The Pantone 2016 colors are subtle, muted, yet charming and playful colors. While slated for this year’s colors, their subtle and charming nature allows for them to stay relevant for much longer. In this color punch round up, the focus is my favorite of the two colors, Rose Quartz. Who doesn’t love a light pink that is versatile enough to act as the main color or accent on textiles to wall treatments, as art or objects, and for furniture. Starting with the perfect mix of modern meets traditional, the linen glenlee sofa is beautiful as comfortable. Douglas and Bec's Line collection of lighting (table to floor) offers an elegant rose quartz light, which utilizes hand blown glass. For under foot a wool Moroccan rug with complementary colors provides a minimalist geometric focal point to your space. However, its texture and color can also be paired with furniture objects that provide a more boho energy. And because my pillow obsession and collection is real, the dash pillow from leif shop is super soft thanks to its merino wool fabric. Rounding off this round-up is a beautiful print by Lene Norgaard. Rose Quartz, a subtle yet powerful color punch.
Not only masters of celebrating food and wine, Italians are forerunners in the world of design. I will be jetting off to Italy in the coming week, and I thought it would be fitting to have a Modern Monday that focuses on Italian furniture design. Clearly, I am a sucker for chairs, and this post features an adorable RIMA burnt coral armchair with an all metal frame. Perfect as a dinning chair with the Mario Bellini for Cassina table. I enjoy the monumental stature of the table mixed with the curvy lines of the RIMA armchair. Always on the hunt for lighting, the vintage Murano Chandelier by Cenedese is an elegant tubular delight. Prefer more whimsy in your home? Brass scones, “Il Diavolo” by Gio Ponti are essential. And, a space can never go wrong with modern brass and glass accessories. Finally, a vintage metal desk (but could be used as a side table) adds a bit of masculine mid-mod pop. The dark wood and metal legs are timeless in their modernity. Ciao a tutti!
Brass is back. Forget those awful brass accents and finishes from the 1990s, because brass got a modern update (hello, no more lacquer) and is here to stay. Brass accents and finishes have an understated elegance and modernist aesthetic. It is strong, won’t rust, and has been reimagined into a variety of geometric forms. Brass also adds a natural pop of warmth to any space, and is a perfect complement to textiles. I love the versatility of brass. It can be used as a singular show stopping piece like side chairs done completely in brass. Or as accents like a task lamp and side table. Whether you are sublet or bold with your brass, this precious metal is here to stay.
If there are two things I love most in interiors it is textiles (especially pillows) and chairs. The Womb Chair (1948) designed by Eero Saarinen combines my two favorites. Per Florence Knoll's request for "a chair that was like a basket full of pillows...something I could really curl up in." The Womb Chair was created.
The bold & the beautiful sets the tone for this round-up of furniture objects. I am currently obsessed with the coffee tables comprised of marble yet used like paper to create ORIGAMI & Earthquake 5.9 furniture collections by Patricia Urquiola. The subtle colors are divine as well. Similar in color, the Mimosa side table (1984) by Ettore Sottsass takes my favorite beverage and re-imagines it as a subdued neon furniture object. Another furniture object that blurs into the world of art is the wire furniture series which resembles wire drawings by Jinil Park. The steel is transformed into distorted lines that when welded together form the furniture as a whole. Concrete cabinet by Jean Willoughby is the perfect combination of wood and concrete. The functional piece showcases the beauty rather than the utilitarian side of concrete. Finally, I could not resist a plywood crafted piece. The plywood table legs almost mimic crosshatching in their elegant geometric form. What better way to start your new year than interjecting color and unexpected textures and forms into your surroundings.
I love geometric patterns on furniture, tile, textiles, art, just about everything. Post-Office created a clever glass wall for Dezeen's office.The glass wall framed in various square shapes adds depth and character to the ultra simple design. Another delicious offering from Milan 2013, Austerity Edible Furniture by Lanzavecchia + Wai. The Apartment always has lush looking textiles, and this black + white moroccan rug is one of them. If you prefer tile, architect Nataniel Fuster enhanced and designed new tiles to augment traditional isleno titles. And to add a pop of beautiful color and geometry to your living room, the fishbone table collection by Patricia Urquioa for Moroso is divine.
I am a lover of color as a way to add depth and texture into a space. However, it can also be done using a monochromatic scheme. And one can never go wrong with black + white in design, art, architecture, the list goes on. The Italian brand Slamp teamed with Zaha Hadid for lighting, and the results are fantastic. More on lights, love the Tom Dixon lamps featured in Martin Lodby's photograph for Fashionable Living by Maja Munthe Tokujin Yoshioka's Sparkle for Kartell is a great play on crystal. Although not black or white- I couldn't resist including a butterfly chair from brick house. Enjoy!
I love the versatility of wood for both interiors and exteriors. Depending upon the type of wood, if its finished or left untreated, its intended use, the structure, furniture, or product composed it comes to be, wood is one of my favorite materials. And, its a great medium to bring warmth and texture to office design and architecture. Along those lines, plywood has been of special interest recently. I enjoy how for such an informal type of material it can be transformed and dressed up from storage, full wall sliding doors, to exterior siding.
Continuing along my current mode of thinking - nesting while its cold outside, interiors that promote gathering, celebrating, lingering, and eventually curling up, are where I would like to be. There is nothing like a comfy couch, full dinning room, or cozy bedroom. These photographers (professional + novice alike) have captured these spaces and made the objects within almost appear tangible.
Chairs. One of my most favorite types of furniture. Lately those with eye-catching fabric patterns + being rockers have caught my attention. I also enjoy a traditional frame mixed with modern textiles. The first two images are from the amazing portland based beam & anchor store, and the third is a piece of family furniture.