Posts Tagged: Brass

JONATHAN ADLER: FALL ENRICHMINT FORUM AND NEW INTRODUCTIONS

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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….
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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.

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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.

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FALL INTRODUCTIONS-click here to see the full collection

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LAMPERT GRAND SOFA, RIDER LOUNGE CHAIRS, JACQUES SIDE TABLE AND COCKTAIL TABLE, PERUVIAN FLATWEAVE RUG, JENNA SNYDER PEACOCK GOUACHE, AND ACCESSORIES

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HAINES CHAIR, CHANNING CONSOLE, BARCELONA ACCENT LAMPS

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VERTIGO SWIVEL CHAIRS, JACQUES COCKTAIL TABLE, MALTA TRIPTYCH, STELLA BANANA SILK RUG, GENEVA FLOOR LAMP, BRASS ORB, STELLA WEB SATIN STITCH PILLOW

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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

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GOLDFINGER DINING CHAIR, CHANNING DESK, CANNAN TABLE LAMP, JACQUES PEDESTAL, ATLAS BUST, FUTURA DRIP URN, CRAWFORD REVERSIBLE RUG, SALVADOR AND MISIA BRASS ORBS

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MR. 7 MRS. GODFREY CHAIRS, MR. & MRS. NEEDLEPOINT PILLOWS, ANTWERP FLOOR LAMP, CANAAN ACCENT TABLE, RELEIF VASES, STEPPED BRIDGET BANANA SILK RUG

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THE GOLDFINGER COLLECTION

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TALITHA PILLOWS

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1948 ° DINNERWARE

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JACQUES BAR CART

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POP DECANTERS

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GLOBO COLLECTION

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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!

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BERNHARDT FURNITURE 2015 SPRING MARKET & SHOWHOUSE SNEAK PEEK

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Bernhardt Furniture is one of the generous vendors that has helped me with my bedroom for the Traditional Home / Junior League High Point Showhouse opening this weekend during High Point Furniture Market. I fell in love with so many pieces introduced this past fall and knew I had to use them in my bedroom designed for my “imaginary” client, who is the sophisticated daughter of this family. She is well-travelled, artistic, and likes a modern, yet glamorous room that still reflects her Southern roots. Bernhardt’s Salon and Jet Set collections were perfect for this storyline and I am thrilled with how the room is coming together. If you are coming to High Point for market, please come by for a visit and see how all of the designers have worked their magic on this grand old High Point manse. Click here for tickets and hours.

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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. 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.  Since the theme of the Showhouse is “From High Point to the World,” I could not think of a more appropriate brand to showcase in my room.

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JET SET ENTERTAINMENT PIER

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For the Showhouse, I styled the brass bookcase with a collection of design books, brass animals art and objects from the daughter’s travels abroad . The various shelf heights makes the piece incredibly versatile in any interior for display or for storage. The luxurious finish also adds a touch of glamour to the room.

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SALON NIGHTSTAND

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The Salon Nightstand is the perfect scale for any bedroom.  Here I have used two to flank a kingsize upholstered bed.  The tabletop provides ample space for any size lamp along with other bedside necessities and the drawer is an added bonus. The square tapered legs, cross stretcher, and brass escutcheon add elegant detail.

Bernhardt let me take an exclusive “sneak peek” at some of the pieces being introduced at market this week. Over 100 new works of 21st century modern furniture will be exhibited. Each item is designed to be a showpiece with simplified classic forms  and luxurious multidimensional surfaces and fabrics.

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EVE CHAIR N1023 Geometric abstractionism. Ebonized wood outline. Shown in a magenta and ivory broken trellis pattern woven. Available in other fabrics and COM.

“Pattern creates energy in a purposeful object that can also be read as something decorative. As these pieces are intriguing, but not overtly trendy, we think people will find them to be powerful, fresh and timeless.”- Heather Eidenmiller, director of brand development

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PEARL BAR CABINET 362-840 Crushed pearl constantly changes color. Crushed mother of pearl surface on doors, shelf, sides and interior. Pure silver leaf , with a protective topcoat on leg, frame, and top.

New surfaces include mother of pearl and true silver leaf, and wood finishes in layered, translucent pearly tones that change with the light of day / night and are designed to work with most any color palette choice. A number of accented upholstered seating pieces are covered in bold classic patterned wovens. All are designed for big visual impact in small amounts.

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STERLING ACCENT TABLE 362-108 A true art piece. Pure silver leaf finish, with protective topcoat.

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2015 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS

“Trend spotting is getting harder. There was a time when it was easy to identify a set of clearly defined palettes, prints and products that were updated each season, making a neat progression from the design studios onto the high street.There are still trends, if you look carefully enough, but they’re more fluid than ever – suggestions and themes, rather than strict rules. This year more than ever, versatility is key.Reinterpreting classics and blending trends, especially traditional, contemporary and rustic, will add to the eclectic nature of our interiors, with mix-and-match furniture and multiple prints still going strong. Buying only that which you really love will help ensure you hit the right notes by creating a look that’s unique to you.”

