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CUTTING-EDGE WORKS EMPLOY TECHNIQUES AS VARIED AS THE ARTISTS WHO CREATED THEM. WRITTEN BY JESSE BRATTER / PRODUCED BY CARA GIBBS

ELISA GOMEZ MIXED MEDIA Whether it’s the energetic rhythms of an upbeat salsa number or the transportive sounds of a classical opus, all music moves Elisa Gomez in an indescribable way. The Austin-based abstract painter translates this feeling to canvas using brushes, palette knives or even her bare hands. The graffiti effect in Am I Free From This Dream #2, left, is a result of her fast-paced strokes and layered textures; it's part of her series with local composer Walter Nichols—a visual portrayal of his musical arrangements. Of her wish for viewers to have the same reaction to her art as she has to music, she says, “I hope people are taken to a deeper, more meaningful place.” elisagomezart.com

TROY SIMMONS CONCRETE Troy Simmons is so captivated by Brutalist architecture that he translates the vernacular to canvas, juxtaposing raw concrete against sleek pigments (see Durchbruch, left, shown vertically, and Serendipity, below). Approaching each piece like a construction project— his heaviest weighs 300 pounds—the Miami artist creates 3-D renderings and drawings before chiseling away at the cement. “My creative process reflects who we are as humans,” Simmons says. “We all carry complex yet beautiful experiences in our souls.” See his work this May at JanKossen Contemporary Art Gallery in New York. troysimmonsstudio.com

SARAH RASKEY MIXED MEDIA The Swarovski crystals in Sarah Raskey’s 24kt Gold and Glamour, above, is a good indication of the high fashion that permeates her work. The elegant result is a far cry from the mad-scientist process that gets her there: picture materials spilled over, others set on fire, and power tools strewn about her Chicago studio. “I love the dance that takes place among art, fashion and self-expression,” says Raskey, who, as an art therapist, helps others find healing through creativity. “I want viewers to feel that my art encourages the human spirit.” Raskey will be incorporating Maya Romanoff’s handmade textiles into her work for an exhibit at its Chicago showroom this April. sarahraskey.com

SIMMONS HEADSHOT AND DURCHBRUCH PHOTO: ALDO ARGUELLO (DURCHBRUCH IS PART OF A PRIVATE COLLECTION, WHERE IT IS DISPLAYED HORIZONTALLY). RASKEY PHOTO: TIM MANNING. REARDIN HEADSHOT: LAUREN FLEISHMAN. DANCH PHOTOS: DETAILS OF FLOWER FIELD FOR MACY'S, LEFT, AND FLORAL GARLAND FOR AOL'S CANVAS SERIES, ABOVE, DAVID ZUCKERMAN. PREVIOUS PAGE: MOONLIGHT BABY PAINTING BY ELISA GOMEZ.

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JAMIE LEE REARDIN ILLUSTRATION “When I was little, I dreamed of becoming a Disney animator, and my interests later expanded into fashion,” recalls Los Angeles-based fashion illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin. “I eventually fused these passions, and from my imagination emerged these gawky gazelles with long, impossibly thin silhouettes.” Their dramatic appearance, seen in Aline, left, speaks to Reardin's fascination with complex personalities like Cruella De Vil and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Her talents ultimately caught the eye of Dior Beauty's Dianne Vavra, which turned into the ideal collaboration. Now with each pen stroke and watercolor mark, she's surpassing her childhood dreams one character at a time. jamieleereardin.com

ELOISE CORR DANCH PAPER All Brooklyn artist Eloise Corr Danch needs to create her swoon-worthy works are her grandmother’s heavy metal scissors, X-Acto knives and a colorful imagination. Whether flowers, headpieces, illustrations or myriad other objects, it’s the endless color wheel and the way light reflects off its surface that attracts Danch to paper as her medium. Since her studies explored fashion history and construction, translating her floral creations for editorial fashion spreads and window dressings comes naturally—they've been used to embellish Diane von Furstenberg’s New York and Paris flagship stores, for one. “I love the play between the utility of clothes and the artistry and romance of fashion,” she says. “I hope the defining message of my work is beauty. Whether in the form of color, line or silhouette, I am always seeking to create something beautiful.” eloisecorrdanch.com


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From an overlook at McWay Falls in Big Sur, California, Oakland artist Laura Plageman stands with her camera, marveling at the relationship between man and nature—the idyllic vista calling out to her, yet its inaccessible beach and falls remaining out of reach. In that vein, Plageman created a second image, left, that appears part illusory and part tangible, altering her original printed photo of McWay Falls and then photographing the result as a still life. Comprising her Response series, the photograph presents a seemingly impossible scene yet shows evidence of its construction through crumples and folds in the paper. “I delight in making an image that’s at once familiar and unfamiliar,” she says. “I want the viewer to look at the details and discover the image for themselves.” photolp.com

JEAN WELLS MOSAIC One look at Jean Wells’ mosaic-mirrored sculptures and it’s easy to see the influence of pop culture on her work. So it’s no surprise that when asked to name an artist favorite, she points to Wayne Thiebaud for reflecting food and humor in his paintings. Wells, too, turns to iconography and nostalgia when sculpting her fanciful objects and fast food re-creations using glass she cuts by hand; Conversation Piece, right, is an example of Wells recalling her youth. What's more, her mosaic soda bottles can be seen traveling the world this year as part of a Coca-Cola exhibition. “My motivation is spreading happiness,” muses the Seattle native. It’s a fitting mantra for an artist whose work gushes with sentimentality and whimsy. wellsart.com

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For San Diego-based painter Kelsey Brookes, a scientistturned-artist, there is no left brain-right brain distinction. “You have one brain and it can become interested in whatever you purposely direct it toward,” he says. To this point, in his artistic endeavors, Brookes still explores cerebral patterns and molecular structure—but instead of examining them through a microscope, he maps them out on canvas using Golden acrylic paint and Winsor & Newton Series 7 sablehair brushes. In contrast to their vibrant colors and intricate patterns, as seen in his One Pointed Attention series, right, Brookes calmly creates his psychedelic works while listening to NPR or, sometimes, in total silence. Check out his molecular prints this spring at Quint Gallery in La Jolla, California, and see other works at New York’s Eric Firestone Gallery in June. kelseybrookes.com


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Ignacia Murtagh’s personal connection to pre-Hispanic native cultures began in the place she calls home: Southern Chile. “I fell in love with Chile’s poetic tradition that reinforces design as the vehicle to turn tiny but relevant details of nature into useful and significant interior elements,” she says. As a young designer, Murtagh has always attributed her design sensibility to the exuberant geography of her surroundings. Her most recent project—a series of three side tables for Bernhardt Design—directs that credit to the Andes Mountains. “The Los Andes tables were inspired by mountains that are strong and imposing but at the same time graceful and slender,” she describes. This

sculptural elegance was achieved with the tables’ unpredictable heights, organic angles and contrasting sharpness. Murtagh spent a year with the designers at Bernhardt sketching, modeling and ultimately learning to work with a new material: wood. “Ceramics are malleable. You can accomplish complex designs in a short time and change elements quickly,” explains the designer. “Wood is out of your control. The character of the grain, colors and textures are expressed differently in every piece. Once you understand the material, however, wood becomes limitless.” Armed with an aesthete’s eye and an ever-growing material repertoire, Murtagh is proving to be just as limitless herself.


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Clockwise from top: David Wiseman’s limited-edition rug design for R & Company. The artist’s Glacier pendant in Smoke. A Lily of the Valley installation from a past solo exhibition of Wiseman’s at R & Company. A one-of-a-kind Collage fireplace screen in bronze and porcelain. This Small Geode vase in bronze is one of 25 made, each signed and numbered. A custom commission for a private New York residence.

Glass, bronze, porcelain: For artist David Wiseman, his material selections are as varied as his creations. His scene-stealing designs can be found all over the world, from large-scale porcelain installations for Dior boutiques in Shanghai and Tokyo—which he designed in collaboration with architect Peter Marino—to being a part of the permanent collection at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. Now, in partnership with R & Company, the Los Angeles-based Wiseman is taking his intricate skills to the ground level with a limited-edition rug design inspired by his travels and rooted in historical craftsmanship. Designer Todd Oldham gave you your big break. Tell us more about that. My first project was a nature-inspired hat hanger. Todd, who I had met when he was a guest lecturer for one of my classes at RISD, actually ended up ordering a bunch of them to give as gifts. Then, when I graduated college, he offered me a job. What are your favorite materials to work with? Bronze is endlessly fascinating to me. There are so many different alloys and patinas, and when you bring it up to a high polish, it’s a true work of art. How did rugs come into the picture for you? R & Company approached me with the idea to translate my designs into a rug collection. I went to Kathmandu to meet the weavers and to better understand their process. When I got there, I was blown away. Meeting them completely changed my concept because I needed to be as detailed as they were. Can you speak to the handmade aspect? It takes anywhere from six to eight months to create one rug and only 12 are being made in two distinct colorways. Because of the high quality of silk that they use, there are 4.5 million knots in each carpet.

