American Leather leads the industry with its celebrated three week delivery of quality American made products, precision-engineered and handcrafted in their factory near Dallas, Texas. Their selection of iconic twentieth-century modern forms and styles is equally remarkable. Visit www.AmericanLeather.com to view this exceptional collection and to find a retailer near you.
Woodard Furniture offered vivid primary colors that recall the joy of childhood at the recent High Point Market. Durability and levity were balanced in these comfortable designs for indoor and outdoor spaces. Known for their ergonomic frames and value conscious design, Woodard offers a broad range of finishes from sleek and colorful to rustic and tactile. Here are a few highlights from their recent showing.
Virginia was beautiful today, blanketed in frosty snow and made more lively by the excited laughter of children sledding and playing in the snow. As beautiful as the scene was I could not help yearning for the color explosion of spring. The sweet smell of jasmine, the impossible beauty of peonies, the fragility of my Beverly Sills Iris, and the architectural splendor of acanthus plants unfurling their majestic leaves that inspired the Corinthian order of architecture. I'm sure many of you have had similar daydreams so here are a few visual reminders of the glory of spring!
Lady Banks Roses are the glory of my garden for a few weeks each spring. Hundreds of lemon yellow puffs entreat one to touch.
Bleeding Hearts always seem too perfect, too beautiful to be real, but each year they remind us of love and the fresh glory of pink!
Peonies are my favorite large flower. For me no flower has a more intoxicating fragrance nor a more spectacular bloom. That said, I've never met a flower I hated. Flowers are an elegant reminder of the renewal of life, to experience them is to know joy. I wish you all a beautiful Spring!!
Primrose, my favorite small flower.
Nail heads are being used with artistry and flair not only in seating, but with lighting and plump, sumptuous case goods. The endless pattern possibilities and fabrications provide an unlimited palette for designers.
Pagoda Passion is a powerful symbol of the historicism dominating recent High Point markets. After all how can a form dating to the 3rd Century B.C. be considered “trendy”? Pagodas entered Western design language in the 17th and 18th centuries and have remained a favorite motif of designers and decorators since. The current resurgence of pagodas in vibrant colors and bold scales assure the whimsical form will again transcend culture and time.
Design inspiration may come from a myriad of sources. A film, a song, a flower, or an influential fashion creation. Perhaps the most iconic fashion accessory of the last century is the Birkin handbag from Maison Hermes in Paris. Inspired by the great British actress Jane Birkin and named in her honor, the Birkin has been celebrated by fashion editors, as well as television programs like "Sex in the City" and in recent films such as "The Proposal" and "Blue Jasmine". The Collette Table is my nod to this most venerated of style icons.
The little black dress, beaded evening bags, French cuffs….all conjure jazz age glamour as do the numerous cocktail bars debuting at High Point this spring. Never has nostalgia heralded a greater sense of optimism and celebration.
Bold, Glossy, and Chic, the market has embraced lacquered furniture, mirrors, lighting, and accessories for the past few seasons, but the lacquerlicious craze is now omnipresent. The appreciation of stronger colors and bold patterns is a reflection of post-recession optimism and joy and represents a mega-trend driven as much by the zeitgeist, or “spirit of our times” as by any industry trend. It is likely to be with us long-term creating a new generation of elegant lifestyle inspired heirlooms.
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Power red, shocking pink, spa blue, Hermes orange…..the world of design is always looking for the new color that will animate their editorial content and add graphic punch to their covers. Countless articles extol the virtues of the newest “it” color. Manufacturers wager on the next big color trends anticipating the new and the exciting. As intoxicating as these powerful colors are they can not surpass the bold clarity and timeless elegance of black and white. Chanel, more than any other designer, understood the power of this most balanced yet striking of combinations, adopting it has her signature colors. Here are a few of my favorite black and white designs.