Saturday, November 15, 2008

Design Contest: And The Winners Are







We had sooooo much fun with the Material Girls/Swank Lighting Design Board Contest. And we learned a few things.



Initially we thought we were going to be inundated with hundreds of entries... that was before we realized just how much work actually goes into the process of creating a design board. Well I'm sure that Emily and Lauren were already aware of this, but Doug and I just thought you slap a few couch pictures, fabric swatches, paint chips, and of course a pair of Swank Lamps on a board and take a picture.



As it turns out you professionals actually put a lot of thought and research into the job, you spend hours and hours creating a concept for the design that reflects the personality and lifestyle of the client, you spend hours and hours in stores and online sourcing products, and you spend hours and hours putting the products together with the concept onto a board for presentation to the client. WOW! You really do earn your money. Well that we did already know.



Before we get to the winners announcements, we must take the time to thank a few folks who freely contributed their time and expertise to making this contest a success.



First a big thanks to the Material Girls, Emily and Lauren, for allowing Swank to participate. And to our judges thank you so much: Julia Buckingham Edelmann of Buckingham Interiors in Chicago, Karen Olivia of Alkemie , Joe Cariati (L.A. glass artist who is creating a fabulous new line of American hand blown glass lamps for Swank), and Doug of Swank who was like a kid on Christmas morning everytime a new entry arrived. Thank you all very much.

Now the winners:
1st Place: Big Bird by Joshua

By: Joshua
Here is a design board I made for Big Bird’s big city nest. My idea was for a place where Big Bird would stay when he is in New York. Big Bird has been around for a long time, but he is still a kid, so I went for bright, primary colors, and lots of repetition through circular shapes and forms. The lamps, pillow pattern, circular shelf units, turntable, swirls in the rug, and the shape of Big Bird’s head in the painting all mirror the ovular shape of the nest, which is the focus of the room. Since he doesn’t wear clothes, he doesn’t need much storage, but things like books can be stored in the two red end tables on either side of his nest.

2nd Place: Clair Fisher of Six Feet Under by Gina

Drawing inspiration from artists such as Tord Boontje and Rob Sheridan, Claire Fisher, the ever eccentric funeral home offspring, requires a bedroom that mimics a cave retreat. Her personality, a mix of whimsical (and almost bashful) self-expression, with a raw punch of opinion, calls for an extra dash of bold when creating her sacred space. It must clash beautiful with the edge. It must combine rough texture with soft undertones. It must be an artist’s vision of individuality.
The room mixes earth elements with glossy diva. There are solid pieces such as the thick mill work, crown molding and furniture accents (the Swank Amber lamps make a bold statement!). Femininity shows through the lush bedding, pillows, rugs and chandelier. The artwork hints at intangible elements. It can be switched out with new projects and favorite photography. Claire enjoys displaying a few of her own pieces (such as the pieces of her late brother, Nate) as well as some of her favorite photographers’ collections.
Ever the soulful romantic, Claire’s room is dark and cozy. She can curl up with a book, listen to music or just lay under her Boontje sculpture and dream.
The concept of Claire’s room combines pieces from the following artists and designers: Ralph Lauren, Amanda Kavanagh, Tord Boontje, Brocade Home, Rob Sheridan, Swank Lighting, Anthropologie, Shabby Chic and Jayson Home and Garden.