Textiles are a new arena for you. Did you have to think differently? It started the same way I begin all of my designs, with pencil and paper, but I quickly learned that there is no room for error. The Tibetan and Nepalese communities of rug makers were so skilled at being able to capture the drawings they even wove my subtle eraser marks into one of the samples. How did your travels come to influence this particular project? The concept is about fusing my favorite patterns from around the world so I thought it would be appropriate to add a common Tibetan motif— such as billowing clouds—into the design. What else inspires you? I always turn to nature and its history in the decorative arts. I love seeing how different cultures have internalized nature and included it in their indigenous ornamental patterns. With everything you create, what are you always looking to achieve? Finding the poetic truth about what each material wants to become. I’m obsessed with that.

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This spring is all about surprising color combinations and pink and ruby have long been a fixture on the fashion scene with interiors following in close pursuit; Alexandra von Furstenberg’s sexy side table and Tai Ping's feathery carpet, to name a few. Industry giant Miles Redd loved the duo so much he chose it as a main palette for his Manhattan town house, right. “I wanted the space to feel like you were submerged inside of a raspberry soufflé,” explains Redd. “I’ve always been attracted to these colors because they feel so alive—and I love the backdrop pink provides for pictures.”


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Known for her artistic approach and inventive use of materials, Melbourne, Australia-based interior designer Fiona Lynch easily assembled this dynamic kitchen using our next twosome: gold and marble. Equally substantial on their own, a magical chord is struck when these two elements team up. Case in point, French lighting brand La Chance fluently combines the pair in a mini-lamp flaunting a perforated shade and Carrera marble base, while Brooklyn wallpaper studio Calico displays their beauty on its handmade papers.

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The hyper contrast that exists between navy and peridot combines all the carefree nuances of springtime. The playful palette also conjures notions of excitement and adventure, which was exactly the visceral reaction New York designer Sara Story sought to create in the dining room shown. “I love this fresh color combination,” says Story. “I’ve always enjoyed mixing opposing textures, materials and pops of color—in this case a vibrant chartreuse seat fabric was just the right accent to the stunning Gracie wallcovering.” Here, Fireclay's latest tile collection, Cool Motif, marries the two powerhouses perfectly.

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Chicago designer Patrizio Fradiani of Studio F emphatically applied the electrifying duo of citrus and amethyst in this retro-fitted seating niche. “The inspiration was to provide a touch of glamour combined with bold colors,” he explains. “Though an unusual pair, they are quite complementary and their juxtaposition was intended to energize the space with summery notes to combat the gloomy Chicago winters.” Chanel’s dreamy new quilted shoulder bag embraces a cheery citrus tone while Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman’s sleek bench shows off amethyst in a more refined fashion, proving that this lively pair is here to stay.

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in good company an ensemble of designers translates the latest fabric collections into chic entertaining spaces. discover the art of the mix. Written by cara gibbs


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geremia design

boys club “It’s material that makes an object or space tactile,” muses Lauren Geremia, principal designer of San Francisco’s Geremia Design. And, when presented with a vast array of the season’s fabric offerings, Geremia opted for a serene palette of neutrals to create the refined, masculine space shown here that invites intimate gatherings and quiet conversation. “I wanted the dining space to be minimal but mature,” she explains, “selecting simplistic patterns and muted colors that allow an opportunity for layering and creating dynamic, textured compositions.” Rose Tarlow Melrose House “napkins” sit atop place mats fashioned from a Knoll Luxe material to ground the tablescape, while a Cowtan & Tout fabric dresses the vintage midcentury chair frames and Pierre Frey’s stunning abstract textile takes its place as artwork—all giving way to a neutrally color-coded dining room where masculine notes abound and simplicity speaks volumes.


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sitting pretty Designed to stop you in your tracks, this striking vignette fashioned by New York-based designer Young Huh proves that there is an art to making an entrance. “I imagined a welcoming spot where guests could arrive and be greeted with drinks and sweets,” says Huh. “My goal was to create an impactful area through contrasts in color and pattern.” To achieve her vision, Huh employed Schumacher’s Iconic Leopard fabric to flock the walls and adorned an accent pillow and the base of an ottoman with Duralee’s Eileen Kathryn Boyd collection. Rebecca Atwood’s playful spots find a home on a classic Bunny Williams stool, Beacon Hill’s Lilliflora textile, from the Ankasa Bespoke collection, drapes the table and Huh’s own fabric design for Peter Fasano graces the dining chair. “The more you mix, the more lively the room is,” says the designer, “what better stage for a little get-together.”


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natural habitat Innately drawn to organic textures and wild prints, Dida Home’s David Miranda and Diana Uribe set out to create a bar scene perfect for cocktails, conversation and creative textile choices. “We had our mind set on using fabrics with earthy colors and organic shapes,” says Miranda, “giving way to a cheerful palette perfect for unwinding.” Starting with the drapery, where Chivaso’s Wild Jungle is layered adjacent to de Le Cuona’s quietly elegant Mali, the look continues with Dominique Kieffer’s Sousvide, designed by Paola Navone, seamlessly applied to the surface of the bar cart. Hunt Slonem’s Fritillery for Groundworks takes flight on a decorative marble slab, while Slonem’s Catelayas 2 makes its way into a mirrored frame on the gallery wall. Navone’s Quai Branly cloaks the armchair to complete the scene. Says Uribe, “In this space, materials set the temperature but color and print dictate the mood.”


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boys club Clockwise from top left: Dissolvenza in Teal & Copper / Fortuny / fortuny.com. Cortege in Beige / Jane Churchill for Cowtan & Tout / cowtan.com. Tara in Nocturne / Knoll Luxe / knoll.com. Sorrel in Bluebird / S. Harris / sharris.com. Chablis in Coraline on Natural / Rose Tarlow Melrose House / rosetarlow.com. Orion / Boussac Architectonique Collection for Pierre Frey / pierrefrey.com. Vignette page: Coaster Fabric / Attari in Indigo / Fabricut / fabricut.com. Napkin Fabric / Primitif in Taupe on Natural / Rose Tarlow Melrose House / rosetarlow.com.

“these textiles are meant to be touched and to last; the hand and quality are irresistable.” -young huh

natural habitat Clockwise from top left: Bee’s Knees in Indigo Blue / Donghia / donghia.com. Wild Jungle in 099 / Chivasso / chivasso.com. Indigo Zag / Lulie Wallace / luliewallace.com. Quai Branly in Blanc Ardoise / Paola Navone for Dominique Kieffer / dkieffer.com. Fritillery in Blue/Green / Hunt Slonem for Groundworks / leejofa.com. Silk Scarf in Phthalo / Porter Teleo / porterteleo.com. Mali in White / de Le Cuona / delecuona.co.uk. Vignette page: Artwork Fabric / Catelayas 2 in Pink/Yellow / Hunt Slonem for Groundworks / leejofa.com. Bar Cart Fabric / Sousvide in Ivory / Paola Navone for Dominique Kieffer / dkieffer.com. Ottoman Fabric / Chameleon in Smoke Laguna / Paola Navone for Dominique Kieffer / dkieffer.com. Shadowbox Fabric / Guardians in Pea & Cobalt / Hunt Slonem for Groundworks / leejofa.com.


“The weighT and The paTTerns of These fabrics are perfecT in Terms of boTh masculiniTy and comforT.” -lauren geremia

sitting pretty Clockwise from top left: Spots in Midnight Black / Rebecca Atwood / rebeccaatwood.com. Dauphine in Midnight / Moore & Giles / mooreandgiles.com. Kahala in Red / Young Huh for Peter Fasano Collaborative / peterfasano.com. Water Diamond, Aurora Stripe & Grace Emblem in Indigo / Ankasa Bespoke for Beacon Hill / beaconhilldesign.com. Lilliflora in Tusk / Ankasa Bespoke for Beacon Hill / beaconhilldesign.com. Cambridge / Shilo Engelbrecht / shilo.net.au. Iconic Leopard in Graphite / Schumacher / fschumacher.com. Fashion Plate in Aquamarine / Eileen K. Boyd for Duralee / duralee.com.

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Eternity Each of us experiences the inside and outside of our lives on a daily basis. On the outside we arm ourselves in order to protect our internal life, our intimacy, our loved ones, and our personal beliefs. We have one face we share with the world, while watchful that nothing penetrates the sanctity of our internal peace. From inside we have all the windows to the world, but we only open them to the ones we trust. In “Eternity� we live peacefully encompassed by the healing rose, symbolizing Compassion and Love.

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THE PIECE: Zio Buffet THE DESIGNER: Marcel Wanders FIND IT: moooi.com THE INSPIRATION: Possessing the uniqueness of an antique while remaining inherently modern, this solid furniture piece was created by Wanders with a bit of whimsy.

