Now I must tell you, the people here are lovely in everyway, with manners to spare! It reminds me of why I love the South and Southern ways!
We had a look at Aerin, the line of home furnishings by Aerin Lauder, heir to the Estee Lauder fortune and granddaughter of the grand dame herself, Estee Lauder. Our sales rep shared Aerin's motto with us: "Beauty is my families history, but home furnishings are my passion".
I'd say we had high expectations for Ms. Aerin, as a descendant of her uber powerful grand mum who was the only woman listed on Time Magazine's 1998 list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century!
The collection was nice, very nice. It seems the heiress has real panache in the home furnishings arena. Her look is fresh with a confident take on mid-century modern and Asian antique furniture, as well as in lighting.
Shown: A pair of bars. Above, a lacquered bookcase opens to reveal mahogany detailing and polished nickel hardware. Below: A mahogany chest opens on each side and at the top for bar service.
Shown below: The North Atlantic Coast Dining Table is an addition to the unfinished offerings in the new Ralph Lauren Home collection.
The Sectional, Cube stools, Cocktail table and Square Ottoman, below, are classic Calvin Klein with clean lines and a keen sense of proportion.
The bedroom chest below features a clean lined mahogany exterior which opens to reveal leather drawer fronts.
The trend towards brass furniture, lighting and accessories was present at Calvin Klein as well. The solid brass table below is sturdy in construction but light in appearance.
It seems as if furniture designers all have to take a turn at designing their own version of the classic Knoll Barcelona Chair. Pictured below, Klein's chair features a stainless steel base with channel leather upholstery.