The lobby of the John-Richard High Point Showroom this April showcased furniture and lighting designs as well as art by Mark McDowell. The visual effect was that of a luxurious penthouse curated by the most culturally refined collector. The combination of warm woods, textural finishes and stunning art motifs on glass, gave a cohesive chicness to the setting
These new introductions had a subtle Asian feel and there are other global influences like the Moroccan patterns on the door fronts of the Almeria Sideboard. The design aesthetic was like an art gallery with complimentary, coveted pieces that are not overly matched. There was a common theme of artistic geometry as seen in the embellishments and rich, sensuous finishes.
As winter fades at the advent of spring, people are yearning for the soothing greenery of plants. Adding botanicals to your interiors is a perfect way to introduce nature into the home. Trees give us a feeling of being more connected to the landscape. Here are a selection of John-Richard trees that will bring a richness to any room.
Concrete 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.”
Marcel Breuer was a Hungarian-born, modernist, architect and furniture designer. Known to his friends and associated as Laikjó, Breuer left his hometown at the age of 18 in search of artistic training and was one of the first and youngest students at the Bauhaus – a radical arts and crafts school that had been founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar just after World War 1.
Breuer was immediately recognized by Gropius as having immense talent and was quickly placed at the head of the carpentry shop. Ultimately Breuer left Bauhaus to start his own firm. Best known later in life for his iconic chair designs, Breuer often worked in tandem with other designers, developing a thriving global practice that eventually cemented his reputation as one of the most important architects of the modern era.
Breuer’s affinity for concrete made him a key figure in the emergence of brutalism, which has drawn much criticism due to his designs heavy handed massiveness. However, Breuer counterbalanced this tendency in his small-scale houses that are notable for their sensitive handling of traditional materials such as wood and brick. Here are some images of his architectural gems.
Here are some John-Richard pieces that draw from his modernist aesthetic. It is easy to see Breuer’s influence on many furniture designs that are so popular today.
This spectacular Master Bath Design by Benjamin Johnston is perfect in its chic simplicity. Such a pretty setting for our Crystal Martini Side Table! The room is both minimal and dramatic; every piece stands out and no piece is superfluous.
“Behind this feature mosaic wall is a pass-thru double shower with every amenity!
Form and function at its finest!”
Paula Grace is the principal and founder of Paula Grace Designs, a Virginia-based interior design firm. Paula has an exceptional design style drawing inspiration from her clients, nature, fabric, the human form, and music. Her thoughts on people’s relationship to their interiors focuses on the feeling created by design: ”Here’s my belief: your home should be a place where you feel at peace, where you function effortlessly. It should portray who you are today, remind you of happy times from the past, and provide lush ground for you to create new memories.”
Prior to studying Interior Design, Paula Grace earned Masters Degrees in Clinical Social Work and Business Administration. She held a Directorship of a large behavioral health program and was a Senior Instructor, graduate level, in a prestigious university medical center. With this level of experience, Paula Grace runs a seamless ship when implementing designs. The process flows until each furnishing is placed and the design realized.
Paula Grace’s interior designs have been featured in many publications. Additionally, she has been hand-selected to participate in designer show houses and is regularly asked to speak at interior design industry events.
We recently caught up with Paula Grace at High Point Market this April to talk to her about her design style and what currently inspires her.
1. You have said that you draw inspiration from your clients, nature, fabric, the human form and music. Can you elaborate on that?
The last two are unique so I’ll focus on them – the human form and music. So many things are designed to adorn or comfort our bodies. Clothes, seats in a car, furniture. The body is very important; each one different and beautiful. I see the human form as a living sculpture that I simply pay homage too.
Music is feelings and moods that you hear. How my clients want their rooms to feel, the mood it creates is very important in my designs. When they tell me the feel and mood they’d like, a song inevitably pops in my head that evokes the same feeling and mood. Music and design share key principles – rhythm, balance, harmony, proportion, and emphasis. These principles inform the elements chosen for the space. I interpret the song into the design. Music is especially significant when I design furniture. The lines, form, and shape I draw are directly from the principles of a song communicated with instruments and voices.
2. You use both lighting and wall decor in very bold and beautiful ways. What role do they play for you in the overall design?
The art and lighting are the soul of a design. They need to be layered in. Art on the wall and dimensional pieces placed around the room, on tables for example. A great lighting plan includes ceiling, table top, and accent for overall illumination, task, and sparkle. I select classic styled furniture so it stands the test of time. Much interest comes from the jewelry – art and lighting. Think little black dress with statement jewelry. It’s the statement jewelry that communicates the feeling – aka art – and the lighting is integral to the mood. Chandeliers and sconces are both – sculptural art and lighting. They can create a statement all by themselves, which is often how I use them. John Richard chandeliers and sconces are fantastic for this.
