Lucky me! I have friends in all the right places…at least at all the right design showrooms in New York City!
In order to honor the latest & greatest collection of renown furniture designer Jiun Ho, Dennis Miller Associates, located in the New York Design Center , decided to do it in grand style. They took over an empty space on one of the high floors and filled it with the entire new Collection V from Jiun Ho and invited their favorite interior designers and architects to get a preview before the pieces were officially put into their showroom. It’s great to be on the A List!
I should also add that after an hour of browsing and cocktailing , as well as having the privilege to talk with Jiun Ho, we lucky ducks were treated to a delicious private dinner set up beautifully in a separate area of the space. How great was that?!!!!
I have always loved his furniture (see post.) However, I think this collection is truly outstanding. Jiun Ho actually told me that the inspiration for his work, aka magic, comes from all of the interesting places he has traveled in his career and that he is frequently influenced by contemporary artists who’s work he admires.
This time around he has melded organic bronze forms with his silvery finished woods and added subtle exotic references in his cabinetry and tables that add simple but stellar touches to his designs.
There wasn’t one piece that I wouldn’t think of putting in a client’s home, let alone wishing I had room in my own abodes for some spectacular new furnishings.
If I had to select some of my personal favorites I suppose I would point to the Aomori Bed, elegantly placed on a base that expands beyond the bed, cleverly increasing the footprint of the bed in the room. Plus the exquisite bronze posts rising up in the air from the four corners twist a very contemporary piece of furniture into a bed with classic leanings.
The cocktail tables…and there are several…are outstanding, both the ones with the carved out symbols on the top (No More Play) and those with big fat darkened bronze amorphous asymmetrical legs (Acora).
Several of his cabinets incorporate the option of bright custom colors and curved surfaces that add a softness to the final product. The Ica Book Case, which can be ordered to cover an entire wall and then some, is such a more interesting solution than using typical built in cabinetry…and would also make an outrageous room divider.
Jiun Ho likes to upholster his pieces in Prima Alpaca manufactured by Sandra Jordan, which comes in a rainbow of colors and feels so soft and wonderful that I find my clients love it as well. AND he introduced a new, heavier version of the alpaca on a pair of chairs that quite resembles the texture of fur…but not.
No need to go on more about everything. You should try and check it out yourself if you can this week as this exhibition of Jiun Ho’s furniture will be up until November 19 in this space on the 15th floor.
If you miss it, then just head on over to the Dennis Miller Showroom after that where a selection of the pieces will be on display and where you can purchase any one of them with your designer.
Ciao, ciao “til next time!