Painter Gino Hollander: The Freedom of Abstraction

Abstract artist Gino Hollander painted whatever subjects roused his emotions. His approach was purposely undefined, preferring to create from impulse rather than strategic perspective. Spontaneity marked all aspects of his life, as he embraced the true definition of ‘freedom’. Freedom to create, to live life to the fullest, and freedom from constraint. He did not paint to pontificate…

Modern Art Deco: Designer Achille Salvagni

This month’s Interiors magazine featured the Angel and Devil Mirrors by Designer/Architect Achille Salvagni, designed in collaboration with fellow designer (and cousin) Fabio Gnessi. Further examination of his work sold via Maison Gerard in New York reveals a sophisticated collection spanning interiors to accessories. Heavily influenced by the Art Deco movement with his own modern touch, he…

In the Frank Lloyd Wright Style

It is impossible to pick just one favorite from Valentino’s exquisite Pre-Fall 2014 collection, but this particular ensemble definitely caught my eye. A colorful mix reminiscent of the Frank Lloyd Wright style. Add in a sprinkle of Aztec and Native American influence and a classically eclectic room emerges. The late furniture designer Sam Maloof’s rocking chair…

Fantastical Furniture: Designer Maarten Baas

The words fantastical and eccentric come to mind when exploring the works of Dutch designer Maarten Baas. A highly-talented visionary, Baas produces bespoke pieces for leading hotels, restaurants, galleries, and select collectors around the world. His collaboration with Mitterrand + Cramer in Geneva Switzerland looks straight out of a Tim Burton movie. Sculptural, whimsical, and lush, the collection…

White Out: Sophisticated Dining Room Design

A look see around Pinterest always inspires a new design direction.  I particularly loved the elegant nonchalence of this black and white photo. Paired with the sleek, modern designs of Andrée Putman, a classic and chic dining room emerges.  The spare palette is accentuated by brass, bronze, and intricate texture. Throw on a pair of pearl diamond earrings…

The Le Corbusier Influence: Chanel Couture

The masterful vision of Le Corbusier takes many forms: sculpture, furniture, architecture, writing, and now, high fashion. Designer Karl Lagerfeld, a true master in his own right, borrowed heavily from the Architect of Modernity with his latest Chanel Couture collection in Paris. Fashion critic Suzy Menkes wrote: ‘It’s Baroque meets Le Corbusier,’ said Karl, explaining that his inspiration was images…

The Perfect English Cottage

Never overlook potential sources of inspiration. A well-produced TV series can turn into an unexpected design source. Take one of my favorites, Masterpiece Mystery’s Inspector Lewis. Season seven’s episode featured an incredibly charming and quaint bungalow in the English countryside, filled with well-worn leather furniture, books upon books, and the most amazing wall paper – and…

A Modern Meets Vintage Children’s Room

Having a young niece and nephew opens up new possibilities when it comes to design. I am fascinated by melding architectural influences with keepsake additions to create a wholey unique children’s room. Forgo the conventional take on blue and pink and strive for unisex decor, equally welcoming to both boys and girls. The highlights? The…