All things wild and wonderful in the interior design world and then some!

SITTING PRETTY: CERAMIC STOOLS BY REINALDO SANGUINO

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A long way back I had read an article in Interior Design magazine about different cool stools.  Being the lover of odd objects…I truly believe they make the room unique…I had torn out a page with a fabulous ceramic stool designed by Reinaldo Sanguino. Continue Reading…

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THIS IS NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S LLADRO!

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“THE GUEST COLLECTION” BY JAIME HAYON AND OTHERS

 

Being a total snob when it comes to interior design the thought of buying something from LLadró, the infamous porcelain figurine company, is rather dèclasé to me. I know in my heart that they are beautifully executed but something about them just leaves me flat. Add to this that I also know that several of their pieces go for a lot of money and Continue Reading…

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION II: POUENAT

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FRANCOIS CHAMPSAUR

 

It is often a toss up for me who is more talented when it comes to furniture and lighting design, the French or the Italians.  I often think how many fabulously wonderful items have been created in both of these countries, and find it difficult to imagine why  Continue Reading…

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“RAPID RESPONSE COLLECTING”: VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

 

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“RAPID RESPONSE COLLECTING” AT THE V & A MUSEUM

 

Contemporary museums in today’s world  are going outside of that predictable box I write about so often and putting together exhibitions that are more relevant to how we live in today’s world, as opposed to Continue Reading…

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DESIGNER INSIGHTS WITH GAIL SHIELDS-MILLER & TUDOR DAVIES OF TERRYS BLINDS

 

Park Avenue Pied-a-Terre. SHIELDS & COMPANY INTERIORS

Park Avenue Pied-a-Terre. SHIELDS & COMPANY INTERIORS

 

Today’s post is a bit of a deviation from the normal course of events on DEZIGNLICIOUS, as I want to share a post about me…yes, ME…featured recently on the internet. Continue Reading…

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EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: REMAINS LIGHTING REISSUES THE LIGHTING OF TONY DUQUETTE

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SPLASHING WATER 37  CHANDELIER

 

If I have said it once I have said it a hundred times : great is great and it lasts forever when it comes to furniture and lighting. That’s why I encourage my clients to purchase furniture that will always be timeless and that they will want Continue Reading…

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FABULOUS CONTEMPORARY CHAIRS FROM THE MONTREAL MUSEE DES BEAUX ARTS

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MUSEE DES BEAUX ARTS MONTREAL

 

Last Thanksgiving, my husband and I took a road trip up to Montreal, Canada (see post.) We had a fabulous time despite the 7 degree weather. One of the spots we most enjoyed was touring through the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal , aka The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Continue Reading…

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JUST BULBS! THAT’S RIGHT…ONLY BULBS!

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Across the street from my office is a tiny story packed to the gills with every imaginable light bulb that you could possible dream of…and  thensome.  The store is called Just Bulbs and Continue Reading…

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JAVIER MARISCAL: LOS MUEBLES AMOROSOS FOR MOROSO…AND MORE!

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With a name like Los Muebles Amorosos (translation: The affectionate/ loving  furniture,) Javier Mariscal’s furniture is already ahead of the design curve.  The name is sexy and sensuous and playful, and so very appropriate to the pieces in the collection produced by Moroso.

 

SAULA MARINA/ JAVIER MARISCAL

SAULA MARINA/ JAVIER MARISCAL

 

This suite of furniture is designed with the commercial market in mind, hotels in particular.  But I think it is just so much fun and so uplifting in spirit that I might even want to include a piece or two in a home…especially in an ultra modern palacio. Each piece has a super-big personality, which is so infectious and inviting.

 

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HOTEL 21 GRAND SUITE/ JAVIER MARISCAL

 

Let’s talk a little about Javier Mariscal, who hails from Barcelona and definitely has that Mediterranean bent in his designs.  His artistic career began as an illustrator, in particular in drawing cartoons. His Mickey Mouse-like creatures, Fermin and Pikera and their dog companion, Julian, AKA Los Garririsdisplay his optimistic spirit in a wacky but artistic fashion. Take a look at this video, called Pescando la Luna (Fishing for the Moon,) which I think is an excellent example of the nature of Mariscal’s cartoon talents…a little bit eccentric, a little bit unexpected, but totally charming:

 

 

Not happy to only illustrate comics in black and white, he ventured forth into sculpture, posters,product design, furniture design and eventually into doing interiors for buildings and hotels (see interiors of the Gran Hotel Domine in Bilbao.)    

 

COBI THE DOG

COBI THE DOG

 

Mariscal also has one other claim to fame, and that is his concept for Cobi the Dog, which became the symbol for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. As a multi-talented artist with numerous international clients seeking his assistance with their projects he finally opened the Estudio Mariscal in 1989 and his success has been nonstop ever since then.

 

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HOTEL 21 GRAND SUITE/ JAVIER MARISCAL

 

It’s hard not to see the similarity in the style of his furnishings and cartoon drawings, but I mean this only in the most positive sense of that word. The furniture is joyous and colorful and challenges our expected concept of how we usually upholster chairs and sofas. It’s almost as if you can see the artist’s pen drawing the lines of the furniture and then coloring them.

 

ALESSANDRA CHAIR, JAVIER MARISCAL

ALESSANDRA CHAIR, JAVIER MARISCAL

 

One of his most famous chairs for Moroso is the Alessandra Armchair which was designed in 1995. It symbolizes his love of organic forms and shapes and his playful use of colors, especially the black and white leather version which makes us think of a delightful cow.

 

ALESSANDRA CHAIRS, JAVIER MARISCAL

ALESSANDRA CHAIRS, JAVIER MARISCAL

 

A note about Mariscal ‘s partner in design, Moroso,  which has been collaborating with the world’s top designers since 1952. It’s avant-garde attitude towards furniture design has brought to the forefront intelligent furnishings, where craftsmanship and new techniques have led to the production of  really fabulous products. I love their aesthetic  (see post) and if you are not familiar with them you should definitely check out their website.
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P.S.  If you haven’t seen Mariscal’s animated movie, “Chico & Rita,”  which won an Oscar in 2012, here is a direct link to watch it for free.  I thought it was wonderful…and the sound track is superb!

Ciao, ciao ’til next time!

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JORIS LAARMAN: “DESIGNER-MAKER” EXTRAODINAIRE!

JORIS LAARMAN

JORIS LAARMAN

We are going to talk real cutting edge design today so get ready.  If you are an extreme traditionalist this all might seem a bit too way out there, but new technologies…think 3D Printing, advanced materials, etc….have opened up the door for Continue Reading…

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