Archive for March, 2011

MatchbookMag + Hugo Guinness

Matchbook Magazine, April 2011

The eclectic home of Linda Rodin in this month’s MatchbookMag reminded us of our love for Hugo Guinness artwork.  These black and white prints (three seen in vintage frames above Rodin’s sofa) are just classic!  Find them at John Derian Co. in New York.

Hugo Guinness - truly classic!

Perfect little print for the ladies at MatchbookMag!

Brooklyn home of Hugo Guinness and wife, Elliott Puckette; photo credit: Vogue Living: Houses Gardens People


Thank you, Phaidon

Today we are lucky enough to be visiting the Phaidon store in Soho to select some titles for donation to our Design on a Dime vignette.  A very special thank you to Phaidon for their donations and support of Housing Works! Some (or more like many) titles we are coveting…

The American House

The 20th Century Art Book

Mario Giacomelli

Palladian Style

Contemporary World Interiors

Andy Warhol Portraits

Steven Holl Architect

Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton

Recipes from an Italian Summer

Wallpaper City Guide: Boston (and everywhere!)

The Arts & Crafts Movement

The House Book

Peggy Positive

Mille Fleurs textile by Josef Frank

Yes, there is snow on the ground…we’re looking ahead. Spring happiness is coming!

Seeing Spots

Thread Social Spring 2011

It’s not the first…or the last time we’ll be blogging about one of our favorite fashion designers, Thread Social.  In our minds, they can do no wrong! This fabulous number in the Spring 2011 collection got us thinking and seeing spots!

Lonny Spots! December 2010

Sofa in Quadrille’s “Rio” in Black & White; Photo credit: Domino June 2007

Famous Brunschwig & Fils “Les Touches” fabric in Geoffrey Beene’s Dining Room…we used this fabric in red for a client’s pair of chairs! Photo credit unknown

Bathroom of uber-famous American decorator, Albert Hadley; photo credit: LonnyMag

"Confetti" Kelly Wearstler for Sferra table linens

Must See: Sonia Delaunay

On our list for exhibition must-sees this Spring: “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay” at Cooper Hewitt.  Delaunay (French, born in Russia, 1885 – 1979) is best known for her work in strong colors and geometric shapes, influenced by post-impressionists like van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin, Henri Rousseau.  In 1911, Delaunay created a quilt for her son, Charles, that would become the inspiration and catalyst to her future artistic process:

Baby quilt by Delaunay, 1911; photo credit unknown

“About 1911 I had the idea of making for my son, who had just been born, a blanket composed of bits of fabric like those I had seen in the houses of Russian peasants. When it was finished, the arrangement of the pieces of material seemed to me to evoke cubist conceptions and we then tried to apply the same process to other objects and paintings.” – Sonia Delaunay

"Tissu simultané no. 186" by Sonia Delaunay, 1926; photo credit: Cooper Hewitt

The Cooper Hewitt exhibition focuses on Delaunay’s  fashion designs from her own Atelier Simultané in Paris during the 1920s, as well as textiles designed for the Metz & Co. department store in Amsterdam in the 1930s.  We can’t wait to see more (and wish these textiles were still in production)!

"Design 1044" by Delaunay, 1930-31; photo credit: Cooper Hewitt

"Design 253" by Sonia Delaunay, 1928–30; photo credit: Cooper Hewitt


"Design 1486" by Delaunay, 1934–36; photo credit: Cooper Hewitt


"Set of five fabric samples, Design 945" by Delaunay, 1929–30; photo credit Cooper Hewitt