Archives: April 2013

Edgar Brandt and the elegance of Art Deco metalwork

image credit: Edgar Brandt, lantern, Christie’s This could be a first, but today’s designer of Art Deco furniture, lighting and decorative objects, was a blacksmith who got his start designing weapons for the French military.  This is not the most … Continue reading

bright and fresh wall treatments to consider

image credit: Genevieve Bennett, London (leather tiles and trim) Today’s post is to inspire you to do something with your walls – sculpted leather from London’s Genevieve Bennett, wallpapers that look like fabric from Paris-based Casamance or small limestone mosaics … Continue reading

oui, oui – luxurious french silver from puiforcat

Jean Puiforcat, silver and ivory box, TheNational Gallery of Victoria,  ©Jean Puiforcat/ADAGP, Paris.  Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia One of my favorite decorative arts designers of the past is Puiforcat, makers of exquisite silver.  The firm was originally founded in 1820 … Continue reading

how to make a “home” – listen to nate berkus

Nate Berkus, the interior designer whose energy and talent is known by many, first came into my periphery in 2005.  Not initially as a designer, but as one of the survivors of the Indian Ocean’s tsunami of 2004. Coincidentally, I … Continue reading

New York and the experimental photography of Cynthia Karalla

Experimental contemporary photographer Cynthia Karalla shot these wonderful photos last winter in Central Park. Influenced by Eugene Atget (1857-1927) and his photos of the trees around Versailles and Saint Cloud, Karalla like Atget, pays homage to the tree and its … Continue reading

paintings from the hermitage return to england

Houghton Hall, Yorkshire, England image credit: Houghton International In an unprecedented move, The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is temporarily reuniting 126 major Old Master paintings with their ancestral home of Houghton Hall in Norfolk, England from 17 May to … Continue reading

How “futurism” inspired the lighting of 20th century designers

image credit: Phillips, London.  Pendant by Carlo Scarpa Carlo Scarpa, Max Ingrand and Serge Mouille certainly rank in the top 10 in vintage lighting design.  And with mid century design gaining a greater share of the limelight, the works of … Continue reading