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KellyBaron Design . Summer Cottage . Lake Joe, Muskoka Lakes, Canada - November 8th, 2010

The unspoiled, scenic beauty of Muskoka Lakes, about 2 hours north of Toronto, has long been a draw for celebrities and artists who have built summer cottages where they idle away the summer while boating, watching sunsets and listening to the loons call.

Los Angeles designers/builders Kelly van Halen and Baron Rogers have recently finished renovating their own romantic cottage on Lake Joseph.

KellyBaron Design used as many green building features as possible to keep the main 4-bedroom cottage rustic but with modern updates. The traditional board and batten exterior has large energy-efficient windows that promote cross-circulation. The base of the exterior is faced in local “muskoka” stone. The rustic interiors have reclaimed hemlock wood floors and kitchen counters from old barns. The entire second floor, with gorgeous views of the trees and lake, is the master loft with bedroom, sitting room and bath.

At water’s edge are 2 boat slips and the boathouse. Built in the late 1800s, the boathouse is ideal for guests and still has its original narrow-plank hardwood floors, tongue and groove pine walls and ceiling, and antique claw foot tub in the bathroom.

Lake Joe is the smallest of the lakes but is the most popular thanks to its proximity to the amenities and marina at Port Sanfield.

BLACKMAN CRUZ - October 31st, 2010

From the twisted minds of Adam Blackman and David Cruz—who have one of the finest stores for quirky antiques and vintage pieces anywhere in the world—comes this new addition to their in-house Blackman Cruz Workshop custom line.

“David did the renderings for the Snake Chair,” say the partners. “It was sculpted in clay to be poured into bronze. We were thinking of archetypes and the snake’s sensual shapes and all that the serpent represents—good vs. evil, man’s fall from grace…”

The Snake Chair is available in a limited edition of 5.

Blackman Cruz
836 N. Highland Ave.


Sally Sirkin Lewis – Ombre - October 27th, 2010

Los Angeles design doyenne Sally Sirkin Lewis has spent the past 3 years trying to translate the dreamy, diffused look of watercolors on thick textural paper onto her furniture designs.

The result is Ombre, a collection of wood veneers with names like Daybreak, Storm, Mist and Twilight. Using veneer as her canvas, Lewis has created a subtle, quietly textured and completely original decorative finish.

J. Robert Scott - Ombre

“I founded J. Robert Scott with the dream of creating designs that are faithful to the traditions of fine hand-crafted furniture and that will hold their beauty and value from generation to generation,” says Lewis. “With the introduction of Ombre veneer—truly a unique artistic innovation—each piece will be as individual as a fingerprint.”

J. Robert Scott

RICHARD FRINIER - October 15th, 2010

Cool Calm + Collected

Richard Frinier’s latest outdoor furniture collection

Richard Frinier, the groundbreaking and much-copied designer of outdoor furnishings, unveils his latest collection, and as always the pieces reveal how his thought process sets his work apart. “I thought about how we are all moving so fast and wondered what it would be like if we had the time to be still and allowed our minds to drift. Would it feel like we were on Cloud Nine? And that is when the new designs came to me.”

Called Still, Drift and Cloud Nine, the new Richard Frinier Collection for Brown Jordan consists of 3 new designs that will launch during the Fall High Point Market, October 16–21, in High Point, North Carolina.

True to Frinier’s style, the look is modern and understated. Textiles and finishes range from off-white to soft gray to a subtle blue-green, including aluminum frame surfaces called Pure, Shade and Breeze, and teak finishes in Natural and Gray. The collection also includes an assortment of complementary square, rectangular and round trays.



Walz Window Shop - October 6th, 2010

Walz Right In

Kevin Walz Pops Up in Rome

The American artist and furniture designer, who has long divided his time between the U.S. and Italy, has created Walz Window Shop, a pop-up shop in Rome where themed installations will change every 8 weeks.

The small space is located in the historic center of Rome near Campo de’ Fiori, which is strictly zoned for artisanal and high-quality craftsman workshops.

The first exhibition called “Italics” has the limited-edition Inset daybed as the centerpiece. The armrests are shearling and the fabric is a heavyweight vintage Italian military linen, which is then hand-printed with images that are symbolic of 2,000 years of Roman history.  Also part of the Italics installation are three new light fixtures—a spherical ceiling light descending close to the ground, a tall adjustable floor lamp, and a translucent globe that sits on the floor—made in a traditional Roman folded brass sheeting and glass lantern process, five monoprint wall panels that reference distinctive parts of Italian culture, and cotton T-shirts juxtaposing images from the installation.

“Italics” runs Sept. 29 to Dec. 5
Mon. thru Fri. 6–7 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. or by appointment

Walz Window Shop
via del Pellegrino 17
Campo de’ Fiori,Rome
+39 06 687 3650 +39 320 817 6484

ANGO LIGHTING - August 10th, 2010

It took a British architect living in Thailand to create an astonishing series of organic lighting made of naturally shed silkworm cocoons. While all of Ango’s other light fixtures are in neutrals, the line has been given a shot of color with two new introductions—Cherry Moon and Ebony Sky.

“Lighting designers are usually drawn to white translucency as a light diffuser, but sometimes it’s good to break out of the mold,” says creator Angus Hutcheson. “With these two designs we’ve created something more moody, more suited to dining rooms or restaurants.”

Ebony Sky was conceived as a mysterious dark object that emits light—an atomized “dark star” composed of approximately 1,250 silk cocoons dyed ebony on a wire matrix that is suspended from slender stainless steel.

Cherry Moon is a “hot star”—an atomized structure of silk cocoons assembled to form an orb. The cocoons have been dyed in a particular Chinese red and the light is suspended from a stainless steel ceiling box.

Ango, which has won Best Product awards at the influential Maison et Objet show in Paris the last two years in a row, will be at the upcoming show September 3–7.




The dapper and debonair Ralph Pucci—who represents a thoroughbred stable of furniture, rugs, lighting and photography by Andree Putman, Vladimir Kagan, Paul Mathieu, Jerome Abel Seguin and others—has just released his own first furniture collection.

“Furniture (One) had to represent the roots and soul of Pucci—timeless, classic and high quality,” he says.

The 6 pieces—sofa, club chair, daybed, dining table, side table and coffee table—combine stainless steel frames with leather, wool, glass and marble.

It’s an understated, industrial chic look that meshes perfectly with his showrooms in Chelsea and the Pacific Design Center.

“Furniture (One) references the past yet is new, graphic and uncomplicated,” he adds. “This represents many years of inspiration, from the Bauhaus to jazz to minimalist art and design.”

Ralph Pucci International




POETIC MOTION - July 23rd, 2010

With their overlapping planes, multiple woods and interlocking forms, the new StasisSeries of desk, credenza and bar by Gary Hutton was influenced by the Bauhaus work of Walter Gropius and early Le Corbusier .

“Their modulation of volumes and materiality was a real jumping-off point for me,” says the San Francisco designer. “The series was also influenced by Richard Neutra’s house for Josef von Sternberg in Northridge  and Rudolph Schindler’s own house on King’s Road.”

Doors swing on full piano hinges. Shelves are cantilevered and supported on nickel-plated suspension rods. Drawers “wrap” the edge of the cases and serve as pulls.

Stasis is where sustainable hardwoods—zebrawood, ash and walnut veneers—meet exacting cabinetmaking and minimalist engineering.

On view exclusively at Therien

716 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles