Wonk furniture

Bianca from Wonk Furniture in Brooklyn sent me these images of two of their newest releases – platform beds – the Stillwell and Knickerbocker. I particularly like the Stillwell, with its cutout detail on the headboard. Check out the rest of Wonk’s offerings here.

1st Dibs Top 20 for May

I love poking around 1st Dibs. Such beautiful things to drool over. I also love how they tally the most viewed items each month. Above is the list for May. Here are some of my favorites. Click the pics to see more detail. And then this from their new arrivals section. Totally in love with … Read more

Pattern Play: Proud as a..

Peacock! A long popular design motif, the exotic peacock has graced furniture, fabric and walls for time immemorial. Three Panel folding screen, available at GoAntiques.com Peacock Chair by Hans J. Wegner Amenity – Peacock stretched fabric print at 2Modern “Luminescence” Peacock Teapot by Franz Porcelain and Kathy Ireland Home. Lingerie Chest from Dover Studio Feather … Read more

Recommended: Craft in America on PBS

Have you seen Craft in America on PBS? If you haven’t had a chance, it’s been running this month and I highly recommend it. Produced in three episodes – Memory, Landscape & Community – the show is also presented in high-definition to capture the fine details of these great American crafts. George Nakashima, Conoid Bench … Read more

Meet The Artist: Thos. Moser Furniture

I’m always astounded by the beauty of Thos. Moser furniture. Founded over 3o years ago in Maine by Tom Moser, the company now has showrooms in San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago and Freeport, Maine. They also have a great website and catalogue. The designs are refreshingly fresh and modern, yet traditional and … Read more

Bill Gates – decorator?

A little start-up furniture comany called Microsoft unveiled a new product today called “Surfaces”. It’s a computer as coffee table. Click here to read the full story and watch the video in Popular Mechanics as well. I’m pretty sure that a computer clad home wouldn’t be my thing. What do you think?

Design Glossary: Biedermeier style

Biedermeier style (1815-1830) came about after the end of the Napoleonic wars in Germany, Denmark and Austria as a turning away from the French inspired over-the-top Rococo style. There was no Biedermeier; the name came from a combination of names that sifted down to mean Beider (Plain) + Meier (common German name, think Smith). Furniture … Read more

House Beautiful Survey

House Beautiful is conducting a poll on our likes and dislikes – what we think is beautiful – in home decor. Click here to participate. Results will be in the October issue. They ask “what is American style”. What do you think? What is American style? Is there any one style that is American – … Read more

Disney gets sued for a chair

Various news outlets are reporting that an LA furniture maker named Arman Mkrtchyan is suing Disney for its use of a chair he claims to have designed in the 2010 movie “Alice in Wonderland”.  Mkrtchyan is seeking a $50,000 “Decoration fee” for use of the chair without his permission. There is a set of playing … Read more