Return of the Bronze Age

Thomas Pheasant takes his panache to Paris by way of PAD this week. When the art and design fair opens at the Tuileries on Thursday, the Washington, DC-based designer will be exhibiting classically elegant furniture he’s designed and ornamented with textural accents in bronze. By intermingling the metal with deep-toned wood, glass and upholstery, he’s painted […]

Design Days Dubai Sitting Ritzy

Design Days Dubai is the first collectible contemporary design fair in the Middle East and Asia. The show kicked off on Monday and runs through tomorrow. Forty-four of the world’s most progressively minded exhibitors and forces of design from 20 countries have filled the exhibition hall with a ritzy mix of limited edition and one-off […]

Talent Comes to Town

The Architectural Digest Home Design Show opens tomorrow and the buzz is growing by the nanosecond. As I was going over the programming schedule, I came across Barbara Westbrook’s name, quite a lucky happenstance since I had just received a review copy of the Atlanta-based interior designer’s beautiful new coffee table book published by Rizzoli. […]

Design Days Dubai Tables It!

The first contemporary fair in the Middle East and Asia for serious design collectors, Design Days Dubai, kicked off yesterday (and will be in the UAE through the 20th). The fabulous furnishings brought to the fair this year by 44 exhibitors from 20 countries are about as avant-garde as it gets. Both established and emerging […]

The Cabinet Convenes at Design Days Dubai

Design Days Dubai, the first collectible contemporary design fair in the Middle East and Asia, gets underway in a few hours and will run through the 20th. This year, 44 exhibitors from 20 countries have organized an artful array of original furnishings on the fair floor—and when I say artful, I mean it! The pieces […]

Design Writers Dish About Tabletop

Those of us who write about design are continually confronted with the question of what to call ourselves. Some of us have been subjected to ridicule over using the identifier “tastemaker” by some while we are simultaneously being called “trendsetters” by others (I know; I feel the eye rolls as the dubious doubters opine, “Please […]

A Slice of Show House Birthday Cake

It’s always a pleasure to see how talented designers mix the varied ingredients they source when they are fashioning rooms, every element holding a pinch of sorcery in the right designer’s hands. The magical details are never too subtle or too small—the understated arc of a chair’s profile echoed in the scalloped top of an […]

Beachcombing with New Ravenna

I’m obsessed with beachcombing. Perfectly preserved shells excite me but I have been known to grow ecstatic when spotting a piece of beach glass worn velvety smooth by its perpetual tumbling in the ocean’s restless ebbing and flowing. I’m like one of those sea turtles bent on reaching the glint of the moon on the […]

Jacco Maris Man of Steel

Flirty ribbons of metal are akin to design Kryptonite for me when they undulate gracefully, and my favorite man of steel is Jacco Maris, a Netherlands-based lighting designer whose fixtures are distributed in North America by Global Lighting. I’ve admired his vision and his designs since the first time I saw his products, the artistry […]

Urban Archaeology Excavated

It’s been snowing hard this morning (For once the weathercasters got it right!) and the cityscape below me is whitening, the flakes muting the normal cacophony I hear when I’m at my desk. But I haven’t been in New York City for the past few hours. I’ve been in Paris and the Amish country of […]

Metallic Marvels by York

Seeing the metallic fabrics proliferate on the runways during the Spring/Summer 2013 couture fashion releases, I knew it would only be a matter of time before the distinctive sheen they exude made its way into interiors. Given the metallic products I’ve been seeing come through my inbox lately, that time has come. Case in point is a […]