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 […]

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. […]

Spring’s New Sultans of Swing

Italian fashion label DROMe sheathed its models in super-thin flowing leathers and swathes of shaggy hide for its Fall/Winter 2015 ready-to-wear runway show in Paris last month (you can watch the video of the unveiling of the full collection on the DROMe home page). The creative mind behind the designs, Marianna Rosati, credits Dutch photographer […]

Design Days Dubai Sitting Ritzy

Design Days Dubai is the first collectible contemporary design fair in the Middle East and Asia. The show kicked off on Monday and runs through tomorrow. Forty-four of the world’s most progressively minded exhibitors and forces of design from 20 countries have filled the exhibition hall with a ritzy mix of limited edition and one-off […]

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 […]

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 […]

Furnishing 50 Shades of Grey

The long-anticipated film adaptation of  E.L. James’s novel Fifty Shades of Grey opens in theaters tomorrow so Productrazzi looks at a series of new releases in varying smoky hues by Thomas & Gray, which we believe would make excellent choices for the films’ set designers who were charged with furnishing the well-appointed spaces within the […]