Marks & Frantz in The Wall Street Journal – Mad Maximalism Rules!

Bored with white minimalist interiors? This weekend in The Wall Street Journal, there is an article about Mad Maximalism and Over-the-Top-Notch Decor, featuring a Marks & Frantz designed Family Room. As many of our readers already know, we have a crazy obsession with pattern and color! Sure, we have done neutral rooms for many clients;  but rich, lush color combinations and layered rooms make us breathless! The challenge of creating complex interiors that delight the senses at every glance, while appearing effortless, is not an easy task. For this family room, our client said “more is more, bring it on!”

Family Game Room

“This richly rowdy family room, designed by Marks & Frantz, exemplifies the emerging aesthetic that is making minimalist spaces seem tired and barren” – WSJ. Photo by Marco Ricca

Maximalism, here’s how to pull it off! 

This family room is a classic example of a true maximalist interior! Martina Mondador Sartogo, editor of Cabana Magazine, lists 10 key elements that help to bring maximalism to the mainstream. Below are a few more images of the room to illustrate this aesthetic. Here are some of our favorite rules, a “cheat sheet” for the controlled chaos that is maximalism:

Pass on Pastels – you may want to throw in a neutral for a visual rest, but think big

Embellish the walls – paint, wallpaper, love it all

Look down (and up,) ceilings and floors are super important

Seek out the unique

Provoke with pattern, mix scale and pattern type for full effect

Be patient, ruminate and cultivate

mad maximalism rules

Marks & Frantz Family Game Room

Goodbye to bland and boring…

In a world where Restoration Hardware is democratizing design, maximalism is a feast for the eyes. It calls for individuality and personality. It reflects the mind of a collector, the wanderlust of a traveler and the heart of a dreamer. In a time of uncertainty, maximalism is a breath of fresh air.

Family Game Room

Custom biscuit-tufted sofa designed by Marks & Frantz for EF-LM Atelier collection. Sofa fabric is Dedar’s new Splendido velvet. Wall paper is Miami from Cole & Sons

Comfort is key

Another key attribute to a maximalist interior is the desire to walk in and stay a while. The room must be comfortable and inviting. It should evoke the desire to curl up in a corner with a book and sip bourbon with your besties. It should harken back to a time before cell phones, encourage family time and play time.

Family Game Room

Cozy corner banquette designed by Marks & Frantz and constructed by Marks and Tavano is the perfect complement to the shagreen John Lyle game table: backgammon on one side, flips over for chess! The painting on the left is Shawn Delaney and on the right is Eugene Brodsky, both at Sears Peyton Gallery, NYC

 

Custom Game Room

Custom window treatments by Marks & Tavano, drapery fabric from Dedar. Custom shuffleboard table designed specifically for this room; Venture Shuffleboards

 

Family Game Room

Custom backgammon table from Alexandra Llewellyn and a silver and gold vintage palm tree from Newel brightens up a corner.

 

Luxury Game Room

Pair of crystal starburst chandeliers from Matthews Studio and a vintage heriz from JD Oriental anchor the room, design by Marks & Frantz

We are so honored to be in the company of other maximalist “experts” Kati Curtis Design, Alexa Hampton and Michelle Nussbaumer. Thank you again Wall Street Journal and @WSJlife! 

breakfast nook

Breakfast nook by Kati Curtis Design is a perfect example of mixing scale to create visual harmony. 

 

Alexa Hampton’s very own maximalist bedroom “My version of maximalist is to have a lot of the same color, which allowed me to mix disparate elements but have a veneer of similitude.”

 

library

Michelle Nussbaumer’s Dallas library is another great example of how to layer patterns and play with scale.

Some of our favorite partners in pulling off our luxurious interiors and in creating this spectacular family room:

Edward Ferrell – Lewis Mittman for all custom upholstery designed by Marks & Frantz, and to purchase the sofa and swivel chairs shown above. All fabrics in the rooms are from Dedar. Antiques were procured from our most beloved secret sources: JD Oriental Rugs, High Style Deco, , Area ID and Newel Gallery.

