Designing your dream home setting to fit the times.
Even before the pandemic forced most of us to WFH and think twice about leaving the house, I have enjoyed the simple art of nesting. Don’t get me wrong—I love to be out and about meeting clients and colleagues, supporting charities, dining at incredible restaurants and catching an art exhibit or performance—you name it. But I can also be quite the homebody and have always viewed my home as a sanctuary to unwind and spend quality time with loved ones. Our personal spaces have become more important than ever during these challenging circumstances. I’d like to share some design ideas to turn your home into a true oasis too.
Perfect for the balcony or backyard, the statement-making Hammock chair is a new collaboration by Miami architect Rene Gonzalez and Italian furniture line Paola Lenti. Its exclusive rope corda comes in several color options and is woven onto a contemporary tubular frame of lacquered stainless steel. Find it at Luminaire’s showrooms in Coral Gables and the Miami Design District.
American artist Dale Chihuly is reimagining his iconic glass sculptures for The Rug Company. The partnership marks the latter’s first time working with a glass artist. The limited-edition, handmade collection features several of his key motifs such as the Rosette (pictured here), Pheasant and Poplar, among others. A large selection of sizes is available, too, a bonus for his many fans and collectors.
For its Florida foray, a stunning, 10,000-square-foot flagship in the Miami Design District, B&B Italia decided to do something different. It’s the company’s first showroom that combines shopping in person with digital enhancements. It dubbed this “physical meets digital experience” as “phygital.” Customers are greeted by a massive videowall that displays collections before customizing pieces through smaller screens and swatch books.
You just never know what you’re going to find on Design Dose, Surface magazine’s new e-commerce platform for one-off pieces and other limited-edition items from fashion to home décor to artworks. One day it might be Peg Woodworking’s Satet Bench in ash wood and woven cotton cord by a woman-founded firm in Brooklyn or Issey Miyake’s origami-inspired Bao Bao Prism Frost tote.
I’m obsessed with Frette linens. Understanding that we could all use some extra tranquility this year, its fall collection favors calming colors like celadon green and powder pink. New items also include Luxury Lozenge throw pillows with a tone-on-tone argyle pattern in a cotton silk blend and Lotus Flower embroidered sheet sets in cotton sateen. Build your dream bed via the web site’s new virtual styling studio and sleep well.