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.