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Design Seen July/August 2014

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New York City: Hour Hands 

Homepolish takes a time-based approach to delivering top-notch interiors.

If Homepolish began as an interior design service for the budget-conscious, it has since captured the attention of affluent clients, too. “Just because you have a lot of money doesn’t mean you to want to spend it all,” says Noa Santos, cofounder of Homepolish (917.426.1841, www.homepolish​.com), which partners with up-and-coming designers whose talents are meted out to projects on an hourly basis. The service is available in a handful of U.S. cities—including New York City (company headquarters), Los Angeles, and San Francisco—where clients start with an in-home, hour-long consultation and might end up furnishing a living room (Los Angeles space shown), reconstructing a kitchen, or refurbishing an entire house. “We’ve lately been getting a lot of corporate clients, as well as bachelors with $4 million SoHo lofts,” says Santos. “It’s evolved to something that’s not about budget; it’s about lifestyle. The whole experience is very personal and customized—not to mention completely transparent.”  

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Los Angeles: William Haines Design

Many modern-day outdoor furnishings draw on futuristic-looking forms, but this recently reissued piece is a refreshing nod to the past. The actor-turned-designer William Haines conceived the Malibu sofa (custom version shown, $25,300) in 1950 for the lanai of the Brody House—a midcentury-modern structure he created with the architect A. Quincy Jones. (Ellen DeGeneres recently bought the home for nearly $40 million.) The seat cushions, covered in weatherproof or other customizable fabric, pair with an angular metal frame. 310.289.0280, www.williamhaines.com

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts: Dash & Albert 

The interior designer Bunny Williams has created a collection for Dash & Albert of 36 area rugs ($59 to $3,079). Though many have the look and feel of wool, most of the rugs are made from recycled materials, with patterns ranging from geometric shapes to stripes and plaids. They are suitable for use indoors and out. Available through Hudson, 617.292.0900, hudsonboston.com

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Avon, Colorado: The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Bilkey Llinas Design, of West Palm Beach, Fla., has imparted to the Ritz-Carlton a modern mountain aesthetic, bringing the 12-year-old property up to date without sacrificing its sense of place. Part of the nine-month redesign entailed adding the resort’s expansive new smoking terrace. It seats 40. 970.748.6200, www.ritzcarlton.com

 

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Austin, Texas: Lake Austin Spa Resort

 

Lake Austin is the backdrop for this destination spa, where guests enjoy a cozy lake-house ambience while engaging in health and wellness programs, from customized fitness regimens to mind-body workshops. Now spa goers can experience the property’s 14 newly designed Luxury Lakeview rooms, by the Dallas-based designer Julio Quiñones and resort co-owner Mike McAdams. Unveiled in February, the spaces present a nature-inspired palette of taupe, teal, and sage, and watercolors painted by the Dallas-based artist Scott Winterrowd. 512.372.7300, lakeaustin.com 

 

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New York City: KGBL

 

Cobalt-hued lacquered aluminum covers the top and sides of the Johansson cabinet ($21,875 as shown), which has a burled walnut front and a solid walnut interior. Milled copper pulls grace the doors. Custom versions of the piece are also possible. The design is one of several similar items from Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger, which also works with fumed white oak, silicon bronze, and Pyrex for its furnishings and offers architecture and interior design services. 212.420.7866, www.kgblnyc.com

 

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Miami: B. Pila Design

Bea Pila, a designer of furnishings and interiors, has created the Hide & Seek collection, combining seemingly incompatible materials in seamless ways. Her Player’s chair ($7,299 as shown) places a hair-on-hide upholstered cushion between two lightweight acrylic panels. With styling that is equal parts vintage and modern, the series offers a number of other standouts as well, including the Marrakesh cocktail table, a transparent piece influenced by traditional Moroccan lines. 305.856.7916, bpiladesign.com

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New York City: Stephen Antonson

Although it weighs a substantial 60 pounds, the cast bronze Icicle table ($11,250) has “dripping” legs that appear to barely touch down. The design is limited to 50 examples. Antonson will require eight weeks to handcraft each piece in his Brooklyn workshop. 917.886.4544, www.stephenantonson.com; available exclusively through Dessin Fournir, 212.758.0844, www.dessinfournir.com

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Beverly Hills, CaliforniaNatasha Baradaran

Jewelry-inspired furnishings compose interior designer Natasha Baradaran’s debut collection ($3,400 to $32,500). The Pari Pendant lamp shown here features a white powder-coated exterior and antiqued gold leaf interior but can be produced in any Pantone shade. 310.278.6003, www.natashabaradaran.com; available through Jean de Merry, 323.655.9193, www.jeandemerry.com

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Rockland, Maine: Weatherend Estate Furniture

 

With its modern lines, the Angela Adams outdoor furniture collection for Weatherend ($1,240 to $12,560) would look perfectly at home in a contemporary St. Barts beach house. The line includes a dining table and chairs and a settee. All come in a range of woods that are fit for use in yachting environments. 800.456.6483, www.weatherend.com

 

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Dallas: Hotel ZaZa

 

Duncan Miller Ullmann—the Dallas firm behind the Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai and the Abaco Club on Winding Bay—has given an intimate, homey feel to the new bungalows at Hotel ZaZa. Each of the 12 accommodations (from $595 nightly) has a distinct design scheme, with elements such as antiqued-leather sofas and exposed brick walls. The vintage feel helps the suites blend into the city’s State Thomas landmark district. 214.468.8399, www.hotelzaza.com

 

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Monterey, California: Summit Furniture

 

California casual meets British sophistication in the new Linley collection for Summit ($5,000 to $8,500). The series marks the first time David Linley’s brand has created outdoor furnishings, and the line includes a sofa, a coffee table, and a chair. Each seat has a teak frame and cushions that come in an array of fabrics. 831.375.7811, www.summitfurniture.com 

 

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Rancho Santa Fe, California: Veladora

Old-world design and modern art converge at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa’s restaurant Veladora, where Damien Hirst’s Imploration, a work made of butterfly wings, graces one wall. The 65-seat restaurant offers a menu of locally sourced ranch-style fare and is part of a broader renovation of the property. The project’s last touches were completed in April. 858.759.6246, www.ranchovalencia.com 

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New York City: Dmitriy & Co. 

A French mattress stitch distinguishes most of the upholstered items in Dmitriy & Co.’s recently introduced Brampton Collection ($4,200 to $14,500), including the Brampton bed (from $12,000), whose base weds a cashmere-covered platform and a walnut frame. The handcrafted bed, like all of the line’s pieces, is made to order in the company’s Manhattan studio. 212.243.4800, dmitriyco.com

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Los Angeles: Kelly Wearstler 

The South Carolina–born designer has a beachfront home in Malibu, so it is only fitting that she has her own line of surfboards. Part of her Mulholland series, which includes a desk and coasters, are boards (from $9,500 apiece) fashioned from woods such as cherry, koa, and ash. Each is a work of art—and completely functional. 323.895.7880, www.kellywearstler.com

Hailey, Idaho: Rocky Mountain Hardware

Those who visit the 20-year-old company’s new 1,800-square-foot showroom in Ketchum, Idaho, will find not only its hand-cast bronze architectural hardware, but also its various lighting designs ($2,678 to $13,722), including those in the former bank building’s entry (above). 888.788.2013, www​.rockymountainhardware.com

 

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