There is nothing I love more than an antiques show. Gone are the days of booth after booth of brown furniture. Today’s shows provide the catalyst for vendors and designers to showcase their creative brilliance and highlight the very best they have to offer including everything one can imagine. I was delighted to attend the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Opening Gala last week. In honor of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love, the theme was FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. Interior designer Suzanne Tucker chaired the brilliant show and Paris fashion designer Andrew Gn joined as honorary chair for the prestigious event that benefits Enterprise for Youth, a nonprofit organization supporting underprivileged students through educational programs.
Calling all Charlotte Design Addicts! Circa Interiors is having an EPIC warehouse sale this weekend and has invited some other designers (myself included!) to participate. You will not want to miss out on the treasure hunt discovering everything from antiques and upholstery to art, accessories and lighting. There are over 1500 items that will be discounted 60-90% off of the retail pricing.
SNEAK PREVIEW for the design trade starting at 9 AM tomorrow morning!
High Point Market is a marathon and a sprint all at the same time…There is so much to see and so much ground to cover. It helps to be surrounded by a lovely group of creative minds that were part of the team for the 3rd Annual High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour organized by High Point Market, Esteem Media, and the Design Bloggers Conference. The program brings ten leading design bloggers to High Point Market for a 2-day tour of sponsoring showrooms. We had a ball getting to know one another, sharing favorite design sources, and experiencing market from everyone’s different perspectives.
When a favorite fashionista client introduced me to the line Shine by Sho a few years ago, I was instantly smitten. The lines of the furniture paired with fashion forward detailing in hardware, finishes and fringe were unlike any other line I had ever seen. Creator Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz describes her client as a “cultural carnivore…obsessed with art, architecture and fashion who knows how to flawlessly combine urbane jewels, sumptuous finishes, and a dash of vogueish thrills to create visual ambrosia.” Who would not want to be defined as such?!? I anxiously await wait will come with each new collection. Not only is Susan insanely talented and uber creative, she is also effervescent and the kind of of gal pal you would like to travel the world with in search of the next inspiration for her globally inspired brand. Thank you IHFC Interhall for organizing our visit!
Check out her take on trends from last year’s Maison et Objet and see how they have manifested in upcoming posts on High Point Market trends…
Following her wildly successful couture lifestyle brand Shine By Sho, Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz is thrilled to announce the launch of Sho Modern. Inspired by travel and globally sourced material, Sho Modern fuses Shine by Sho’s avant-garde luxury with pret-a- porter accessibility. Through the use of luxe natural woods, stones, pounded metals, and opulent leather, Sho Modern delivers a globally inpsired and sourced lifestyle brand. Focused on innovation and luxury, Sho Modern is for the design and quality savvy client looking for an instant aesthetic upgrade. “Sho Modern is designed to push fashion forward living into our everyday.”
SHOWROOM VIGNETTES AT IHFC INTERHALL
THE FUEL CHAIR
A TOUCH OF POLISH AND A WHOLE LOT OF 1980’S MAXIMALISM FUELS OUR PASSION FOR THIS FASHION FORWARD PERCH. WHILE THE VIEW FROM THE TOP IS STUNNING, WE’D RATHER CHECK OUT THIS FIRESTARTER’S REAR ASSETS.
THE SHAG BENCH
OUR SHAG BENCH IS ALL ABOUT OVER THE TOP MAXIMALISM WITH TOTALLY DECADENT CREAM SHEARLING, BUT HAS THE SLIGHTEST HINT OF RESTRAINED MINIMALISM COMING FROM TARNISHED GOLD PIPE. THE QUESTION WON’T BE ‘SHALL WE SHAG NOW OR LATER?’ BUT WHERE TO START?
THE EDGE PENDANT
THEY SAY THAT NOT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD, BUT THIS LITTLE TART IS GOLDEN. THE HAMMERED BRASS DOME GLISTENS WHILE THE TIERED LEATHER FRINGE LETS LIGHT DANCE THROUGH ITS SKIRT CREATING A VIBRANT AND FLIRTY FEMME FATAL. HANG OUR VERGE PENDANT ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO UP THE STYLE ANTE.
THE BRINK TABLE LAMP
A TALL SQUARE MARBLE BASE, ELONGATED NECK AND BRASS DOME CREATE A SOPHISTICATEDLY SIMPLE SILHOUETTE; FRINGE LEATHER UPS THE FLIRTY FACTOR. LIGHT DANCES OFF THE HAMMERED BRASS AND PEAKS THROUGH THE FRINGE SKIRTING. ADD THE BRINK TO CREATE A LITTLE EXTRA VAMPY SPARKLE.
