Who says that bathroom tiles should be plain ceramic
squares? Not Coral Bourgeois. A background in drawing,
painting, and jewelry design led her to dream up some of the
most fanciful and unusual custom tiles on the market. "For me,
it's about objects, shapes, textures, colors, and bringing
them together to enhance one another," she says.
Building on a foundation of ceramic tile or, for larger
projects, MDF, Bourgeois then layers on drawings, photography,
and/or costume beads or semiprecious stones. Residential work
takes up some of her time—starting with her own Rhode Island
house, where the kitchen's counters and backsplash and the
stair's risers are all tiled. But she does mostly large-scale
commercial commissions, such as restaurants Bice in Las Vegas
and Mainland in New York and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
in Pawtucket. A recent tour of Boston's Charles Street Jail,
being converted into a hotel by Alexandra Champalimaud &
Associates, yielded Bourgeois's new Hand series: images of
handcuffs, handprints, and gloves. 9 Newman Avenue, Rumford,
RI 02916; 401-435-5571; coralbourgeois.com.
Design ceramic circles
The bubbles of the Optical tray won't pop on contact with
water. Unlike the soapy variety, these circles by Nic Design
are ceramic. Just install the 32-by-39-inch tray outside a
shower or tub. Via Civita Castel, 01030 Castellana Sant'Elia,
Italy; 39-07-61-515-463; nic-srl.com.
Part of the Line & Form collection, Fer Shirr is
pleated acetate on a polyester backing. This iridescent
upholstery fabric comes in a 54-inch width and 11 colorways:
marigold, Lagoon, celadon, teak, menthol, currant, roses,
manila, pussy willow, honey, and Tissue Paper. 150 Varick
Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-627-7766; pollackassociates.com.
Van Den Brulle collection
For his signature collection, company founder Craig Van Den
Brulle rendered eight pieces in the material of the moment.
The 34-inch-high Arial lamp pairs a clear acrylic rectangular
base with an opaque white acrylic cube shade. A striated
travertine slab tops the clear acrylic legs and frame of the
Avenire cocktail table; its standard size is 38 inches square,
but custom sizes are available. 259 Elizabeth Street, New
York, NY 10012; 212-925-6760; capitolfurnishings.com.
Want to fly to the moon? Until you book your flight,
Swedish partnership Claesson Koivisto Rune brings the moon to
you. Craterlike openings distinguish the massive Luna Project,
constructed of birch plywood, steel, and polyure- thane foam
and covered in wool felt. Measuring 15 by 17 by 51/2 feet, the
piece accommodates up to 30 space-age lounge lizards. 88
Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-925-6171; dune-ny.com.
Susan Lyons hasn't only designed Remix, her first
upholstery and wall-covering collection for Innovations—she's
also come up with some very clever names. Take the upholstery.
There's bouclé-textured polyester-Avora Faux What, dotted
polyester Buttoned Up, and a tribute to Robert Rauschenberg in
a cotton-polyester blend, If It Ain't Baroque.What Goes Around
is based on Lyons's favorite childhood school supply:
reinforcements for the round holes in loose-leaf paper. (This
versatile polyester is reversible, besides working on panel
systems and as drapery and upholstery.) Traditional Uzbek
textiles meet 1960's pop in Oh Souzani, an upholstery fabric
in a rayon-polyester blend.
All exceed 60,000 Wyzenbeek double rubs, and Faux What can
be treated to pass NFPA 701. 150 Varick Street, 9th Floor, New
York, NY 10013; 800-227-8053; innovationsusa.com.
|Ezequiel Farca Design
Inspired by tropical environments, the Acqua collection
exudes classic comfort. Constructed with hand-woven Hularo
polyethylene, a synthetic and residue-free recycled fiber, the
lounger sofa and companion side table are available in
natural. Prolongacion de la Reforma 115, Corporativo NRM,
Taller 603, Santa Fe, DF 01330, Mexico; 52-55-5292-5115. ezequielfarca.com.
Why should pigs have all the fun? Truffle is a delicious
confection of roto-molded plastic that jazzes up the old
beanbag. The surprisingly supportive seat is available in
green, white, and black. The piece is 43 inches wide by 17
inches high (23 inches high with base). Via Per Cantu,
35-22060 Montesolaro (Co), Italy; 39-031-780237; porro.com.
With classic saber legs and a sunburst veneer top that
continues onto its apron, the 2004-302ME table struts
Biedermeier influences. Options include macassar ebony,
mahogany, or Mozambique veneers in a choice of two finishes.
P.O. Box 398, Denton, NC 27239; 800-624-9018; councill.com.
Matte or glossy? You can have both with the 090XL table
series. Available in three sizes, its glass surface is
lacquered in brown or white, and extends with leaves in wengé
or ovangkol that match its chamfered frame and legs. Via
Indipendenza 143, 20036 Meda (MI), Italy; 39-0362-341074; longhi.it.
wood" plastic laminates
Fine wood finishes—everyone wants them, but no one enjoys
maintaining them. As an alternative, try this manufacturer's
affordable, durable "architectural wood" series of plastic
laminates. Introductions include Empire mahogany, New Age oak,
Crowne burl, and Shaker, Williamsburg, River, and Biltmore
cherry. 2400 Wilson Place, Temple, TX 76504; 800-433-3222; countertop.com.
A tuxedo chair on a diet, Wind is an elegant, slimmed-down
lounger that perches breezily on a tubular polished-chrome
base. The chair, as well as two- and three-seaters, is
available in hundreds of fabrics, leathers, and vinyls. 17
West Stow Road, Marlton, NJ 08053; 800-220-1900; globaltotaloffice.com.
|Gaia & Gino
Hills fruit bowl
A true Turkish delight, rendered in glazed porcelain:
Istanbul, the great seat of the Ottoman Empire long known as
the City of the Seven Hills, was the inspiration for the
undulating curves of the stunning, sculptural 7 Hills fruit
bowl, created by prolific design genius Karim Rashid. Through
Ameico; 888-350-8765; gaiaandgino.com.
