Thursday, October 29, 2009

TONY DUQUETTE LIGHTING LAUNCHES AT REMAINS

Remains Lighting carries on the fantastical and whimsical designs in lighting created by the late Hollywood designer and bon vivant, Tony Duquette. This new launch in The Permanent Collection is available at all Remains locations and was synced up with the release of newest Duquette tome by Hutton Wilkinson, More is More. A hit of luxury and humor is necessary in these times. Companies should forge ahead with inspiring new designs. We can remain hopeful that things will get better, and look to fantasy-- a necessary element to excite and lead the way.


The Splashing Water Chandelier in in Ecru/Tea takes its cue from a fountain, with its animated arc of water droplets frozen in time.



The Splashing Water Table Lamp Inspiration came from a chandelier Duquette designed in 1956 for the opening fete for his Robertson Boulevard. A marble base and linear metal frame highlights droplets held in mid air above and below the shade.


The Splashing Water Sconce in turquoise and pink has scattered arms that fan out with water drops. A cluster of acrylic drops in the center shimmer like a vintage brooch.


The California Sunburst Sconce design came from a 1964 stage curtain he designed for the LA Music Center. The hand-polished metal extended rays of light in a starburst pattern casts a shadow on walls and makes quite a statement .


The California Sunburst Corona Chandelier with sleek angular pieces takes on an entirely new look when suspended.



The California Sunburst Chandelier reminds me of a Bernini sculpture, with its dramatic rays expanding outward.


The Magic Forest Sconce design with wispy branches and feather-like metal leaves are made more lively with acrylic droplets.


The Magic Forest Floor Lamp came from a pair of torchiere-trees Duquette made for the 1952 MGM musical Lovely To Look At.



The suspended Magic Forest Chandelier takes on a whole new look in the round. There is a lightness from the leaves and playful element.


The Dusk Phoenix Candlestick came from themes Duquette often worked wit. The phoenix, a symbol of rebirth and renewal appeared often in his work. This elaborate candlestick combines an ostrich egg, black onyx, and serpentine hard stones, with a hand gilded 23 karat gold pillar, bringing together natural and rare materials.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

HUTTON WILKINSON DOES IT AGAIN: MORE IS MORE GOES FOR THE GUSTO



This has been a busy week for Hutton Wilkinson. After a book event is Atlanta, he is in New York, where the other night, his new book was feted at Saks. Tonight, his lighting collection launched. More is More is the follow up title to Abrams published Tony Duquette, written by his longtime creative partner and collaborative force, Hutton Wilkinson. The legend lives on, with a fabric collection at Jim Thompson, a furniture line with Baker and just launched lighting with Remains. His fantastical jewelery, swank social circle, gorgeous stage sets, costumes, interiors and gardens are shown in detail through sumptuous image after image. If you can't get enough of his Dawnridge, his LA estate and his major baubles, this voluminous volume at over 350 pages has you covered. I wish I could show every luxurious shot in this tome. Here is a taste of what you will find.


Credit:©1978 John Engstead/mptvimages.com
The magic man strikes a pose.

Credit:©Tim Street-Porter
Tony had a way of recycling to create something completely unexpected. Here, for one of his first pavilions on his Malibu ranch, he added Victorian ironwork to an old 1950's Hollywood hotel elevator cage, and reinvented it as a pavilion. He gave things a second life.

Credit: Tony Duquette Estate
Tony created this drawing for a garden pavilion he had made for a wedding near San Francisco.

A fretwork pavilion in Pasadena, CA.

The elaborate Chinese Regency sitting room with cane detailing at Cow Hollow circa 1980, his San Francisco home.

Credit:© Fernando Bengoechea
The red guest room in Hutton's Malibu home, Argyle Farm, deftly mixes bold patterns and colors. The wild shell chandelier was from a department store Tony decorated.


Credit: ©William Gray Harris
Hutton's bedroom at his Malibu house is near where Tony's ranch was. An elaborate Chinese Chippendale tented bed, red fretwork chairs and Chinese Coromandel panels from Tony make the room grand and fun.

Credit: © Fernando Benoechea
In Venice's Palazzo Brandolini, Tony and Hutton enhanced Renzo Mongiardino's existing work, by adding exotic canopies to the four-poster twin beds, and plenty of tassel trim.

Credit: © Tim Street-Porter
A fanciful 1950's powder room is full of style. With Moroccan grill work covering the window, cut out tasseled apron with matching cushion, and wall painting by his wife, Beegle,the space comes alive. Tony felt small, packed spaces had a lot of appeal.

Credit: © Tim Street-Porter
Never underestimate the power of a fabric - swathed room. Tony created a tented fantasy with Indian fabrics in a California guest room. His inspiration came from the set design he created for the 1990 film, Can Can.

