Archive for June, 2011

June 30, 2011

Highlights from Dwell on Design 2011

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Temperatures were sweltering in L.A. over the weekend, but the 20,000 plus attendees at the sixth annual Dwell on Design conference—who took to the Convention Center in droves—were able to check out the latest and greatest design finds in cool, easy-breezy style.

There was no shortage of things to look at, sit in and test out. If you weren’t able to stop by, or simply want to relive the memories, click on through to the roundup here.

Article from www.dwell.com

June 29, 2011

The Signature Exclusive Montage Collection from Pindler & Pindler

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Pindler & Pindler, Inc
SFDC Galleria #200

The Signature Exclusive Montage Collection consists of a fresh assortment of ten transitional upholstery designs offered in seven sophisticated, fashion forward color palettes. Montage is a chic group of easy-to-use fabrics with exotic global flair.

These patterns, with a “World Traveler” feel, coordinate beautifully allowing designers the freedom to create a wide variety of innovative and exciting looks.

To view the entire collection please visit the Pindler & Pindler showroom located in in the SFDC Galleria,  Suite 200.

June 28, 2011

DayGlowBrights at Edelman Leather

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Edelman Leather
SFDC Galleria #308

HAPPINESS… is the bespoke collection of new brights, custom colored just for you.

Edelman’s DayGlowBrights will command your attention and say “look at me” including Neoncow colors Yellowburst, Pinkpop and Orangefizz. Drawing inspiration from the modern day neon of Olafur Elison and Dan Flavin, the graffiti art of Stephen Sprouse, as well as the trend of custom color city bikes. DayGlowBrights are the bright spot that we need right now- amidst the doldrums of a skiddish economy and the fresh daffodils that are just starting to bloom in the field.

Custom coloring is the norm at Edelman Leather. With their long standing and strong relationships with the tanneries overseas, as well as their own finishing plant in upstate New York, Edelman can CUSTOM for their clients. Any color a designer can dream – Edelman Leather can make…and quickly too. Designers have total freedom – freedom in color, texture & style.

It’s shiny, happy leather ready to excite any room from corporate to residential. Colors come and colors go, but beautiful leather ready to be custom made to the designers delight will always be a part of what makes Edelman different. So feel the happiness and PUT YOUR SUNGLASSES ON before viewing these DayGlowBrights!

June 27, 2011

OMG! You’ve Lost Your Smartphone or Tablet! Now What?

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We thought this article might be of good use for all of you designers out there who depend on your Smartphone or iPad like it’s oxygen.  Well Beryn Hammil, our go-to for anything tech related has written a helpful article on her blog DESIGN TECH TONICS about what do when your life line goes missing (instead of rocking back and forth in a corner).

I hope you never have that heart stopping feeling that you’ve lost your smartphone or tablet device. First there’s that frantic rummaging around in the bottomless pit of your handbag, tote bag, or briefcase, or tapping on every single pocket on all your clothing. Then you stop in your tracks to recall the last time you had it. Bewildered, you stand there as if in a trance, straining your brain to remember the last moment it was in your possession. And then there’s the realization that it’s gone. Truly gone. Read more….

June 24, 2011

Veranda Unveils: The House of Windsor

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VerandaUnVeils: The House of Windsor is the brainchild of designer Windsor Smith, who, with help from an impressive roster of talented designers, including San Francisco’s very own Candace Barnes (visit Candace Barnes Now in the SFDC Galleria #330) and Veranda magazine, built a home that redefines luxury for a whole new era in a city that in many ways embodies the American ideal.  
 
 
On Wednesday, June 29, Veranda will host an exclusive gala event for an advanced look at The House of Windsor.  See more at www.editoratlarge.com
 
 
June 23, 2011

Brentano Combines Fresh Shades with Classic Colors

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Donghia, Inc.
SFDC Galleria #144

The Brentano design studio understands the importance of color for both textiles and interior design. By meticulously combining classic hues with fresh shades, the team has established themselves as a color leader with an understanding of what is current as well as what is usable for years to come.

