January 22, 2011 § Leave a comment


I recently read about a designer who said she designs every sofa she uses in an interior herself.

I thought this to be a little unnecessary –

Why design your own sofa when Edward Wormley has already designed some of the best!

(From left: George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames, and Jens Risom, 1961 Playboy )

Edward Wormley partnered with Dunbar in the late 1950s to help modernize their furniture line. Wormley was a master of taking the best of historic and classical design and translating it into a modern vernacular. While he was never at the forefront of Modern design, Wormley’s creations for Dunbar have over time become on par with furniture designed by the likes of Nelson, Bertoia, and Eames. Wormley was able to take the best of Modern design without limiting himself to a single ideology. His pieces beautifully combine historical design with 20th century innovation.

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Below are some of my favorite sofas designed by Wormley for Dunbar, Let me know your favorites!

Edward Wormley for Dunbar

LOVE: the cream colored linen, wooden legs, beautiful simple lines, and the tufted seat cushions which add a touch of sophistication

available through 20th Century Interiors on 1st Dibs

Citron Velvet Sofa with tufted back

LOVE: the color! (the picture doesn’t do it much justice), modern lines but still could work in a traditional setting

“La Gandola” sofa

LOVE: the curves, tufting, wooden legs and back – definitely a retro classic

Wormely sofa in rare “striped mink” fabric

1950s (1958 to be exact)

LOVE: the BOLD pattern- I think for this sofa to work today it would have to be in an interior that doesn’t take itself too seriously or one that is very masculine (bachelor pad anyone?)

available through Palumbo on 1st Dibs

Nine Foot Sofa

LOVE: the size (I would take this over a sectional ANY day!), white linen, and steel legs which give it a sort of industrial feel

available through Todd Merrill Antiques on 1st Dibs

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pictures via 1st dibs, modernthread


natural beauty

January 13, 2011 § 1 Comment


While all of this miserable cold weather is making me want to tell Mother Nature to QUIT IT,

there is one thing I have to give her credit for….

inspiring sculptor Roxy Paine and furniture designer Joseph Walsh to create beautiful works of art.

The sculptures of Roxy Paine

Furniture Design by Joseph Walsh

in love with a library

January 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Even though I’ve crossed over to the Nook, nothing can take away the love I have for a library.

I find libraries to be somewhat magical. Hundreds,thousands of books, filled with all sorts of information. You can truly find anything in a book. Whether it be a love story, history, or even a recipe, books have the ability to enhance one’s mind and one’s life.

Below are some pictures of libraries I’d love spending an afternoon in, enjoy!

Such a beautiful traditional style library belonging to the talented chef, Nigella Lawson. I just wish there was some additional shelving to hold all the books cluttering up her floor. I love the old wood though and the height of the bookcases- it’s all very grand but not overly ornate. The only thing that could make this library any better was if one of the bookcases opened up into a secret passage way.

Definitely a cozy & quirky library! I love the wooden beams and the overall kind of vintage feel of the space. This is certainly a library I’d have no problem curling up and reading a book in. The teal velvet upholstered chair looks rather comfy and I especially like those delicate pendant lights.

Now this is not just any library, this is Karl Lagerfeld’s library! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a personal library that has been any larger than this. Definitely much more industrial than the libraries pictured previously- no leather bound books for Mr. Lagerfeld. I do like how the books are stacked horizontally instead of vertically- in a space with floor to ceiling shelving it keeps the eye moving across the room instead of just up and down. And I love the HUGE skylight-it floods the space with natural light (my favorite light for reading) and keeps the room from seeming too heavy. This is surely a library I would love getting lost in.

This children’s library is making me wish I was a kid again. The Library of Picture Books in Iwaki City of Fukushima displays each book individually within it’s own cubicle with it’s cover on display. I love the clean simple lines and the architect’s use of materials- wood, glass, and steel. I might not have a collection of picture books but I do have a great collection of design books that I would love to show off in such a manner.


pictures via pinterest and the selby

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