Fabulous Lighting From the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

As a continuation from last week’s blog where I revealed to you some of my favorite textures from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the JAVITS Convention Center,  this week I am going to do the same, however changing the focusing to fabulous lighting! These marvelous glass crystals bring a warm elegance to any setting! Made from Quartz crystal, they offer the perfect element of interest. They can also be customized and can individually hang at any level to offer just the right look that you are trying to create for you space. As shown in some of the images above, I would love to see these staggered above a kitchen table. If you want a more modern approach to lighting, these light fixtures by Shakuff are fun and energetic with a side of elegance. They have just the perfect amount of subtle glow and they even offer a sweet sense of mystery. Now for an intergalactic look is this marvelous light from Moooi, is designed “Based on pure mathematics, the beauty of light has been re-defined; staring into the universe is now possible, also during cloudy nights. The intricate spheres of Raimond transport the electrical current”. The dynamic design approach that the artist took to create this light fixture it simply magnificent. This King Edison pendant lamp is exquisitely designed by Young and Battaglia. It is the perfect combination of rustic exposed elements, alongside a refined and sweet look. It is inspired from the iconic Edison Lamp and has been re-created with pure simplicity, also exuding the “romance and glamour of a king’s chandelier”. This would be perfect staggered in a grouping over a kitchen table as well, “small is beautiful meets a moment of genius”. If you are looking for further inspiration on how to incorporate fabulous lighting into your space, feel free to view my work here. With any comments or suggestions please contact me! and remember as always,  It’s all in the Details. Related Sites: Shakuff Moooi...
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International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the JAVITS Convention Center – TEXTURES!

As a continuation from last week’s blog where I revealed to you some of my favorite artisans from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the JAVITS Convention Center,  this week I am going to do the same, however changing the focusing to amazing textures! Textures are a wonderful way to bring life and depth into a space, not only do they offer a visually stimulating harmonious element, they also bring a physical element as they allow you  to truly engage with the space! This rug from Nanimarquina is called Dolce, and just as its name suggests, it is decadently smooth and plush.  Just this image captures how effortlessly smooth it would feel to run your fingers through it. I would love to have this placed beneath my feet as I would imagine myself walking through a bed of velvet flowers. High chairs can often times be uncomfortable and harsh when seated in, however this one from moooi looks extravagantly welcoming. Its plush upholstery offers a moment of warmth thus creating a more enjoyable experience while seated up high. This Eos light from Vita is absolutely breathtaking. It captures an incredibly elegant and romantic movement as it appears to be a gift from heaven above caught in a moment of pure bliss. It is made from authentic bird feathers, each which are carefully fastened to a paper core by hand. It radiates the perfect amount of light to create a pleasantly cozy glow while also capturing a sense of mystery. I hope now when selecting fabrics, materials and finishes, you will view them in a much more dimensional way. If you are looking for further inspiration on how to incorporate amazing textures into your space, feel free to view my work here. With any comments or suggestions please contact me! and remember as always,  It’s all in the Details. Sites Used: Nanimarquina Moooi Vita Store...
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International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the JAVITS Convention Center!

I recently attended the IFCC, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center located at 11th Avenue, 38th Street in Ney York City. I came across some amazing and innovative manufacturers and companies I would love to share with you. I hope these fabulous and inspired designers alongside their one of a kind products, have as much of a “WOW” factor on you as they did on me! This wall covering is created by Meystyle, and is from their LED wallpaper line. This wonderful line offers wallpapers that are individually and hand crafted in London. This specific paper is called Phase. I adore the geometric pattern that has been inspired by nature. These papers are fabulous because they have LED lights embedded into them that light up, offering a marvelous and enchanting yet subtle sparkly effect. Their papers have the freedom of being created with any patterns, and can be tailored to any environment with no repeat. In this case, when working with Meystyle, your walls are a true canvas to explore your design creativity! Another inspiring and innovative designer of wall coverings I came across was Petta Thompson. As you can see from these images, the Lido line showing the pearl and azure (top), Graffio (middle) and Greco (bottom), all exude vast depth and life. They would be the perfect way to transform any accent wall surface; creating a dramatic and eye catching effect. Designer Petta Thompson perfectly exemplifies her “unending experimental fascination with deliciously beautiful materials” in these collection. Now for a more vibrant and saturated effect are these plastic laminates from Octopus Products. They carry marvelous lines of color and texture filled patterns and designs of laminates, that bring designers endless opportunities and solutions for adding life to any space. For me, this could be such a fun and creative way to create a back splash, accent wall, or I could even see these looking spectacular on a ceiling to add a bold pop of color! I hope that you have been inspired by these creative and innovative wall coverings! Stay tuned for next week’s blog where I will continue to reveal to you some of the magnificent and inspiring designers and manufactures from the 2013 International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the JAVITS Center. If you would like further inspiration, feel free to view my work here and with any comments or questions please contact...
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Is the outside of your home for sitting or living?

