Libby Langdon Style

  I always try to make time to get a hit of Libby Langdon style during High Point Market and I it never fails that I come away with one question: How on earth does she accomplish everything she achieves with such aplomb while maintaining a fresh perspective on design? Libby Langdon Style, in Black […]

Design Provenance: Timeless Talent Redux

Provenance may not be around every corner at design fairs like Maison & Objet, but it’s prevalent enough and I spotted some nice examples at #MO16 in January. Here is the backstory on these time-honored designs that have been infused with an updated appeal. Design Provenance at Maison & Objet     Gubi Brings Back […]

Chelini Defines Italian Eclecticism

One of my favorite stands at Maison & Objet in Paris last month was Italian manufacturer Chelini, whose vignettes presented such a seamless mix of modern and antique-inspired styles I wanted to move right in! The sumptuous hand of the gray chenille upholstery fabric and the roomy comfort of the sofa and pouf in the […]

Wendell Castle: Twisted Mister

I bet anyone who has covered design for any length of time remembers the first moment he or she saw a piece of Wendell Castle’s limited edition furniture. My first sighting was a racy rocking chair at Design Miami/ in 2005. I’m leaving for New York City in the morning and I plan to visit […]

Design Is In Fashion with Cynthia Rowley

What do a nearly-century-old furniture manufacturer and a fashion designer with one of the most youthful vibes hitting the catwalks today have in common? The Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Collection, launched by Hooker Furniture during High Point Market last October. Cynthia Rowley Designs Furniture The line holds 167 pieces within three distinctive themes—Curious, Sporty and […]

A House of Bourbon Holiday

My latest post on The Diary of an Improvateur features a literary design escapade I’ll be taking next month when I visit Bernardaud in Limoges during my trip to France for Maison & Objet. The manufacturer’s Historic Table patterns include one bought by Louis XV for Fontainebleau, for instance and Marie Antoinette’s pattern. These reach […]

What’s New What’s Next at NYDC

On Thursday, September 17th, the New York Design Center, NYDC, became the epicenter of the Manhattan design world when their 2015 fall event, dubbed What’s New What’s Next, took over the building. I made my way to the venue with Dwayne Lawler of Shapedwood Lighting to see and hear some of the industry’s heavy-hitters present their […]

A Lust for Design Stories

Xavier Lust first appeared on my radar when I was covering Design Miami/ in 2009. I featured his Archiduchaise, a winsome chair with a flared skirt that is cut from one single sheet of aluminum and bent to polished perfection, in this issue of the British Airways magazine The Collection and in MIAMI magazine’s Home Design […]

The Playful Search for Beauty

Have you noticed there continues to be a fixation on nostalgia? Should we continue to blame it on Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner or is this merely a cyclical flow resulting from our humanly drive for something new to think about? I suppose it doesn’t matter what’s causing the backward glace in design that makes […]

A Fine Finish for Timothy Oulton

When a designer has tremendous talent, there are so many aspects of his or her strengths to cover it can be difficult to decide what angles of the oeuvre to feature. This was the notion flitting through my mind as I experienced Timothy Oulton’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection at ABC Carpet & Home. Known for morphing […]

Delight in Store at 1514 Home

Cheryl Kees Clendenon, DGD, is the owner of 1514 Home and lead designer for In Detail Interiors. I met the talented entrepreneur when Brizo invited a group of bloggers to New York City to attend Jason Wu’s #FW10 runway show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week—we were affectionately dubbed Blogger19 because that’s how many of us convened. […]

Bonfire of the Vanities

When a product lights my heart like a torch, it’s a special moment. I had one of these occurrences when I spotted Ornare’s Manhattan vanity in the Brazilian manufacturer’s July newsletter. Destined for the Fendi Chateâu Residences in Surf Side, Florida, in a classic blue lacquer finish, these stunning beauties were designed by Brazilian architect […]