful compilations reflect fantastical moments from his travels where he was working in various studios around the world and interpreted through his colorful imagination. I have included a few favorites here, but pictures do not do these justice. The juxtaposition of colors, composition of forms, and layering are much better seen in person!
- LCDQ LEGENDS: HOMAGE TO ALBERTO PINTO: AN ORIENTALIST OASIS
- 2019 LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE GALA: UNA FESTA FUTURISMO
- CHAIRISH SHOWHOUSE SALE LIVE TODAY!
- THE LAST SWAN: MARELLA AGNELLI
- ELSIE DE WOLFE AND TONY DUQUETTE INSPIRE A DINNER PARTY IN PARIS VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
- SECOND ANNUAL KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE IN PALM BEACH
- LUXE RED AWARDS: WE NEED YOUR VOTE BY FRIDAY!
- SOCO GALLERY PRESENTS AUSTIN EDDY: TUR TIL TURTLE ISLAND
- DESIGNERS SHARE THEIR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
- GOODBYE 2018!
- HOW THIS CHARLOTTE DESIGNER SPOTLIGHTS RISING ARTISTS: CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGN VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
- THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING: PRIZE WINNING DOCUMENTARY ON HBO NOVEMBER 12
- HIGH POINT MARKET INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER: FOLLOW THE FUN
- DESIGN BOARD: CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGN IN CHARLOTTE HOME DESIGN & DECOR
- GLOBAL GLAMOUR BY CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGN IN ATLANTA HOME & LIFESTYLES
- THE COLOR FACTORY OPENING NEXT WEEK IN NYC
- HOUSE TOUR: STEP INSIDE THE COLORFUL HOME OF MARGHERITA MISSIONI VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
- OFF DUTY: CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGN IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
- VISIONARY WOMEN LUNCHEON INSPIRED BY OSCAR DE LA RENTA
- THE GLAMOUR AND ROMANCE OF OSCAR DE LA RENTA EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 19
- HOUSE TOUR: HAUTE BOHEMIAN IN PALM BEACH (PART THREE)
- HOUSE TOUR: HAUTE BOHEMIAN IN PALM BEACH (PART TWO)
- HOUSE TOUR: HAUTE BOHEMIAN IN PALM BEACH (PART ONE)
- BEHIND THE DESIGNS: TRINA TURK AND MR. TURK RETURN TO CHARLOTTE
- YOU’RE INVITED: STUDIO PARTY AT THE MCCOLL CENTER FOR ART + INNOVATION