Anyone who follows me here knows that an addiction to large, gorgeous coffee table books is alive and well, and I have a new favorite…View More Presidential Residences in France
Category: Furniture Design
There are myriad angles to furniture design that makes it an entertaining subject to explore, especially when unleashing the imagination on the subject. I often pair furniture with historical figures that I think would have enjoyed living with it, such as a piece titled A Midcentury Cougar on the Prowl in which I explored the mid-century furnishings in the movie The Graduate, suggesting newer pieces Anne Bancroft’s character might have enjoyed!
In The Valentino Lair, I suggested a bedroom setting in the Bernhardt Showroom in High Point would have been the perfect hangout for Rudolph Valentino: did you know he published a book of poetry? In An Unsung Hero of Modern Design, I presented the favorite author of one of the mid-century’s iconic designers Edward Wormley; and in Timothy Oulton Design Adventurer, I channeled his adventurous designs through Mr. Biggles, Oulton’s favorite novel as a child.
For a riff on the Barrymore Avignon chair, I had one speaking to the other—the seating standing in for Petrarch and Laura, who met in a church in the French town of Avignon. I really adore imagining scenarios such as these, letting my imagination run free as I write!
Badgley Mischka Fashion at Home
Mark Badgley and James Mischka introduced their new furniture collection, Badgley Mischka Home, during April’s High Point Market. I had the pleasure of sitting down…View More Badgley Mischka Fashion at Home
This Side of Paradise
I looked forward to meeting Michael Berman during the Spring 2016 High Point Market when he was there to debut his Califolio collection for Theodore…View More This Side of Paradise
A Midcentury Cougar on the Prowl
The nickname cougar, signifying women who have “a thing” for younger men, hasn’t been around for as long as they’ve been cropping up in popular…View More A Midcentury Cougar on the Prowl
Peggy Guggenheim Visits Oculus Gallery
In 2009, I trekked to Venice with my dear friend JoAnn Locktov, the founder of Bella Figura Publications whose newest book Dream of Venice Architecture…View More Peggy Guggenheim Visits Oculus Gallery
Heaven Shall Be Here
In the film A Little Chaos, Alan Rickman, who plays an unlikely Louis XIV, declares, “Heaven shall be here.” He’s speaking of a ballroom he…View More Heaven Shall Be Here
The Soul of Great Leaders
Whenever I see a photograph of a Native American, I can’t help but think of Crazy Horse, and I’ve seen a fair number of them…View More The Soul of Great Leaders
The Seat of Scottish Power
As the opening credits roll during the film Her Majesty, Mrs Brown, a Markino marble bust, which has been tossed over a castle’s ramparts, tumbles…View More The Seat of Scottish Power
How to Set a Mood
The 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway is a mercurial mélange of masculine and feminine charisma in equal…View More How to Set a Mood
It Is Time to Experience More
Experience more. It sounds like a simple directive but how many of us really take the time to savor what is happening right in front…View More It Is Time to Experience More