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CONVERSATION PIECE…

Last modified on 2011-11-14 06:04:04 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Regardless of the size or layout of your home, one should always possess at least one piece of furniture that strikes up a dynamic conversation. Here a few that will surely get the dinner party started:

1. EJ BESPOKE FURNITURE – Sideboard Bespoke – The quality and attention to detail that Edward Johnson evokes within every inch of his designs allows you to imagine the origins of furniture construction. Catering to his clients every whim, the end result is magnanimous and with his trademark biometric fingerprint cast in sterling silver, dated and hallmarked an EJ Bespoke original will be a beautiful addition to any room in the home.

2. MICHAEL TSINZOVSKY – Stools – Just the right “POP” for the living room or office. Tsinzovsky, the Belzalel Academy of Arts and Design student, has made an international splash by incorporating Islamic art (i.e., Arabesque) and inlaid patterns. Utilizing metals and wood, the collection includes chairs, tables and stools.

3. MÁXIMO RIERA – Rhino Chair – Talk about a conversation…The “Animal” chair series by Máximo Riera was undoubtedly designed to grab your attention. If you think this is something, check out his other “Animals” which include an Octopus/ Lion/ Walrus/ Beetle and Whale…

4. WERNER AISSLINGER – Tree Lamp – Resembling a sculptural topiary, Mr. Aisslinger’s light fixture is available in floor and suspension models and are coated with a reflective surface inside the lamp shade which reflects the light via the shape and angles incorporated in the design.

5. ANDREW MARTIN – Livingstone Steamer Trunk – Infused with leather/ wood and metal, this steamer trunk is fully functional as a side table and extra storage. With a whiff of yesteryear, the trunk screams antique with a twist of modernism.

6. MISO SOUP DESIGN – The pOrOus Chair – How fun is this piece??? Available in various hues, the discussion will be an obvious one…A bit eccentric both in design and aesthetic, but that’s the point…Right?!?

7. PHILIPPE STARCK – Floor Mirror – What’s the easiest way to enlarge a space??? Add a mirror, of course…The bigger, the better. The Philippe Starck floor mirror will make your small condo space, that you’ve complained about since day one, TREMENDOUS…Instantly. Enjoy!!!

RELAX…RELATE…RELEASE.

Last modified on 2011-10-19 20:06:26 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

With cool, brisk weather right around the corner, we’ve found a few comfort pieces for the home that will allow you to unwind from your stressful work week.

MALIN + GOETZ – Otto Candle – A collection of complementary natural notes (grapefruit/ cardamom/ geranium/ rose/ oakmoss/ vetiver) that soothe the mind and enhances the environment.

BARNEYS – Mondrian Throw – Cashmere blanket designed with a reversible mondrian pattern and fringed hem…Cozy perfection.

ALBERTO SANCHEZ– Leaf Swing – Talk about relaxation…A sunny day, leaves falling, your mom yelling, “Finish Raking the Leaves!!!” and quick a “Swing” break to shake up the monotony of your workload. Remember the relaxation??? Inspired by Autumn leaves, this leaf swing can be used for both interior and exterior spaces. Ahhh, memories…

ALVIN TJITROWIRJO – Snug Lounge Chair – With it’s easy conversion from chair to rocker, this leather bound, futuristic, half pod masterpiece is one that would cause you to lose track of time. Yes…In my household, this lounger can ONLY be used when I have absolutely nothing to do!!! It looks WAAAAY to comfortable. Hey…But, that’s what weekends are for…RIGHT???

MOOOI…FAB FURNISHINGS!!!

Last modified on 2011-08-25 20:31:58 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

MOOOI creations are statement pieces that enhance the decor of any home…Regardless of the size, be it a desk clock or an eight foot lamp, each item will provide it’s unique splash to the mix.

Founded in 2001 by Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers, the brand is named after their native Dutch word for beautiful. Inundated with various finds for every nook of the house, the Moooi collection is just that…”COLLECTIBLES”.

