BLOGGER BASICS CLASS IN SESSION APRIL 25th AT THE NEW YORK SCHOOL OF INTERIOR DESIGN

by Marisa Marcantonio

On the morning of April 25th, at 9:30am, I will be leading another Blogger Basics class at The New York School of Interior Design. Held at the school, located at 170 East 70th Street, the Continuing Education course, CE 336, will encompass everything blogger related, and also delve into how various social media channels can help in the storytelling of a design business. Putting the spotlight on individuals goals, my hope is to help designers grow their presence in the ever-changing online landscape. The class (for a fee of $55) is full, but you can reach out to icps@nysid.edu to be added to the wait list. I am so pleased to be teaching this class for the forth time, and look forward to seeing you there.

BEYOND BASIC: SHOPPING SCHOOLHOUSE ELECTRIC IN TRIBECA

by Marisa Marcantonio

Stepping into the Tribeca location of Schoolhouse Electric is like entering a supremely well -organized, cool one room apartment filled with warm modern basics with simplicity at their core. Everything from retro lighting (where they made their mark selling original, historical, and reproduction light fixtures starting in 2002 ) well-designed functional everyday items and lifestyle finds are housed in this brick and grey-painted interior. Part swank neo hardware store, part modern day supply purveyor, the Porland-Oregon based company has expanded beyond lighting in recent years, to include streamlined essentials created under the Schoolhouse brand. Their unique color palette, seen in every vignette in the store,  consists of neutrals with a dose of color. This is pared- down utilitarian chic at its best.

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The Schoolhouse Electric store at 27 Vestry Street welcomes visitors with a discreetly chic sign in their signature cool font

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A seating area with the Warren, a simplified wing chair, white metal stool and accessories that are easy to snap up 

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Clean design task lamps sit on a vintage desk, complete with old typewriter 

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A bevy of cool hanging fixtures above an old-school style spool-turned wood Whitney bed 

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hankering for a basic wall clock in a bright powder coated finish or industrial lights? Look no further.

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Step right up for your hooks and hardware.

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I love all this stuff. Whether I need it or not is another story 

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The packaging is utilitarian perfection

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The Lenox Bench in a zippy oversized black and white check fabric in front of more fixtures

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an abundance of great fixtures hang from the ceiling, many of which have bare bulbs

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Everyday essentials for the kitchen include re-editioned Dansk classics and streamlined utensils

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Neat stacks of dot, floral and abstract pattern bedding

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Wool throws with minimalist appeal hang from a ladder

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Basics include fresh modern canvas and leather totes made in Denver

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A peg board display holds wall mounted Radar sconces in quirky hues

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Utility stools in basic as well as bright colors look like they can withstand anything 

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Their beautifully photographed catalog, featuring stylish on brand visuals that reinforce their crisp design ethos, "tools for productive living"

DON'T BLEND IN: THE BRIGHT POP PAINTINGS OF ARTIST CAROL JOHN

by Marisa Marcantonio


Photos courtesy of Hickory Chair and Carol John

Photos courtesy of Hickory Chair and Carol John

So many creative forces are coming from the South at the moment. The Athens, Georgia-based School of Visual Arts-trained artist Carol John's work was introduced to me by my friend Skip Rumley, the Creative Director of Hickory Chair. He incorporated her visual masterpieces amongst his well thought out vignettes at High Point Market.  Displayed alongside his clean-lined elegant designs, her work displayed the right amount of the unexpected. I am so pleased he was able to introduce  the work of this wonderful artist, helping expose her art to an entirely new audience.  The bold, no-holds-barred fantastical paintings, a melding of abstracted droplets and shapes,  set against a bright solid background, paired with bright zingy pop references make them joyous and just plain fun to look at. Their mesmerizing appeal may have something to do with their rainbow hues, or the fact that you can't really tell what the shapes are.  Rumley made a good fit, pairing her contemporary modernist sensibility with classic interiors--  it's all about the unexpected mix. I hope you will enjoy her effervescent, exacting paintings as much as I do.  I will be including one of her pieces in the just-launched Stylebeat Shop, and if you are interested in learning more about John's work,  reach out to her here.

Eye, Oil on Canvas 48" x 48"

Oh Lip, Oil on Canvas 48" x 48"

My favorite piece, there is an abstracted symmetry here that pulls you in

Summer Burst, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 48"

Burst of Wow, Oil on Canvas 68" x 56"

Buzz, Oil on Canvas 106" x 51"

Red on Green, Oil on Paper 22" x 30"