THE HORN TABLE LAMP
WANT A HINT OF MYTHICAL GLAMOUR? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS LEGENDARY CREATURE. CRAFTED FROM SCULPTED BRASS AND MARBLE, OUR HORN LAMP WILL HAVE YOU PRANCING WITH JOY AND WONDERING WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG TO FIND IT.
THE PIPE TABLE LAMP
A SERIES OF OFFSET BRASS/NICKEL PIPES ARISE FROM A MARBLE BASE SPEWING LIGHT IN ALL DIRECTIONS IN OUR PIPE TABLE LAMP. UP THE INDUSTRIAL SIZZLE FACTOR WITH A FEW OF OUR PIPE LAMPS ON EITHER SIDE OF A BED.THE POUND FLOOR LAMP
THE POUND FLOOR LAMP IS LIKE A GIANT DIAMOND RING: IT MAKES A SPARKLY STATEMENT. THE HAMMERED BRASS/NICKEL REFRACTS LIGHT IN EVERY DIRECTION, CREATING AN EYE-CATCHING GLOW. PLUG ONE OF OUR POUND FLOOR LAMPS INTO A SUBDUED SITTING ROOM FOR AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT OR INTO AN OVER-THE-TOP SALON TO PUSH THE BOUNDS OF MAXIMALISM. WE EVEN SAY PUT IT ON A TABLE FOR AN OVERSCALED TABLE LAMP STATEMENT.
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE TICKLES THE SENSES WITH ITS BLEACHED WHITE OAK CONTOURED INTO SLEEK DEMILUNES, THE LINED IN HAMMERED NICKEL. SOPHISTICATED, SURREAL AND SIGNIFICANT, THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE MAKES AN ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT.
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE
THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE TICKLES THE SENSES WITH ITS BLEACHED WHITE OAK CONTOURED INTO SLEEK DEMILUNES, THE LINED IN HAMMERED NICKEL. SOPHISTICATED, SURREAL AND SIGNIFICANT, THE CURVE CONSOLE TABLE MAKES AN ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT.
THE BANG BUFFET
YOU DON’T NEED TO PLUG THIS PIECE IN TO MAKE IT GLOW – IT SHIMMERS ALL BY ITSELF. OUR BANG BUFFET CABINET IS CRAFTED USING POUNDED METAL CREATING AN ALMOST ETHERAL GLOW. PUT IT IN A DINING ROOM OR LIVING ROOM TO HIDE ALL THE THINGS YOU’D RATHER FORGET.
THE BOWIE ETAGERE
CAN SOMETHING BE CUTTING EDGE AND YET TIMELESS? WE THINK THE BOWIE ETAGERE IS JUST THAT. THE TARNISHED METAL ADDS A LIBERAL SPLASH OF SIZZLE, WHILE THE SLEEK SILHOUETTE IS AN INSTANT CLASSIC. USE IT TO STORE TOWELS IN A PALM BEACH POOL HOUSE, TO DISPLAY TRINKETS IN A WILLIAMSBURG LOFT, OR AS A MINI-MEDIA CENTER IN A SOHO STUDIO – THE TRANSFORMATIONS ARE ENDLESS.
THE STUD MIRROR
WE WANT THIS STUD IN EVERY ROOM. HORSE HAIR AND LEATHER COME TOGETHER TO FORM A MASCULINE FRAME AROUND A LARGE OVAL MIRROR. THIS DAPPER STUD WORKS JUST AS WELL IN A LOUCHE DOWNTOWN LA LOFT AS IT DOES IN A SLICK MODERNIST MANHATTAN HIGH-RISE.
Enjoy this behind the scenes video when Shine by Sho partnered with Lori Margolis Interiors to install Caitlyn Jenner’s Malibu home..
Another whirlwind trip to AmericasMart Atlanta has passed and I am eager to share my favorite finds and trends in the design world. Looking for common threads through seven MILLION square feet of exhibition space can be somewhat daunting. We had an amazing group of #StyleYour Season designers and bloggers covering trends which will be shared in a comprehensive trend report through AmericasMart Atlanta coming soon.
