October 12, 2009

Autumn in Vermont: Interior Inspiration

Filed under: Color usage, Fabric Usage, Interior Design, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — michaeldelicio @ 4:44 PM

In my work, I spend many hours looking at, and thinking about the work of other designers, artists, textile designers, furniture makers and craft people of every ilk. But whenever I can, I turn my focus to NATURE, the original, fundamental, and primary source of all inspiration!

October in Vermont is perfect for this kind of creative refreshment.  It’s no wonder Vermont is known for it’s crafts and artists! I just spent a couple of days there taking pictures. Here’s a very small example of what I saw, and the direct inspiration for interior design that I took from it.

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This incredible fuchsia foliage is the aptly named Flame Bush.  I love it at this stage, half green, half fuchsia.

…And, I love it as a color scheme.  Green and pink are natural companions.  At this depth of saturation, they bring  earthiness, glamour and passion. The combination amps up the exotic feel of these Moroccan inspired patterns.

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Fabrics: Top row-  All three are from HIGHLAND COURT 180933H-298, 180939-298 and 180944H-338.   Second Row- KRAVET 27148-430, Highland Court 180949H-299, Kravet (wallcovering) W3080-630.   Third Row-Highland Court 180934H-298,  Kravet (wallcovering) W3093-640, Highland Court 180954H-298  All fabrics are available through Gaita Interiors (914)834-8282.

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Carpet- Hot Pink Song from Madeline Weinrib,  hand blown vase from www.glassworkscentral.net , green Moroccan Pouf from http://moroccanprestige.com/leather_poufs.html, Moroccan Lantern from www.gifts.freemarkits.com Fuchsia Moroccan Pouf from www.tazidesigns.com

The Real Vermont, Why I Keep Going Back: I took this shot on the edge of a quiet country road, on a cloudy afternoon in Ludlow, Vermont.  To me in exemplifies all that is lovely about Vermont in the Autumn.  The shady old tree, the stone wall, the mix of reds, greens, and yellows.  Too bad you can’t smell the pines!  Pines smell best in Vermont, in the crisp air of Fall.

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We can call this the Harvest Palette,and for many it is the only color scheme necessary…EVER!! (Blue need not apply!)  It offers a generous helping of warmth and cheer to carry you through the coldest winter.

I like my Harvest Palette on the light side, with lots of orangy reds and yellows,  and low notes of clean, deep greens.  This  combination lends itself to a range of settings from a casual  farm house kitchen, to the most formal Manhattan townhouse, and everything in between.  It works beautifully with classic chinoiserie details.

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Fabrics: Top row- KRAVET Fendton D-420, Kravet 27772-640, Kravet 31786-21  Second Row- HIGHLAND COURT 180664H-268,  Kravet 22302-24. Kravet Holistic-16  Third row- ROBERT ALLEN Atlas Peak citrus mango, THIBAUT Alder Damask green wallcovering.  All fabrics are available through Gaita Interiors (914)834-8282

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Rug from Safavieh Heirloom Collection, the following items are all from Gump’s- Hand Painted Lotus Vase, Open Work Green Garden Stool, Hand Painted Chrysanthemum Screen, Shanghai Red Lacquer Boxes.

I recommend photography as a way of developing a deeper enjoyment of the outdoors. When you decide to photograph something, you’re forced to REALLY look at it, with a concentration you may never have used for JUST LOOKING.  You don’t have to be a great photographer (eg:  ME!)  Any old camera will do. The photographs are not the point.  They’re just a means to an end; a new way to see.

I hope you find:

CREATIVE REPLENISHMENT, IN THIS AND EVERY SEASON.

September 10, 2009

Furniture Carved By Nature

The organic movement is developing some very deep roots, some of which are being polished up, and turned into furniture!!

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Godzilla Table from Chista

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Double Tier Root Table from 1cabinfurniture.com

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Burl Bowls, from vivaterra.com

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Grove Root Desk from 1cabinfurniture.com

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Nantucket Driftwood Side Table, available through Gaita Interiors

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Fallen Branch Table from vivaterra.com

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In other cases, fallen branches, barely modified are being bundled together and turned into tables.  Pieces of driftwood are being put to practical use, for the first time in their long…drifting… existence.

Driftwood Mirror from www.bobointriguingobjects.com

Driftwood Mirror from bobointriguingobjects.com

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Tree trunks are sliced, legs added and used as is, with all of the natural ridges and bumps left just as they were when the tree stood in the forest.

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Hudson Furniture

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Landscape Dyptych from Chista


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I think these tables by Chista are wonderful sculptural works; The brilliance of Nature joined with human ingenuity combined to create something completely new and beautiful.

At the heart of this movement is the understanding that Nature is an artist…and you don’t mess with Mother Nature!! You just polish her up, step back, and marvel at her magnificence!

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