Eco-friendly faux leather Essence is a revamped version of the Brentano classic Royal Coach that maintains the most successful colors while offering updated options like celadon Stone Blue and plum Wild Grape, as well as traditional leather colors, for a total of 20 diverse colorways. In addition to the stunning range, 54” upholstery Essence has a soft hand that is increased by a supple backing woven from polyester, cotton, and rayon.

Founded in 1990 by Design Director Iris Wang and her husband, President E-Kwan Chen, Brentano has grown from a modest beginning of eight patterns to an internationally represented textile house. Brentano’s fabrics stem from Wang’s philosophy of balancing beauty + performance. Their growing collection of eco-fabrics expands this ideology by demanding textiles to meet thoroughly researched standards of environmental consciousness while maintaining their beauty.

 

June 22, 2011

Call of the Wild Prints from Casa Bini

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GaulSearson
SFDC Showplace, #300

For all you fashionista designers out there, you already know how chic a leopard print can be when worn right. Animal prints become high in demand every few seasons or so, but you never see them completely going out of style. Same goes for interior design. Designers are always requesting samples for complete sets of animal prints in the Casa Bini line. What’s even better is that animal prints in interior decor is a lot of times much easier to pull off than in fashion.

Using animal prints on your accent pieces is probably the easiest and most popular way of making an eclectic, bold statement in a space. It’s okay to layer two or three different prints as long as you don’t over do it.  Consider the size of prints before applying on a larger area, since too small of a print can result in looking ‘too busy’.  Mix and match with a variety of decors by using the color as the key element to tie everything together.  Don’t be afraid to get a little wild!

June 21, 2011

Courting the Consumer … Thoughts?

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Last week at the 1stdibs headquarters in New York, the Decorative Furnishings Association held a meeting to address a number of pressing issues affecting the design industry including a revamp of its consumer marketing campaign and whether to open design centers to consumers.

Kicking off the meeting, Karen Marx of Elle Decor and Ryan Brown of House Beautiful presented a new concept for the public service ad campaign currently titled “Why a Designer?” The new campaign will show a photograph of a previously published interior proprietary to each magazine and a headline to the effect of: “Do you like what you see here?” or, “Do you want this look?” The ads will be more integrated with each magazine’s content, and therefore more effective, said Marx and Brown. The call to action will direct consumers to DFA’s Find Great Design website and their local design centers, where they may then be connected with a designer. 

Read the full article at The Editor At Large here.  We encourage leaving comments with your thoughts and opinions.

June 20, 2011

Up to 50% OFF at Ebanista

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Ebanista
SFDC Galleria, #425
June 13th – June 30th

Hello designers! Don’t miss out on Ebanista’s rug selection for their June event. Up to 50% OFF!

What is the difference between Ebanista and a rug store? Ebanista is a high-end boutique catering to the design professional and their client. Their rugs are hand selected to complement the eclectic collection of fine furnishings & textiles.

www.ebanista.com

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June 17, 2011

Colorful Combinations

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Sherwin-Williams and The Robert Allen Group make coordinating fabric and paint quicker and easier!  Sherwin-Williams continues its collaboration with The Robert Allen Group, a leading designer and marketer of decorative fabrics and furnishings for the interior design trade, by offering a suggested palette of complementary paint colors to coordinate with Robert Allen’s latest Color Library upholstery and multipurpose fabric collections.

This year’s collection features an underlying theme of natural colors with a mixed palette of blues, yellows and greens, along with neutral accent colors of taupes, linens and golds. Forty-five Sherwin-Williams colors are suggested for Robert Allen’s new spring fabric lines: Chambray, Aloe, Greystone, Indigo and Amber.

Five new color cards are available with a palette of nine complementary wall colors for each Color Library book. For example, the Indigo line is coordinated with Sherwin-Williams vibrant blue Denim (SW 6523) and soft neutral Alabaster (SW 7008), while the Chambray line features the calming green hue Haven (SW 6437) and a warm Sunbeam Yellow (SW 0078).

Visit Sherwin-Williams’ Color Studios at Robert Allen | Beacon Hill in the SFDC Galleria, #218 where you can access Sherwin-Williams color cards and its complete professional color library.

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