Many of the motifs I incorporate into my own aesthetic kept popping up not only in the design showrooms, but also in the fashion, jewelry and tabletop showrooms as well. Here is a peak of the trends and items that caught my eye…
I adore any shade of pink….from Blush to Coral to Schiaparelli. With Rose Quartz being one of PANTONE’s Colors of the Year, the soft shade was showcased throughout every building. Starting clockwise from the top left….A gorgeous vignette by Kristin Alber featured the “Lily” Chandelier by Ro Sham Beaux, a rose Mongolian lamp pillow by SARO, a “Pretty in Pink” lamp by Regina Andrew all set against a Serenity blue backdrop (PANTONE’s other Color of the Year, “Everett” Studs in Rose Quartz by Addison Weeks, and “Paris” vases from Oly Studio.
Evocative of the paintings of Jackson Pollack and Helen Frankenthaler, abstract expressionism was also well represented throughout several showrooms. The lamps of Liz Marsh Designs were one of my most unique finds. The reverse painted glass lamps can be done in any color, background and brushstroke style from drippy to splattered. New introductions from The Blush Label are inspired by the colorful decor of Puerto Rico. At Design Legacy, the works of Kelly O’Neal mixed metallics with a modern sensibility and old world techniques. A detail of his original “Personality Traits Magenta” is seen here.
Feathers were also abundant everywhere whether they were painted, gilded, or naturally shed. An ingenious layout of prints from Mitchell Black would provide an incredible focal point for any large blank space. A white feather chandelier from Grace & Blake adds a touch of whimsy to any interior. The ostrich handbags from MooMoo would do the same for any outfit.
The variety of large statement mirrors in Atlanta was incredible. The sculptural works in gold, rock crystal, oyster shell, vellum, barnacles, and other materials were amazing. Any of these works could hold their own in an interior with other large scale works of art. From top left, the “Acquarius” mirror by Emporium Home, “Round Crystal” mirror by Modern History and “Venus” mirror in champagne oyster shell by Made Goods.
Gold accents continued to shine and were bolder than ever. From top left, artisan crafted lamps and accessories made exclusively for Couture Lamps in Vietnam, Gilt metal chandelier from Currey & Company available in a variety of sizes, and contemporary “Kopara” pillow by Pyar & Company.
Jonathan Adler has always been one of my design heros. His love of the creative process, ability to effortessly mix high and low, and his infectious sense of humor make him irresistably charming. I am beyond thrilled that he will be coming to Charlotte next month for the Fall EnrichMINT Forum sponsored by the Mint Museum Auxiliary. The first time I read his company mainfesto, I was completely hooked with all things Jonathan Adler….
A trip to the Adler-designed Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, gave me a bigger dose of his spectacular imagination. Mr. Adler’s sense of humor is evident is every detail of the design and branding of the hotel. He created the hotel as the estate of the fictional “Mrs. Parker”, a chic, eccentric globe-trotting collector and lady of leisure. The modern mix of bohemian decor reflects Mrs. Parker’s wanderlust and items collected on her travels around the world. Click here to read the full post.
Now, we are lucky enough to host Mr. Adler (and his charming partner Simon Doonan, Barney’s Creative Ambassador-at-Large) right here in Charlotte! I cannot wait to see how event chairs and designers extraordinaire Kathryn Dixon and Carrie Miller of Dixon Miller Interiors trip out the museum channeling the Manifesto above. The evening includes a champagne reception, light bites, conversation and book signing of 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life. Tickets are $150 each and be purchased online by clicking here. Proceeds benefit children’s educational programming, exhibitions and acquisitions for The Mint Museum.
LAMPERT GRAND SOFA, RIDER LOUNGE CHAIRS, JACQUES SIDE TABLE AND COCKTAIL TABLE, PERUVIAN FLATWEAVE RUG, JENNA SNYDER PEACOCK GOUACHE, AND ACCESSORIES
HAINES CHAIR, CHANNING CONSOLE, BARCELONA ACCENT LAMPS
VERTIGO SWIVEL CHAIRS, JACQUES COCKTAIL TABLE, MALTA TRIPTYCH, STELLA BANANA SILK RUG, GENEVA FLOOR LAMP, BRASS ORB, STELLA WEB SATIN STITCH PILLOW
CARACAS CHANDELIER, GOLDFINGER LOUNGE CHAIRS, RIDER ETAGERES, CANAAN ACCENT TABLE, BAXTER T-ARM SOFA, ZIG ZAG THROW, GILDED PILLOWS, MALACHITE STAIN STICH PILLOWS, ARIES COCKTAIL TABLE, ABACA RUG
GOLDFINGER DINING CHAIR, CHANNING DESK, CANNAN TABLE LAMP, JACQUES PEDESTAL, ATLAS BUST, FUTURA DRIP URN, CRAWFORD REVERSIBLE RUG, SALVADOR AND MISIA BRASS ORBS
MR. 7 MRS. GODFREY CHAIRS, MR. & MRS. NEEDLEPOINT PILLOWS, ANTWERP FLOOR LAMP, CANAAN ACCENT TABLE, RELEIF VASES, STEPPED BRIDGET BANANA SILK RUG
THE GOLDFINGER COLLECTION
1948 ° DINNERWARE
JACQUES BAR CART
The entire series of INSPIRATION POINT with JONATHAN ADLER is incredible. Take a peek into his Fantasy Factory and wild world by watching every episode!