3rd Place: Margaret Russell of Top Design by Lana

I chose to design a bedroom for Margaret Russell, a judge on Top Design, and editor of Elle Décor magazine.
When I think of Ms. Russell, I think glamour, luxury and comfort. As editor of an interior design magazine, she is constantly immersed in the best design, and I think would want a room that is worldly, sophisticated and modern, yet not trendy. I suspect she might be interested in a little edginess and/or something unexpected. And I think she would demand superb function, as well.
I chose a color scheme of lavender, cream, and bronze, with shots of black for depth. I think this would flatter her skin tones, and her wardrobe as well, since she often wears black. I’ve designed a room that combines a mix of modern and classic, with good art and luxurious materials. I think she would like a serene, calming room, but not a boring room.
1. The room starts with the wall behind the bed – with a floor-to-ceiling panel of antiqued mirrored squares.
2. The headboard would be custom made by Indulge, and covered with cream-colored linen. An upholstered headboard makes for comfort while reading in bed.
3. The bench at the foot of the bed is covered in the same linen combined with a cream silk mohair.
4. Matching bedside tables are fully slipcovered with the same cream linen as the headboard, and the skirt is banded with a thick stripe of lavender silk. These slipcovered tables would be quite functional as they are large in size and there is hidden storage space.
5. A pair of lavendar Seguso Swirl vintage Murano lamps (with lucite bases and finials) from Swank Lighting sit on the bedside tables.
6. A solid lavender silk bolster pillow, edged with bronze silk is placed below the bed shams, and the bedcover is cream linen and drops to the floor with simple corner pleats. There is no footboard to interrupt the drop of the bedcover. The sheets are embroidered with Margaret’s initials in bronze.
7. Drapes are floor-to-ceiling bronze-colored silk, just breaking on the floor.
8. Across the room, an acrylic desk is topped with
9. a Modernist adjustable brass table lamp (both from 1stdibs.com) and
10. a 19th century gilt Italian chair covered with Black Mu ikat fabric, from Madeliene Weinrib.
11. The rug is from NyingZemo through Rugmark.
12. A Line Vautrin mirror is from 1stdibs.com
13. An Elliott Puckette painting
14. An arrangement of lavender roses
15. A small framed modern painting in a black/cream palette



Congratulations to our lucky and very talented winners. Your lamps will be shipped out next week and we really hope you will forward us photos of how you use them.
And a HUGE thanks to all the other talented designers who submitted entries. Your prizes will arrive soon.

Enjoy!

Ed at Swank

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Design Contest: Top Design - Margaret Russell


We've had so many purple color schemes in our Swank/MG contest entries- this one using a gorgeous shade of lavendar.Here is a Top Design entry by Lana of Topsy Turvy blog.


I chose to design a bedroom for Margaret Russell, a judge on Top Design, and editor of Elle Décor magazine.When I think of Ms. Russell, I think glamour, luxury and comfort. As editor of an interior design magazine, she is constantly immersed in the best design, and I think would want a room that is worldly, sophisticated and modern, yet not trendy. I suspect she might be interested in a little edginess and/or something unexpected. And I think she would demand superb function, as well.I chose a color scheme of lavender, cream, and bronze, with shots of black for depth. I think this would flatter her skin tones, and her wardrobe as well, since she often wears black. I’ve designed a room that combines a mix of modern and classic, with good art and luxurious materials. I think she would like a serene, calming room, but not a boring room.1. The room starts with the wall behind the bed – with a floor-to-ceiling panel of antiqued mirrored squares.2. The headboard would be custom made by Indulge, and covered with cream-colored linen. An upholstered headboard makes for comfort while reading in bed.3. The bench at the foot of the bed is covered in the same linen combined with a cream silk mohair.4. Matching bedside tables are fully slipcovered with the same cream linen as the headboard, and the skirt is banded with a thick stripe of lavender silk. These slipcovered tables would be quite functional as they are large in size and there is hidden storage space.5. A pair of lavendar Seguso Swirl vintage Murano lamps (with lucite bases and finials) from Swank Lighting sit on the bedside tables.6. A solid lavender silk bolster pillow, edged with bronze silk is placed below the bed shams, and the bedcover is cream linen and drops to the floor with simple corner pleats. There is no footboard to interrupt the drop of the bedcover. The sheets are embroidered with Margaret’s initials in bronze.7. Drapes are floor-to-ceiling bronze-colored silk, just breaking on the floor.8. Across the room, an acrylic desk is topped with9. a Modernist adjustable brass table lamp (both from 1stdibs.com) and10. a 19th century gilt Italian chair covered with Black Mu ikat fabric, from Madeliene Weinrib.11. The rug is from NyingZemo through Rugmark.12. A Line Vautrin mirror is from 1stdibs.com13. An Elliott Puckette painting14. An arrangement of lavender roses15. A small framed modern painting in a black/cream palette.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Design Contest: Will & Grace ( Grace - post Will)




This wonderful entry from Sydney is one of my favorites. If this were true, I'd say that Grace finally got her stuff together post Will.




