by Marisa Marcantonio

Working with craftsmen and the machines in a workroom that has been making wicker and rattan since the Victorian era, Soane Britain has some incredible new rattan additions.  But beauty takes time and an exacting hand.  Making a sofa can take over a week. The casual lightness in the material adds an airy addition to any space. Soane's dedication to making their goods in Britain earned them the prestigious Walpole Award for Luxury Craftmanship in 2010. As you can see, there is no talent shortage in England, as founder and creative director Lulu Lytle designs everything and it is produced to perfecting standards. The quality as well as her creative eye are nonpareil.

The coral mirror with a radiating circular pattern

The Mortimer Table is a pedestal table reinterpreted in wicker with a strong silhoutte

The Armadillo Hanging Light with stepped-down tiers

The Daisy Hanging Light has wonderful presence

Their new classic Halma Man table also comes in rattan

Be your own Venus on The Half Shell in the Venus Chair. It is just magical.

The Carousel Chair with round back and ferris wheel effect

The Carousel Bar Stool

This lamp is very Moooi, taking one medium and creating an entire piece out of it. The malleable material looks so fresh and new in this old-timey table lamp form.

The Isis Chair with lattice detail on the sides

The Isis Coffee Table


by Marisa Marcantonio

Yummy nibbles from Swifty's and vodka tonics at the opening of Soane furniture and accessories at 200 Lex
made for a festive affair. Springy white flowers and antique decorative accessories make the space, showing over 100 of their English made pieces, even more beautiful. Guests left with goody bags that included catalogs and specially packaged and imported chocolates from London's favorite chocolatier, Rococo. Until the end of May, visit the 10th floor of the NYDC to start shopping!

Organic Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Wafers from Rococo with custom Soane labels for party guests


by Marisa Marcantonio

Few companies manage to produce such consistently gorgeous pieces as Soane Britain does. Every single thing designer Lulu Lyttle crafts is stunning. Her unerring eye designs pieces that are rooted in history yet totally fresh for today's interiors.
Soane is coming to New York this May, and in conjunction with 1st Dibs they are opening a Pop Up Shop on the 10th floor of 200 Lex. There will be 100 pieces there, so if you can, make a visit and check it out!

The info:

Lulu Lytle, co-owner and designer in the Pop Up Shop at NYDC

You just have to see it in person to appreciate the fine finishes, perfect scale and butter soft leather upholstery

The Sharktooth Mirror

The Vendome Sofa

The Crillon Chair

The Artichoke Lantern

Halma Man resin side table

The Pineapple Table Lamp

The Hexagonal Side Table


by Marisa Marcantonio

With an eye towards architectural details and inspiration from 18th, 19th, and 20th Century originals, the brilliant Lulu Lytle and antique dealer Christopher Hodsoll started Soane, a custom furniture company in 1997. Utilizing the superb craftsmen in England, the British made collection of furniture, lighting, accessories and fabrics become instant classics-- the antiques of tomorrow. Their understated customer - first approach has made loyalists of the likes of David Easton, Michael Smith and McMillen. I first visited their 50 Pimlico Road shop over ten years ago, at the urging of my mother, Nancy Marcantonio of NHM Interiors. She said I have never seen anything like it, and boy, was she right. The line, with over 500 designs, merges unique stylistic influences and handmade craftsmanship in an unlimited array of finishes and customization, bringing the best of Britain to you.

Their pieces work in a variety of settings-- from minimalist to Art Deco

A sampling of Stylebeat favorites...
Chic alert! The Orb Mirror has large circles around the border

The diminutive Fireside Chair is a slipper chair, what more do I have to say? Love it

The Rout Chair in shocking blue on blue upholstery

In a word, the Campaign Chair is perfection

The Crillon Dining Chair in the softest leather

The Blower Chair you can sit in for hours and still be comfy

The generous Vendome Sofa with tight back and loose cushions

The Blower Banquette with channel upholstery

The Yacht Chair in high lacquer will make you yen for a mega yacht

The Jurassic Lamp references a Chinese pottery shape

A classic scallop shell in a new way. The Small Shell Wall Light comes electrified. Maybe a candle is more your style. Nothing looks as good as a candlelit room.

The ladylike Petal Sconce is charming without being saccharine sweet

The Roman Lamp in a verdigris finish takes it back to ancient times

The Grissini Lamp has 70's flair in antiqued silver

The Nereid Dressing Table with hidden drawers in the scallops and Stool

The Large Halma Man in resin is like candy for your sofa

The glossy and glam deco - inspired Scroll Bracket Console

I find round dining tables make conversation easier. The Fox Dining Table in an elegant mid Mahogany finish

Bring the party to any room in the house with the Nureyev Trolley with side rails

The Abacus Table has a clean line in an ebony finish

The Cavaletti Desk of forged iron has a leather top, an x base and 3 drawers for ample storage

The Stag Table of hand wrought iron adds a masculine feel for a den or entryway

The Hexagonal Side Table with glass top takes its cue from great Roman aqueducts

The Folding Card Table for betting big and winning big

The Rattan Console is a longtime fave, the playful silhouette makes me smile

Handsome and tailored, the Park Avenue Desk was inspired by a 1930's original