Multi pendant lights

The main difference between chandeliers and pendant lights is that pendant lights are designed to hang vertically from a chain. This emphasizes the length whereas chandeliers tend to be wider and have multiple lights. Putting several pendant lights together creates the effect of a chandelier.

Multiple pendant lights offer greater flexibility in spaces because they are not fixed in size like chandeliers. The size of chandeliers cannot be modified. Rather than shopping for the perfectly sized chandelier to fit a room to scale, which can often be challenging, multiple pendant lights can be sized to fit perfectly depending on the number of lights. They can make the overall light more rectangular or round, longer or shorter and the luminescence can be tailored for a room based on the pendants chosen.

multipenant metal chandelier

multi penant modern chandelier

multi penant glass chandelier

multiple penant chandelier

By |2019-06-06T19:26:24-04:00February 22nd, 2013|Contemporary, Lighting, Lighting design|

TOP 3 DINING ROOM CHANDELIERS

Lighting brings interiors to life and chandeliers are not only functional but they can also be the perfect accent element to complete a room.

The size and shape of the chandelier should be based on the size and shape of the dining room and the dining table, The three chandeliers below are perfect to hang over a rectangular dining table. Dual chandeliers like the Murano glass chandeliers in the second picture are also a great option when working with rectangular rooms.

Pantheon metal chandelier by Hudson Furniture

Murano glass chandeliers

Large brass and glass chandelier by Sciolari

WOVEN METAL TEXTILES

These hand woven metal textiles are can be used for wall upholstery, lampshades, room dividers and window treatments.  The color in these fabrics is derived from enameled copper, normally used in jewelry making, as well as dyed silicone. Their beauty is in how they change in appearance according to the light and colors in a space.

metallic fabric - lampshades walll upholstery

metallic fabric - wall upholstery room dividers

metallic fabric - drapes

metallic fabric - wall upholstery lampshades

By |2019-06-11T17:00:51-04:00February 16th, 2013|Contemporary, Materials & Finishes|

Designing with Black or Dark Gray as dominant colors

Why is it that some spaces look gorgeous and elegant with a predominance of darker colors while others look drab, cold, too small or ‘too dark’, more than anything else?
There following are several of the key factors to consider when using black or dark colors in designing a space:

1) Size
The space needs to be large enough to augment the dark colors with other design elements.  If the room is too small it will feel even smaller with a preponderance of dark colors.  Sometimes all that is needed is a dark accent wall to stretch a space and make it feel bigger if the room is small.

2)  Lighting
Lighting is absolutely essential for darker interiors. Cove lighting, chandeliers and glass blown lights are great choices for dark interiors. The right chandelier can add color, warmth and elegance amidst a dark backdrop.  If a space is long with a window at one end darker walls will create an even narrower feeling. In this case you would want to put a mirror at one end if possible.

3) Organic elements
To warm up a space with darker colors incorporating natural wood, stone, brass, glass or colorful art is key. Glass refracts light and is perhaps one of the reasons the right chandelier looks amazing in dark interiors.  A well placed colorful painting can become more of statement on a dark wall.

4) Texture
The textural consistency of a surface or object will affect how the color displays.  The rougher the surface, the darker materials will look because they will absorb light and color.   On the other hand shiny surfaces will reflect light and create additional luminance.  Certain fabrics such as velvet will cast small shadows within themselves and appear darker than silk fabrics of the same color value and hue.

In general, the closer in light values two elements are, the lesser the contrast produced.  A dark piece of furniture such as a chair or table against a lighter background will produce a dramatic effect, but it will not have as much contrast as a lighter object against a darker background.  This is often why designers will select iconic lighter pieces in darker interiors.

elegant dark interior

elegant dark interior 3

elegant dark interior

elegant dark interior 2

elegant dark interior 3

By |2019-06-06T19:36:43-04:00February 13th, 2013|Contemporary, Eclectic, Entry, Ideas, Residential, Retail|

Balance in Interiors

Some great starting points for creating balance in interiors include developing a color palette, assessing which combination of materials to utilize and determining the spacing of lighting. If there is too much linear furniture elements it’s helpful to mix with organic shapes which can create a more harmonious space. Similarly, if a space has a lot of wood furniture and wood floors, it’s helpful to select one or two items that are perhaps made of metal, stone or marble.

One of the reasons I believe Poul Kjaerholm’s furniture is sought after is because the shapes of his chairs and tables offer designers a lot of flexibility and balance. Whether there are a lot of round or linear elements, his PK 24 chairs would fit well. If the client doesn’t want to commit too much to a piece of furniture being round or square, yet still memorable and original, the PK9 side chair will work.

