Everything Old is New Again

Yesterday, I installed a chair for a dear client.  It was a chair that had sentimental value to him and he wanted it recovered in a fabric that had some meaning as well.  This client is a huge fan of Art Deco and has a lot of art deco patterns and furniture pieces in his home.

The fabric that fit the bill was Schumacher’s gorgeous reproduction of Less Gazelles au Bois in black. Originally designed by Pierre Pozier in 1927, this iconic print of the leaping gazelles ended up decorating the ballroom of the new Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1931, when it moved to Park Avenue. Quite an honor for a brave new design! Very surprisingly, I could not find a great image of the fabric in the ballroom – so here is a picture of Marlene Dietrich at the April in Paris Ball at the Waldorf!

art deco Marlene Dietrich April in Paris Ball at the Waldorf

After we installed the chair into my client’s home, I started thinking more about this time in NYC, this fabric and the exquisite pattern/metallic colors. The hotel itself was heralded by President Hoover “The opening of the new Waldorf Astoria is an event in the advancement of hotels, even in New York City. It carries great tradition in national hospitality…marks the measure of nation’s growth in power, in comfort and in artistry…an exhibition of courage and confidence to the whole nation…”  The suites were named after their most interesting guests: The Cole Porter Suite, The Royal Suite named for the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor, The MacArthur Suite and the Churchill Suite.

There is so much amazing history there – probably deserves it’s own blog post at some point.  But, for now, we can feast our eyes on some of the great new ways this pattern is being used in 2015! Lisa Perry’s gown at Barney’s

art deco inspired fashion design


Dempsey and Carroll’s stationary is so beautiful.  I would love this for my birthday… tomorrow… hint hint hint…. schumacher-gazelle art deco inspired stationary


Design*Sponge Interview

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge.  We talked about set decoration, interior design , and of course, wallpaper!

The radio station, Heritage Radio, where we did the interview was really great – in the back of the super popular Brooklyn restaurant Roberta’s Pizza.  Check out Heritage Radio’s great programming here.   I hope you enjoy the interview!!

Friday Favorites: Sitting in Style

There are a few places where sculpture, art and everyday life can meet – and one of the best places to enjoy this mashup is the chair.  The word “chair”, without any descriptions or designer names attached to it, sounds so humble.  Just look at the first line of  Wikipedia’s definition of this simple piece of furniture:  A chair is a raised surface used to sit on, commonly for use by one person.  Yet so much beautiful and interesting design has stemmed from its constant reworking.

Vincent's Chair by Vincent van Gogh

There are chairs to eat in, chairs to work in, chairs to perch on and chairs to relax on.  The chairs to relax on are the ones that have been catching my eye recently.  Great as a grouping for the media room, the family room, or as an accent chair in a formal living room, these chairs combine style, comfort and creativity like no others.

Aqua Creations, a company founded by artist and designer Ayala Serfaty and photographer Albi Serfaty in 1994, is probably most well known for their soft, fluid and organic lighting designs.  Their light fixtures are integral to the design of many hotels, restaurants and casinos.  But they also make an amazing line of furniture that follows their same aesthetic and craftsmanship.  One of my favorite lines is called the Gladis.

Gladis Lounge Chair

Gladis Love Seat

A Gladis to perch on

The design of the chairs was originally based on the fingerprint.  It is made with a hand stitched upholstery technique mimicking forms found in nature.  I am currently designing a casual loft space for clients in a home that is filled with more formal furniture pieces and fabrics.  This space is intended to be a place for the family to relax and play with their young child and her guests.  I thought these chairs would be a great way to bring easy comfort to this room without sacrificing on design one bit!

Another design I love by Aqua Creations is their Juno Chair.  Its 3 dimensional textile design is like a tufted chair but with no filling inside the tufts.  Love this and its earthy colors.

Juno Chair by Aqua Creations

Juno Chair in profile

Another sculptural, classic and comfortable chair is the Togo by Ligne Roset.  Originally designed in 1974 by Michael Ducaroy, it is still in production today – that tells you something about the longevity of good design.  Here are a few examples of the Togo suite.

from Apartment Therapy

Ligne Roset Togo Sofa

Togo for kids! Love this.


Those are a few of my favorite chairs and sofas that are stylish, sculptural and comfortable.  I am sure there are many others out there.  Please send us some ideas – we would love to add them to our library!



Inspired Vintage Textiles

Lucienne Day

Lucienne Day’s career in design spans 60 years and the freshness and originality of her work ensures that it is still relevant to contemporary interiors. An versatile and influential designer, Lucienne was commissioned by a range of companies and extended her vision to carpet, wallpaper, and ceramics, as well as textiles. With her husband Robin, she pioneered the post-war revival of design and became Britain’s answer to Charles and Ray Eames

Friday Favorites….Flame Stitch

Definition: a needlepoint stitch that produces a pattern resembling flames, originating in the 18th century in a series of chairs found in the Bargello Palace in Florence. Older than the hills, this pattern has been repeated for centuries in fashion, upholstery, rugs, pillows… you name it! It never seems to go out of style, just reinvented and re-interpreted by design luminaries such as Missoni and Jonathan Adler. The pattern is made fresh and timely by mixing in quirky and unexpected color combinations, something Missoni has been doing in their fashion house for decades. Design houses, such as Schumacher, Holland & Sherry and Romo are doing amazing things with flame stitch, take a look below and expect to see more as our recent projects are revealed.

Samples of Missoni patterns that span decades


Upholstery Fabric from Vervain


Fabulous rug that Holland & Sherry is doing in several colorways


Schumacher wallpaper

a Mary McDonald-designed interior


Jonathan Adler pillow - the Bargello!


Romo wallpaper






Trina Turk’s Schumacher Photo Shoot

We have a surprise collaboration coming up in the next few weeks with fashion designer Trina Turk. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s to come! tumblr_ljs1zsBE121qbk7odo2_9999
Check out Trina’s new collection of outdoor fabrics for Schumacher and a snap from her latest photo shoot for this collection. We are so excited about this collaboration and we are once again “flirting with fashion!” Even the pattern names evoke her eponymous Palm Springs style….soleil LA, loop de loop and coastline. Stay tuned for more details!

Oscar de la Renta’s unbelievable new fabric collection for Lee Jofa!


We did not make it to the launch of Oscar de la Renta’s fabric line for Lee Jofa (one of our fav fabric houses!) on Tuesday night, but one of our favorite design bloggers, Heather Clawson from Habitually Chic did…

If you are a regular reader, then you know how much I love it when fashion and design collide and I can’t think of a more perfect marriage than Oscar de la Renta and Lee Jofa. I had the pleasure of attending the Elle Decor sponsored launch party last evening at the Oscar de la Renta boutique and am already trying to figure out where I can use these fabulous fabrics. Lee Jofa Creative Director Stephen Elrod told us a wonderful story about how they went into Mrs. de la Renta’s closet to find inspiration since there are no official Oscar archives. Her closet is the archive! Some fabrics were made by the same mill that made the fabrics for the clothing but in cotton instead of silk. Others had to be slightly reinterpreted to work for the home but just as with Oscar’s fashions, some are even hand sewn! Amazing! Of course, everyone is already clamoring for the ball skirts made from the fabrics! They might end up auctioning them off for charity so start saving your pennies now ladies. Or you can always head over to Lee Jofa and make your own!

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