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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.


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

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