Tuesday, January 31, 2012

...about a little good press.

I'm not always comfortable tooting my own horn, and when others toot it like THIS, there's no need for me to!!!

Thanks to my friends over at Vintage Allies Variety Broadcasting for a very fun interview and a write-up that sounds like my mom wrote it (in a good way!!). You made my day!

Monday, January 23, 2012

...about Friday field trips: John Lyle.

Field trip! Off to the Long Island City showroom of John Lyle: metal man, furniture designer and alchemist John Lyle, whose occasional and accent pieces are found in show house rooms, tony interiors, the must-have list of shelter pub editors, Holly Hunt showrooms and now, Donghia.

John makes the most of metals like bronze and steel, draws from history (ancient and modern) and channels the likes of Giacometti (John's long, low bronze and metal cocktail table) and even a little bit of Halston (the view-shattering stainless room divider)… all with a Southern drawl, a wink and a smile.

A side table from John's Inox line, via Donghia, was featured in the room of designer Charles Farruggio at the 2011 Holiday House.

John’s furniture and lighting, from his classic John Lyle Design collection, or his new Inox line (both To the Trade), are exquisitely crafted and, often, deceptively simple.

Shagreen (beautifully bare or delicately colored), bleached bone and shell tiles cover delicate, carefully considered shapes. Parchment and fish scale offer a rich ivory base on lamps and consoles, and pair perfectly with verdigris and the nickel-warm glow of white bronze. Waterfall edges have graceful bevels, legs have shapely tapers, and each and every table, console and cube fits perfectly into a range of interior styles, jewelry for any room. Even larger pieces are perfectly scaled, and display a mastery of engineering and craft.

He’s also fast becoming to go-to-guy for hot paraphernalia… all the fireside accoutrement to bedazzle your firebox… his custom screens, andirons and fire dogs are the chic accessory for the well-dressed hearth, warming up modern townhome or traditional piéd-a-terre.

Favorites include the classic Greek Key andirons wrought in white bronze, and the multi-paneled stainless steel screen that no doubt turns a roaring fire into an Escher-esque and hypnotic dance of flames. It would be almost all the art a winter room would need.

On top of being a craftsman with exquisite taste, a Southerner with a penchant for a good story, and a popular gentlemen’s gentleman, he’s also a generous man… look for a John Lyle piece in the Silent Auction to benefit Bailey House, and my upcoming Design on a Dime vignette... I just wish I was planning on having a fireplace!!

Get Social: Follow John Lyle Design, Inox and Donghia on Facebook.

...about a Ski Lodge Mod giveaway!

This set of Ghost Antlers can be yours, courtesy the boys of Bubble & Squeak. Just comment on my original Ski Lodge Mod post, then head over to Bubble & Squeak and subscribe to their super-stylish blog, celebrating all the possibilities of Cabin style, and you're entered to win!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

...about Ski Lodge Mod.

Before the re-boom of Mid-century modern design, and long before my first sips of wine, aprés ski (more "aprés pizza wedging"), I fantasized about what I then dubbed “ski lodge mod,” a combination of Nordic style and James Bond chic, the slow bend of vintage skis and Eames loungers, all set against stacked-stone walls and lit by firelight and full moons. So when the boys over at Bubble & Squeak offered me the opportunity to publicly live out the fantasy, I jumped at the chance.

Top to bottom, left to right: Solistone Portico Slate Collection, "Alcazar;" Flag Halyard Chair, Design Within Reach; Line WIne Bar, Design Within Reach; Charles Sectional, WeissHouse; Jason Miller Antler Chandelier, DESIGNLUSH; West Elm Faux Fur Throw (no longer available); "47" Table, Design Within Reach; Low Table, John Houshmand.

Top to bottom: Langham Desk, WeissHouse; Whisky Stone Shot Glasses, Uncommon Goods; the Gubi line, Design Within Reach

But what constitutes a modern ski lodge style? Gutsy, simplified silhouettes that hold their own against stone and log walls, materials pulled from nature, familiar woodsy shapes rendered in silvered glass, acrylic or metal, a combination of deep woods and a tech-inspired revealed structure, and stone grays that disappear into the firelight shadows.

Top to bottom, left to right: Loft Round Mirror, Room and Board; Mongolian Lamb Pillows, West Elm; Aalto 10" Vase, Switch Modern; Cocoon Aeris Stainless Steel Fireplace, Switch Modern; Wood Dresser, West Elm (no longer available); Resin Antler, Jayson Home & Garden (no longer available); Clarke Bench, Umbria Flannel Velvet, Jayson Home & Garden; Alessi PZ03 Floor Candlestick, Switch Modern; Timber Coffee Table, Z Gallerie; Contemporary Swivel Chair, Wisteria.

Some pieces, classics rendered in winter-whites, look brand new, while brand new pieces, like the Gubi line of molded wood chairs, look Eames-familiar.
Top to bottom, left to right: Flokati Rug, IKEA; Wall-mounted Fireplace Tools, Peter Maly, Hive; Conduit Magazine Holder, Interior Homescapes; Punch SIde Table, Interior Homescapes; Civil War Gettysburg Blanket, Woolrich; Stingray Rocker, Huset; Aalto Bowls, Switch Modern; Aluminum Deer Horns, Arhaus;Geology Slate Wall Tiles, "Sediment," Phillip Jeffries Ltd.

See more of the Ski Lodge Mod style over at Bubble & Squeak, including inspiration images from DWELL and Interior Design magazines.