Aline Matsika has an incredible talent for adding an ethnic African spin on contemporary and antique furniture. She began with a boutique in Paris and a decade ago opened one in Soho. Her pieces include Louis XVI chairs covered with antique fabric from Zaire and 1930's armchairs covered with Senagalese cotton-and-raffia. Her spaces are thus very unique and so warm and inviting with beautiful patterns and woods. (HGTV's Designstar finalist David used her products in his last room - I LOVED the huge floor lamp!)
Couldn't stop at one post about Beale Lana (see post below). I almost titled this one "If I was another room". This amazing foyer was their contribution to this year's Kips Bay Show House. Stunning! And yes those are silver egg chairs!! Glam punk and a dash of high style goth meets classic antiques and surfer chic. What a sense of fun!
Randall Beale and Carl Lana are the creative geniuses behind Beale Lana. Can you tell from that opening sentence that I am enamoured of their work, their style? With backgrounds as diverse as fashion and theater, it's easy to see where the duo get their sense of drama and refinement. The rooms are definitely statements but Beale Lana pride themselves on focusing on their clients’ personal style. Collections obviously play an important role in personalising these spaces. I could definitely live in these rooms! Love, lust.
This post is more about exterior architecture than interior design because I couldn't resist posting the following photos from the portfolio of Barton Phelps and Associates. I can see why they've been published and awarded on many occasions. I love that the views from the surrounding landscape played a major role in their designs.