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Robb Design Portfolio: Goods Natured

Samantha Brooks

For her first furnishings collection, Kathy Taslitz communed with nature, at least symbolically. "I wanted to do something that was a metaphor for the parallels between man and nature," says the interior designer, who debuted Pieces of Ourselves at Art Basel Miami Beach this past December. The 14 limited editions—priced from $8,000 to $64,000 and available through Taslitz’s new showroom on Chicago’s Superior Street (312.787.7899, www.kathytaslitzinteriors.com)—include Old Leaf, a bronze side table with a blackened surface and polished underside. "It’s meant to resemble a leaf at the point just before it falls off of the tree, when one side is rough and crinkled and the other side is still soft," she says. "People age the same way; even as we get older on the outside, the strength and grace inside us is still fresh and shiny." rel="nofollow" Clearly, the idea for Calm Table, with its polished nickel top and blackened bronze base resembling branches, grew in the same fertile mind.

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