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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nature Blooms at Robert Allen

When the Maison & Objet show holds sway in Paris from Friday January 23rd through Tuesday January 27th, nature will be blossoming in the product releases debuting in Hall 7 at Stand B22 where Robert Allen will unveil a vibrant Spring 2015 collection (the upholstered headboard on the bed above is so luscious covered in […]