By: Sydney


Grace moves to a Tribecca loft. This is her opportunity to show her evolution as a decorator. Her style is a marriage of contemporary and traditional with Asian, deco and opulent old world flavors. The lively colors draw from her collection of fashion illustrations and photographs and are flattering to a redhead. She likes to mix textures, shapes and surfaces. Grace is elegant and stylish, but fun and bold too.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Design Contest: 30 Rock (Jack Donaghy)


A design for 30 Rock's Jack DonaghyBy Karen...

I chose Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock as my television character. He's an uber-conservative, career-driven executive, and in the episode that guest starred Jerry Seinfeld, the two discussed Svenborgia.
Jack Donaghy: "So how can i help you, Jerry?"
Jerry Seinfeld: "Jack, I was vacationing with my family in Europe in a country only rich people know about."
JD: "Svenborgia?"
Naturally, when Jack wants to retreat from his high-pressure NYC life, he'd jet over to Svenborgia. The estate would reflect his traditional aesthetic (he always wears a tux after 6pm), and I chose a palette focused on woods, rich neutral colors, small highlights of texture, and restrained sophistication.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Design Contest: Six Feet Under ( Claire Fisher )


Here’s another fun board from our design contest- Gina designed a bedroom for Claire Fisher, a character from one of my favorite shows (now off the air- what a shame!) HBO’s Six Feet Under.

Drawing inspiration from artists such as Tord Boontje and Rob Sheridan, Claire Fisher, the ever eccentric funeral home offspring, requires a bedroom that mimicks a cave retreat. Her personality, a mix of whimsical (and almost bashful) self-expression, with a raw punch of opinion, calls for an extra dash of bold when creating her sacred space. It must clash beautiful with the edge. It must combine rough texture with soft undertones. It must be an artist’s vision of individuality.
The room mixes earth elements with glossy diva. There are solid pieces such as the thick mill work, crown molding and furniture accents (the Swank Amber lamps make a bold statement!). Femininity shows through the lush bedding, pillows, rugs and chandelier. The artwork hints at intangible elements. It can be switched out with new projects and favorite photography. Claire enjoys displaying a few of her own pieces (such as the pieces of her late brother, Nate) as well as some of her favorite photographers’ collections.
Ever the soulful romantic, Claire’s room is dark and cozy. She can curl up with a book, listen to music or just lay under her Boontje sculpture and dream.
The concept of Claire’s room combines pieces from the following artists and designers: Ralph Lauren, Amanda Kavanagh, Tord Boontje, Brocade Home, Rob Sheridan, Swank Lighting, Anthropologie, Shabby Chic and Jayson Home and Garden.

Design Contest: Sex & The City ( Carie & Big )


Here’s a fun take on Sex & The City. By the way we received several S&TC entries and all are great. This is from Jette.
Enjoy!
Ed at Swank
Carrie and Big’s Lounge as designed by Jette The room reflects Carrie’s flamboyant character as well as the freshness and romance of her marriage with Big. It is more Carrie’s style than Big’s, but then again in most relationships it is the woman who takes control of decorating.1) LampSwank Lighting, Multicolored Stacked Ball Murano Lampshttp://swanklighting.com/blog/2) CarpetDesigner Rugs, Akira: Haruhttp://www.designerrugs.co.nz/3) SofaWright Now, sofa by Vladimir Kagan (1975)http://www.wright-now.com/4) Chaise LongueLaura Ashley, Kempton Curved Chaise Longuehttp://www.lauraashley.com/5) ChairsSix Inch, New Classics: Louis Armlesshttp://www.sixinch.be/site/6) Easy ChairKenneth Cobonpue, Yoda / Easy Chairhttp://www.kennethcobonpue.com/7) Bank LockerEgg Designs, 2004 Furniture Collectionhttp://www.eggdesigns.co.za/ Side UnitJethro Macey, Textile Side Unit in collaboration with Decode Londonhttp://www.jethromacey.com/shop/home.php9) Tablenobody&co, Scroll Tablehttp://www.nobodyandco.it/10) Coffee TablesAutoban, Pumpkin Coffee Tablehttp://www.autoban212.com/11) Side TablePOAA.com, Sultan dog stool Ibridehttp://www.poaa.nl/12) Hanging LampPOAA.com, Delight white/whitehttp://www.poaa.nl/13) Glass BowlScholten & Baijings, Table Glasshttp://www.scholtenbaijings.com/14) WallpaperHanna Nyman, Du som är väggen nerhttp://www.hannanyman.se/15) Textile (for Curtains)Marimekko, Harri Koskinen: Puhdashttp://www.marimekko.fi/16) & 17) PaintingsMary Margaret Briggshttp://www.marymargaretbriggs.com/18) PillowJoom on Etsy: Yel..low Blooming Blossom Rectangle Pillowhttp://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=4716519), 20) & 21) PillowsMadeline Weinrib Atelier; Cherry Jam Satin, Luce Saffron & Turquoise Lucehttp://madelineweinrib.com/22), 23) & 24) PillowsClarissa Hulse; Fireweed, Grasses & Mallowhttp://www.clarissahulse.com/

