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In Search of Unique Inspiration

In Search of Unique Inspiration

In our second review of Paris Déco Off, one of the end-all/be-all event for introductions in textiles and wallcoverings in Europe, Robin Garceau, founder of Robin Garceau Interiors, taps a few more debuts that brought her inspiration, from fabrics inspired by the kaleidoscope to big, beautiful botanicals.

The Raw Elegance of Black and White

The Raw Elegance of Black and White

As someone who is rarely on the other side of the journalist’s pad, I was intrigued by something publisher JoAnn Locktov said. Even given the extensive number of interviews she’s fielded, there are still questions she has never been asked and I welcomed the chance to share her answers with Design Diary readers.

History Meets Innovation at Paris Déco Off

History Meets Innovation at Paris Déco Off

This year was the first in five I didn’t make it to Europe to attend Paris Déco Off, one of my favorite shows for the lush introductions in textiles and wallcoverings that are unfurled. Robin Garceau kindly agreed to share with Design Diary readers her experience of the new debuts from a number of manufacturers.

Think Pink!

Think Pink!

Jackie von Tobel, signing a whimsical creation at Left Bank Art during Atlanta Winter Market, said, “Pink is always in style.” The statement was in response to my comment that I was seeing so many shades of the color, some pale and pretty; others dusky hues of deep rose (and everything in between). Here are my picks.

New Althorp Furniture Debuts

New Althorp Furniture Debuts

“My family had a strong tradition in the Royal Navy,” Charles, 9th Earl Spencer told me after I’d toured the new pieces in the Althorp Living History Collection at Theodore Alexander during High Point Market. This is but one of the things I learned about the history of this family and the furnishings at Althorp.

An Abundance of Asymmetrical Stateside

An Abundance of Asymmetrical Stateside

As promised in my last Design Diary entry, which featured asymmetrical decorative elements and furnishings with organic shapes being exhibited around the world, I’m taking a look at what I’ve seen stateside that fits into these interesting categories.

Uneven Steven: Asymmetrical and Organic Shapes

Uneven Steven: Asymmetrical and Organic Shapes

My inbox has been blowing up lately with asymmetrical designs and furnishings with organic shapes being exhibited and sold around the world. I thought I’d share some of my favorites being offered globally, and stay tuned for a look at examples debuting stateside during High Point Market several weeks ago.

Aviva Stanoff and the Threads That Connect

Aviva Stanoff and the Threads That Connect

This post kicks off a new Design Diary series titled “Les Ateliers,” based upon visits to designer and artisan studios around the world. I chose to start with Aviva Stanoff because the authenticity with which she and her husband Victor have infused the brand is as strong as I’ve seen for a company of any size.

Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity

Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity

It was Oliver Wendell Holmes who said he didn’t give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity but he would give his life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity. Interior design that results in the sophisticated simplicity that is a hallmark of Suzanne Kasler’s rooms is a complex process.

The Power of Publicity

The Power of Publicity

Amy Flurry created a buzz in the Currey & Company Atlanta showroom when she signed her book "Recipe for Press: Designer Edition" in July, and she will impart her media wisdom during an event in Kravet’s showroom in the San Francisco Design Center on September 14. Design Diary takes a peek between the book's covers.

Let Us Pause for Patina

Let Us Pause for Patina

Walking through the showrooms during Dallas Market in June and Atlanta Market in July, I noticed that offerings exhibiting powerful patina were popping up everywhere. After two decades of design writing, I know how distressed surfaces bring soulfulness to rooms. A few examples on the Design Diary today.

Bewitched by Black and White

Bewitched by Black and White

There is something particularly powerful about pairing black and white. It’s as if a sophisticated drama takes hold of the atmosphere when the combination is used. We take a look at how black and white photography is one way to introduce the duality in this post on the adroyt Design Diary.