"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Anatomy of Style: Skeleton Chic

 Every once in a while you see something that makes an impression --like, say a skeleton lamp.

I noticed this gentleman lighting up a room at the Greystone Mansion Designer Showcase in Beverly Hills last fall and ran into him more recently at the WestEdge Design Fair.

We've got to stop meeting like this...

At the fair in Santa Monica, my friend was puttin' on the ritz, plated in 24 karat gold and silver, but I would recognize those cheekbones anywhere.

It turns out, the light-headed skeleton is the creation of Emmy-nominated set decorator Marcia Zia-Priven and Paul Priven, the husband and wife team behind Zia-Priven Extraordinary Lighting in Los Angeles.

After working together in Hollywood, the couple teamed up to star in their own production and have been turning on design leaders such as Jamie Drake, Lauren Rottet, Geoffery Bradfield, and the late Oscar de la Renta ever since. 

The duo designed the original, hauntingly beautiful piece for the designer showcase and it served as the inspiration for this year's glammed-up relatives.

The lamps are made using German-engineered teaching skeletons which are plated in 24 karat gold or silver using a proprietary process and priced between $1700 - $7000 (to the trade only).

Imagining how my dog might react to the expensive chew toy, and where I might put one in my own home, I asked Zia and Priven who they envisioned adopting the skeletal chic style.

"Celebrities, music industry clients, people looking to make a statement," said Zia, noting the lamp's inherent rock and roll vibe. "It's for people who want something that no one else has," added Priven.

Steven Tyler are you listening? 

Just when you thought Hollywood couldn't get any thinner...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

On Trend: Mining Copper

Lately, the rosy warm tones of copper have been catching my eye. I have noticed it gracing details on the pages of magazines, Pinterest and store shelves. This past week, I saw the copper moon (shown above) in the window of one of my favorite, Long Beach, California boutiques, Luna. The following day, when I found copper mugs and accessories at Target I knew the trend had reached a tipping point.

To get the burnished glow without a major investment, consider going DIY and using metallic copper spray paint (available in stores such as Wal-Mart, Michael's, and Lowe's).

The possibilities are endless...

 Van Heesch Copper Bicycle

Hammered copper pendant lights via Lonny. 

Industrial copper fixture via Trendspanarna.

 Copper cages shown on the Trendspanarna blog (Fyi, it's written in what I am guessing is Swedish or Danish?)
Copper cups at Target. When a trend hits Target,
 it's gone mainstream.

 DIY copper hooks using copper elbow joints and caps via Remodelista.

Hammered copper soaking tub shown in The Artisanal Home book by Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy. Found on the lovely, You Have Been Here Sometime blog.
Shine on!

Friday, October 17, 2014

This Weekend: WestEdge Design Fair

 It may not look like much from the street, but I promise once you get past the underwhelming banner tacked onto industrial cyclone fencing things start looking up. Way up. 
The 2nd annual WestEdge Design Fair being held in Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport this weekend (Oct. 16-19) is every inch a designer showcase.

 The show features more than 150 high-end exhibitors as well as ongoing panel discussions and workshops geared toward homeowners and design enthusiasts 
-in layman's terms, it's a smorgasboard of style. 
The best part, great taste without the calories. Unless of course, you sample from the outdoor grill demonstrations or take advantage of the well placed lounges throughout. 
 (Which, by all means --do!)

Open to both the trade and the public, the showcase plays host to mega brands (Bosch, Jenn-Air, Benjamin Moore, Gaggenau, Smeg) as well as entrepreneurial artisans such as Sitskie Design Studio, Foundation, Timothy J. Ferrie Lightsculptures, and Pelle to name a few.  You can browse everything from paint and furniture to lighting (skeleton lamp by Zia Priven!) doorknobs, fixtures, kitchen and bath products, outdoor furnishings, area rugs and refrigerators.

The event is also a great place to meet the designers and talk about their products and their processes in person. I have a feeling some of these folks will be remembered in the history books.

Watch for blogs about some of my faves in upcoming posts.

Lucite billiards table by BD Collection.

Online Advance tickets $20; Tickets sold onsite, $25.
Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Parking $10 cash. 

Friday night cocktail party benefiting the A+D Museum, 5-8pm are $40.
October 17, 11am-8pm (including cocktail party)
October 18, 11am-6pm
October 19, 11am-5pm

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