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January 31, 2011

Based Upon…Genius

Filed under: Art and Accesories,materials and finishes — Tags: , , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 9:38 am

I recently stumbled upon this wonderful little company called Based Upon. The company describes themselves as “a group of artists and designers creating large scale artworks, sculptural furniture and hand applied surfaces.” But if you take one look at the portfolio of this London based company, you will see that they are more then that. They specialize in custom metal work and have four different labels called based upon composed, based upon form, based upon surface, and based upon meaning. Even though it is the same medium for each label, the application for each is different.

Composed is work done custom for special application based on their client (or at least from what I can tell.) Work ranges from free standing pieces to applied wall surfaces. What is unique about this label is that it is make specifically for the client and use. Form is their furniture line using metal, resin and lacquer. They make everything from cocktail tables to dining room tables to dressing bureau. The furniture is very unique and modern – some of it comes in multiple pieces as if the item has broken apart. Surface is their line of metal applied surface designs. Many of the designs incorporate images and aspects of nature, water, and maps. The label meaning is something very unique in that it is aiming to shine a new light and perspective on something using the metal designs. I believe that this is specially made for the client as well.

The website is very modern and unique and is almost set up in a blog format with posts being added regularly to each label. The art is unlike anything you have ever seen before and there is something very nostalgic about the motifs used combining nature and the urban environment. Since they are based in London, I don’t think they have reached a big popularity in the states, but that shouldn’t stop you from calling them up for your own custom design. You can see more of their work or contact on their website: http://www.baseduponablog.co.uk/ I think we all can appreciate the innovation and beauty that comes with art.

Based Upon Composed

Based Upon Surface

Based Upon Form

Based Upon Meaning

January 28, 2011

Coffee with Jamie – Making Thursdays Even Better

Filed under: book club,Coffee with Jamie — jherzlinger @ 7:34 pm

Hello Everyone!

I am writing to announce that beginning next week, Thursdays will be “Coffee with Jamie.” After many wonderful and supportive e-mails inquiring about lifestyle trends, we wanted to give our readers more ways to improve their overall life and not just the design of their homes. We have decided on a book club of sorts. I love reading and find that people often want to know what piece of literature I have sitting on my side table. We will explore books ranging from fiction to coffee table books that I have found to be incredibly inspiring and fascinating. We have also teamed up with AMAZON so you can purchase right from our site. We would LOVE to hear more from our readers about what exactly you would like to see or hear about a great book that you have recently completed. We are looking forward to this addition to the blog and hope you are too! Check back on Monday for our regular posts and keep and eye out this Thursday for Coffee with Jamie!

JHI Favorites: Artistic Tile

Filed under: materials and finishes — Tags: , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 9:48 am

It is a fact that interior designers would be nothing without the fine service people of the trade that provide us with resources for our projects. This has been true since the beginning of architecture and can especially be seen during the 1200′swhen guilds of different crafts left emblems of their guild embedded within the architecture, like in the stained glass of Notre Dame. ( The largest guild during the mid 13th century was the wool merchants guild and they were so wealthy that they were able to purchase the entire main city church of Florence after the head craftsmen died, and hired the infamous Brunelleschi.)

Not a lot has changed simply because there are so many industries necessary to complete a single design project, commercial or residential. The best designers have an extremely loyal team of industry people behind them with specific representatives that are practically like family. Our firm is no different, and one company that continues to stay a part of our team is Artistic Tile. If you have never heard of Artistic Tile (which I’m sure you have), all you need to do is a small google search to understand the caliber of their work. They sell the most exquisite and luxurious stone and tile products on the market and recently just put in a small line of bathroom furnishings. And we aren’t the only ones who think they are fantastic, Artistic Tile was just recognized this December by Interior Design Magazine receiving one of their Best of Year Awards.

Despite their glory, we find again and again that their dedication to the personal relationships with their clients is something entirely unique. The friendly and loyal representatives support our projects and design aspirations whether they are involved or not. We find ourselves often exchanging design ideas because the innovative and progressive staff always know the latest in our field. Obviously we use TONS of Artistic Tile’s products and have many projects and examples of them in our work. The refined and exclusive collections they carry practically guarantee a success not matter what you pick. They maintain their facebook and will answer you PERSONALLY if you have any questions. Needless to say – we love Artistic Tile and all of the support they have given us over the years. Where would we be without you? Visit their website at http://www.artistictile.com/ or their facebook http://www.facebook.com/artistictile - tell them Jamie sent you.

 

This is a powder room I did using flooring tile from Artistic Tile. You can see this along with other interior examples on their facebook.

Gorgeous stone from their website.

Simply stunning.

Fabulous.

Not only are their products fabulous, but their marketing campaign is hot as hell. Brilliant.

Yes Please. I would buy just about anything from this guy.

