Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II

Hale and hearty design devotees shopping The Decorative Fair, underway in London’s Battersea Park since Tuesday, have been known to unearth an astonishing array of antiques and vintage wares, many of them celebrating some of the world’s most memorable occasions. Spied this year, just in time to celebrate the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Visionnaire Home Philosophy

Architect Steve Leung will be debuting a collection of furniture for the Italian brand Visionnaire Home Philosophy during Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan a week and a half from now and I can’t wait to see the furnishings IRL. He describes his inspiration for pieces like the Tiway chaise longue, the Wunjo armchair and […]

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 […]

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 […]