Apr. 14

 

NEW DISCOVERY: Spotting Style at the Spring 2014 High Point Market

by Lynn Byrne

Bolier dining table

Smitten with this dining table by Bolier

If I was one of High Point Market’s designated Style Spotters (I am not), I would have been able to drop my calling card all over this under-the radar showroom.  And this is not a sponsored post.  

The company, Bolier, has showrooms in London, Paris, New York (at the New York Design Center)  and High Point, with representation in 4 continents.  Boiler  offers  furniture inspired by the best classical forms, reinterpreted by a select group of designers in a fresh, modernistic way.  They only use the finest materials.

Yet, when I asked my blogging and designer colleagues, no one was familiar with the name, nor had they ever visited the showroom at High Point. Pity, because the showroom, located on an upper floor,  is lit by a ring of clerestory windows and skylights that provided beautiful natural light (an element solely missing from most showrooms) that displayed the furniture in a gorgeous way.

What drew me in?  An email.  Hardly believable because, as any High Point Market attendee can attest, one’s mailbox is flooded with emails from vendors leading up to market.  Somehow this particular email caught my attention. Why?  This email promoted Bolier’s Rosenau collection stating that the collection was inspired by Biedermeier furniture. Yep,  Biedermeier, again–it is surely having a moment!

This time, however, it appeared that the furniture, while inspired by the past was truly interpreted in an innovative way. And when I visited Bolier to check it out, I found the showroom filled with chic, sexy furniture–just the type of stuff I am looking for to furnish our future New York City apartment.

Take a look and let me know if you agree.

This sofa has such a sexy shape with its slightly curved form. And we all know how hard it is to find a good coffee table. Bolier had several.  This grid form could work in many decor schemes.

Sexy curved sofa and grid coffee table

Sexy curved sofa and grid coffee table

Here is another great coffee table. The channel upholstered back chairs would pair well with the sofa above.

Metal based coffee table and channel backed chairs from Boiler

Metal based coffee table and channel backed chairs from Boiler

This sofa makes camel back chic with just a hint of a swoop.  The bolster pillows pack an added stylish punch.

Camel back sofa at Bolier

Camel back sofa at Bolier

If I could have fit this coffee table with its lucite base and stone top  in my suitcase I would have.

Coffee table with lucite base by Bolier

Coffee table with lucite base by Bolier

There were several great home office and book storage pieces at Bolier–something I will surely need in my next home.

This could be the start of my next home office

This could be the start of my next home office

Bolier furniture

Bolier furniture

I know my hubs will want to hang a flat screen TV on the wall someplace in our next apartment.  I can deal with it, if it goes above a credenza as elegant as this one.

Boiler credenza

Boiler credenza

As for that Biedermeier, while the company offers it in a dark finish, it much more fresh and modern in their newly introduced white finish.

Bolier's Rosenau collection inspired by Biedermier furniture

Bolier’s Rosenau collection inspired by Biedermier furniture

bolier biedemier chest and chair

Bolier’s Rosenau collection inspired by Biedermier furniture

Expect me to be shopping Bolier’s showroom in the New York Design Center next spring when it comes time to furnish my new NYC pad.  And you High Point Style Spotters, here is a new showroom to visit–just remember you heard it here first!

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All photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.

Apr. 11

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Portiere

by Lynn Byrne

According to Alexa Hampton: "Everyone loves a portiere."

As Alexa Hampton said to me while I was in High Point earlier this week : “Everyone loves a portiere.”

” If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk”

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”- Socrates

PORTIERE: (Rhymes with affair).  Derived from the French word for door,  or “porte”, a portiere is a curtain that hangs over a door or over a doorless entry to another room. They were quite common in wealthier households during the Victorian era both for decoration and to keep out drafts.

Victorian portiere

Victorian portiere

Portieres  when used today, are not as overwrought as they were in the Victorian era and can be quite elegant.

Photograph by Erica George Dines

Photograph by Erica George Dines

 Designer Scott Yetman

Designer Scott Yetman

fe928ab9e78aedb5c1f650967fd67b36A portiere also can be done more casually.

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Designed by Kathryn Ireland

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Here the portieres are being used to define spaces,  In the photo below, you can see another one in the rear.

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This portiere frames a reading nook.

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These portieres are being used to create privacy, when needed.

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To take the portiere full circle, here is another set designed by Alexa Hampton from her book  Decorating in Detail, showing how plain portieres can be–it doesn’t have to be all swags and trim.

Designed by Alexa Hampton

Designed by Alexa Hampton

A portiere is a useful tool in the designer’s shed.

Photo credits: Portiere designed by Alexa Hampton for her space at Hickory Chair during the Spring 2014 High Point Market, photo by Lynn Byrne. Victorian Portiere via Old House Interiors Oct. -Nov. 2003.  Yellow pattern portiere.  Front door curtain  Scott Yetman  pink portiere  casual portiere  master bedroom portiere.

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