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Design Dose

October 2009

7 years
ago

 

Behind the Curtain

Kim Chapman was the manager of Jayson Home & Garden’s custom design atelier until Flor moved into that space several months ago. She recently struck out on her own, with Urban Environments, an upscale window treatment, wallcovering, and upholstery shop in Lincoln Park, right next to Ethan Allen. Chapman, who represents HunterDouglas (whose white Roman shades are shown above) along with her own private-label collection, does every type of fabric-requiring job there is, including making custom dog beds. But her real talent lies in “creating modern drapery for urban spaces.”

7 years
ago

 

Our Mistake

We were thrilled to feature eight gorgeous staircases in the November-December issue of our magazine on page 46. We regret, however, that, in our Buy Guide, we misidentified the creative talents behind them. Please link to the corrected version of this story here. We are sorry for these errors.

7 years
ago

 

Driven to Recycle

Talk about your makeovers: the hood of this 1965 Chevy pickup became the material for this coffee table on custom steel legs in the hands of Joel Hester. Hester’s table, plus this settee by furniture maker and artist Jesse Hooker (from salvaged antique yellow pine slabs and upholstered with the original back seat and interior from a 1969 Ford Mustang fastback) will be on display at 360seegallery November 6 through December 15. An opening reception, which also features the art of Curtis Frillman, is Nov. 6 from 6–9 p.m.

7 years
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All a Flutter

   

You can get a butterfly chair for $30 or you can get one for $5,295 (and probably for some other prices in between). This beauty by the Italian leather company Henry Cuir is on display on the first floor at Barneys New York in black woven leather with a gray pillow. Another goodie to file under “cool insect-oriented design”: a collection of striking framed specimens called Pheromones by California-based Christopher Marley; recent arrivals at Barneys.

7 years
ago

 

Garage Love

I’m completely coveting this green garage for our home in Oak Park. Coincidentally, the architect is also from Oak Park, and he sent me these photos of his recently completed garage. It’s the first of four prototypes developed by Tom Bassett-Dilley to address the challenge of how to make a meaningful back yard with what little space remains between garage and house. The firm just won a Green Award from the Village of Oak Park for this design.
    What makes it green? A living green roof, sustainably harvested framing lumber, locally fabricated metal composed of recycled content, and paving salvaged from the previous slab. The L-shaped garage keeps a car sheltered, provides a secure storage/work room, and creates a garden space. “Instead of enclosing the zoning-required second parking space, an open, permeable gravel patio accommodates occasional guest parking and allows for a larger garden with greater solar access,” the press release says. “The green roof covers the low-slope portion, and the rain screen cedar siding provides easy attachment for vining and climbing plants.” On top of all of this, it’s modern and great looking from alley and yard. Genius! My Mini Cooper would be so happy here.

7 years
ago

 

Color in the Kitchen

 

Poggenpohl has introduced new colors to its kitchen fronts, all subtle, modern, and all derived from the mineral colors on which they’re based: Cubanite (a beige tone); Oxide (a light blue); Fluorite (a modest green); and Curite (a fresh coppery orange). That’s Curite on the horizontal cabinets in the photo shown here. It’s a sophisticated take on color.

7 years
ago

 

Divine Scents

   

Renowned fragrance expert Francis Kurkdjian was in town last week at Neiman Marcus to promote the debut of his new line of home fragrances, Maison Francis Kurkdjian. The recently knighted but entirely unassuming Kurkdjian, who has created more than 20 of the world’s bestselling scents (for Christian Lacroix, Giorgio Armani, YSL, and others), talked about and passed around samples of his candles, perfumed incense papers, and laundry detergent, as well as perfumed bubbles inspired by his six-year-old niece (the bubbles were floating outside the store as we arrived). Besides Neiman Marcus Chicago, the collection is available only at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, as well as his new boutique, Maison Francis Kurkdjian in Paris. By the end of lunch, I was convinced that my home should smell wonderful, and that Kurkdjian was the man to help me.

7 years
ago

 

Pet Smart

   

It’s no secret that a whole lot of people who love home design also love their pets. Interior designers Todd Haley, Susan Fredman, and the owners of Hudson Home are all gaga about their dogs; I just came across this interview with Nate Berkus about living with furry friends in Tails magazine. Seems like the pros don’t worry too much about dog hair on their furniture or paw marks on their floors. (Cats are a different story… if you’ve got clawing kitties, we’ve got tips here. If you truly love your pet, then perhaps you need a plaque made in its honor. Made by local artist Kristen Romaniszak (out of gouache and ink on paper, glued to wood) these quirky portraits are available through Asrai Garden ($60 for 4-by-4 inch size; $140 for 5-by-7). All you need do is provide a photo of your beloved; delivery time is about two weeks.

