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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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.
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 Garriris, display 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:
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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…