Credit: © Tim Street-Porter
The garden room at Dawnridge in Beverly Hills is a riot of color. Malachite green with touches of white are shown with Baker Collection pieces and archival ones.

TURNING THE PAIGE?

The drums of change continue to beat as loud as ever over at 4 Times Square. With low circulation and dropping ad pages, which industry defining title is looking to make an editorial change after 35 years under the current stewardship? Does this now mean the magazine will change to target to a younger demographic? Stay tuned – we’ll know in 2 weeks time.

A TIME FOR REFLECTION

Made Goods , a company started by an Anthropologie alum, recently launched a slew of new mirrors at High Point. They specialize in beautiful surface materials, unique shapes and styles you will clamor for. Globally sourced materials are assembled by local craftsmen including resin, shell and metal to stunning effect.


Edith is femme with a soigne silhoutte and shagreen surface.


Intricate jewel like capiz- covered lattice detail fans out from the frame on the Ives.


Ella is a new take on the classic starburst.


Luix, made of zinc, is french in feeling while the cut corners add a modern twist.


A Belgian finish with curvy sides make Jacob a welcome newcomer.


Exotic and reminiscent of what you mind uncover in a crowded Moroccan souk, the Gorka shimmers.


You can never have enough Greek key. Erastos feels fresh with its velvet fabric wrapped surface.

Monday, October 26, 2009

SWEETLY SWEDISH: ELEISH VAN BREEMS LAUNCH NEW BOOK SWEDISH COUNTRY INTERIORS


Photo Courtesy of Rhonda Eleish & Edie van Breems
They are back! Connecticut antique dealers and designers Rhonda and Edie of Eleish Van Breems Antiques return with a follow up to their 2007 title, Swedish Interiors. Their new release, Swedish Country Interiors, looks at 15 country homes across America. It shows how people interpret and are living with painted furniture, checked fabrics and bleached floors. Being that the look of Swedish style is calming and clean, it is more popular than ever.


Photo Courtesy of Wisteria
By way of example, The Swedish Occasional Chair from Wisteria in a cool blue finish has an interesting back design and comfortable scale.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

STYLEBEAT DESIGN DEAL OF THE WEEK: MADELINE WEINRIB SAMPLE SALE



MADELINE WEINRIB SAMPLE SALE:
40-70% off carpets, pillows, home accessories and more!
Past season designs, one-of-a-kind colorways and samples!

Thursday, October 22nd through Thursday, November 1st

Mon-Sat 10-7 Sun 11-6:30

Where:

ABC Carpet & Home

881 Broadway, Lower Level

T 212 473 3000 x780




NEW EMBROIDERED FABRICS WORTH TAKING A LOOK AT FROM VAUGHAN

The Brits always come up with covetable design. If you are on the hunt for some fresh, contemporary embroideries, look no further. Vaughan Designs, the British company known for their extensive lighting collection, carries terrific fabrics. The soft color palette and modern design add a sophisticated touch that can read city or country.


Selendi, ivory linen with embroidered Medici insignia in dark red.


Tinos, ivory linen with eau de nil embroidery is a soft botanical.


Milas, ivory linen with embroidered pattern in pink and green has an animal and Turkish feel, depending how you look at it.


Keros, in ivory linen with embroidered red coral pattern is an abstracted pattern that makes a nice filler fabric.


Penglai, ivory linen with embroidery in eau de nil has a subtle geometric pattern.

Samos, ivory linen with red embroidery with a bold pattern that would work in an Austrian Schloss or English interior.

Samos in green.


Antalya, ivory linen with red embroidery of vines and flowers.


Seto, ivory linen with embroidery in blue channels David Hicks.


Andros, an ivory Linen with hand embroidered motif in pale blue & coral is remeniscent of early American quilts.


Hydra, ivory linen hand embroidered in pale blue, pale green and coral.


Leros, ivory linen with embroidered damask pattern in eau de nil can work in an arts and crafts interior.


Leros in red.

Photos courtesy of Vaughan
Kos , ivory linen with an embroidered leaf motif in blue, green & red has a small repeat perfect for pillows.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

HAVE YOU BEEN HUNTING FOR THE PERFECT DESK?

