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Designing Duo: Robert Bray & Michael Schaible

Defining roles, responsibilities, and dynamics

CJ Dellatore Bray Schiable

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Design partnerships are a ubiquitous phenomenon in the field of interior design.  Many legendary pairs have risen to the ranks of celebrity, and have graced our world with their contribution.

There are, of course, many duos whose names are historic today.  Amongst them was a team of two talented and knowledgeable men who sprung from the High Tech movement, and continued to work together until 2003.

Robert Bray and Michael Schiable were a truly dynamic duo that created a vast body of work over those years, and were able to assimilate their design philosophy as the fashion changed.

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Incorporating Art Into Interiors

it's not just for hanging on walls anymore

CJ Dellatore Tony Duquette

Interior by Tony Duquette

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In my opinion, the notion that art is a precious entity to be relegated to being hung on the wall is far too limiting.  Tony Duquette understood this axiom as early as the 1940’s.

What is it that makes something a work of art, and how do we (or better yet how should we) live with and experience art in our daily lives?  And can a table or a lamp be considered art?  I say yes.

In my ongoing search for incredible furnishings that are above the cut I look for pieces that transcend their purpose and becomes an object of beauty.  And though the sticker price can often be trés cher, the appreciation and desire to elevate the aura of any living space should be the goal of the designer.

Let’s look at a few examples of furniture that I feel meet the criteria to be considered as ‘art furniture’.

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Khouri Guzman Bunce Limited

Handcrafted, American Made Furniture

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To understand the point of view of a furniture designer it is necessary to investigate how they arrive at their unique designs.  Each designer who takes on the challenge to develop and produce his or her own line of home furnishings begins with a specific set of goals.  For most it is out of a need to create signature pieces that are an aesthetic extension of their broader work.  Others offer their clients special made-to-order pieces which become unique and personal to each client’s residence.
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Whatever the reason, it always fascinates me when a design firm takes on the commitment to create a complimentary product line that is synonymous with their style.
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At The Newsstand: August 2013

5 interiors, 5 products, 15 resources

CJ Dellatore At The Newsstand photo

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Every month for ‘At The Newsstand’ I scour as many interior design and lifestyle magazines as possible looking for inspiring interiors with one standout piece, or even an overlooked item that may be out of fashion, but which still commands my attention.  They say a chair is a chair, but some are iconic, and derive their elegance from the technology which spawned them, or are so steeped in historical reference that they are both classic and timeless.

There are two such examples in this post, along with sliding barn doors, crystal chandeliers and whimsical shell-encrusted mirrors.  Nothing is spared my scrutiny to find new resources – many less obvious – for your perusal.

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Pinterest Picks – August 2013

Monthly design inspiration from some of my influencers

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As I spend more time cultivating my own Pinterest boards, I keep being made aware of other great inspirational boards by other creatives.  It seems to be a limitless bounty of images and references.

My eye is happily focused on discovering new images and pinners.  It is certainly my new favorite obsession.  If I didn’t have to work, I would spend most of my days working on my own boards.

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Defining Taste & Style in the 20th Century

Van Day Truex, the father of American Design

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“Good design is forever”

– Van Day Truex

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Sometimes we come across an influential figure in any given field, and though we may know their name, we don’t actually know what their contribution has been.  This may be the case with Van Day Truex.  He was a pivotal figure in the field of interior design, whose legacy began on the first day he arrived in New York City in 1923.  Here was a young man full of enthusiasm and courage to pursue his dream.

Despite the heated disapproval of his father, Van came to embrace all that his father despised about the metropolis.  To say that he had landed in a pot of gold would be an understatement.  From the start of his journey, he had the opportunity to not only become associated with, but to become friends with some of the most creative and influential personages of the day.

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At The Newsstand: July 2013

5 interiors, 5 products, 15 resources

At The Newstand

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Welcome to my monthly ‘At The Newsstand’ post for July, 2013.  It features five stunning interiors – each of which has one furnishing that I find especially intriguing, and the extraordinary resources for them.  The research is what this is all about for me – providing you with viable options that assist you in designing creative spaces.

July is heavy on handmade custom furniture resources, with a touch of sleek  and whimsical thrown in for good measure.  Ultimately, there are few shortcuts in this industry when it comes to procuring quality.  I avail you of my curiosity to assist you in making the effort a little less time-consuming.

So, let’s get started.

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Design: C2 Paint

The New Benchmark in Quality Hand-Crafted Color

CJ Dellatore C2 PaintLast month while attending the press preview of Holiday House Hamptons, Carl Lana and I had the pleasure of meeting Colleen Scully, the Director of Business Development for C2 Paint.

The company is one of the sponsors of the event benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and they generously provided all the paint in the house to the 22 designers who created rooms for the event.

Neither Carl nor I had heard of the company, and as there’s nothing better than a new resource, we decided to learn more about it.

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