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 […]

The Well-Appointed Library

Henry Ward Beecher quipped, “A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.” He was speaking of public libraries but I feel just as strongly that having a “room of one’s own” at home is as essential as having books housed miles away. And it’s not only volumes bringing on the […]

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 […]

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. […]

Lighting Gets Into Shape

Being connected in the design industry is a luxurious experience—products pour into the inbox like a lively waterfall of inspiration flowing over a cliff, and from a surprising array of professionals. When the talented photographer Michael Biondo sent me images he’d taken of Dwayne Lawler’s Shapedwood Lighting, which illuminate storied mid-century modern architecture, I couldn’t […]

Moose is a Fixture at PURE Spa!

The owner of the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, meandered up to his resort’s tranquil rooftop terrace one day and had a serious ah-ha moment. “We should have a spa here!” he declared, looking around at the calming backdrop. Zip forward several months later and the PURE Spa has taken its place overlooking […]

Productrazzi Algorithm for iSaloni

I have come to realize that every design event has an algorithm for each person attending it, created as we make choices as to what to see and what we (sadly) have to miss. This is especially true when a venue is as sprawling and chock full of products as the Salone del Mobile (iSaloni), […]

Blå, Blå Brilliance: Zero in Milan

Since last year’s Salone del Mobile, Swedish lighting manufacturer Zero has joined with Blå Station to open a showroom in Milan, the Italian design Mecca and host city to iSaloni each April. The two brands debuted the space at Via Osti, 3, last November, and I caught up with Zero’s CEO and Export Manager Per […]

The Hazards of Antiques Envy

Sometimes it’s more difficult than at others to do the work I do, and one of the toughest stretches I will face in quite some time will be attending The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in London’s Battersea Park a week and a half from now. This has nothing to do with the number of […]

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. […]

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 […]