We used these wonderful Barcelona chairs in the reception area for a CPA firm in Ridgeland, MS. I thought I would show them because they are very hot right now – again. Of course, they have never cooled down, but I’m seeing them pop up in tweets and blogs all over the place. They will never go out of style – never.
http://ping.fm/p/WaiWf – Could this be more lovely ? Just a perfect corner on the upper east side of Manhattan.
My friend, Mary, just got back from a visit to Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She called to tell me she stayed with an old friend that lived in a house designed by the architect, Bruce Goff. Wow, I was impressed. I remember studying him in school in the 70s. So I decided to look him up again. What an exciting rediscovery! A fearless 20th century architect! And his drawings – oh my goodness – so so beautiful. I intend to find and buy a book on Goff. Perhaps I’ll write a little more on him soon. Of course, as usual, I’m still at work and need to finish up so I can go home! But just thought I’d give you a treat with a drawing by Bruce Goff, American Architect of the 20th century.
MId-Century Modern. mmmm….thinking….yes, I do love it. Having studied interior design in a school of architecture at Auburn University in the 70s(OK, I’m dating myself), it was all Bauhaus all the time! It was drilled into our brains and our senses and I accepted it, drank the Kool Aid, as they say. And I”m still drinking it. Yum. I strongly believe that all design students graduating today should be very familiar with Marcel Breuer, Mies Van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius, one of the first directors of the Bauhaus and the one we often credit with founding the school as we know it.
Of course, The Bauhaus was founded in the early part of the century, not the mid-century. But it’s influence has lasted well into this century. I could go on and on about history. I love design history and how it relates to the events and the politics of the day. BUT, let’s get a little more frivolous, for heavens sake!
One of the …shall we say, peripheral related styles , still considered mid-century, was De Stijl. And one of it’s top artists was Piet Mondrian. I am a big fan. I have been since my early days in school when I actually did a paper on De Stijl. (another story).
Anyway, I thought I would show you one of my versions of mid-century. I did not go 100% with it. The project is a home office. I had an artist paint the back wall in a “Mondrian” style mural. I used a Knoll credenza, my favorite. Then I threw in one non mid-century element, an antique table to be used as a desk. In front of this desk I used the Cherner Chairs. They are like sculptures in the middle of the room, smooth curves that contrast with the blockiness of the mural, but reflect my use of ovals that are picked up in several elements.
Also, the arms of the chairs are a match to the black lines I had painted on the mural as dividers(Mondrian’s idea).
I found this really terrific table at E.J.Victor’s. It is wonderful in an elegant French casual interior. We are using it in front of a dark leather sofa and cozy chenille arm chairs. We will flank it with a large ottoman in a great tribal print.
The table has six small shelves that pull out so your cup or glass can be just a little closer to your guest. I love that. I really think it has a great old European- right out of the farmhouse – charm.
Our client entertains often. This will be wonderful for the hors d’ oeuvres. I see bruschetta with colorful toppings, maybe a great spinach-artichoke dip in the center in Italian pottery – a good red table wine……
By the way, adding neutral toned linen draperies with sisal tiebacks will finish the room and the look.
Just found a really wonderful antique French sideboard for a Jackson client here at Tinnen’s carpets and antiques.
circa 1880 – really warm rich cherry, with just the right amount of ware. I wanted it to be taller than the breakfast table, so it can be seen from the front of the room – over the table. Beautiful piece. Will make a good server and is a great scale for the wall it will be on. We will top it with a very simple old mirror and add a very tall sailboat on the chest.
This will warm up the breakfast area and give it a very cozy, friendly feeling.
We are looking for an interior designer for our staff in Jackson, MS.
Please send a resume and cover letter if:
You have a degree from an accredited design or architecture school.
preferably, 1-2 years experience.
proficient in AutoCad (2011) and Sketch Up
Have a passion for design.
Celia Barrett Design, LLC
3000 Old Canton Rd.,
Jackson, MS 39216
Tomorrow we begin the renovation of a small hotel in “up state” Mississippi. This one will be fast and furious.
We seem to be right on the mark with the color schemes we are doing. I am seeing colors like Raspberry, Orchid, Fuschia, Cranberry – lots of berry colors. —Really fun touches and accents for a taupe and black basic scheme. I love it! We are finishing a retail shop, the “Dress Boutique”, in Jackson that will have this scheme with a large black and taupe leopard print pouf in the center. We have raspberry tall back slipper chairs in front of shiney black accent walls, and a sophisticated taupe and pearl striped wallcovering as you enter the shop. I think it is going to be a beguiling(great word) and chic little shop. Opens in February.
I just finished watching a video on the design process of Frank O. Gehry, the amazing architect. I felt he confirmed my thinking and pushed me to ponder the process and take it further. I suppose it is my theatre background, but the way I begin a project is to ask: When I walk into the space for the first time, how do I feel? How does this environment make me feel? That is a very difficult question to answer. But I think to have a truly successful design, you must, as a designer, answer it. In that sense, it is a little like set design. Accept in set design, the director tells you how he wants it to make you feel. Your job is to bring that to a visual answer.
Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum – Bilao, Spain…..magnificent, soaring, elegant, full of joy! And isn’t there a touch of humor. I think so. To be able to take the time and let a design develop and go through the design process as it should, is rare in our business. Perhaps I will have a client that is that eager to build something special, perhaps this next year.