Showing posts with label Suzanne Kasler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Suzanne Kasler. Show all posts

31 October, 2012

"High Point, Fall 2012 . . . "

whenever hanging out (as we were at the Hickory Chair Showroom)
with Ronda Carman and Shay Geyer - hilarity will clearly ensue. 


I wanted to bring you some highlights of my recent trip to High Point Furniture Market . . . a week-long event launching the new lines of furniture and accessories from almost every manufacturer you can imagine. 

Oh, and frankly, there are some great parties too.

So here . . . in no particular order . . . and a few highlight of High Point

The Hickory Chair Showroom

Thomas O'Brien, for Hickory Chair.

Loving the new collection from the amazing Alexa Hampton!  Classical details.  Graceful proportions.  And tons of drama. 

A quick pic with my sweet friend Alexa.  Besides her style and creativity - one of her best assets is her vocabulary.  Seriously, if you get a chance to meet her . . . just say 'hi' and ask her a question . . . and then . . . let her talk! 

A part of the new collection from Suzanne Kasler.   Beach-inspired.  Finely detailed. And great American style.

More from Hickory Chair - new pieces from Mariette Himes Gomez.
The Pearson Furniture Showroom

You know, I always love a good dining bench.  It's a great way to section off and define a dining space, when it's part of a larger room.  

I seemed to see a great deal of shagreen.  Including this marvelous chest from Pearson too! 

And I LOVE this little chair . . . and frankly, I love the tone-on-tone chinoiserie inspired textile just as much.  Love! 
The Bernhardt Showroom 

One of my biggest 'issues' with High Point . . . is that it's simply enormous.  And one can never take in the entire place.  So, for me, sometimes I wonder if I'm actually spotting a trend . . . or just seeing things that I adore.
So take this pronouncement with a little grain of salt . . . but . . . 

. . . I seemed to see a great deal of brass everywhere.  One reason for the aforementioned 'salt' is - I love brass finishes.  My office is mainly in a polished nickel . . . but, my home in mostly brass.
And I'm loving this almost 70's inspired space.  And those brass open-bookcases are MARVELOUS! 

And I seemed to see a great many over-sized mirrors.  Whether you're in the design biz or not, you should know that mirrors are your best friends.  They create depth and space where none might exist.  And they do wonders for lighting. 
The Parties . . . 

With Ronda Carman and Tammy Connor - at the Rizzoli Book-Signing . . .
Ronda was there promoting her new book Designers at Home  that features the private homes of interior designers (including both Tammy and me!)  

Me and Christian May - two people who are often confused for each other.  This photo was sorta just to prove that we were, in fact, not the same person!

With Newell Turner (editor-in-chief of the Hearst Design Group) at the Hearst Party . . . 

And super-charmng Corey Jenkins . . . at the same event! 

and this might give you a little idea of the madcap atmosphere at the Hearst Party.  Piles and piles of people - and all having a great time! 
Until next market - cheers,

09 June, 2011

"Heritage Textiles from Lee Jofa . . . "

Gaddesden Floral, by David Easton


I still have a few stories to share from my recent trip to New York for Kravet's Blogfest 2011.  It was an action packed couple of days - and one of the true highlight of the week was the debut of a new collection of fabrics for Lee Jofa.  The new fabrics are classic patterns from the Lee Jofa line but re-interpreted by an all-star collection of current designers - bringing their own aesthetic and point of view to these classic fabrics.

It's just like time travel . . .

"Rosebank" Floral, by Diamond and Baratta
 Rosebank, which originally debuted in the 1850's - at the height of the Victorian era - is a swirl of flowers and ribbons.  And the those two kings of pattern - William Diamond and Anthony Baratta have given a perfect modern twist!

"Treyes" Handblock Floral, by Eric Cohler
Totally love this one!  Mr. Eric Cohler has taken this tree-of-life inspired hand block-printed floral from the early 1960's and re-interpreted it into a lush, new colour palette.  Originally printed on linen, Colher has also updated the textile by using glazed cotton.  The pattern consists of 20 handblocks applied to the face of the fabric to create the pattern.  Amazing.

Shiraz Floral, by Suzanne Kasler
I'm totally fascinated by this one.  Shiraz floral was originally a multi-coloured print inspired by the patterns of antique rugs - but Suzanne Kasler has simplified the pattern down to its most pure form.  “In reworking the color palette, I continued to go back to the basic pattern and how it translated into two colors,”  said Suzanne Kasler.  It's amazing how much this fabric has evolved! 

Nympheus Floral, by Thomas O'Brien
Thomas O'Brien worked with one of his favourite textiles for his part of the project.  The original Nympheus floral dates back to 1915.  He added signature elements of deep indigo to the coloration of the classic design. Says O’Brien of his preference for featuring the reverse side of the hand-blocked print, “The rich bleed-through is more abstract on the reverse side, and the pattern is softer. It takes on the feeling of a watercolor.”

