All Rise – The Duke of Windsor Chair

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I often wonder what my furniture thinks of me. Does my living room approve of my friends? Does my couch appreciate my commitment to eat at the dinner table?  Does my furniture think feng shui is just a bunch of hogwash?

If my walls do talk, the stories they must share with my home furnishings must be informative, possibly scandalous and often embarrassing. These walls have only known me for a short while so their stories can only be brief anecdotes at best. But what about the things my Duke of Windsor chair might say?

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Oh, this is ridiculous. My Duke of Windsor chair wouldn’t say anything to tarnish my reputation. With twelve years of service, he has been the most consistent thing in my life. It would be silly to call him a sidekick. There’s no need to refer to it as, “your Grace.” That is not the kind of relationship established here. There is a bond built over time and common understanding built around necessity. I need it, it needs me.

If my Duke of Windsor chair were to talk, it would simply tell stories of past glories, party fables, quiet moments with sincere company and quite possibly a dirty limerick or two.

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Feizy Rug Introduction

Do you remember your first steps?

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You might remember the first time you stepped barefoot onto grass and the way your footprint was left behind on the bent and broken leaves. Maybe you can remember your first steps on sand and the trouble with locating balance and proper footing.

You might remember the first time you wore mom or dad’s shoes and how each step felt a great deal larger than any of your previous steps. Perhaps you can recollect the first time you threw caution aside and stepped out on the dance floor. Side note – I have never seen a carpeted dance floor and because of that I fail to understand the expression, “cut a rug.”

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Speaking of dancing, I remember impersonating James Brown on a slick bowling alley floor. I also recall cracking my second IPod on cold, hard Mexican tile. I remember the day I realized that having a rug at home replaces the need to constantly wear socks. Rest assured, you’ll remember your first steps on a Feizy Rug.

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This Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Wallpaper

Today’s wallpaper designs are whimsical, opulent and certainly add a splash of color to any room. The Madeline Weinrib selection is based on a color palette that’s rooted in traditional forms which have been inspired from her travels. The wallpaper is hand painted then silk screened onto a clay-coated paper.

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A selection of new prints from the Madeline Weinrib Atelier collection,
ABC Carpet & Home, NYC.

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In the photo above, the collection is called “Allemande” and it draws its inspiration from antique French brocade. The patterns reveal visible brushstrokes because of Weinrib’s signature technique of using hand painting in the design. The image evokes a feeling from the past, yet it gives a fresh, contemporary look

Andrew Martin’s “Luggage” series. Founded in 1978, Andrew Martin International, a UK interior design brand created by Martin Waller, offers a wide range of wallpapers that are inspired by a unique mix of cultures, nostalgia and travel.

Andrew Martin’s “Luggage” series.

Founded in 1978, Andrew Martin International, a UK interior design brand created by Martin Waller, offers a wide range of wallpapers that are inspired by a unique mix of cultures, nostalgia and travel.

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Along with the design firm’s selection of fabrics, furniture and home accessories, Waller’s aesthetic draws inspiration from past eras and cultures.

Images from the 1960s-inspired collection.

Images from the 1960s-inspired collection.

Andrew Martin’s “Penny Post,” British postage stamp wallpaper from a by-gone era is a perfect choice for a study, library or den.

Andrew Martin’s “Penny Post,” British postage stamp wallpaper from a by-gone era is a perfect choice for a study, library or den.

“Penny Post” used with vintage furniture and accessories.

“Penny Post” used with vintage furniture and accessories.

On our Piper Hertneck blog, we’ve recently published a couple of articles on the scarcity of reclaimed woods. Andrew Martin’s addressed this dilemma by creating wallpaper inspired from reclaimed woods.

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Stacks of fresh-cut firewood become a rustic backdrop for a den or family room.

Stacks of fresh-cut firewood become a rustic backdrop for a den or family room.

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1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

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Rolls-Royce launched “The Silver Wraith” following the end of World War II. Although the sweeping fenders and separately-mounted Lucas headlights were carried over from the pre-war manufacturing, disc wheels and white wall tires replaced the old wire-wheel design.

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In the traditional style of coachbuilding, the design and interior specifications — the selection of wood for the panel, the color and selection of leather upholstery, etc.– were often left up to the client. But frequently the client would add new ideas such as this refreshment cabinet to make their car “one of a kind.”

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The original plan for this car included a dickey-seat or rumble seat but during construction the plans were changed by the owner. Even though holes were already drilled for the seat, a large refreshment cabinet was ordered, and its design was configured to take its place. Crystal liquor decanters and highball glasses were custom blown by Waterford Crystal to fit the cabinet.

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The coachwork for this 1950 two-passenger Silver Wraith was by H.J. Mulliner, the historic coachbuilding company in London. It was the only Drophead (convertible) Roadster ever built by the company.

Baby, I’m Blue

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The Empire State Building in New York City is illuminated in blue to commemorate “World Ocean Day.” Blue is an uplifting color and the official color of ocean waters.

David Hockney’s set design for Puccini’s opera, Turandot.

David Hockney’s set design for Puccini’s opera, Turandot.

David Hockney is one of the most respected artists of his generation and is well known for his paintings, prints and portraits. But he’s also earned the reputation as a set designer for some of the world’s leading opera companies. In the image above, the blue lighting creates a sense of magic and mystery in the ancient Asian kingdom which is the setting for the opera.

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Restaurant design is not unlike a theatrical setting. Both are spaces which are the backdrop to a performer or to a guest arriving at a popular eatery. The current interior design of the roof top eateries at OXO Tower in London pays homage to the evening’s blue sunset and nightfall. According to Shaun Clarkson ID, the restaurant’s designer, the blue lines create the feel of a classic cruise liner out to sea.

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The OXO Tower is an outstanding piece of Art Deco architecture. Built in the late 1920s by architect Albert Moore, the building was threatened with demolition but saved in 1986. It now has housing, shops and art galleries as well as the popular rooftop restaurant operated by Harvey Nichols department store.

Bar XO in the OXO Tower, London

Bar XO in the OXO Tower, London