Austin Allen James is an artist, designer, poet, entrepreneur, educator, and father of two. Austin, or AAJ as some refer to him, will be sharing the inside scoop behind both his creative and design processes. Austin’s lifelong passion and love of color, words, phrases, and objects has led to his experimenting with paint and design to become a professional artist, poet, object designer, and trendsetter.
For the second year running, the artist-designers Draga & Aurel took part with Todd Merrill…
In conjunction with the Cannes and Montecarlo Boat Shows, VENINI once again partners with the Ferretti Group brand, reaffirming their commitment to design and innovation. The exclusive creations of VENINI are now on board the latest models from the shipyard, Custom Line 140′ and Custom Line 30′, seamlessly integrating into interior designs and enhancing them with vibrant colors and sinuous shapes, crafted by master glassblowers in Venetian furnaces.
“My hometown of Wayzata is known as the jewel of Lake Minnetonka, a village rich with history and a bustling main street with boutiques and quaint restaurants,” said Lucy Penfield, founder of Lucy Interiors. “My first job was on Lake Street, waitressing for the Ole Piper Inn, a pizza hot spot we all loved. Now I am three blocks down, as shop owner. I have come full circle and I couldn’t be happier.”
The prestigious Rossana Orlandi Gallery made its debut at the Lake Como Design Festival, where it presented the art-design project LEWIT, a monumental bed sculpture that arose from a creative symbiosis between Draga & Aurel and eclectic architect Giuliano dell’Uva, in collaboration with the Italian textile company Somma1867.
The event took place in the fireplace room (Sala del Camino) of Villa Olmo, one of the lake’s most charming historical dwellings. LEWIT was showcased as a free-standing furnishing item designed and made as a three-dimensional artwork. It merged contemporary taste and aesthetics with explicit references to the artistic avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s.
SEVERAL INTRODUCTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR QUICK SHIP IN ONE TO TWO WEEKS
HIGH POINT, NC September 2023 – Luxury outdoor furnishings manufacturer, Sunset West, will launch three new collections at the Fall High Point Market. Introductions include a mixed material group featuring teak and resin wicker, a cushion-less rope seating group as well as new accent pieces designed to add interest to any space, indoors or out. Several of the cushion-less seating, accent pieces and dining options are available for quick ship in one to two weeks.
Inspired by the rustic charm of the high desert, the Sedona outdoor furniture collection highlights the natural beauty of organic materials and textures. Crafted from 100-percent solid teak wood, Sedona features Sunset West’s signature weathered teak finish, coupled with a textured resin weave to provide exceptional durability. Characterized by contemporary scale, with oversized deep seating, the collection offers a full suite of dining, lounge, occasional, and deep seating silhouettes.
“Designed to serve many of the various needs of our customers – from full customization to quick ship – our Sedona collection has a variety of options,” said Aliena Klaus Squire, vice president of marketing with Sunset West. “For our customers looking for custom options, the cushioned, deep seating items in the Sedona collection are available in a selection of over 300 Sunbrella fabrics, as well as stocked, quick-ship option for those who need it now.
“In addition, our cushion-less deep seating, lounge and dining options in our new collections are available for quick ship in one to two weeks from both our east and west coast warehouses,” she added.
Including a variety of outdoor seating options that will complement existing collections, the Bahia and Grigio line will also be introduced this fall. Offering cushion-less designs with handwoven rope seat decks and backs, the group is available in two colorways – Sand and Graphite.
“Our take on the classic Adirondack chair, the Bahia and Grigio high-back chairs are perfectly pitched, with a body contouring seat design for upgraded comfort,” said Squire. “Featuring a high-performance open rope weave and wrapped paddle arm, the group offers a breathable, stylish and contemporary seating solution for dining, bar and lounge areas.”
Rounding out the introductions this fall, several new items will be added to the Bazaar Collection, injecting mixed materials and new color options into the line that can be used in both indoor and outdoor living spaces. Pieces include dining, bar, coffee, and end table pieces designed to complement existing collections and designed for both indoor/outdoor living.
Highlights include the “Pebble” and “Tree Trunk” Table series, featuring a unique grouping of end tables and coffee tables crafted with glass fiber reinforced concrete.
As part of Hooker Furnishings’ design-centric programming lineup in its new Designer’s Theatre this fall, Sunset West will offer a designer CEU session in partnership with Sunbrella.
Event details are listed below:
Saturday, October 14th, 2pm – 3pm
Sunbrella: Sustainable Performance Fabric: From Fibers to Design (Designer CEU)
Speaker: Marcia Blake, Sunbrella Merchandising Manager + ICFA Board Member
Location: Designer’s Theatre @ Hooker Furnishings Showroom, Showplace (3rd Floor)
About: The proven durability and colorfastness of many performance fabrics allows them to maintain their appearance even in harsh outdoor environments. Today’s high-quality performance fabric looks right at home indoors, too, with soft inviting textiles available in a wide array of colors, textures, and patterns. This course provides an analysis of the manufacturing processes, testing and relevant sustainability considerations and discusses the many possibilities for designing exceptional luxury and lifestyle spaces with performance fabric. Earn 1 IDCEC Continuing Education Unit (CEU); Continuing Education Course Code: CC-110253R1-1009
The Sunset West showroom is located inside Hooker Furnishings in Showplace, Floor 3.
Headquartered in Martinsville, VA, Hooker Furnishings is ranked among the nation’s largest publicly traded furniture sources and encompasses 12 operating businesses. These brands include: Hooker Furniture, Bradington-Young, HF Custom, Shenandoah Furniture, H Contract, M, BOBO Intriguing Objects, Pulaski Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Furniture, Prime Resource International, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, and Sunset West. Hooker Furnishings Corporation’s corporate offices and upholstery manufacturing facilities are located throughout Virginia and North Carolina, and the company has showrooms in High Point, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Hooker Furnishings operates distribution centers in the United States, China, and Vietnam. The company’s stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol HOFT.
Jensen Outdoor, a leading name in luxury outdoor wood furniture, announces the launch of their game-changing video series on YouTube, “Outdoor Confidential.” Dive into the secrets of luxury exterior design, with the inaugural episode providing an unparalleled behind-the-scenes view of Sunbrella®, the globally acclaimed designer and manufacturer of luxury outdoor fabrics.
Created by husband and wife duo Natalie & Caleb Ebel, Backdrop is The New Way to Paint. The company has transformed the whole process of painting from start to finish – from curating the perfect color palette to sourcing the highest quality supplies. Backdrop offers premium, Green Wise certified, and low-VOC paints that come in beautifully redesigned, award-winning paint cans, 12×12’’ removable adhesive samples, the highest quality supplies, and a perfectly curated palette of 75+ colors – all quickly delivered to your door. Since its launch in November 2018, each Backdrop sale has contributed to the International Rescue Committee, which helps displaced families in some of the most challenging places in the world, and in 2020 Backdrop became the first Climate Neutral certified paint company.
In 2021, Backdrop was acquired by renowned luxury design house F. Schumacher & Co (FSCO) and joined the company’s stable of global design brands, which includes Schumacher, the legendary textile and wallpaper brand founded in 1889; Patterson Flynn Martin, the luxury rug and carpet brand; and Frederic, Learn more at www.backdrophome.com and @backdrop.
On December 21st, 2021, the establishment of Architectural Workers United (AWU) ignited a nationwide discourse concerning architectural labor and its value within a system fraught with exploitation. It has slowly been gaining traction ever since. AWU represents a collaborative initiative of architectural professionals hailing from various firms, united in their pursuit to revolutionize the industry through grassroots efforts. Notably, the United States currently lacks a prominent private sector union for architects. While a union briefly existed prior to World War II, the past five decades have seen a void in election activity.
“Bret is laser-focused on solutions for Trivantage customers,” said Leib Oehmig, CEO of Glen Raven. “He demonstrates every day the power of relationships and puts the customer first and foremost in every decision. Bret’s vision and tireless energy will serve him well as the next president of Trivantage.