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should british furniture design be in the hands of Lee Broom? I say yes!

What do you get when you mix Lee Broom, a young superstar British designer and Deadgood, the pop up online retailer bringing exciting fresh furniture and products to an adoring worldwide audience?  You get an amazing sideboard that marries great … Continue reading

phillip lloyd powell – a forgotten member of the american studio movement

Phillip Lloyd Powell (1919-2008) was a little known American furniture maker who frankly needs better PR!  His work is beautiful and modern, and it’s a shame he isn’t nearly as well known as his close American “studio movement” contemporaries Paul … Continue reading

the colorful world of Italian conceptual artist Alighiero Boetti

image credit: Alighiero Boetti, Divine Astrazioni, courtesy Sotheby’s Milan Sotheby’s Milan is offering for sale on 22 May 2013, a number of works by a personal favorite  –  Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994)  –  one of the great Italian conceptual artists of … Continue reading

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

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

british traditional skills = superb handmade home collections = soane britain

Soane Britain: London showroom featuring pair of Crillon chairs If you haven’t been living under a design rock, by now you’ve heard of Soane Britain.  And although it has been operating in the U.K. for years, recently it arrived on … Continue reading

designing furniture in postwar california: an introduction to milo baughman

Another great modern furniture icon who came out of the American postwar environment was Milo Baughman (1923-2003).  Like Charles and Ray Eames and Greta Magnusson Grossman, Baughman’s furniture has a decidedly modern vibe and came to define what we think … Continue reading