by Marisa Marcantonio

Last night Scalamandre debuted their new tabletop collaboration with Lenox at Bloomingdale's. Just up the street from the Scalamadre townhouse, they debuted Scalamandre's classic textile patterns interpreted on Lenox, American-made china. Adapting 5 iconic patterns, including the jumping zebra we all know and love, they created fanciful dinnerware and accessories for the collection. To launch with a creative bang, they asked celebrated interior designers Bunny Williams, Charlotte Moss, Richard Mishaan, Kathryn M. Ireland (who is in the midst of creating a fabric collection with Scalamandre now), and Jamie Drake to create festive windows around the patterns. And that they did. The windows were fantastic; sure to stop passersby in their tracks.


 Photos and descriptions courtesy of Scalamandre/Lenox/Bloomingdales

Renowned designer Bunny Williams created an exuberant, tour de force homage to Lenox's Toile Tale. Adapted from Scalamandré's Pillement Toile, the pattern features a fanciful Chinoiserie landscape of enchanting flowers, fretwork, figures, pagodas and parasols. Framed by antique gilded palm trees, a carved and painted curio pagoda cabinet showcases a selection of Toile Tale’s captivating dinner plates, bowls and accessories. Suspended above, a host of multi-colored silk lanterns herald the Chinese New Year. Scalamandré's warp silk Paradiso covers the upper walls and the striped silk Sunset adorns the lower third, each anchored with elegant fretwork molding. Turkish floor cushions covered in Scalamandré's luxe Tigre finish this exotic, enticing meal for two.

Bouvier, based on a superb 18th century French design from Scalamandré and known as Jardin de Tuileries, has graced the homes of some of America’s great style doyennes, among them Jacqueline Onassis, Bunny Mellon and Marie Harriman. Designer Charlotte Moss took her cue from Jacqueline Kennedy's childhood in East Hampton and created an equestrian scene with boxwood hedges, pole jumps and an impromptu luncheon. Bales of hay serve as seating and are covered with tufted cushions of Scalamandré’s smart outdoor Boxwood Stripe. Miss Bouvier’s monogrammed quilted horse blanket is made of navy Guadeloupe with brown detailing and a monogram. An awning, also fabricated in the navy Guadeloupe appears above this sophisticated, sunlit setting. Placesettings of Bouvier and a complement of serving pieces, flatware and silver are displayed on a folding table.


Richard Mishaan created a chic, urban dining aerie to showcase those iconic Zebras that once graced the walls of the late, lamented Gino's Restaurant in New York City. Lithely eluding arrows with grace, speed and endless charm, Scalamandré’s irrepressible Zebra wallpaper in the signature Masai red serves as dramatic backdrop for an intimate dinner. A complement of Zebra china, accessories and giftware is set on table with a red silk tablecloth of Scalamandré’s Shangri-la overlaid with the finely woven Herringbone di Lusso. Two cubes upholstered in the graphic Zebra linen emerge from under a console and a three-paneled screen featuring a dozen Zebra Accent plates finishes this dramatic and swank vignette. 


A painted English stately home with a requisite fountain and lake is the charming backdrop for Kathryn Ireland’s picnic vignette. Appointed with the enchanting Love Birds china pattern, this perennially fresh design is from one of Scalamandré's earliest and most cherished reproduction fabrics. Her inviting plein-air tablescape features pillows covered in Scalamandre's Love Birds, Bizarre, Sami Ikat and Lillian. A tablecloth in blue Serendipity is layered with a coral strié lampas, Uppsala and at the cloth’s edge, is a fetching parasol covered in Sami, in blue. A one-hundred-percent beautifully drawn linen, Baroque Floral is draped over the picnic basket. 

Love Birds

Jamie Drake selected Lenox’s striking Stravagante pattern, a hyper lush, ravishingly drawn Italian Baroque still life based on a document from Scalamandré's Medici Archives. In a distilled, graphic and dreamlike tableau, Stravagante imaginatively comes to life with five winding, serpentine stems, tendrils and leaves covered in Scalamandré’s Citrine Upcountry cotton velvet and Rasone, a solid cotton sateen. Five electric blue Morning Glory blossoms in the blue cotton Cento are adorned with butterflies and bear Stravagante plates. 



by Marisa Marcantonio

Making American - made lighting their forte, The Urban Electric Company, based in Charleston, South Carolina, is one stylish operation. From the 30,000 square foot former Navy Base brick building they call home, to the interesting designers they partner with for collections, their fresh take and forward thinking create gorgeous transform-a-room lighting. The 75 person team and founder Dave Dawson make bespoke craftsmanship their mission.

They have turned to a host of top talent, including Darryl Carter, Amanda Nisbet, Amelia Handegan, Richard Mishaan, Tom Scheerer and others to design hanging lanterns, sconces, standing and table lamps that push the boundaries of metalworking, color and form. I love them for their forward thinking innovation, their impeccable American-made craftsmanship and design style savvy. With a loyal designer following and a new Atlanta showroom they are worth knowing about.

The Sagaponack Hanging Light by Richard Mishaan has a clean, modernist sensibility.

