Dec. 09

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Verre Eglomise

by Lynn Byrne

Fontana Arte c.1960 coffee table with decorated with verre eglomise brightly colored leaf motif at Bernd Goeckler Salon Art +Design

Fontana Arte c.1960 coffee table with decorated with verre eglomise brightly colored leaf motif at Bernd Goeckler’s booth at the  Salon Art +Design

Verre eglomise coffee table by Fontana Arte c.1960, with detail shot

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

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

VERRE EGLOMISE: Glass which has been painted on the reverse to depict a picture or other design that shows through to the other side.  The glass is often (but not always)  gilded in gold or metal leaf.  Sometimes shortened to  “eglomise.”  The practice dates back to the pre-Roman days, but the name comes from an eighteenth century French decorator and art dealer Jean-Baptise Glomy who is credited for reviving the process.

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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

 

DESIGNER WHO’S WHO: Edgar Brandt

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

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Blackamoor

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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