When a client brings a spark of inspiration to the design process, it makes my job as a designer much more rewarding. My primary role as an interior designer is an interpreter…being able to translate my client’s tastes into successful spaces. In doing so, the rooms become like the individuals and no two turn out alike. I recently had the privilege to work on a project that was inspired by a client’s favorite Hermès scarf. It embodied everything she desired…the colors, the pattern and the luxurious feeling she wanted for the space.
The last time I was in Paris, I saw the Hermès textile and wallpaper collection for the first time…The spell that this line always casts had me completely enchanted.
Zébrures takes its inspiration from a zebra’s coat. The stripes form a wave, like palm leaves in the wind. The motif appears in the cotton weft over a silk chevron background which gives this jacquard fabric texture and contrast.
The Hs fit together like links in a chain to form undulating lines. This brocatelle jacquard, made of cotton and linen is sturdy and matt. It is available in neutral or high-contrast two-tone colour schemes.
Croquis de tigre, taken from one of painter Robert Dallet’s sketches, depicts the profile and portrait of a majestic tiger. The elegant cotton-silk jacquard perfectly complements the animal’s natural beauty. The satin weave background is available in three rich, deep hues to offer the perfect contrast for the tiger’s powerful presence. These sketches, placed across the width of the fabric, could be used for upholstery so as for cushions.
Fermoir H evokes the subtle and close-fitting clasp. In this jacquard interpretation, the outlines of the links elegantly adorn a twill background. This classic geometrical pattern in cotton and viscose reconciles durability and sophistication in a range of seven colour schemes.
Jungle Life’s repeating pattern depicts the jungle surrounding the big cats in love from the now iconic Jungle Love silk scarf designed by Robert Dallet in 2000. The design brings to life an imaginary world of luxuriant vegetation. Jungle Life is printed on a graceful heavy silk twill that is new to the collection. It perfectly symbolises Hermès’s creative approach and renders the print even more stunning in three variations, each with 21 colours.
A contemporary interpretation of the iconic Chaine d’Ancre. The striated rings evoke motor racing tracks
Pierre Marie Agin plays with ribbons which uncoil and escape from their coils. They find their way into the complex interplay of concentric circles and geometric games in the ribbon factory. Mixes of warps and wefts, and yarn crossing reveal a palette of precious colors in subtle shades of changing effects.
This original drawing from Jeff Fischer recalls coastal flora in a medallion composition. The vegetal patterns with colors patinated by the fresh air reflect pallets of grass, algae and sea water. The quality of the linen support and the regularity of the threads allow a perfect gouache effect and provide a particular smooth feel to the fabric.
The world of fantasy and travel, very important in the Hermès tradition, presented in a cotton print by Philippe Dumas
Inspired by the eponymous silk scarf created by Christine Henry in 2010, Arbre de vie is printed using the rare and exacting technique of warp printing before weaving. This exceptional 100% silk version transcends history with a radical change of scale. Emerald green dominates, plunging into a monsoon of lush, exaggerated greenery.
The iconic sailor motif revisited by Anamorphée plays out in a two-tone checked pattern developped in a contempory spirit. Reversible, this fabric with bright or marine colors is matched with Rayures Rocabar material. Water-repellent treated.
1) The famous fashion house was founded in 1837 by German-born French-raised Thierry Hermès.
2) Hermès began as a small harness workshop in Paris, which was dedicated to serving European noblemen, creating luxury harnesses and bridles for horse-drawn carriages. The Hermès logo is a royal carriage and a horse.
3) Thierry Hermès’ son, Charles-Émile Hermès, took over the management of the business and moved the shop in 1880 to 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – where its flagship boutique still remains today.
4) Under new leadership and with fresh premises, Hermès introduced saddle manufacturing for the first time and began retail sales.
