All posts by Jennifer Caminiti

The New Year is looking BRIGHT

Celesse Pendant

Look on the bright side in 2017 – Hubbardton Forge introduces the Celesse Pendant. With adjustable rings hung from two steel cables, the Celesse constellation can be personalized with soft gold or vintage platinum for the rings, and standard steel finish or the new gloss white for the core. What a beauty!

Celesse Pendant

Finalist_ColorNot only do we think that this pendant is amazing, but so does the Architect & Design Community who voted for this product in the Interior Design’s Best of Year Award…AND WON IT!

 

The Interior Design’s Best of Year is the design industry’s premiere design awards, honoring the most significant work of the year as well as recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe. Now celebrating its 11th year, Interior Design’s Best of Year (affectionately known as BoY) has become the ultimate measure of excellence, showcasing what’s happening today in every category of design while simultaneously setting the design bar even higher for the future.

A Sneak Peek into Currey & Company

Currey & Company’s “vision” is to create and fulfill the desire for distinctive home furnishings. They are best known for their lighting products but they also design and sell interior furniture.

Currey & Company take great pride in their products and it is reflected in the beauty of the rooms that are designed with their products, as well as the care they take into producing great products and showcasing them.

Let’s take a look at a recent blog post by Currey, “Design Heightens Romance”. Such a beautiful example of how the products within a room can set the mood; from the lighting, to wall color, to an end table. An example of this is portrayed in the hit movie, “The Holiday”. Two rooms designed for two different characters experiencing different worlds. A few of the beautifully crafted pieces designed by Currey were represented within these rooms. Make sure to take a moment to read this POST.

Did you know that Currey has short videos that show details and workmanship of their products? It’s not easy to see the interior of a product in a still photo. Take a closer look at some of the videos available. Just another example of the extensive detail that goes into the design of their products.

 

And finally hear from the president of Currey & Company himself with this behind the scenes podcast provided by Million Dollar Decorating.

 

Beautiful products, created by a beautiful company… Currey & Company!

Holiday Inspirations with Candice Olson

Thank you to all who attended the annual “Holiday Inspirations” at the Arlington Design Center featuring renowned designer and TV personality, Candice Olson.

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L to R: Kay Para, Ilene Chase, Candice Olson and Randy Heller
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The crowd awaits for Candice to arrive

Over 200 guests enjoyed a special presentation in the C.A.I. Designs warehouse, where guests entered through a specially designed vignette featuring some of Candice Olsons fabrics and wallcoverings. The evening continued with an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres and carving station from Elegante Catering.

The concept of Holiday inspirations was not only created to thank our clients for a great year, but also to inspire guests with creative ideas that you use for entertaining during the holidays in your own home. Below is the vignette in the C.A.I. Designs Showrooms, created by the showroom staff.

A Red Carpet step and repeat banner stood in the center for guests to share the special event.

We thank our clients for a great year and look forward to a prosperous and Happy New Year! Cheers!

Who is Fremarc Designs?

Fremarc Designs is one of the leading manufacturers of finely crafted, handmade wood furniture. They are a family owned business with over 43 years of expertise in their craft.

Fremarc has made quite a name for themselves as it relates to custom pieces. They are known for their beautiful beds, tables and seating. When I asked showroom sales representative, Anthony DeFazio, in his opinion how he would describe Fremarc, he said their pieces offer an updated traditional and transitional look. What does that mean? It means you can take any Fremarc piece, add it to an existing style and it will be a beautiful addition.

Fremarc offers several custom options and a variety of finishes which makes their line easy to pair with a multitude of other vendor products. They are also easy to work with when customizing and ordering due to the fact that they are small family owned company.

Here are just a few pieces we carry in our showrooms.

And the Winner is….

Throughout the month of October, you voted for your favorite MADE IN AMERICA product. See below for the winners of Decision 2016!marta-img_2053

Made In America Winner:
LEATHERCRAFT EMILE CHAIR

Submitted by:
MARTA DOBRZYCKI
Arlington Heights Showroom

Click here for more information on the Emile Chair, or contact your local showroom.

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Made In America Runner Up:

HUBBARDTON FORGE THETA LIGHT

Submitted by:
WENDY CONVERY
Denver Showroom

Click here for more information on the Theta Fixture, or contact your local showroom.

Thank you to all the participants of Decision 2016. Click here to view photos of all the nominees.

Old Biscayne Lunch & Learn

Thank you to all who attended Our Old Biscayne Luncheon – 

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Gretchen Gabrielli, President of Old Biscayne Design did a beautiful job in explaining details. All pieces on their website are pieces that we can build from or order “as is” in a finish selected.

