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.
I always love bring back in my hometown but there is so much to see and so little time! A sprint through the Atlanta Home and Gift Show last week yielded these fabulous finds. Here are my highlights from the show…
The large scaled stunning agate lamps by Laura Renfrow would make a statement in any interior.
Available in 24 different colors and 14 different patterns, the designs from R. Lusk are painstakingly gilded and antiqued, mounted on linen wrapped boxes and framed in acrylic. The variety of sizes, shapes, colors and patterns makes them easily adaptable for any space.
Every piece by Ashley Childers is a work of art…her agate burst sconce in brass is glamorous, modern and sculptural. More to come on the new introductions in an upcoming post!
The new introductions by Mitchell Black featured all of my favorite things…zebras, pagodas, and shells. Mitchell Black is a nod to the past with a focus on the present. The antique etchings can be re-sized and printed in 17 designer colors and mounted in a modern acrylic format.
The dynamic sisterly duo at Taylor Burke Home outdo themselves every market! Their new bar cart was a collaboration with Emily McCarthy. The pierced brass was customized with Emily’s logo creating a unique piece with a vintage vibe. Be sure to check back for more on Taylor Burke!
Gal pals Kat Mulford and Lee Lesley had everyone swooning with their latest eye candy. The Bendall Cuff in pink opal gemstones was a show-shopper! Their new Graham bangles are perfect to mix with Hermes enamel and Cartier love bracelets.
At High Point, artist Tommy Mitchell crafted these delicate sconces after brussel sprouts. Now he has added an abundance of other gorgeous vegetables to his collection. The subtlety of color and texture in his tole creations is breathtaking! All of his sculptures can also be customized in a variety of finishes and background colors.
The brand was born out of the desire to create fun decorative works of art that appeal to the canine lover. The Swiss design force creates paintings as well as sculptures of their favorite four legged friends.
Another favorite for the dog lovers was this new introduction by Chelsea Textiles. Known for their exquisite embroidery, their latest creation features a menagerie of pups, capturing the personality of each perfectly….from a poodle to a dalmatian to a dachshund.
The colorful collection of napkins,placemats and napkin rings at Julian Mejia Design had something for everyone…from the traditionalist to the modernist.
The hand embroidered creations from Cat Studio capture the essence of favorite destinations from Napa Valley to the Hamptons.
A fusion of nature’s beauty and casual elegance, MooMoo’s collection brings the exoticism of African wild to the urban lifestyle. DEveloped by Columbian- born Juan Hernandez, the line was created out of a lifelong passion for the uniqueness and beauty of the African, Asian, and Latin American continents, including their cultures, colors, materials and peoples.
The luxurious hair on hide rugs from Madisons are made from cow hides and no two are alike. Each artisan rug is handcrafted and the work created sustains the livelihood for many villages in India that produce them.
Instantly recognizable, the work of legendary Waylande Gregory is refined and highly stylized. One of the early creators of the American Bauhaus movement, he worked alongside the great minds of the 20th century at Cranbrook Academy including Frank Lloyd Wright, Florence Knoll, Ray and Charles Eames and the Saarinens. The black, white and gold decorative items introduced at Codarus looks just as fresh today and when they were first created.
Just because every bird deserves a pagoda shaped cage…bells and all!
I can never resist a great design panel and I was thrilled to hear so many great talents at market. Industry expert Marisa Marcantonio of Stylebeat presented a lively panel discussion on creating and building a successful brand image by harnessing the power of the new digital age in design. Other Panelists included Elizabeth Blitzer of Blitzer & Company, Lindsay Coral Harper of LCH Interiors, and Mac Hoak of Mecox Gardens. Humor and camaraderie between the panelists made this a definite highlight of market!
So much to see and so little time! I broke my market record this year for covering the maximum amount of ground in the least amount of time…12 hours to be exact. In that precious amount of time, I was able to hear some amazing speakers, catch up with old friends, and discover some divine new finds for future projects. Take a peek at what caught me eye…
Ashley Childers of Emporium Home blew me away once again with her gorgeous collection.The collection glowed against a radiant orchid background decorated with watercolors executed by Ashley herself. Her combined use of brass with stones in her lighting is both unexpected and glamorous. The sleek lines of her new introductions such as the side chair above would add a polished yet edgy touch to any interior.
I fell in love with this diminutive Pierre-Cardin inspired lamp by Dunes and Duchess. They brilliantly reinvented their Wave sconce by literally turning it on its side and voila….a table lamp is born! The growing collection from the dynamic duo of Stacy Kunstel and Micahel Partenio is not to be missed. All works are made in the USA, come in a variety of colors, completely customizable and are beyond chic! Be sure to check out the most instagrammed coat of High Point below on Stacy from Jules Reid.
Stray Dog Designs is always one of the most vibrant booths at market. The team of Jane Gray and Bill Pritchard began their creative journey after a move to San Miguel d’Allende after they had married only after a brief engagement. Their first project was a stray dog named La Princessa who inspired their working relationship and a brilliant business was born exporting Mexican pottery and other artifacts. This led to making their own lamps and furniture out of iron and tin based on Jane’s designs. When Jane began applying bright colors to her creations, their work escalated to another level. They have a fascinating story and business model based on giving back to the community.
Natural Curiosities is one of my favorite sources for large scale artwork of all kinds. The company is always pushing the creative envelope coming up with new specimen art and recoloring and resizing historic prints. Taking an old idea and reinterpreting it a fresh new way has become the company’s trademark. Chrsitopher Wilcox and his team of artists work in a “modern-day Warhol-esque factory that constantly beats with creativity.”
Sklo is a product of a modern American design studio and a 400 year old European craft tradition. They work with glassmakers in the Czech Republic to create modern designs based on their ancient craft.The clarity of the crystal, vibrancy of the colors, cutting and polishing skills, along with the ability to blow large complex shapes sets these artisans apart. The lighting line was new this market. Illuminating the crystal from within showcases another side of its pure beauty. The crystal spheres can be used as pendants or placed on a surface as an art glass installation.
World’s Away‘s merchandising is always one of the best at market. Set against a background of blown up greenery, their white lacquered, gilt and brass furniture sparkled in the windows drawing visitors like a bee to a bloom.
I loved meeting the talented Louise Gaskill based upon the suggestion of Julia Buckinghan Edelmann. Louise’s passion for antique Murano glass and her gift for transforming them into contemporary light fixtures is captivating. She is seen here lovely in lavender next to a pair of rare Murano vases she had converted into lamps and updated further with sleek drum shades.
For the client who has everything, B.D. Collection has created the ultimate extravagance…a crystal pool table. The Italian company also makes exquisite billiards table and Foosball tables. Prices start at $30,000.