We also liked the High Dining Bench that was with the High Dining Table from The Old Wood Company (see below); the new Upholstered Dining Arm Chair with a floor length skirt; a pair of Swivel Chairs in a leather slip cover (yes, a leather slip cover) in a light shade of olive green Leather.
Also at Lee we met the owner of The Old Wood Company, www.theoldworldwoodco.com, maker of a fresh line of indoor Dining and occasional tables made from reclaimed lumber, finished with non-toxic finishes. The collection is a fresh take on being green without sacrificing design or scale. The case for green product is definitely enhanced with this line.
A favorite was the Iron Scissor High Dining Table (shown with Lee High Dining Bench, above) made of American Chestnut hand Planed with Natural Steel base, the Parlor Round Occasional Table in Oak Weathered Grey, and the Woodie Dining Table in White Oak Fumed+Oil.
We hadn’t intended on stopping at Kindel Furniture, I thought they were just another of the stodgy old guard furniture companies awaiting their eminent death. But as we passed by in our chauffeur driven Buick, complements of General Motors, I spotted a stylish Dorothy Draper style chair lacquered in Orange.
We stepped into the showroom hoping to avoid attention any lurking sales persons, and were immediatley met by, well, a sales person, Marc Roberts, who could not have been more charming. Marc, formerly of the stylish home furnishings store Seaside Home (www.seasidehomelajolla.com) in La Jolla, CA. Marc, a stylish man himself, was well informed not only on the late Interior Designer Dorothy Draper, but he enthusiastically espoused the new direction of Kindel and The Dorothy Draper Collection for Kindel, a new collaboration with Carleton Varney (Ms. Drapers former understudy), the current president and owner of Dorothy Draper and Co. in New York.
“From the 1930’s to the 1960’s, Dorothy Draper was the most famous decorator in America. A pioneering businesswoman and expert colorist, she used her trademark cabbage-rose chintz and neo-baroque plasterwork to create innovative and dramatic interiors for apartment houses, hotels, restaurants, theaters, department stores and private homes.” “This collection is versatile in its offerings of painted and wood finishes. The articles of furniture are reproductions adaptations and inspirations from the Draper’s corporate design work at such institutions as The Greenbrier Hotel, The Mark Hopkins Hotel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Hampshire House.”
Wow! In many ways, in her work we could see her influence on our own design philosophy, and we love this collection. Some of you not as familiar with Dorothy Draper may have unwittingly seen her trademark Chest in the background of a scene from a Sex in the City episode when the show’s star, Cary Bradshaw, was in the Editors office at Vogue in NY. The black lacquered pair of signature Chests was originally designed by Ms. Draper as a commission from the government of Spain.
Hästens may serve the Swedish royal family, but Hypnos is the proud holder of the Royal Warrant of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Hypnos has long supplied ultra-mattresses to the British royal family.
The company claims the late Queen Elizabeth slept on the same Hypnos mattress for 67 years, and that it required only minimal re-stuffing the one time it was refurbished. Cool-i-o!
Almost finished, but a quick cocktail party and launch of furniture Designer Jiun Ho collection at Bolier and Company (www.bolierco.com). Bolier, founded by Christian Plasman, the former President of Baker Furniture who was responsible for bringing in well known designers to create their signature namesake lines for Baker. Ho, the fast rising designer from San Francisco created a line of occasional tables. The Indoor tables were topped with lacquered red tops over wood bases trimmed in steel or with gold leafed metal. Outdoor tables were powder coated and styled to work in multiples, with stacking and connecting tables alternating “inny” and “outty” table shapes.