CALL IN THE DRAGONS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Expect a wild year said the Zodiac. With the Chinese Zodiac Year of The Dragon coming to a close soon, it is interesting to notice how many great dragon designs have been created anew. Fierce, respected, honored, feared and fictitious, the dragon inspires awe and brings good fortune. Why wouldn't you want some fiery fabulousness in your home?

 Photos courtesy of Jim Thompson

No.9 Thompson's Dynasty Collection designed by Richard Smith captures the allure of Chinese folklore. Inspired by ancient decorative arts, from 17th Century silk carpets to ceramics, the hand-painted designs boldly represent a rich decorative history in a color palette for today.

With a wave and decorative link border, Enter The Dragons can be used in a variety of applications. The festive dragon is featured down the center of the fabric along with animated clouds against a rich chocolate brown. There is a great energy to this print, and I have seen it used in upholstery, but panel curtains look striking as well.

Aqua, orange, pink and yellow is another incredible color mix. This fabric can ground a room and the dominant colors make it a heady combination.

Schumacher's Chang Mai Dragon fabric came from a 1920's Art Deco print. The exuberant colorations are beloved for their versatility, as they make pieces look modern and vintage depending on the shape of the piece they go on. Here, Global Views showed their new high back chair with the print to showcase custom upholstery options.

Century Furniture showed the print on a traditional upholstered chair at High Point Market.

Photo courtesy of Mottahedeh

Bringing the dragon into tablesettings adds an air of mystery and allure. Mottahedeh's Red Dragon plate shows the fierce creature circling the border with outstretched claws. The dynamic nature of the design and the composition looks beautiful in a place setting.

Photo courtesy of Caskata

With gold detailing, Caskata's Dragon Canape Plates look amazing all together, since they capture the dragon in different places.

 Photo courtesy of Dempsey and Carrol

Opulent Gold Dragon stationery from Dempsey and Carroll will send good fortune.

CELERIE KEMBLE LAUNCHES WALLPAPER WITH SCHUMACHER

by Marisa Marcantonio

With wide-ranging stylistic influences, Celerie Kemble's debut wallpaper collection with Schumacher has patterns to suit a variety of settings. From a soft, classic acanthus motif to a boldly colored  Chinoiserie cloud, the collection can work in a mid century modern living room, a warm modern entryway, precious powder rooms and on and on. The unexpected scale and color palette make it a fun new line, and here are some favorites that caught my eye.

Cirrus Clouds in Plume

Cirrus Clouds in Shanghai

Playing off the classic tree of life motif, Hot House Flowers Sisal in Seaglass and Chalk is pretty pretty

Flame, a classic flame stitch pattern is re-interpreted in kicky colors like Cha-Cha

Stud Stripe in Natural and Bronze adds warmth and height with a linear stud design

Acanthus Leaf channels old world British glamour

In Seaglass and Chalk

Shadow is a rich grey

Feather Bloom has Art Deco undertones and delicate detailing, Emerald and Ore is a wonderful shade of green

In Two Blues

Golden Plum has a  sophisticated chic

Dove reveals the radiating pattern with contrast

COLOR KICKS THIS YEAR'S KIPS BAY SHOWHOUSE UP A NOTCH

by Marisa Marcantonio

So how do you make a modern glass box livable? That was the question many designers asked themselves as they prepared their rooms for this year's Kips Bay Showhouse. Situated in a tower in the sky with river views, two duplex apartments received the designer treatment.  With nary a piece of molding in sight, the design challenge began. The chosen participants spun their web of transformation  in a jiffy. Since these are professionals, they rose to the occasion with brilliance, creating unique spaces with something for everyone. I will delve into the design standouts over the next week, so visit the far Westside and take a look. If traveling cross town is too much to process, Kips Bay has organized a shuttle bus that leaves from the Park Avenue Armory at 66th Street.

Speaking of brilliance, the brilliant color green was big this year. It was present in  every hue, from jade to grass, the verdant color vied for attention. From Charlotte Moss covering an entire room in floor to ceiling pea green velvet (masking the soffit overhang like the lining of a jewelry box)  to Jamie Drake painting his walls a matte teal finish, the veteran designers used the color to great dramatic effect.

Todd Romano's dining room with double height ceilings and soaring windows. French Directiore chairs upholstered in Brunschwig and Fils grass green silk matched the Dodie Thayer pottery he set on the table.

