High Point Market Happenings Day 7- These Sustainable Times! Part One

Style Spotting for the High Point Fall Market was a bit different because of Covid, less attendees and exhibitors but designers and buyers who did attend were positive, upbeat and were serious about committing to product purchases! Exhibitors had more time to spend with customers and it was much easier to navigate market which is comprised of 10 million square feet, roughly 2000 exhibitors (pre-covid) and about 180 buildings! (This market about 70% of the showrooms were open)

The biggest change for me in this market was the presence of sustainable minded products and displays as well as a general focus on products that are more environmentally friendly. With my style spotter focus on sustainability this year I was more than pleased to see this trend more as a lifestyle. Moving forward we are going to see more forward thinking companies do what they can to offer designs that are mindful in their product processes, material choices and transportation footprint from sourcing to selling! Below are a few of my favorite finds that relate to a more sustainable mindset. Part Two will be posted tomorrow as I continue to share more mindful products!

Palecek, IHFC D202 Design Center Floor 2 is a company that is truly inspired by natural materials and has been for years. For them sustainability is not a trend, it’s truly a lifestyle. Pictured here Fritz Rope Side Chair and Bench. Kirk Nix Wisteria Oversized Pendant, Whitewashed. Broderick Dining Table.
Palecek-This oversized pole rattan mirror is hand wrapped in a beautiful gray finish. The texture and dimension of this sustainable piece is beautiful and will sit center stage in any room.
Palecek-Playa Wall Decor is created using cultured saddle oyster shells hand placed in a petal-like design.
Palecek- Lenox desk with rattan accent drawers and metal base, create the perfect work from home interior addition to any room.
Palecek-Live Edge Table.
Kirk Nix Collection By Palecek Bronson Sconce-Each glass globe is hand blown creating an artisan touch to each light fixture.
V Rugs and Home-These raffia accent pillows are a perfect way to bring natural accents into your home.
V Rugs and Home- Leather and fringe accent ottomans.
Beth Webb for Arterios-Sea Island Pendant in linen and rattan.
Arteriors-Uriah Sconce has a thick, seedy slumped glass in a smoke luster finish which cascades down the front of a clear seedy glass wall! Truly a refined organic vibe to any space.
The Lash Lounge Chair by Kara Mann for the McGuire Collection. Wrapped in leather cording with a loose seat cushion in a soft chenille fabric.
Selamat-These Sea Cliff Chairs combine substrates that create a unique and updated product by mixing rattan with lucite with an added dimensional addition of textured performance fabric.
Phillips Collection-Atlas Console Table made in Chamcha wood with a gray stone finish is one expressive accessory piece for your home! The metal figures act as the base of the console holding up the chamcha wood top.
Titan Rugs-This antique rug has been upcycled by over-dying it and removing some of the pile to recreate the color as well as the finish. The original rug was navy and rust.What a creative way to repurpose rugs and give them another life!
Universal-Seaton King Bed featuring two types of woven materials.

High Point Market Highlights Day 2

Texture, Trim and Tucked Up

Mask on with purell in hand [literally] I spent my first day at market ready for combat…creative combat that is…touring showrooms by appointment and getting versed on product details…which were all about texture, trim and tucked up…the art of bringing comfy and comfortable fabrics into your home!

Cozy Comfort at Nathan Anthony with this Vintage Vibe Fur Infused 70’s Chair
Seventies Inspired Fur Throw and Decorative Pillows Trending in a Beautiful Warm Tone Palette
Updated Fringe Detailing with Braided Interest by V Rugs and Home
Raffia Fringe Pillow Detailing at V Rugs and Home
Bloom Easy Armchair Swivel in Microfiber, with Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer and Steel Available in 8 Trendy Colors by Kenneth Cobonpue.
From Dovetail, Indigenous Baskets with a Focus on Mixed Materials, Chunky Weaves and Artisan Detailing
Handcrafted by Skilled Artisans this Eichholtz Ginkgo Coffee Table is Created in a Vintage Brass Finish with Black and Gold Legs. Love the Organic influence from Nature and the Graphic Interpretation of the Ginkgo Leaf! [Style Spotted by Me]
Merrick Textured Wood Round Dining Table from Dovetail [see next image for detail]

Detail of Merrick Textured Wood Table

Cozy Comfort from The Bold Monkey Furniture Collection of Seventies Inspired Furniture and Accent Pieces.
Sierra Bed with Perf Fabric Headboard with Textured Pillows and Throw from Dovetail.
Jada Cabinet in Amara Ebony Veneered Frame Sycamore Veneered Face with Offset Faceted Design by Theodore Alexander

Looks like I am tucked up from my first day at the High Point Market as a 2020 Style Spotter and look forward to my non-stop day tomorrow with appointments booked from 9am through 6pm. First stop…Global Views…with my mask on and purell in hand, literally!

