One of favorite visits during Milan Design Week was the showroom of La Double J, founded by fashion and design editor, stylist, and journalist JJ Martin in 2015. Before we arrived, Instagram was buzzing with her newly launched tabletop collection in addition to her amazing vintage finds and sought after La Double J Editions clothing line. Known as a creative force, JJ has perfectly merged the worlds of fashion and design with her collections. The new clothing made from vintage prints debuted with 8 historic prints hand-picked from Mantero Seta, a 114 year old silk manufacturer on Lake Como who created silks for Chanel. The line has blossomed into 25 vintage patterns offered in a limited edition program that drops new models and prints every two months.
Last month at High Point Market, I was delighted to be sponsored by Lexington Home Brands. Thier immense showroom was beyond impressive and I came across several pieces in their various collections that would be “statement” pieces for any space. In interior design just like in fashion, a statement piece is the most interesting, attractive, and eye-catching element of a space that typically reflect the personality of the owner. The selections below show the versatility of Lexington Home Brands. There is something for every interior….from a sophisticated city dwelling to a charming beachside villa. Here is my “Top Ten” list of pieces that would steal the show in any room…
Tangerine leather is accented with mahogany trim in a dark walnut finish; solid brass hardware in a bright brass finish; and 5 drawers –the top drawer felt lined with a divided jewelry tray.
The luxurious channel back styling has a 70s vibe, yet still feels current today. The tight treatment on the back and seat cushions provide great comfort and clean, crisp styling that will be enjoyed for years to come. Brightly colored accent pillows provide rotating art on the blank canvas.
The contemporary tree branch design on the base was inspired by the Australian Boab tree. The top is solid travertine in a soft demilune shape.
Inspired by a Cartier jewelry box, the dry-brushed mandarin red finish is accented by silk-screened gold tooling, complementing the brushed brass finished legs.
Select hardwoods in a black finish outlined with gold striping. Two pairs of doors open the reveal two adjustable shelves on each side, with three center drawers. Polished brass hardware. Includes infrared SmartEye for media remote control. Also comes in red with black striping.
Functional as it is glamorous, the writing desk features sophisticated gold leaf accents and clean contemporary lines. It has three full extension drawers, including a pencil tray in the right drawer and a drop-front keyboard drawer in the center with an ergonomic palm rest.
The four drawer night chest takes inspiration for Africa’s Ivory Coast, with an intriguing shape and elegant pendant drawer pulls.
Sea mist faux shagreen divided top, drawer fronts, side and front panels with ivory finish on the frame and fretwork. One full-extension file drawer accommodates letter/legal files, 4 storage drawers and lucite and chrome bar pull hardware.
Reminiscent of a vintage Karl Springer piece, the three drawer desk sits on a brushed brass base.
The three decorative fretwork panels subtly suggests a room divider or adds height and interest without blocking light.
Lexington Home Brands is a global leader in the design, sourcing, manufacturing and lifestyle marketing of upscale home furnishings. The Company’s award-winning product line of wood, upholstery and outdoor living designs encompass the industry’s most diverse range of styling, featuring recognized consumer brands like Lexington®, Tommy Bahama Home®, Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living® and Sligh®.
With a history dating back to 1903, the company’s expansive product line includes wood and upholstered furniture across a wide range of styles. Residential products are distributed in the U.S. and internationally through a network of independent furniture retailers, interior designers and design firms, trade showrooms and select Internet retailers. The Company also produces home furnishings for contract, hospitality and commercial use. Headquartered in High Point, NC, the company has showrooms in High Point, New York, Denver, and Las Vegas. The Company is privately held by Sun Capital Partners, based in Boca Raton, FL.
I confess I am a self professed design geek. I love learning about how trends are formed, the influence of fashion on design, and how designers observe what they see, igniting their creative spark and translating that into their creations. Red was a dominant color this year and I was fascinated to see how this color progresses from the spring market to the fall in a more intense shade.
“What began in spring as a softer coral color trend has emerged this fall as a full on red revolution. From the runway of Dolce and Gabbano to the surge of tartan and plaids at J. Crew, red is everywhere. Power and passion, energy and emotion-red has always been present in home decor. Those who love it go bold, lacquering walls in its intensity, while the more timid among us splash accents around the room. However you use it, red is sexy and dramatic and that is why we love this red revolution.” – Century Furniture
At Hickory Chair, Alexa Hampton’s bold use of red highlighted her passion for geometry and contrast in her pieces. Her Kina console becomes a statement piece when lacquered in red and detailed in gilt. Even more impressive is that Alexa created all of her own artwork again for this market after rave reviews in the spring. The graphic backdrop lends a modern sensibility to the space.
This setting illustrates how a little red can go a long way used in the lampshades, drawer and door fronts on the Drake Cabinet and the chair upholstery.
In the vignette above, the Eva armchair is punctuated with a red trim detail and the Austin bench defines glamour with its black base and red leather tufted top. The geometric print on the sofa prevents the space from being too serious. Alexa’s paintings of classical motifs lined the walls.
The lines of Century Furniture’s lacquered Dressing Chest provide a beautiful silhouette for any room.
The Isabella side chair, a favorite Chinoiserie silhouette, becomes even more chic in its polished red finish.
The Metro Luxe cocktail table above in a cranberry finish provides a rich dose of color. The Bridegehampton desk below with its fluted edges seen in same finish is a sophisticated and modern with its brass detailing.
Chelsea Editions recreated some of their most popular pieces in a wide range of lacquer finishes a few markets ago. The clean lined designs are perfectly suited to the 21st century’s uncluttered contemporary settings.
The Antique and Design Center at High Point is a treasure trove of vintage pieces and works of art from over 60 different dealers. This set of 4 mid-century slipper chairs with gilt legs were in mint condition and would have been perfect for a groovy lounge in an urbane city apartment or modern setting.
This overscaled globe diptych in cranberry and gold leaf was created by Los Angeles based Zoe Bios Creative. Their have created an “Art Entoure” that celebrates the vitality, elegance and infinite variety of their environment rooted in creativity, global connectedness and artful living.
The gorgeous hide rugs from Madisons in intricate dyed patterns and patched together are another way to provide this burst of red for your floor.
Please contact the design studio if you are interested in design services or any of the works seen here…Please check back this week for more High Point Highlights on trends, accessories and furnishings.