Maison et Objet September 2008 Followup, Pt. 1

Perhaps it was Simple, the official trend theme, with emphasis on living equitably with nature, eco-awareness, etc., but I certainly felt there was a trend toward animal influences and a related “campfire chic” look in furniture and accessories. What makes this new is that instead of straightforward animal prints, animal accents showed up in all … Read more

Maison et Objet September 2008 Trend – Simple

The official trend theme of the September 2008 edition of Maison&Objet was “Simple”. Thegoal, according to a press conference held with members of the Maison&Objet Observatoire,was to showcase “living with humble elegance.” While each trend stand showcased plenty ofproduct, each of the three presentations also raised questions about the complex issuesof access, sustainability and other … Read more

Introducing ::Surroundings:: Contributor Susan Schultz

I am very pleased to welcome Susan Schultz as a new contributing blogger on ::Surroundings! Susan is a principal in Space Downtown, a home furnishings design, product development and marketing firm based in New York City. Throughout her successful and diverse career as a design professional, Schultz has become known for her insightful observations and … Read more

Guest Blog: Innovative Countertop Designs

The following guest post was written by Marcy Tate, a home improvement blogger at Networx. She writes on many home improvement topics including concrete countertops and other innovative countertop materials. The popularity of eco-friendly kitchen remodeling has contributed to the success of several new countertops successfully breaking into the mainstream market. Materials such as recycled … Read more

An inside peak at Eric Ripert’s kitchen for his PBS TV Series – AVEC ERIC

We recently had an inside peak at world renowned chef, Eric Ripert’s show kitchen shot for his first solo TV series on PBS stations, AVEC ERIC. Ripert’s kitchen plays an important part in his creative process and is truly a reflection of his holistic approach to food and lifestyle. In each episode Chef Ripert guides … Read more