Clarendon Floral, by Suzanne Rheinstein
We're heading back in the Victorian era again with the classic floral pattern "Clarendon."  Rheinstein has updated it on to a linen to perfectly suit our modern lifestyles.  “One of the things I love in my design work is the chance to use things from the past in ways that are suited for the way we live now,” says Rheinstein.  

Gaddesden, by David Easton
How perfect is this!?!?  Easton has taken a Jacobean "Tree of Life" pattern from the early 1920's and given it a perfect modern feeling.  “Gaddesden utilized the typical vine pattern current to its era that I have always liked," said Easton. “I wanted to make an older, historic pattern fresh and new and I thought this specific design leant itself to this.”

And a bit of housecleaning from yesterday's Tartanscot post - in a serious 'aw, crap,' I omitted the photo credit from yesterday's post for the wonderful opening image from the portfolio of Suzanne Tucker of Tucker and Marks.


(All quotes and images taken from the Kravet website.)

30 August, 2010

"Wait, Where is Dinah . . . ?"


Hey y'all. Let's just cut-to-the-chase on this one. Basically, there is just a collection of 'design-porn' for today's post.

'Cause, seriously. "K" is for . . .


Whew - which is YOUR favourite?

28 August, 2010

"Some Weekend Sewing . . . "


Well another week finally comes to an end, but our adventurous tour through the "Love Letters" series continues. And this was actually one of the first ideas that I came up with when I began working on the series (but, of course, I'm still writing like a madman at the last minutes - why does it always seem to work that way - lol)

So prepare yourself for a lengthy look at our next letter.

"J" stands for . . .

"Jacobean Crewel"

And for me, one of the best resources for these amazingly versatile textiles is Lee Jofa. A prime example is their wondrous "Sohil" fabric - detail images open this post and also below - but, above - see them in their full glory in this wonderful seating arrangement from Suzanne Kasler.

And speaking of fabulous, this is a sample of the new textile collection from Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa. Isn't this brash, vibrant crewel work simply perfect?

Maybe something a bit more traditional, but with that same vibrant colours?
I'm loving "Arbre de Vie" - from Lee Jofa as well.

And some other favourites . . .

I actually used Bartholomew Velvet for decorative pillows in my own bedroom a few years ago.
So beautiful!

And who could ever forget one of my favourite rooms - with Jacobean Crewelwork upholstered to the very walls of the bedroom . . .

The completely delicious, Roger Banks-Pye


ps. and a particular 'thank you' to Jennifer and the NY Lee Jofa showroom for the amazing detail images.

22 April, 2010

"Hey! . . . "


Thanks for those of you who has contacted me - and yes, I'm still amongst the land of the living! Sorry for going 'radio silent' for a few days, it's been almost a week since I've posted - which is VERY unlike me. It's just been a busy, busy week at the office and a wildly productive week here at the house.

Well, to start off this little missive, let's take an alarming trip through the labyrinth of my mental process. So, I'm standing in the shower this morning and thinking - 'I have GOT to get something posted on "Tartanscot" before people send the authorities to my house to make sure I'm alive' - and decided - 'easy, I can just say "hey," and I'll post a picture of a bale of 'hay' (yay, clever. As I said, it was early this morning - and I was still in the shower) and tell everyone how busy I've been - and there you go.

So I'm quietly preparing to give my freshly shorn hair a quick wash - but - now I'm thinking about the hay bales from my childhood on the farm in Mississippi. My brother and I spending hours in the late summer playing in the hayloft of our vintage barn. Hide and Seek. Flashlight Tag. Storm the Castle. Seriously, hours of entertainment. We were under strict parental orders to NEVER play in the hayloft. So, clearly, we played up there ALL the time.

Well, then the thought of those vertical walls of hay bales reminded me of the new grasscloth wallpaper that I just ordered for a project. And of how much I love using Phillip Jeffries Wallcoverings. Their collection is wonderfully vast. The colours are beautiful. I don't think I've ever had a problem with installation. They give a sharp, kinetic energy in every space I've ever used them. And the I also greatly respect the fact that Phillip Jeffries products are very 'earth-friendly.' You know, with this week being Earth Day and everything.

So, we have established several things;

I've had a busy week at the office.

I spend a great deal of my time in the shower sorting through ideas whilst I wash my hair.

I have great affection for Phillip Jeffries Wallcoverings.

And I am, in fact, still alive.

Over and out,

ps. unless there is a pony waiting at the office on Monday morning from Phillip Jeffries, I have received no compensation for this posting. By the way, I'd like it to be a brown pony. Just in case.
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