Chicago Home + Garden Magazine asked me to pull together a vignette at the Merchandise Mart’s International Antiques Fair which opens tonight and runs through Monday.  The event labeled “Antiques Go Fresh!” highlights the ability of three Chicago design firms to mix modern furnishings from the Merchandise Mart with fine antiques culled from antiques dealers exhibiting at the show.  Here is a sneak peak at my vignette 90% complete at post time….The wall covering is a Maya Romanoff hand stitched paper from Donghia that looks like leather panels.  I am crazy about the orange color.  The 18th century neoclassical mantle is from the Richard Norton Gallery and looks amazingly contemporary beneath a commissioned art piece made of crocheted fiberglass by Yvette Kaiser Smith via the A. Rudin showroom.  Poised in front of the mantle are a pair of black sandblasted oak chairs by Juin Ho from Bright.  Alongside the chairs is an Alison Berger floor lamp from Holly Hunt.  Midcentury Italian mirrored screen (one of a pair) anchors the back wall which I snagged  from the Douglas Rosin Gallery.  The “Luna” Chaise by Mimi London from David Sutherland lounges in elegance in front of the screen.  Added a rug- hot off the press- from Atelier Lapchi and placed an Alan Knight acrylic based table from William Switzer atop of it.  A white lacquered desk with horse hoove feet from Design Atelier looks stunning in front of an early photograph of Mia Farrow taken by Roddy McDowell, also found at the Douglas Rosin gallery, held by a vintage Curtis Jere easel from Buckingham Interiors + Design.  Hard not to love and be intrigued by the chandelier woven out of vines from TG Couture that makes quite an organic statement amidst all of the many layers of texture in the space.   It allows light and movement without feeling too heavy or overwhelming in such a small space.

My firm had a blast working on this project and we want to thank CH+G Magazine, the Mart, and all of the showrooms and antiques dealers that allowed us to use their amazing pieces!

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, the Merchandise Mart is hosting an Art and Antiques Extravaganza this weekend that will be second to none. “Artropolis” encompasses Art Chicago, Art Next, and The International Antiques Fair from May 1- May 4. All of these major events are on display at the Merchandise Mart itself on three different floors. One of Chicago’s local artist’s that will have her gallery open during this weekend is Kathy Taslitz. Her distinctive furnishings are art pieces to covet.

The daughter of an artist, Kathy Taslitz learned about the aesthetics of art and design early on. Finding herself drawn to the creative world as a photo stylist in the fashion and home furnishings industries, Kathy pursued another of her passions, the creation of sculptural furniture.

Entitled, “Pieces of Ourselves,” here are several example’s of her art. This first piece is Kathy’s “Offspring”table. It is perfect as a center entry table or as a library table in any environment. “Offspring” is a combination of polished nickel-plated bronze, polished nickel-plated aluminum, blackened bronze, and glass. Exquisite.

My personal favorites….Listed on my birthday, Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Earth Day gift list’s are the “Family Chain” candleabra’s. Blackened bronze, glass, and stainless steel combine for the male and female versions of the most magnificent candle holding options that I have ever laid my eyes on. I covet!

“Calm” is a dramatic coffee table that evokes movement and sculptural beauty. Kathy combined blackened bronze and polished nickel-plated aluminum cast to perfection.

This amazing piece, a screen of art named, “Clarity” is amazing as an architectural statement. Consisting of blackened bronze, macassar ebony, ebonized walnut, and glass, what could be better as a room divider or as a elegant backdrop to a dramatic space?

This pair of pieces seems to be a pair that is both alike and disparate. As if they are male and female figures. “Meant To Be, Petit” sold separately, consist of macassar ebony, blackened bronze, and mirror.

“Old Leaf” is a blackened bronze and polished bronze sculptural organic form. Best placed as a side table or as a floating table in front of a small sofa. The finish is perfection.

Just imagine what you can see if you visit the windy city this artistic weekend…More soon, I don’t want anyone to miss it!

Crazy About Droog!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Apr 19, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Shops and Showrooms

I recently read about the opening of the Droog New York Store at the end of February.

Being a huge fan already, I am looking forward to dropping in during my NYC  shopping visit in a couple of weeks.

Droog is an enterprise based in Amsterdam and set up as a statement on design.  Working from a mentality that is close to human, their products each tell a story about themes such as memories, nostalgia, re-use, craftsmanship and nature.  Lighting is one of my greatest obsessions and here are some of my Droog favorites.  Although, this is just the tip of the iceberg for their furnishings collections.

I am installing this “85 Lamps” fixture into the home of a client VERY soon.  I have coveted the piece for ages and cannot wait to see it in the space.  Function and form combine by the use of only what is necessary to create light in this fixture.  Bulbs, wires, connectors are displayed as an opulent chandelier.

The “Milk bottle lamp -110V” by Tejo Remy imitates milk bottles hanging above the floor in rows of three by four as in Dutch milk crates from the old days.

Go from this….

…to this with the “Clothes hanger lamp” by Hector Serrano.  By hanging the garment of your choice you can create a completely personalized lamp.  Change with the season or with your mood.

Who has not had the bare bulb syndrome at one time or another in their interiors history?  The “Hang on easy” by Ransmeier + Floyd allows you to transform an ugly bare bulb into a translucent soft light in one second.  Note the “how to” image below. Hard to mess up.

Get this “Sticky Lamp”-110V” by Chris Kabel….This design brings a new function to packaging.  Instead of tossing the wrapping away you now use it as part of the fixture.  Talk about recycling and reuse.  The self adhesive fixing offers the piece up for so many possibilities.  Stick on the ceiling, wall or even on the floor!

The “Soft lamp” by Arian Brekveld gives a new use to the old PVC dip technique.  The material of the soft lampshade gives the impression that the cord is melting right into the shade.  The warmth when it is lit adds to this mysterious illusion.

Although I wanted to add the rest of Droog’s amazing statements on design for a later post, I could just not resist adding this “Do frame tape” by Marti Guixe.  Use this tape anywhere to give an artistic finish to anything you like, any size, any shape, anywhere.  That wall of photos you have been imagining…never easier!

All images courtesy of the Droog website…Check it out.

I am working on the winner of the March Material Girls Design Challenge as I post.  The winner will get a shelving  “facelift.”  Bookshelves are not just for books….or are they?  Tune in on Wednesday of this week for more!