Preserving the Craft

Preserving the Craft

I realize it was only a few weeks ago that I referenced an article in T Magazine, but this week’s Travel Issue again hit a high note on several topics so relevant in these parts. While I encourage you to read the marvelous issue for yourself, I’d like to augment just a few bits with some thoughts about the art of craft.

One of the shorter pieces, Preservation Society, focusses on Chanel’s establishment of their under-publicized subsidiary, Paraffection, a division where they house a group of exceptional small handicraft ateliers. Including some of the most prestigious artisanal houses such as Lesage and Lemarié, the group has been brought together into a new modern complex in a Parisian suburb where they can continue to create and store their archives.…

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High Point Picks | Jacques Garcia Collection for Baker

High Point Picks | Jacques Garcia Collection for Baker

One of the most talked about events at High Point this fall market was the unveiling of the new Jacques Garcia Collection for Baker. In a large and luxuriously designed space, the substantial new collection was received with enthusiastic response.

For almost 30 years, the celebrated French designer has been creating both residential and commercial projects at the most prestigious addresses. From legendary Parisian properties such as Hôtel Costes, le Fouquet’s and Ladurée to the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, below,

to the Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo and La Mamounia in Marrakesh, Morocco, Garcia has put his distinctive stamp on style around the globe.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Scot Meacham Wood

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk and Scot Meacham Wood

A love of tartan, plaid and the romance of Scotland has earned San Francisco interior designer Scot Meacham Wood a special place in the world of decor and online conversations. From his blog, The Adventures of Tartanscot, he sends missives on design and inspiration, ranging from his “Sunday Runway” fashion updates to the latest in “Footwear News” to of course musings on interiors and decoration. Susanna and I were delighted to catch up with Scot on a recent visit to New York City. Join us in our latest Stylish Shopping video as we share his passion for plaid, design and embracing your personal style.…

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Comings and Goings

Comings and Goings

It seems that The Season is upon us. So as assiduously as I attempt to catch up around here, ever more wonderful design and inspiration seem to be luring me out and about. As for “comings”, be sure to stop by tomorrow for a fun new Stylish Shopping video with Susanna Salk that celebrates embracing your personal passion in design.

And then on Friday we’ll take a look at the amazing Jacques Garcia Collection for Baker that debuted at High Point, celebrating the designer’s “duality between past and present.”

The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show last month was, as usual a wonderful compendium of the rare and exquisite.…

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Lambertson Truex at Privet House

Lambertson Truex at Privet House

The tiny hamlet of New Preston, CT may be small in square miles (7,39) and population (1,182) but looms large on the map as a retail design destination. With the most recent addition to the shopping scene, Privet House (moving from its Warren location earlier this year), chic weekenders no longer have to wonder where they are going to get their Cire Trudon candles, Santa Maria Novella bath products or unique accessories or antiques for their homes. Proprietors Richard Lambertson and Suzanne Cassano not only assemble a marvelous mix in their charming shop, but the exquisite merchandising in the airy two story space makes everything that much more tempting.…

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2013 Design Leadership Summit

2013 Design Leadership Summit

This week I am privileged to be attending the 2013 Design Leadership Summit in New York. The premier event of the Design Leadership Network, an incredible program has been created to educate and inspire an impressive group of design professionals. Principals of leading interior design, architecture and landscape design firms from across the country have gathered to hear an amazing list of speakers assembled by conference creators Peter Sallick (Managing Partner of Design Investors, the CEO of Waterworks and co-founder and CEO of Dering Hall), Kate Kelly Smith (SVP Publishing Director of Hearst Design Group and Chief Revenue Officer, House Beautiful) and John Edelman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Design Within Reach.…

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Classical Invention | The Architecture of John B. Murray

Classical Invention | The Architecture of John B. Murray

We really have the author’s mother to thank for John Murray‘s elegant new volume Classical Invention | The Architecture of John B. Murray. If she had not suggested he take a summer design program at Carnegie Mellon, he might have finished his pre-med studies instead of continuing on to architecture school.

And that would have been quite a loss for the design community. For all those who love classic architecture, executed with a mastery of detail based on the timeless principles of the past, this is a volume for you. In fifteen projects encompassing both country and city residences, Murray exemplifies how he creates timeless homes with the comforts and conveniences of modern life.…

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High Point Highlights | Wesley Hall

High Point Highlights | Wesley Hall

I was delighted to have Wesley Hall as one of my co-sponsors again this market. As a privately owned made-in-America company, they pride themselves in being involved with every aspect of the business and the results show. Following a recent facelift, their spacious and open showroom welcomed many new styles this season including over 200 new fabrics and three new finishes. Needless to say, there was a lot to see.

Blue continued to be a strong color story this market as was tufting, both of which made an appearance in the new Foster sofa, shown in Jubilee, a super durable new fabric, available in over 20 colors.…

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Jamie Drake for House Beautiful at Designer Visions

Jamie Drake for House Beautiful at Designer Visions

In the Designer Visions apartment designed by Jamie Drake for House Beautiful, it’s not surprising that color plays a major role. And no where is this more evident, or dramatic, than on the walls. As seen in the living and media rooms, Jamie worked with Jonathan Kutzin of America Painting to create beautiful bespoke treatments that add depth and rich texture to the rooms. Both bedrooms benefitted from these treatments as well with surprising results. The daughter’s bedroom is a sophisticated retreat with gorgeous Venetian plaster installed by Alpha Workshops. The almost black color is actually a deep plum, adding another layer of subtle color.…

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T Magazine Luxury Issue

T Magazine Luxury Issue

Deborah Needleman always seems to say just what I have been thinking but haven’t quite gotten around to articulating. In her editor letter for this weekend’s T Magazine Luxury Issue, she writes, “To do ‘simple’ right isn’t as easy as it looks — whether it’s the design of a building, a dress or even a life. If knowledge is power and simplicity requires knowledge, then Socrates might agree with our issue’s premise that simplicity is very powerful.” And of course I’m with Socrates – and T.

Simplicity for me isn’t always simplicity of mere form. It could be simplicity of concept – a singular thought or vision that is adhered to without compromise.…

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