BUFFET PHOTO: COURTESY MOOOI. HEADSHOT: DUSTIN AKSLAND. PAINT THROUGHOUT: DEVINE POODLE / $59.95 PER GALLON / DEVINECOLOR.COM.

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ELIZABETH ROBERTS ARCHITECT ENSEMBLE ARCHITECTURE, DPC

Architecture: The Zio buffet’s strength is in its simplicity of form, the natural grain of the wood, and its long, low proportions. It’s classic. Creativity: As a whole, Zio feels both solid and subtle, while angled, rounded legs offer a whimsical element. I think we’re drawn to fun, accessible environments, and playful pieces like this create a nice juxtaposition to older, more detailed furnishings, art or architecture. Impression: A statement piece should be bold and noticed. This buffet’s refined details and sleek silhouette make it just that.


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Design: The collection is unmistakably Rodarte. This rug gives the illusion of lace and a feeling of romance. Imagination: Each design speaks to fantasy and has an ethereal quality. The overlay technique has such organic movement. Storytelling: The provenance of objects in the home is truly meaningful. Every collected piece should tell a story and become part of your own narrative. Color: I am a big believer in color and love that the hues in this line are strong but not overpowering. I can see the Cobalt Motif design under the blue velvet couches in my sitting room.

MAGIC CARPET THE PIECE: Cobalt Motif THE DESIGNER: Rodarte for The Rug Company FIND IT: therugcompany.com THE INSPIRATION: Finding inspiration in 1970s California, medieval romance and fairytale fantasies, Rodarte’s debut rug collection reflects the designers’ fascination with the unusual and ethereal.

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PRIDE & JOY THE PIECES: Larchmont and Rosemont Martini Tables THE DESIGNER: Pride Sasser for Century Furniture FIND IT: centuryfurniture.com THE INSPIRATION: As a master sculptor and designer, Sasser creates jewelry for the home; these particular tables are a fanciful expression of delicately impractical yet irresistible design.

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Material: I’m drawn to the clean lines and material mixture of Sasser’s tables. I love combining materials that contrast with one another. The strong lines are sleek and fresh. Craft: Makers need to own the word handmade again. You can clearly see the craftsmanship and intent of the maker behind Sasser’s work. To me, this defines what he stands for. Luxury: A well-made object is a deserved pleasure and once you begin to live with these luxuries it’s hard to envision life without them.


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THE PIECE: Supernova Writing Desk THE DESIGNER: Dougall Paulson FIND IT: dougallpaulson.com THE INSPIRATION: Guided by materiality, form and light, the Supernova desk celebrates the chaotic energy of the cosmos and recalls the night sky.

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Feel: Supernova is ethereal and weightless, with a classic, nostalgic appeal. It was designed to be touched. Look: The celestial, space-age aesthetic of the desk brings me back to seeing the Milky Way at Ayers Rock in Australia. The onyx panel illuminates, like the quiet glowing band spread across the night sky in an abstract, almost haunting way. Vision: It is crucial to have passion, to dive into a design concept and be inspired by it. Striking a particular balance between form and function is the ultimate art form.

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FLIGHTLESS FLAME THE COLLECTION: Peacock THE DESIGNER: Dan Yeffet FIND IT: avenue-road.com THE INSPIRATION: A self-proclaimed explorer and adventurer, Yeffet created these candleholders, made of polished brass and conic marble, with playfulness in mind, like “a peacock doing cartwheels,� he says.

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Designer: Dan Yeffet has a strong command of authorship running through his entire body of work. I love his adventurous material studies and conceptual thinking. Composition: The Peacock candleholders have a great mix of rich, opulent materials being utilized for such a primitive form of light. The polished brass reflects the light and enhances it from a technical standpoint. The simple structure of the two separate pieces coming together is intelligent and subtle, while the pieces themselves are cheeky and whimsical. Creativity: Artists should have fun playing with concepts or production methods. Imagination seems to be the way of driving innovation forward.


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on the rocks tHe collection: The Marble Series tHe designer: Felt+Fat find it: feltandfat.com tHe process: Batches of colored porcelain in multiple hues are molded, dried, trimmed, fired, finished, and re-fired to create these one-of-a-kind marbled dishes.

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Artistry: There’s a jewel-like quality to these plates. Felt+Fat’s originality is visually arresting with such refreshing modernity. Handmade: Perfection exists in imperfection. There’s nothing more beautiful than the authenticity and warmth achieved by handcrafted workmanship. Aesthetic: The subtle glamour of this eclectic collection bears an approachable sensibility that would make any gathering more inviting and really communicate a personal point of view. The muted palette offers quiet beauty and feels grounded and timeless. Balance: These plates are reminiscent of marbled papers I’ve collected in Florence—a time-honored motif that strikes the perfect balance between restraint and chance.


caged light the pIeCe: Asscher Chandelier the desIgners: Kate McIntyre and Brad Huntzinger fInd It: olystudio.com the InspIratIon: Taking cues from landscapes and natural facets of gemstones, the Asscher chandelier embodies Oly’s philosophy of casual elegance.

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Composition: What appeals to me about the Asscher chandelier are the contradicting notions within the design. It is a daring piece that is geometrically composed yet remains unpredictable. It is both delicate and industrial, and worthy of discussion due to its play on form. The use of positive and negative space creates a pattern that is imposing but not heavy. Market: In today’s industry, there is a craving for creating both comfort and elegance. Sophisticated design does not have to be sterile. Authenticity shines through when a design expresses imagination. Installation: I would hang this piece in my studio space for cool inspiration as well as some necessary light.


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A new Culture + style oF oPEn-air dEsiGn Outdoor living has undergone a revolution; blurred are the lines between indoors and out. today’s alfresco environments incorporate kitchens, dining areas, gathering spaces, freplaces, fre pits and entertainment areas, complemented by architectural lighting and sliding glass-walled doors. as a response to the new open-air ethos—or perhaps the catalysts for this invigorating design movement—leading purveyors and manufacturers of outdoor products are creating not only with aesthetics in mind, but also with durability, functionality and environmental consciousness. Bevolo gas & electric lights

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The ArT of longevity Made of pure, hand-riveted copper, the projected lifespan of a handcrafted Bevolo light fxture is 300 years. “Bevolo’s lights are made with gas burners that last 50-plus years, with bulbs that last up to 20 years,” says Bevolo. “We make fxtures that not only are operationally the most efcient (gas burner and led bulbs), but never having to change a fxture on your home is truly remarkable.”


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dekton By cosEntino Cosentino has long led the industry with products that are unparalleled in style, efciency and innovation. Dekton, a highly versatile indoor-outdoor surface, exemplifes this premise. “Consumers were asking for a durable, aesthetically pleasing surface suitable for outdoor use, and Dekton was developed specifcally to meet that demand,” says Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino north america. the lifestyle shift toward fusing indoor-outdoor living environments has given rise to products like Dekton, introducing homeowners to new concepts in materials and surfaces that are congruous with their surroundings. “well-designed materials must be seamlessly incorporated into the overall design of a space, as well as contribute to its functionality,” Marquez says. “a well-designed surface goes beyond its aesthetic—it complements the family’s lifestyle in terms of durability, ease of care and long-term use.” the Dekton Collection emulates the beauty of exotic stone, like the aura, which captures the veining and movement of rare Calacatta, but eliminates the maintenance and care that marble and other rare natural stones require. “with Dekton, homeowners can introduce a stunning surfacing material to their outdoor space specifcally manufactured to withstand the elements without compromising its performance,” Marquez says.

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COs entI n O O n th e I n DO O r- O UtDOO r d e s i g n M Ove M e nt Home on the range. high-performing ranges, designed to withstand the elements, have taken the place of the time-honored barbecue and grill, creating fully functioning modern outdoor kitchens. island living. In lieu of traditional kitchen tables, large-format kitchen islands now serve as the home’s central hub. enduring the elements. Materials and fabrics that can withstand the efects of the sun’s UV rays or endure freezing and thawing during seasonal changes are integral to the long-term performance of an outdoor living space. the science of surfaces. Particle sintering technology, a proprietary technique used for the manufacturing of Dekton, is an accelerated version of the “change in form” that rocks and stone undergo in nature when subjected to heat and pressure over thousands of years. the result: a supremely stable material.


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eldorAdo stonE entering its fourth decade as a leading manufacturer of architectural stone veneer, eldorado stone has mastered the art of stone- and brick-infused outdoor living environments, from freplace surrounds to exterior accents and outdoor kitchens. “eldorado Outdoor has completely reinvented how to build and design outdoor masonry living spaces,” says Brent spann, president. “the demand for outdoor kitchens, freplaces, seating walls and fre pits faced with stone continues to grow.” 1

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KiTchen confiDenTiAL: A new look + ethos “the trend is for homeowners to extend the ‘heart of the home’ to the outdoors,” eldorado president Brent Spann shares. Kitchens, cooking and camaraderie have never been more synonymous: today’s outdoor living spaces have become natural extensions of this philosophy, giving way to fully equipped outdoor kitchens, freplaces, fre bowls and conversation areas. “Under-counter appliances, refrigerators, warming drawers and countertops can be added to eldorado outdoor cabinets to create the full culinary experience outside,” he says. “We are inspired to elevate outdoor spaces from ordinary to extraordinary.”

