Nov. 23


DESIGNER SECRETS: How Does Franklin Eighth Do It

by Lynn Byrne

Photography by Michel Arnaud . Interior Design by Franklin Eighth

Photography by Michel Arnaud . Interior Design by Franklin Eighth

Interior design firm, Franklin Eighth created a jewel box of a ladies lounge for this year’s Holiday House benefitting breast cancer research. Designer participants in Holiday House select some type of celebration as the theme for their space.  The trick here is to not go overboard so that your room becomes more of a theme park. The somewhat precarious goal is to have viewers “get” your theme, while still creating a comfortable and innovative room.

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Nov. 21


DESIGNER WHO’S WHO: John Dickinson

by Lynn Byrne

John Dickinson lamps flank a geological specimen atop an Aldo Tura console."
Beverly Hills home of architect and designer Daniel Romualdez.

John Dickinson side table and chair in the left forefront of Stephen Shubel’s home

Who is John Dickinson and why you should know him and his work.

John Dickinson

John Dickinson is a 20th century designer who died in 1982.  He was a  top decorator in San Francisco during the 60′s and 70′s known for his monochromatic interiors, but his real legacy today is his highly original  furniture pieces.  Dickinson’s work is whimsical.  He plays with trompe-l’oeil  to create objects out of concrete and steel that evoke animal-like legs, femurs, tree branches and   table skirts.    Although considered “innovative” and “modern ”  he drew on historical motifs including classical, African and Art Deco influences.  His signature chalk white finish directly relates to the work of 1920′s-1930′s designers Jean-Michel Frank and  Serge Roche (future Designer Who’s Who subjects).

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Nov. 08



by Lynn Byrne

Detail of andiron by Edgar Brandt. c. 1928, photographed by Lynn Byrne

Andirons by Edgar Brandt, c. 1928

Fireplace tools by Edgar Brandt, c.1928

Who is Edgar Brandt and why you should know him and his work

Edgar Brandt

Edgar Brandt (1880-1960) is considered the foremost French Art Deco metal worker.  He combined traditional blacksmith and forging methods with the new machine age technologies of his day such as power hammering and torch welding.  By combining industrial technologies and wrought iron smithing, he created an entirely new aesthetic for metal work.

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Nov. 07



by Lynn Byrne

Coco Chanel with Blackamoors

Coco Chanel with  a pair of Blackamoor scuplture

 “If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.”

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates 

BLACKAMOOR (RHYMES WITH AMATEUR  AND CONNOISSEUR):  A dark skinned figure, typically African,  used in jewelry, sculpture, armor and decorative arts. Blackamoors have a long history stretching back to the 17th century.  They are often portrayed in pairs.  Andrea Brustolon (1662–1732) was the most famous sculptor of  blackamoors.  Often they are shown in positions that a real person could not hold at length.

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Nov. 03


TOMORROW’S HEIRLOOMS: Ceramics by Adam Silverman

by Lynn Byrne

adam silverman ceramics

Adam Silverman is having a great year.  Architectural Digest has already hailed his book, Adam Silverman Ceramics,  released in late September, as the “loveliest design book of the fall season…”  In conjunction with the book’s launch, his work will be shown in museums and galleries around the world.  His first museum exhibition opened at the Laguna Art Museum on October 27.

I was extremely fortunate to visit Adam Silverman’s studio at Heath Ceramics while on BlogTour LA, where I took these pictures.  There is nothing better than a peephole into an artist’s creative process and I found it fascinating to see his mood board, works in process, and his seemingly analytical approach to categorizing different shapes.

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