5) With the help of his sons Adolphe and Émile-Maurice, Charles-Émile grew the business’ global reach catering to Europe’s elite, with customers as far afield as North Africa, Russia, Asia and America, then in 1900 the firm introduced the Haut à Courroies handbag, which was specially designed for riders to carry their saddles with them.
6) Once Charles-Émile retired, the two sons renamed the business Hermès Frères and by 1914 had employed 80 saddle craftsmen due to huge demand, particularly from officials in Russia. The duo began using zips on their leather goods and were the first to introduce the device in France.
7) In the 1920s Émile-Maurice launched the firm’s first accessories collection and in 1922 the brand’s debut leather handbag was produced after his wife complained that she could not find a suitable one to her liking.
8) A decade later, the luxury label launched its Sac à dépêches bag (later renamed the Kelly) and in 1937 introduced its signature headscarves for the first time. The Queen is a firm favourite of the colourful silk designs.
9) In 1949, the same year as the launch of the Hermès silk tie, the first perfume, Eau d’Hermès, was produced.
10) Jean-Louis Dumas (great-great-grandson of Thierry Hermès) took over as the new head of the company in 1951.
11) After a commercial lull in the ‘70s, Dumas then concentrated on silk and leather goods, as well as revamped ready-to-wear, and the company’s fortunes began to turn after he modernised the business.
12) Dumas had nerve and put faith in new designers, hiring the unconventional Martin Margiela as creative director in 1997, and Jean-Paul Gaultier to replace him in 2003. The company was valued at £9.2billion at the time of his death in 2010.
13) Hermès kicked off the craze for naming handbag styles after celebrities. In 1956 a picture of Grace Kelly showed the silver screen icon using her Hermès Sac à dépêches bag to shield herself from a scrum of paparazzi photographers and so the style was renamed the Kelly. Each Kelly bag, like most Hermès designs, takes from 12 up to 18 hours to make.
14) But by far the most famous, and most collected design, is the Birkin, named after British sex kitten Jane. After a chance encounter on a plane with Dumas in the early ‘80s, the actress told him how her Kelly bag wasn’t big enough for everyday use, so they dreamt up a new design together and the Birkin was born.
15) A Hermès Birkin bag will set you back anything from £5,400 to a cool £100,000 in exotic skins such as saltwater crocodile, and its allure is further enhanced since the style isn’t available to buy instantly. Instead, you have to join an elite waiting list that can allegedly last years.
16) Hermès celebrated its 178th birthday this year
I have been immersed in Sue Roe’s book In Montmartre this summer learning about the birth of modern art in intense detail. I always thought I understood the basics influences and philosophies, but the author brings the era to life with the passionate personalities and eccentric characters that shaped this defining time in art history. The ardent competition between Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Modigliani and other artists searching for innovative ways of expression, the influence of African sculpture, the patronage of the Stein family and the community they fostered are beyond fascinating.
I was delighted to see the new introductions from Bungalow 5 capture the essence of these influences with their furnishings, art and accessories. Bugalow 5 does a wonderful job explaining the influence behind each piece and they have added several pieces that will work in any interior. I have selected several of my favorites below along with other pieces that highlight the colors and complement the lines in the artwork.The Hearst silk painting is a cubist composition of triangles and other geometries in prismatic blues, grays, greens, charcoals, pinks and golds. Paintings like these sought to modernize art by remixing 400 years of three-point perspective. The dense, energetic, three-dimensional results represented the world as they saw it. Each unique image is a great design solution that captures the spirit of fine art in beautiful hand painted silk.African aesthetics were a powerful influence on jazz, Cubism, Surrealism, Modernism and Lost Generation artists who wanted to move beyond western representations. Cocteau Tables are made of solid mahogany to capture the spirit of Paris between the wars. They feature graphic zig-zag legs, pretty bronze-finish solid brass stretchers, all-over hand-gouged texture and rich color.
The Safira Lamp is a modified Yaolingzun or “Mallet-Shaped” vase that originated in the Ming Dynasty. Our version has a long, elegant neck with a slim, rolled collar atop the flared base. Available in light blue or white porcelain with antique gold leaf base and finial.The monumentality and mystery of Cycladic sculpture like our Delos Head inspired generations of artists like Picasso, Modigliani, Brancusi and Cezanne who admired the ancient style’s sophisticated abstractions. Great as bookends or decorative objects at home or office.The Avignon silk painting is one of those beautiful 1940s French experiments into the optical effects of color. Rectilinear planes of houses at dusk flatten into watery blue, gray, charcoal, rose and soft yellow. This abstracted vision of Avignon, France reflects in mirror image on the Rhone river’s flowing surface. Each hand painted image is a great design solution, which captures the spirit of top-level art in beautiful, décor-friendly materials.