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O n -tr en D O uts i d e interior appeal. Outdoor kitchens are closely matching interior design trends—homeowners are looking to create timeless spaces that they then decorate with their own personal aesthetics. Make it your own. For a “homey” feel, use clean color palettes with the building materials and more permanent furniture and fxtures; add personal style with exchangeable items like pillows or pots and plants. A tale of two approaches. right now, trends are leaning toward light-colored, creamy stone profles such as the Cottonwood european Ledge-cut façade. also, modern but darker stone profles such as the Black river stacked stone are increasingly popular, especially in east Coast designs.


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For more than 50 years, Fleetwood Windows & doors has been at the forefront of window and door design and manufacturing. Driven by the desire to innovate; a respect for architectural excellence; and a commitment to the integrity of materials, Fleetwood is a market leader for sophisticated windows and doors. “the significant movement toward operable walls of glass that blur the lines between inside and outside has increased the demand for the products that we design and manufacture,” says Mark McCoy, VP of sales.

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1. natural heating and cooling systems lend themselves to large expanses of glass. 2. clean, vertical, slight lines are a trademark of Fleetwood.

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ThinKing green an awareness of the earth’s limited resources has never been more prevalent than in today’s home building industry. in response to this movement, Fleetwood has instituted a series of green practices and products. “our chosen material (aluminum) is the most sustainable material used for windows and doors,” says Mccoy. “additionally, the trend toward sustainable construction and energy efficiency has driven us to enhance our current product line and develop new products that assist in meeting these goals while maintaining the large sizes and thin, slight lines that define our products.”


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a teak loveseat paired with a set of teak chairs creates classic outdoor seating.

Durability, comfort and design are the hallmarks of Lee Industries’ handcrafted outdoor furnishings. For nearly 50 years, the furniture manufacturer has provided quality, american-made indoor and outdoor furnishings, forging the path and setting the bar in how products should be constructed, how they should look and how they should feel. Bondi Coley, Lee Industries marketing director, gives insight into today’s outdoor environments, from the allure of fre pits to the importance of removable slipcovers to versatility of ottomans.

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White is the new taupe. “with our washable, slipcovered pieces, people are not afraid to put white on anything that stays outdoors,” says Bondi Coley, Lee Industries marketing director. “white is now the go-to color.” About those slipcovers… arguably the best choice for outdoor furnishings, as they can be removed and washed. Mobility. Outdoor casters on dining chairs allow for movement on decks, patios and around pool areas. Mix + match. a canopied sofa, paired with a set of track arm swivel chairs, looks great against the backdrop of a teak counter table and teak counter stools. hence, a cohesive space doesn’t have to be homogenous. An efcient accessory. Outdoor ottomans add extra seating as well as extra storage for outdoor trays, dishes, ice buckets or towels. Crowd pleaser. “Fire pits have become a staple in outdoor spaces,” Coley says. “with our array of outdoor swivel chairs, it makes lounging outside an absolute dream.” A quick tip. adding colorful throw pillows to an existing sofa or chair can quickly give the homeowner an updated look for their outdoor space; a few outdoor ottomans or bongo stools to add extra seating and storage will also give an easy update.


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as the popularity of designing, inhabiting and enjoying outdoor spaces has grown, the latest trends are found in creating exterior décor for luxurious outdoor living. with quality furnishings, styles today not only create the maximum in relaxation and comfort, but also are built for optimum lifespan. steve Lowsky, president of Pride Family Brands, the acclaimed manufacturer of “the finest casual furniture in the world,” offers insight into selecting products that are built to perform and provide lasting leisure.

The best outdoor furnishing brands for an alfresco lifestyle are those that provide multiple options for year-round use, not just a dining table and four chairs.

” the Bellagio deep Seating provides lasting looks and comfort, featuring pride’s award-winning luxury fire pit with extended side table.

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The insiDer: everything you need to know Before you Buy. the durability factor. “For optimum outdoor durability,” says Steve lowsky, president of pride Family Brands, “aluminum is the raw material of choice.” With a natural resistance to corrosion and rust, aluminum not only offers beauty, but also durability and easy care. Finishes with form + function. the addition of quality finishes, including multistage powder coating and clear coating, enhances weather resistance while providing customized looks. When the metal is encased with a powder coating, the furniture is able to withstand the elements longer and maintain lasting color. element-resistant. Frames built to last require cushioning of equal durability. High-quality, 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic or acrylic-blended fabrics will provide long life in the sun and outdoor elements. Customized comfort. With fine outdoor furnishings and accessories, it is possible to create one-of-a-kind exterior décor. “More than 50 percent of our castelle collection’s manufacturing involves custom orders,” lowsky says. “Homeowners’ selections can include the design collection, desired pieces, decorative finishing, coordinated cushion or seating fabric and hundreds of other options.”


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an in-depth exploration into what’s new and notable in kitchen design. written bY arlyn hernandez

THE NEW MODERN KITCHEN when it comes to modern kitchen design, there are two distinct schools of thought: one embraces the simplicity and sheer functionality with zeal, while the other remains unconvinced, preferring the welcoming aesthetic of a more traditional style. regardless of your persuasion, there’s no denying the downright impressive innovations and design gusto being cooked up as of late that could convert even the most classically inclined. From mechanically operated walls that conceal gadgets and storage to intuitive appliances that learn and adapt to your cooking methods, discover the latest ingredients making up the new modern kitchen.


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With the kitchen arising as the new epicenter of the home, bolder design is spicing up this bustling room. In this Hamptons residence, here and below, New York designer Guillaume Gentet created a personality-filled space using custom cabinetry by Effeti USA with whispers of lilac throughout. “People forget that the inside of a cabinet should be as pretty as the outside,” he says, referencing the violet (Pantone 7444 UP) of the island, which is echoed in the shelving concealed behind the wood panels. The owners’ art, like the Buddha sculptures by Marlene Rose, continues the artistic flavor of the room’s aesthetic.

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THE FAUCET Every line and visible design element counts in a minimal space. Therefore, making major impact with a sculptural faucet, like Franke’s new Planar 8 Flex semi-professional version, is essential. The masculine, squared-off silhouette doesn’t just pack a visual punch, though; its 360-degree swiveling spout is highly functional and allows for maximum movement around the sink.

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Color doesn’t have to be reserved for tableware and accents anymore: Large appliances, such as Bertazzoni’s Pro48 6G dualfuel range (shown here in a mouthwatering orange), are getting their turn in the shade game and becoming increasingly popular as owners seek to imprint their personal stamp onto every room of their home.

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Designing kitchens for the past 40 years, it’s safe to say that Chicago-based Mick De Giulio knows a thing or two about what makes for successful culinary quarters. Here, the maestro lends some counsel and maps out what’s currently on his radar.

There’s no excuse for having a disorganized kitchen today with all the great solutions out there. What are some of your favorites? Motorized doors to hide nooks for small appliances and creating charging stations by putting USB ports inside of drawers are a go-to of mine. Another is a cabinet I recently designed called Metal Boy (shown above) for keeping pots and pans organized and accessible. It has recessed LED lighting so cookware is easily viewable and becomes like sculptural pieces. Metal seems to have become part of your signature look. How do you keep it from feeling too sterile? I love using silver nickel and polished stainless steel, but I always layer different materials and textures into my designs, sometimes even with very subtle changes. Honed and brushed stones, hand-scraped woods and fabrics for soft seating add comfort and are a great complement to the shine of metals. What’s exciting you right now? Steam ovens and induction cooktops. There’s so much you can do in a steam oven, from baking bread to roasting juicy meats, and induction has so many things going for it as far as safety and heat control.

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Modern kitchens tend to get a bad rap for being cold and industrial, but new material combinations are changing that rather unfair judgment. Maintaining a streamlined look, this design by Eggersmann integrates solid American walnut along the space’s periphery to soften the highgloss cabinetry and hard quartz surfaces.


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7 talking KiTcHEn TEcH Gone are the days of one-dimensional appliances. Ranges no longer just cook; they’ll send a text to the family when dinner is ready. Need to pre-heat your oven but you’re still at the store? Your smartphone can get that started so it’s at the perfect temperature when you get home. Here, Lamont Gaines, showroom manager of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida, breaks down the newest innovations.

Smartphone capabilities are infiltrating the appliance market. What are some highlights? The ability to measure the temperature of your meal in the oven without being anywhere near the kitchen—let alone at home—via a digital thermometer is huge right now. Also, you can now download recipes into your oven and watch cooking tutorials via a Wi-Fi-enabled touch-screen panel on your range, which is so useful for the amateur cook.