This is not a trick question.  Have you noticed more people seem to be making the outside of their home look like the inside?  Whereas a patio has traditionally been a place to find wooden or fabric chairs and a picnic table for sitting; now, it’s a place to create a full, comfortable and organic place to live. Is this a trend? I don’t know but I can tell you if you put patio furniture outside, people sit in it.  If it’s furniture with true character and style, people live in it.  Since you spend so much on the land and landscaping around your home, shouldn’t you be able to live in it? At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, I saw so many remarkable pieces for outside I set about creating the outdoor living area of my dreams.  Here’s what it looks like. It starts with chairs, a side table and sculpture up top from Urban Zen Furniture Collection.  Their mission is to inspire change in well-being and that’s what these pieces do. They look so beautiful you’d think they were for the inside.  But they’re meant for outdoors.  They create a living area that is thoroughly modern while taking you to the orient.  I feel like I could be in Bali. I wouldn’t need a big outdoor fireplace; not when there is the Helios Fire Vessel by Stone Forest.  It turns a fire pit into high art and establishes a calm, soothing, spiritual mood; one that puts meditation before roasting marshmallows. When the night sets in, the glow from the Martha Sturdy Illuminated Resin Club Chair above, lights up the outdoors like the moon.  It’s actually lit from inside to create a room of subtle light within a dark setting. The ethereal chairs and lounge from Kettal Maia are a lace pattern.  They are intricate but their artisan braiding comes from sturdiness of an aluminum frame.  It stands up to whatever the outdoors may put it through and always looks totally in place with the environment. Just imagine the gorgeous shadows these chairs would make on the ground. The Groundwork table is no ordinary outdoor table.  It looks like something you’d find in “Alice in Wonderland.”  It’s a one-of-a-kind piece that makes me smile every time I look at it.  I can’t imagine anyone not liking it. And it’s probably one of the most organic pieces you could find; one that truly at home with its surrounding. If you’re like me, you love the sun and fun of the outdoor but, if you’re not careful, you turn into a lobster.  That’s why I love the...
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When furniture is art it rocks my world!

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC happened over the weekend.  I was fortunate to be there.  It was a place where interior design is at its cutting edge. Every item I saw was not only a highly functional piece of furniture or fixture but a piece of art.  When furniture and fixtures also function as art it rocks my world! Many of the pieces I saw come from people who are clearly innovators but still building their brand so their pricing is more accessible.  I’m glad to be able to catch them on their way up and talk about some pieces that really caught my eye. First is a chandelier from Studio Bel Vetro in Brockton, MA.  They make each piece by hand and specialize in blown glass, but incorporate other techniques such as casting, fusing, and cold fabrication.  The handmade quality is highly refined.  It’s evident in every piece. I was surprised when I saw the hand made wall paper from Lori Carroll & Associates but astounded to learn the material used was bark skin. Lori has never been bound by limitation and has an uncanny sense for balancing casual comfort and refinement.  Needless to say, she understands “green” and environmentally friendly products. This wall sconce is from Jeremy Cole.  It’s handmade out of porcelain. Jeremy’s ideology is to challenge the mediums of ceramic and light by exploring their relationship with flora and art. I am in awe of Jeremy’s work.  I only hope he can help explain to me how to change the light bulbs. A side table can be an underestimated piece of furniture in terms of stopping power, but not when it comes from Hellman-Chang. His Omni Side Table certainly stopped me. It was sleek, white and spectacularly lined with thousands of precious, loose and eye catching crystal.  It looked as much like a piece of sculpture as it did a side table. Speaking of sculpture, I’ll leave you (although I could go on and just might in another post with more) with this stunning, translucent porcelain lamp from Bespoke Global.  It’s hand formed and carved with an undulating hole and line decorative motif. All of the these pieces are important to me because they balance art and function perfectly and, when that occurs, it takes interior design to a next level and that makes me proud of what I do for my clients every day. For example of how I balance art and function, click here. Would you like to see more...
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