Thanks to all the LCDQ members for their involvement in Legends 2013. It is an honor to have you as colleagues in the design quarter. A special thanks to Domaine Home for the three wonderful films on Legends, the LCDQ and the design community in LA.
A leather Chesterfield sofa England circa 1840 (AZ166) A collection of colorful wheel on stands, France circa 1900 (AY122) A red book-case, Belgium circa 1880 (AZ31) A poster on board, France circa 1970 (AY111).
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When the doors opened for the first La Cienega Design Quarter event on Thursday — the blogger breakfast at antiquarian Lee Stanton’s Los Angeles shop — there was already a long line to get in. “It’s a wonderful way to start off a day packed with informative and exciting events,” noted Elaine Maltzman, director of marketing for top L.A. designerTimothy Corrigan. One of the event’s social media ambassadors, designer Alissa Swedlow of The Good Designs, remarked that the turnout showed how important social media has become: “My last client didn’t ask for references; she looked at my Pinterest and that’s really what said, ‘This is the right designer for me.’”
The day ended as it had begun, with designers including Jane Hallworth (who has designed forMichelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst), Trip Haenisch, Jeff Andrews and Tamara Kaye-Honey crowded into Stanton’s courtyard, braving the occasional sprinkle of rain to eat, drink and mingle with “five hundred of my closest friends” noted designer Christian May, who also authors the popular blog Maison 21 and is joining Friday’s panel at Gina Berschneider, Inc. titled “The Go Go Years and Beyond: Re-creating Upholstery from Earlier Eras.”
Last night while looking through these photos, I was reminded about the first Belgium home I was invited into for dinner. Unlike this home, it was unfinished because the couple had just purchased the property and was in the process of remodeling. England circa 1740 refectory table (AZ164), U.S. circa 1930 silver plated coffee set (U11312A)
When I arrived to the house I was taken back by the bohemian nature of their lives. I walk into a beautiful 18th century town home, with a narrow walkway and ceilings that towered average american homes. Because the dealer was in the process of remodeling the house, the kitchen was the only real habitable space, where we dined over a simple meal of pasta, salad and wine.
I was then given a tour of their home, each room with colorful patina wall paper, an ash stained fireplace, raw wood floors, and dust-covered antique furniture finally to top it all, the entire house was lit by candlelight. Even though most rooms were dirty and unfinished, there seemed to be a certain nonconformist feel to the space allowing for a romance I normally don’t experience. The dinner was delicious and the conversation intimate, and to top it all off we indulged in the sharing of a simple Belgian chocolate bar with an espresso. In that moment, I noticed that life does not always have to be “go, go, go”. This couple gave my senses the opportunity to come alive. I fell in love with the European lifestyle, where a simple plate of pasta, some chocolate and a quite conversation by candlelight is all I needed to feel right at home.
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Images from Remodelista
A large oriental library table centers the room with a Buddha statue and chinese lanterns. A pair of iron painted urns border the table introducing a garden element. A hanging lantern hangs over the table.
China circa 1860 lacquered dining table with stone top (AZ105)
The kitchen features a pair of articulating table lamps in black along with garden pots creating a transition from garden to kitchen.
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Article from Elle Decor UK.
This is the first post of a series that introduces some of the most influential female designers of the past and present. We look at the women who have shaped the basics for the design industry and continue to set the bar in creativity and productivity, never settling for anything less that perfection.
The designer who epitomized understated French chic. Putman’s career as an interior designer only took off in her fifties she was almost sixty when she created her most famous design, the Morgans Hotel in New York, in 1984. She loved simplicity and loather “pompous luxury”, values established in childhood, when her summers were spent at Fonteany Abbey in Burgundy, a former monastery. It’s austere architecture , she said, “made me very wary of the awful excesses of anything”. At the behest of her musical mother, she studied piano, but abandoned plans to become and composer after Francois Poulenc warned her of the extreme discipline required to succeed. Instead she became an art and style journalist before gravitation towards design.
“I am interested in that family of things that will never date” – Andree Putman
She is known for her interior that were dominated by black and white with touched of glistening chrome and clean lines. The monochrome was an echo of her musical past: for the Morgans hotel she created black-and-white tiled bathrooms with all the graphic punch of a piano keyboard. in 1978 Putman founded her design company Ecart. One of her first projects was to reissue furniture but forgotten Modernist designers such as Elieen Gray and Jean-Michel Frank, “names that I one had to spell, with rage, even to art historians” she noted. She also became associated with fashion, creating shops for Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, and a line of oversized sunglasses worn with couture suits and a slash of red lipstick, became her trademark. At her funeral last January, it was Lagerfeld who gave the pair of vases filled with white rose blossoms that flanked her simple, blonde wood coffin. Chic to the last.
