Posts Tagged ‘Irwin Feld Design’

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Spaces & Places 2011 — the results

This year's Designer Spaces & Mar­ket Places event fea­tured a theme — Inspi­ra­tions from Around the World. Given the royal wed­ding this year and the peren­nial inter­est in all British icons on this side of the pond, I chose British Inva­sion Redux as my theme. British Inva­sion to me is clas­sic 1960's, so nat­u­rally my thoughts went to the incom­pa­ra­ble col­lec­tion of mid-mod at Irwin Feld Design in Stam­ford. The lovely Marcy Feld was imme­di­ately on board. Thanks Marcy!

Rather than cre­ate a com­pletely period room, I wanted to show how mid-mod can mix com­fort­ably with other fur­nish­ings. A new sofa with clean lines and antique chair with over-the-top carv­ings pro­vide an inter­est­ing coun­ter­point to the 1960's pieces: the side­board, cock­tail table, nest­ing tables and orange chair. I think the design works well for mod­ern life, as proven by the num­ber of design­ers and vis­i­tors who were loung­ing in the space at any given time dur­ing the show! A lit­tle tongue-in-cheek nod to the theme, and a lot of fun — it was def­i­nitely a happy chic space!

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Spaces & Places 2011 from Cyn­thia Mason Inte­ri­ors photo credit: Michael Partenio

My write-up for the pro­gram: "As with the British Inva­sion of the 1960’s, today’s design redux melds a cre­ative blend of ele­ments with a British inflec­tion. To a mod­ern melody, mid-century pieces – sub­lime side­board, club chair, cock­tail table – dance effort­lessly with a new sofa and an antique chair rein­vented. Strong lines and bold col­ors chan­nel the 60’s with­out the flower-power excess. With a dash of Rule Brit­ta­nia, this British Inva­sion cre­ates intense emo­tional appeal in a time­less design medley."

Some (non-professional) pictures:

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Some­times, you just need an out­fit to match your space…

rearranged to shed more light for the cocktail party

rearranged to shed more light for the cock­tail party

michael partenio gearing up for a shot

michael parte­nio gear­ing up for a shot

FAB sideboard and chair from Irwin Feld Design

FAB side­board and chair from Irwin Feld Design

dune and duchess candelabra is HOT!

dune and duchess can­de­labra is HOT!

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work­ing a show house can be exhausting…

working while working, if you know what I mean...

work­ing while work­ing, if you know what I mean…

Many thanks to: Irwin Feld Design for the gor­geous mid-century pieces,  Design­SourceCT for the sofa, J.Namnoun for the rugs, Dunes and Duchess for the can­de­labra and Sabino Fal­conieri for the chair lac­quer (a sub­ject for a future post).

A heart­felt thank you to my fel­low design­ers and the event orga­niz­ers for fos­ter­ing such a fun event to ben­e­fit two worth­while non-profits: Rebuild­ing Together Hart­ford and the Hart­ford Preser­va­tion Alliance. And thanks too for all the sup­port­ers who attended the show — your par­tic­i­pa­tion meant a lot to all of us!!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

pink party for a purpose

Thurs­day was one of those fun days where every­thing hap­pens just as you hoped and it feels like the uni­verse is prop­erly aligned! I spent most of the day with fel­low designer and BFF Jane Sper­off — some­thing we don't get to do nearly enough. We vis­ited Kravet's show­room in Stam­ford, where I found sev­eral great rug pos­si­bil­i­ties for a won­der­ful client. Thank you Megan and James for your help!

Leav­ing Kravet, we attended the Ship­pan Designer Show House, ben­e­fit­ing the Stam­ford Museum & Nature Cen­ter.  High­lights and pic­tures from that lovely event in my next post.

After all that hard work shop­ping and ooohing and ahh­hing, we headed off to dine at Mitchell's Fish Mar­ket in Stam­ford. The rain had just started, so maybe that kept peo­ple away - I can't imag­ine any other rea­son to miss this restau­rant. The food was lovely and the ser­vice was amazing.

Our final stop, in the mon­soon, was a party for a pur­pose at the fab­u­lous gallery of Irwin Feld Design. This con­verted ware­house build­ing is stun­ning, as are the mid-century mod­ern pieces which fill it. The light­ing alone will make you gasp in delight. If you have never vis­ited, I encour­age you to stop in. Irwin and Marcy Feld would be delighted to see you!

The net­work­ing party was hosted by New Eng­land Home Mag­a­zine CT. On hand were Kyle Hoep­ner and Betsy Kravitz (edi­tor in chief and pub­lisher respec­tively). Also in atten­dance, to my utter delight, was Stacy Kun­stel, Homes Edi­tor, and tweep. She is offi­cially my first tweet-up (where you meet a twit­ter friend in real life). I tweeted-up sev­eral other twit­ter friends, includ­ing the lovely Marcy Feld. Ladies — my plea­sure to meet you IRL!

Betsy Kravitz, Marcy Feld, Irwin Feld, Anne Morris

As Octo­ber is National Breast Can­cer Aware­ness month, the Felds chose to draw-in a won­der­ful orga­ni­za­tion, the Con­necti­cut affil­i­ate of Susan G Komen for the Cure — Komen CT. Rep­re­sent­ing Komen CT was Anne Mor­ris, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, another gen­uinely sweet lady. She and Jane (a die-hard 3-Day walker for the last 11 years) will be meet­ing to estab­lish a Race for the Cure in Fair­field County!

Anne Mor­ris & Jane Sper­off — instant soul sisters!

Marcy Feld not only pulled off an amaz­ing party, but she and Irwin donated this gor­geous chrome and pink bench (start­ing bid at $1800) with all pro­ceeds to Komen CT!

pink for a pur­pose bench to ben­e­fit Komen CT

The gallery held numer­ous other pink pieces, so check their web­site for the lat­est inventory.  This was a won­der­ful event from every angle — as cel­e­bra­tion of the new magazine's suc­cess, as col­lab­o­ra­tion to ben­e­fit a great cause, as net­work­ing oppor­tu­nity to meet fel­low indus­try mem­bers and sim­ply as a fun party!

The evening ended with a white knuckle drive home in near-zero vis­i­bil­ity — but I was cer­tain noth­ing could go wrong to mar an amaz­ing day — and noth­ing did!

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