This lady is always up for a dezign adventure, especially if it is in the outer boroughs of NYC…all the good stuff is made out there! So I jumped on the #7 train and headed out to Long Island City, a design happening place, with my cohort, Daniel, and went to a spot that has been on our radar for some time now,
Lyle’s studio is a huge industrial loft space tuck near the Midtown Tunnel so we arrive in two shakes of a lambs tail…probably faster than going cross town in Manhattan! The studio is a study in crisp white walls and brilliant metal furnishings, inter-spaced with furniture finished in such exotic materials as black mother of pearl, shagreen, python, pacal, bone, shell, and parchment. Metal finishes in bronze, nickel, gold, and chrome reign here. Everything has an exquisite look of being handcrafted , but with a modern twist. Nothing old and outmoded here. These are fresh contemporary designs that truly sing.
Lyle is renown for his fireplace accessories, and probably has one of the coolest lines in fireplace screens, andirons, fire dogs…yes, there are fire dogs for your fireplace…and tools I have ever seen. Kinda makes you wish you had a fireplace in your apartment to use them with. I am totally smitten with the firescreen made of over sized industrial nails that have been coated in nickel or chrome or gold.
Lyle has a line of incredible little tables too…you know, those unsung heroes of every room that just does the trick and finishes off the decor perfectly! One is more stunning than the next and it was hard to decide which one was my favorite.
Add to this wonderful array of furnishings Lyle’s lighting and great accessories and mirrors for the home and a collection of outdoor furniture and this is almost a one stop shop experience. Plus he can customize just about anything you want. That’s my kind of furniture company!
Mustn’t forget to tell you if you are working with an interior designer you will find Lyle’s pieces in New york City at Donghia and Holly Hunt, at David Sutherland in Los Angeles and you can check out his other showrooms at this site.
But the best thing about going to the studio was to have the chance to meet with John himself, who is originally from Mississippi, and simply charmed the boots off me with his gracious southern accent and charm.
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!