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 […]

The Orient Expressed

I’ve been watching Asian-inspired design take an uptick in popularity during the past several months, and not just in the US. As I was walking around Chelsea during a trip to London in April, I spotted products celebrating the spirit of the Orient in the windows of Designers Guild and India Jane. My inbox seemed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Illusions by Marcel Wanders

Floating feathers, flecked flour, swirling smoke and leaping liquids are slights of hand Marcel Wanders is known to use in creating greater interest when photographing his products. You can see examples of this on his page of wallpaper designs for the UK-based manufacturer Graham & Brown, the newest collection, fittingly called Illusions, the second collaboration […]