Design Diary

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.

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.

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.