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Trend spotting is a huge business for any design industry. Being able to forecast what will be “IN ” helps fashion, fabric, furniture, accessory, jewelry and technology designers create their palette and motifs from one season to the next. Click here to read about trends from 2014 to see what changed and what remained “on trend” for 2015.

Design preferences are incredibly subjective. As consumers are becoming more savvy and exposed to global influences which is making tastes becoming more individual and unique. They want their interiors and fashion to reflect their personalities and not look like everyone else. Customization and versatility have become very important to the consumer….rugs and wallpaper that also function as works of art, items collected from travels becoming decorative accessories for the home, and being a part of the design process in creating everything from furniture to tile.

As I reviewed the thousands of images I took last year, these still caught my eye as “trends” I would love to see  continue. They celebrate the creativity of the artist/craftsman as well as offer endless opportunities for customization to make each work truly unique.

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 Wallpaper As Art

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Several artists such as Lindsay Cowles, Amanda Talley and Hunt Slonem have turned their works of art into bespoke wallpaper collections. This paper is by Flat Vernacular, the Brooklyn-based design duo Payton Cosell Turner and Brain Kaspr. Their works are playful, original, hand drawn and hand printed.

Mother Nature

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Slabs of petrified wood, agate, quartz and other minerals reveal the intricate beauty of Mother Nature’s artistic hand.

Customized Tiles

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The customization possibilities are endless with Mirth Studio’s hardwood floor tiles. The tiles can be used for floors,walls. ceilings,  tabletops and more.

Global Chic

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Decorative tribal textiles and rugs provide a bohemian touch to any interior.

Painterly Rugs

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Like the artisan wallpapers,several artists are turning their canvas into painterly rugs. This silk/wool abstract rug from Marc Phillips certainly makes a statement. The rug is a tribute to action painting characterized by being both naughty and smart, the same combination artist Juegen Dahlmanns likes in people.

And some more trusted trend-spotters share their 2015 predictions…

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Mixed Metals

In London, designer Kelly Hoppen says mixing warm metals, such as copper and rose gold, with cool ones like silver is particularly hot right now. Los Angeles designer Jamie Bush agreed, saying he is no longer interested in matching every metal finish in a single room: “It’s too staged.” New York designer Thom Filicia suggested a “strategic, layered mix” of silvery, gold and black metals as a “riskier and more stylish” option. A great example: Arteriors’s Nolan Pendant, a brass-finished iron light with a dark bronze band.

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Several designers are developing a case of the navy blues. Paris-based Stephanie Coutas said dark navy, as a counterpoint to white marble and mother of pearl, is a growing trend in luxury projects in the City of Light. Los Angeles designer Sasha Emerson hailed the color’s versatility: “It plays so well with other colors, such as pink, cream, gray, coral and sage.” Architect Barbara Bestor ’s tried-and-true: Benjamin Moore’s Old Navy mixed with a little black.

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Whether it looks like a Motherwell or a Monet, a rug “that is visually fluid with irregular patterns breaks the grid of rectangular rooms and furniture,” said Mr. Bush. (See examples from Marc Phillips’s collection here.) “They are true art pieces,” said Sydney designer Thomas Hamel, especially those rendered in silk “that shimmer and constantly change color.”

Smoky Glass

“Clear is so last year,” quipped Mr. May. Instead, Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler opts for smoked glass to “strike a tension between raw and refined, masculine and feminine.” That smokiness “adds a sense of mystery and intrigue to an otherwise typical material,” she said. For Mr. Harris, the effect, as seen in Sebastian Scherer’s Isom tables for Neo/Craft, “exudes a sultry 1970s vibe that reminds me of an intimate club that serves really good Manhattans.”

Graphic Tiles

Thanks to the allure of indoor/outdoor living, colorful concrete tiles (such as these from Amethyst Artisan shown here) continue to move from commercial to home spaces, said Los Angeles designer David John Dick : “It’s a perfect combination of graphic design and interior design.” Sam Allen, a Connecticut designer, views them as a sneaky image-booster. “These unusual ethnic tiles give the appearance that you are well-traveled,” he said

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL BY SCOTT MEACHUM WOOD

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Color

Almost every new textile collection and furniture debut seems to be awash in a much more saturated hue than we saw in the early 2010s. I know there’s been a great deal of online fretting about Pantone’s “Marsala” trend, but I like to see that prediction as more about deeper hues and more vibrant colours! Look for deeper, darker colours – and more playful combinations of hues in interior design.

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I’m seeing that the pared-down, minimal rooms of the first part of the 2000s are going to start moving seriously “off trend.” Many of the spaces that I’ve been seeing have been layered with amazing trims and contrasting textiles more than the limited colour palates of the last few years. Keep an eye out for contrasting drapery linings and applied trimming for sofas and arm chairs.

