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Design Seen January/February 2015

Home furnishings from around the globe...

<< Back to Robb Report, Robb Report Home & Style January/February 2015

A familiar flower blossoms anew in satin-finish crystal.

Paris
In Full Bloom

In 1928, the glass designer René Lalique created Femme Bras Levés and Joueur de Pipeau—patterns that graced decorative panels aboard the posh Orient Express. His Dahlia motif followed in 1931 and was the opulent adornment to perfume bottles and powder boxes gracing ladies’ dressing tables. Now that lush legacy has been translated for the present day, through Lalique’s (212.355.6550, lalique.com) recent collaboration with Munich’s Windfall lighting studio. The Serene collection, a line of chandeliers, lamps, and sconces by Windfall designers Clarissa Dorn and Roel Haagmans, captures these art deco designs in cascading prisms bearing the French crystal house’s imprimatur. Prices for a single prism begin at $4,500 and increase to $110,000 for a rectangular 26-prism chandelier. The six-prism Dahlia table lamp is priced at $29,000.

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Milan
Meissen Italia

Lacquered surfaces, unbridled patterns, coiffures that never rested—the ’70s was a decade of statements. Libreria (starting at $34,900) borrows only scintillating elements from that time, such as brass, warm oak, and stay-awhile attitude. Ideal as a freestanding gallery, the customizable bookshelf features lighting elements for showcasing art or other objects. +39.02.76023085, meissen.com

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Paris
Roche Bobois

Merlin ($3,130), by the French designer Alnoor for Roche Bobois, answers any doubts about the impact of a mirror. A clean design evocative of Sonia Delaunay’s geometric art from the 1920s and ’30s, the piece flaunts its “witch’s eye,” or curved shape, through a modern interpretation of centuries-old convex design. Available with glass or walnut accents. 212.889.5304, roche-bobois.com

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Paris
Christofle

Not known for predictable style, the Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has taken a befittingly fanciful approach to Jardin d’Eden ($4,200). Though the engraved stainless-steel dining chair with a leather seat cushion is the first piece in his furniture line for Christofle, his work with the company dates to 2010, when he dressed tableware in an exuberant botanical motif. The master of surprise signs each new chair. 212.284.5108, us.christofle.com

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Napa, Calif.
Mondavi Home Collection

When Napa Valley winemaker Robert Mondavi Jr. and his wife, Lydia, designed their vacation home in Beaufort, S.C., they paid special attention underfoot. The couple, together with Zach McMurray, owner of Authentic Reclaimed Flooring in Georgia, created Reserve Barrel: a collection of floors made from the French oak of decommissioned wine barrels. The wood comes from casks that Robert selects at harvest’s end. 707.738.1116, mondavihome.com; 800.283.6038, authenticreclaimedflooring.com

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Austin, Texas
The Renner Project

High style is the through line at Kimberly Renner’s new showroom. “I’ve always been a designer engaged by a strong mixture,” she says of the Renner Project aesthetic. Inside the 5,000-square-foot space, she creates full-room vignettes, seeing to it, for instance, that a 1948 Pier Luigi Colli sideboard mingles with 1920s French bergères and Hollywood Regency James Mont chairs. Her own furniture rounds out the mix. 512.524.1334, therennerproject.com

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Los Angeles
Dougall Paulson

The debut collection of Sean Dougall and Andrew Paulson is a moody exploration of materiality. Part of the line, the vessels shown here fuse the designers’ free-form handcraftsmanship with their adeptness at technology. The pieces are formed by hand, in clay, then 3-D printed, and eventually cast in bronze. Prices range from $3,500 to $4,000. dougallpaulson.com

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Honolulu
Mughal Suite at Shangri La

Last year the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art announced that the newly restored Mughal Suite at Duke’s estate, Shangri La, would open to the public. The heiress visited India in 1935 and enlisted Francis B. Blomfield to design a suite recalling the Taj Mahal. One can now visit her sanctuary and gaze on the bathroom’s marble panels inlaid with semiprecious stones. 866.385.3853, honolulumuseum.org

