Concrete Jungle

Concrete JungleConcrete is no longer associated with the grey tones of the city. The material now has a warmer, more organic feel when used in furniture, lighting, mirrors and accessories. These shapes are rounder, more reminiscent of nature than urban environments. There are references to river rocks, sculpture and artistic motifs.

In a recent article posted on Houzz, ‘Interior Design Trends Expected to Take Hold in 2018’, concrete accents are gaining in popularity. Designer Yanic Simard agrees, “the humble material and its comforting cool tones mixed with light linen and pearl grays add a relaxed air to any space.”

 

Brâncusi Inspired

BrancusiConstantin Brâncuși was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Widely considered to be one of the foremost pioneers of modernism, and one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century, Brâncuși is often referred to as the patriarch of modern sculpture.

As a child in Romania he displayed an aptitude for carving wooden farm tools. His formal education first took him to Bucharest, then to Munich and then to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His artwork emphasizes clean geometrical lines that balance forms inherent in his materials with the symbolic allusions of representational art. Brâncuși was also known for paying an unusual amount of attention to the bases on which his sculptures were displayed, believing that the pedestal was part of the sculpture itself.

The Brâncuși sculptural aesthetic has influenced many designers. These lighting pieces by Mark McDowell and accessories by Margaret Fisher show how the artist is still a source of inspiration.

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The Beauty of Brass

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These new introductions debuted at High Point Market the spring. Sculptural accessories in brass are the perfect accents for interiors whether they be contemporary, transitional or traditional.

These designs from our new factory in India show exceptional craftsmanship and quality of material. Whimsical Ginkgo leaves, textural bowls and bud vases reveal the breadth of artistic possibilities.

“Brass has a luster and depth that you do not see in plated objects,” enthuses Senior Accessory Designer Margaret Fisher, “the tones of brass enhance and add warmth to the overall room design.”

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