With another year drawing to close…yikes, they go fast lately…I always like to reflect on what I have written about and what I have experienced over the past year and share my favorite items and experiences with my readers.
Truth be told, I see so many fabulous pieces that it is hard to compile this “short list” sometimes. However, it does sort of close out one year in the world of design for me and get me ready to see what new and dezignlicious things await me in the year to come.
Over the years, I have learned that the world of art and design is a bottomless pit of “terrifics” and “wonderfuls” and “to die fors” which is probably what keeps this passionate interior designer working and writing.
Nothing captivates me more than an artistic piece of studio furniture. The idea that something kind of has one foot in the world of art and the other in the world of furnishings delights me. If it was up to me, I would opt for form over function any time! Some of the best studio furniture is created by Elizabeth Garouste...as in this delightful Charly Cabinet…and you can see this beauty as well as other pieces designed by her at the Ralph Pucci Showroom here in New York City.
I am totally captivated by the photography of Marilyn Minter. It is so other-worldly and sexual and naughty and stunning all at the same time. I had the good fortune to attend a private talk with the artist at her studio here in the city and I have been a huge fan ever since. This is one of my favorites and it is called “Siren”…and yes, I want it!
Veve makes some of the most beautiful Murano glass pieces and I have often used them in my interior design work. I think their customizable RGB Glass Curtain / Room Divider deserves a standing ovation for exceptional design concept. I simply adore the idea of dividing up a huge modern space with a “peek-a-boo,” colorful Murano glass screen, don’t you? Not to mention how gorgeous the glass looks with any type of light shining through it…simply divine!
I met with the team at J Schatz when I was out in Los Angeles this year and fell in love with everything they do. Their hand crafted wall of ceramic tiles is their signature piece and it can be easily customized into indoor or outdoor projects. The price point for the tiles is also quite reasonable, especially when you think about the great product you are buying. This is just another fantastic idea that takes your design into the beyond ordinary category!
The Terranova Coffee Table is what I like to call a “to die for” piece of furniture. It’s totally unique, ultra thick slab of Statuary Marble is beyond fantastic. KGBL…who I have written about several times…uses all of their materials in a way that truly makes each and everyone of their designs outstanding. This is definitely a table I would love to have in front of my sofa! How about you?
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art/Design presented the Golden Lagoon Table and Champagne Chairs by designer Reinier Bosch at The Salon Art + Design show this year and I was totally blown away by the pieces. I am madly in love with the drippy gold details! The contrast between the sophisticated look of the dining table and the simplicity of the chairs takes it’s design success up a notch for me. Basically, I would kill to own them, even if you couldn’t use the table as a real dining room table!
With the closing out of this year, I wish one and all a life filled with beautiful things that delight the eyes and bring joy and comfort to your life!
Ciao , ciao ’til 2016!