A massive pineapple welcomed us. Designed by Horacio Madrigal Terra Cotta, it is from Claremont,  in case you were wondering. The color matched the aubergine walls.

To say I have a fondness for Thayer Lettuceware is an understatement. I adore it. You can always count on Romano for Porthault linens and gorgeous china.

Charmer alert! A miniature vase of carnations at every place setting provided a warm gesture of hospitality.

What Kips Bay room would be complete without a handmade lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller?

Bringing the natural world inside, Charlotte Moss's room appealed to all the senses. She covered a wall in boxwood, the facing wall had blown up images of manicured French gardens, and swathed everything in varying shades of green.   The darling round-backed Charleston Slipper Chair and white cut corner table are two pieces

 from her new Century Icon's Furniture collection. The scale and amount of detail on them are just perfect, and I think my apartment would agree.

  The Natchez Camel Back Sofa has Fortuny Pillows from David Duncan on it to add a little shimmer.  To further enhance the greenery all around, the sounds of chirping birds created a transporting experience.

Photos by Eric Striffler

Working with her new Fabricut collection, she covered the room in velvet and upholstered pieces in her green florals and prints. Getting creative with the wall space, she hung antique engravings at eye level and placed a Vladimir Kanevsky Porcelain Hollyhock on a gilded decorative bracket.

Catching everything in its reflective glow, the walls of Thom Filicia's lacquer box.

His Vanguard Copake Eagle Console held sway on one wall.

On another wall, his cool modern Abstract Lines artwork from Soicher Marin were hung above a bench he designed for Vanguard.

Brian del Toro is a name you may not know but you should. He is enormously talented, having worked for some of the best in the business.  He was a senior designer when I was at David Kleinberg's office. His has impeccable taste. Spring green cushions in F. Schumacher's Prestwick wool sateen in shamrock on parchment club chairs from the 1960's mirror the clean lines in the wall treatment.

To counter the pop of green, French blue walls were treated with linear paneling. There were many great takes on how to treat walls this showhouse.

A rarified old world vintage Longchamp desk set and lamp tied the shades of green together. How civilized. Desk sets are making a comeback. I think the luddite in everyone is emerging to counter our obsessive ipad use.

What can I say? Jamie Drake just knows how to style a bookcase. He too used interesting horizontal panel detailing in more of a forest green/teal combination.

Beautiful porcelain flowers nestled amongst the books.

Scott Sanders created The Cabana, a room  that is ready for summer. Incorporating a classic Scalamandre  resist print recolored in a green, blue and yellow floral pattern. 

Meshing mid century modern and the way we live today, Sanders artfully crafted a fun hang out space. 

Phillip Jeffries Juicy Jute grasscloth in split pea added requisite zing on the walls teeing up the pair of fluoro Warhol pop art cows.

MAISON DE LUXE WITH MARTYN

by Marisa Marcantonio

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Million Dollar Decorator/furniture designer/Jaguar spokesman/Schumacher fabric designer/all around fun bon vivant, decorated Mr. Doheny's Bathroom, massage room and bedroom as a masculine lair. In the massage area, glimmering touches of brass, black detailing and chevron stripes keep things moody and luxe.

Bullard's new Schumacher fabrics are used throughout. A Brookstone massage table, covered in his oversized zig zag fabric is the focal point of the massage room. A folding screen of antiqued mirror makes the intimate space appear larger, a great device in small areas.

Touches of black and white are coordinated with modernist abstract paintings.

MLB's now signature black and white Tangiers Side Table sits in a corner.

In the bedroom, a canopy bed of his own design is draped in his Schumacher fabrics. Taupe along with touches of ebony and white are everywhere. The space gets a global injection, with Indian mirrors, inlaid accessories and low lighting from sconces and table lamps.

A small Indian mirror, Buddha and inlaid chest under the ebony nightstand evoke travels and far off escapes.

A cozy reading chair mixing pattern and solid in more (!) Schumacher.

Paisley upholstered wall panels surrounded by white millwork details add a relaxing den feeling to Mr. Doheny's bedroom. A gilded serpent mirror from Rose Tarlow Melrose House hangs above the beautifully proportioned marble mantel.

A major ebony inlaid chest on elaborate legs surrounded by a pair of tracery detailed chairs adds heft and interesting forms.

An ebony and ivory leg desk with an anglo Indian chair and brass camel add a bit of exotic flavor to the area where work gets done.