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Another wonderful Salone del Mobile, also known as Milan Design Week, just ended.  I wasn’t there in person, but I always stalk all the goods via social media, especially Instagram.  My favorite show to watch out for is Apparatus, debuting their newest designs.  This year was a treat as always, with new lighting being the main star, including the “Tassel” and “Circuit” collections, as well as marble versions of their “Portal” tables they debuted last year.  I never know what to expect each year, other than absolute design perfection!

Apparatus

Apparatus

marble Portal coffee tables by Apparatus

marble Portal coffee tables by Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus “Circuit” light over a marble “Portal” dining table

Apparatus

Apparatus “Tassel” sconce

Apparatus

Apparatus

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In the final installment of my series on what’s inspiring me now, revolving around my favorite spring collection, Calvin Klein, the conversation between hard and soft continues.  Leather ruled the runway, but so did silk, sequins, and more.  Yesterday I talked about my favorite black leather furniture pieces, and this post continues that story on how to bring that element also seen on the Calvin Klein runway home, and how to keep the balance of masculine and feminine, hard and soft.  Apparatus continues to play a big role in this dialogue too, with their homes and studio in the mix.  Not that you should copy anyone exactly, but I’ve found some perfect pieces to get the look of their living room.  If you dissect it and also take inspiration from Calvin Klein, you’ll see materials as opposite as each other like silk and concrete, travertine and linen, or wood and fur.  Think of adding any of these elements, and others like leather or snakeskin to your space.  But keep an editing eye, and only add a dollop of each to keep it chic and modern.  And don’t forget my favorite element of all, flowers!

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Egg Collective tables

Egg Collective tables

Mongolian pillow from West Elm

Mongolian pillow from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

travertine table via 1stdibs

travertine table via 1stdibs

pillow from West Elm

pillow from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus 'Portal' table

Apparatus Portal table

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

bedding by Tenfold from The Line

linen bedding by Tenfold from The Line

leather pillow

leather pillow

Portal coffee table by Apparatus via Instagram

Portal coffee table by Apparatus via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Amy Mellen's inspiration for Calvin Klein Home via One Kings Lane

Amy Mellen’s inspiration for Calvin Klein Home via One Kings Lane

 

 

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Continuing on from last week’s post on what’s inspiring me this spring, Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016 is still at the heart of it in this part II of III.  Last week I focused on the floral looks, and how they translated to the home.  This week it’s all about the chain details that were such an interesting addition, and used in a way I’ve never seen before.  My first thought for how to bring that material home is lighting by Apparatus, specifically their ‘Cloud’ and ‘Link Porcelain’ fixtures.  Other chain details that come to mind are objects by ceramicist Michele Quan, and lights by Natalie Page.  Interior Designer  Jeffrey Bilhuber had custom plaster coated lights on large chain made for the Miami home of former Calvin Klein CEO Barry Schwartz  (nice coincidence), and James Huniford often uses chain as objects in his projects.  Chain is an interesting material that I would recommend adding to your space.  Hang art or bed hangings from the ceiling on brass or bronze chain, or wear chunky gold chains (not like Mr. T, more like Dries van Noten fall ’15) with your favorite outfit!

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus

Apparatus

Michele Quan

Michele Quan

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Michele Quan

Michele Quan

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Natalie Page lights

Natalie Page lights from BDDW

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

James Huniford

James Huniford

James Huniford

James Huniford

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus x Zak + Fox

Apparatus x Zak + Fox

Calvin Klein Collection pre-fall 2016

Calvin Klein Collection pre-fall 2016

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Although fall is by far my favorite season for fashion, and design in general, I have been so inspired for this spring!  A big part of that inspiration has been on my mind since last September when I first saw my favorite collection at New York fashion week, Calvin Klein Collection.  Creative Director Francisco Costa sent models down the runway in looks that combined elements of hard and soft.  Silk, leather, sequins, chain details, skater shoes, and my favorite part of all, stunning surrealist floral prints.  I’ve literally been thinking of these looks for six months, and I’ve been imagining how perfect that inspiration flows into the home.  Enter the ever-inspiring floral creations of Putnam & Putnam, a dose of Apparatus studio, and floral Belgian linen from one of my favorite stores, West Elm.  I’ll let the images speak more for themselves, but I’ve been so inspired by the spring Calvin Klein collection that there are more parts to this series.  Stay tuned!

