Irwin Weiner, ASID - Time to vent about one of my pet hates: Why is it that fashion-conscious clients can spot a knock-off Fendi bag or a fake Rolex watch and then turn their noses up at the fakes and spend a small fortune for the originals, but they embrace cheap knock-off furniture? A chair of relatively poor quality, but a gentle price point, is okay if it's based on a good original design. A designer look-alike bag of relatively poor quality, but a gentle price point, is totally unacceptable. Huh?
Here's the newsflash: Fashion and interior design are joined at the hip. They're one in the same. Both reflect your tastes, style, and personality. In fact, you may trot out an original designer fashion from your closet once a month at most, but you have to look at and sit on your furniture every day. To me, that's the argument for going with the best quality original design item, regardless.
The photos in this post illustrate my point. The gorgeous Argenta Lucite Lounge Chair (top photo) - the original from the Pace Collection in the '70s - is one of my favorite modern chairs. I have one with black webbing in my bedroom in Manhattan. Like all good designs, it got "interpreted" by RH Modern, a clever new line from Restoration Hardware. But the Luca chair (second photo) is a pale imitation of the original. And TOV Furniture's Serena Floating Lucite Chair is a graceless knock-off of the RH Modern piece. When we make a photocopy, the copy is never as sharp and clear as the original. Make a copy of a photocopy, and it's another generation removed from crispness and clarity. It's the same with furniture knock-offs, as rarely do you have a reinterpretation of a piece that is as brilliant and refined as the original.
The rant is now officially over.
Irwin Weiner ASID - Helpful design showrooms make all the difference when it comes to a great interior design experience for both the designer and client. In a recent trip to the Savel showroom at NY's Decoration and Design Building, we spoke with Andrea Elish, and she showed us some of the amazing new linens Savel is carrying. It opened our eyes!
Linens are ready palettes for expressing color and pattern in home textiles, and the handprinted work of fashion designer and artist Tania Vartan show a bold, colorful attitude that walks the line of modern and classic.
We also admired the daring, stark modernity of a textile line Savel is carrying from Brooklyn's Fabric and Steel. Founded to provide fabrics that bridge the divide between soft goods and hard architectural elements, the line is edgy and fun. The Belgium-woven linens are handprinted in the U.S.
Irwin Weiner ASID - From time to time I run into a stunning resource to share with our readers, and our office has fallen in love with the stark modernism and Bulgari-on-steroids massiveness of the Links Light from ELK Lighting. We have a client dining room with an aircraft-carrier-size dining table and super-high ceilings - and we'd like to put a trio of these lovelies along the table length. LED magic!
Jay Johnson, IWI - It's been a busy week for Irwin Weiner Interiors in the online news media, and we wanted to share two items with you.
We were very excited to have made CountryLiving magazine's online article, "30 Gorgeous Farmhouses Across America." IWI Homes renovated the project (in the photo above), added a beautiful open porch, and updated all amenities, from a new gourmet kitchen to heated floors. Click here to see this farmhouse project, and enjoy perusing the other homes that made the list. In was an honor to be included in an article that began, "These houses are the epitome of country living."
And then we were excited to learn about Architectural Digest touting 11 "Charming Farmhouse and Barn Kitchens," and one of the featured projects was a Penny Baird/Irwin Weiner collaboration, also in Bucks County, PA. Click here to see this fun kitchen design that combines painted and new patinated wood. This beautiful property, called Merestone Farm, is now on the market - check out the listing and view other aspects of the stone house and restored barn.