Design Contest: Sex & The City (Samantha Jones)




We even had some design student entries! This one here is from Khoi, Megan, and Stephanie from The University of Oklahoma (my alma mater). Going by the name of “Haute Designs”, these three student designers created a living area for Samantha Jones, of Sex and the City.
Enjoy!



Haute Designs- Room Design Concept
The concept of the space was to take a favorite tv character and design a space around their personality, while incorporating SWANK lighting into the design. For our concept, we chose the very bubbly and vivacious Samantha from Sex and the City. Samantha is her own person, a literal Venus of the 21st Century, she is not afraid of being herself and getting what she wants.
For her Manhattan loft, we chose a very architecturally classic space, to reflect her classic beauty. To create contrast, the space is enveloped in white high-gloss wood trim and furniture to reflect her shining personality. The bold turquoise walls is as stylish as Samantha, never one to shine away from the spotlight, so we in turn shone the spotlight on the space. The space is furnished in very classical furniture juxtaposed with clean and mod fabric to also remind everyone of Samantha’s bold personality.
The light that was chosen also took into consideration of her as a woman, the sensuous curves of the Ice Blue Pulegoso Murano lamps, embraces the bold and dynamic lampshade, it lies in perfect harmony with the classic and stylish Murano glass. The second choice for the lamps were the Dino Martens Filigrana and Fruit Murano Lamps, they have the classical forms that inhabits the room along with the bold and colorful pattern that lies on the couch. We feel that this space is the perfect space for Samantha, it is bold yet refined, tasteful yet provocative and of course it looks great with Manolos.

Swank Lighting / Material Girls Design Contest: Big Bird


By: Joshua
Here is a design board I made for Big Bird's big city nest. My idea was for a place where Big Bird would stay when he is in New York. Big Bird has been around for a long time, but he is still a kid, so I went for bright, primary colors, and lots of repetition through circular shapes and forms. The lamps, pillow pattern, circular shelf units, turntable, swirls in the rug, and the shape of Big Bird's head in the painting all mirror the ovular shape of the nest, which is the focus of the room. Since he doesn't wear clothes, he doesn't need much storage, but things like books can be stored in the two red end tables on either side of his nest. :)
Enjoy! Ed at Swank

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Swank Lighting / Material Girls Design Contest: Entry 3 (Samantha of Sex & The City)


We were so excited when we got this entry from Christian at Maison21. Many of you are familiar with Christians blog and his wonderful talent as a designer. It’s an honor to have him participate in our design contest. And what a great entry. This dude has taste and a wicked sense of humor. Enjoy!
Ed at Swank


By: Christian ( Maison21 )
Sex and the City- Samantha Jones

here we go:

every time we come across sex and the city on late light tv, maison2,
like gay men and straight women everywhere, drops what he is doing and
stops to watch. after all these years it still entertains, and the
story and characters are still so involving and well defined- right
down to the new york city apartments our girls live in.

as a designer, maison21 appreciates the work the set decorators put
into each set, to reflect the characters that lived within: carrie’s
apartment was a mix of extravagance and thrift store boho- a t.h.
robsjohn-gibbing chaise in her living area that probably cost a months
salary, and a bench at the foot of her bed that she probably found on
the street; miranda’s apartment was clean, contemporary, and stylish,
yet slightly corporate in it’s decor, and charlotte’s apartment was
impeccably turned out and decorated to perfection.

but somehow, maison21 always felt the production designer missed the
mark with samantha’s apartment- it just didn’t really seem to reflect
her character at all. it should have been sensuous and luxe as
befitting both her status as a bombshell and a very successful business
woman (and not afraid to flaunt it), it also should have reflected
both her masculine and feminine sides, and above all, it should have
SCREAMED sex.