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016 editorial

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016 editorial

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Belgian linen bedding from West Elm

Belgian linen bedding from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam, Brides magazine

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Belgian linen curtains from West Elm

Belgian linen curtains from West Elm

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Apparatus x Putnam & Putnam

Apparatus x Putnam & Putnam via Instagram

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Offset print from West Elm

Offset for West Elm print

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

via Lonny magazine

via Lonny magazine

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

via Instagram @apparatusstudio

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Calvin Klein Collection s/s 2016

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

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I might be a broken record, but I’ll never get sick of rosey pink shades, and I love them now maybe more than ever.  I’m obsessed with three shades specifically, all from Farrow & Ball.  “Setting Plaster”, which is more on the mauve side, “Pink Ground”, more of a pale peachy-pink, and a new hue called “Peignoir”, that has a grey undertone.  If I was decorating a place for myself right now, at least one, but probably all three colors would probably work their way into my space.  They’re all very flattering tones, very calming, and a perfect blend of masculine and feminine.  I’d even say they’re a neutral.  Not sure about a completely pink room?  Follow designer Jeffrey Bilhuber’s lead and paint just the ceiling “Setting Plaster” like he did in a recent Seattle project.  He’s also known to paint bedroom ceilings a barely-there shade called “Bridal Pink” by Benjamin Moore.  It adds a very subtle glow that is flattering to the skin tone of all that enjoy the room.  It’s like candlelight but through paint.  I highly recommend adding a little blush to your spring spaces!

Marella Agnelli via Vogue

Marella Agnelli via Vogue

Yvonne Kone

Yvonne Koné

Although last time I checked, shop owner Yvonne Koné has painted her Copenhagen store a grey-blue, I will forever love when it was painted “Skin Powder” by Pure & Original paint.

Yvonne Kone

Yvonne Koné

Line Klein

Line Klein

Line Klein

Line Klein

Line Klein

Line Klein

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

Apparatus

via Remodelista

“Setting Plaster” in a space by Chan + Eayrs via Remodelista

Muck floral and general store via anyonegirl

Muck floral and general store via anyonegirl

Jeffrey Bilhuber via Architectural Digest

Jeffrey Bilhuber via Architectural Digest

Brian Paquette Interiors

“Setting Plaster” at Greystone mansion for Maison de Luxe by Brian Paquette Interiors (above and below)

Brian Paquette Interiors

Brian Paquette Interiors

Designer Brian Paquette loved the hue “Setting Plaster” so much for his room at Greystone, that he even had floor lamps and a custom coffee table painted the same shade.

via Instagram @kellywearstler

via Instagram @kellywearstler

Farrow & Ball's "Peignoir"

Farrow & Ball’s “Peignoir”

a closer look at "Peignoir"

a closer look at “Peignoir”

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In lieu of this week’s usual ’10 Things I Loved This Week’, I thought I’d do what I try to do every month or so, or season, and share what’s currently inspiring me, and what I’m completely obsessed with.  As I mentioned in a previous post, my brain is ahead of the game a little, and I’m thinking more about fall 2016 then I am spring.  As a creative/designer I tend to find that being the case, as I would be working on future collections instead of what’s already hitting stores now.  More of a theme came out of my current inspiration then I expected, namely stone and large slabs of marble.  From Lex Pott’s creations for a series called ‘Fragments’ to the spring campaign for Céline, large rocks are a big part of what I’m loving right now.  Other natural materials like green marble are stuck in my head, as well as furniture and objects from a new favorite source, &tradition.  Pleated fashion looks from Proenza Schouler and Issey Miyake are also swoon worthy.  But I’m particularly obsessed with a quilt by fashion label DDUGOFF, and a mixed media coffee table by Jaime Hayon.  Always so much to love!

