We always wonder if any one type of interior design style is more difficult to design than the others. I mean, there are so many different factors that go into designing a room for a client that it's impossible to answer that question, but looking through interior designers Suzanne Tucker and Timothy Marks' portfolio-who make up the firm Tucker & Marks-look to design rooms that seem like a lot of skill was needed to pull them together. This makes them very impressive!
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Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Our last few Contemporary Designer Profiles have been a bit on the traditional and classic side, so let's switch to something entirely different, shall we? If you don't find Steven Volpe's designs as out-of-this-world as we do, you might not be looking at the right website! All jokes aside, Steven's work is amazing, and we are finding all sorts of modern inspiration from his interior design.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
You know how in almost every scary movie there's that scene where the main character is staring into their medicine cabinet mirror, opens it to grab something, and then when they close it comes face to face with the reflection of some horrible evil creature staring back at them?!? Yeah, well, none of these mirrors today from 1stdibs' newest listings open on a hinge, so there won't be any chance of being surprised by the bogeyman. But consider this list a subtle homage to that oh-so-famous scene that still scares us every time we wash our faces at night.
1) 1930 French Mirror with Mosaic Detail
Round, bronze-colored, simple yet complex, this mirror is a great addition to either a traditional or a modern home.
1920 Tortoise Shell Mirror
We just love the especially unique shape to this mirror. The outline that the frame produces against a wall of contrasting color would be rather spooky and startling, in our opinion.
Dealer: Mary Ann Jones
Mid-century modern starburst mirror
Ahh an iconic Mid-Century Modern design that would look great in a home similarly decked out. Though we love this design, we should give caution: should there be a bogeyman in the room, he might attempt to use the mirrors sharp starbursts on you, so get to it and him first.
Dealer: Carl Moore Antiques
Laurel Wreath Convex Mirror
What a lovely, detailed mirror. Delicate, intricate, beautiful. Who would want to get you while you're standing looking in this mirror? No one, that's who. Glance at your reflection with confidence in this one.
Price: contact dealer
Dealer: Florian Papp
5) A French Late Neoclassical Carved Giltwood Mirror
Simple, austere and elegant, this mirror with its neoclassical carved giltwood and gesso mirror is beautiful and unique, and would be just the thing to look at yourself in morning, noon or night.
Dealer: Robuck Company Antiques limited
Swank Lighting's new listings on 1stdibs
A Pair of Tufted Side Chairs from 1955
Extra comfy side chairs that are totally redone. They are a whisper soft Lavender color with button tufting and matching piping. They are extremely comfortable.
Two Edward Wormley for Dunbar Side Chairs
Here's a great opportunity to personalize these two side chairs by Dunbar. Solid frames but, as you can see, the upholstery is in sad shape. Each chair is marked with the gold Dunbar badge, as shown.
Hollywood Regency Side Table by Dorothy Draper
This is a hybrid, of sorts.
This has been totally refinished in black lacquer with hand painted gold detail.
Classic Edwin Cole for Stiffel Wood and Brass Table Lamps
The black Mahogany cubes are sandwiched between brass wafers and topped with a large brass smokestack. The brass is beautifully patinated adding a wonderful contrasting element to the dark wood.
Teal Blue Vintage Murano Table Lamps
These inverted teardrop lamps feature a broad shouldered silhouette in eye catching Teal Blue. The glass has subtle facets, as can be seen in the lead photo.
Don't forget to check out the rest of this week's listings from 1stdibs, where you can find more fabulous, one-of-a-kind, show-stopping pieces, as well as a number of other great items! Also: please visit our revamped Facebook page for more information about us and follow us on twitter (@swanklighting) to always be up-to-date on Swank Lighting happenings.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We really admired the world of eclectic modern designer Tommi Parzinger, even though he dabbled and mixed all sorts of different elements for his pieces. Loving his casegoods like cabinets, credenzas and bookcases the most, we stopped when we came across this modern cabinet. We think you'll love what Swank Lighting lamp we chose to place on top it.
As we mentioned, Tommi's overarching common element in his design work was that there wasn't an overarching design element. He mixed and matched a variety of styles to create his own unique aesthetic. This Tommi Parzinger Modern cabinet is a great example. Sleek lines and a simple shape introduce you to its modernity, but then a gorgeous green leather covers the front. Brass pulls give such an air of sophistication. And surprise! The inside is painted a shocking coral lacquer. From 1955.
These types of Swank Lighting lamps are such a rare favorite of ours, like Swank Lighting's Table Coral Lamp on Lucite. From Egypt from the 1970s. We are always so amazed by how beautiful and delicate coral specimens look; it's like having a piece of a science museum in your home. And it brings such an amazing texture to whatever room you bring it in. This one, placed on a thick Lucite base, really has a great modern look to it.
I think based on our combination photo you can see why we placed this Tommi Parzinger cabinet with this Swank Lighting Coral Lamp; they just add such sophistication and beauty to one another. The intricate details of the cabinet correspond with the delicate textures of the coral, and frankly, they are both so interesting that together they are absolutely fascinating.
Swank Lighting is an amazing resource not just for the best vintage Murano glass lamps on the market today, but also a wonderful resource for interior design inspiration and a great place to get an education about past and present designers. Keep up-to-date with everything we do on our Facebook page and our twitter.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Another great designer has evaded our knowledge for years since we've been in this field, but we're happy to say that we are now well-versed in all things Tommy Parzinger-and you should be, too. This famous interior, textile and furniture designer didn't quite follow the trends of the time, but his pieces are unique and stylish.
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Friday, October 22, 2010
From the very first moment you set your digital foot onto the online portfolio of Gary Spain, you know you’re in for an interior design experience like no other. The first image alone knocked us so far off our feet it took us a minute or two to recover. Thankfully, that first image isn’t the best—delving in we were delighted and think you’ll want to read on to discover the levels of inspiration like we did.
We see bold colors all over, but not in a dominating way. Modern and contemporary furniture pieces mix with carefully curated classic and traditional pieces to create a look that doesn’t conform to any one style, but rather, them all.
his website for inspiration.
Swank Lighting is an amazing resource not just for the best vintage Murano glass lamps on the market today, but also a wonderful resource for interior design inspiration and a great place to get an education about past and present designers. Keep up-to-date with everything we do on our Facebook page and our twitter page.