now, these many years later, thanks to swank lighting and the material
girls, maison21 gets a chance to rectify the situation! ladies and
gentlemen, we give you “samantha jones’ waaaaaay sexier in the city
boudoir” (as imagined by m21).

first, to set a seductive mood, m21 started with a monochromatic
palette of mysterious twilight silver-grays and pewters for paint and
fabrics, to which he added a little sparkle, a shot of color and a
healthy dose of old-fashioned glamour. he kept the furniture and window
coverings tailored and somewhat masculine, but softened them with
feminine touches: the roman shade and headboard are pewter silk, with
a black satin ribbon border, and the black-lacquer custom nightstands
have mirrored drawer fronts for a femme-fatale vibe. on the walls,
we’ve added girly framed graham & brown chrysanthemum floral wallpaper
in a sensual plum and metallic print- the perfect backdrop for the luxe
chic of the swank lighting vintage white opaline barbini lamps, on
lucite bases. we’ve crowned the lamps with black satin shades, lined
with silver foil- so when lit, they glow like jewels.

we also gave samantha a king-sized bed on which to romp, but remember-
this is new york city, and though her apartment cost a small fortune,
the bedroom is still quite small- so the only place the bed and
headboard could possibly go was in front of the window. that’s ok- no
great loss there- just a million dollar air shaft view, anyway!

last, no samantha jones boudoir would be complete without some blatant
sex appeal, so we gave her a decadent and vaguely s&m-luxe faux
chinchilla bed cover, and in a slightly more tasteful nod to a classic
ceiling mounted “love mirror”, we’ve papered her ceiling in donghia’s
“looks like tea paper” silver leaf wall-covering.

our digital “in the mood” board:

um, feel free to cut my lengthy back-story when you post my winning
entry- you know how i get wordy.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Swank Ligting / Material Girls Design Contest: Entry 2 ( Ugly Betty)


Design Contest- Ugly Betty- Betty Suarez
Make sure you hop on over to Visual Vamp to see her Ugly Betty contest entry that she posted on her blog! Betty has finally moved out of her parents house and into a cute little apartment in Manhattan and has hired VV to decorate her bedroom- check it out!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Swank Lighting / Material Girls Design Contest: Entry 1 ( Blair Waldorf - Gossip Girls)


The Swank Lighting / MaterialGirls Design Contest has ended and the judges are busy studying the great entries. The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 15th. Until then we have randomly chosen entries to publish every day or so. These entries will be published simultaneously on Swank Lighting Blog and Material Girls Blog. Emily, Lauren and I have no input in the judging process and we will not even hear from the judges regarding the first round of balloting until Sunday, November 9th. We will then share each judges individual scores with all four judges and instruct them to collaborate and come up with a consensus. They are to report back to us with the three winners on Friday, November 14th.
We have had so much fun running this contest and we can’t wait for you to see all the great entries and final results. We want to thank all of the wonderfully talented individuals who worked so hard on their entry. Trust me you are in for a treat when you see them.
Here is the first installment in the series of entries.

By: Kathy

TV character: Blair Waldorf, Gossip GirlThis is Blair Waldorf’s first apartment, which she decoratedherself. Without even realizing it, she created a road map to her ownpersonality. The items she chose are strong, even harsh in theirdesigns - not necessarily the kinds of pieces that “play well withothers.” The colors she chose challenge visitors rather than sootheor welcome them. Blair has taken care of her own comfort, but littleor no thought has been given to the comfort of anyone else who mayvisit the room. Yet the space displays sophistication and style.Blair is also highly intelligent, which explains her attraction tothe mathematical aspects of the polyhedron sculpture and the side table.
Sources:Alcove sofa by Ronan and Erwan BouroullecPandanus chair by Jessica KonawiczNoguchi Prismatic side table from Design Within ReachAffection grass topiary from EasyPlants.co.ukPainting by Kathy ShaskanPair of Purple Opaline Barbini Column Murano Lamps from Swank LightingNoon console table from Defne KozkHardwood Floor from Kansas City Wood FloorsVia rug from Cor by Elke KlarPolyhedron sculpture by Father Magnus Wenninger