The recently released 2014 IKEA Catalog is full of terrific new products. Here are some that caught my eye–I’ll be checking them out when I make my fall visit to the local store.
I love the all-cotton BJÖRNLOKA duvet cover and pillowcases with their bold black-and-white stripes.
The totally industrial look of the HEKTAR pendant lamp is amazing, absolutely perfect for hanging over a kitchen island.
I have to have the STOCKHOLM Swivel Easy Chair–not only does it rotate, it also comes in green and brown.
The KNAPPER Floor Mirror is the greatest–neatly tucked behind it are hooks and a rail for hangers, so you can have your work clothes out of sight but ready and waiting for you in the morning.
The SÖDERHAMN Sofa is part of a marvelous sectional seating system that includes armchairs, chaises, ottomans, and corner units that can be endlessly reconfigured.
The GRUNDTAL Laundry Bin hangs from the wall on a stainless steel bracket. Who knew a laundry basket could be so chic and practical?
Designed by Maria Vinka, the all-cotton STOCKHOLM fabric is big and graphic and would look great as a wall covering.
The STOCKHOLM Slatted Bed Frame and Base is made of stained ash and has leather headboard cushions. I love this combination of materials, which make it look like a much more expensive brand.
The LOCKSTA Easy Chair has a steel frame and a removable and washable fabric cover. It’s proportions are great–I can see it as a useful bedroom chair.
I love the fun and boldness of these KROKIG Wall Hooks–they’d be ideal for a kid’s room.
I’m thrilled to have a city pied-à-terre that we here at Laura Bohn Design Associates recently completed featured in the Nov/Dec issue of New York Spaces. Editor in chief Jason Kontos writes: “Laura Bohn takes a quieter approach to seasonal shimmer in an Upper West Side apartment: Using subtle shades of silver, ice blue, and gold, this sure-handed designer added just the right amount of bling to make the place sing.” How great a holiday present is that! Here is a sneak peek of the story.
In my previous 25th Anniversary post, I mentioned that one of my early jobs was Ian Schrager’s beach house in Southampton. Calvin and Kelly Klein saw it, Kelly gave me a call, and I went to meet her in Calvin’s fabulous Joe D’Urso-designed office. The couple had an 1891 shingle mansion in East Hampton on a dead-end road overlooking the ocean and Georgica Pond. Architect Thierry Despont had renovated it for them but they needed help finishing up a number of rooms. Would I be interested in the job? The only hesitation I had was about what to wear when I visited the place. Putting on jeans and cowboy boots, I headed out to the house, where I was let in by a houseman.
I redid their bedroom, using a Federal four-poster bed that they’d bought at the Andy Warhol estate sale in 1988 (I wrote about it here). In the dining room, I added white linen curtains and introduced new white-linen slipcovered chairs. In fact, I had used these chairs before, in both the Schrager beach house and an apartment I’d done for Michael Kors, then just a young, emerging designer. (I’ve continued to do residential and commercial projects for Michael over the years, including this penthouse apartment; currently I’m redoing the 1,500-square-foot planted terrace there.) The chairs were a big hit because they were stylish and very inexpensive, consisting of an $80 basic wood chair from the Door Store on which I put a simple linen slipcover. They appeared in several publications at the time, including HG, W, and Metropolitan Home, though I never got a credit for them!
For the master bedroom in Calvin and Kelly Klein’s East Hampton beach house, Glenn Gissler used a four-poster bed that previously belonged to Andy Warhol.
Calvin Klein, photographed in his East Hampton beach house, sitting on an $80 Door Store chair slipcovered in white linen by Glenn Gissler.
Glenn had previously used the slipcovered Door Store chairs in this apartment for the then-fledgling designer Michael Kors.
Glenn also used the slipcovered chairs in the dining room of hotelier Ian Schrager’s Southampton beach house.