3. How would you describe your design style?
Classic elegance with a hip vibe. Given the inspirations I just discussed – imagine furniture with clean, traditional lines creating comfort paired with evocative art, lighting, and accessories.
“And you spend your evening in your color. The idea is to take things which open your mind, that speak to you – the colors speak to you.”
– Philippe Starck
About the Designer:
Philippe Starck, born January 18, 1949 in Paris, France, is a visionary in all realms of design including interiors, architectural and furniture as well as utilitarian objects such as staplers and juice squeezers. He was constantly referencing where and how people live and questioning the materiality of our environments. Starck is renowned for his hotel design with projects such as the Royalton in New York, the Delano in Miami and the Mondrian in Los Angeles which are all considered contemporary landmarks. The Faena suite in Buenos Aires featured above is considered one of the most expensive in the world and was redesigned by Starck.
To learn more about this exceptional designer, click on the link below: www.starck.com
GRAY is the color of intellect, knowledge and wisdom. It is perceived as classic, refined, dignified, and conservative. Gray is a perfect neutral that lives between the extremes of black and white.
Like diamonds set in platinum or white lace over gray satin, these tones are both fresh and classic in fashion, jewelry and home décor. Gray, silver and white are elegant neutrals that enhance exceptional design. In Vogue Magazine, New Jersey-based interior designer Beth Diana Smith states that ‘Gray’ will continue to reign in 2017. “We will see different tones of gray, a lot of gray and white, and gray in deeper colors, it’s the sort of color that complements a full spectrum of shades…”
These latest designs from John-Richard, in furniture, lighting, mirrors and accessories, show that these sophisticated new neutrals are right on trend.
Held at the Mayflower Grace, the Day of Design brings together architects, interior designers, stylists and writers to tell their stories and inspire those who love design.
“It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.” — Dorothy Draper
Most of us know to strap on the heels with evening wear but falter when it comes to the styling and decorating of our own home. The big questions….what to add, what to take away and how it will all work together are endless. Day of Design’s experts will share secrets about revealing beauty through simplicity, embracing cultural references, making statements with objects and how to integrate the interior with the outdoors. All these discussions will take place on Saturday, June 18th in a charming shingled tea house where participants and panelists can arrange themselves on comfortable sofas and armchairs.
The first morning panel is entitled The Beauty of the Undone: Discovering Simplicity in Design and pairs interior designer Michael De Perno and Andrew Fry with Kyle Hopener, Editor in Chief of New England Home Magazine. De Perno and Fry are the owners of the latest design shop destination in New Preston, Plain Goods. Both De Perno’s portfolio of work and the interior of Plain Goods are perfect examples of this aesthetic. This will be followed by The Allure of the South: How the Region tells its Narrative through Design headlining an authentic group of Southern style arbiters including Elizabeth Ralls, Editor in Chief of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles as well as designer duo Michael Mitchell and Tyler Hill who hail from Charleston, SC. They will be joined by Washington’s own Kathryn McCarver Root, originally from Memphis, TN, and the owner of the fine art photography gallery KMR Arts.
Lunch is al fresco, overlooking the Shakespeare Garden, on a patio with round tables shaded by white umbrellas. A day at this iconic New England Inn is a time for these design professionals to relax, share resources, make connections and discuss the subtleties of interior design with the attendees. When asked what he found special about the event, Robert Couturier aptly said, “Maybe, because in such an idyllic and calm atmosphere it is easier to think, we don’t have to go anywhere, there is no time pressure and it is always enriching to find out how the others think and to discuss how differently we all work. I love doing it!!”
Kicking off the afternoon is a discussion with design maven and author Susanna Salk about the subject of her latest Rizzoli published book, It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments in Your Home with the Stylish Small Stuff. Joining her on the panel are Stacy Kunstel, stylist and co-owner of Dunes and Duchess (with her partner, photographer Michael Partenio) and Kati Curtis, an interior designer who has been getting rave reviews for her room at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.
This will be followed by a panel with the world renowned architect and interior designer, Robert Couturier and the talented Washington-based architect Harold Tittmann. This panel, Architecture: Connecting Interiors with the Landscape, is certainly an apropos subject for one of the most popular counties for country homes. Moderator for this panel, as well as Allure of the South panel, is the insightful Stacey Bewkes of the premier design blog Quintessence.
After the panels, there will be a Meet the Designer cocktail party on the porch of the Tap Room, as well as a book signing coordinated by the Hickory Stick Book Shop. Designing Paradises by Robert Couturier as well as a selection of Susanna Salk’s books will be available for purchase.
John-Richard is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor. The media partner for Day of Design is New England Home, one of the very best design publications in the country. For the third straight year, the 5 Star Relais & Chateaux property, The Mayflower Grace will be the host of the event.
Saturday, June 18th Program starts at 10:00 am
The Mayflower Grace 118 Woodbury Road Washington, CT 06793