Whilst cruising V&M today, Kate let out a shriek. At first I was concerned but after rushing to her desk to see what was up, I quickly understood her excitement. Apparently, V&M has launched something they are calling their Design Atelier, which showcases four lines produced exclusively for V&M by the designers Marie Aiello, Heather Maloney, Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz and Christopher Coleman. The standout (in my not-so-humble opinion) and the cause for Kate’s exclaiming are Mr. Coleman’s bold, graphic items. I did a House Beautiful showcase house with Mr. Coleman many years ago and somehow lost track of him. Looking at the images of his work, I have trouble understanding how that could have happened. Love it or hate it (I love it!), his work is unforgettable – strong, fearless and full of energy:Read the rest of this post »
I sat out Westweek this year due to a hideously over-extended schedule but the one event I could not miss was the always fabulous House Beautiful party, this year at Peter Dunham’s oasis of understated chic, Hollywood at Home. As we approached, Kate squealed out loud and said, “Oh my God! LOOK at those chairs!” Imagine my delight and surprise when I rushed over to find that the coveted chairs were designed by and covered in my dear friend, Rodman Primack’s gorgeous fabric from his RP Miller line. I immediately grabbed him and made him perch on said chairs while I snapped away like a loving paparazzi. I mean, come on. Look at him!Please note the slim yellow piping that makes these dynamite chairs really crackle! The entire RP Miller line is carried at Hollywood at Home. Below are just a few of my faves. The pictures are good but you really should see the fabrics in person so you can appreciate the luxurious weight of the linen…
Peter’s Stripe:Read the rest of this post »
Today, it’s all info, all the time. I did my best to jazz it up but really, this a break down of three events not to miss at this year’s annual design frenzy Los Angelenos call Westweek. I am going to make a day of it on Wednesday, March 23rd and if you are in town, I suggest you do, too. All of the events below take place at the building everyone loves to love/hate, the Pacific Design Center:
10:30-12pm: Editor’s Round Table, Silver Screen Theatre
The editors from four of the five shelter mags left (Michael Boodro from Elle Decor; Dara Caponigro, former style director at Domino and current editor-in-chief of Veranda; Ann Omvig Maine from Traditional Home and the forthcoming online magazine, Trad Home and Newell Turner from House Beautiful) come together for a panel discussion moderated by Design Center president, Charles S. Cohen. I am very interested to hear the thoughts of the editors at the magazines who have managed to weather this insane economy. There will be receptions for all the players in different showrooms after. Consult the website for more info.
1:00-3:00pm: Pierre Frey Inspiration & Realism of Fabrics: Exhibit and Reception with Jean-Laurent Thierry. ”Curiouser & Curiouser” Alice in Wonderland
After researching a few of the artists invited by Pierre Frey to create fabric designs for him between 1935-1955, I am intrigued. Look at this surrealist fantasy called “L’Oiseleur” by Irene Rohr:
Plus Jean-Laurent Thierry, the present CEO, is rather jaunty, isn’t he?