Bring the café into the office with the convivial Altcafe
lounge chair, which invites you to arrange your legs any way
you like, scoot around on its rolling castors, or scribble on
its pivoting tablet. The acrylic fabric comes in lime green,
mandarin orange, ruby red, smoke blue, black, brown, beige,
and light gray. 203 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago,
IL 60601; 312-917-6200; okamura.co.jp.
The Aloe Bud lamp flutters amid petals of handcrafted white
porcelain. With polished-aluminum fittings and a
stainless-steel suspension system, it blooms in three sizes,
in both pendant and wall-mounted versions. Through Property,
14 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013; 917-237-0123; propertyfurniture.com.
Random cabochons of lustrous agate simulate both the
natural roundness of river stones and the luminescence of sea
glass. The sheet-mounted tiles come in 20 translucent colors
ranging from cactus green to blues and earthy browns. Each box
of tiles contains easy instructions on how to prevent visible
seams between sheets. 3625 Brighton Avenue, Burnaby, British
Columbia V5A3H5, Canada; 604-421-7252; interstyle.ca.
|Pindler & Pindler
Reach for Avalon when you want to give your outdoor
entertainment areas a retro-modern floral upgrade; the
solution-dyed acrylic withstands all weather (it even adds a
bit of sunshine). It's available in six colorways and
coordinates with the manufacturer's awning stripes. 11910
Poindexter Avenue, Moorpark, CA 93021; 800-669-6002; pindler.com.
|Au Coin du Feu
In a Belgian warehouse, Mary Jeanne Reese maintains 3,000
antique European fireplace surrounds that range stylistically
from gothic to this early 19th-century hard-stone piece from
Buxy in Southern France. If you can't get to Belgium, fret
not: Her new Chicago showroom offers the best of the lot, as
well as antique garden furniture and reclaimed stone flooring.
470 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610; 312-850-2655;
Some might prefer Komplot Design's Gubi lounge chair
covered in cherry-red wool, one of 77 fabric colors. Others
might choose leather upholstery. And a third group might go
for the molded shell on its own, in beech, maple, oak, or
walnut veneers. Regardless of seat options, legs are matte or
polished chrome. Stacking and stool versions round out the
offerings. 7-9 Klubiensvej, Warehouse 53, 2100 Copenhagen,
Denmark; 45-3332-6368; gubi.dk.
English country gentility informs Richard Smith's Fairlight
collection of prints and wovens. The 18 patterns include
cotton-velvet Forest Fables, cotton taffeta Wickham with
chenille fringe, silk-warp Humphrey's Plaid, cotton-linen
Lunsford, cotton Bizarre, and Lydd in cotton-viscose. 201
Central Avenue South, Bethpage, NY 11714; 800-533-5632; leejofa.com.
This textile designer's preference for bright, warm colors
is evident in her upholstery and throws. Produced in 500
colors, her solids, stripes, plaids, and polka dots come in
either pure wool or wool blends. 10 Lundbergsvej, 8400
Ebeltoft, Denmark; 45-89-53-19-19; fannyaronsen.com.
and ceiling coverings
The crayon-wielding child in you will go gaga over these
wall and ceiling coverings: High-definition digital printing
on polyurethane-coated polyester yields personalized sheets,
the largest being 16 feet wide. Provide your own design, or
choose from a collection of 100 styles. 38 Delsbergerallee,
4053 Basel, Switzerland; 41-61-48-15-828; clipso-design.com.
Farr rug collection
Whether it's Calvin Klein's New York flagship, a residence
in London or Tokyo, or a Cistercian monastery in the Czech
Republic, John Pawson's architecture embodies restraint,
sophistication, and innovation. The Interior Design Hall of
Fame member brings precisely those qualities to his first
Christopher Farr rug collection.
His six patterns come from three-dimensional wire-frame
AutoCAD drawings of curved lattice screens. He then compressed
the computer images to form random-seeming two-dimensional
patterns that entertain the eye as it seeks an elusive repeat.
Rendered by hand in Swiss chrome-dyed wool-mohair, the
two-shade flat-weaves are made in central Turkey, according to
a 500-year-old tradition, always in dimensions of 61/2 by 10
feet. Ralph Pucci International, 44 West 18th Street, New
York, NY 10011; 212-633-0452; ralphpucci.com.
|Centre for Advanced Textiles
Following in the wake of revived patterns by Anni Albers,
Charles and Ray Eames, and Alexander Girard, the Glasgow
School of Art's Centre for Advanced Textiles has launched the
Classic Textiles collection to reproduce and promote modern
designs. A dozen of Lucienne Day's playful creations from the
1950's include Dandelion Clocks, Magnetic, Calyx, and Sunrise.
The patterns are digitally printed on a linen-cotton blend—as
are those by Barbara Brown and Robert Stewart. Custom-printed
fabrics available, too, subject to copyright. 158 Renfrew
Street, Glasgow G3 6RF, U.K.; 44-141-353-4742; classictextiles.com
With plump pillows and a reverse-camelback profile, the
Gabriel sofa beckons people to get off their feet. Part of the
Hollywood Glam collection, the sumptuous seat is shown in teal
velvet with espresso wood finish and pewter foot caps.
Available in literally hundreds of fabrics, the piece is 87
inches long by 39 inches wide. 1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite
710, McLean, VA 22102; 877-290-1502; robinbruce.com.
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