Gail Shields-Milleris the well-respected and much-published principal behind Shields & Company Interiors. She can often be spied, red curls bouncing, as she streaks through design haunts from New York City to New Guinea. Her adventuresome spirit, joie de vivre and gusto for the hunt are the driving forces behind her blog – launched to bring you all things wild and wonderful.
The world of design has become truly a ‘World of Design’ , with so many terrific products and furnishings being produced in Europe and Asia and other far off places. Today a designer thinks nothing about purchasing a product manufactured overseas, whereas that thought was Continue Reading…
Every once and awhile you discover one great item that inspires your dezign style. Such it was when I was looking for some ideas to write about for my HOUZZ.com monthly article when I came across the elegant Low Sofa designed by Keven Walz .I basically think this sofa is super-stunning!
What I love about it most is it ‘s simplicity. Clean and sleek, with a one off-centered bolster, it is quite tres chic in a contemporary way. AND because it is so simple it could easily be dressed up in a bright colorful fabric…even a bright printed fabric would make it sing and dance in an intoxicating manner.
SOFA, KEVIN WALZ
Walz also makes a another sofa raised up on wooden bases with two bolsters carved into the seat…how very cool! I adore the base concept…part leg, part platform. AND, of course, there are those fabulous bolsters, which I believe are topped off in sheepskin. Having seen both of these sofas aren’t you totally smitten by Walz’ designs and talent?
DAYBED / KEVIN WALZ
Another piece in the same genre is a delightful Day Bed, which is ever so cleverly designed with two rotating pillows. Then there is the Low Chair, with the same asymmetrical pillow and understated look as the Low Sofa, and equally as exciting looking. Incidentally, all of this fabulous furniture can be seen and purchased at Ralph Pucci International, which has showrooms in Los Angeles and New York City and one opening up in Miami before the end of the year.
LOW CHAIR / KEVIN WALZ
As we all well know, once one falls in love with something we can’t be simply satisfied with less of it and need to see more and more. Hence, I took off on a web search about Walz. He is rather an interesting person, obviously quite talented and committed to his art.
LIMITED EDITION DAYBED IN PRINTED VINTAGE ITALIAN MILITARY FABRIC / KEVIN WALZ
QUICKY ABOUT KEVIN WALZ: Walz studied fine art at Pratt Institute and the New York Studio School and then went on to exhibit as an emerging artist for several years. He became interested in the field of interior design quite by happenstance but has gone on to become a significant force in the industry and is a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame. His breadth of talent ranges from product design to residential and commercial design, teaching, curating and to creating his art. He lives in Rome, Italy with his family and maintains an office in New York City.
WALZ WINDOW SHOP
Walz has also opened a small store in Rome in the a section of the old city where many other artisans have their studios and shops. Called the Walz Window Shop, it is a blip of a shop which is only opened 1 hour a day. Every eight weeks Walz rotates his furnishings with art he has created and the work of other local artisans. He is particularly fascinated with vintage linen Italian military fabric and incorporated hand printed versions of this fabric embellished with symbols of Roman history in his first exhibit there when the shop opened up in 2010.
Here is a quick video of what the shop looks like which will also give you a brief glimpse into Walz’ aesthetic:
FYI Walz also has some gorgeous area rugs he has designed for Tufenkian Rugs, another place you might check out if you find yourself as intrigued by the talent of Walz as I am.
AREA RUG / KEVIN WALZ
While reading Walz’ description of himself on his website I came across a sentence which I think is representative of his thinking about creating in the design world and I think so highly relevant to his greatness as a designer: “Trendiness is not an ingredient of innovation.” I think that sums it all up just perfectly!
The best thing about being on the Acquisitions Committee of the Museum of Arts and Design, informally known as “MAD,” is that you get to learn about so many different artists who’s work is in the museum’s permanent collection. I could probably write a post a day about how many talented artists I am introduced to through this experience. Today I have chosen to write about Tim Tate, Continue Reading…
Well, it finally happened..I flipped over a project portrayed in a recent edition of Architectural Digest! Lately, I have been finding the homes featured in this iconic interior design publication well executed and, yes, I admit, quite lovely, but Continue Reading…
Have I already mentioned to you that I am totally crazy about fabrics? If I have, please forgive the repetition, but as you well know, when someone is crazy-silly for something they can’t stop thinking and talking about it. One of the finest resources I have used over the last 25 years of my career as a professional interior designer is the company Zimmer & Rohde. Continue Reading…
Yinka Shonibare creates some of the most unusual conceptual art I have seen in a very long time. His talent is expressed in a variety of ways, ranging from installation art, photography, sculpture, painting , film and performance. The breadth and depth of his work is truly Continue Reading…
There is no better dezign punch for your home than mixing in some wonderful ethnic touch and putting in an unusual table, pillow, chest or vase, that sends the message “I have traveled and enjoy the cultures of other countries!” Being a devout believer in this theory, I incorporated things from Continue Reading…
When you are a professional designer you have to keep abreast of the new and current design events across the country. Last week I flew out to Los Angeles in order to check out the latest and greatest design show, Westedge Design Fair. If you live in New York City you are Continue Reading…
Angel Naula of Naula Workshops and me sitting on a fabu red leather Chesterfield sofa
Have you ever been to a an upholstery workroom? It can seem a tad chaotic at first glance, with foam rubber shapes and fabrics and chair and sofa frames strewn about here and there. But trust me, it is a place where beautiful Continue Reading…