Many of our secret sources for custom games are as follows:

Alexandra Llewelyn for the portable backgammon table with inlaid stones and exotic hardwoods.

John Lyle for exquisite game table made from shagreen and ivory. for chess and checkers

Custom-sized shuffleboard table from Venture Shuffleboard, because everyone should own one! 

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Click here to arrange a no-cost consultation. We’re looking forward to the conversation.

Lydia Marks & Lisa Frantz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the Date – Young Collector’s Night

Please join Lisa and Lydia at the Young Collector’s Night at Park Avenue Armory on Thursday, January 26, 2017. As members of the Interior Design Committee this year, we encourage all of our family, friends and clients to join us for this special event, part of the 2017 Winter Antiques Show.

The Winter Antiques Show is one of the leading art, antiques and design fairs in the America. The show features an eclectic collection of antiquities through post modern pieces from some of the world’s most interesting dealers. One-third of the Show’s exhibitors specialize in Americana, with the rest featuring English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts.

Proceeds from this event are to benefit East Side Settlement House. East Side Settlement House is a 125-year-old,  community-based organization in the South Bronx. They work with schools and community centers to bring quality education and resources to residents of the Bronx and Northern Manhattan. Recognizing education as the key to economic and civic opportunity, they help individuals improve their lives each year.  The programs range from basic literacy to specialized technology training.

If you cannot make the Young Collector’s Night, please try to attend the magical Winter Antiques Show on another day between January 20 – 29 at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street.

Come share a cocktail with Lisa and Lydia and take a private tour from 7-9pm! 

Click here to purchase tickets for Young Collector’s Night!

Winter Antiques Show save the date

Young Collector’s Night

 

Friday Favorites… Tinsel Prints

I found a small treasure yesterday at one of my favorite antique stores in New York City, John Koch Antiques.  While shopping Koch’s eclectic assortment of art and furniture, I came across two tinsel prints and was immediately taken with them.  Tinsel prints are a 19th Century art – you could describe them as early folk art.  They are collages of fabric scraps and glittering tinsel (foil) glued onto printed portraits of actors and actresses. The subject matter is usually  19th-century theater stars in their most important roles.  Uncolored prints were sold for one penny and hand colored prints for two pennies.  They were referred to as “penny plain” and “tuppence colored” prints.  Then these inexpensive prints were decorated with their ornamentation by their owners to create these little gems.  The prints were hung on the walls of theater enthusiasts’ homes from about 1800 to 1870.  It was a hobby that actually became a big fad.  Here are some great examples of them.  The first four are from large the collection at the Museum of London.

 

The next image is a detail of a tinsel print from Ten Chimneys.  The Ten Chimneys Foundation was formerly an estate where theater legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne would go to relax and would bring with them “anyone who was anyone” in the arts.   They handpicked all the art in their collection (and now that I have learned about Ten Chimneys, I am thinking it might be an interesting blog post for later…).

The University of Bristol  has created an amazing facebook page for tinsel prints too.  Here are a few from their page.  Check it out here to see more from them.

If you love these as much as I do, or are a collector already, call John Koch Antiques – they have about 12 more available!

 

1st Dibs arrives at the New York Design Center

I am so excited because as everyone knows we are obsessive vintage shoppers, for ourselves and for our clients….and now, 1st Dibs has a brick and mortar store at the New York Design Center! It’s 10,000 square feet of the most unbelievable things from some of our fave dealers and also some new ones from other parts of the country that we’ve only seen online. Our clients will love this because we can hit 25 or more dealers in an hour! We have already made our first purchase for a client, the day after the opening party! I bought a gorgeous pair of Dunbar end tables with capped brass feet from Jon Howell Antiques in Williamsburg and I would never have chased them down based on a photo, in person at NYDC, I fell in love!

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