Wednesday, August 24, 2011


After I download and process all that I saw at the Gift Show, I begin to compartmentalize and assess emerging trends, exciting new companies, small brands that do a great job, and those that set the tone with merchandising and product assortment. There were some standout pieces worth a second look. These furnishings can transition into a variety of settings and their clean lines and colors make them a shoe in whether you are in an urban or suburban environment.

Bungalow 5 has a white hot collection of Swedish Modern looking pieces called Piedmont. Their colors are always ahead of the curve and styles can go trad or mod depending upon the setting. I have had two of their tabouret tables from the first collection and they are still going strong!

The Fairfax table can be made longer with leaves- so when guests are over you wont have a cramped table

The lower storage shelf is a big asset in this chest on chest.
Hello apartment dwellers! This is the piece for us. Display your favorite design books and objets on the shelves store the stuff you don't use on a daily basis in the drawer below.

Festoni used to show mainly lighting, but a bigger booth this year allowed them to showcase a full assortment of furniture. Their silhouettes are instant classics in great colors.

A linen wrapped nightstand or end table is an easy win

A high lacquer coral chest with cut corners and Empire details would be killer in an entry hall.

A grasscloth coffee table with a chow foot is an easy classic.

Two Worlds Arts had their first foray into Gift Show territory this show. I have been to their Queens warehouse and their showroom downtown and they are a designer secret (since 1985), known for their painted tole and custom furniture. Not anymore! They can create anything custom and the pieces I show here are available in any color with a crackle glaze or lacquer finish. As you wish. Tell Jean Chau Stylebeat sent you!

A hall chair from Two Worlds Arts available with your monogram

A two tiered side table with a painted cane top. I can never get enough caning...

A coffee table trimmed in brass- how I love this!


Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

What great finds...and as everyone seems to be downsizing a bit, except Mitt Romney, these pieces are perfect. I LOVE the linen wrapped chest of drawers, just beautiful.

Carl said...

Great post, always informative. The stacking pieces are great for their form and function. ~best

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. That brass-trimmed table is to die for!