Brass

Keep a sharp eye out for brass to become one of the major players when choosing finishes for lighting, drapery hardware, and kitchen/bath hardware.  We’ve suffered through a long drought of only polished or brushed chrome/nickel for long enough. But, this “new” brass is also a decidedly “old” one – it’s not a highly lacquered brass of the late 1980s. This new option tends to be more of a worn, un-polished brass of the 1880s! Much less Brady Bunch and more Downton Abbey.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper is still coming back strong – and I think the next year is going to provide even more options and expansions in the wallpaper market.  Look for more bold patterns (and those aforementioned saturated colours) on walls (and ceilings and doors!) in the next year. This image from Steven Sclaroff is a perfect example – maybe not for everyone … but, an inventive and bold use of a classic botanical wallpaper applied to walls, doors, and casings!

Technology

I think any list of trends would be greatly incomplete without at least a hearty nod to the future in technology.  The way our homes access and share information is changing almost faster than the marketplace can keep up with these days. Are we moving away from the traditional “media room” in the home – where are all sit and watch a movie together after dinner – to a more wifi-centric home – where we can all stream the latest online series right to our personal computers?  Personally, I’d love to hang on to the family gathered together and sharing entertainment as a group … but, I fear we may be moving away from this.

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Chasing the Rainbow

Colour is very definitely back. But as for which shades to choose, it’s a case of pretty much anything goes. They will be used in every imaginable combination – tone on tone, contrasting, natural, exotic – with non-traditional blends scoring the highest style points.

There are a few hero colours, notably blue. Especially popular are the darker shades like deep navy, indigo and inky blue, which make a good alternative to black, as well as ocean-inspired tones from aqua to teal, which contrast well with 2014’s copper metallics.

Speaking of which, the copper trend has given rise to Dulux’s colour of 2015, copper blush, a soft pinky orange shade with plenty of depth. Pantone’s colour of the year, marsala, is also from the warm side of the colour wheel. This earthy yet sophisticated shade of red brown is ideal for kitchens and dining rooms. Add it into your existing colour scheme with tableware, work-surface appliances and linens throughout the home. Try painting walls with Jotun’s Bordeaux, from the brand’s spring/summer 2014 collection.

The New Global Ethnic

Print is alive and well, with everything from paisley and plaid to kilim and ikat making an appearance on fabrics for 2015, often combined with a contemporary colour palette or used either oversized or in miniature to bring the look up to date.

Relaxed graphics, loose geometrics and blurred lines, all of which are coming across from the catwalk, are useful for softening a monochrome palette, while striking chevron prints continue to be popular in every room.

There’s a new wave of ethnic prints for this year, with a diverse heritage reflecting our increasingly global community. Strong graphics in muted palettes are particularly effective when combined with almost Nordic minimalism – lots of wood, raw metal, and whitewashed walls – creating a cool, sophisticated look.

Native American patterns will be particularly big in the next year, and can be layered up with sun-bleached wood, leather and animal hide, a desert colour palette and cultural motifs such as dreamcatchers and the American flag for a strong trend statement.

There’s also plenty of texture around; velvets, rustic weaves and even corduroy are all gaining popularity with designers, as well as details like appliqué and crewel, reflecting our interest in handicrafts and slow skills.

Big On Nature

Salvaged wood, stone and metal will be popular through 2015, while animal hide has been added into the designer’s toolbox of natural materials – not just for rugs, but also as upholstery and cushions.

But the biggest way to make a statement is using plants. Oversized interior landscaping reflects our love of nature, and if you have the budget, you could invest it in a “green wall” of floor-to-ceiling plants. If not, layer up pot plants into large groupings of varying heights and textures.

At the other end of the scale, the digital revolution continues to effect our home interiors. Photographic imagery looks set to get bigger, especially ­Instagram-style snapshots, printed onto everything from wall murals to cushions.

Finishing Touches

Although wallpaper continues to be popular, feature walls are out. Instead, zonal painting is the new way to add interest to vertical surfaces, using two or more block colours to distinguish whole walls or even segments.

Fibre art and other fabric, wool and mixed-media wall hangings have replaced the once popular metal “wall art” structures. Gain extra points by making your own, hanging it from a piece of driftwood and, naturally, uploading a picture to Pinterest.

Last but not least are the finishing touches, which we’ll be paying a lot more attention to this year. Drawer knobs and light switches will be chosen with as much care as bureaus and lamps, and kitchen fixtures are having their moment in the sun, with gold and other warm metals taking over from the regular stainless steel.

As we enter a new season, it’s exciting to look forward to the new ranges that will be hitting the shops. But even more exciting will be seeing how individuals interpret the colour, patterns, materials and items on offer, and discovering the unique looks they create.

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