EASY PIECES

by Marisa Marcantonio

After I download and process all that I saw at the Gift Show, I begin to compartmentalize and assess emerging trends, exciting new companies, small brands that do a great job, and those that set the tone with merchandising and product assortment. There were some standout pieces worth a second look. These furnishings can transition into a variety of settings and their clean lines and colors make them a shoe in whether you are in an urban or suburban environment.

Bungalow 5 has a white hot collection of Swedish Modern looking pieces called Piedmont. Their colors are always ahead of the curve and styles can go trad or mod depending upon the setting. I have had two of their tabouret tables from the first collection and they are still going strong!

The Fairfax table can be made longer with leaves- so when guests are over you wont have a cramped table

The lower storage shelf is a big asset in this chest on chest.
Hello apartment dwellers! This is the piece for us. Display your favorite design books and objets on the shelves store the stuff you don't use on a daily basis in the drawer below.

Festoni used to show mainly lighting, but a bigger booth this year allowed them to showcase a full assortment of furniture. Their silhouettes are instant classics in great colors.

A linen wrapped nightstand or end table is an easy win

A high lacquer coral chest with cut corners and Empire details would be killer in an entry hall.

A grasscloth coffee table with a chow foot is an easy classic.

Two Worlds Arts had their first foray into Gift Show territory this show. I have been to their Queens warehouse and their showroom downtown and they are a designer secret (since 1985), known for their painted tole and custom furniture. Not anymore! They can create anything custom and the pieces I show here are available in any color with a crackle glaze or lacquer finish. As you wish. Tell Jean Chau Stylebeat sent you!

A hall chair from Two Worlds Arts available with your monogram

A two tiered side table with a painted cane top. I can never get enough caning...

A coffee table trimmed in brass- how I love this!

STYLEBEAT SECRET DESIGN TRADE RESOURCE: TWO WORLD ARTS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Since 1985, the artisans at Two World Arts have been creating custom furniture, lighting and decorative accessories for design industry luminaries. Doing to the trade reproduction and restoration, their pieces add a special handmade touch to a room, and they can make almost anything. I went on a fun field trip to their New York workroom this summer, where custom carved wall panels, a gilt headboard and tables were being made for big installations. It is worth seeing their work in person--make an appointment with Jean Chau to visit their showroom at 122 West 18th Street and order something special.

If you need a fretwork piece that adds color, this etagere with bell finials is a great choice.


Dress up a dresser with a beautiful scenic to match a print in the room.

If the budget does not allow for expensive antique deft pieces, this blue and white lidded jar makes for a great stand in.

A Leather bench with a double demi lune base has an au courant limed finish.


A Chinese Chippendale Side Chair is becoming an old standby these days, an interior must!

The reproduction Elkins Loop Chair is hard to find, and creeping in to take the place of the Chinese Chip as a chic side chair of the moment.

Lanterns of all shapes and sizes can be made and decoratively painted.

Wrapped linen! Lacquered! I love this clean, Parsons nightstand with a single drawer and magazine shelf.

When you need to go above and beyond for a client, get a Chinese Wedding Bed custom made.

Photos Courtesy of Two World Arts
A classic Chinoiserie Secretary is a great living room standby, with room for books, objects and geegaws.