Archive for September, 2011

Wallpaper Weekly, no. 6 / Osborne & Little Maharani

Manufacturer: Osborne & Little /  Pattern: Maharani

Bold wallpaper this week! We’ve used it in a loft apartment in Chelsea and it was a stunner. Which colorway is best?

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And, if it’s just too bold for you, why not a frame as a print? We found some on VandM here!

Trending: Ben Seibel

Last week, we were honored to be included in the New York Design Center’s “What’s New, What’s Next” event.  In collaboration with Michelle Adams (LonnyMag), we led a group through the new designs and trends happening this fall at the Pearson showroom. Decidedly, the vintage masculine/MadMen trend is in full effect!  In that spirit, today we feature a designer of Don & Betty’s time: Ben Seibel.

Brass Bookends by Ben Seibel, via Irwin Feld Design

Ben Seibel (1918 -1985) was born in Newark, NJ and then moved to NYC where he studied architecture at Columbia, which was interrupted to serve in the US Army in 1945.  Returning from armed service, he changed his focus and enrolled at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for Industrial Design.  Before completing his studies at Pratt he set up his design studio, where he designed a variety of goods including dinnerware, glassware, stainless steel flatware, metal and wood tabletop accessories, furniture and lamps.

He is definitely the Jonathan Adler of a previous time and he confirmed the study of sculpture was “one of the most important forces in his approach to design”*. We are most smitten with his brass bookends. These pictured were all found via 1stDibs, but we often come across great Ben Seibel finds on ebay, etsy and auctions…a great way to add a little Mad Men chic to your shelves.

Ben Seibel, via Modern Living Supplies

Ben Seibel, via Tom Gibbs Studio


The Right White, Elle Decor

Check us out on Elle Decor discussing the Right White! Isn’t Farrow & Ball’s Pointing, No 2003 creamy dreamy?

Do you have a go-to white paint??

Farrow & Ball Pointing, No 2003

Wallpaper Weekly, no. 5 / Quadrille Climbing Hydrangea

Manufacturer: Quadrille /  Pattern: Climbing Hydrangea / Color: Peach on Almost White

Two adorable girls and some pretty pretty Quadrille paper; Vogue 2009

Quadrille's "Climbing Hydrangea" Wallpaper

Typically, peach is a color we tend to avoid.  When faced with a neutral color on the fence, we often ask each other “Is this in vogue nude or bad foundation color peach?”  As a general rule, peach falls in the same category as mauve: avoid at all costs.  But perhaps this paper from Quadrille has changed our minds.  The room above is totally Granny chic and the perfect mix of elements in what appears to be a country setting.  Madonna may not be a fan of this print, but we certainly are!

Wearstler Chic

Bel-Air Villa, Kelly Wearstler

Over the past few years, we’ve enjoyed watching the growing empire of Kelly Wearstler.  From books to fabric lines, hotel and restaurant design, she’s now fully embraced home accessories product design and fashion. Yesterday, Heather Clawson at Habitually Chic provided a behind the scenes look at Kelly’s new fashion line for Bergdorf Goodman, and it appears at first glance, very Wearstler chic.  Check out what’s for sale online now here!

We’re loving the seamless transition she makes from home accessories to fashion accessories…great on the shelf, great on the wrist!

Perforated Metal Box, Kelly Wearstler via Bergdorf Goodman

Perforated Burnished Brass Ring, Kelly Wearstler via Net-a-Porter

Perforated Burnished Brass Cuff, Kelly Wearstler, Net-a-Porter

Purchase the ring ($125) and cuff ($225) along with other Wearstler goodies at Net-a-Porter.

Lastly, a side note about the architectural quality of Kelly’s accessory design. We immediately thought of the new facade renovation of New York’s Maritime Hotel on 16th Street. Remarkably reminiscent, no?

Newly renovated facade of the Maritime Hotel, photo credit: Lucia M. via Panoramio

And, just like we loved Jeffrey Marks’ deGournay Fishes twitter background last week, Maritime’s page follows suit today! Follow on twitter @MaritimeHotel to keep up to date with the ongoing renovation and see more of this large scale metal perforation.