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 […]

Setting a Trending Table

During my January trip to Paris, I found some delicious tabletop items while attending Maison & Objet and visiting Bernardaud’s Rue Royale boutique. If you’re looking for the newest tabletop releases you’ll find anywhere, take a look at these beauties—some so new, they are not even shown among the manufacturers’ products featured online yet. Stay […]

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 […]

Material Girls

When an interior designer extraordinaire and an artistically minded fashion designer team up to produce a line of textiles, step back aesthetes: this is going to be a fine thing to watch! This just happens to be the Productrazzi caveat for the founders of Root Cellar Designs, material girls Tamara Matthews-Stephenson and Susan Young. Root Cellar […]

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. […]

A French Garden House Bastille Day

Those of us in the design world who have been knocking around social media for a while have come across and created relationships with some pretty special individuals. Lidy Baars, the executive antique dealer and curator at the French Garden House, is one of my newer friends, though no less special than the peeps I’ve […]

Kaufmann Mercantile, Where Materials Matter

I was enamored with Kaufmann Mercantile before I went to the company’s about us page to see who could have brought together a collection of home-goods with such quintessentially timeless qualities. When I read the caveat, “We believe a product should last a lifetime rather than clutter a landfill,” I knew I wanted to feature […]

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. […]

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 […]

Perrier Jouët Small Discoveries

Boutique champagne house Perrier-Jouët launched a new initiative this past December at Design Miami/ that garnered some serious buzz. This collaboration with the Viennese creative duo Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler of mischer’traxler debuted with the exhibition Ephemerā, an interactive installation set with an oak table from which plants would rise and retreat when sensing […]

A Toast to Mad Men

AMC announced yesterday that Don Draper’s gray suit, fedora and bar cart from the first season of Mad Men are to be included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The honor, which will take place during a ceremony in Washington, DC, on March 27, will be cemented about a […]