An Interior Designer Discovers Seven More Architectural Finds

Recently, at the Architectural Digest Home Show at Pier 94 in New York, I discovered some fabulous pieces. I have already reported here on some, but I just kept finding more to post. Here are seven more finds from the Architectural Digest Home Show: This reminds me of an artichoke cut in half. I love the shape of this table, and the beautiful design on the top. You can put a drink down, and not worry about water marks or spills. This sconce reminds me of a beautiful brooch my grandmother used to wear, that has been re-designed in a contemporary, new way. The light coming through the glass, would be stunning. This photograph looks like it would have been taken in India, or Bali, but it is actually in upstate New York. Wouldn’t you just love to jump into this water? This bubble chandelier makes me smile, because it just simply looks happy. Maybe because it reminds me of the bubbles in champagne. This chandelier is a terrific study in using different variations of one color, and organic shapes. This chair has such a wonderful line to it. You could completely change the look of the chair based on which fabric is used on it. As you see it here, it can look great in a sleek, contemporary setting, or a Zen retreat. If you used a flannel plaid fabric on it, it would look great in the Adirondack cabin, that I am dying to design one day. These tables can be re-arranged and used as seating. The outside of the tables are wrapped in leather, which creates a nice contrast to the metal tops. I am always on the lookout for new finds, so if you see any, please tell me about them.  Or, if I can show you, here is a place where you can check out some of my other discoveries. Which of these seven new architectural finds is of most interest to you? Related Sites David Rasmussen Design Barry Entner David Balyeat J. David Taylor Lyons Glass Pacific Green Studio...
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Nine Architectural Finds that Help Inspire an Interior Designer

At the Architectural Digest Home Show at Pier 94 in New York recently, I discovered some fabulous pieces. Here are nine architectural finds that help inspire the design of my clients’ homes as an interior designer. This table has a wonderful tactile feel and could easily be a bench. I like the combination of shapes on this table. If you study it, you can see a heart, or someone seated with their knees under their arms. What do you see? Somehow this reminds me of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. This would look perfect in a beach house, hanging on a wall. Do you feel the breeze? This painting expresses what a bird sees and feels, while flying over the Great Plains. I am expecting to see the hands of an Astrologer floating in front of the crystal ball. I want her to tell me how old I will live to be. This Palm Commode, combines palm tree, brass leaf, and glass, in such an interesting and elegant way. I can see this used in a Parisian Pied-a-Terre. This piece of art work makes me want to slip on my flippers and snorkel, and swim through it. It is surrounded by 360 degrees of light, and the multi-layers of glass are illuminated from behind, so the light filters from back to front. My favorite critter is the frog. I yelped with pleasure when I saw this fountain, because the artist absolutely grasped the form and motion of happy frogs. It brings back joyful childhood memories, of looking for tadpoles in the creeks around our house. Who wouldn’t love to see the statue of “The Thinker” sitting right next to this huge sculpture of a walnut. I do not know about you, but I have always related the image of the walnut to wisdom. These finds at the Architectural Digest Home Show have been a help to me. I hope you have enjoyed them and have also been helpful to you. Have they? To see some more finds, here is a place to view some of my other discoveries. Related Sites Glen Mayo Laran Bronze Charles Birnbaum Mary Armstrong Damien Jones Art Antoine Schapira Peter Bynum Glass Willie Wildlife C. A....
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When an interior designer feels like a kid in a candy store

When does an interior designer feel like she is a kid in a candy store? When she goes to the 10th Annual Architectural Home Design Show at Pier 94 in New York City.  It’s a four-day event in March that is as close to being in nirvana as you can come if you have an appreciation for home design. If you didn’t get the chance to go or live too far away to make the trip, don’t worry.  I’ll help you experience the show from an interior designer’s point of view. Let me start with the two sensational pieces from the Couture Collection up-top.   The one on the left is a sconce. The one on the right is table lamp.  Both are made from semi-precious stones that are one of a kind pieces of jewelry for the room. Then, we have the Cecelia Webber Collection, represented by Brenda Houston. It has fantastic wall art. Right now butterflies are a huge trend in home décor and Cecelia’s photographs of butterflies are magnificent. My next fantastic find was Clancy Designs.  Believe it or not these flowers, leaves, and grass are all hand blown glass. Notice that the grass has lighting coming up through it. These are all one of a kind pieces of artwork.   You wouldn’t want to miss the SKATEMODERNE cabinets.  These pieces are made with faux shagreen which would take a specialist to determine that it is not the real thing. The shagreen surface is waterproof so it can be used in areas with rambunctious children and the cabinet pulls are semi-precious stones. If you’re a fan of French design, you wouldn’t want to miss Accents of France.  Wood treillage urns are inspired by French garden architecture. These can be made to order to fit specific dimension requirements and can be painted any standard paint color. If you’re like me, every item in a room shouldn’t just have a function, it should be art.  That’s why I loved Ton Art.  They made me rethink speakers. Even though the event was just a week ago, I can’t wait for next year’s show.  I’m hoping you’ll join me or let me take you on another tour like we just did.  For a tour of some of the items featured in homes I’ve designed, click here. Did you enjoy the show?  Which was your favorite? Related links: 10th Annual Architectural Home Design Show Cecelia Webber Brenda Houston Clancy Designs SKATEMODERNE Accents of France TON: Art, Sound...
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