by Marisa Marcantonio

Using sumptuous materials and inspired by nature, Manillla-based designer Blue Carreon's decorative home accessories are lavish and lush.  I recently got to see his latest collection in its entirety at the NY Now gift show. Utilizing luxe finishes, this fashion editor turned interior designer creates pieces are made from gleaming brass, inlaid shell, faux shagreen and stone. Capturing everything from whimsical fluttering butterfly wings to streamlined obelisks, he brings the fancy back to decorative objects with a nod to 1950's and 70's style.  Here are some of my favorite pieces designed by someone with enormous style for those who have it.

Photos courtesy of Blue Carreon

Photos courtesy of Blue Carreon

This gilded brass palm tree sculpture has a real presence standing 26 inches high. The articulated leaves add to the beauty of this tropical tree.

Using inlaid shell to form contrasting stripes, these triangle shaped Linea boxes add a graphic geometric element

I adore the material mix of faux shagreen and wrapped rattan on the quatrefoil Island tray

A beautiful surface on the Maison Bijoux trays includes mother of pearl or shell surrounded by brass and tumbled semi-precious stones in vibrant colors

Corral pens and pencils in the Halston-sleek Maison Bijoux pencil cup

On the table or on the wall, Mariposa butterfly objects are available in all brass or with shell inlay

Ants aren't really my thing, but some people love them. 

Keep books in order with shell and faux shagreen bookends with a shape that resemble Art Deco period fixtures

In a graphic black and white moment, a playful table sculpture of interlocking quatrefoils made of stone 

This is the gift for the hostess who has everything. A magnetized seating chart covered in lavender faux shagreen makes arranging guests easier. 

For a bit of height, it's hard not to love a classic Hicks-ian obelisk


by Marisa Marcantonio

Gathering industry experts, editors, innovators and design talent, What's New What's Next at NYDC is like the first day back to school every fall. I am thrilled to be participating in the New York Design Center event again this year, and feel so lucky to be moderating a panel with some of my favorite people whose careers I have watched skyrocket. Join me this Thursday at 5:30pm at the Niermann Weeks Showroom at NYDC for a panel discussion on the art of custom furniture.  I will engage today's top interior talent in a dialog on custom design, joined by Lee Cavanaugh of Cullman & Kravis, Nick Olsen, Harry Heissmann, Tilton Fenwick and Young Huh. The designers will discuss their experience designing and creating bespoke furniture and lighting for their interiors projects and the process of working with the Niermann Weeks team to design a piece they envisioned. I look forward to seeing you in the audience, and be sure to stay afterwards to get to know this amazing group of creative inspirations.