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 […]

A Fine Finish for Timothy Oulton

When a designer has tremendous talent, there are so many aspects of his or her strengths to cover it can be difficult to decide what angles of the oeuvre to feature. This was the notion flitting through my mind as I experienced Timothy Oulton’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection at ABC Carpet & Home. Known for morphing […]

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. […]

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 […]

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), […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ingrid Donat Machinations in Metal

One of the most powerful booths at The Salon: Art + Design fair two weeks ago was the Carpenters Workshop Gallery space, which held the exceptional work of Ingrid Donat. I’ve followed her machinations in metal since Barry Friedman Gallery introduced her work to the U.S., always impressed with the precision she brings to bear […]