MEET ATLANTA'S ROBERT BROWN AND HIS NEW MACRAE COLLECTION

by Marisa Marcantonio

Mixing warm modern and antique pieces in his work, southern interior designer Robert Brown is known for his mastery of simplicity, clean lines and elegant neutral - with - a - pop - of - color palettes. His interiors make your shoulders drop and relax, and want to have a cocktail. As a designer that understands classic scale and proportion so well, it made sense that he channel this talent into furniture design.  A partnership with Macrae allowed him to use his fashion and textile background for inspiration, and the result is southern sophisticated. In New York for Blogfest to launch the furniture collection at the Lee Jofa showroom, you can see the hallmarks of his clean design with masculine yet modern lines.

Whenever designers create rooms in the front area at Lee Jofa, I pay attention. They are a nice way to show a designers sensibility and showcase their new designs.  Using a wonderful grey paint, the walls envelop, resulting in a sophisticated modern-inflected study. Clean lines and a lack of cluttered surfaces allow the furniture pieces to enhance the architectural aspects of the room.

Bob chatting with Lisa Kravet at the launch.

A beautiful Parsons-style desk, The Griffin Writing Table,  in a rich, dark wood with pared down objects on it is a perfectly refined place to work. That Maple tree creates a serene feeling by bringing a bit of the natural world in.

Pretty pretty, spring is in the air!

Using a clear glass box to neatly display desk items keeps things tailored and orderly.

Another angle of the desk.

The handsome Barkley Bar with deco and mid century lines hides contents but adds stature.

Southerners know the art of hospitality, so of course, a pull - out shelf for a drink has been included in the McDaniel Lounge Chair.

The low-profile sleek and modern Kathryn Slipper Chair has a wooden frame painted in a chalk white finish. A great lounger.

A classic wooden chest of drawers with linear brass pulls re-invents a classic antique form by taking the best attributes from it. A modern color field painting in rosy pink hues adds just the right amount of color to the grey walls.

The detailed interlocking demilune pattern on the back of The Chandler Chair really stand out in the white finish. I would say this is an instant favorite.

A classic column is always a wonderful spatial device that can enhance an entry flanking a doorway. The Chambers Column is a clean lined version of a classic style that has endless functions.

Idea alert! The lucite antlers bring your eye up the wall, and a corner screen below it is an interesting surface to hang artwork on. 

BALLARD DESIGNS TAPS ATLANTA'S SUZANNE KASLER FOR A CAPSULE COLLECTION

by Marisa Marcantonio

Having just returned from Atlanta, my mind is still on the great design coming out of that civilized city. This fall, Ballard Designs asked the Parisian - inspired designer Suzanne Kasler to do a collection for them. The line includes all of her favorite soft and serene design elements, including starburst mirrors, quatrefoils, cerused finishes, and all white upholstery. Ballard welcomed Suzanne into the fold by creating vignettes in their Atlanta showroom, as seen here. The light airy quality she captures in her rooms is alive and well. Following the success of her book, Inspired Interiors by Rizzoli, Ballard was smart to capture this homegrown talent. The pieces she has designed are functional, beautiful, and one's you will want to have around for a long time.

A mass of roses welcomed guests to the opening soiree this past summer

Clusters of books and architectural molds make a nice tablescape

The vignettes are so well done, separated by these curved dividers. Suzanne's talent at displaying collections is seen here, with a bookcase full of white china
Seafoam green and white is a signature color combo often seen in her work

Suzanne also styled some rooms using all Ballard Designs:

All white is oh-so-right

Creating a seamless indoor outdoor living space, comfort is key in this covered outdoor living room

A cerused oak piece is complemented by saffron yellow vases and a quatrefoil mirror