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guastavino_int-grandeOn a recent trip to the Biltmore Estate, I noticed the amazing tile work of Rafael Guastavino. Little did I realize his work covers some of the most iconic public spaces in the United States. “The Guastavino family’s soaring tile vaults grace many of the nation’s most iconic structures including Grand Central Terminal, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Boston Public Library, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Nebraska State Capitol.”

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I stumbled across this glassware by Joseph Hoffman in a Wall Street Journal insert entitled…The Future of Everything. His background is fascinating, but the scope of his life’s work is amazing…furniture, glassware, architecture, jewelry etc.

With an eye that favored strict geometric shapes, Josef Hoffmann was in many ways anticipatory of the cubist movement. His fondness for the square was so well-known that the architect and designer earned the nickname Quadrati-Hoffmann (Square Hoffman) among his peers.

Hoffmann was among the rare breed of designers who could make anything. Coming to prominence at the turn of the 20th century, the Austrian creative put his mark on everything from lounge chairs and silverware to a modernist sanatorium. Hoffmann undoubtedly owed much of his success to good company—working alongside artists like Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt, the young Hoffmann founded the Vienna Secession, an organization of artists that held exhibitions of progressive work as a reaction to the prevailing conservatism of the art world.”

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prestige arts

While flipping through the pages of the High Point Accessories Preview book, metallics appear to be ‘THE’ surface for Spring 2016. I apologize for the quality of the photos. Most of the items are new and the items have not been published online.

The feature photo is an oil from Prestige Art. The reflective nature of the gold veining is not apparent in this photo, but I see translating design into a marbled polymer surface or even mokume gane. Love the tonal effect of the grays in contrast to the gold.

flow decorThe trio of lamps from Flowdecor, features the metallics in a traditional greek key columnar shape, a sleek contemporary paired with acrylic and a glass & textural base.

Gold appears to dominate the metallic landscape this year, followed by bronze and then silver.

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legacy linen_editedThe next few posts will feature the colors, textures & trends from the Spring 2016 High Point Furniture Market. The preview books arrived yesterday and after a quick perusal, it appears this deep blue is ‘THE’ color. How to describe it…HMMM!!! The deeper blues in this beautiful agate are close, as is the background color of blueprints.

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sarah bagshawSarah Bagshaw’s work is informed by artists and designers working in a wide range of disciplines. That description applies to the underlying design process of many artists. We collect, study and ponder the world around us and then transform or translate those insights. Sarah Bagshawmakes one-off pattern designs using handmade processes (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and collage) combined with Photoshop. I use Photoshop in an experimental manner and love ‘happy accidents’.”

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1697_searchSolange Azagury-Partridge has a rather eclectic mix of inspirations…Berbers, Rubies, the Moon, Gargoyles etc….but first on the list “LIONS”.  “I feel a huge love and affinity with Lions. My star sign is leo, my hair is big and frizzy like a lion’s mane, I’m a carnivore, I’m from Africa, I’m sociable and lazy”

Like the inspirations, her work encompasses a wide variety of styles and several categories. Rings, in the jewelry category, move from refined to playful and then into edgy. I was attracted to the stairway in her London showroom. Each step is carpeted in a different pattern, creating a riot of color. HMMM!!! I wonder if I can talk my husband into that for the stairway to his loft office!!!

solange azaguryA recent article in the Wall Street Journal featured Solange and highlights of her work over the past 28 years. The 1999 ‘Nature Ring’ for a mere $24,500 caught my eye…but the 1996 ‘Hotlips’ ring is still a best seller…$9,600.

 

 

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serenity-rose quartz

The wait is over and the Pantone colors of 2016 are Serenity and Rose Quartz…YAWN!!! Since the last 20 years of my career was in interior design, I am seeing nursery decor, or onesies in Serenity and possibly party dresses up to age 6…beyond that…NOT SO MUCH!!!

From the Pantone Executive Director “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” 

past 6 years

As you look over Pantone’s color of the year for the last 6 years you will see several colors that have ‘legs’ and some that fall flat. While my favorite color palette includes the rusts, golds and neutrals of the Fall, Radiant Orchid through Turquoise find a way into my Spring and Summer designs. (My daughter’s burgundy school uniform definitely influenced my decision to avoid Marsala)  Let’s talk next year about Serenity & Rose Quartz…I would love to know how they have influenced your designs…or not!!!

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