ASID PA East Awards Ceremony 2012

mercer museum

mercer museum

ASID is the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers and I have been affiliated with them for a number of years now. This year I was nominated and won the 2012 Educator Award, "for dedication to providing knowledge and education to assist in the success of our profession" given to the design professional who assisted in the promotion and education of the chapter's membership, industry and society. I was so thrilled to be nominated and am so honored to have won.

If you have never been to the Mercer Museum, you have missed one of the Delaware Valley's jewels. After a tour of the museum, the guest speaker, Daniela Holt Voith, AIA, IIDA, LEED* gave a brief presentation on the 13,000 sq ft addition that her firm, Voith & Mactavish Architects, LLP designed and was completed in 2011. Although the addition is not LEED certified, there are many aspects of this new wing that are extremely eco-friendly including a roof planted with vegetation, radiant heat concrete flooring slabs, water-saving bathroom fixtures and energy-efficient windows.



Maison & Objet, Fall 2012 - Paris, Part 1: Incroyable!

Quick post to describe my first day (made some updates on 10 September); I will go into more detail in later posts. The exposition center is extremely large, eight halls and over half a million square feet of space for the show. One of the things you will notice about my blog overall is that I like to discuss and highlight things that are unique, bespoke; items that you will not typically see in your day to day life. At Maison & Objet, I will also focus on home design pieces that you are not currently seeing  in the States.

I started in Hall 7, scenes d'Interiuer, which provided a healthly mix of decorative objects, rugs and lighting. Some of the highlights were:

Koket a company that produced two of the most amazing pieces that I have seen. Sara Almeida graciously showed me some of their pieces and explained the fabrics used for special features. The Mademoiselle Armoire has a gorgeous butterfly in polished brass with a sumptuous silk lining creating a show-stopping exterior; the interior complements  with antiqued mirrored drawers.

The second armoire is a double door pagoda topped cabinet covered in delicate iridescent peacock feathers - YES, peacock feathers! - each individually placed. The body is finished in a high gloss black lacquer; the base and top are covered in gold leaf. PS: I am noticing Peacock feathers quietly beginning to appear on the Lux interiors scene  . . .

Swiss company Kitchoo Kitchens which makes compact kitchens, perfect for studio apartments (and as the owners explained, in European bedrooms as well, to satisfy the taste for a nightcap or a cold bottle of water). Some of the impressive features of the Kitchoo Kitchens were the well-engineered top that smoothly and quietly folds over to conceal the "utilities" (sink, faucet, cooktop); the silent fridge so as not to disturb, and the versatile exterior finishes such as laminate, wood and for this Parisian show, leather tiles! Owner Peter Locher and his wife Claire (both were charming and informative) mentioned that while the leather clad exterior choice may not be the most practical, it is effective in showing that anything can applied as an exterior finish to this kitchen "furniture". Don't you just love smart design?


Artel Glass, a company started by native New Yorker, Karen Feldman, who runs the company and is based in the Czech Republic, specializes in beautiful Bohemian crystal glassware.

Karen has designed all of the collections including Flora & Fauna (her newest introduction in this motif is Forest Folly, pictured above) in sumptuous jewel tones and detailed etchings with the motifs wrapping around the sides and sometimes even the bottom of the vessel. She uses gifted artisans whose glass etching work is exquisite. One would feel honored giving or receiving this glassware as a gift or perhaps starting your own collection.


Trend-spotting in Paris

Thanks to Main Line Magazine for including me in their latest Main Menu e-Newsletter regarding my trip to Paris. Trend-spotting in Paris Merion interior designer Maria Viola will be blogging about her experience at Maison & Objet Paris, an international trade exhibition for home design and décor that will run from September 7 through Sept. 11. For her real-time reports, visit Viola is a residential and a commercial designer, as well as an adjunct faculty member at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and Drexel University.

I am traveling to Paris for Maison & Objet in part due to winning the GRANGE Furniture Colorful Exceptions Design Contest in February of this year. Besides having my furniture design hand produced at their factory Lyon, France; I was mentioned in the May issue of Traditional Home Magazine, my furniture piece will be featured in the GRANGE 2012/2013  marketing pieces and I received a fabulous French Prize......and this is it :-) As Main Line Magazine mentioned, I will be reporting on the latest trends in color, home fashion and design. I can't wait, this is going to be tres magnifique!!

Drexel University Undergraduate Interior Design Program’s Senior Show

Proud to be  a Drexel University Interior Design Adjunct professor in the Antoinette Westphal  College of Media Arts and Design. The Master's Thesis presentation is coming up and the Undergraduate Program's Senior Show is happening on June 14. Good Luck to all.