The Goods

  • The Goods: Oly Studio

    Hi friends. We have recently completed a bedroom installation that included this fantastic Oly Studio resin pendant light, and our excitement is literally bubbling over.  The Muriel Chandelier light fixture adds great drama to the bedroom lighting scheme, and casts a very warm golden glow.  You can see that we opted for a

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  • The Goods: Huddleson Linens

    I recently had the pleasure of catching up with Tim Gledhill, founder of Huddleson Linens.  In only a few years Tim has established himself as the go to resource for those in the know seeking table linens that are smart, sophisticated and playful.  Having previously been part of the talented creative team at The Rug Company, Tim’s varied inspiration comes from his far flung travels around the globe coupled with his keen sensibility to detail and editing.  With styles ranging from graphic modern, to sweet and fresh, and even sexy python prints you will surely see something that inspires you and will marvel your family and friends.

     

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  • The Power of Space

    I never cease to be amazed by stories of space and what an impact those spaces have in our lives. The spaces we work in, play in, and live in. Enjoy!

    Minka from Birdling Films on Vimeo.

  • The Goods: Tansu Furniture

    One of the aspects of interior design I enjoy so much is the depth of design knowledge to be found from every culture that enriches the lives of client and designer alike.  I have recently been working  with Japanese tansu furniture for a project and have found them to be a real insight into the Asian arts and culture.

    Japanese tansu are much more than items of furniture. Extraordinary and versatile wooden cabinetry, dating as far back as 7th-century Japan, tansu represent a rich folk heritage unique in the world. Although created primarily for function and portability, these pieces of furniture reflects equally the masterful craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibility found in the finest Japanese art and design.  Furniture as an expression of art and way of communicating ones trade and status.

    Tansu have been traditionally fabricated from fine woods such as chestnut, elm, cedar, kiri, and sipo (similar in property to mahogany).  There are many different categories of tansu ranging from pieces that would have been used as staircases, in the kitchen, for clothing storage, sword storage, and merchant inventory.  Functionally and visually the common thread they all share  in addition to the beautiful woods and fabrication are optimal storage solutions, and beautiful hardware that serve an aesthetic and functional purpose. 

    A contemporary  four-step tansu (Kaidan-Dansu)
    Courtesy of Eastern Classics (http://www.tansushop.com/)
    A modern interpretation of the tansu concept

    I am struck by how the German Biedermeir movement might have drawn inspiration from the tansu tradition.  Simplicity, utility, and masterful craftsmanship also being the hallmarks of these equally intriguing pieces.

     

    Birch Biedermeier Secretary
    2nd Quarter 19th Century
    Courtesy:  Christie’s

     

    Mizuya-dansu being used in a ktchen designed by Michael S. Smith

     

    Mizuya-dansu (kitchen cabinet)

     

    tansu as bed side storage

    While antique tansu furniture may be out of reach for many design projects, companies like Eastern Classics specialize in authentic high quality tansu fabrication that can be customized to meet your specific storage and design criteria.

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    CG

  • The Goods: USPS Commemorative Issue

    If you haven’t already don’t forget to support the USPS and pick up your commemorative set of stamps:  Pioneers of American Industrial Design.  They are really quite lovely and a nice touch for those upcoming holiday cards.

    Art director Derry Noyes selected objects designed by 12 of the nation’s most important and influential industrial designers to feature on this colorful pane of self-adhesive stamps.
    Each stamp includes the designer’s name, the type of object, and the year or years when the object was created. The pane’s verso includes a brief introduction to the history and importance of American industrial design, as well as text that identifies each object and briefly tells something about each designer.