Let’s talk about innovations in cooking. What new options exist? If you have the space to accommodate it, steam ovens (like Miele’s ContourLine M Touch Combi-Steam version at left) should be strongly considered. There are models that let you store personal profiles to steam your vegetables or fish to the exact tenderness preferred. Wine storage and serving systems are becoming more prominent in the custom kitchen. Any suggestions? Dual-zone refrigeration is the only way to go to keep your whites, reds and champagnes at the appropriate temperatures. There are also dispensing systems—check out the Discovery WineStation by Dacor—that will serve just the right amount, from a taste to a full glass, and preserve the freshness of the rest of the unused bottle.

this page: poggenpohl kitchen photo: jill broussard, courtesy poggenpohl. oven photo: courtesy miele. opposite: elica hood photo: courtesy elica.

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Indoor-outdoor living is king right now. Blurring the lines between inside and out is particularly successful in the kitchen, where incorporating plein-air cooking, al fresco dining and edible gardens satiates an entertaining-rich lifestyle. In this California home, I-Ching Ueng—designer and manager of Poggenpohl’s San Francisco showroom—stuck to a sleek design as not to compete with the lush garden just through the disappearing sliding glass doors. Silestone countertops in White Zeus Extreme and a stainless-steel panel backsplash reflect the sunlight to further enliven the space.


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THE HARDWARE Stainless steel may reign supreme, but gold and bronze details are giving the long-standing heavyweight a run for its money. The warm and luxurious finishes add a definite je ne sais quoi and can be employed on cabinets— like Rocky Mountain Hardware’s Empire pulls—or plumbing fixtures, and bridge the gap between the modern and traditional design arenas.

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Slab stone such as marble and quartz has long been the go-to countertop material in the modern kitchen for its uniform look. Though its dominance in this arena certainly isn’t subsiding, there’s been a movement toward mixing it up with more personality-driven tilework for backsplashes, floors and feature walls. Hand-painted tiles lend a human touch to an otherwise pristine space. Though be advised: The graphic nature of this look is not for the demure design enthusiast.

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A brawny hood has always been a staple in a well-stocked kitchen, but they can be a bit of a blemish if the intent is to keep everything as simple and unassuming as possible. Enter the decorative ventilation option. These new devices are masters of disguise, hiding in plain sight in the shape of chandeliers and lighting fixtures, disappearing into countertops at the push of a button, or taking sculptural form like in Elica’s Space model that not only looks completely unexpected, but is also 35-percent quieter than traditional designs.


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The customary formula for kitchen design reads as follows: upper and lower cabinetry, pantry, large appliances. However, open shelving concepts are breaking that mold. “We wanted a sense of openness and casual ease,” says California designer Vanessa Alexander of the kitchen space shown at left she remodeled for a Malibu beach house. “I avoid upper cabinetry as much as possible. Floating shelving provides a greater sense of space and can be dressed in such a flexible way with practical and décor items that lend life, color and texture.” Tip: Stick to a cohesive palette for any tableware on display to achieve a polished look.

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Induction cooking has been a burgeoning trend in culinary technology over the past few years, competing side by side with its electric and gas counterparts. The newest offerings, such as Gaggenau’s CX 491 full-surface cooktop, right, are taking the already beloved advantages of speed and safety to the next level with intuitive free-positioning abilities. What exactly does that mean? Place cookware anywhere on the surface, and the stove will instantly detect its individual location, size and shape, heating up only that precise spot to the specified temperature. It’s so inherently practical, it’ll make you wonder where this functionality has been all along.

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The kitchen drawer has been elevated countless notches with storage solutions that would make even the most meticulous homeowner weak in the knees. Shown here is SieMatic’s aluminum interior accessories system, which features an integrated spice rack, USB connections, an angled knife block and anti-slip inserts. Fully customizable, no space is lost, keeping every spatula, cutting board and measuring spoon in the order best suited to the user.

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Families are gravitating toward the kitchen more and more for all aspects of living. Homework is worked on at the island, conversations are had at the breakfast bar, so it’s no wonder that the call for a more fluent dialogue between rooms is being answered. Snaidero’s Way design, for instance, showcases an open library unit and styling evocative of furniture. Modular pieces let the homeowner lay out any footprint they want to create a seamless transition from one area to the next.


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interior design / eddie lee, eddie lee, inc. architecture / edward wendt, now workshop home builder / ash suri, autun contractors

a cuban art collector and his longtime designer create a warm modern backdrop for contemporary art that preserves a bit of the past but also fully inhabits the here and the now. written by jorge s. arango / photography by eric piasecki

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Artist Kcho’s Cuban flag, made to look like makeshift rafts, not only nods to the owner’s heritage but is also a commentary on emigration. It hangs above a Kravet fabric-wrapped 1960 Adrian Pearsall bench from Hamptons Antique Galleries. A rolling paper work by Jac Leirner is at left.


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he relationship between designer and client is always an intimate one. Just ask New York interior designer Eddie Lee. “He introduced me to his parents as his first wife,” he jokes, speaking of his client, a Cuban merchant banker and wine importer in his mid-40s. After designing six previous residences together—beginning during Lee’s 10-year stint with legendary decorator Greg Jordan—and living through the client’s marriage, birth of a child and eventual divorce, “I just know what he wants,” he says. Primarily, what Lee’s client has consistently desired over nearly 15 years were spaces in which to display his ever-growing collection of contemporary art—his greatest passion. “I bought my first piece in the summer of 1992 with student loan money,” recalls the homeowner. “At first the collection was heavily Cuban-centric. Then, I branched into general Latin American art, and starting in the early 2000s, I began looking outside of that.” Currently, the collection is evenly split, he says, between Latin art and contemporary art of other nationalities. Appropriately, the SoHo loft the client purchased was at 420 West Broadway, “the most important gallery building in New York, bar none,” he believes. Originally built in 1900, the building eventually became the first and most prominent space to house the galleries that put SoHo at the center of New York’s art scene during the 1980s and ’90s. In 1977, pioneering art dealers Ileana Sonnabend and Leo Castelli opened exhibition spaces here and, together with other gallerists who followed, such as Mary Boone, created the market now referred to as blue chip. This represented, among many other bold-face names: Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Gilbert & George, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christo, Julian Schnabel and Jeff Koons. In 1999, the building had been converted to residential lofts after many SoHo galleries decamped to Chelsea. So when the time came to start making this blank slate a home, Lee and his client decided on authenticity as a recurring theme throughout. “We wanted to stay true to its industrial roots,” explains Lee of their intentions. “I love seeing all the cracks, the steel ties holding the walls together, the original wood windowsills.” Collaborating with architect Edward Wendt and builder Ash Suri, Lee and his discerning client devised a plan that preserved that history, but also ushered it into a new millennium. The owner and design team appreciated the existing industrial features such as exposed-brick walls and a rustic wood ceiling beam that runs the length of the apartment. Others were less fortuitous. “The apartment only has windows at the front and back,” says Wendt, “and we wanted to get light into the central area,” which they accomplished by enclosing the gym at the rear in glass so as not to block light offered through a rear window. Lee then turned his attention to finishes and furnishings. “In every interior I’ve done for my client, blue has been

“WE WANTED TO STAY TRUE TO ITS INDUSTRIAL ROOTS.” -EDDIE LEE a theme,” says the designer, who suggested radically altering the fireplace by surrounding it with a wall of handmade bricks glazed in a vibrant cobalt blue. Yet even the best marriages have their disagreements, and this proved to be one of them. “I pushed back pretty strongly,” remembers the owner. “If it were anybody else I would have said no immediately. But I did say to him, ‘Don’t be upset if I knock it down.’ ” In the end, he concedes, “It’s one of those things I love the most,” especially because it proved an ideal foil for a favorite Rashid Johnson painting. The blue acts as the main accent color throughout, set against the relaxing neutrals that the homeowner craved. As for the furnishings, it was for this project in particular that aesthetically the duo had seemingly evolved in their choices. Previous projects had more traditional environments inflected with Art Deco flair. Now, the homeowner favored something more contemporary but still grounded in history. “I had grown to like midcentury furniture since our last project and saw its value,” says the owner. But neither Lee nor his client wanted a predictable greatest-hits survey of midcentury modernism, so the designer also mixed comfortable present-day Italian furniture into the array of classics, thus bringing the look into the 21st century. Custom pieces, such as an oversize dining table modeled after one the client had seen at a French château, emphasize the rustic-industrial chicness of the beam and columns. But Lee didn’t want to overdo it. So in other areas where wood was deployed, he amped up the more sophisticated elements. The custom kitchen cabinetry and barn door that rolls across to conceal storage, for example, were both fabricated from bleached walnut that was sanded and oiled to give them a sleeker look to encourage balance. For now, the relationship between the table and the kitchen is still, as they say, in development. Lee characterizes his client as “an astute entertainer,” who noticed the bottleneck that forms when guests gather around the kitchen at dinner parties. The two are now talking about raising the table to bar height, thus making the prepping and eating spaces feel more contiguous. Lasting marriages, after all, must continue to evolve. luxe interiors + design / 159


In a sitting area fronting the fireplace, a Rashid Johnson work pops against a wall of hand-glazed blue tiles from Clé in Sausalito, California. Maharam’s Divina by Kvadrat felt covers a custom tufted ottoman, while floor cushions are sheathed in Mokum’s De Rosine abstract floral fabric, purchased through Holly Hunt.