GOTHIC CHAIR – Yellow trimmed with silver studding, this chair comes in an array of colors for any home pallette.

SOFT CLOCK – Silver – Also available in black and gold, the timepiece, reminiscent of a vintage find, is a perfect accessory for the desk or fireplace.

CHESS TABLE – Who wouldn’t want this pop of art in their space…White, black and memorable.

BRAVE NEW WORLD LAMP XL – Standing just above 8 feet tall, the name says it all…

MOOOI

“SUCKER” FOR LOLLI – POPS?

Last modified on 2011-08-09 17:39:10 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

If you are a “SUCKER” (excuse the pun : -)…I mean a FANatic for artists that push the envelope and create unique and unbelievably cool works, then you MUST pick up the “LOLLI-POP” coffee table book created by photographer Massimo Gammacurta.

Massimo is an award winning photographer known for thinking out of the box and has proven time and time again that he can deliver. Last year he contacted me regarding a test project that he wanted to shoot from a zany idea that he dreamed up…He asked if I would collaborate with him to create lollipops with popular brands. Hmmmm…Interesting.

From our history of working together, I knew it would be MOMENTOUS…But, I had NO idea it would turn into a bestselling coffee table book, solo gallery exhibition in Paris and accolades from the famous brands featured…

Massimo…You did it again!!! FAVOLOSO.

Massimo Gammacurta – www.gammacurta.com

“FIESTA” FIXTURES FOR SUMMER FUN

Last modified on 2011-07-29 03:44:41 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

If you’re like me, it’s a pleasure to have friends and family around during the summer and a weekend bar – b – que is the best time to connect and have some fun in the sun.

This year, instead of using the standard paper plates, we opted to pick up some vibrant tableware to brighten up the festivities. These are a few that caught our eye:

CRATE & BARREL – Flower Plate/ Citronella Candle/ Granada Pitcher w/ Glasses/ Raya Chip and Dip Bowl

BED BATH & BEYOND – Round Placemat

THE WOOL WORLD – Napkin Holders

THE WORKS by SIA – Cloche Picnic Food Tent

“ECO” EFFECTS

Last modified on 2011-04-20 02:57:37 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

The inclusion of textiles in the ecological realm, in which, the average person would toss in the trash, has proven to be literal works of functional art.

With the superabundance of product from shelving, tableware, seating and aperture, the ECO design community demands the attention to the cause, whether from believers OR non – believers.

When it comes to home comfort…These are a few that struck us as awe inspiring:

ERIC GUIOMAR – Round Bookcase – Made from cardboard, the structure resembles sculpture…Form and function, how AVANT – GARDE…

TIN SCULPTURE – Simba/ Hippo/ Milla/ Swala – Handmade art from recycled metals in Zimbabwe. BEAUTIFUL!!!

DOHA CHEBIB – Log Bowls – A new twist on tableware, Canadian designer, Doha, creates an extraordinary idea with wood and acrylic stain. Now THAT’s original!!!

VELICHKO VELIKOV – Elaxa Chair – Paying homage to the infamous THONET design, this ECO gem is compiled of bentwood and metallic joints…The end result?!? Innovation.

OPERATION WRITE HOME

Last modified on 2011-04-13 15:16:43 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

While visiting family, I saw the most beautiful, intricate greeting cards that, in my opinion, would go for at least $8 – $10 dollars in Target…Obviously curious, when I flipped the card over, expecting to see Hallmark and an outrageous price tag, I was stunned to see an organization instead…

The Operation Write Home association is compiled of thousands of designers that create handmade blank cards, for troops located in hot spots around the world, to send home to family and friends. Since 2007, the coalition has sent hundreds of thousands of greeting cards abroad to our men and women serving and protecting our country.

In these times of war, recession, political unrest and natural disasters, it’s inspiring to see a small idea balloon to a successful venture to brighten lives on both ends of the war spectrum.

