Lucky me! I have friends in all the right places…at least at all the right Continue reading
Daniel Vanhall “The Design Escort” talks about the costs involved in doing a formal dining room in a 25 million dollar duplex apartment at One Riverside Park in New York City. Shields & Company Interiors just completed the project for their client GCT Marketing at the new luxury building constructed by Extell Development.
Think about this: Imagine a furniture company recycling old window frames into hip, rather very cool furniture. Sounds like a great idea and perfect for any one interested in sustainable design products. For Continue reading
I saw this dresser in Interior Design Magazine featured with other interesting and unique storage cabinets. I was immediately drawn to it as it displayed everything I admired in contemporary furnishings: unpredictable , clever and some place between a functional and an artistic creation.
That I am totally intrigued by designs that reside in the art furniture category should be evident by now if you follow me. That old adage “form follows function” doesn’t fly with this gal. I am definitely attracted to furnishings that have one foot in functionality and the other foot in the creativity side of the spectrum, with a preference to more of an emphasis on the creative.
The homes and apartments I admire most are ones where it is hard to tell where the furniture ends and the art begins as both of these important aspects of interior design seem to meld so seamlessly. That is, for me, is interior design perfection!
Enter stage left, Elisabeth Garouste, designer extraordinaire! Her background and training were in interior design and set design but she is most known for her collaborative work with Mattia Bonetti, a Swiss photographer.
Garouste and Bonetti were design partners for well over 20 years and are undoubtedly considered among a small group of iconic designers of the 1980s. Their designs were highly original and creative and miles away from the concept of mass produced furnishings.
Their creations incorporated unique material such as bronze and terra-cotta, carefully executed in a highly innovative manner. The actual design trend, “Barbaric Style” was a result of their famous Barbaric Chair , a fabulous mixture of poetic and medieval symbolism. This super-talented duo achieved all sorts of artistic and design successes and their furnishings can be found in numerous museum collections throughout Europe.
Today, one can find the whimsical and totally enchanting art furniture of Elizabeth Garouste at Ralph Pucci International here in New York City. After joining Pucci International in 2014, Garouste finally had the first solo exhibition of her fabulous creations at Pucci last May.
Hats off to seeing the usual in unusual ways and bringing art and design to the common and the ordinary…which we all realize can happen only through the eyes of a great designer.
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!
The Design Escort explains how design plays a role in the sale of multi-million dollar real estate sales in New York City. Wald Real Estate brings in Shields & Company to design a 4400 sf apartment in order to appeal to potential buyers.
If you are the daughter of an interior designer, as I am, then you can probably relate to what I am going to write about quite easily.
Growing up as the daughter of an interior designer Continue reading
We all hopefully spend 8hrs in bed each night so make that time count and treat yourself to a divine nights rest in a beautiful bedroom! The Design Escort shares some of the tricks Shields and Company employs to make their bedrooms a sweet oasis each and every night.
I came across some of the most interesting children’s furniture I have seen in a very long time in an issue of Interior Design last month. Leave it to the brilliant Italians to finally come up with a cleverly designed suite of furnishing that is oriented towards kids Continue reading
Daniel VanHall “The Design Escort” explains how the accent pillow completes a space with color, texture and pattern.