January 26, 2011

Four Poster Paradise

Filed under: Bedroom,furnishings — Tags: , , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 11:12 am

When you think of the most romantic bed on earthwhat do you think of? A four poster bed of course! (If you were thinking a red velvet tufted circle bed that rotates in turn with a disco ball then I am afraid this might be the wrong blog for you.) Like canopies, four poster beds made their claim to fame in the 15thcentury with the development of Gothic. Furnishings and interior details  became very heavy and architectural, mimicking the massive cathedrals of the time. As you can imagine, these were not the delicate four posters that you see today. These beds had huge wooden posts and came up to support a canopy covered roof with flowing drapery coming down the sides. If you are a regular reader then you have read my post on canopies. In case you haven’t, bedding textiles during the 15th century were the most prominent way to display rank and nobility. Not to mention that the fire place was not well understood and the technology to allow heat to spread throughout did not exist. Therefore, bedding textiles were not only a fashion statement, they created a micro climate of warmth that probably prevented death especially during the winters in England. If you could afford it, beds like these were adorned with the most expensive trimming and textiles that could be sewn with threads of gold, literally!

Even though many four posters do not function to support heavy wooden roofs and canopies, they still allow textiles to hang down and be tied to the posts. Although typically considered a traditional carved work, contemporary four poster beds are just as popular, and as expected, have developed into a whole new level of design. I still think that the most elegant paradise bed is a clean and simple four poster adorned with white sheer drapery. I can hear the grand caymans calling. If you want to feel like the ruler of your master bedroom, consider a four poster bed of any kind (and ditch the disco ball.)

 

January 24, 2011

Desire to Decorate

Filed under: Uncategorized — jherzlinger @ 4:30 pm

Today we are so excited to be featured as a guest blogger on one of my favorite blogs, Desire to Decorate. We are talking about the hot styles of 2011. Thank you Wendy for the opportunity! Check it out at http://www.desiretodecorate.com/2011/01/guest-blogger-jamie-herzlinger.html

The History of the Cherner Chair

Every once in a while I like to give a little history lesson on something or someone in the field of design. Recently I have seen the iconic Cherner chair being used by current designers and decided to do a little research. I am now going to share that research with you.

Norman Cherner designed this chair in 1957-58 while working for the manufacturing company Plycraft. The design of the chair was during the Eames Era and utilized the unique process of layering laminated wood at varying plys and then bending the wood. The chair and the design became the center of a lawsuit between Cherner and the owner of Plycraft, Paul Goldman. Cherner was told by Goldman that it was decided that the chair would not be manufactured. However, Goldman did in fact manufacture the chair under many different names and production continued well into the 70′s. Cherner obviously sued that jerk and even though he received royalties, production ended soon after the lawsuit took place.

Norman Cherner died in 1987, but in 1999 Norman’s sons decided to start the business back up and start production again on the iconic chair. Benjamin and Thomas said that they made the decision after avid requests from architects and designers to put the chair back into productions. The sons used their fathers original specifications and documents to accurately produce the chairs. Now you can buy an authentic Cherner chair from The Cherner Chair Company (the prices are authentic too.) Not only do they feature the orgional designs, but there are also new designs and modifacations avliable from Benjamin Cherner. Steven Gambrel is one desginer I know that users Cherner chairs and you should too!

January 21, 2011

Pink Is the New Black!

Filed under: color — Tags: , , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 7:34 am

If you are a color lover like me then I sure you are always dying to find out what’s the hottest color around. Well look no further because Pantone just released Pantone 2011 color of the year – Pantone 18-2120 Honeysuckle. It doesn’t get more romantic than that and it is perfect for spring. Pantone describes it “Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it.” I don’t know if this color alone can infuse you and carry you through the year, but if there ever was a color to do it, this could be it.

I’m not trying to let them do all the talking, but Pantone also states,

“While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It’s a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women’s apparel, accessories and cosmetics, and in men’s ties, shirts and sportswear. Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Honeysuckle for a dynamic burst of energy in the family room, kitchen or hallway.”

I have to agree that I think this color is fabulous since I am a huge fan of pink. Pantone says it works well for fashion especially wedding as well as in interior decor and in packaging. A good thing to keep in mind when deciding on what color of shirt to add to your wardrobe or what color of spring sheets you should get. I personally am suddenly craving some strawberry gelato…wonder why?

January 19, 2011

The Icon of Elegence

Filed under: furnishings,People of design — Tags: , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 3:51 pm

When you think luxury and comfort combined in a single piece of furniture who do you think? There have been many, but the originator of it all is Baltimore based designer Billy Baldwin. As I’m sure you know, he was infamous for his iconic slipper chair. This chair was unique in the area of luxury furniture because it wasn’t stuffy and stiff like the other pieces you would find in a grand party hall. This chair was low to the ground and featured a very deep seat with no arms and was very plush. It encouraged the most sophisticated kind of lounging. It was that thought that he was inspired to make the chair for the body of 5’9 Pauline de Rothschild so it was easier for her to extend her legs and pose for the camera. Like any good designer, he was inspired by work abroad and international style, but he was also an advocate for American design and produced design that was considered very american saying, “We can recognize and give credit where credit is due, to the debt of taste we owe Europe, but we have taste, too.” His slipper chair was ingenious because it made both women and men feel comfortable – which is rare for a chair that is so attractive – and could be upholstered in a variety of materials to enhance the style of any space. He said that above all he thought that a piece should be comfortable which was really against the formality of the Baroque and Rococo and was very progressive idea for the time. Needless to say this chair is an icon for a reason and we have Billy Baldwin to thank for that. The magic of the slipper chair is that you can use it anywhere, but how you use it is for you to decide.