OPERATION WRITE HOME

ANDY JAY’S PLACE – Featured Card

KOO KOO For KARKULA

Last modified on 2011-03-24 21:54:01 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

While strolling through SOHO today and the cacophony of city traffic, I came upon KARKULA, a home store with an array of eclectic designers that add sophistication to their diversified palettes.

From chairs and sofas to lighting and flooring to art or door knobs and knockers, the selection is massive. Here are some of my favorite pieces:

KARKULA

BEIGERT & FUNK –  QlockTwo – About the coolest clock ever!!!

FRITZ HANSEN – 3300 Series Sofa…Simply MOD…

GRATZ ARCHIVES – TG – 15 Lounge Chair – Iconic…

SUSAN WEINTHALER – “BITS” Series – The ability to adjust your art…Keenly sensational…

SPRING SPRUCING….

Last modified on 2011-03-16 23:18:44 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

YES…Only two weeks before the official day of Spring!!! So, we’ve been thinking of little things to spruce up your living space short of replacing all your furniture. These are some of our picks:

PRO FLOWERS – What’s the easiest way to keep fresh flowers in the home??? Join a flower of the month program. Bouquets are delivered monthly, each shipped overnight and come fresh from the fields. Lovely.

BACCARAT – Eye Vase – To hold your monthly delivery of bouquets, in lead crystal, of course…

ILLUME – White Sands Candle – Bring a fresh scent in with the new Spring breeze…

JONATHAN ADLER – Mod “PEACE” Footstool…What’s the number one wish when one walks into their home??? “Peace” and quiet… One of the best ways to relax is to put your feet up after a long day via the footstool.

HALF – DOLLAR “SWING” SALE…

Last modified on 2011-01-21 22:12:22 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

This work of art is known as the half – dollar butterfly chair designed by the infamous Johnny Swing.

A trained sculptor and licensed welder, the Vermont-based artist uses refurbished materials and molds them into a myriad of variations (art, furniture, lighting, etc.)

This particular piece is constructed of 1,500 half dollars and 7,000 welds. The amount of man hours to assemble this must be ASTRONOMICAL!!!

Eccentric…Exceptional…Enthralling…

JOHNNY SWING

REJOICE…REVEL…REPAST.

Last modified on 2011-05-11 14:55:33 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

New Year’s Eve is full of rejoicing, revelry and sometimes a bit of ruckus…And what begins all of the celebration? A MARVELOUS cocktail party, of course…

Below are delectable hors d’oeuvre and aperitif recipes perfect for any occasion…ENJOY!!!

CRAB CAKE SLIDERS

PAMA LIQUEUR MARTINI

CHOCOLATE RUM BALLS

SPINACH DIP

MC2 DESIGN LAB

Last modified on 2011-01-07 02:54:57 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

The MC2 Design Lab is in the business of creating and conforming art that doubles as functional contemporary furniture.

This feat is a tremendous accomplishment, due to the uncomfortable nature of most ultramodern pieces.

Along with their eloquent work, the tag team of Miller and Cmehil possess rich resumés and experiences that are even more impressive.

Creating a foothold for themselves, MC2 are a formidable and forward thinking design team…

Form…Furniture..The Future…

MC2 DESIGN LAB

DYSON – LITERAL “COOL”…

Last modified on 2010-12-12 19:46:29 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

DYSON, the company famous for revamping the vacuum, has taken on a project, FANS…No, not you or I, the rotating (or in this case) NON – rotating kind…

Dyson Air Multiplier

A fan that works differently from conventional fans. They use Air Multiplier  technology to draw in air and amplify it – from 15 to 18 times, depending on the model. With no blades or grille, they’re safe and easy to clean. And they produce an uninterrupted stream of smooth air, with no unpleasant buffeting.

Ultra cool, figuratively AND literally…I can’t wait to get one!!!

