mid-century in this century:

September 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Eero Saarinen

I am completely captivated by everything Eero Saarinen. Having partnered with Ray and Charles Eames, as well as Florence Knoll (of Knoll furniture), the Saarinen name has become synonymous with the best of the mid-century classics.  The beauty in Saarinen design & architecture is in it’s simplicity and most importantly it’s timelessness- not only in looks but also in function.

Here are a few of my Saarinen favorites!

Saarinen’s TWA terminal at New York’s Idlewild airport (now JFK) captures the exciting dynamism and sleek elegance of the jet age- the design suggesting flight itself.

Pictured here, are the the Saarinen dining Pedestal Table as well as his Tulip Chairs . Who would’ve thought that something so modern could work so well when paired with gilded wallpaper, an antique sconce, and a french oil painting? Mixing mid-century (and especially Saarinen mid-century) with antiques from different eras is one of my favorite ways to create a classic eclectic look!

Saarinen’s Womb Chair (1948); I would do anything to curl up inside this chair on a rainy day with a good book! Made from upholstered molded plywood, the womb chair is equally as comfortable as it is beautiful to look at.

Still curious about Eero Saarinen? Check out this article written by Knoll expert, Brian Lutz.


London Design Festival 2010

September 29, 2010 § Leave a comment


The framing company John Jones have paired with designer Stuart Haygarth to create this extraordinary showstopper. A conceptual piece,”Framed” features “over 600 meters of frame profiles – hundreds of individual pieces, cut, mitred, joined, sanded and coloured in special finishes – including gold leaf.”

“Thin Black Lines”

Depending on the angle from which it’s viewed, the Thin Black Lines chair by Nendo switches seamlessly from two-dimensional to three-dimensional in appearance. Oki Sato, Nendo’s founder, who likens the designs to Japanese calligraphy, says that they “move alternately between the becoming and collapse of form.”


to see more from the london design festival 2010 click here.

shelving or sculpture?

September 27, 2010 § Leave a comment


Quad Shelving Unit by designer Nauris Kalinauskas

As someone who collects design books, I could not think of a better suited shelving system to show off my hardcover jewels. Coming in a variety of forms and finishes, the Quad Shelving Unit can change to meet the needs of any space. Unlike typical shelving units, this Kalinauskas piece really makes you wonder,

is this shelving or sculpture?

gold rush

September 26, 2010 § 1 Comment


Is this gold sofa not incredible?

It’s lines- clean and modern; it’s gold velvet upholstery- absolutely glamorous!

I love the sofa’s look when juxtaposed with the white walls and elaborate moldings.

Just another reason to love Jonathan Adler

from Dorothy to Donatella…

September 24, 2010 § Leave a comment


I‘ve recently have come across a new fascination with the color black..

When paired with white, the high contrast between the two lends a look to be both edgy and elegant:

As seen on 1st Dibs, designer Nicky Haslam, stands in front of  a pair of Dorothy Draper black & white inspired doors. Synonymous with decorating during the early 1900s, Draper’s neo-baroque style is still inspiring classical bold and beautiful design a century later.

Donatella Versace shows that the black and white color combination is equally classic as it is edgy. I really love the idea of white molding on black walls- not a move for the timid but the effect is absolutely stunning!

This hallway-with it’s museum worthy gallery, shows how bold contrast can work in the most contemporary of designs. Designed by Ann Getty, the stark stark white paint paired with the bold lustrous checker-board floors makes this a combination that is undeniably modern…
Found on Apartment Therapy, I love this picture because it shows how black and white can still work in a more rustic setting. Despite the bold contrast, the look is refined and traditional.

I am definitely going to try some of these looks as soon as I get the chance; Hope this inspired some of you too!

the beginning

September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

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