Point Of View: Mark Cravotta

on a design philosophy routed in the visual arts

Mark Cravotta Point Of View

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“Having spent the first half of my life as a visual artist, I approach interior design much as I would a painting, sculpture, or piece of jewelry.  I’m composing spaces for living where the forms, textures and colors come together in visual harmony.
The client is my muse. I want their home to be a place they love being in and escaping to.  It should embrace a sense of history and a sense of adventure so that it becomes part of their biography and tells the world who they are.  
In each project I hope to create something that hasn’t been done before yet embodies a quality of timelessness and expresses the highest ideal of the people living within it.”

Mark Cravotta

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Point Of View: Ally Coulter

on the timelessness of black and white rooms

Ally Coulter POV

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“Never off-trend, never outdated or impossibly boring, black and white always works for one fundamental reason: it’s timeless.
I love to use a clean fresh black against a white palette, as in this private suite on Central Park South; it comes to life, bouncing off the traditional parquet floors and custom plaster paneling.  The Versace black and white furniture is complimented by the rooms other bespoke details.
As a designer I strive to make every piece in every room exist harmoniously, incorporating the old and the new, the sentimental and the design-forward.  I’ve always felt a smart usage of black and white is the perfect and most classic approach to making that goal a stylish and livable reality.”

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Ally Coulter

Point Of View: Marc Langlois

on learning to see

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“I was a photographer in a previous career.  Photography taught me to “see”, it taught me that to see well – to take compelling pictures – you must work with composition, scale and detail.  Paying attention to the many little things that make up a photo, a room, a home is the foundation of how I approach interior design.
I’m a storyteller.  My rooms are not solely about the specifics – but how those specifics relate to the overall goal and look of the project.  You have to “see” the little things to design a room and you have to pay attention to how those little things relate to the big picture. The little things count.”

Marc Langlois

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Point Of View: Eddie Lee

on design as portraiture

Eddie Lee Point Of View

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“I see what I do as painting a portrait of the client’s life through the media of architecture, furniture and art, and this image represents that perfectly.
The portrait of this client is masculine, yet soft and comfortable, a mix of vintage and new, organic and man-made. The space works just as well for a large group as it does for one person relaxing by the fire.  I listened to his aspirations and needs and through experience and design, made them a reality. There is no ‘stock’ plan; I view each project as an evolution.”

Eddie Lee

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It’s A New Year!

and I've made one resolution I'd like to share

 

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2013 was a very challenging year.

At times it seemed as if things were going well, then something would happen to set me back. But I also know I’m not unique – I’m betting that in some ways you probably had a similar year.

In thinking about the negative things that happened, it can be difficult to remember the accomplishments and happy times.

And that’s what brought me to my single New Year’s resolution, and the reason for the glass jar…

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Marketplace News: John Boone Inc.

Returning To The D&D, Where It All Began

CJ Dellatore New John Boone

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The much-anticipated return of John Boone Inc. to the D&D Building has finally arrived!

John Boone, with his partner Chris Lockwood and their staff, have reinstated their high style showroom in the building where it all began over 20 years ago.  The new space is as stunning and crisp as you might expect; I paid them a visit last week, and took some pictures of their furnishings which I’d like to share….

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Anthony Lawrence Belfair’s Holiday Party

and a sneak peek at their coming outdoor collection

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Last Thursday Anthony Lawrence Belfair, New York’s finest upholstery and curtain workroom, held their annual Holiday Party – which CJ Dellatore and I happily attended.

This yearly event is much anticipated, and is considered by those in the know to be a party not to miss.  Throughout the evening, guests, including notable designers Juan Montoya, Charles Pavarini III, and Ronald Bricke arrived and shared in the festivities so graciously arranged by their hosts, Joseph Calagna, his family, and staff.  The showroom was warm and inviting, just as if we were being entertained in their home, and guests especially enjoyed the winter wonderland decor which ALB prides itself in creating.

And as one would expect, there was lots of comfortable seating!

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Marketplace News: Michael Dawkins Home

A Dramatic New Showroom in New York's Fine Arts Building

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Accomplished interiors, furnishings and jewelry designer Michael Dawkins opened Michael Dawkins Home in New York City last week…

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