Design and Magic Make Walls Pop!

  It’s not an illusion; it’s Illusionist. This new wallpaper collection designed by UK-based designer Kelly Hoppen and magician Dynamo for Graham & Brown clads surfaces in a mix of design and magic that make walls pop like I’ve never seen before. This is the first collection resulting from a collaboration between a magician and […]

East Meets West Via Paul Andrew

British shoe designer Paul Andrew debuted his Spring 2016 collection in New York City last September during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week against an effusive backdrop of Sanderson/Zoffany and Griffin & Wong fabric and wallpaper. It was a case of east meets west in the most fashionable sense of the phrase. Paul Andrew East to West […]

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 […]

Tile Envy Between the Covers

“My first meaningful encounter with tiles came in the form of an unremarkable cathedral whose only ornamentation was a spire covered in deeply colored mosaic tiles,” wrote clé founder Deborah Osburn in the introduction to her new book Tile Envy. “Not only did the tiles completely elevate the structure from drabness, they also protected it […]

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 […]

Beachcombing with New Ravenna

I’m obsessed with beachcombing. Perfectly preserved shells excite me but I have been known to grow ecstatic when spotting a piece of beach glass worn velvety smooth by its perpetual tumbling in the ocean’s restless ebbing and flowing. I’m like one of those sea turtles bent on reaching the glint of the moon on the […]

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 […]

Graham and Brown at Heimtextil

Heimtextil, the renowned textile trade fair in Frankfurt held each January, saw a deluge of remarkable product debuts last month, including new designs by UK-based Graham & Brown, known for its fresh aesthetics and culturally astute vibe. Two new sizable offerings were on the show floor this year—the mythic Superfresco Midas collection and the fashion-forward […]

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 […]