I’m thrilled to announce that I am producing the first in my Modern Salonnière series of events during High Point Market next month. With this…View More A Conversation on Trends in Textiles
Tag: American furniture manufacturers
As a design and architecture journalist for over two decades, I’ve covered quite a large number of product launches by American furniture manufacturers and I enjoy the fact that I have figured out how to put such a creative spin on them.
In This Side of Paradise, I used Michael Berman’s Califolio Collection for Theodore Alexander as the backdrop for a young F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. I imagined Zelda draped across the chic daybed and F. Scott seated at the desk working on one of his manuscripts.
In The Soul of Great Leaders, I wrote about a vignette in the Norwalk showroom at High Point, which had as its central visual a large-scale photograph of a wizened Native American chief in a feathered headdress, memories of the years I’d spent on the reservations of South Dakota and Alaska were sparked by it. In What is Art? I use the art criticism of Leo Tolstoy as a jumping off point to talking about design as art, the post presenting new products by Currey & Company and its founder, who was up for an arts award. This is but the tip of the iceberg so I hope you’ll stop by The Diary of an Improvateur to see other American furniture manufacturers I’ve featured.
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
What Is Art?
“It is assumed that everyone knows and understands what is meant by the word beauty,” Leo Tolstoy wrote. “And yet not only is this not…View More What Is Art?