The elegant, medium scale Kaylin Lamp has a classic amphora shape and horizontal banding for texture. Artisanal Chinese porcelain delivers luminous color, updated styling and a modern spirit to a traditional form. The base and finial are gold leafed. Shade sold separately.The Bouquet Collection is a curvy, deco-inspired design that appeals those who want polished, decorated rooms. The romantic, serpentine front profile is finished with lacquered grasscloth that resembles the look and texture of a painted strié finish.The Felix statue is inspired by Alberto Giacometti’s 1951 “Cat” sculpture which arose from a memory of his brother Diego’s pet moving, “just like a ray of light”. Giacometti’s most important works consist of rigidly frontal, radically simplified forms. The emaciation and anonymity were recognized as metaphors for the human condition in post-war Europe. Great at home, office or sophisticated kid’s menagerie.Castelli silk paintings are sophisticated, large-scale calligraphy that capture the spirit of blue chip art in beautiful, hand painted colorways. Each gestural, graffiti-inspired painting bridges antiquity, traditional notions of European beauty and post war American painting.
The Union depicts two standing figures that merge into one. This statue emerges from the visual language of Henry Moore and generations of post WWI artists who sought to make sculpture that was relevant to the times. Great as decorative object at home or office.
The Janak, large 4-door cabinet is a super-glamorous, high-style design that bridges Bauhaus principles and mid-century styling to create a craft intensive version of Hollywood Regency. The design features colored, textured grasscloth sheathing and a shaped top with two central doors that emerge to break the long surface with pretty dimension and matched, diamond patterned nail heads.
The smoky, Silhouette figure might have been seen in Paris during the spring of 1911 at the first Cubism exhibition in the Salon des Indépendants. We see an alert standing figure that explodes three-point perspective into abstract planes.This unique image captures modernisms inventive spirit in beautiful, hand painted shades of griege on silk canvas. Calm. Strong. Fashionable.
The Karl Collection appeals to lovers of texture, contrast and a refined ancient-modern vibe. Skilled craftsmen carve planks of solid mahogany into legs with a tiered shingle detail that displays maximum grain. Each leg has a sawtooth profile edge that narrows toward the top from a wider base. An artisan-made antique glass mirror top complements the design’s warm, natural appeal.
The Marseilles French sailors are realized in beautiful hand painted cobalt blue and crimson red on silk canvas. They interact in a flattened cubist style, which emphasizes bold color and graphic lines that maintain the effect of a third dimension. Each dynamic image is a great design solution, which captures the spirit of blue chip art in beautiful, décor-friendly materials. Vivre a la Jazz!The Demi Statue of an interwoven circle captures the energy of Lost Generation modernism, which sought to make sculpture relevant to its times. Our design is similar to small studies by sculptors like Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore or Constantin Brâncusi that show the artist’s hand on every surface. Great as bookends or decorative objects at home or office.
Lane Mirrors in beveled antique mirror with copper cabochons are a fashionable take on Egyptian Revival styling. The exuberant mirror-on-mirror ziggurat shape has gem-like cuts with intricate faceting that suggest wings that might have surrounded the inspiration jewelry. Available in two sizes.
The Red and Black is painted in Russian avant-garde style, which comes from a time of utopian experiments in art and politics. Here we have a figure that completely breaks with the traditions of western academic painting. This new aesthetic is abstracted to its modern, dramatic essentials. High-contrast red, black and cream capture the spirit of great art. Get your manifesto on.
Like its namesake country, the Malta dining table is a cosmopolitan mix of Spanish, English and African influences. This rhythmic design in solid mahogany and mahogany veneers features very decorative, downward-facing crenellated and pegged stretchers. The lyre-shaped legs have interesting, inward-facing rounded corbeil feet that repeat in reverse where they meet the simplest tabletop.
The Quartet silk image depicts a period in early cubism when the art of its time exploded the boundaries of easel painting. This modern image in graphic black, white, cream and pale blue celebrates the energy of African art in Paris between the wars. Interlocking, all-over figures capture the spirit of great art in beautiful, hand painting on silk canvas.The Bomeo Collection is hand carved of cape-lilac mahogany. Details like architectural reveals, sender legs and geometrically textured carved fronts give it the spirit and lightness of Italian mid-century designs from Gio Ponti and others.