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Florian Maier-Aichen’s nocturnal panorama of Los Angeles hovers above the living room’s vintage Folke Ohlsson sofa from HabitÊ in Los Angeles. Custom mirrored tables let the colors and textures of a dusty blue Patterson, Flynn & Martin rug and a 1950s Grasshopper chair dominate the space.


Right: A faux-flower installation by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt of R & R Studios in Miami projects its positive message from behind a custom wine-tasting table and Perch stools by From the Source. Opposite top: Contemporary pieces—Antonio Citterio’s Cowtan & Tout-upholstered Luis sofa and Naoto Fukasawa’s Papilio chairs, both from B&B Italia—mix with Harvey Probber tables from Christopher Anthony in Palm Springs as well as a midcentury lamp. Opposite bottom: A small table holding decorative mementos sits next to a circa 1970 leather Rock chair by Gerard van den Berg for Montis that the designer found at Amsterdam Modern in Los Angeles.


“He liked tHe loft for its blank-slate status and tHe potential to do sometHing HigHly personal.� -eddie lee

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Just inside the entry, set against the loft’s exposed-brick walls, glass sculpture by Cuban artist Jorge Pardo sits under an embroidered canvas by Egyptian-born artist Ghada Amer.

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The dining area’s custom table, fabricated by Artistic Frame, is illuminated by an Olafur Eliasson pendant lamp. Between the windows is a work by another Cuban artist, the late Carlos Alfonzo.


Above the master bed, dressed in Restoration Hardware linens, is an El Anatsui hanging. At the foot of the bed sits a 1940s French pommel horse from Big Daddy’s Antiques in Los Angeles; at right is a pressed-tin mirror from Hiden Galleries in Stamford, Connecticut, and an Eddie Martinez painting.


In the master bath, Axor fixtures complement a Victoria + Albert Barcelona tub. The sinks are set atop a custom butternut-wood vanity fabricated by Korts & Knight. Ephesus Dune stone tiles from Akdo pave the floor.

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molten MAGIC

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InspIred by the unpredIctabIlIty of melted metals, chIcago artIst lonney WhIte creates pIeces that evoke depth, composItIon and texture. WrItten by mindy pantiel / photography by kendall karmanian


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ometimes it’s the faults in life that turn out to be the most fortuitous. This was certainly the case when, at 23 years old and a student at the University of Montana, multidisciplinary artist Lonney White decided to cast a desk entirely out of bronze. “It ended up costing $8,000 in materials and I can’t even imagine how much in time,” recalls White, who had to sell his car to cover costs. But the ambitious experiment yielded more than a piece of furniture; it produced a series of bronze drippings. “I had more fulfillment from those organic mistakes that puddled on the sand molds than I did from the desk itself, which I still have,” he says. “Through this, I learned the importance of embracing happy accidents.” White’s current venture—a collaboration with partner and designer Lukas Machnik—involves the conversion of a 7,000-square-foot building in Chicago into a live/work/studio/office/showroom display for their many endeavors, but just a few short years ago the idea of filling an excess of square footage was a problem the artist could only dream about. After leaving the wide-open spaces of Montana—where he was casting 20-foot-tall sculptures out of steel and concrete—to study interior architecture and fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, White found himself lacking both the room and resources to continue his three-dimensional work. “My apartment was too small to support pieces of that scale,” recalls White, yet he was determined to find a method for using similar materials in a new way. The result was White’s unique painting process, which involves melting a metal alloy and ultimately setting the molten mixture into a bed of encaustic wax on a masonite board. “I compose on paper how I want things to look and feel but I’m open-minded to changing in midstream,” says White, who saw his star rise when his work caught the eye of Holly Hunt in 2011. “Occasionally, I take pieces from different spills and cut and put them back together, but the goal is for it to look effortless, like it came from one flow.” And, although there’s an end purpose, according to White, spontaneity is still at the center of all his work. “The majority of my work is always informed by space and architecture,” he concludes. “What drives the work is how it inhabits space.”

Artist Lonney White produces such one-of-akind bronze creations as the pieces shown left and the hanging sculpture right; all are displayed in his home’s studio/showroom space. White’s partner, designer Lukas Machnik, created the Monument chairs shown above.


“I COMPOSE ON PAPER HOW I WANT THINGS TO LOOK AND FEEL BUT I’M OPEN-MINDED TO CHANGING IN MIDSTREAM.” Above: An encaustic work created by White features a metal alloy painting process. Left: The artist designed the steel-and-oak table that resides in his and Machnik’s conference area, where Charlotte Perriand sconces line the wall. Far left: White pictured with his ebonized walnut-andbronze chair.

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interior DeSign / amy weaver, weaver design group


on neutral ground easy-going fabrics and comfortable furnishings give way to organic textures and patterns, bringing california dreaming to the east coast. written by linda hayes / photography by jessica klewicki glynn

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The owners’ Labradoodle, Mr. Magoo, regularly makes the trip from San Francisco to South Florida with the couple. Here, he acts as official greeter on the home’s entrance stairs. He is flanked by Chinese wired planters from Drum & Company in San Francisco.


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t was a total fluke,” says the owner of a sublime John’s Island house who discovered the area while she and her husband were on a trip to Vero Beach, Florida. “We had been looking for a place to get away from the rain and cold of San Francisco’s winters. When a friend invited us down for a visit, we were instantly captivated by the town.” The couple were drawn to the abundance of activities and culture, as well as the area’s international feel. “When we got there,” she recalls, “I thought it was just incredible.” True to form, the owners—who have professional backgrounds in commercial architecture and high-end furniture—began touring the area to find the perfect home away from home. They looked at every type of property available, and when they came upon this house, everything clicked. Recently renovated by David N. Moulton and Scott R. Layne, of architectural firm Moulton Layne, and builder Jack Welton of JC Welton Construction, the house was open and bright with high ceilings, lots of windows and French doors opening to landscaped gardens, a pool and a golf course. What it needed was someone to help

transform the interiors into something that better reflected the couple’s tastes—an aesthetic that spoke to their lifestyle back in California. San Francisco-based designer Amy Weaver was just the person to call. “Amy is one of my best friends, and we’ve worked together many times,” the wife says. “She knows what we like, and we’re always on the same page.” Weaver’s first task was establishing an appropriate style and palette. “The architecture was in good shape, but the interiors needed revamping,” notes the designer. “The owners liked warmer tones, something unexpected that was a departure from South Florida’s quintessential pinks and greens.” To that end, she laid a neutral base of taupes, whites, grays and browns, and then popped in some saffron and orange for color. Working from her home base in San Francisco, Weaver plotted finishes and developed design boards and computerized floor plans to determine where all of the furnishings would go. Some pieces were designed by Weaver herself, while others were sourced from California in order to foster a more West Coast vibe.

Below left: Lights in wicker baskets accent the covered terrace. Handcrafted by a Napa Valley artisan, they were found at Artefact Design & Salvage in Sonoma, California. Below right: A fine featheredfriend door knocker announces visitors with endearing style.

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Rich furnishings in the family room include rattan chairs by Palecek and a cocktail table from Witford in San Francisco. The customdesigned sofa wears Perennials fabric with contrasting tape trim by Samuel & Sons. A Jim Thompson print draws attention to the lounge chairs, and a Stark carpet grounds the space.


Left: In the more formal living room, flowing draperies, made by Georgina Rice & Co., soften the harder lines of the fireplace. The hand-carved wood mirror is from Drum & Company. Opposite: The swimmer photo in the family room was taken by a friend’s daughter—it depicts a sculpture at La Biennale in Venice. A detail of the living room drapery shows trim by Samuel & Sons. In the entry, a bench by Global Views sits against Phillip Jeffries wallpaper. Detailing on an outdoor ottoman includes a medallion found on a trip to Asia.

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The bright dining room, flooded with sunlight through ample windows and doors, features rattan chairs by Palecek around a custom-designed dark walnut table. The delicate glass light fixture with suspended pendants lends a whimsical note.

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Light tones give the living room an inviting feel. A coffee table with a gilded branch base by Paul Ferrante centers the room. It’s topped with accessories from Artefact Design & Salvage and paired with customdesigned chairs in striped fabric by Manuel Canovas. The painting was made by the owners’ daughter.


Above: Textured patterns in brown, beige and cream enliven the seating area in a guest room. Wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries is the perfect backdrop for Patricia Edwards chairs in Clarence House fabric. A Jim Thompson print reappears in the draperies. Right: Partial shades by Hartmann&Forbes provide privacy for soaking in the master bathroom’s original freestanding tub. The chair is by Lee Industries.

