THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Whether using them to kick back and relax or as a coffee table, ottomans always come to the rescue. No matter what your style, there is an ottoman out there to fit your needs. Go luxe with leather or ethnic global with dhurrie- it's ottomania!

Photo courtesy of Horchow
These are so fun I want them all! Exclusively for Horchow, the Kilim Footstools are covered in a patchwork of Indian textiles dyed in rich hues.

The Chakki Ottoman from Serena and Lily has an intricately carved base and upholstery can be in one of 12 fabric choices.

Photo courtesy of Gabby's
From the moment I first saw this Gabby's Bellamy Ottoman, I have wanted it. Completely upholstered with tufting, the lines are just right and the size is ultra versatile.

Photo courtesy of Anthropology
Mixing warm wood and honey - colored leather, the Rhys ottoman from Anthropology gets better with wear and matches a variety of chair styles. Rather than trekking to England to find this at an antique store, you can get it at Anthro.
Photo courtesy of Elite Leather
Luxe leather surrounds this Moroccan inflected Candemir ottoman from Nathan Turner for Elite Leather. I think loden green is such a rich color that incorporates well with neutrals.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs
Little and lovely, Ballard Designs Delamere Footrest with British Colonial details is smart great for smaller spaces.

Photo courtesy of Hickory Chair
With an attached box edge cushion, this low Warner ottoman from Hickory Chair is comfy and refined. The small casters make moving it around a snap.

Photo courtesy of Bee Line
Multi functional pieces are always handy, like this Beeline Home Tray Chic ottoman by Bunny Williams with a built-in tray.

Photo courtesy of Baker
Some ottomans look great in pairs, like the Bamboo Ottoman from Baker. It is elevated, and the decorative frame has a lightness to it.

Photo courtesy of Lee Industries
An ottoman with a bobbin leg is classic and timeless. Covered in this cheery pink, you will have this piece forever. From Lee Industries.

Photo courtesy of Noir
Burlap with nailheads- chic! Noir's round Bullseye Ottoman with a circular nailhead pattern can serve as a table or footrest and look great while doing it.


Photo courtesy of West Elm
A dhurrie covered ottoman with turned white legs is sturdy and chic in the gray and white combo. From West Elm as a limited edition.

The Savannah Ottoman from Pottery Barn has a tailored kick pleat skirt. Carved legs on casters make it easy to move around.

TONY DOUQUETTE DESIGNS LAND UNDERFOOT WITH RUGS

by Marisa Marcantonio


Photo Courtesy of Hutton Wilkinson
Hutton Wilkinson, protege and collaborator of Tony Duquette's for over 30 years, rounds out an exuberant collection of fabrics,wallpaper, lighting and furniture with the newest addition, rugs. Duquette is known for creating elaborate Broadway costumes, stage settings and over the top decorative items for New York and Hollywood cognoscenti. His furnishings were often re - purposed from found materials that were elevated by using unique finishing techniques with bold and exuberant results. 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. Hutton has made sure the Duquette legacy lives on, by collaborating with companies that best executed the vision-- Baker Furniture, Remains Lighting, Jim Thompson Fabrics and now, Roubini for rugs. The rugs capture the greatest hits of Duquette, bringing glamour and drama to the floor.


A personal favorite, Malachite, in an all- over pattern



Leopard in Spinach has an op art quality to it


Fireworks looks both old and new, with an art deco feel


Duquette loved Coral, and the rug is constant pattern of a flowing coral field



Tibetan Sun is a close match to the fabric pattern, and the dominant colors can take a room in many directions

Golden Sunburst with it's rays and overlapping beams is like a modern work of art


Ermine, a Duquette symbol of glamour and the high life, becomes an abstracted pattern when used evenly across the ground


Beauty and The Beast brings Broadway to life, with a charming grisaille stage set

HIGH POINT REVEAL: THE SELECTED WORKS OF TONY DUQUETTE FROM BAKER

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.

THE BIG REVEAL:



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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).