September, 23 2018
Barcelona® Chair by Knoll
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1929
One of the most recognized objects of the last century, and an icon of the modern movement, the Barcelona Chair exudes a simple elegance that epitomizes Mies van der Rohe’s most famous maxim–“less is more.” Each Barcelona piece is a tribute to the marriage of modern design and exceptional craftsmanship.
This chair was designed to furnish the German Pavilion at the International Exhibition in Barcelona, where it would serve as seating worthy of the King and Queen of Spain. Not only is comfortable, but it is also good looking. It is available from Knoll in several colors. Other furniture manufacturers are offering a modified version of this chair. Lee Industries offers a chair and a chaise in Sicily Camel leather with polished stainless steel frame.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams show their interpretation called the Major chair with grid-tufted Teal upholstery and a satin-brass base.
Jonathan Adler offers the Goldfinger lounge chair with a rectangular polished brass base in Rialto Navy velvet or Lucerne Oyster fabric.
September, 13 2018
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.
LEDs began as exciting but expensive electronic components in the sixties, used in handheld calculators and other similar devices. Through research and development, LED technology advanced, became more efficient and less expensive, until it reached its current form.
LED lighting is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light. LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed down lights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture. LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.
LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology, and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the United States. Residential LEDs – especially ENERGY STAR rated products — use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
LED standard base light bulbs (A Shape) are available in several colors. We like Batteries + Bulbs Duracell dimmable soft white bulb in the purple box because it most resembles incandescent. Daylight is actually whiter than soft white and cool white is not recommended. PECO is promoting these bulbs with a subsidized discount now. We recommend you retrofit your existing lamps and recessed lighting (with the appropriate replacement size). Please note that if you have dimmer switches on incandescent switched you will need to upgrade the dimmer switches to work with LED recessed lighting.
We also recommend purchasing LED lamps and fixtures, such as those featured here. The chandelier featured above is Hudson Valley Lighting’s Ashleigh Chandelier by Mitzi. The Floor Lamp featured is Koncept Lighting’s Lady 7 LED Dimmable Telescopic Floor Lamp.
July, 11 2018
So if you just caught up with the interior design changes of the millenium to simple design with little color, get ready for a switch to Modern Maximalism! Classic patterns are being re-invented and saturated color is being used. International Designers are re-interpreting patterns such as florals, plaids, abstracts, etc. Pierre Frey, Wesley Hall, Jim Thompson, Tony Duquette and Hollywood Regency are all hot again. Details such as trimmings, cording, embroidery, netting, and buttons are making there way back to interiors. Warm toned metals such as gold, brass and rose gold are here to stay. With bold walls and furnishings the accent pieces will be the neutral accessories. Accent walls are now for wall covering and murals, not a change in paint color. Detail matters again! So if you like what’s coming in Interior Design, you need an Interior Designer more than ever! Photo credits to Pierre Frey Paris for the above room.
January, 27 2018
From grand rooms in the White House and the Palace of Versailles to romantic country retreats in cottages and seaside homes, Brunschwig & Fils fabrics, wallcoverings and furnishings have appeared for more than a century in the world’s most beautiful and iconic interiors. Brunschwig & Fils is the canon of high quality decorative textiles in the home furnishings industry, and today its many other products include wallcoverings, trimmings, upholstered furniture, tables and lighting.
The history of the company dates back to 1891, when it was founded by Achille Brunschwig. In 1925 Roger Brunschwig, son of Achille, opened a New York office at 383 Madison Avenue. Good design has been at the firm’s heart and soul from the beginning, and each generation acknowledges that French style – in décor, fashion, design, color and the art of living – has been paramount for centuries. To translate this spirit for today’s taste, in America and around the world, is the ongoing mission of Brunschwig & Fils.
A legacy of design, a history of service, exceptional quality, attention to detail and superb craftsmanship are the hallmarks of products from Brunschwig & Fils, designer and manufacturer of contemporary and historically-inspired decorative fabrics, wallcoverings, trimmings and upholstered furniture and furnishings.
Brunschwig products are available through Interior Designers. Contact us if you are interested in a consultation. The items used in this advertisement are listed below:
Drapery Samarkand Cotton and Linen Print, color Dusty Rose/Rust BR-71110-119 Furniture Bedford Sofa in Firle Herringbone Chenille, color Driftwood BR-89774-828 James Chair in Gulchihra Printed Velvet, color Espresso/Berry BR-700017-M81 Pillows Tavistock Stripe, color Madder/Terra Cotta BR-89771-161 Zenobia Linen Print, color Orange Spice/Mocha BR-700018-642& Tavistock Stripe Madder/Terracotta BR-89771-161
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.
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
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.
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…)
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.
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.
An example of a modernization of the Klismos chair is the Santorini from Dragonette, which is made of lucite.
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.
Kravet Furniture makes a practical reproduction of the Klismos chair that can be used around a dining table.
Restoration 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.
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.
We love it because it’s so bold! It is available in many color ways too.
February, 15 2014
“Everything that’s old is new, and everything that’s new is old.”
The 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.)