Archives: March 2012

candida höfer: reviving the past through the eyes of the present

If you’ve been reading me for some time, you know I have a tremendous love and appreciation for the arts and design of the past, particularly if one can strike a good balance with the arts of our lifetime to … Continue reading

Stadler’s African gray

Normally, an “African gray” refers to a type of gray and white parrot.  Far from the annoying talking bird, this elegantly minimalist gray and white striated marble stool/table by Austrian designer Robert Stadler is much more agreeable. Represented by the … Continue reading

the kaleidoscopic patterns and colors of IKAT

    If you’ve been observant, you’ve noticed that Ikat (pronounced “eee-cot”) pattern has been the rage with designers in the last couple of years. This ancient textile can now be found in everything from women’s bags to ice buckets … Continue reading

Lucie Rie – dame! that’s beautiful!

Where porcelain can be cold and distant, pottery is often warm and tactile, drawing the viewer to hold and experience it much as the potter did while creating it.  I think you can see this with the bowl featured today … Continue reading

The simple beauty of Hans Wegner’s Kastrup Chair

Also known as the CH401, I LOVE this chair because it brings some natural softness to a minimalist shape that could otherwise be too formal and dry. It is very easy to see this piece in any type of room … Continue reading

When you think of Swedish Interiors, think Cecilia Clase

Because of their success with furniture design, we often associate Scandinavian interior design with the same midcentury masters.  But there is a very talented strawberry blonde running around Stockholm leaving her mark on that country’s contemporary interior design aesthetic: Cecilia … Continue reading

cocktails to dinner as quick as speedy gonzalez

People living in small places often repurpose furniture to serve several functions. But never had I seen something like the Transform Table from British cabinetmaker Duffy London. This stylish birch plywood cocktail table works aesthetically because it has the viewer … Continue reading