Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Serving up Thanksgiving

Bone china, pottery, stoneware, porcelain - traditional, modern, antique. Beautiful, themed tableware abounds for the holiday season, most particularly for Christmas, but the softness of the autumnal harvest palette beckons from the Thanksgiving table.

Mottahedeh's Sacred Bird & Butterfly, the original Chinese export sets the dining room of the famed Nathaniel Russel House in Charleston.
Audun Ferme by Villeroy & Boch, is a vintage inspired, modern toile taken from their original design of 200 years ago.

The earthenware Pumpkin Platter by Crate & Barrel.

A little kitsch and lovely colors in the Turkey Serving Platter and matching Salad Plates from Pottery Barn.

Dating back to 1828, the harvest and the hunt feature prominently in Spode's classic Woodland pattern.

Classic Italian elegance, the botanical Affresco by Vietri.

Wishing everyone a very happy and bountiful Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mod, vintage, retro

Words of the moment to describe fabrics and wallcoverings with a decidedly mid-century vibe. With pops of color and space-age cool, your pad can be uber-hip and shagadelic, baby!

Amy Lau's delicious new collection for S. Harris. Shown: Waterblocks in Aqua and Supergrafil in Earthwork
Nobody does vintage papers like Bradbury & Bradbury, and their Atomic Collection is no exception. Shown: Atomic Doodle in Pink and GeeGee in Sage
The Modern British Collection by England's St. Jude and available through Lucy Rose Design. Shown: Dandelion in Sage/Yellow and Treehouse in Grey/Grey
Also from across the pond, the UK's Clarke & Clarke offers vibrant collections. Shown: Into the Groove

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Latest from Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman

With his latest introductions for Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman (EF+LM), Vice President of Design Skip Rumley has proven once again his innate ability to combine luxury and comfort with a superior design aesthetic. In addition to the uniqueness in the designs, it is also interesting to note that these pieces were named after people that have been working for EF+LM for a long time. Rumley is committed to creating pieces that are about the people that work for the company. So, ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the folks at EF+LM... well sort of :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Manutti Manhattan Lounger from Walters Wicker

Walters Wicker already has a substantial share of the outdoor furniture market, but they have added another weapon to their arsenal by becoming the exclusive United States distributor of Manutti, a Belgian company known for an elegant line of indoor/outdoor furniture inspired by contemporary architecture. The Manhattan Lounger shown above is a prime example of the fluid lines and graceful presence of Manutti products. The frame is powder-coated aluminum, covered with a high quality woven synthetic thermoplastic fiber and is completely toxin-free and recyclable. It is available in five colors: Tropical Desert, Tropical Forest, Tropical White, Tropical Brown and Tropical Black. The lounger is perfect for any setting needing a touch of refinement and potent style. To get more information on Manutti availability, please contact Walters Wicker at info@walterswicker.com.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


The art of the hand-printed and hand-painted wallcovering and fabric is "loverly" to behold, and these fabulous, painterly examples are no exception. These are but the tip of the iceberg, as the companies' excel in creating works of truly extraordinary and unique beauty.

Porter Teleo is a line of wallcovering developed by artist Kelly Porter and interior designer Bridgett Cochran, and created by woodblocking, painting and chine-colle, a very special transfer printing process. Shown: Climbing Vine in Chartreuse/Blue hand-printed on Japanese rice paper and the hand-painted Fluidity in Or on Japanese rice paper.Working together for 20 years, Chris Isles and Edward Rollins of Pintura Studio, developed their line of hand-printed and hand-stenciled designs that have a delicate, but luxurious beauty. Shown: Dasara in Off White/Beige/Multi on silk tassar and Lhasa on silk matka in Natural/Sky/Scarlet.In employing screen printing techniques learned while he worked with Andy Warhol, Walter Knabe produces lushly patterned wallcoverings and fabrics in his art and design studio. Shown: Chinese Chop and Byzantine Medallions, both on beige silk.Barbara Beckmann is a textile designer and colorist, and uses unusual and intricate floral patterns, Far-East designs, fanciful sea creatures, exotic butterflies and imaginative organic forms as her inspiration. Shown: Petit Orange Trees on Tobacco silk linen and Spring Bouquet on Antique Ivory linen.

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Serenity Cocktail Table from Silas Seandel

This unique table has a calming, natural vibe and evokes the tranquility and beauty of nature, all while sitting in your living room. This handmade piece features the one-of-a-kind detail that designers have come to expect from Silas Seandel. His custom pieces have been adorning residences of the design elite since the early 60s. No piece is exactly alike and the artistic quality of everything he produces brings a museum quality feel to your home or office. All colors featured in his pieces are a result of acids and heat treatments that Seandel has developed himself. Seandel's gallery is located in the heart of the Chelsea art district in New York City.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Dining on the edge

There is nothing like a gathering with family and friends, sitting down to a holiday meal that has been lovingly prepared. It is a scene that is familiar and comforting to all of us, so why not shake things up with something a bit avant-garde?
The So-Ho Dining Table from Jean de Merry, with the puzzle-like base of ebonized or white gold leaf metal legs and a fossil stone top.

Cerused oak and hand-hammered and carved metal accent legs in a platinum finish, define the strong lines of the Sun Valley Dining Table from Berman Rosetti.

Christian Liaigre's Courrier Table by Holly Hunt. Sloped edges, x-base, in stock!

The cool, clean, high lustre Azure Blue polished finish and nickel feet on the Arabesque Dining Table by Dakota Jackson.

29 squares of walnut or rosewood add up to the Square Luna Dining Table by Helene Aumont.

The exaggerated scale and proportion of the turned legs round out the Owen Dining Table by Oly Studio. Available in antiqued white, chalk and antiqued black.

Giving new life to trees from the urban forest, Seattle's Urban Hardwoods crafts unique tables from what would have previously ended up in a landfill. The Seattle Dining Table uses book-matched Chinese elm with a free edge and an ebonized metal chevron base.