Monday, April 30, 2012

Les Folies Bergeres

It's not a wing chair, which stands stiff by comparison. And it's so much more than an armchair. Strictly defined, a bergère has a closed back. Its cushy, deep, wide, nearly over-upholstered seat cushion must remain loose. And padded or not, its elbow rests sit on upholstered frames. Made for lounging in comfort, its 18th Century French inventors wanted you to free the bergere from stuffy, formal arrangements. Let the fauteuils stand like soldiers against a wall. The beauty of this 360-degree sculptural form is that it looks lovely no matter where you push or pull it to catch the best light, or to draw in closer to conversation. Yes, the club chair in your den may be more plush. But can its clunky square silhouette negotiate the most luxurious of rooms with the bergere's finesse? No, only the bergère  combines glamour and comfort in historic proportions which, I'd argue, make it the best candidate for contemporary homes where guests gather in the same rooms we slouch in. But how modern can it go?  Change out its wood frame for steel and isn't Eero Saarinen's Womb chair a virtual bergère ? Loosen up your expectations. From transitional to the downright hip, we think the following beauties are truly folies bergères

Usona Home Model #08147 (below)

Above, from left to right: Mrs. Godfrey Chair by Jonathan Adler, California Lounge Chair by Barbara Barry for Baker Furniture, Autoban 213 Bergere by De La Espada.

Above: Otto contemporary Bergere by Henredon; Below from left to right: Kalos Apta chair by Antonio Citterio for Max Alto,  
Perla Chair by Jerry Pair

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mad for V&M

How sweet it is to be included among the Interior Design inSIDERS AT V&M.COM! We certainly shop here often enough to know its products well. The hard part? Narrowing our 'best picks' to 5. Here are the ones that made it on page, along with the runners up. And hurry...one already sold!

clockwise from top left: Crystal tri-band chandelier from Bibi Antiques and Lighting, Large industrial clock from Donovan,  1970s Overman sofa upholstered in white leather (sold!), 1930s American Art Deco Style Ornamental Cast Iron Elevator Grilles from Urban Remains, Vintage Moroccan rug from Nazmiyal Collection, Pair of 1970s Rams head white ceramic table lamps from Needful Things, Vintage Italian Robert di Camerino Style clutch purseCh'Ing earthenware Fu Bowl from Circa Trade, Vintage mosaic fire surround from R.T. Facts and Russell Woodard Sculptra patio armchair.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Mouse is spreading the word. Karin H Edwards Interiors has launched its new website— with an essential link to our pet-friendly design blog, of course. Here's a sneak peek of the "About" page where our furry friends share the spotlight. For the rest, click here

Saturday, March 26, 2011


A collection of great architectural projects with pets in mind. Who wouldn't love this? Our favorites? Built in dens with sleek cutout portals at the KD House by Geneto in Japan (2011) and at Chico, a retail store for dogs in Shizuoka, Japan by Atelier Kuu. All from Architizer.

Monday, February 28, 2011


Yes, that is our very own Jasper (aka "Kitty Wearstler) you see romping, scratching, and batting for the camera on the Lowe's Creative Ideas website. Seems Mouse has started a trend of pets promoting good design in our family. Masterminded by the Lowe's team and with special make-do by Jasper's faithful friend, Wade Scherrer, this lovely earth-textured construction of hemp rope and springs is the cat's answer for a toy too lovely to banish to the basement. The only catch is, you have to make it. Fear not, the easy how-to is only seven steps to kitty heaven.

Friday, February 25, 2011

And puppy makes 5.

Looks like I caught even my own mother off guard...yes, as mentioned in a previous post..it's now two labradors in the kitchen. Jack has taken a wife. Her name is Violet and all her accessories shall be the same. Her favorite surface in the house is unquestionably, and unfortunately, a beautiful Bergamo wool that predates the gathering of our canine crew. Next time around...and we could be reupholstering soon...she says Holly Hunt's wears-like-iron "Take Direction" 100% mohair in aubergine will do very well.

It's not exactly violet, but who wants to dress all matchy-matchy with the furniture? All this girl needs from her home, like any of us, is a suitable stage for her closeup.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


A friend reminded me yesterday, I used to have a blog. Before architecture school. Before moving to a new home and undergoing an extensive remodel. Before learning that the most difficult client is, as often claimed, yourself. (My husband agrees).

So where to catch up? Dedicated to animal-friendly interiors as we are, let me introduce you to a few new rooms. And a new occupant, with a whole new set of design criteria that even Mouse could not have anticipated. His name is Jasper (a.k.a. "Kitty Wearstler") Edwards. He sheds. He climbs. He scratches our favorite stain-resistant leathers with his back nails. He nestles to sleep inside cabinets and dresser drawers where he can get closed in for an afternoon or night. He prefers wool over cotton, and our new counter stools to his designated bed. And he's worth it....

Where will you find him? In the rooms we use most— where water runs, appliances are warm, and everyday traffic and divided attentions present entirely unexpected opportunities. In other words, in the kitchen and bath.

The extra wide counter stools are intended to share with Jasper or Mouse sitting beside us, or both. The upholstery, a soft nubby solution dyed acrylic by Holly Hunt Great Outdoors that stays posh and white. And the polished stainless front on the island? A play of light and reflections that although not chosen for this reason, keeps our two large labradors fully entertained. They can watch for food to drop and keep an eye out for intruders all at the same time. Which, of course, is not half as much fun as Kitty would have if he could ever figure out how to jump high enough to latch onto EviStyle's Fall Chandelier. Looking at him in that tub, looking up, I'm glad there are no Acme catalogs for cats, only cartoon coyotes.