Sustain+ability in Products at NY Now

Sustainability and Wellness in products seemed to be on the rise at this weeks NY Now Show at the Javitz Center. Many artisan inspired brands that are new to market were showcasing various beauty, wellness and food related products. Companies had to submit their brand statements and prove that their products were sustainable in order to showcase their brand at NY Now!

The passion behind these products and the artisan-ship in creating beautiful brand stories made my daily 10k steps worth every move! Oh…and the buddahbooth…quiet space for noisy places…was pretty cool cause you got to zone out most of the surrounding chaos!

Just a few products that sustained my attention…but honestly they all did. Happy to see a bigger shift towards companies caring about their carbon footprint and our planets future🌍

Jungle Jute Tote by America & Beyond

Bambooless Incense by Maroma

Herbal Healing

Wellness Displays Exfoliating Soaps

Therapy Dough

Sophie Ottaner Felt Pillow From Peru

Rescued Wine

Buddahabooth RELAX RESET RECHARGE

Textile Treasures…NYSID Kravet Archive Exhibit Tour

If you love textiles and their history then it might just be time to experience the Archive of Archives curated by Kravet. Honored to be a part of this small intimate group associated with the New York Chapter of the IFDA to tour this exhibit at The New York School of Interior Design at 170 East 70th Street in New York City.

Preserving the history of these precious pieces so future generations can trace their legacy and learn from past artisans going back hundreds if not thousands of years is a true gift.

Special thanks to the Kravet family for sharing their love and appreciation for these incredible pieces of textile art.

Tree of Life (9 Foot Repeat)

Ellen Kravet sharing an original wood block panel.

Original archive painted paisley.

Woodblock and printed textile. Notice the printed piece is a reverse of the actual woodblock panel.

Sample swatch book.

Miscellaneous Woodblock Panels.

For further information regarding the Kravet Archive contact: Kravet Inc. 225 Central Avenue South Bethpage New York 11714 Phone 516-293-2000 Fax 516-293-1994

Color, Chaos & Creativity…India

I had the pleasure of spending a week in India and my journey was really incredible. I was there on business and between our travels throughout New Delhi and Jaipur I was looking through my lens at this fascinating culture. Feeling blessed to travel for my job but even more blessed that I get to experience a country through color, food and the fabulous people I came in contact with.

Jaipur Market

Jaipur Roadside Flower Market

New Delhi Farmers Market

Photobombed by a Drongo while photographing New Delhi

Street Art New Delhi

Tricked Out Trucks..love all the decorative tassels and pom poms!

In preparation for Karma Chauth..celebrating health and happiness in honor of your spouse by fasting for an entire day.

Dining By Design DIFFA

Spring is in the air…well maybe today it actually felt otherwise, [raining all day in nyc] but the Architectural Digest Show and DIFFA Show opened today so for us designers…it’s pure sunshine🌞

Honored to be a judge for the IFDA [International Furniture Design Association] naming AVO best in show for their textile collection at the Architectural Digest Show. Hand woven leather textiles, hand-painted techniques combined with textural leathers represented an true artisan vibe…congratulations to Brit Kleinmann, founder and creative director of AVO @_avoavo_

Verto Vero, the award winning glassblowing studio based in Pennsylvania was showcasing glass vessels in contemporary styles and colors. Always a favorite of mine at the Architectural Digest Show!

Jan Kath’s rug collection showed a bit of whimsy with a subtle skull design woven into her more traditional line of rugs.

Bringing the outdoors indoors continues among many home product categories especially within the kitchen industry. Signature Kitchen showcased a green inspired vibe with a variety of plants as the focal point of their products.

Speaking of green….Opiary incorporates natural elements into every piece created, bringing live greenery and organic shapes into sleek highly crafted furniture, planters and sculpture. Every piece is hand crafted from recyclable and natural materials by artists and craftspeople at their studio in East Williamsburg, NY.

London Basin Company is bringing back the beautiful basin offering so many creative basin options through color, pattern and texture.

A sunny shoutout to Hesten for making us all smile with their yellow appliances!

The AD Apartment is an awesome collaboration designed by Sasha Bikoff, presented by Gaggenau, featuring Ad Pro, Brizo, Calligaris, Dekton by Cosentino, Dyson, Emtek, Lenox, Livex Lighting, Lumber Liquidators, Mayflower Wallpaper, Reform, Shimmerscreen and Tuft & Needle.

Photos below: Living Room, Dinning Table, Bedroom, Sasha and I, Sasha, Gaggenau Master Baker Ingo Rasche.

