Nov. 02

 

NOW AND THEN: The Flaming Hot Flame Stitch

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Although the photo from Apartment Therapy above is a bit bold for my tastes, the classic flame stitch is experiencing a resurgence.  ”Granny-fied”, it looks like this: 

But today’s top interior designers are interpreting the flame stitch  in fresh new ways.

The glamorous Mary McDonald also put the pattern on the walls.  This is her closet!

These photos from her book  Mary McDonald Interiors The Allure of Style


Sherril Canet Interiors featured a flame stitch carpet in her charming living room at this year’s Kips Bay Showhouse. 

Of course the pattern has been around for centuries.  It also is known as the bargello pattern.  The name originates from 17th century chairs found at the Bargello Museum in Florence.  Click here to check out the namesake chairs and other early examples of the flame stitch in Europe.

And here is an example  from the Colonial Williamsburg website of the flame stitch in our own country dating from 1771.  This is a  gentleman’s pocket book from that period. 

Do you think the flame stitch sizzles?

Kips Bay photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.

Nov. 01

 

The Look of Luxury

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers show offers only the best of the very best.  Most dealers don’t list prices, and many don’t even have descriptions of their wares.  The show is for connoisseurs.  The atmosphere is very rarified.  If you don’t know what it is, or you need to ask what it costs, you can’t afford it and you have no business buying it.

Around every corner you are assaulted with opulence.  Imagine polishing all of this silver! 

Still it is wonderful to wander through because it is a great way to develop your “eye.”

This is what my eye rested on when I visited last week.

At Galerie Lefebvre, I was stopped cold by this pair of bird chairs.  The show catalog told me that they were marble sculptures by Francois-Xavier Lalanne (the guy who does those sheep sculptures–click here).  

I fantasized about including this pair of sconces in their booth in our Montauk addition.  They had such an organic, yet elegant, feel.  Just what I want for our new master suite.

At Bernd Goeckler Antiques, Inc., I was charmed by this entire games table ensemble.  

I also thought these dining chairs were displayed very cleverly. 

I would be happy to move right in to Maison Gerard’s booth. 

Hogwart’s anyone?  I couldn’t help but be reminded of Harry Potter over at Galerie Steinitz. 

So pretty at Lillian Nassau. 

The famed Axel Vervoordt’s booth was laid out similar to last year’s  booth with a long white sofa, industrial style coffee table and striking piece of contemporary art.  This year the booth was much lighter in feel though. 

I coveted the traditional artwork found in Vervoordt’s space.

This captivating little bunny could be had at H.M. Luther for $18,000 (a rare example of a listed price). 

H.M. Luther also had perhaps one of the world’s chicest beds.  That greek key design is to die for. 

This pair of side tables is pretty cool too.  Thankfully Luther is located in NYC so I can shop there easily when I win the lotto. 

This display by Jeffrey Beal Henkel of garden antiques right smack dab in the middle of an aisle also was very eye catching. 

Heck the whole show is super lush.  Even the flowers. 

Photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.

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