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January 17, 2011

Lucite Lovin’

Filed under: materials and finishes — Tags: , , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 12:17 pm

I get comments all the time about how much people love my dining room. I’m not trying to brag – but there is something about that space that people are very drawn to. Actually I know exactly what it is. Its the lucite chairs. Everyone knows that lucite or acrylic material has been around forever becoming ever popular during the 1930′s and 40′s. Now with the recent classical modern craze people are reviving the lucite to a whole new level, even though is never left. Despite the fact that is considered an older material, it seems new and surprising ever time it is used. What is wonderful about lucite is obviously the manipulability. You can make just about anything out of lucite and it has that added factor of durability. However, what you see around these days isn’t the same product that you might have seen in an old movie theater. Modern technology combined with the existing knowledge of lucite has created something magnificent. With progressive companies like 3form acrylic has become one of the most sustainable products you can specify. The manufacturing methods have changed to be less pollutant and the plastic is recyclable and can be commercially as well as residentially. There is even a company that infuses wood with acrylic to make it more durable and suitable for commercial interiors.

And lets just talk about the options! You can have the different colors, but that’s just ammature. 3form has acrylic that is combined with natural materials like grass and leaves. Any image you want can be screen printed and sandwiched between two pieces of acrylic for a super retro yet practical conversation piece.  I think that everyone can agree there is just something intriguingabout being able to see through something. I mean wasn’t that why people loved the original apple computer? This confusion to the senses has inspired designers to create extremely dynamic interiors. It can make a space feel bigger or brighter just by removing those wooden chairs and replacing them with classic ghost chair. If you can’t afford a ghost chair that’s okay because you can make just about anything of lucite. My personal opinion is that every one should have a lucite piece so start looking – I bet you won’t have to search too far.

A lucite klismos chair?! Now that’s what I call classical modern.

Beautiful and interesting

Lucite is great way to add a little “hip” to a space

This table adds to the aire of elegance

Jazz up an otherwise boring office

Fabulous

Now this is just funky – and I love it!

January 16, 2011

What The Tuft!

Filed under: materials and finishes — Tags: , , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 3:06 am

I think it is safe to say that everyone loves tufting. No really – everyone. It has a very feminine quality when applied to an upholstered headboard or masculine feeling when used on a leather sofa in a lawyer’s office. With the recent crazy of classical modern design, people love tufting more than ever and they seem to be using it in every form. Tufting is even do-it-yourself friendly which means any house wife with a needle and thread is bound to get her tuft on sooner or later. But lets just pretend for a moment that you aren’t a complete expert on the subject and lets cover some tufting basics that could put your tufting knowledge above and beyond that of your friends. There are two general types of type, a regular tuft and a diamond tuft. You will know the difference between the two because the diamond tuft creates the shape of a … diamond, while the regular tuft makes a square-like shape. Looking at the history of furniture can really help you decide which type of tuft to use to create the look you are going for or to enhance the overall style of your space. Diamond tufts have a much more traditional history BUT with all the classical revival taking place,  it now has developed a kind hip glamour quality. Regular tufts seem to carry a more modern style.

The next aspect of tufting that you need to consider it the depth of the tuft. Deep tufting has a very sensual and luxurious type feeling, but be careful because there is a fine line between sexy and the las vegas love palace (if you know what I mean.) A more shallow tuft has a very subtle feeling and is commonly used in country style homes or cottages. Another aspect of tufting that people don’t often consider is the scale of the tuft. You generally see a medium size tuft used on headboards but a slightly smaller tuft for sofas. Think about this: try using two scales of tufting on one sofa with a smaller scale on the back of the sofa and a larger scale on the seat. From a distance the tufts will begin to look like a pattern of fabric instead of a texture. For less dramatic impact use large scale tufts and for bold statements use small scale tufts. Last thing to consider is the material that you are using to be tufted. Generally people like to use a solid color fabric because the tufting adds its own level of visual interest. There are always alternatives to that, but if you do decide to go with a print I would suggest using something asymmetrical like a floral print so that the tufting doesn’t interrupt the pattern. Also consider materials with high textural values like silk, velvet or leather. Now that you know all there is to know about tufting feel free to use it anywhere and everywhere. And remember, tuft responsibly.

Diamond Tuft

Pink Tuft

Modern Tuft

Angelic Tuft

Subtle Tuft

Crazy Tuft

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