Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II

Hale and hearty design devotees shopping The Decorative Fair, underway in London’s Battersea Park since Tuesday, have been known to unearth an astonishing array of antiques and vintage wares, many of them celebrating some of the world’s most memorable occasions. Spied this year, just in time to celebrate the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, are […]

Tile Envy Between the Covers

“My first meaningful encounter with tiles came in the form of an unremarkable cathedral whose only ornamentation was a spire covered in deeply colored mosaic tiles,” wrote clé founder Deborah Osburn in the introduction to her new book Tile Envy. “Not only did the tiles completely elevate the structure from drabness, they also protected it […]

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. […]

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 […]

Prefabricated Jean Prouvé

Only a modestly sized segment of the design and architecture industries still think of a house as a product. Historically speaking, this is not so new, though the visionaries who took the idea quite seriously are some of design’s biggest names. Ray and Charles Eames are the most notable of the prefab advocates in the […]