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Rutherford, Calif.
Quintessa

Napa Valley’s Quintessa winery has unveiled three tasting pavilions by the San Francisco–based architect Greg Warner of Walker Warner Architects. “We weren’t trying to create a large architectural expression,” he says. “These pavilions became very edited and small—precious and sensitive to the surround.” Guests taste the estate’s Illumination Sauvignon Blanc, among other vintages. 707.286.2730, quintessa.com

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London
Linley

Three U.K. workshops helped craft the British furniture maker’s sculptural Silhouette chair. To form the chair’s seat, a single copper panel was rolled and hammered by hand. Cabinetmakers turned and carved the American walnut frame, and upholsterers fitted hand-stitched aniline leather over one side of the copper panel, wrapping around the rolled edge of the chair. The piece is a limited edition of one, but commissions (from £60,000) are possible. +44.20.7730.7300, davidlinley.com

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Los Angeles
Marc Phillips Decorative Rugs

New to L.A.’s La Cienega Design Quarter, the purveyor of handmade rugs with showrooms in New York City and Philadelphia now has a Southern California shop. Interior designer Jamie Bush’s “urban barn” concept for the revamped 1940s structure is the aesthetic backdrop for more than 3,000 original rugs, as well as vintage and antique carpets. 310.652.9222, marcphillipsrugs.com

 

Paris
Série Rare

From its studio off rue de l’Odéon in the sixth arrondissement, Série Rare designs decorative hardware for doors, windows, furniture, and accessories, stirring in the contrasting tones of rawness and refinement. Designer Daniel Podva’s Place Vendôme line exudes a sense of antiquity through new yet familiar shapes for doorknobs, pulls, levers, and handles, all of which are crafted by hand and rendered in bronze. Bespoke pieces are also a company specialty. +33.1.55.42.92.10, serierare.com

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London
Savoir Beds

The Savoy Hotel and Savoir Beds go way back. In 1905 the bed maker introduced its handcrafted creations at the London hotel, so to commemorate the property’s 125th anniversary last year, Savoir Beds debuted the Savoy Anniversary, a special edition dreamed up by head of design Mandeep Dillon. A concoction of 1920s deco splendor, modern lines, and precise tailoring—the full frame is upholstered in metallic bronze silk—the bed has a starting price of $17,950 for a queen-size version with a No. 4 mattress and base. 212.226.3640, savoirbeds.com

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Lakeville, Minn.
Heat & Glo

Sensing demand for a modern linear gas fireplace that could suit any interior, Heat & Glo created Mezzo (starting at $4,317), an understated hearth with a host of options, from sleek finishes to rustic hand-forged steel fronts. Mezzo is the first of the company’s models to be offered with IntelliFire touch controls, which give users digital command of the fireplace’s features via a Wi-Fi-enabled app for smartphones and tablets. 888.427.3973, heatnglo.com

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New York City
Chamber

Set under the High Line in Neil Denari’s HL23 building, this new boutique espouses the notion that every object has a narrative. Founder Juan Garcia Mosqueda, along with the Dutch outfit Studio Job, chose the 100 items in the shop’s inaugural Collection #1. Patrons will discover textiles, furnishings, art, and perfume—all with stories to tell—from both established and emerging creatives. 212.206.0236, chambernyc.com

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Athens, Greece
Molteni&C and Dada

The Molteni group’s new flagship store in Athens is a showplace for its Molteni&C and Dada brands. The two-story showroom highlights the Italian company’s Graduate suspension bookcase by the celebrated French architect Jean Nouvel, as well as Dada’s Ferruccio Laviani–designed Hi-Line 6 kitchen. Visitors will find modern vignettes across the store presenting sleek concepts for living and dining spaces, offices, and bedrooms. +30.210.6720170, molteni.it

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