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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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Fab Furn: South Beach Collection

Wednesday April 23, 2014
South Beach Collection-Fucshia Aztec

It's no secret I've been aching for warmer weather and the more my inbox fills with warm-weather fabrics and furnishings, the happier I get. I'm particularly a fan of outdoor furniture that is stylish enough for use anywhere and the South Beach Collection from Source Outdoor fits that bill. The collection, and two of its awesome fabrics are this week's pick for Fab Furn.

First, the company released "SoBe" in a gorgeous fuchsia and white Aztec pattern and then followed it up this season with a bold black-and-white stripe. The idea behind the line is to bring South Beach's signature flair, color and patterning to outdoor living everywhere.

South Beach Collection-Black & White strip

The collection includes a matching loveseat, lounge chair and coffee table in crisp white with the accent of fabrics and patterns that really pop. The bases are powder coated aluminum with a glossy finish, the seating is covered in Sunbrella fabric and everything is made in the USA.

For more on the company's outdoor options, visit the Source Outdoor website.

Historic Design: Quilts & Context in the Civil War

Wednesday April 23, 2014

This month, the New-York Historical Society opened the doors to a new exhibit to honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The traveling exhibition - Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War - uses quilts, textiles, clothing, and other artifacts as a means to connect visitors to personal stories about the war, its causes and its aftermath.

The exhibition was organized the American Textile History Museum and shares the link these textiles made between soldiers and civilians and the way the quilts worked to share the stories of the soldiers' experiences. The enlightening collection builds on recent scholarship and aims to acknowledge the human experiences behind the war.

Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War
New-York Historical Society
Through August 24, 2014

Fab Furn: Watercolors by Loom Decor

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Loom Decor-Watercolor Pouf

Watercolor motifs have been in the spotlight on recent runways with designers including Michael Kors, Naeem Khan and Vera Wang among those who incorporated such light, airy, colorful motifs into their clothing designs. As ever, home trends quickly follow on the heels of fashion and Loom Decor's spin is this week's pick for Fab Furn.

Loom Decor-Watercolor Pillow

Loom Decor allows you to bring brushstrokes reminiscent of the masters into the home without having to hang them on the walls or break the bank. The company has parlayed the theme into a variety of takes - from muted, soft textiles and pillows to more cheerful and bright Ikat treatments that make for perfect poufs and very stylish extra seating. And you're not restricted to the ways in which I've seen and enjoyed these patterns. The company's varied watercolor fabrics can be applied to any of its silhouettes.

Loom Decor-Watercolor Fabric

For more from the company, visit the Loom Decor website.

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

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