DYSON – www.dyson.com

OH “SOH” COZY…

Last modified on 2011-05-10 17:40:21 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

While reading a magazine, on a flight to L.A., I came across an article featuring Kaypee Soh, a converted interior artist (his previous career was as a graphic designer) located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His boutique, So’Mace Design, is full of color and bold illustrations, from pillows to wallpaper, artwork, photography, etc…It’s FANTASTIC!!!

Seeing his work brought back memories of when I lived on the island of Oahu…The constant ocean breeze, beautiful landscapes and perfect weather (EVERYDAY)… The black snow memory also came back (black snow = sugar cane burning)…but I digress…

I love Kaypee Soh’s work!!! It’s a reminder of the clean, crisp breezes of the islands…

SO’MACE DESIGN

CAPELLINI – TRES AU COURANT…

Last modified on 2010-05-21 21:41:02 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

During my years at design school, I grew to love many furniture designers…One being Phillippe Starck (of course)…Another was Cappellini.

The furniture company is known for its simplistic and refined designs. But, they are renowned for its collaborations with various international designers.

Au Courant…Contemporary…CAPPELLINI.

PICTURED:  Peacock Chair/ Transparent Glass Vase / “Cloud” Bookshelf / Proust Geometrica Arm Chair

www.cappellini.it

FAB “EFFECTS”…Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Last modified on 2010-04-30 21:15:52 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

While searching for a table lamp that would compliment my new desk perfectly, one of my friends suggested that I stop by the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams home boutique on Lafayette in Soho.

First impression, the store is AMAZING, contemporary and fresh…Unfortunately, they have so many beautiful items that I left depressed and wondering what I could put in storage to make room for new furniture…

Hmmmm….The problem is I already LOVE everything I own!!! : – )

But, I digress, check out MGBW…You won’t be disappointed.

Marco Lamp Table – Gold – www.mgbwhome.com

Coquille Frames – Gold – www.mgbwhome.com

Sweet…Sweet…Smells of SPRING!!! : – )

Last modified on 2010-05-12 22:09:32 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

There’s nothing better than a feeling gentle breezes on a Spring day (after you complete your Spring cleaning ritual) and fresh fragrances drifting through your home.

These are some of my favorites:

L’OCCITANE – Lavender Home Fragrance   www.loccitane.com

SLATKIN & CO. – Island Nectar Oil   www.bathandbody.com

METHOD – Spiced Pear Soy Candle   www.methodhome.com

SOPHIA LUXURY SOY CANDLES www.maddisonavenue.com

ANTICA FARMACISTA – Acqua  www.neimanmarcus.com

DIPTYQUE – Cyprés   www.diptyqueparis.com

Party Time – SPRING STYLE!!!

Last modified on 2010-04-21 03:40:41 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

It’s Spring again and with that wonderful revelation comes weekend brunches or afternoon tea with family and friends.

Personally, I love all facets of fashion and this includes entertaining as well. My motto…Vibrant tableware brightens the day.

If your tableware is a monochrome set, spice it up with a printed linens, always add fresh flowers and polish your best silverware to enhance and complete the presentation.

BON APPETIT!!!

MISSONI – Tropical Dinnerware – www.barneys.com

JULISKA – Pewter Stoneware – www.juliska.com

HAVILAND – Laque De Chine – www.neimanmarcus.com

ANNA WEATHERLEY – Garden Party – www.bergdorfgoodman.com

The Chaise Lounge – From Traditional to MOD…

Last modified on 2010-04-05 12:56:52 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

I’ve always been drawn to eclectic and eccentric things. Whether it’s clothes, art or furniture.

I don’t know why, but in college, I had an acute fascination with the chaise lounge. I remember walking home from class one day and someone had discarded one as if it was trash…TRAVESTY!!!

Well, I dragged it home, had it reupholstered and it’s still one of my most treasured pieces to this day.

