October 27, 2011
There’s probably no better place to shop for the home than, well, from the comfort of your own home. Here are three of our favorite websites.
Since launching five years ago, Vintage and Modern has become one of the most trusted online sources among the trade as well as industry insiders for vintage furniture, antiques, art and other collectibles—it’s like a Brimfield Antique Show for the web-savvy set, or a quirkier, more accessible version of 1stDibs. The website partners with dealers from around the world to compile its vast collection of one-of-a-kind pieces—items include everything from an $85 vintage airmail postal scale to a 17th-century oak armchair embellished with images of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock ($25,000). Now the site has opened up to the public, and in addition to the 15,000-plus inventory, there’s a new online magazine that features interviews with notables such as interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard and music mogul Tommy Mottola, along with a section where other industry heavyweights—Charlotte Moss, Nicole Miller, Michael Aram, to name a few—reveal their favorite pieces available for sale.
In other online shopping news, Gilt Group relaunched its home site, Gilt Home, last week. Familiar brands like Missoni, Frette and Matouk are still being offered, but the site has been expanded to include lines previously only available to the trade, such as Stark rugs and Ted Boerner furniture, as well as full-priced luxury collections. There is also original editorial content overseen by former Domino editor-at-large Tom Delevan, and virtual “boutiques” curated by renowned interior designers like Bunny Williams, Alexa Hampton and Laura Kirar.
On the other end of the spectrum is one of our favorite discoveries, Bespoke Global. The brainchild of lighting designer Gwen Carlton, the website offers clients the opportunity to order custom-made pieces from an impressive roster of top-notch artists and designers like Michael Coffey, John Houshmand and Maki Yamamoto. Every step of the process, from requesting sketches to approving the design to video updates from the artist, is done online and overseen by Bespoke Global, making it possible to order extraordinary one-of-a-kind pieces from anywhere in the world.
January 31, 2012
Courtesy John Houshmand
“I’ve always been interested in developing combinations of wood
with materials like glass, fine metals and acrylic,” says furniture designer
John Houshmand, 57, who lives and works on a 950-acre farm in Hobart, New York.
“Then recently I thought, What if I make a mold of one of the magnificent
pieces of wood and poured in aluminum?” The result is a cast-aluminum
table made from a giant slab of mulberry wood, anchored by sturdy black walnut
legs—undoubtedly one of the most romantic and bold pieces of furniture
to emerge this year.
This Cast Aluminum Low table is $19,750 and can be purchased at Houshmand’s
showrooms in New York (31 Howard St.) and West Hollywood (8687 Melrose Ave.).
For details, call 212-965-1238 or go to johnhoushmand.com.
October 09, 2012
Photo courtesy of Foscarini
The lamps developed inside Foscarini’s stark white research laboratory shine far brighter than the average desk light. Each is produced in collaboration with a world-renowned artist, like Luca Nichetto, winner of the 2008 Gran Design Award, or Giulio Iacchetti, who was presented the Premio dei Premi by Italian president Giorgio Napolitano in 2009. The Venice-based lighting company itself is no stranger to awards. In addition to a slew of Compasso D’Oro and Red Dot award winners, pieces from its line were selected for inclusion in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Foscarini’s fall lamps take their cues from nature. German designer Werner Aisslinger’s Behive suspension lamp (shown here; $1,136), with soft light diffused through stacked white polycarbonate rings, brings to mind a dangling beehive. And from Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, designers of the Birdie lighting family, a ceiling light (from $608) combines the elegance of a chandelier with the simplicity of the outdoors, its adjustable steel arms recalling the thin branches of a young tree. 17 Green St.; 212-247-2218; foscarini.com.
December 06, 2012
Photo courtesy of Rodin
Fans of Linda Rodin’s cult line of luxury oils for the face, hair and body can now perfume their homes with her signature jasmine-and-neroli scent.
The former model and Harper’s Bazaar fashion editor turned beauty mogul has expanded her Rodin Olio Lusso line to include a scented pillar candle that’s the picture of spare, minimalist chic. Even unlit, the oyster-colored candle fills the room with a subtle, flowery fragrance. When you’re ready to light, place it on a dish and spark a match from the set Rodin includes with every candle. $125; oliolusso-shop.com.