The finishes are stunning …layers of washes and painting techniques.

This manufacturer has its own foundry and fabricates beautiful Iron Beds and Iron bases for dining tables as well as different applications of finishes on all of the iron pieces.

Learn More about Old Biscayne Design

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The Staff of C.A.I. Designs with Old Biscayne Design

 

 

ASID Design Excellence Awards Recap

AZ Staff and Award Winners

C.A.I. Designs would like to congratulation the winners of the 2016 ASID Design Excellence Awards.

Designers gathered in the ballroom at The Phoenician Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Cocktail service commenced with the lovely 5 piece jazz band “Jazzola”.

The ballroom was decorated in textural black fabrics complimented with pops of pink flowers adorning the tables. Chandeliers were suspended on arc -style floor lamps wrapped in black fabric so the base disappeared into the background.

The owner of Alyshaan Fine Rugs opened the show with a video presentation on the importance of free-trade in our industry. Husband and wife team, owners of Think Art Galleries, hosted the awards ceremony. We all enjoyed the experience of viewing the award winning projects. Stand out designs included a floor to ceiling slab marble fireplace, a back-to-back sofa table/banquette room divider for a small living space, and a custom, eco-friendly, futuristic dog house.

Thank you to the designers who joined us at our table. It was a lovely and memorable evening we all shared.

Meet Dana Bryant… C.A.I. Designs Scottsdale, Showroom Manager

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How did you get into interior design?

Being a self taught weaver and lover off all things art and textile, I had the blessed luck of meeting a most talented artist who had just returned from being educated in Paris. We created, wove, sold and shipped beautiful upholstery fabrics to interior designers across the United States, Canada and Mexico for over 15 years. I have continued to love the world of design ever since.

 

What was your most rewarding project and why?

That is really a very easy question to answer. All of them! Seriously, I get the same satisfaction in helping designers and their clients find the pieces that ultimately combine to create their perfect spaces no matter how big or small the project. Their happiness is my happiness!

 

Where do you see the interior design market going in the future?

Humans naturally want to be surrounded by beauty and furnishings that make them happy. Decorated cave dwellings and the stories of Josephine decorating Napoleon’s tents during long battles tells us this human desire has been around before man was even civilized, so it’s not going anywhere. Like most professions there is an art and an education to being an interior designer. The educated general public knows that an interior designer will ultimately save them money and create those beautiful environments we all desire but most cannot accomplish themselves. The direction the industry will go would require the purchase of a crystal ball.

 

Are their any insights or helpful hints you can share with designers when they are working with their clients on projects?

 Yes, two actually. The first rule of sales is to listen to your clients.

Secondly, manage client expectations. Giving clients realistic expectations of the products and process will eliminate a lot of misunderstandings and unrealistic demands.

 

What is your favorite color?

 I love White! White goes with everything; it is the presence of all colors.

Then secondly I love most all colors.

 

 

 

2016 C.A.I. Designs High Point Buyers Market Trends by Philip Chavez

As with all things, there is a large evolution of trend within design. During spring market in High Point, North Carolina, warmer palettes seen in Feizy’s Neela Indigo rug hearkened Bottega Venetta’s s/s 2016 women’s collection, representation of color theorists from the past shown in minimalist patterns were seen in the art piled in the Trowbridge showroom and artisana products with heavy texture from Roberta Schilling were my immediate obsessions.

Adding to this mix, architectural details played with voids and solids in the latest release from Michael Berman’s collection for Theodore Alexander. His simplification of form to promote function with stunning surface finishes were stellar…thank you, MB. What really showed well at market was the explosive Southwestern palette portrayed by Hickory Chair. Their rendition of this aesthetic was astounding, and coming from a native New Mexican, that is a strong statement of approval. The Museum of New Mexico facilitated colors and patterns within the product showing and not only collaborated with Hickory Chair, but also with Kravet, Inc.

The idea of increasing the worth of primitive textiles seemed to be the most sought after ideology. Think Taracea, the company utilizing reclaimed wood from central America. Their ability to hone natural resources and induce the consumer’s feeling of luxury comes close to being unmatched. But we cannot finish this article without addressing the belle of the ball. Announcing the takeover of Kate Spade. This luxury brand OWNED market this spring. From silver bow sconces for Visual Comfort to the playful owls within luxurious fabric prints used in lines such as Leathercraft and Burton James designed and developed with Kravet, Inc., one must include a piece or two within their space.

All in all, I would have to say design trends continue to be a time to play. Play with space, play with color and play with form.