by Marisa Marcantonio

A photograph from a recent trip to India to shoot Irving and Fine's latest campaign.

From shooting Irving and Fine's blouse and coat line to globetrotting on photo assignments and creating plates, Miguel Flores - Vianna is keeping very busy.

I caught up with him and he shared why he took on this new craft:
"I love the pieces made by the English taste maker Teddy Millington-Drake. Some friends of mine own a lot of the ones he made and, besides being beautiful, they always made me think, how great he was to be a great artist, decorator and plate maker! I am also obsessed with Mediterranean ceramics so it was almost logical that one day, when I grew up, I wanted to make plates too!"

Our former boss Marian McEvoy knew of my secret wish, so one day she introduced me to Polly Mirrhum, a professional potter in upstate NY. Polly taught me the basics, and once some sort of parameters were established she started guiding me along as I became more ambitious. My plates, bowls and vases are not thrown-- that is a rather difficult to learn technique and I don't have the patience. So I work on a design motif and then with the help of a pattern I give my piece a shape. Polly then fires it. I was calling the process "cooking it" and Polly corrected me and said that the proper term is firing it."

Why tabletop? Why not! I wish I had more time to spend at Polly's studio, but my work as a photographer makes me travel a lot so I go upstate only sporadically. And this brings me back to Teddy Millington-Drake. I suspect he had a lot of fun doing all the many different things he got his hands on. That's is my aim too, to have fun whether it is taking pictures, making plates or trying to get myself on the next flight to Myanmar!

On todays Tastemaker's Tag Sale at Twilight (that's 9pm eastern time) on One King's Lane, an assortment of his swirled pottery pieces will be available, in addition to finds he has collected over the years of travel.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor
Timothy Whealon interiors a have a distinctly American look and style I adore. His extensive knowledge of antiques and art make for interiors that have a 21st Century feel with a curator's eye. The appreciation he has for fine design of the past comes across when he mixes blue chip George III pieces with poppy fresh fabrics like few others can.
This Tuesday November 9th, at 9:00pm (eastern standard time), he is offering over 140 wonderful items from his collection through a One King's Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale. His sale features pieces that he has collected over fourteen years from stylish cities like Paris, London, Istanbul, and Rome. This is your chance to scoop up Jansen, custom upholstered designs, and great accessories that have been seen on the pages of Elle Decor and House Beautiful. He travels the globe for clients, so you don't have to. Now his finds can be yours.

Whealon's New York apartment, where he deftly combined a neutral palette with sleek surfaces, ethnic touches like a Moroccan inlaid table, and rich textures with cut velvets.

Billy Baldwin Slipper Chairs

Another angle of the living room, filled with chic neutrals. Whealon arranges furniture in a room to suite the way people really live-- useful groupings break up the space well and serve a distinct purpose.

Painted Folding Campaign Chairs upholstered in a taupe and cream check.

Whealon's bedroom with shades of taupe, chocolate and white make for a serene escape in a city that never sleeps.

David Hicks wool Area Rug

A 1930's French Travertine Lamp

Whealon designed the window of Christies for a House Sale event

A Coffee Table designed by the late Greg Jordan

Vintage faux Bamboo Chairs with fretwork backs

A Jansen Directoire Style Chandelier

Hornby and Castle Reproduction Stools

A glamorous London home Whealon designed with white upholstery, mirrored pieces and deco details.

Custom 4 Panel Cream Painted Screen

George III circa 1760 Mahogany Side Chairs upholstered in Chant, a Lulu DK fabric.

Vintage Mercury Glass Lamps circa 1945

Vintage Plaster Wall Appliques circa 1940


by Marisa Marcantonio

Check out today's Tastemaker Tagsale with goods from New York interior designer Phillip Gorrivan and Charles De Lisle. Ready, set, dash to your computer at 11am est to snap it up.

Some of the furniture and accessories you will have to choose from are:

Alhambra Embroidered Pillow of fabric from his Highland Court Collection

Photos courtesy of OKL
A pair of Klismos Chairs