I think I told you before that I thrive mostly on unearthing unique products for my interiors. Today with the world functioning as one big global market it is not unusual to discover new and interesting products being produced in other parts of the world and to think nothing about Continue reading
Daniel VanHall “The Design Escort” and co-owner at Shields & Company Interiors shares his excitement for the new Christian Lacroix home collection at Roche Bobois. Lacroix is known for haute couture fashion which is now translated into absolutely fabulous furniture and accessories for the home. Follow Daniel for a little sneak peak at this fantasy infused collection.
Several large furniture shows take place in Europe over the course of a year. One of the most famous ones is the Salone del Mobile which is held in Milan, Italy in April. I’ve always wanted to attend the show and this year the stars aligned and I had an opportunity to go.
Visiting the show entails traveling about 45 minutes outside of Milan to an exhibition site containing 25-some airplane hangar size buildings which house all of the different vendors.
The site is tremendous and easily measures about a mile in length. This is not a exposition for the timid. The crowds of people from around the globe are huge and everyone seems to be wheeling around a suitcase full of the take-aways!
My husband was my willing companion on this adventure and I must admit he was quite the great sport about everything. It’s really best to have your destinations planned out ahead of time, as simply strolling around from building to building gets to be rather exhausting.
Is there plenty to see? Yes, most definitely. Sometimes almost too much for this NYC designer. However, the sense of being exposed to all of the best designs in the world is definitely there, even if there seems to be a lot of ‘copycatting’, i.e., lotsa companies sorta doing the same thing, if you get what I mean.
I did meet up with my dear friend, Daniel Lombardi from Roche Bobois and get to see their latest and greatest. They are one of my favs sources here in the city and we have worked together on numerous projects.
Plus, I finally connected with a French Company called Pouenat and their USA rep, Delbert Bruns and the President of the company, Jacques Payet. Pouenat has a very unique collection of furnishings, all designed by the most talented/ hot designers in Europe today. Needless to say, their things are simply stunning and quite coveted by this designer.
AND, I got to schmooze at Sicis with my BFF Amy Tanenbaum. Although known primarily for their artistic mosaic tile designs, Sicis has begun to design some out of this world new furniture, fabrics and door hardware that, I must say, are beyond gorgeous! Planning on going to see more of these goodies at the new showroom here the Big Apple when Amy and I hook up later this month.
There are also smaller exhibits associate with the Salone del Mobile located in the actual center of Milan. These are filled with furnishings that are far more edgy and and artsy. Here I had the great fortune to find one of my most favorite companies, Sé Collections, which originates out of London. Headed by the most talented Damien Langouis Meurine, all of their designs are superbly executed and beautiful. Sé furniture is carried by my good friend, Mario Elcid at Mondo Collection in New York City. Trust me, everything from them is trés chic!
Also got a private tour of one of the leading lighting concerns in Italy, Viabuzzano, thanks to my friend Noha Mohsen, who is the lighting designer-brains behind the international company, Enlighten Lighting Design. I loved everything I saw! Of course, I hooked up with Noha immediately upon my return NYC to discuss everything I wanted for an upcoming project. No grass grows under this designer’s feet!
As you can guess, a good time was had by one and all…even the hubby! Not sure I would do the deed again, but certainly greatly appreciated the Italian immersion into interior design for a few days. Now I can check the Salone del Mobili off my design bucket list!
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!
Daniel VanHall “The Design Escort” shares a sitting room/guest bedroom Shields & Company Interiors completed on one of their luxury, New York City, turn-key residences using furniture from Roche Bobois, wool carpet from Stark Carpets, fabrics and wall covering from Rodolph Fabrics and art from Steven Kasher Gallery. Daniel talks about some design features in the room including the sculptural pebble coffee tables and sofa that converts into a comfortable twin bed for overnight guests. The room was completed for Extell’s One Riverside Park duplex model “Sky Home” in collaboration with GCT marketing. Photography of the room was done by Alan Barry Photography.
Daniel VanHall “The Design Escort” shares a small home office that Shields & Company Interiors completed on one of their luxury turn-key residences in New York City. Daniel explains that just because spaces are small the design decisions should not be timid. Every opportunity must be taken to imbibe the space with design and functionality. Elements such as Japanese grasscloth wallcovering, an executive scaled glass desk, a sculptural desk lamp and a large abstract painting make this home office exciting with lots of personality.
I take a trip to Mexico every year and often visit with my dear friend, Ariane Dutzi, who designs fabulous bags made with materials indigenous to the Yucatán region (Dutzi Bags). This year we began our trip in San Miguel de Allende, a beautiful Mexican town smack dab in the middle of Mexico…no sandy beach or blue ocean in sight anywhere!
But what San Miguel de Allende is famous for is it’s thriving art scene and for being the home to many American ex-Pats that started moving there after WW II. This influx of Americans has upped the ante of life in San Miguel de Allende, making it is easy to find numerous boutiques selling glorious clothing or dishes or furniture…as well as many yummy restaurants to dine in.
The architecture throughout the town is classic Mexican and totally enchanting, with narrow cobblestone streets and a fabulous gothic church…La Parroquia… facing El Jardín, a beautiful square with trees and flowers and benches to sit on and watch life go by.
We stayed in a gorgeous hotel called Hotel Matilda that was designed like a dream and furnished likewise. I would call the decor “south of the border meets contemporary luxury” and exciting huge paintings and quirky tables and chairs make the mix unbeatable.
I’m a sucker for anything ethnic or unique and one can find such items here as well. And if you want a contemporary feeling, there is plenty of that to choose from in the stores and galleries.
I think the trick is to mix it up.…Buy some charming dinnerware from Trinitate at their fabulous shop and also some of their outdoor planters. Put in a huge sectional sofa. Throw in a few gold finished lighting fixtures. Pick up a mid-century modern chair and recover it in an outrageous fabric to give it new life…maybe even in cow hide that looks like zebra. Look for an antique armoire that will give your room some relevancy. Select a rustic table, newly constructed out a thick slab of exotic wood. Go to the market where the locals shop and purchase some of the colorful blue and white ceramic dishes made by a local artisan. Got the idea?
Her are a few “sightings” as I went tooling around San Miguel de Allende:
I think you get the picture: artistic, classic, sophisticated, vintage…all of the appropriate buzz words for a beautiful interior design in your serene Mexican getaway!
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!
Daniel VanHall “The Design Escort” shares a fantastic new way to incorporate a fireplace into any Manhattan apartment. Hearth Cabinet’s alternate fuel ventless fireplaces allows Shields & Company to be creative and install fireplaces in any space. Daniel shows a new design he and Gail created for one of their luxury-turnkey residences for Wald Real Estate here in New York City.
Daniel VanHall “The Design Escort” shares his tiny pad in the heart of New York City. The unique space was created on a dime using finds off the streets of the city in an effort to make an inspiring environment for himself and his airbnb.com guests! The sharing economy and airbnb.com, an online home sharing site, have enabled Daniel to share his design sense with his friends and family from all over the world.