The following pk24 lounge chair, pk9 side chair and pk91 folding stool are some of my favorites created by Kjaerholm.

poul kjaerholm pk-24 wicker chaise lounge

poul kjaerholm pk-91 folding stool

poul kjaerholm pk9 leather chair

By |2019-06-09T13:29:05-04:00February 12th, 2013|Contemporary, Furniture|

High End Bathroom Design

Bathrooms have evolved from utilitarian and small 5′ x 7′ rooms to much more sophisticated spa type spaces.  Today residential homeowners are installing fireplaces, whirlpool baths, hot tubs, spas and saunas in bathrooms.  There are designs implementing tvs, sound systems, vanities, and array of other options.  Bathrooms are being built much larger to accommodate more options and also to have the flexibility to accommodate more than one person.

One of the most important considerations for any bathroom is that the doorway should be designed to shield the inside visually if the door is left open when possible.  The first decision if space is an issue is often whether to have a tub and shower or only a shower.

For materials I’ve found that limestone, slate, wood, marble and glass tile are some of the more popular choices for surfaces for high end bathrooms.  The fittings (faucets, shower heads, lever handles, etc) should be the same finish to create harmony and continuity within the design.  Matte nickel, chrome and brass are several of the nicer finishes used.

Combining three types of lighting works best.  Ambient or background lighting such as downlights, focused spotlighting using wall sconces on a mirror, and accent lights such as candles is the ideal combination to illuminate evenly. The spotlights need to be the correct color temperature with a warm tone to show skin tone most accurately.   Dimmers should be installed on all of the lights in bathrooms. Here are some of my favorite luxurious bathrooms. Which one is your favorite?

high-end bathroom design

high end bathroom design 1

high end bathroom design 2

high end bathroom design 3

By |2019-06-11T17:10:45-04:00February 7th, 2013|Bathroom, Bathroom Design, Contemporary, Fireplaces|

FURNITURE DESIGN BY POUL KJAERHOLM

Poul Kjaerholm was one of the leading furniture designers to emerge from Denmark alongside Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wagner.  Originally from Jutland, a small town in the center of Denmark about 200 miles northwest of Cophenhagen, Kjaerholm apprenticed as a cabinet maker before moving to Copenhagen to attend the School of Arts, Crafts and Design.

While taking an industrial design class he became fascinated with the potential of using steel in his work.  Kjaerlom felt steel presented a different set of design possibilities from the way legs and other structural components were typically built with wood.  The foundation for his work culminated when he completed the PK 25, often referred to as the “Easy Chair” or the “Element Chair”, for his graduate thesis in 1951.  The back and seat were strung with halyard, a rope typically used to hoist a sail or flag.  For the PK 25 Kjaerholm wrapped the rope around a single piece of chromium plated steel used as the frame.  The beauty of the steel is that it was a single metal piece which was bent and curved without any joints or connections.  In subsequent pieces such as the PK 22 he also incorporated woven cane and leather.

The combination of rope and steel laid the groundwork for an extensive collection of simple, elegant furniture.  The style of his work transcends fads, and his ability to integrate steel in such an organic way was unmatched at the time.   Kjaerholm originals are highly sought after by designers perhaps because his furniture provides a level of flexibility, looking amazing in so many different interiors.

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poul_kjaerholm_interior_design

If you are in New York City and would like to see some of his work Moma and Fritz Hansen have permanent exhibitions. 

By |2019-06-11T17:13:43-04:00February 6th, 2013|Contemporary, Furniture|

KITCHEN DESIGN – MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

Should you purchase a marble countertop for your kitchen?
Kitchens are often a busy area of a residence and it can be tricky finding the right balance of style and functionality.  My first post on countertops touched briefly on marble but I wanted to elaborate since it is a popular question.  

The main types of natural stone available for kitchen countertops include granite, stone, soapstone, slate, marble, limestone and lava stone.  If you are considering marble as an option there are several pros and cons.  On the plus side no two pieces of marble look the same, and you will able to instantly add some texture and organic design to your kitchen.  Many serious bakers will dedicate a portion of the kitchen counter to rolling out pastry, which marble is the perfect surface for.  Marble is also resistant to heat and cracks and is regarded as extremely durable.

On the flipside marble is also a porous material, so you will need to be careful when cooking and entertaining.  Marble can be stained with wine, oil or highly pigmented liquids on the surface.  Acidic foods such as tomatoes or lemons will cause what’s known as acid etching. Marble also has a low resistance to abrasion and will scratch fairly easily.  Light colored marble countertops tend to be more difficult to maintain and dark colored countertops will more readily show the scratches.

Here are some helpful tips I always pass along to clients who opt for a marble countertop.
1) Use a non abrasive neutral detergent to clean marble.
2) Try to clean up spills as soon as possible to avoid any staining.
3) Have the marble sealed.

kitchen design with white marble countertops

white marble countertops

By |2019-06-11T17:17:23-04:00February 5th, 2013|Contemporary, Kitchen, Kitchen Design|
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