Robert Couturier Designing Paradises

Robert Couturier Designing Paradises

It is not surprising that the projects in Robert Couturier Designing Paradises are all beautiful, executed with an eye for exacting elegance. What is surprising, however, is how very personal the book is. But then again, that is a key component to Robert’s work. That, his unerring passion for perfection and, as Caroline Weber quotes in her thoughtful postface, the Baudelairian qualities of “luxe, calme et volupté.”

From a solitary childhood, Robert developed a particular love and attachment to warm and reassuring spaces, particularly those filled with antiques, fine furniture and art like his grandmother’s home where he grew up. And although these spaces may have pedigrees, they also, like Robert, have a wonderful element of wit and vivacity.…

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In the Studio with Peter Fasano Unveiling his Latest Designer Collaborations

In the Studio with Peter Fasano Unveiling his Latest Designer Collaborations

“New blood brings new ideas. It allows me to have my vision re-widened, to see things through other peoples’ eyes and that’s great.” So says textile designer, Peter Fasano. Producing hand silk-screened fabrics and wallcoverings in his Great Barrington, MA studio for over thirty years, the industry veteran recently welcomed four rising NYC design stars for a collaboration. Young HuhPatrick MeleSara Gilbane Sullivan and Garrow Kedigian brought their inspiration and ideas for custom fabric designs to Peter’s studio and the artistic brainstorming began. Susanna and I made the road trip up to the Berkshires to see the team in action.…

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Judging a Book by its Cover

Judging a Book by its Cover

This weekend welcomes the T Magazine fall design issue. While, as always, there are a number of enticing pieces, from the latest incarnation of Stephen Sill’s chic Manhattan penthouse (written by the ever astute and entertaining David Netto)

to the oh-so-charming Bloomsbury home of designer Ben Pentreath,


one small inclusion in particular caught my attention – Peter Mendelsund’s 90 Versions of Yes. Shown are the “Handwritten attempts made by the book-cover designer and author for the 2013 Vintage Books edition of “Ulysses” by James Joyce.”

The final cover below.

That is essentially the entire extent of the piece, but as someone who spent close to two decades art directing book jackets and covers, it made me curious to read more about Mr.…

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Lalique Fine Jewelry 2014

Lalique Fine Jewelry 2014

Long before René Lalique began to focus on his legendary crystal creations, he was a master of fine jewelry. Influenced by the majesty of nature in all its forms, he blended symbolism and naturalism into totally unique designs. Two years ago, Lalique reentered this realm, launching its first fine jewelry collection in over a century. Based on the four elements of the natural world, this year’s collection pays tribute to the final chapter of the Odyssey, Earth.

Gaïa, the symbol of Mother Earth and all its creatures and natural wonders, is the goddess of the collection, featured in the all the fabulous new graphics, melding the brand’s art deco heritage with a fresh updated look.…

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Markham Roberts Decorating the Way I See It

Markham Roberts Decorating the Way I See It

Even after many successful years as a designer, Markham Roberts is still a bit of an enigma. Understated and seemingly happy to be a bit under the wire, he has, since 1997, been discreetly working away, accumulating a wide ranging and impressive portfolio. And now many of his projects can be seen together in his splendid new book, Decorating the Way I See It,  just out from Vendome.

While Markham, and his impish grin, can usually be spotted in classic and casual waspy attire, his work is sophisticated, layered and eclectic, informed by a family of art collectors and six years working in the office of decorating legend Mark Hampton.…

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Carole Gratale Couture at Newel

Carole Gratale Couture at Newel

After years in the fashion industry, Carole Gratale was ready for a change. Inspired by the creativity and caliber of iconic designers such as Karl Springer, she translated her eye for quality and design to the interiors industry, starting with a small showroom in the D&D building. But as time progressed, Carole discovered her passion lay in metalwork, particularly that of 20th century masters such as Diego Giacometti. That proved to be a major turning point in her career and thereafter her company has focussed on high end custom metal furnishings reminiscent of the quality craftsmanship of those legendary designers she so admired.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Ellie Cullman at the New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Ellie Cullman at the New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show

Antique shows can be overwhelming and intimidating. Yet shopping a show with an expert can be illuminating and entertaining. We were lucky enough to walk the New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (formerly the Avenue show) last year with designer Ellie Cullman, whose expertise and in-depth knowledge of art and antiques informs the elegant and layered interiors of  Cullman & Kravis. From antique furniture to modern photography to fine jewelry, Ellie shares what to look for, how to incorporate it and insider tips on the best buys in our latest video.

With a distinguished education and positions as an exhibition assistant at Japan House Gallery and guest curator at The Museum of American Folk Art, Ellie has had a lifelong love of fine art.…

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Connecticut Cottages and Gardens Celebrates a Decade at a Stylish New Venue

Connecticut Cottages and Gardens Celebrates a Decade at a Stylish New Venue

For the past ten years Connecticut Cottages and Gardens has been bringing the best of our state to its beautiful glossy pages. Each month (or two) editor in chief DJ Carey (now Editorial Director of the entire Cottages & Gardens family of publications) fashioned a book filled with glorious gardens, handsome homes and delightful discoveries. So it was not surprising that last Thursday a huge crowd gathered to celebrate a decade of great design.

In these challenging times, it is a testament to the quality of the magazine that a local luxury publication has not only survived but thrived.

And as the magazine looks forward to its second decade, it was fitting that it marked the occasion with four talented local designers in a new Connecticut establishment geared toward design professionals and aficionados.…

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Fabulous at What’s New What’s Next

Fabulous at What’s New What’s Next

While fashion week in New York may be over, I will be continuing to explore the connection between fashion and interior design this week. On Thursday, at the New York Design Center, the 6th annual What’s New What’s Next will celebrate fall with exciting new products, presentations, panels, book signings and more. It’s always a festive and inspiring day and I am thrilled to be a part, moderating a panel Fabulous: Where Fashion Meets Interior Design at the John-Richard showroomWith a truly fabulous panel of experts from both camps, it is surely to be a lively and spirited discussion.…

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MORE Dressy Designers We Love Video

MORE Dressy Designers We Love Video

Today we bring you MORE dressy designers we love whose style quotient raises the bar with their apparel as well as in their interiors. And sometimes the twain shall meet as when fabric originally destined for pillows and curtains end up as coats (Katie Ridder) and vests (Thomas Jayne). And while fashion is usually the inspiration precursor to decor, the lines can certainly blur as our stylish guests prove the value of an educated eye. Please join us for part 2 of our ode to Fashion Week.

 

THOM FILICIA - Pants: Scotch & Soda; Jacket: Suit Supply; Shirt: John Varvatos; Sunglasses: Tom Ford; Bracelets: (navy) Links of London, (beaded) Scotch & Soda; Watch: Brera; Shoes: Tod’s

AMANDA NISBET – Dress: Pucci; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Necklace: Temple St.…

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