Whether its design is traditional or modern, the chaise lounge is an iconoclastic and timeless gem.

The Dining Chair – Fasten Your SEAT BELTS

Last modified on 2010-04-05 11:50:41 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Surprise is the most important element of design in the Seat Belt seating from the Terra collection. Originally created by hand-weaving remnants of industrial seat belt material, the designers of these iconic chairs can now have their ribbon woven to order. Stylish, innovative and extremely comfortable, The Seat Belt Chair.

www.furniturebyduval.com

PHILIPPE STARCK…There IS no other….

Last modified on 2010-03-25 04:48:26 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

My first introduction to Philippe Starck was during university. From that point to the present, I have adored anything he has created…His works of genius ranges from architecture, furniture, clothes, luggage, lamps, hi – tech design and on…and on…and on…

But, my most indulgent pick would be the Mother’s Day surprise spa weekend at the ROYALTON Hotel in NYC for my mother and sisters. The hotel was AMAZING!!! Best part of the suite? It’s a toss up between the fireplace and the circle bathtub…

He’s like Oprah…Anything he touches…GOLD!!!

PHILIPPE STARCK: Ring S+arck & Quitllet Driade Chair

www.philippestarck.com

VOSGES & YOKU MOKU…Mmmmm…Chocolate.

Last modified on 2010-03-25 12:55:17 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

While strolling through Bergdorf Goodman (shopping on Valentine’s day for my hubby…I know…LATE!!!), I discovered the most divine chocolate.

Vosges – Exotic Truffles

Yoku Moku – Cigare au Chocolat

Yes, I had to buy both. After all it is Valentine’s Day!!! How did they taste? HEAVENLY.

VOSGES: Exotic treats that combine rare flowers and exquisite chocolate.

YOKU MOKU: These all-natural butter creations are made in Tokyo and contain no additives, preservatives or chemicals.

www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Michael Aram – ENCHANTING

Last modified on 2010-03-25 05:03:16 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

I came across this table while walking through Bloomingdales and was blown away. Anyone that knows me is well aware that I love ANYTHING in a platinum or silver finish and this stopped me in my tracks.

Eco – friendly with a twist…LOVE!!!

MICHAEL ARAM – Enchanting Forest Table… The Forest Leaf Collection takes its inspiration from the intricacies of form and texture found in foliage from around the world.

A slice of the tree trunk held up by natural cast twigs in polished aluminum.

www.michaelaram.com

BARNEYS NEW YORK – Jewelry Box

Last modified on 2011-03-03 17:46:49 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

If you have a room that is inundated with monotone hues, this is a wonderful little punch to break up the monotony!!!

BARNEYS NEW YORK:  Wooden jewelry box with inlaid colorblock design and a clear lacquer finish.

MY PREDICTION…You’ll LOVE IT!!! JONATHAN ADLER

Last modified on 2010-03-25 05:00:32 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Blast from the past with a modern state of mind. Kitschy….yes, but OH SO CUTE!!! 😉

JONATHAN ADLER:

Your Happy Chic Horoscope…Air, Water, Fire, and Earth all come together IN WOOL! Guaranteed to please both personalities of your favorite Gemini, any lovely Leo, or even the pickiest of Pisces.

www.jonathanadler.com

FREE Weights? Uhhhhh…NO. FABULOUS?…Definitely…Philippe Starck

Last modified on 2010-03-25 04:26:44 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

I know…I know…It’s that time again…Spring has Sprung!!! And Mr. Starck has provided you with a fashionably PERFECT accessory when it’s time to tighten your biceps, triceps and lats (upper back) for those too teeny tops…

BE PREPARED…This is NO recession price!!! A conversation piece that will go great with your gym ensemble. ; )

Philippe Starck – Dream objects to develop the muscles of sports enthusiasts and the minds of design lovers. One will really fall in love with these weights, ultra modern sculptures with an ergonomic shape, designed by Philippe Starck.

www.yliving.com