New #Luxury Design Product Spotlight: Week of Mar. 16th
Weekly my inbox fills with notice of great new products being introduced to the market. And as much as I'd like to devote space in our quarterly magazine theTwentySIX, there just isn't enough space. The result? Every week check this spot for the newest product introductions. And if you'd like to see your product here... make sure to email me the press release and necessary photos.
Sea Glass Mosaics Designed by Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna
The inspired mosaic designs of Sara Baldwin's collections for New Ravenna are a continued source of inspiration in D'Scoop's weekly round-ups. Hand-cut and assembled by artisans on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, we continually find ourselves in awe of her classically themed, brilliant tile series. Like the Illusions Collection and Aurora Collection, The Sea Glass Collection brings to New Ravenna eight lyrical patterns inspired by nature and worldly cultural influences, incorporates a proprietary silky smooth glass reminiscent of beach glass found along the shores. With its soft, luminous texture and organic patterns, Sea Glass becomes the perfect way to bring the beach home. Available through the trade.
Tables & Benches Designed by CLAYandWOOD's Richard & JoAnn Patterson for Siglo Moderno
The Los Angeles based design collective of Jorge Cruzata, Siglo Moderno, has secured a reputation for showcasing a curated mix of vintage, modern, and contemporary design influenced by Cruzata's particular love of the sensual. Classics such as a 1973 Togo sofa by Michel Ducaroy coexist with the taxidermy inspired needlework of artist Frerique Morrel (whom we profiled in Issue 2 of theTwentySIX) as well as Siglo Moderno's own line of custom furniture striking a tone that is whimsical, sculptural, and fantastical all at once. Taking cues from the boutique's inspirational tone, Cruzata has collaborated with San Fernando duo JoAnn & Richard Patterson of CLAYandWOOD, creating a Flinstone-esque collection of side and cocktail tables. Balancing live edge slabs of perfectly grained walnut and hand-sculpted clay spheres, the tables at once evoke a retro sensibility (remember the bulky coffee tables so often gracing 1970's basement rec rooms?), a superbly modern aesthetic, and a natural influence. Each piece is signed and numbered by the artists and available exclusively through Siglo Moderno.
Mercury & Vesuvius by Kevin Walz for ILEX
We once referred to the lighting collections developed under the direction of high-end residential and hospitality lighting brand ILEX Architectural Lighting as being Kryptonite. Tasking some of the nation's great industrial and interior designers with the development of specialty lighting with a focus on functional beauty has resulted in a number of polished, desirable designs. Continuing their knee-weakening trend, ILEX kicks off the Spring collection with the introduction of the Mercury and Vesuvius, a collaboration with iconic American designer and artist Kevin Walz. Hand spun from polished aluminum, both fixtures take their inspiration from celestial bodies, resembling what is known as an accretion disk, a spiraling body of light emitting gas that accumulates around stars in outer space. Hammered metal baffles finished in Polished Nickel or Architectural Bronze orbit around the incandescent or LED light source, with the resulting reflective light being highly diffused. It is no doubt that Mercury and Vesuvius will become stars themselves, creating their own orbit of awe-struck onlookers.
Scrape 2015 Bathroom Collection by Joost van der Vecht for HI-MACS
When it comes to plumbing fixtures and the bathroom, utility is often paramount leaving aesthetics and unique design out of the equation. Oftentimes the extra, the vanity rarely plays the headliner. Blending a minimalist aesthetic, uber-functional HI-MACS acrylic stone, and simple utilitarianism, the Scrape 2015 Collection of free-standing and wall-hung vanities by Dutch designer Joost van der Vecht for HI-MACS brings the spotlight back to the most often used fixture in the modern-day bathroom. The two basins - Scrape Monolith, a singular rectangular block with a recessed function center in high contrast black and white; and Scrape Wall-Hung, a sculptural shelf of Alpine White - take advantage of the hygenic properties inherent in HI-MACS acrylic stone, at the same time waterproof and non-porous, making possible the linear grid and block designs incorporated into each basin. Scrape Monolith is also available with a single slab basin for a truly minimalist look.
High Performance, Commercial-Style Gas Cooktops from BlueStar
For over 130 years, BlueStar's exemplary line of fully customizable restaurant-quality cooking products have been the feature of many a discerning chef's kitchen at home. With a commitment to high-quality materials and true functionality, not to mention their catalog of products from standard commercial ranges to specialty salamanders and char-broilers, it comes as no surprise that BlueStar is the star of many luxury gourmet kitchens. In an effort to bring the same commercial quality and gourmet functions to those kitchens where space may be at a premium, BlueStar has released two new Gas Cooktops for 2015. Featuring a streamlined, heavy-duty stainless steel design and control knobs customizable in over 750 colors and finishes, as well as burners which deliver up to 22k BTU's of cooking power and a simmer that can turn down to 130 degrees, the gas cooktops, available in both 30" and 36" widths, provide foodies and chefs alike the performance of BlueStar's larger cookers in a sleeker, more compact size.
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