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Layered pillows add extra comfort and style to the master suite’s custom-built Patricia Edwards bed. Draperies are by Larsen, the stools are from Lee Industries and sport Nobilis fabric, and the Made Goods bedside tables are from Witford—they hold Westport table lamps by Circa Lighting.


“The owners liked warmer tones, something unexpected that was a departure from South Florida’s quintessential pinks and greens.” -Amy Weaver “We invested in quality pieces that would be around forever, as well as wonderful, sturdy fabrics,” she says. “Everything was personalized, but not everything was precious.” Two side-by-side areas—a casual family room with a relatively dark color scheme and a lighter, more formal living room—represent many of Weaver’s foundational design concepts. For instance, each is laid out with ultimate livability and function in mind. “The flow of how a room works is really important to me,” she explains. “Whether you have 12 people or two people in a room, you have to keep it open so it’s easy for everyone to gather and talk.” Each room also features highly textured fabrics and furnishings with nature-inspired detailing, such as a Paul Ferrante coffee table with a delicate branch-like base in the living room and super-comfortable armchairs with gnarly, woven rattan backs in the family room. And each is layered with just the right number of found objects, eclectic accessories and accent pieces, many of which were from the owners’ personal collection. “I love accessorizing,” says the wife. “Everything is unique, and I switch out objects all the time.” Weaver agrees the owner has a knack for choosing accoutrements. “We’re in sync 184 / luxe interiors + design

with how much to layer in a house without it looking overdone,” she says. Although not much of the existing kitchen was changed, repurposing an open space alongside a pair of doors leading to a terrace allowed for a dining room with an indoor-outdoor feel. “The doors are open 80 percent of the time,” says Weaver. So for practical purposes, the rattan-framed dining chairs were upholstered with a durable indoor-outdoor fabric, a concept that the designer employed wherever possible. Of the entire process—which took about three months from start to finish—both Weaver and the owners agree that the installation was a major accomplishment. “We sent two huge semis down to Florida filled with furniture and everything from sheets and towels to custom-size carpets,” says Weaver. “When it got there, we worked for four days, putting floor plans out for every room for the movers, making beds and doing a full installation. It was like instant gratification—my favorite part of the job.” When she is pressed to pick a preferred area of the house now, the wife wavers. “It’s different depending on the time of day,” she says. “The nook in the kitchen with a Saarinen table is my favorite New York Times-and-coffee spot. I also love to sit under the covered terrace at 5 or 6 in the evening. And the master suite is pretty luxurious; it’s a very comfortable place to be.” In the end, their goal for a California-meets-Florida retreat where they can escape Bay Area winters and entertain family and friends was met and surpassed. “We have houseguests in and out all the time,” the wife says. “Amy did such a wonderful job. There’s a definite relationship to our house in San Francisco, and when you’re here, you just get it.”


Dual seating areas by the pool, here and opposite, are versatile and easily rearranged for entertaining. Contemporary open-weave rattan chairs by Janus et Cie are upholstered with durable indoor-outdoor fabric. The stone table is by Global Views.


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ART OF LIVING

as she layers paint on her canvases, a california artist is also layering a lifetime of experiences into her work. written by taryn bickley / photography by eric stoner

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y paintings are abstract geographies depicting the landscapes that we navigate in life,” says San Diego artist Karina Bania. “They deal with the intangible depth that lies beneath the surface.” Moved by everything from the nearby ocean or a sunlit floor to a fashion spread or poem, Bania’s mixed-media works, alight with pale hues and subtle textures and layering, exude an air of whimsy. Beachy-modern compositions with a dreamlike quality, her art takes you on a journey, much like her own travels. “We create how we see the world,” she says. Growing up with a Philippines-born father, Bania spent her early years in Panama and Mexico City, where she was exposed to color, sound and emotion early on. “I think my dad genetically instilled in me the idea to wander and see the world,” she says. After studying business in college, she took a pilgrimage to Europe and Asia, where the cultural nuances—a more leisurely pace, the use of traditional materials—informed her work, which now includes a new collection of textiles. “Life is slower in a lot of these places,” Bania explains. “This is where my reoccurring themes of time and numbers were born. I am fascinated with the relationship between the movement of life and the stillness of a moment.” Her Indian sojourn studying art exposed her to the use of pigments and dyes, media that make their way into her paintings. Bania is often at work on two to three paintings at once and pulls her ideas from the boards she places around her studio. Seasonally curated, “the images, words and groupings serve as color and mood inspiration,” she says. “When I look at the images, I see them in a very abstract way. I study the shades, the lines, the shapes and layout. I am looking for what is hidden.” In the background, she listens to one of her carefully selected playlists. “I’m pretty ritualistic,” Bania says. “The same music is on repeat; there’s a zone I get into, and then I just feel my way into the painting and it begins to take shape.”


Working out of a studio in a 100-year-old San Diego Craftsman house that she had restored, artist Karina Bania, shown below, uses mixed media, including pastels, to create her multilayered paintings. Her own rich life experiences, as well as inspiration boards placed around the space, opposite, act as muses for both Bania’s works and her recently launched textile line. For her new collection of table linens, the artist filled notebooks with fabric and dye samples, bottom.

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Bania changes her inspiration boards with the seasons. At any one time they can be lined with everything from magazine advertisements, photographs, and lines of poetry and prose to dried flowers, swatches of color and even a paper towel with a blot on it.

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in full

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Dangling teardrops, delicate glass and caged silhouettes illuminate a path through spring’s most extraordinary lighting collections. produced by cara gibbS styling by annie goldman photography by joanna mcclure

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Clockwise from top left: Linear 3 Celestial Pebble Chandelier / Ochre / $6,565 / ochre.net. Dome Pendant / Holly Hunt / $3,420 / hollyhunt.com. Pari Pendant / Natasha Baradaran / $15,488 / natashabaradaran.com. Themis / Bec Brittain / $4,400 / becbrittain.com. Eclipse / Genesis by Kalin Asenov / $1,875 / kalinasenov.com. Succulents, Ranunculus and Peonies: Flower Muse / flowermuse.com. Paint: Kensington Purple / Ralph Lauren Home / ralphlaurenpaint.com.


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This page: Clockwise from top left: Bead Pendants / Kelly Lamb / $640 / kellylamb.net. Janus 8 Chandelier / Robert A.M. Stern for Remains Lighting / $7,625 / remains.com. San Pietro / Light by Jiun Ho / Price upon request / jiunho.com. Opposite: Clockwise from left: Staghorn Table Lamp in Bronze, shown with White Lacquer Shade / AretĂŠ Collection / $15,900 / aretecollection.com. Pleated Petrol Pendant / Waterford / $1,500 / waterford.com. Memphis / DAMM / $800 / larcobaleno.com.


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vibrant hues and vintage furnishings create an eclectic house in key biscayne that radiates high-octane energy inside and out. written by brian libby / photography by troy campbell


interior design / RobeRt Rionda, PeePles Rionda inteRioRs, inc. architecture / bRuno elias Ramos, bea aRchitects, inc. home builder / bRuno elias Ramos, aRt, design & constRuction, inc. kitchen design / JoRge RodRiguez, intiRium landscape architecture / michael thiel, Plantaysia, inc.

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The home’s sense of color and style begins at the entry, where a 1970s Pop art piece by Beverly Waltner—purchased at Visiona—greets visitors along with a mosaic-and-bronze table from Dual, found through 1stdibs, and a vintage ’70s Danish shag rug from Nihil Novi.


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et against the lush backdrop of Key Biscayne, Florida, a sculptural house pops against the tropical surroundings—its interlocking white rectangular forms epitomizing Miami modern architecture. Resplendent with a diverse array of contemporary art and vintage furniture, the house has a sense of festivity that begins as soon as one enters its colorful fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces. “Living here is a dream come true,” says Maria Zambrano, the designsavvy owner who calls this place home along with her husband, Eddy Saade, and their children. “I was immediately struck by her excitement and passion,” recalls designer Robert Rionda, who worked in close collaboration with Maria to outfit the interiors. “She came to our first dinner together with an inspiration book like I’ve never seen before. It was overflowing with ideas ranging from pictures of pop stars to jewelry, colors and furniture—it was eclectic in the best way.” To begin, the architect, Bruno Elias Ramos, made the more uncommon decision to place the swimming pool in the front of the house, as opposed to the back, behind a tree-lined garden wall by landscape designer Michael Thiel. This allowed the entire ground floor—be it the living and dining rooms at the home’s entrance or the open kitchen and family room in back—to wrap around the pool, making it a focal point. The family often gathers around its infinity edge and an adjacent barbecue area. “You can see the pool from each of the public rooms through sliding glass doors,” says Ramos, who delineated the floor plan and also served as the home’s builder. Equally striking is a rooftop deck with even more picturesque vistas. “Outside, the downstairs areas are the more active spaces, while the upstairs is more passive,” Ramos says. “On the rooftop terrace, you can watch the sunset with a cocktail and enjoy the views of Key Biscayne’s treetops, Biscayne Bay and the downtown skyline.” Because the house has wide-open spaces and an abundance of windows looking out onto nature, Rionda wanted to infuse the interiors with a wealth of color.

