modern vibes in the work of a brooklyn furniture designer

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Only in his early 30s, cabinetmaker and Brooklyn furniture designer Asher Israelow is already making waves in the world of original contemporary furniture.  Focusing on small batches, this eco friendly craftsman uses only ethically and locally sourced materials to create … Continue reading

hotel inspired decor: the Vieques W in Puerto Rico

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Today we continue with our hotel inspired decor series and heading to the chic and delightful contemporary design hotel W Retreat & Spa on the island of Vieques just off the coast of the main island of Puerto Rico.  In … Continue reading

Chic Hand Carved Wooden Bowls and Objects for the Home

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There is a certain je ne sais quoi to the hand carved wooden bowls of self-taught English woodcarver Nic Webb who is making a splash in the design world with his bowls, vessels and spoons. Working primarily with green wood … Continue reading

flying under the radar: canadian abstract art

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Abstraction dominated the art world in the years following the Second World War.  It was a move away from surrealist and post impressionist art and is best exemplified by the works of some of my favorite artists including Jackson Pollock … Continue reading

setting a chic dinner table – christofle silver knife rests

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Knife rests are a wonderful practical invention whose sole purpose is to keep greasy and messy knife blades off your good tablecloth.  You place one at each place setting with the knife blades resting on them.  The French must be … Continue reading

going to high point market? – make a detour to the furniture library

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Much like the Design Library I wrote about several months back, the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library located in High Point, North Carolina, should be on every designer and decorators must-see (and use) list.  Founded in 1970 by Sandy and Bernice … Continue reading

Finding Zen in Minimalism: the vessels of Michael Verheyden

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The decorative mix-media home accessories of contemporary Belgian artisan Michael Verheyden are a remarkable example of how beauty in its purest form really comes from simple basic elements. Noble and durable materials like Carrara marble, solid walnut, concrete, bronze, alabaster … Continue reading

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