To learn more about her, pick up Putman Style by Stephane Gerschel.
While on my buying trips, Italy captured my heart, from the architecture, antiques and art, to the people and their hospitality. Not to mention the amazing food. The lifestyle of artisans working in their studios, and families spending long hours outside soaking up the warm sun showed me that life can be simple and pleasurable. The antiquities are beautiful and bold. Designed to withstand the weathering and age often using stone and wood as the main materials.
The bedroom is simple with a strong contrast of linens and dark wood. Notice the minimalistic decoration of the wall are and 2 small pots on the chest.
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(Satyr and maenads, marble wall panel, From the House of the Dionysiac Reliefs, Herculaneum, 1st century AD)
During the Spring of 2013 the British Museum will present a major exhibition on the Romancities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, sponsored by Goldman Sachs. This exhibition will be the first ever held on these important cities at the British Museum, and the first such major exhibition in London for almost 40 years. It is the result of close collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Naples and Pompeii, will bring together over 250 fascinating objects, both recent discoveries and celebrated finds from earlier excavations. Many of these objects have never before been seen outside Italy. The exhibition will have a unique focus, looking at the Roman home and the people who lived in these ill-fated cities.Fragment of a wall painting showing a man reclining to drink. From Pompeii,1st century ADRelief with Bacchus and followers, marble wall panel, From the House of the Dionysiac Reliefs, Herculaneum, 1st century ADGold bracelet in the form of a coiled snake, 1st Century AD, Roman, Pompeii
It didn’t take Portia de Rossi long to discover Ellen DeGeneres‘s passion for decorating. “I got a very thorough education in mid-20th-century French furniture within the first weeks of our dating,” she says with a grin. Indeed, there’s nothing the television star and comedian loves more than designing a house. The couple purchased a ranch In the Santa Monica hills that hosted 8 cabins, each one reflecting a different theme and emotion that would quench Ellen’s design obsession thanks to Cliff Fong. The living room of the Cabin 8 ha a beautiful centered brick fireplace with built-in book cases. Note the antique wooden figures and the large white linen upholstered sectional sofa.
England circa 1840 leather tufted chesterfield sofa (AZ166)
When it came to the overall look of the place, DeGeneres says she wanted “a feeling of country and yet a relaxed sophistication.” She favors sculptural pieces and simple forms, mixing 20th-century designs by Jean Prouvé and Arne Jacobsen with industrial furnishings, and she collects old portraits and fencing masks.
A painting by Corey Daniels hangs in a bedroom of Cabin 8; the chaise is 19th century, the 1940 lamp is by Jacques Adnet, the chairs are by Jean Prouvé, and the table is by Axel Vervoordt. A custom-made bed by Jay Holman is dressed in Matteo linens and a vintage linen matelassé coverlet, and the antique Serapi rug and Tibetan hemp carpet are both from J. Iloulian Rugs.
You can read the entire article in the recent May issue of Elle Decor
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“I never look for things, they seem to gravitate to me,” says Wendy Paterson. “I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint” wrote American decorator Elsie de Wolfe in the 1920′s which is exactly how Wendy feels. Her Sydney home consists of white washed walls, simple optimism, and a lot of white paint. The inveterate collector says ” I love the idea of visual silence of luxurious austerity and restraint.”
The living room colored with white walls, limed oak floorboards and solid white shutters to control the light in the two front connecting sitting rooms create a simple gallery space for Paterson’s curated collection. The antique bench and spiral twist candle sticks blend naturally in with the ambience of the room.
England circa 1890 bench in iron and wood (AZ47B), England circa 1900 bench (AY56)
England circa 1860 pair of twisted candlesticks (AY190)
Paterson’s central love is her home. After moving to Sydney in the late 1980′s she studied Interior design with Mary Nilsson and has continued to throw herself into every imaginable decorative milieu in all her houses, many and varied.
On the ground floor the kitchen and dining are filled with light from the courtyard. The open gallery kitchen hosts antique china dishes while a large farm table serves as the main eating area in the dining room.
Italy circa 1880 set of 10 porcelain dishes (AN156)
England circa 1880 rail way table in Mahogany with low brass rails. (AO108)
You can read the entire article in the April edition of Vogue Living.
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