“Rich, vibrant colors allow the eye to focus on the art and furnishings.” –Robert Rionda

“The use of rich and vibrant tones, as opposed to a neutral palette, allows the eye to focus on the art and furnishings that we curated while still appreciating the architecture and views of the landscape,” Rionda says. But there was an extra challenge: The homeowners didn’t see eye-to-eye stylistically. Maria liked modern furnishings while her husband preferred a more traditional lean. “My husband likes dark, rustic materials like stone and wood,” Maria says. “But Robert helped to reconcile our tastes.” In the double-height living room, the focal point is a large 10-by-7-foot photograph the couple had commissioned before the home was completed. It depicts the mountainous Venezuelan capital of Caracas, from which they emigrated. The photo, titled Blue Caracas by Vicente Diez, is broken up into a multi-square grid; its pattern is picked up in a Don Harvey Bones screen, found at John Salibello, separating the living and dining rooms. The tones of the sky in the photo also inspired the selection of Clarence House’s blue fabric to reupholster the living room’s curved midcentury sofa by Vladimir Kagan. The nearby dining room was designed to host formal dinner parties without feeling too formal. Thus, it elegantly pairs vintage Venini chandeliers with classic furniture including a long, custom sideboard. Yet the conversation piece among guests invariably becomes a bronze sculpture that Maria covered in colorful balloons. Originally it was in a play area for the kids, but Rionda—appreciating its blend of old-world tradition and Pop art fun—suggested a prominent place beside the dining table. Around the corner is the family room, a more casual area where the entire family can gather, yet the space still seems grown-up because it’s filled with eye-catching art and worldly objects, such as a 1970s chrome coffee table and a vintage English rug in bold reds and blues. If most of the house boasts colorful furniture and art, then the kitchen exhibits a simpler, more functional elegance with high-gloss white cabinets, white quartz countertops and an island topped in stainless steel. “Not many of my clients ask for stainless steel, but Maria is a serious cook, so for her it was important for the kitchen to be not only beautiful but also functional,” says Jorge Rodriguez, who, along with business partner Juan Carlos Quijano, worked with Maria to bring her dream kitchen to life. Upstairs, the master bedroom serves as a respite from vivacious family life, with room for a sitting area for watching television, as well as a small floating desk. Mitch McGee’s Pop art piece of a woman’s face overlooks the space, along with art Maria made with her son, titled My Heart is Yours (Handle with Care), using wood, paint and stickers that read “fragile.” Although the house is full of distinctive furniture and art, it’s the passions of both clients and designers that make the house sing. “For me, creating this house was an amazing experience,” Maria says. “I loved showing my kids that there are so many ways to be creative. But it also comes down to Robert and the rest of the team. They knew what we wanted even better than we did.” luxe interiors + design / 199


Architect and builder Bruno Elias Ramos conceptually designed the modern house as a cube, carving out spaces to shape the interior rooms as well as the open pool deck and rooftop terrace. Trellis beams create shade from southern exposure.

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Above: A David Weeks Studio chandelier hangs in the foyer, which features custom millwork and shelving designed by Robert Rionda and crafted by Alfredo Custom Furniture. In the living room, 1950s Peter Hvidt chairs from Gary Rubinstein Antiques hug a stool from John Rosselli & Associates. Left: Turkish prints from Kakar House of Design and Fortuny pillows from Monica James & Co. enliven a gray Zanotta sofa in the living room. Lamps from Kerson 20th Century Design perch on Paul McCobb tables from Lobel Modern. A carpet from Niba Rug Collections grounds a shag rug from Nihil Novi and a Franรงois Monnet coffee table. Oceanview Shades & Drapery made the Coraggio sheers.

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Above: In the dining room, a Holly Hunt table joins Flexform side chairs and Blackman Cruz head chairs on a rug from ABC Carpet & Home. Jean-François Rauzier’s artwork is from Waterhouse & Dodd via Pulse Miami Beach, and Manu’s acrylic dresses are from Ercole Home in New York. Right: The family room is a comfy spot anchored by a Zanotta sofa, a colorful John Freeman rug, and a Karl Springer coffee table from Visiona. A sunburst sculpture from Joseph Anfuso 20th Century Design and a painting by Santiago Paulos overlook the space.


A glossy white palette and stainless-steel surfaces allow the food to provide color in the kitchen. Intirium furnished the cabinetry, and the countertops are from Fine Surfaces and More. Reissued Alvar Aalto barstools from Hive line up beneath Glo-Ball pendants by Jasper Morrison for Flos, from Luminaire. Appliances are by Gaggenau.

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This page: The living and family rooms open onto the pool deck, ideal either for entertaining or as a play area for the kids. The Ann Sacks tiles that clad the pool take their color cues from the blue sky, seen through the sculptural trellis beams. Opposite: Between B&B Italia’s Canasta sofa, Great Lakes chaises by Sutherland, and a bench from Judith Norman—paired with a dining table also by Sutherland—the family has plenty of spots for relaxation.


“The design team knew what we wanted even better than we did.� -Maria Zambrano

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The master bedroom balances masculine and feminine aesthetics. A gray bed by Emaf Progetti for Zanotta mixes with a colorful Moroso pouf; a pair of vintage 1960s Murano glass lamps sit atop midcentury tables from Karl Kemp Antiques in New York. The Indian patchwork rug is from Jalan Jalan Collection, and the Milo Baughman bench is from Visiona.

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Above: The sitting area in the master bedroom has a B&B Italia sofa from Luminaire, tables from Visiona and a rug from One of a Kind. The desk from Mecox has a minimal frame that allows natural light to filter through Dedar sheers from Jerry Pair & Associates. The chair is by Cappellini. Left: The master bathroom keeps a quiet midcentury palette to let the foliage outside shine through Dedar’s ikat sheers. This is achieved through custom vanities, ceramic wall tiles by Ann Sacks and a 1960s Mazzega chandelier from Gary Rubinstein Antiques. A Lucite chair from Palm Beach Antique & Design Center and a wooden Grange chair offer seating.


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celebrating 50 years with dacor

Luxe Interiors + Design joined Dacor in commemoration of the kitchen appliance manufacturer’s 50th anniversary during KBIS in Las Vegas. Guests gathered in a spectacular penthouse setting at the Mandarin Oriental, where tributes and toasts warmed the evening along with performances by Cirque and a live cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Jet Tila.


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eggersmann at winter market

Luxe Interiors + Design was proud to partner with Eggersmann USA, Opustone and Antolini to celebrate Winter Market at the Design Center of the Americas. Guests enjoyed a meet-and-greet with Luxe Executive Editor Arlyn Hernandez and had an exclusive look at Eggersmann’s latest collections. The impressive guest list included Eggersmann CEO Michael Soltoff, CFO Sandra Soltoff, as well as Krisztina Laczko and Bernadett Soos of DettCris Inc.


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mitchell gold + bob williams opens in miami

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, along with Luxe Interiors + Design, celebrated the opening of its new Miami showroom with jazz, cocktails, a glamorous crowd and a surprise birthday cake for Mitchell Gold. Located in the Miami Design District, the new store is a dramatic two-story space with wraparound windows and ample room to show off the stunning Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams collections.


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“NOTHING IS SOFTER OR MORE FLEXIBLE THAN WATER, YET NOTHING CAN RESIST IT,” SAID CHINESE PHILOSOPHER LAO TZU. THIS SEASON, WE TAP INTO H2O, THE MOST ABUNDANT COMPOUND ON EARTH’S SURFACE, FOR ITS RESTORATIVE POWER AND DREAMY, ETHEREAL VIBE. Clockwise from top left: Spring/Summer 2015 Collection / Dorhout Mees / dorhout-mees.com. Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Great Wave) by Katsushika Hokusai / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (“Hokusai” exhibit: April 5 – August 9) / mfa.org. Tall Open Pendant / $900 / jamieharris.com. B-8-AQ-MIXW Bracelet / $7,650 / yvel.com. Fiona Faceted Clutch / $1,595 / edie-parker.com. Antipodes Sparkling Water / $46 / antipodeswater.co.nz. Pool view of home in Carmel, California; architecture by Ken Lindsteadt Architects / kenlinsteadt.com. Marbelized Clay Oval Vase / $475 / aerin.com. Excerpt from the Museum of Water / museumofwater.co.uk. Jacopo Z370/12 Fabric in Midnight / Price upon request / zinctextile.com. Background wallcovering: River Bed Hand-Painted Paper / $90 per yard / mayaromanoff.com. 214 / LUXE INTERIORS + DESIGN


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