Flights of Fancy
Exotic and eye-catching, the new Nest collection from Schumacher transforms walls into wilderness. Each of the 24 patterns in the line of wall coverings is composed of what the Manhattan-based textile company calls "humanely gathered" feathers. Designs include Wellesley, which resembles a parquet floor, and Clearwater, which is reminiscent of a flowing stream. Prices for the handmade, limited-edition coverings begin at $9,450 per 38-by-118-inch panel.
Schumacher, 800.523.1200, www.fschumacher.com
For the last 20 years, Frank Pollaro has created custom Art Deco–style furniture for designers and architects including Mica Ertegun, Charles Gwathmey, and Peter Marino. In 2004, Pollaro launched a collection of made-to-order pieces, many of which are modeled after the work of Art Deco master Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, who died in 1933 at the age of 53 and left behind designs for several uncreated works. Pollaro recently added 30 new pieces to his collection, including a dressing table with a Macassar-ebony interior and ivory handles; a rolltop desk with a shagreen writing surface and ivory inlays; and the Dupré-Lafon adjustable recliner, which is modeled after a piece by Paul Dupré-Lafon from 1930. Prices for the pieces range from $30,000 for the recliner to $125,000 for the rolltop desk, which takes 1,000 hours to build. Pollaro also offers a Bubble cabinet for $1 million; the piece is a replica of a Ruhlmann original that Pollaro restored for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Pollaro Custom Furniture, 908.206.1888, www.pollaro.com
Galice has spent more than two decades working with top-tier interior designers and architects to create custom wall finishes that incorporate materials such as mother of pearl, precious stones, and bamboo. The Hollywood-based company, which can create any color and texture combination for custom projects (with prices starting at $30 per foot installed), recently began offering a new line of patterns in relief plaster. The patterns allow for increased versatility with such options as intricate carvings and inlays of stone, adding dimension and character to otherwise bland walls.
Galice, 323.731.8200, www.galiceinc.com
Outdoor kitchens can be every bit as functional and beautiful as indoor ones—particularly when they incorporate cabinetry from Atlantis Outdoor Kitchens. Designed to pair with top-of-the-line appliances from such companies as Vermont Castings, Marvel, and Lynx, Atlantis’ cabinets are available in nine different styles. The company’s newest kitchen design is made of bamboo, which is both durable and sustainable. The bamboo cabinetry starts at approximately $5,500 and features Atlantis’ Perma Panel base, which stands up to harsh sun, humidity, rain, snow, and sleet.
Atlantis Outdoor Kitchens, 877.223.4537, www.outdoorkitchensbyatlantis.com
Those who believe that speakers should be heard and not seen have likely never laid eyes on Waterfall Audio’s new Niagara speakers. The French company, which likens the craftsmanship in its designs to that of Lalique and Cartier, spent three years perfecting the look and performance of these 47-inch-tall loudspeakers ($54,000 per pair). The three-quarter-inch-thick diamond-glass casing reveals the speakers’ drivers and glass horn tweeter. Like their design, the Niagara speakers’ sound is vibrant and clear.
Waterfall Audio, 864.569.0184, www.waterfallaudiousa.com
When it debuted in 1998, Agape’s Spoon tub elevated the common bathtub to a piece of functional sculpture. For homeowners who do not wish to transform their bathrooms into modern-art museums, Agape recently launched its Memory Collection of more classically styled bath designs. The subtle lines and details of the collection’s wash basins, taps, and tubs (priced from $1,387 to $11,263) mark a departure for the 37-year-old Italian company, which is known for its avant-garde forms. But the new designs uphold the Agape tradition of employing cutting-edge materials such as Cristalplant, a composite of resin and minerals that is smooth to the touch, exceptionally durable, and highly conductive to heat.
Agape, +39.0376.250311, www.agapedesign.it
London-based artist Ruth Gurvich’s folded-paper sculptures served as the inspiration for Lightscape, a new 15-piece collection of fine china from the 260-year-old German company Nymphenburg. Known for its highly detailed porcelain pieces, Nymphenburg created Lightscape to be as formal and functional as it is delicate and stylish. The series consists of various sizes of plates and bowls, tea and coffee services, and other items, which are priced from $129 for a small bowl to $1,579 for a large vase. In addition to solid white, the pieces are available in a handpainted print.
Nymphenburg, +188.8.131.520, www.nymphenburg.com; available at TableArt, 323.653.8278, www.tableartonline.com
America finally gained its Independence in late 2007, when the German appliance brand Miele introduced a refrigerator line—the Independence collection—to the States for the first time. Launched at the 111-year-old German appliance brand’s showrooms, the Independence refrigeration systems include freezer towers, refrigerator towers, bottom mounts, and wine-storage units. The appliances are on average 33 percent more energy-efficient than federal standards require, and they are designed to last for 20 years (about seven years longer than the average refrigerator life span). Miele’s SuperCool feature quickly returns the refrigerators to their regular temperatures after extended periods of being open, and RemoteVision WiFi technology connects the appliances to a support center, which can monitor them to detect potential problems (such as a refrigerator door that has been left open for too long). Prices for the Independence appliances begin at $5,395.
Miele, 800.640.2613, www.miele.com
After San Francisco–based interior designer Suzanne Tucker took over her mentor Michael Taylor’s design firm in 1986, she carried on his trademark California-casual aesthetic and soon earned a reputation as one of the top home designers in the country. Earlier this year, Tucker debuted her first collection of products—a line of textiles—for the home. The series encompasses 68 fabrics in 21 patterns that include silks, jacquards, cotton-and-alpaca velvets, and embroidered sheers, and that are priced from $86 to $275 a yard. The Suzanne Tucker Home collection will eventually offer everything from high-end furniture to accessories and tabletop items.
Suzanne Tucker Home, 415.445.6770, www.suzannetuckerhome.com
Poliform’s sleek, minimalist closets have long turned organizing clothes into an art form. Now, with its new Ego system, the 68-year-old Italian company can convert your closet into a stage. The Ego’s transparent glass wall serves as a room divider that defines the closet area while putting it on view. Like Poliform’s other closet systems, Ego offers numerous options for customization, including a choice of Canaletto-walnut or white-pine melamine to cover the aluminum system. Drawers are available in wood melamine, glass, and leather. Prices begin at $400 per linear foot for a walk-in version (approximately $740 per linear foot as shown).
Poliform, 310.271.7836, www.poliform.it