Two colors make the Venetian Lantern by Richard Mishaan festive. A pared down traditional form based on a classic design provides a new take.

Sleek and sexy, the Travers Sconce by Amanda Nisbet can go deco, mid century or minimalist.

Amanda Nisbet's geometric circular design in the Montreal provides a playful touch. Her fun ethos shines through.

The Anna Leah by Amanda Nisbet takes circles to a new place with the chain design that climbs upward in an eye-popping standing lamp. Pick a Benjamin Moore color to work in your color scheme.

The sweeping lines of Amelia Handegan's Belle Meade Double Sconce have me smitten.

The single arm

As seen in the swish Monkey Bar in NYC.

Paraply by Amelia Handegan with an umbrella top and woven sides in glowing brass is like a great charm from a vintage bracelet.

Thomas, the Mark Maresca - designed lantern is all about simple forms that speak volumes.

Belmont Hanging Lantern by Mark Maresca with a spiky Regency flourish at the top and geometric surround.

The Gibson Hanging Lantern from Mark Maresca sheds a lot of light and would be a nice addition over a kitchen island.

Diamond by Michael Amato, the in-house creative director, designed a gorgeous aged finish for this intricately amazing gem.

Long and lean, Cirque by Michael Amato plays on triangle shapes. Pick any color from Benjamin Moore to have it painted.

Chisolm Hall by Michael Amato is also available as a flush mount and defers to classic British design with an American simplicity.

Michael Amato's Globus with the top half silvered is a fresh take on the popular orb I am seeing a lot of now.

Anson Ribbon by Michael Amato is available in any Benjamin Moore color and curlicue flourishes make the light and airy piece wonderfully evocative of a great Dorothy Draper interior.

Bit by Michael Amato is like a timeless Hermes bracelet, clean and simple.

The Edina, with a flush and raised backplate and curvy arm is perfection.


by Marisa Marcantonio

But wait, there's more! Here are the rest of the orchid festooned tables from the NYBG Orchid Dinner held at the Mandarin Oriental. Every designer table was impressively styled, providing a plethora of inspiration and ideas.

Sebastian Li incorporated yellow orchids with a bright red and gold color scheme. Can you say beyond talented? I am still visually processing this one, how did he do those flowers?

Take it in, closer.

Alessandra Branca used her signature black and white striped fabric for her tableskirt and coral colored manzanita branches strung with tons of pure white orchids, surrounded by glowing votives. Pure perfection.

A long table by Tiffany and Co designed by Lambertson Truex with David M. Handy Events was next to the dance floor.

David Duncan Antiques used one of my favorite Josef Frank fabrics to create a tropical multi-colored fantasy.

Bowman Dahl Floral & Event Design created an orchid tree of blazing oranges, yellows and reds.

Richard Mishaan used a french blue silk tablecloth with a cluster of antique opalescent green glass vases in glass walled boxes the centerpiece.

Juan Montoya put orchids inside a 20th century birdcage, tying colorful strands of ribbon from it.

With nary a live orchid in site, Selena Van Der Geest created her snow white designs entirely out of cut paper.

Sherrill Canet's white orchids defied gravity. A zippy palette of bright green and steely gray was slick and modern.

Angelica Gomez embraced fluoro brights.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest

Calling their work "imaginative, intelligent, and inspiring" Architectural Digest recently came out with their list of AD100: The Top Talents in Architecture and Interior Design. Many on it are the usual suspects that do consistently great work, but some you may not know as well.
Margaret Russel has injected a much-needed breath of fresh air, and talent into the list. By highlighting design standouts, many of the designers listed here will experience an uptick in new client calls, and hopefully, a full, rich career ahead. All designers work incredibly hard, and it is great to see the addition of talent that opens the door for an entirely new generation that is well on their way. It's always nice to be acknowledged. So, who do you think should be on next year's list?

Here are some additions I was pleased to see:

Los Angeles-based Alexandra and Michael Misczynski, the married due of Atelier AM create understated, stylish homes

Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, another husband and wife team, of New York's Carrier and Company. They create fresh interiors that mix rustic and fine antiques with visually appealing unique fabrics

LA's lifestyle maven and shop owner, Kelly Wearstler

Madeline Stuart, the LA-based furniture and interior designer who fuses modern style and traditional beauty

Fantastical, glamorous color-filled interiors define Miles Redd's interiors

New York-based internationally inspired Muriel Brandolini, a genius at eclectic, European-tinged, art-filled playful interiors

Classic yet constantly inventive Brit designer Nicky Haslam/NH Interiors, who injects personality into everything he does

Bold interiors give Richard Mishaan's layered spaces a well deserved spot on the list

Mix masters Robin Standefer and husband Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams of NYC are hot hot hot and love to pair brass and wood

Stephen Gambrel of NYC has a chic take on comfort, with crisp lines and pops of unexpected colors

Atlanta's Suzanne Kasler, who can do inviting luxe cabins and grand country homes with equal warmth
and sophistication

Suzanne Rheinstein, the reigning classicist of LA and owner of iconic LA antique-filled shop, Hollyhock