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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

hotel inspired decor: the capri tiberio palace

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I’m the first to admit that I’m an addict when it comes to Italian mid century design.  I simply can’t get enough of it.  Chic Italian design immediately conjures up images of la dolce vita; of glamour and impeccable style.  … Continue reading

barry friedman at christie’s: high-end contemporary design for sale

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Barry Friedman, one of New York’s premier modern design dealers is retiring and selling part of his extensive contemporary design collection of furniture and art at Christie’s New York over the course of three days starting tomorrow 25 March 2014. … Continue reading

handmade wallpaper – modern versions of an old art form

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I recently penned a feature on traditional hand painted and hand made wallpaper available in today’s market.  While powerhouses like de Gournay and Gracie are the go to places for traditional designs, today’s companies are producing papers with incredible patterns … Continue reading