In 2017 the world will be covered with greenery and, to our surprise, not only in spring and summer. PANTONE, the global authority on color, has appointed greenery as the #1 color of the year 2017. Zesty!
Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand, creatures crawl in search of blood to terrorize y’all’s neighborhood… so you’d better gird up your loins and prepare to welcome them with some kick-ass Halloween décor!
It is common knowledge that every wedding needs at least one rug. All of us have this old picture in mind: a beautiful bride and a handsome groom leaving the church to the accompaniment of traditional music, walking the long and pleasant way on the… wedding carpet.
As much fun as it is to have your home decorated for Halloween, it could also be quite a challenge, especially if you want to turn your home into a full-fledged haunted house. And though we like the challenge of creating a décor that gives everyone creeps, this year we prefer a lighter side of Halloween that will set a subtle festive tone in your home for longer than just one evening.
In the beginning was the Word. Well, we guess there was. Words have always been a vital part of human life and though the role they played in the development of our civilization has been discussed over and over again, the role they used to play, and sometimes still do, in home decor is by far worth scrutinizing. There’s something captivating about the writing that keeps enthralling us.
By now the world is mourning the loss of life and devastation in Nepal.
Once one gets to know the weavers of Nepal, as we have over the past decade, it is hard not to think of them as family.
Their plight for freedom has been long and painful and we are heart sore for them.
Yet also in the time we’ve spent with some of them, we have been humbled by their inner strength and beauty of spirit. With that in mind, we have every faith they will make a full recovery.
We are keeping them in our prayers as they embark on the path to renewal. We encourage you to join us in making a contribution to the Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund that we may be partners in the long journey ahead.
Although maximalism can be indulgently fun, it’s hard to deny the allure of exquisitely simple spaces like this New York residence. D’Apostrophe Design worked with stylish homeowners Amy Gold and Brett Gorvy to create an environment that allows their robust art collection to take center stage. Streamlined pieces, sculptural furnishings and a muted color palette allow the natural light and the collected works of art themselves to be the star.
A cluster of cylindrical polished chrome tables offer a “barely there” appearance and are the perfect anchor for the intimate grouping created by the soft beige left and right arm sofas. Plush pillows and a matching Andrée Putman loveseat introduce a deep taupe to the otherwise light space. A massive area rug offers a sophisticated monochromatic floral motif – the only moment of pattern in the room. But the most notable characteristic of the design is the seeming lack of hard edges anywhere other than the walls themselves. Soft, rounded curves are everywhere you look until your eyes fix upon the framed artwork and the modern fireplace. This is a stroke of design genius.
In this case, less really is more. Even the untrained eye is naturally drawn to the Cy Twombly, Eva Hesse, and Bruce Conner masterpieces the stylish homeowners have collected. See the rest of this gorgeous home at ArchDigest.com.
Amy Gold and Brett Gorvy (pictured with their daughter, Tamsin, and a Studio Job cat sculpture) in their Manhattan apartment, which was renovated by Francis D’Haene of D’Apostrophe Design.
By: Franki Durbin of Life in a Venti Cup
A century from now, cultural historians will marvel at how a one Steve Jobs convinced much of Western Civilization to base its aesthetics on the shape and design of a tiny personal computer.
Today, you can find furniture, fireplaces and even commodes whose look is informed by the Apple aesthetic.
But we’ve also reached a point where we’re realizing there’s such a thing as too much technology. Likewise, the pieces posted above are stunning stand alones, but a living space with too many elements that pay homage to minimalism runs the risk of feeling rather lifeless.
One way to make a truly forward-thrusting statement is to incorporate vintage items. Sounds counter-intuitive, right? But think about this: Sustainability, localism and social consciousness may sound like the buzzwords of the yoga-and-farmers-market hipster set, but those were the same ideas that inspired the artisans of the Arts & Crafts movement starting from the middle of the Nineteenth Century.
Here are a few vintage pieces from our collection that are excellent representatives of the movement.
CFA Voysey Rug: 13′ x 20’7”
The World is waking up to a new record price in the world of Rugs today. A Sickle-Leaf Vine Scroll and palmette “Vase” Technique rug probably Kirman South East Persia $33,765,000 at Sotheby’s NY.
“This is one of the most beautifully drawn and elegant of the many “Vase” – technique carpets. Like the formal Garden carpet designs it can be regarded as a bird’s eye view of a woody landscape, here seen through festoons of spiraling creepers terminating in slender sickle leaves, and bearing the large floral motifs familiar in so many of the lattice designs.”
– May H. Beattie
“If a prize could be given to one single item from the extensive Clark Bequest of Oriental carpets, it would readily be presented to a rug belonging technically and thematically to the well-known group of Persian “Vase Carpets.” Although there are a few rugs which generally relate to it, the Clark carpet remains unique… Almost all Persian carpets… emit an air of tranquility. … In contrast to this classical repose, the Clark carpet has all the aspects of Baroque impetuosity. … The awareness of contrasting movements and ornamental abundance is further sharpened by the unusually compact format of the carpet; its many elements seem to be barely contained in the available space. … Here then, as sometimes happens in carpet compositions when the designer deviates from the standard pattern, a new concept is born from well-known themes re-arranged to appear novel and exciting.
– Richard Ettinghausen
Below is the last world record price for a rug set in 2010 at Christie’s London for $9.5 Million ironically also a 17th Century Persian Kirman rug.
As rugs continue to claim new heights as an art form and not just decoration for the floor it would be interesting to see rippling effects on vintage and antique carpets from the 19th and 20th Century which we show case in our galleries.