    The Peter Müller-Munk stamp features a photograph of the “Normandie” pitcher, introduced by the Revere Copper and Brass Company in 1935. The photograph is from The Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.
    The Frederick Hurten Rhead stamp features a photograph of two pitchers from the Fiesta dinnerware line designed for The Homer Laughlin China Company in 1936. Denis Farley photographed the pitchers for The Macdonald Stewart Foundation.
    The Raymond Loewy stamp features a photograph of a pencil sharpener prototype created in 1933. The photograph is from Christie’s Images.
    The Donald Deskey stamp features a photograph of a table lamp that Deskey designed around 1927–29. The photograph is from Wright, the auction house, in Chicago, Illinois.
    The Russel Wright stamp features a photograph of a fork, knife, and spoon from the “Highlight/Pinch” line of flatware designed by Wright in 1950. Sally Andersen-Bruce photographed the flatware for the stamp.
    The Henry Dreyfuss stamp features a photograph of the Model 302 Bell telephone introduced in 1937. Sally Andersen-Bruce photographed the telephone for the stamp.
    The Norman Bel Geddes stamp features a photograph of the “Patriot” radio, designed for Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corporation in 1940. The radio is part of the John C. Waddell Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York.
    The Dave Chapman stamp features a photograph of two sewing machines from the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.
    The Greta von Nessen stamp features a photograph of the “Anywhere” lamp, designed in 1951 for Nessen Studio, Inc. The photograph is from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York.
    The Eliot Noyes stamp features a photograph of the “Selectric” typewriter, which was introduced by IBM in 1961. Sally Andersen-Bruce photographed the typewriter for the stamp.
    The Walter Dorwin Teague stamp features a photograph of the “Baby Brownie” camera, introduced by Eastman Kodak Company in 1934. Sally Andersen-Bruce photographed the camera for the stamp.
    The Gilbert Rohde stamp features a photograph of a clock created for the Herman Miller Clock Company in 1933. The clock is part of the John C. Waddell Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York.
    The stamps on the Pioneers of American Industrial Design pane are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

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    CG

  • The Goods: Bolon Flooring

    A flooring product that I find versatile, fun, easy to install and eye catching is Bolon Flooring from Sweden where it is widely used  in kitchens, bathrooms, and other high traffic, spill prone areas.  The product is impervious to water, and has a great look that works in both contemporary or more traditional settings.

    The flooring lays flat right from the get go, so if you are sprucing up a rental this is a great option to use which you can install yourself and not have to pull up the flooring underneath.

    Bolon allows you the flexibility of sourcing the product in rolls or in tiles.  Ideal uses for the product are really any space where you want to introduce some texture and a soft look but are concerned about durability or spills.  Commercial and retail settings are also ideal.

    

    Bolon Flooring at the new Capellini showroom in Paris

    

    Sisal like weave

    

    A more modern custom installation

    To see more of Bolon, visit http://www.bolon.com/

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    CG

  • The Goods: Le Deun Luminaries

    Much has been written about the transformative power of lighting in a room.  We have all heard that good lighiting is key to good design.  But as with most things, not all lights are created equal.  Some lights transfix the eye and become an object of art wholly unto themselves. Le Deun Luminaries is just such a light and I had to share them with you.

    In production since 1997 in France this young company designs and produces both a collection of LED lighting and collaborates frequently with designers, and architects on bespoke installations.

    Rewired for the 21st Century with LED lights

     

    The lamps are not only a source of light but have a sculptural quality that is both sophisticated and casual.  The quality of the components and the refinement of the metal is superb.  These lights would work equally well in a contemporary or traditional setting.

    Nothing creates a more stirring sensation in an interior as when a modern element blends effortlessly into a contrasting period environment.  My favorite example is the dining room of Waddeson Manor with it’s Ingo Maurer chandelier, Le Deun certainly captures an inevitability reminiscent of the Rothschild style.

    Waddesdon Manor
    The Rothschild Collection
    Dining Room
    Chandelier:  Porca Miseria by Ingo Maurer

     

    Le Deun: Bespoke installations

    For more information on Le Deun, visit http://www.ledeun.com/
    For more information of Waddesdon Manor, visit www.waddesdon.org.uk/

    Bye for now.

    CG

  • Caskets To Die For

    To quote Oscar Wilde, “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”  but inevitably we all go.  So in that spirit why not go in style.  I recently came across these real beauties by the Danish design firm Tommerup Kister from the Diamant collection designed by Jacob Jensen:

    This got me to thinking about what other options might be out there for that last stroll (or push) down the catwalk for the design conscious.  In Gana they seem to think that you should have one made up special order to honor your greatest passion.  From Louis Vuitton luggage to camera caskets for that uber photographer, skys the limit it seems.  A few of the more adventurous interpretations I have come across:

    I wonder how you work out the lead times on these things?