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Design Profile: Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture

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When an English furniture designer with a talent for antique reproduction creates his own line of furnishings the designs are destined to speak to the finer things. Such is the case with Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture.  

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Design Event: LA Modernism

Wednesday April 16, 2014

This year's Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale is just a couple weeks away and the always-anticipated event has a lot in store. LA Modernism brings together a curated collection of decorative and fine arts from all design movements of the 20th Century.

This time around, the Show & Sale moves to 3LABS Studio, in the Hayden Tract Arts District of Culver City, and kicks off with an opening night party on Friday, April 25. The event will benefit P.S. ARTS, a non-profit organization created to improve children's lives through arts education.

More than 40 national and international exhibitors with specialties in furniture, lighting, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, silver, glass, ceramics, photography, textiles and more will be represented at the Show & Sale. Exhibitors include Santa Fe-based galleries Steven Maras and Modern 2.0, San Francisco's Gallery 925, Alexandre Huygelvede of Paris, and Southern California's own LA MOD, Atomic Bazaar, Christopher Anthony Ltd., and Off the Wall.

The show's agenda also includes a panel discussion on Saturday, April 26, with Bravo's Million Dollar Decorator Jeffrey Alan Marks and Lisa Bowles of ROARK modern, along with moderator Mayer Rus, West Coast Editor for Architectural Digest. The conversation will examine "What's Modern Now? Moving beyond stale clichés to redefine modernism for today."

Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale
3LABS
Culver City, Calif.
April 26 - 27
Opening night party: April 25

Color Cues: Robert Allen’s Spring Library

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Robert Allen-Spring Color Library

Robert Allen has added a new crop of textiles for spring to its Contract Color Library. Textures add depth to the fabrics while saturated hues like the bold green Malachite, rich Royal Purple and sophisticated Slate decorate them. The colors come from natural minerals and from the runway and are meant to infuse a space with glamour without being haughty.

Robert Allen-Spring Color Library

The overall Contract Color Library collection encompasses a variety of constructions including flatwovens, cut velvets, high-performance Sunbrella Contract textiles and a versatile polyurethane textured design. All the textiles pass ACT standards for heavy-duty upholstery and so can work well to provide high-traffic areas with a bit of sophistication.

Motifs range from playful patterns inspired by illustrations to classic checks. The line also adds touches not often available in contract fabrics, like metallic accents and wool felt looks.

Fab Furn: Vin de Flame Fire Pits

Wednesday April 9, 2014
Vin de Flame-Wine Barrel Fire Pit

I could not be more excited to be heading back outdoors and love the influx of products that have been coming my way to help me do so in style, comfort and luxury. Topping that list right now is an item that has me longing to pour a glass of wine and curl up beside it: the Wine Barrel Fire Pit Table from Vin de Flame. The beautiful, functional design is this week's pick for Fab Furn.

There are actually many styles from which to choose and a variety of ways to make a design your own. The fire pits are hand crafted using stainless steel for burners and parts ensuring nothing will rust; the barrels are preserved, sanded and weather sealed; a hinged side door is designed to hide the fire pit's 5-gallon propane tank (natural gas and corn fuel burners are available as well); lava rock and fire glass are included; and the entire piece is mounted on casters for convenience.

If you're working on your own outdoor space or designing one for a client, these fire pits will make a statement and make anyone feel at home. Luxury and comfort: quite a combination.

Design Exhibition: Cool & Collected

Wednesday April 2, 2014

The National Building Museum dedicates its space to all things that go into the built world: the architects and designers, the building materials and the completed buildings themselves. The museum's latest exhibition - Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions - gives visitors a first-look at the latest pieces to find a home at the museum.

Covering all the building bases, the exhibition pieces range from a kaleidoscope dollhouse to pieces of decorative terra cotta from notable buildings in Chicago and New York, including the Audubon Ballroom where Malcom X was killed and the Helen Hayes, a Broadway theater that was demolished in 1982.

The exhibit also places focus on local sculptor Raymond Kaskey and features maquettes of some of his pieces that are featured around the country. Kaskey's portfolio of work includes the Portlandia statue in Oregon, a pediment for the Nashville Symphony Hall and his work at the Washington, D.C. World War II Memorial where he sculpted, among other pieces, 24 panels illustrating the history of the conflict on the home front and abroad.

Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions
The National Building Museum
Through May 25

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