Thursday, July 31, 2008

Marble Yard Field Trip

I love a great field trip! I was looking for a piece of marble the other day and found myself on on another fabulous field trip, just another day in the life of an interior designer. I kept thinking of how lucky I was to be able to view this unique treasure. So I decided to share my guilty pleasure. Check out Marble Unlimited.

First I got a great tour of the showroom which featured the most spectacular stock. Take a look at some of these divine pieces.

Big, bold and Bohemian sunset!

This piece, one of my favorites, is called Verde Malachite. This selective marble is actually pieced together in Carrara, Italy out of smaller cuts making it one of the more exclusive and expensive stones available. In Italy they use this stone for smaller projects or as an accent. Imagine a powder room accented in this with an 8ft slab or an entire shower which would be really dynamic. This is really dramatic and should only be used for the right application.

Marble Unlimited features over 300 types of stone so there is literally something for everyone. These are actually 2 slabs of onyx placed together for sheer drama. This piece has the simplicity of a Georgia O'Keefe painting. Its so organic and natural but so dramatic, it makes quite a statement. I love onyx! I used it in all of the bathrooms I recently did in a contemporary custom home in Sun Valley, Idaho. It's really stunning. The clients love it; check out the pictures on my website:
Onyx can come from Italy, sometimes Pakistan, Guatemala and Mexico. Each piece is hand crafted out of existing pieces to create a truly unique art piece.

These shell fossils are nestled in all natural quartz from Italy.

The fossils are over millions of years old and are placed artfully in the quartz to create a spectacular effect, for a wider range of consumer use.

The stone yard was so interesting that I found myself caught up in the process of mining and exporting these huge slabs – more on that in the next blog – stop back, you won’t believe how amazing this process is!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Urban Organic

By Erin Ferucci

Currently my favorite furniture vendor in New York City is John Houshmand. His urban organic work is beyond words.

His work celebrates the natural beauty of the inner life of trees.

Each piece is a hand sculpted celebration of organic material blended with modern sensibility.

I purchased the custom table below for clients of mine in New York.

The client is now relocating, which means this divine table is available for the right collector.
Clean lines, organ urban chic, it’s gorgeous.

For more divine designs visit John Houshmand. To make an offer on this luscious selection drop me an email and I will forward it on.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

One Of My Favorite Galleries

By Erin Ferucci

Each time I look down the quaint passage on to Rue Jacob, I feel a rush of excitement. It’s one of those unbelievably delightful Paris streets that could so easily be lost in the crazy labyrinth of city existence, but when you find it, it’s like being transported back in time.
It’s a cobblestoned, tree lined wonderland full of mysteries and ripe with extreme characters worthy of a Felini Film.
There are just layers upon layers of richness, history and depth. In the morning the essence lingers from the smoky jazz clubs, antique shop owner’s hose the sidewalks clean but the romance of the previous evening’s revels remains. It’s the kind of street where you can imagine walking through a gate and discovering a hidden garden, the air textured with the scent of early afternoon blooms. A mysterious elderly woman stands in a doorway, seemingly sizing you up. For what ever reason you have passed the test and she invites you in to her secluded antique shop. This is the beating heart of Rue Jacob; art, mystery, history and seclusion. It is on this favorite of thoroughfares that one can find the Gallery Gordon Pym & Fils. Within this tiny space is a world of delectable art. It would be easy to misjudge such a tiny space, but it transcends physical space to provide a jewel box myriad of talent that is remarkable. I am honored to call Gottfried Tollmann, the gallery owner, a close friend. Like his gallery Gottfried is a unique outgoing character. He is that rare spirit that everyone wants to be friends with. To say that he is witty, flamboyant and charismatic only begins to describe his incredible energy.

Featured in the gallery are a collection of artist’s work that are spectacularly rich and exotic. Among my personal favorites is Gunter Tollmann,
his effortless talent defies description. His bold, enigmatic blend of German expressionism and The School of Paris style is fresh, evocative, unique and insightful.
I am also a joyous collector of Chris Newman.

With an experimental interdisciplinary approach that is both chaotic and divine, Newman bends the mediums of music, painting, video, drawing and literature to his unique flavor of storytelling.
Newman’s expression of chaos into form is both haunting and maybe slightly crazy.

Currently featured at The Gordon Pym gallery is a decadent installation entitled “Dirty Little Pots” by artist Roger Herman. These exotic and erotic pots were featured last summer at The Santa Monica Museum of Art. If you missed them here treat yourself to a Parisian viewing where you can soak in all the decadence of this delightful gallery.