Photo Courtesy of Jardins en Fleur
The Kownloon desk from Jardins en Fleur can be used as a console or a desk. Placed in a room against the back of a floating sofa or used against the wall, this piece adds great fretwork detail, and interesting tortoise finish. There is plenty of surface area for your computer, boxes, files, books, and whatever else you feel like piling on.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE: THE WILLIAM F. REILLY COLLECTION AUCTION AT CHRISTIES

Finally, a fall auction to get excited about! Designer Timothy Whealon decorated a magnificent double wide Sutton Place townhouse for late publishing magnate Bill Reilly, an ardent classicist, the contents of which go on the block next week. For over a fourteen year period, Whealon sought out specimen pieces from around the globe, creating a mix of antiques and 20th century pieces for the house. This was done after Bill stated he "wanted to create one of the greatest houses in New York City." By going to country estates, France, Florence, England, and American resources like Brimfield, the sale showcases some of the best George III and approachably priced pieces. Taking a grand tour design perspective, Whealon chose pieces for the home that suited his client's taste. Rarely does the contents of a home this extraordinary come on the block. Whealon, with his art and antiques background and expertise, was so lucky to have a client similar to a Medici in Renaissance Florence. Over the past few days, he has been busy at Christies, recreating vignettes from the house. The drawing room, replete with a custom Benjamin Moore color for the walls, dining room, bedroom, and a vignette of the front sitting room with the George III Irish chimneypiece have been recreated. To see some stunning museum quality antiques, make sure to stop by Christies this weekend to preview the sale. Go pre-sale to get an antique and decorative arts crash course, or to raise your paddle on October 14th, you will be glad you did.

Photo by Joshua McHugh
A round table filled with books, face en face sofas by the fireplace make the living room formal and gracious.


A REGENCY POLLARD OAK ROSEWOOD AND STAINED FRUITWOOD LIBRARY TABLE
CIRCA 1815
Bought from Axel Vervoordt, Belgium (at The International Fine Art and Antique Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York, 2002).

Photo by Joshua McHugh
Another angle shows a round table with benches underneath. The jaunty slipcovers are a charming touch.


A MATCHED PAIR OF ENGLISH GILTWOOD MIRRORS
ONE GEORGE II, CIRCA 1740, THE OTHER MODERN BY CARVERS AND GILDERS, LONDON


A PAIR OF ENGLISH ORMOLU-MOUNTED SATINWOOD-INLAID WALNUT STOOLS
ONE QUEEN ANNE/GEORGE I, CIRCA 1710-1720, THE OTHER REGENCY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY ORIGINALLY IN HAMILTON PALACE, SCOTLAND

Another sun filled view.

Looking out onto the 59th Street bridge, double sash windows in an arced bay enhance the view.


A PAIR OF RUSSIAN BRASS AND EBONY-INLAID MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIRS
CIRCA 1790, POSSIBLY DESIGNED BY ANDREI VORONIKHIN

Two magnificent chairs flank a Roman bust.

Photo by Pieter Estersohn
Comfort and elegance are buzzwords when describing Timothy's style. Books are part of the landscape, and comfortable seating areas create a certain ease.


AN IRISH GEORGE III WHITE MARBLE AND SCAGIOLA CHIMNEYPIECE
ATTRIBUTED TO PIETRO BOSSI, CIRCA 1780

The arrangement is welcoming and not too formal, with the mantel as the focal point, everything revolves around it.

Photo by Pieter Estersohn
The valance and panels allowed the windows to let in the amazing view and light.

Photo by Pieter Estersohn
Timothy designed the canopy bed, also in the sale, and mixed modern and historical pieces for an elegant and current viewpoint.

The master bath, with a long vanity with double sinks is crisp in white veined marble and polished chrome.

The modern lime wash oak x-benches covered in terry cloth were designed by Whealon and are well priced.

The library, with comfy reading chairs and stunning bookcases.


A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILTWOOD FAUTEUILS
CIRCA 1780

THE WOW PIECES:


A GEORGE III MAHOGANY CABINET-ON-CHEST
SIGNED WILLIAM HALLETT AND DATED 1763


A QUEEN ANNE EBONIZED OAK AND BEECH SIDE TABLE
CIRCA 1705, POSSIBLY BY JAMES MOORE


A WHITE MARBLE BUST OF AN EMPEROR, PROBABLY HADRIAN
ITALIAN, LATE 17 CENTURY/EARLY 18TH CENTURY
If provenance is what you are looking for, than this piece has a great one. The bust is from the private collection of Andy Warhol's business partner and Factory founding member Fred Hughes.


A GEORGE II BLACK-AND-GILT JAPANNED LINEN PRESS

THE PIECES WORTH BIDDING UP:


A PAIR OF 20TH CENTURY GILT-METAL TABLE LAMPS are a fair asking price and exude loads of style.


A PAIR OF MODERN COPPER-PATINATED CAST-IRON ANDIRONS


A collection of French School, 19th Century architectural drawings of Ch√Ęteau de la Souque bought from Amy Perlin Antiques, New York.


A BRONZE TABLE LAMP FROM PATRICE DANGEL,PARIS,MODERN
Based in Paris,the metal artisan Patrice Dangel is a bronzier/artist
represented by Galerie du Passage.


A 20TH CENTURY METAL AND GLASS TABLE



Butterfly 1, 1940's by HORST P. HORST (1906-1999)