Thursday, July 31, 2008

s.r. gambrel...

This room, designed by New York based firm S.R. Gambrel Inc., would have to be one of my favorites.
For me it represents the perfect blend of classic, modern and mid-century elements. 
The 'hit' of yellow and gold/amber takes the palette of neutrals to a new level.

Monday, July 28, 2008

kelly wearstler at groundworks...

I was just doing my usual check for fabrics at Lee Jofa and came across the new Kelly Wearstler range for Groundworks.
Its much more neutral than I was expecting - but I love the geometric pattern.
Anyone else have any thoughts?

wall panels...

Wall panels are a stunning way to break up wall space. It can be achieved by panelling the upper half or lower half of the wall, panelling the full wall, installing wainscoting or creating a faux finish. Alternatively trims can be used to create the look of inlaid panels.
Panelling was developed to make stone buildings more comfortable. The panels served to insulate the room from cold stone. 
In modern buildings panelling adds a wonderful aesthetic element. It can add a subtle outline to the room or create a spectacular bold feature.

Friday, July 25, 2008

and now the weekend...

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

We are off to Byron Bay to help some friends celebrate their anniversarie.
Word is the rain is about to clear...

vittorio bonacina

This collection of furniture - all designed between 1957 and 1967 is from Italian design house, Vittorio Bonacina.
It is perfectly suited for a beach house that we are currently working on.
Vittorio Bonacina is Italy's premier producer of handmade rattan furniture. The company started in 1889 as a basket weaving concern, but after several commissions - including the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este in Como - its reputation for finely crafted furnishings was set.
Vittorio Bonacina produces two collections: the Contemporary collection, which features collaborations with major architects; and the Decor collection, designed in-house.
The pieces range from rattan and glass side tables to rattan beds.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

triennale floor lamp

A favorite piece of 'mid-century' would have to be Gino Sarfatti's highly sought after floor lamp, Triennale.
This was originally designed for Italian manufacturer, Arteluce, and is a tri-cone pole lamp. The cones are often painted in bright or primary colours (of course... black or white is my preference) and the cones - and the arms they are mounted on - are fully adjustable.
Arteluce became part of the Flos family and the Triennale is no longer in production, however, designers such as David Weeks take great inspiration from this original design. 
(Tripod #303 by David Weeks is pictured below the Triennale)