by Marisa Marcantonio

At the Fall 2008 High Point Market, I discovered White Fine Furnishings. Started in Lynchburg, Virginia, the great shapes, details and painted finishes are what the market has needed. Easy pieces, the collection of case goods can be used in a variety of settings. They look like great inherited or antique pieces with new finishes and simple, appropriate hardware. The collection was a collaboration between an interior designer and a furniture designer, and came out of a need for custom pieces. The furniture is bench made of tropical hardwoods and hand painted. White offers the line in 13 colors, all understated and easy to use. I decided to show the whole shebang since the collection merits that. I am hoping they will introduce upholstery in the coming season....

Photos Courtesy of White Fine Furnishings
A bamboo trefoil side table with a lower shelf is a good place for a few plants, or a drink.

A tray top, turned legs and x-base details make this cocktail table an easy choice.

A two shelf coffee table with bun feet has storage galore for books and magazines.

The butler's tray table on an x-base has a painted cut-out pattern on the edges giving it that extra something.

The lighter finish with grey detail is great for a warm climate or a neutral color scheme.

The x- stretcher cocktail table has a painted top done in restoration colors, adding a trad detail.

An easy to love writing table has three drawers, and works anywhere that a substantial piece is needed.

The desk has a built in book shelf, with areas to hold papers, stuff, and even more stuff. A curved leg and apron add a feminine detail,while the columns give it architectural heft.

I have said it before and I will say it again: nice headboards are hard to find. Well, here you go. This curvy headboard with matching finials is also available as a four poster, for a twin, queen, king and California king.

The same thing applies here, with additional sizing offered. Clean and streamlined, this bed makes any sheets look better.

Their round dining table is also great for a center hall, with stacks of books and a vase of flowers in the center. The legs curve to the center, and the piece as a whole is chic and not overdone.

The white version.

Maybe you need a bench. This English hall bench is pared down simplicity at its best.

There are so many x-backed chairs out there, their a side chair has a diamond back. Nice touch.
One with nicely curved arms.

Sorry, just can't get my fill of bamboo. So glad they did a bamboo bench, perfect for the end of the bed.

Let's say you have a small bedroom but want a nice piece that can double as a desk. Voila, this chest has a slide out piece for a writing surface.

Again, the hardware is just right. Clean lines, inset panel detail, tapered leg and square pulls make this another winner.

Swedish inspired, their chest of drawers has Gustavian touches in the pulls and the diamond motif on the side.

An adorable nightstand has a diamond pattern painted in a soft blue. A door provides easy storage.

Swedish furniture has old world charm and simple forms. Another nightstand with reeded front and sides, has two swing doors and a drawer.

I always find drawers and shelves helpful in nightstand design. For a guestroom, this one does the trick, since there will be low magazine overflow.
This two- tier side table flanking a sofa is my idea of fabulous.

An X- Sided Etagere has back stretches to support it against a wall. You could also float them in a room to create a division of space.

The X- Sided Small Etagere is a mini version of the piece above, and would work well in an entry with a top shelf to hold key trays and mail.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo by Tim Street-Porter, from "Tony Duquette," Abrams, New York
The Drawing Room

Photo Courtesy of Hutton Wilkinson/The Tony Duquette Estate

Glamour! Fantasy! These words come to mind when describing The Selected Works of Tony Duquette Collection Baker revealed at High Point last week. Hutton Wilkinson, protege and collaborator of Duquette's for over 30 years, owns the Dawnridge estate in Los Angeles, where the original pieces reside. To see the interiors, pick up Tony Duquette by Hutton and Wendy Goodman if you do not already own it. Duquette is known for creating elaborate costumes, stage settings and decorative items, winning a Tony for the original Broadway production of Camelot. For his furnishings he re purposed found materials, elevating them by using unique finishing techniques. He lived to 85, and his designs were so in demand that catalogs from a Christie's auction in the 80's sold out immediately. Thank goodness a book was done recently on his life's work. Hutton was kind enough to invite me to a Dawnridge dinner party a few years back. Not something I will ever forget.

The reproductions by Baker faithfully capture the whimsy and wonder of the originals, using unique materials and special finishes. The archives provided inspiration for designs spanning from 1947-1972. The selected pieces are works of art. Baker is known for sourcing the best materials and as seen below, they let this artisans vision come alive.


Photos Courtesy of Baker
The Abalone Chandelier of painted steel and abalone shells, Circa 1952. Eight were produced and they have already sold out!!!

The Palmer Chair, Circa 1965

The Marsan Chair, Circa 1951

The Macao Garden Seat of lacquered wood, Circa 1960

The Organic Baroque Chair of wrought iron , Circa 1965

The Sunburst Torchere of cast bronze, Circa 1949

The Biomorphic Mirror of cast resin and gold leaf, Circa 1965

One of the signature pieces is the Biomorphic Console of cast resin and gold leaf, Circa 1965

Talk to the animals--- an homage to Dr. Doolittle?! The Ghost Snail Lamp of cast resin and pin shell veneer, Circa 1970

The Abalone Mosaic Cocktail Table of brass and abalone shell, Circa 1959

The Paris Snowflake Screen of 14 karat gold leaf or silver leaf (shown) and cast alluminum, Circa 1951

The Regency Pagoda Lamp of painted cast resin, Circa 1970

The Jeweled Votive Table Lamp of silver or 24 karat gold plated (shown) cast bronze, Circa 1972

The Arrow of The Sea Swordfish Snout Lamp Sculpture of Murano glass and cast bronze, Circa 1972
The Gold Toad Decorative Piece of 24 karat gold plated cast bronze, Circa 1970

The Insect Man Sculpture of painted steel, Circa 1947. A precursor to Burning Man perhaps?

Visit a Baker retailer or the Baker site to purchase these fantastical objets (going fast).