History

Artist Johannes Itten and Color Theory

September, 17 2017

Johannes Itten was a Swiss born artist known for Painting, Drawing, Color Theory and Architecture.  His most notable work is entitled Farbkreis which was painted in 1961.  Notice the color wheel ring and the geometric center with color schemes.  MONOCHROMATIC color schemes use lighter and darker shades of just one color.  COMPLEMENTARY colors are opposite each other on the color wheel.  ANALOGOUS colors are next to one another on the color wheel.  TRIADIC is a combination of any three colors which are equally spaced on the color wheel.

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS


The Art of Color: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Color


The Elements of Color: A Treatise on the Color System of Johannes Itten Based on His Book the Art of Color


Design and Form: The Basic Course at the Bauhaus and Later, Revised Edition

 

New Fabric From Scalamandre

September, 8 2017

Here is a glimpse of what’s to come this fall from one of our favorite vendors. We love this fabric because it is colorful and works well with transitional decor. Notice the needlework detail which  makes this fabric unique. Ikat patterns are historic, however, this play on color gives it a fresh look. Please click on the image to get a better look!

Stay tuned to see the full Scalamandre collection which will be released the week of September 18th, 2017. We will post some more fabric images.

Hinson Hansen Double-Swing Arm Wall Lamp and Wallpaper

August, 25 2016

An army sergeant who needed a reading light during World War II invented this double swing arm lamp which is now a classic item in American bedrooms.   Hinson, now owned by Donghia, has revived this line of lighting.   The finish options include Polished Brass, Brushed Brass, Matte Nickel, Polished Chrome, and White Lacquer.   This product, along with Donghia-Hinson’s fabulous wallpapers are only available through the trade.  Please contact us for a consultation! (more…)

The Klismos Chair

April, 1 2014

The Klismos Chair is a chair modeled after depictions of ancient Greek furniture seen on painted pottery and art from the 5th Century BC.

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The Klismos chair was adapted by Edvard Thomspon in 1922. TH Robsjohn-Gibbings and Greek cabinetmakers Susan and Eleftherios Saridis then re-created the chair 38 years later.

I love this chair and am amazed that it was originally designed so long ago. The photo to the left is a collectible Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos chair from 1960.

I believe the style of the chair works in traditional, transitional, and contemporary settings.

Modern furniture manufacturers have adapted this chair by adding upholstered seats, a variety of stained and painted finishes, and a modified frame.

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An example of a modernization of the Klismos chair is the Santorini from Dragonette, which is made of lucite.

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The Anziano chair by Donghia combines a bentwood back and seat with steel legs. It was designed by John Hutton for Dongia in 1989, and it’s lightweight and stackable.

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Kravet Furniture makes a practical reproduction of the Klismos chair that can be used around a dining table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

restorationhardwareklismosRestoration Hardware is clearing out their version of the  Klismos chair which is upholstered in belgian linen.

Contact us if you’re interested in any interior design assistance on an hourly basis.

Bold Pattern

March, 31 2014

David Hicks was an English interior decorator known for using bold colors and mixing antique with modern furnishings.

He was a star designer in the 1960s and possibly the most famous decorator of his day. Hicks designed the pattern below, called the Vase, for Clarence House. The pattern has remained a prominent one for Clarence House in many colors in both wallpaper and fabric.  Here it is used on a living room sofa.

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We love it because it’s so bold! It is available in many color ways too.

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Thibaut Graphic Wallcovering – Old or New

February, 15 2014

“Everything that’s old is new, and everything that’s new is old.”

widenor-chevron-zmThe change of color and pattern size make old graphic patterns appear new.  The ever-popular patterns such as Chevron, Trellis, Guilloche, Fret, Arabesque, Rinceaux, Damask, Quatrefoil and others have been used for centuries.  The patterns used in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Islam, India, China, Japan, Italy, Spain, France, England, Africa and the New & Modern World are part of contemporary design.

The next time you consider throwing out an old piece of furniture, know that you can update the piece with fresh paint and upholstery. Remember that modern fabric can always be used on antique furniture; however, antique fabric cannot be used on modern furniture.  Happy Decorating!

This fabulous wallcovering is called Widener Chevron in Coral.  To see this wallcovering and others from Thibaut’s newest collection entitled Graphic Resource, click here:  Thibaut Graphic Resource Wallpaper.

(Permission has been granted by Thibaut Designs to link to their image.)