7 years
ago

 

An Artist at Work

 

Hailing all the way from Valencia, Spain, sculptor Ernest Massuet, who creates pieces for Lladro (such as Sunset at the Pier, shown above), will be demonstrating how a Lladro creation is made at Pierce Interiors at 6177 N. Lincoln on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.

7 years
ago

 

Roche Bobois Holidays

 
 

A few things that caught our eye from the new accessories collection from Roche Bobois: enameled ceramic leaf plates by Edith Terrier and the Trench pillow. See more at 222 W. Hubbard St.

7 years
ago

 

Deep Sleep

I knew I never should have brought home the Dux Bed brochure. My husband started flipping through it, becoming more and more engrossed, and disparaging about our “inferior” bed. Thank God I hadn’t taken him to the opening party of Duxiana at Tree Studios! It’s truly hard not to get hooked on what they’re selling (Champagne helps, too): The secret is 4,980 springs in a Dux bed compared to about 1,000 in most mattresses, organic, all-natural materials, headboards that tilt down for reading (and which come with zip-off cover so you can change colors on a whim), zip-off mattress covers (since the bed will likely outlast its cover), and easily customizable support for each side of the bed. Not convinced? You’re welcome to take an up to four-hour nap in the lower-level “sleep room” (shown here). It’s basically a little hotel room outfitted with the silkiest Dux mattress and bed linens. It’s one of the company’s three sleep rooms in the U.S.—in New York, says area manager Mark Wilson, 70 percent of shoppers who take a nap on the bed emerge with credit card ready. (Actually, at between $5,000 and $12,000, it’s not much of a hit for a luxury bed that will likely be the last one you buy.) May my husband never learn of the sleep room.

7 years
ago

 

A Star is Born

Furniture designer Bladon Conner, who has been featured on this blog and in our magazine several times (his groovy designs are carried at Scout and Post 27), is going to be on TV this weekend, talking about his “edgy sustainable furniture,” which is the topic of the NBC show “Open House” Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Connor will also be hosting an open house of his own at his new studio space at 1845 W. 35th St. in McKinley Park (near Bridgeport), Saturday, November 14, from 3 to 8 p.m. Check out the designs that will be on the show, and plenty of his other fantastic work. Snacks will be served. Check his Web site for more details as the event approaches.

7 years
ago

 

Go West for Vintage

Vintage junkie Katie Ernst, who has a great eye and has amassed loads of furniture and accessories from estate sales and flea markets over the years, has just opened Revision Home in West Town. It’s by-appointment-only, but every few months, for back-to-back weekends, it will be open with regular business hours. The first sale of this kind will start today (Friday, Oct. 16) and go through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; next Friday through Sunday, there will be a repeat performance, same hours. After that, the next sale will not be until February, but you can order select pieces online or call Katie at 312-226-2221 for a private viewing. The showroom is clean, pristine and put together, thanks to the stylings of interior designer Susan Swanson, who has purchased a lot of Ernst’s inventory in the past for clients. Prices are good, as is the quality: lamps hover around $200, smaller accessories are less than $100 (the Deco stool shown above was $95; it sold). At a press preview, we also saw a cool factory-cart coffee table for $800 and a set of four white-lacquered Hollywood Regency-style chairs for $1,600. I bought the bronze bird above ($35) and it’s already perched on my mantel.

7 years
ago

 

Clocking In

I love the idea of a modern-day grandfather clock. The one on the left, from Anthropologie, $128, is a fun riff on the classic; the hands are actually mounted on wallpaper. The one on the right, available at Stitch, $230, is more of a glammed-up glass mantel clock, available with a bronze- , silver-, or blue-tinted mirror back. Both styles run on a battery.

7 years
ago

 

Mart Sample Room

I was over at the Mart last week to moderate a panel on wallcoverings hosted by Schumacher and stumbled on to a new permanent sample sale room on the 15th floor. About a dozen showrooms, including Henredon, Hickory Chair, DeAurora, Kenneth Ludwig, Ebel, Atelier Lapchi, Peterson Picture, and Pearson, have rugs, art, lamps, furniture, and accessories here at deep discounts (I spied a large framed photo for $100). Bring a designer with you; this sample sale room, like the showrooms on the upper levels of the Mart, are not open to the public.

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