Like its namesake, the solid mahogany Zanzibar Side Table is a spicy mix of textured global influences. This dynamic design displays hand carved planes of positive and negative space ornamented by a pattern of vertical chisel scoops. The architectural vibe is grounded by a circular top and bottom with matching vertical chiseled edges. Totally totemic.
The Ernst Lamp is inspired by a1930s classic from the Giacometti brothers for Jean-Michel Frank. Available in matte white or black resin that is a convincing substitute for the original plaster. Shade purchased separately.
Please feel free to contact the studio if you are interested in any of these items. For more of my design inspiration, please be sure to follow along on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and subscribe to Bespoke Banter. Thanks for reading and please come back again!
I was over the moon to get a sneak peek of Julia Buckingham’s new collection for Global Views on The Editor at Large this week. It has been amazing to see this dynamic designer and innovative company bring this collection to life and to hear about the process. The number of craftsman and artisans alone that execute the vision is beyond extraordinary. I cannot wait to see the collection in person. If you are going to any of the summer markets in Dallas, Atlanta or Las Vegas, don’t miss it!
To read more about this talented designer, click here to read my “Creative Minds” interview with Julia and here to read an article I wrote for Peachy Magazine about one of her favorite Chicago projects.
Replete with more than 100 pieces of furniture, lighting, rugs, tabletop and home, interior designer Julia Buckingham’s collection exudes the spirit of what she calls a “curated, creative journey” and is comprised of materials as diverse as metals, woods, ceramics, glass and textiles.
“The unexpected spirit of my new collection offers ease and inspiration to design enthusiasts everywhere, reducing the angst associated with making a ‘correct’ interior design decision,” explains Buckingham. “The collection is based on taking a curated, creative journey and creating an ongoing relationship between people and their homes.” Select lighting pieces include the Fragment Sconce, designed with Italian Murano glass that casts colorful light, and the boho-inspired brass Tea Light Chandelier; while the collection’s array of vases, bowls and vessels and objects like the Hex Ice Bucket, Decanters and Glassware convey a certain vintage charm.
“Bubbles – Pink,” a decorative glass piece from the collection
In tandem with the Global Views Summer Brand Book, a preview of the collection will be released during summer markets in Dallas, Atlanta, Las Vegas and New York, while the full unveiling will take place during October’s High Point Fall Market. The retail price points range from $49 to $4,499. Learn more about Buckingham’s firm, Buckingham Interiors + Design, and Global Views.
Selected goods from Buckingham’s new collection with Global Views
Join Julia Buckingham in the showrooms this summer for a meet and greet. With her signature style, Modernique®, Julia seamlessly combines the old with the new to reveal the beauty and delight in unexpected pairings, creating warm and energetic spaces, relevant to how people live today. Learn how her style translates into her debut line Julia Buckingham for Global Views which is simultaneously contemporary and heirloom-inspired.
Every market, I am always anxious to see what Bernhardt Furniture is introducing. Their showroom is always one of the best in terms of decor, styling, and creatively showing their new lines each season. I have especially loved their most recent collections that epitomize “Modern Glamour.” Their artisans take traditional forms and enhance them with luxurious finishes and jewelry-like details giving them a more contemporary feel.
In all of the new introductions, especially the Criteria Collection, each item is designed to be a showpiece. Lighter finishes such as pearly white and dove gray allow the character of the wood to shine through. Exotic surfaces including mother of pearl, silver leaf, mirror polished metal, lizard and embossed reptile leather add a unique and luxurious element to the collection. Inspired by jewelry, cabinetry hardware in intricate forms such as geometric pierced pulls and knobs inset with embossed leather adds a perfect finishing touch. “The furniture we bring into our homes can be a form of self- expression,” says Heather Eidenmiller, director of brand development. “These inventive surfaces play with visual perception. We think they will help people to express themselves with a new kind of power, drama, and simplicity.”
In addition to these finishes, Bernhardt has also introduced pattern including inlays, laser-cuts, and frame motifs in casegoods and occasional furniture, along with patterned upholstery items. “Pattern creates energy in a purposeful object that can also be read as something decorative,” says Heather Eidenmiller. “As these pieces are intriguing, but not overtly trendy, we think people will find them to be powerful, fresh, and timeless.”
