50 years apart

January 11, 2015

From the colorful velvet by Wolf Bauer, produced by Knoll Textiles in 1966, to the Alexander McQueen inspired sprayed and scrunched velvet in the Knoll Luxe Collection, it’s clear that great design inspiration can come from anywhere. The streets, fashion and art always play a part. The Bauer pattern might remind you of a tissue paper collage you attempted as a child. The McQueen inspired textile was extracted right from the runway…where robotic arms sprayed the garment while on the moving model. Genius on both levels. And, both can make a statement and hold their own whether keeping it neutral or popping up the brights.

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An anchoring “palate cleanser” of neutral texture like Knoll Textiles North Island (shown in Wind) http://www.knoll.com/knolltextileproductdetail/North+Island ,complement both the vintage and the new patterns perfectly.

Mc Queen inspired Arezzo ( shown in Squid Ink ): photos: Knoll http://www.knoll.com/knolltextileproductdetail/Arezzo

Wolf Bauer velvet photo: gp

 

 

I’ll take Manhattan

October 15, 2013

If it worked for Ralph Lauren in the Manhattan apartment Angelo Donghia designed for him and his family back in the  80’s…just think what this re-issued classic will do for you no matter where you live. When I first saw these pieces I thought they were simplequietmodern perfection. Clean lined and generously proportioned, the chaise, armless section and ottoman in Donghia Furnitures Manhattan group have been designed to provide endless seating combinations. Add the mind-blowing collection of Donghia Textiles into the mix and the options are staggering. My personal choice is very close to the original…a simple solid ground…creating the perfect baseline for any room no matter what style direction it takes.

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http://www.donghia.com/collections/upholstery  vintage photo courtesy of Donghia