WHERE DO I PUT MY DRINK DOWN? WHY A DRINKS TABLE OF COURSE!

by Marisa Marcantonio

You often hear interior designers talk about drinks tables. These are easy to access at the ready chair - side spots that serve as the perfect place to plant a drink, book or reading glasses. Here is a round up of diverse drinks tables that serve a purpose and look great while doing it.
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The influence of horns, be it antlers hung from the wall or horn inlay, seems to be sticking around. Warm antique brass and creative use of the antlers in the Chairside Table from Century makes the popular motif seem fresh again.

Rich complex glazes and unique garden stool forms keep Emissary ahead of the curve. This new ovoid silhouette with a raised top is a nice new addition.

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A brass tabouret table that resembles a drum with x-detailing looks incredibly chic, like an antique find.

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The three legged Sanibel table with a slim gold leaf base and beveled black marble top has sleek French 1940 lines. From Arteriors.

Based on an 18th century naturalized rocaille style table with a tree base, Beeline Home's Albero Drinks Table is the perfect perch for a cold one. Williams is known for her drinks tables and has an appreciation for their functional qualities.

Available in a zingy green lacquer or (fire engine red), this ribbed Column Drinks Table is a diminutive darling from Beeline Home.

I always love anything wrapped in lacquered linen, so no wonder this coral Festoni zig zag table grabbed my attention!

Currey and Company debuted their highly anticipated Marjorie Skouras collection at market with these sexy shell inlay Bix side tables in a blue green mother of pearl with silverleaf legs. Ooh lala.

Global Views introduced a round marble side table called the Arabesque with Moorish cut out details.

Artesia was feeling the same thing, with their hand carved sandstone version called Soraya. It seems this is the sincerest form of flattery, since both these pieces were influenced by Stephanie Odegard's marble classic in the same vein.

Like a slick of shiny red lipstick, this red laquer Flip side table from Currey and Company is all dressed up, ready for any occasion.

Taking it's cue from 1950's bamboo outdoor furniture, this small cerused side table with a glass top from Gabby has an interesting circular composition.

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The Enzo side table is a solid companion from Made Goods that is available in a chic tortoise looking Penn shell or lighter Kabibe shell finish.

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With a lot of shimmer, the Bea ceramic side table in a glazed gold finish from Made Goods adds quiet glamour.

FROM BLOCK PRINTS TO FURNITURE INDIA AWAITS YOU

by Marisa Marcantonio

There is no denying the influence of India in interior design trends right now. The presence of block printing, rich vegetable dyes and inlay is welcomed, as the addition of ethnic details can add layers of history and visual impact to interiors. From Eat, Pray Love to Aman resorts, the lure of India old and new pulls us in a global direction where commerce and culture collide.
A traditional bone inlay chair made in Rajisthan has been reinterpreted for today by Made Goods with just enough ornamentation.


A gorgeous Moorish Garden Seat of alabaster from Belle Chasse Home has cut outs of architectural arches.

If you are too shy for a palm reader and would rather create your own destiny, you can always opt for these golden Gallicus Hands prints from Natural Curiosities.

The Gorka Mirror from Made Goods has a shimmering surface with hammered brass and reflective mirror that will add a touch of glamour to any setting.

Bright block printed bone picture frames with contrasting borders from Two's Company take the ethnic patterns to accessories in a new way. These are a nice way to bring a pop of color to a shelf or desk.

Printed fabric frames take me back to my Pierre Deux - adoring days in the early 1980's. These John Robshaw frames make great gifts and have a casual look to them, making them a welcome mix with more traditional frames.

Hand blocked bedding in pretty hues from Nandini Textiles are handmade in India

Creative patterns line the wall in Nandini prints.

Little hand drawn marching elephants make this Simrin Tray charming. The soothing green is a great color- not too bright not too pale.

Be seated! John Robshaw created new patterned mats and napkins for festive indoor and outdoor entertaining. He also used that wonderful shade of light green.

Vintage Indian textiles have been made into blankets at Vagabond Vintage. Choose from muted neutrals

or bold brights.

Tote your stuff around on the beach or city in this graphic canvas tote back from John Robshaw. I love this and wish I had it to cover the show!

ADD A TOUCH OF GRAY

by Marisa Marcantonio

A grey and red interior designed by Mary McDonald

Everything looks better with a hint of grey. As an accent or dominant color, all shades of gray are being used in unique and inspiring ways. From charcoal to dove, no grey is outre.

Oval platters painted with pewter botanical motifs from Caskata.

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The Kelso Loveseat covered in grey velvet from Julian Chichester.

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Chelsea Textiles new Lounge Chair in grey.

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For Lee Jofa, Eric Cohler's Mille Fleur Animal Insect print.

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A grey Tall Drum Pendant Light from West Elm in Platinum

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Ric Rac in dove from Studio Bon through Schumacher

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Add a touch of haberdashery with a Bold Grey Stripe Pillow of wool flannel from CB2.


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Need napkins? A rich charcoal linen with hemstitch border and two letter hemstitch from Julia B.

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The Pewter Square Baker from Juliska is a chic shape and goes from oven to table. Have you even started to think about your Thanksgiving table yet? This will get you there.

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Dwell Studio's new Facet Rug in charcoal and cream

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Hidcote Placemat from Dransfield and Ross

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Tritter Feefer's Madame X Desk

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Made Goods Cara Side Table with a faux shagreen surface.

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New from Osborne and Little, the Maharani Collection's print Balyan channels MC Escher optical illusions.


A charming tufted chair from Zentique upholstered in grey linen.

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Add a warm glow with the Park Hill Lantern from Pottery Barn for the rustic, worn look.

A new pattern in cool greys from Ferran Bedding

QUEST MAGAZINE FEATURES EDITOR AT LARGE PICKS IN DESIGN ISSUE

by Marisa Marcantonio

If you are in New York, pick up a copy of Quest Magazine's April Design Issue. If you are on the internet, read their digital magazine at questmag. For the design-themed issue, they did a story with the contributing editors of Editor at Large. We were asked to select our favorite new products from the Gift Show. We had all walked the show and brought different perspectives, with varied things catching our eye. I instantly knew what my picks were going to be.



Two of my favorite companies--the newer Made Goods introduced exciting new mirrors and Chris Wilcox's Natural Curiosities revived floral studies from design history's past. Both companies always amaze me.