The entire Criteria Collection is sophisticated and sleek, showing influences of Sheraton furniture especially in the table bases and chair legs. The pieces can easily mix with various styles to create a modern and luxurious interior. I have included some of my favorite pieces below followed by some other pieces that I define as “Modern Glamour” from Bernhardt’s other lines. All of the new introductions will be available this fall.
CRITERIA COCKTAIL TABLE . Elegant pattern. Translucent, low-sheen, Pale Ivory finish on quartered ash. Mirror-polished stainless steel inlines. The astroid inline pattern is repeated in the lower shelf shape. Solid brass nickel-plated ferrule.
NORTON SOFA AND CHAIR: Upholstered in dove grey texture with gentle padded track arm. Accents of lapis on a tossed petal shimmering pillow and damask pillow.
CRITERIA BAR: Pale Ivory finish. Constructed in ash solids and quartered ash veneers.Mirror-polished stainless steel inline.
CRITERIA DESK: Covered in Faux Lizard with jewelry inspired nickel pull and ferrules.
CRITERIA SIDE CHAIR: Heather Gray finish.
CRITERIA CONSOLE: Ash solids and quartered ash veneers. Heather Gray finish. Stainless steel metal inlay on top and drawer fronts. An elegant long and narrow profile.
CRITERIA ARM CHAIR: Lively shape feels retro and modern at the same time. Translucent, layered, pale Heather Gray finish. The astroid shape (neoclassic star-circle) backsplat, and arm, are curved for extra seating comfort. Shown in a multi-tone grey woven.
CRITERIA METAL BAR CART: Expresses a lot of creativity. Classic fretwork pattern, modern material. Nickel plated steel with a Radiant Nickel finish. Inset mirrored top and shelf. Casters.
CRITERIA SCREEN: Consisting of three upholstered folding panels with decorative nailhead trim in astroid pattern.
CRITERIA BUFFET: In ash solids and quartered ash veneers in Heather Gray finish. Stainless steel metal inlays on top and door fronts. Fancy face veneer pattern on door fronts. Drop pendant door hardware.
CRITERIA ENTERTAINMENT CONSOLE: Simple with an unexpected dazzle. Soft touch, low-sheen, pale Heather Gray finish on quartered ash. Mirror-polished stainless steel inlines and outlines. Solid brass nickel-plated pulls. Saber leg.
CHELSEA SOFA & OTTOMAN/ BERNHARDT UPHOLSTERY in winter white full grain leather. Track arm with buttonless tufting all over. Geometric velvet and flame stitched accent pillows.
DRISCOLL CHAIRS/ BERNHARDT UPHOLSTERY: The mini wings and nailhead outline on charcoal aniline leather add to the masculine detail on a reinterpreted slipper chair.
WINSTON CREDENZA/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: A gorgeous reeded silhouette is covered by hand in a nickel silver alloy. The interior containing drawers and shelves is painted black.
ELKA CHAIR/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: One of the company’s best selling chairs, this sleek faux horn frame is covered in a hair on hide.
TRIMBELLE COCKTAIL TABLE/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: A statement piece for any interior. White onyx stone top and case resting on a steel plinth base in an antique pewter finish.
BENNISON COCKTAIL OTTOMAN/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: Soft + hard. Cool + warm. Corrugated cast metal slab leg with a bronzy finish. Plush upholstery with softened lines, shown in a high-texture smoky grey faux-mohair.
CABOT CHAIR/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: A cast iron faux bois frame extends down the back to the legs of this sleek slipper chair.
KENSINGTON BED/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: The shining star of last year’s market, this bed embodies high style 70s chic. Highly polished plated brass in tightly-machined frame, posts, and canopy. Padded upholstered headboard with crisp buttonless tufting. Shown in a rich chocolate velvet.
BAYONNE BED/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: Channeled upholstered headboard and footboard with nailhead trim between channels and around frame. Covered in a soft brown faux mohair.
EXETER COCKTAIL TABLE/ BERNHARDT INTERIORS: Square cocktail table covered in Faux Crocodile embossed leather
Bernhardt recently celebrated its 125th anniversary with a year-long celebration honoring culture, heritage and a legacy of giving. This iconic brand has always been one of the industry’s most dynamic and stable furniture institutions. I was very grateful to have Bernhardt sponsor me for this past market and always look forward to seeing what they create next. Devoted to creativity and the artistry of furniture making, the new introductions each market are always highly anticipated. In addition to producing extraordinary collections, the company is still a family owned business with a strong commitment to people, relationships, and the welfare of the local community.