Maxalto table

Maxalto table

Apparatus and Zak + Fox 'Strata Study' wallpaper

Apparatus and Zak + Fox ‘Strata Study’ wallpaper

marble tables from TRNK NYC

marble tables from TRNK NYC

'Fragments' by Lex Pott

‘Fragments’ by Lex Pott

'Fragments' by Lex Pott and Calico

‘Fragments’ by Lex Pott and Calico wallpaper

'Fragments' by Lex Pott

‘Fragments’ by Lex Pott

Lex Pott

Lex Pott

Céline s/s 2016 campaign

Céline s/s 2016 campaign

Céline s/s 2016 campaign

Céline s/s 2016 campaign

Max Lamb

Max Lamb

Pettersen & Hein

Pettersen & Hein

Lex Pott via &tradition

Lex Pott via &tradition

via &tradition

via &tradition

via &tradition

via &tradition

Jaime Hayon via &tradition

Jaime Hayon via &tradition

via &tradition

via &tradition

Proenza Schouler s/s 2016 campaign

Proenza Schouler s/s 2016 campaign

Issey Miyake via Totokaelo

Issey Miyake via Totokaelo

Issey Miyake via Totokaelo

Issey Miyake via Totokaelo

Issey Miyake via Totokaelo

Issey Miyake via Totokaelo

Issey Miyake via Totokaelo

Issey Miyake via Totokaelo

DDUGOFF f/w 2016

DDUGOFF f/w 2016

 

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For this Christmas, my vision for setting the table is more wintry than Christmassy.  I had already had visions of marble and marbleized pieces like dinnerware in my mind before seeing Apparatus’s Thanksgiving table via Instagram (@apparatusstudio) in their dining room with walls covered in their geode-inspired wall covering in collaboration with Zak + Fox.  After seeing that I went even further with that idea, finding beautiful linens, serving pieces, and more inspired by or made of marble.  I of course wouldn’t do everything in marble, but would choose one or two touches, with tons of white (or black), gold/brass, and plenty of winter greens and white flowers.  Apparatus set their table with white dinnerware with a big gold circle in the middle made in collaboration with ceramicist Alice Goldsmith (hopefully available to purchase soon), neutral table linens, and simple glassware.  Their brass candle blocks complete the look.  It’s the perfect holiday table!

Another idea I’m loving is pink with metallic touches, mostly gold, and a little mercury glass.  I’d even add a little silvery blue in linens inspired by the walls at the winter wedding of Calvin Klein Home’s creative director Amy Mellen.  I’d take that hint of grey-blue further by adding plenty of eucalyptus and evergreen boughs.  Her wedding also featured some of my favorite blooms, like anemones, thistle, and winter berries.  The glass cloches I’ve been loving so much all fall would be added to this table story too.  Putnam & Putnam still does them best with flowers, but even filling them with pine cones, fruit, or twinkle lights would be stunning.  Pieces from both the marble and pink themes could easily be combined.  Just have fun with it, and keep it clean and simple.  Oh, and don’t forget plenty of candlelight!

Simple Life Istanbul dinnerware

Simple Life Istanbul dinnerware

marble, brass, wood, and ceramic

marble, brass, wood, and ceramic

dinnerware from One Kings Lane

serving pieces from One Kings Lane

Zak + Fox and Apparatus Studio 'Strata Study'

Zak + Fox and Apparatus Studio ‘Strata Study’

Rule of Three runner

Rule of Three runner

Apparatus

Apparatus

The Pursuits of Happiness

The Pursuits of Happiness

Apparatus candle blocks

Apparatus candle blocks

via Front + Main

via West Elm’s Front + Main

CB2 glassware

CB2 glassware

runner from West Elm

runner from West Elm

napkins and flatware from West Elm

napkins and flatware from West Elm

a winter wedding

Amy Mellen’s winter wedding

my favorite flowers

my favorite flowers

winter blooms and statuary

winter blooms and statuary

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

vases from West Elm

vases from West Elm

Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam

Sarah Sherman Samuel

Sarah Sherman Samuel

Apparatus Studio

Apparatus Neo-Marble vessel

Putnam & Putnam x Apparatus Studio

Putnam & Putnam x Apparatus Studio

Putnam & Putnam's shop at Club Monaco

Putnam & Putnam’s shop at Club Monaco

cloches with lights

cloches with lights

Putnam & Putnam at Club Monaco

Putnam & Putnam at Club Monaco

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