A Mid-Winter Morning at the D&D

I spent this morning at the D&D building in Manhattan. I don’t spend as much time in this warren of furnishings showrooms as I used to. Reps come to me at the studio in Short Hills with the latest styles, there’s the internet of course, and also the D&D itself has seen better days. Nevertheless, I met a client to show them some fabrics for their boat—which I’ll elaborate on in a post to come—and decided to take a look around. A few vignettes stuck out.



This photo illustrates the mantra that the devil, or in this case the elegance, is in the details. The upholstered fabric on the wall merges with the same fabric as a drapery, leading to the circled fabric used as an edge to the drapes. The only real color is in the highly detailed blue pillow, with a border cut out of the fabric and a contrasting welt on the edge. The bench is done in light textured linen. Very understated, very neutral, yet full of pizzazz.



Here we see how rich colors, plus busy textures and patterns can create an intimate sensual ambiance, perhaps for a ladies boudoir. The pillow matches the upholstered walls, with a contrasting blue welt, and the quilted fabric covered chair would be perfectly at home in a country chateau in the Loire Valley.



Brunschwig and Sons, one of my favorite fabric companies, recently renovated their showroom at the D&D, and I had a déjà-vu moment as I entered this tented room. I designed a room like this too many years ago, and I’d love to do another. Everything is done in the blue and white patterned fabric—valance, upholstered panels, window treatments and tieback curtain, even a panel above the valence arcing to the ceiling. Talk about atmosphere! The tented room is a graceful, stylish and sophisticated design choice, though it does require a client with a certain flamboyance.

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