Apr. 08

 

DESIGN BOOK ADDICT: Past & Present by Amy Azzarito

by Lynn Byrne

Eddie Ross' Jasperware Headboard, Photo by Ellen Silverman

If you have met me in real life, you know that I excel at “HIY”–Hire it yourself!  I am all thumbs when it comes to anything but the very simplest crafts.

So why am I recommending a DIY book when I am unable to evaluate the caliber of the projects?  I am recommending Amy Azzarito’s lovely book, Past & Present , because she pairs each project with a jewel of an essay on her favorite moments in decorative arts.

I have little to say about the projects, except that I am considering hiring my all around favorite painter and carpenter, Oliver Marinovic, to make me  Eddie Ross’ Jasperware Headboard.  Certainly some  notably creative people came up with them.  Folks like Grace Bonney, David Stark, Todd Oldham, Eddie Ross and Nightwood for instance.  My guess (and I can only guess) is that with people like that, the projects must be fun and workable.

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Apr. 05

 

Wish Me Luck

by Lynn Byrne

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I blogged my brains out yesterday.  I wanted to leave you some posts while I recover from today’s elbow surgery.  I am not sure when I will be able to type again, but I do have 3 posts lined up for next week.  On Monday, I review a new book in my Design Book Addict column.  On Tuesday, you can expect Design Dictionary.  I am tickled pink by your positive response to that column.  And on Thursday, I indulge in a very  Spring-like Obsession Session that includes some of my own shots of the fabulous 2012 Junior League of Boston Showhouse.

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Apr. 04

 

NOW AND THEN: Karl Springer

by Lynn Byrne

An original Karl Springer telephone table and mirror in a home in Tuxedo Park, NY

An original Karl Springer telephone table and mirror in a home in Tuxedo Park, NY

Eileen Johnson’s revival of the iconic Karl Springer telephone table (an original seen above) made a splash at this year’s Architectural Digest Home Show.  Eileen worked as an artisan for Springer back in the 1970′s and 1980′s and she has brought back his style of covering furniture in exotic hides, snakeskin and fabric.  In addition to his telephone table, she has introduced  3 other designs, including a waterfall style table inspired by the work of Jean-Michel Frank.  Her pieces ooze flair:

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Apr. 03

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Gadrooning

by Lynn Byrne

Late Regency mahogany circular tilt top breakfast table with gadrooning on edge
The Derveni krater, late 4th century B.C., a Menead seated on the shoulder of the vase, Archaeological Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece. Gadrooning seen along top and at bottom.

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

GADROONING : any ornamental device consisting of convex curves  in a series. Often has rounded ends resembling flower petals. Widely used as molding  and as the edge of a pedestal or tabletop.  Seen frequently in the Italian Renaissance and the 18th century.  Sometimes used to create a spiral effect. 

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Gadrooning on Exterior, Nasrid Comares Palace – Alhambra
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Italian late 16th-century enameled copper footed bowl, with several registers of gadrooning

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Apr. 01

 

NEW AND NOW: Marbled Wallpaper by Calico

by Lynn Byrne

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Rachel Mosler and Nick Cope with their new marbled wallpaper

One of my favorite new discoveries at this year’s Architectural Digest Home Show, was the marbled wallpaper created by Calico.  The art of marbling paper is an ancient one, beginning with the Japanese art of Suminagashi (which means “floating ink”)  in 825-880 CE.  Essentially, patterns resembling marble or stone are created with colored dyes floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then transferred to an absorbent material such as paper or fabric.  The art also developed in Turkey where it is known as Ebru.  Typically, one sees marbled paper on end pages of books and as stationary.

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