Furniture Friday

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

architectural digest home show 2011: the new traditionalists

As an inte­rior designer, attend­ing a show like the Archi­tec­tural Digest Home Show is a chance to see new prod­ucts and ideas in per­son, and hope­fully have a few "wow" moments. And The New Tra­di­tion­al­ists' booth was one of those moments. The fur­ni­ture is sim­ply gor­geous, with excep­tional atten­tion to detail. If you love tra­di­tional style, the sil­hou­ettes feel com­fort­ably famil­iar but the inter­pre­ta­tion is strik­ingly dif­fer­ent. Dozens of wood fin­ishes and lac­quers are avail­able on the case goods. As seen in these pic­tures, the uphol­stered pieces offer lim­it­less oppor­tu­ni­ties for cre­ative expres­sion. Built right here in Con­necti­cut — what could be better?

The New Traditionalists Chair no. Twenty Nine in dune linen with brown hair-on-hide leather

The New Tra­di­tion­al­ists Chair no. Twenty Nine in dune linen with brown hair-on-hide leather

The New Traditionalists Loveseat no. Seventy Seven in walnut with aubergine leather

The New Tra­di­tion­al­ists Loveseat no. Sev­enty Seven in wal­nut with aubergine leather

he New Traditionalists Bed no. Ten Forty in bleached walnut with hair-on-hide panels

he New Tra­di­tion­al­ists Bed no. Ten Forty in bleached wal­nut with hair-on-hide panels

In our fairly con­ser­v­a­tive area of Con­necti­cut, where con­trast­ing welt (gasp!) is often viewed by tra­di­tion­al­ists as a bold state­ment, this is a col­lec­tion to con­sider. As their web­site says, "if you think "tra­di­tional" and "cool" are not mutu­ally exclu­sive", check out The New Tra­di­tion­al­ists. Visit too their children's line, duc­duc, for more fresh con­cepts. And a warm 'thank you' to social media maven and CEO of The Kalei­do­scope Part­ner­ship Leslie Carothers (@tkpleslie) and CEO Philip Erdoes of The New Tra­di­tion­al­ists (@CEO_TheNewTrad) for tak­ing time to chat and snap a few pic­tures. It was a plea­sure to meet you both!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

furniture friday: marielle cabinet

You may have seen this before, but I think it deserves to be seen again (and again). The Marielle Cab­i­net, from Thomas O'Brien's library col­lec­tion for Hick­ory Chair. It's beyond gor­geous in both iter­a­tions, and yes, it's uphol­stered. That's right, uphol­stered case goods, with 2800 nail heads. Love.

marielle cabinet with doors

Marielle Cab­i­net with doors

marielle cabinet open

Marielle Book­case

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Friday, February 18, 2011

furniture friday: fornasetti milano

Spot­ted this (no pun intended) on 1stdibs because the descrip­tion "cab­i­net by Piero For­nasetti" caught my eye. And while it per­haps should not be attrib­uted to Piero (who was four years deceased when this was made in 1992), it's still a stun­ning cre­ation from the House of For­nasetti Milano.

Take a walk on the wild side:

fornasetti cabinet from 1stdibs

For­nasetti cab­i­net 1992 from 1stdibs

fornasetti cabinet

For­nasetti cab­i­net — walk on the wild side

fornasetti cabinet

closeup of For­nasetti cabinet

What do you think? Over the top or dra­matic focal point in the right room? Oh, if it helps your deci­sion mak­ing process, for the same money, you could buy this cab­i­net or a Honda Accord.

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