Next Up….DIFFA

Lucinda Loya Interiors @lucindaloyainteriors

Studio TK + Tarkett + Huntsman @studiotksocial @tarkettofficial @huntsmanmag

Felderman Keatinge + Associates @feldermankeatinge

Black Artists + Designers Guild @badguild

Interior Design Magazine “Together In Unity”

Gensler+ Knoll + Evensonbest @gensler_design @knollinc @evensonbest

Walker Ridge Construction & Development & Madera Management @walkerridgeconstructionllc

Stacy Garcia Home X Crypton Home Fabric @stacygarciainc @cryptonfabric

David Scott Interiors For Roche Bobois @rochebobois @davidscottinteriors

Damour Drake Presents Kingston Design Connection @kingston.design.connection

Mckenzie Liautaud Robert Verdi @mckenzieliautaud @robertverdi

Herman Miller + Studios Architecture + WB Wood @hermanmiller @studiosarchitecture @wb_wood

Us Is More

Rockwell Group

IA Interior Architects Past + Present + Future @iaarchitects

Patrick Mele For Benjamin Moore @benjaminmoore @patrickmele

Pratt Institute Stronger Together Mentor Marks & Franz @prattinstitute

School Of Visual Arts Mentor Coffinier Ku @svanyc

Parsons School Of Design Mentor Kati Curtis Design @parsonschoolofdesign

New York School Of Interior Design Reshaping The Perception Of HIV/Aids Mentor Shaver/Melahn @nysid

Ultrafabrics Designed By Stonehill Taylor Journey @stonehilltaylor @ultrafabrics_inc

Roric Tobin For Modern Luxury A Night In Korakuen @manhattan_magazine @rorictobindesigns

Tito’s Handmade Vodka @titosvodka

Mod Moments in Palm Springs California

Modernism Week-It’s a thing in sunny Palm Springs California where refurbished Mid-Century homes are open to the public to tour, and quite frankly drool over…because their interiors are awesome and the architecture is truly amazing! Bold color, fake fur, pattern play, substrate mixing and fun furniture seems to be the standard in each home.

Paying homage to the great architects that turned Palm Springs into the Mid-Century Mecca it is today…are names like: Albert Frey of the Raymond Loewy House, Michael Black of the Shapiro House, E. Stewart Williams of the Frank Sinatra House and Richard Neutra of the Kaufman Desert House.

During Modernism Week, designers open up their homes for the public to view and this year we toured the Moroccan House, Maison a l’Orange, Hidden Frey House and the West Elm Pool House…each with a different sensibility and style, but all Mid-Century in their roots!

Maison a l’Orange Pictures 1-4

Moroccan House Pictures 5-8

Hidden Frey House Pictures 9-12

West Elm Pool House 13-16

Designers Dream de Gournay Paris

Current Situation…meet my new friend Taylor [bucket list worthy] unrolling the archives for me this morning…could not be more thankful and appreciative of my VIP tour..so get this..I walk in, totally waited for Deco Off Paris to be over cause the crowds are crazy…and this awesome, yes awesome young lady opens the door and after hearing my American version of “Bon Jour” says welcome…this 24 year old superstar has been living in Paris and working there for 6 months before she heads back to nyc to work in the de Gournay Showroom in NYC..exciting Design events coming our way New York City.

As a designer with a BFA degree, the artisan techniques still used in the de Gournay wallpaper collection allows one to appreciate every detail. From tea stained paper to silk ombré subtleties their style is forever timeless. Here are just a few delightful images from my behind the scenes tour…thanks Taylor for making my trip to Paris a designers dream!

Flamingos Collection Eclectrique

Palms Collection Eclectrique Colors Gaugin

Temple Newsam Collection de Chinoiseries

Portobello Collection de Chinoiseries

Silk Tree Collection Japonaise + Coreenne Colors Blossom

Deco Monkeys Collection Of Panoramiques

Portobello Collection de Chinoiserios

Artisan Aesthetic Lisbon Style

Bucket List Worthy!

Inspiration is everywhere in Lisbon, especially if you love Azulejos Tiles. Today these tiles are dominant in every Portuguese city and embedded in its history and culture.

The word “azulejo” means “small polished stone” and although they are not a Portuguese invention, by the 18th century no other European country was producing as many tiles as Portugal. Over the years, azulejo tiles have become an art form used for a variety of design applications both in exterior and interior home design.

Spending time in Bairro Atlo and Principe Real, two older areas of Lisbon, I spotted various azulejo tiles on homes in different color combinations and patterns. Below are a few of my favorites.

Heading back to our art/design studio in New York City, Design Works International, feeling inspired and excited to create our newest textile collections….and we just might have the perfect name….Artisan Aesthetic!