START COLLECTING: STATEMENT MAKING ART FROM THE CHARLES HAROLD COMPANY

by Marisa Marcantonio

Showing emerging artists along with a stable of talent,  Charles Harold Art Company is resource I seem to return to frequently when searching for large scale artwork. Started by Chuck Marksberry, the company fosters young talent and emerging artists, and is available through interior designers and galleries. You can make such an impact using single large piece of art over a sofa. Available as original works or giclee prints, their collection fills a need in the marketplace for punchy, graphic, well- composed abstract pieces. Here are some captivating examples.

Photo courtesy of Charles Harold Art

Photo courtesy of Charles Harold Art

An abstract expressionist work by Carol Hu 

I was drawn in by this piece instantly for its linear, graphic intensity. I now want it to hang over my teal velvet sofa, since it matches my color scheme. Untitled, by Marks is avalable as the original or giclee.

The composition, color palette and highly tactile surface used here gives this work a lot of appeal.

The splash of color and circular composition in Purple Rings also caught my attention.

2015 FALL HIGH POINT MARKET: GREAT SHOWROOM MOMENTS

by Marisa Marcantonio

When it comes to High Point Market, there are always exciting collection launches. The blockbuster launch this market was Kate Spade New York for EJ Victor. It was beautifully realized, completely on-brand and the scale just right, especially for urban dwellers. There were a lot of other great pieces to be found along with emerging and established trends. Glamour is back- from brass accents to swivel chairs, mixed materials, and exposed wood and metallics, done in a more polished, refined way. If you are interested at an in-depth look at the important trends, materials. colors and inspiration I saw at High Point Market, reach out to me here about ordering my trend report. Ahead, a few of the best showroom styling and collection moments.

The color-filled rooms filled with Kate Spade NY's brand of effervescent chic. The collection included mid-century modern inflected pieces and traditional upholstery with ladylike attributes. 

Thomas O'Brien has found a new home with Century Furniture. His brand of classically-inspired, pared-down warm modernism is on display with hundreds of collection pieces. Employing a neutral, textural upholstery story, there was sensory overload in room after room.

It was great to experience Kelly Wearstler's artful magic and see her rooms at EJ Victor, styled with her rough luxe flair. The variety of materials, from gilt finishes and burnished bronze to marble and cerused oak provided a textural feast for the eyes.  Ever mindful of the big picture, the art coordinated with the palette.

Phoebe Howard went more modern in her dramatic entry with black and white marble floors at Sherrill for her Mr. and Mrs. Howard furniture collection. Just look at the details on that console which was influenced by a major antique.

Thom Filicia designed this handsome new sofa and triangular coffee tables for his line with Vanguard. He used grey and cream textured and subtle patterns on his streamlined upholstery.

If you want color and a dose of fun, head to CR Laine, it will not disappoint. They do great classic shapes and Holly Blaylock always style it up with bold on-trend prints and patterns in their space. I love this Layla daybed, it is ready for guests with a cushion sized to fit twin sheets.

Show me faux bois and there's a good chance I will adore it. This new console table with marble top from Modern History hits all the right notes.

Gold? Check. Swivel. Check. Time to get glam at Bernhardt, where they have been embracing brass and lucite and taking their vintage inspired designs to new heights.

IT MUST BE FALL IN NEW YORK: THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL SHOW ARRIVES

by Marisa Marcantonio

One of my favorite fall design events is upon us, The International Show opening night party. It provides a first view to walk the show and see all beautiful pieces from a range of dealers, and a chance to catch up with design friends old and new. Everyone descends upon the Park Avenue Armory on the evening of October 22nd, dressed up and ready to shop. Visiting antique shows and museums is a great way to educate your eye, and see period pieces and important work you can learn from and be inspired by. Expect to see the finest things, from the likes of Berndt Goekler to Maison Gerard. The show runs from October 23 to October 29th, so if you are in town, make it part of your day. Not only is this one of the most respected shows of the finest vetted antiques from top dealers around the world, it is an event that supports The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering, the volunteer organization within MSK dedicated to supporting cancer research as well as detection and treatment of cancer.  I am always proud to support anything and everything they do- my late father was a patient there, so I understand the angelic and hard work they do. This year, I asked Editor in Chief of Elle Decor, Michael Boodro, the Design Chair of this year's event, to select some pieces that he responded to. Here is what he (brilliantly) had to say about how to live with antiques: 

“At ELLE DECOR we love antiques, and we love rooms that embrace the romance and  atmosphere of the past. That is one reason I am so pleased to act as Design Chair of The  Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Opening Night of the International Show, which features some of the finest dealers in the world. Also, it continues our association with the wonderful Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering, which supports the amazing work of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the beneficiary of this wonderful evening. What’s important to remember about antiques is that they are not valuable because they’re old, they are old because they are valuable. These objects were coveted and considered beautiful the day they were made, which is why they have been treasured and protected ever since. And if they looked fantastic in someone’s home 200 years ago, or 500 years ago, there is no reason they won’t look great in yours today. The trick is never to lose sight of the moment in which we live and to mix them with contemporary pieces—no one wants to live in a museum period room. And don’t feel you have to confine yourself to one style or one period. Buy what you love and then display it, live with it, use it, and treasure it. Take care of your antiques, of course, but remember, they are there to enrich your home and your life.”

TWA’s World Map/ Librairie Signatures

“Scale matters, and the sheer size of this impressive illustrated map make it a showstopper. But its charms lie in the illustrations of each continent’s wonders, which look back to Art Deco style to pull the glamor of legendary ocean liners like the Normandie into the jet age.”

Bureau Plat/Frank Partridge

“Imagine stashing your laptop in this beauty. Sure, it would be at home in a paneled Park Avenue library, but it would be even more stunning in a downtown loft surrounded by white walls and industrial windows, where its strong lines and refined details would stand out like a magnificent sculpture—which it is.”

A 1960's Fontana Arte pendant from Berndt Goeckler Antiques. He has the most unreal things. Always interesting and captivating.