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June 10th, 2014

ICFF 2014 Recap: Organic Modernism

 

ICFF 2014 Recap: Organic Modernism - Rethink Design Studio

 

Another ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) is in the books and we had a blast meeting with new and familiar designers alike. With dozens of aisles of furniture, lighting, and textiles from all over the world, it seems hard to believe that you would find a common theme between most. However, as we trekked the “design globe” that is the famed Jacob K Javits Center, we realized that a common thread does, in fact, connect the hundreds of exhibitors: organic modernism.

Clean, smooth lines with round forms and bulbous shapes, this year’s curation took a departure from the strong lines of modern design and went back to its (organic) roots. Take a look at a few of our favorite examples of how designers are abandoning the straight edge and embracing the curve:

 

ICFF 2014 Recap: Organic Modernism - Rethink Design Studio

 

Clockwise from top left:

1. Leather Strap Lounge with Ottoman – Matter Made / 2. Pendant Lights – Sonder Mill / 3. Moon Tables – Universo Positivo / 4. Marble Spill Table – Pelle

 

ICFF 2014 Recap: Organic Modernism - Rethink Design Studio

 

Clockwise from top left:

1. Woven Table - Hinterveld Design / 2. Pendant Lights – Apparatus / 3. Table Lamp - Pelle / 4. Colorful Stools - Tronk / 5. Woven Outdoor Furniture - Fermob

 

ICFF 2014 Recap: Organic Modernism - Rethink Design Studio

 

Clockwise from top left:

1. Nesting Coffee Table – John Ford / 2. Desk - Universo Positivo / 3. Wall Clocks - Leff Amsterdam / 4. Walnut Chair - Councill / 5. Multifunctional Love Seat - Zara Vardanyan

 

 

 

May 9th, 2014

Project Breakdown: Sofia

West Perry Reveal - Rethink Design Studio, Christine Hall Photography

If you’ve been following the buzz recently, we just revealed our latest downtown project that houses a New York-native family of four. Having shared the youngest daughter’s territory in the shared third floor loft, this week we’re giving you a tour of Sofia’s room: a French-inspired space with pale hues and sophisticated pops of pattern. As with the rest of the house, Sofia’s room was originally painted a traditional Earth-tone with dark floors that swallowed up the space.

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With a hushed palette of tone-on-tone neutrals and playful patterns, this room went from dreary to dreamy.

Sofia bedroom1

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1. Keep your bed from feeling boxed in with open side tables from Arteriors. The alternating glass and mirrored shelves allow you to see right through the antiquated iron frame, perfect for placing next to an adjacent wallpaper or window treatment without obstructing the view.

2. Ro Sham Beaux’s tall Patricia Table Lamp gives a stately presence to an otherwise feminine space. We paired them with a white linen shade to allow the light to flood in and keep the room feeling airy.

3. Every little girl daydreams of a wrought iron bed, and this Wesley Allen piece from Home Gallery caters to that childhood fantasy while still maintaining a minimal form fitted for adulthood.

4. Heighten the look of your walls by securing full-length curtains to Vesta’s sleek Apollo Collection drapery hardware. The antique brass finish gives this space a level of sophistication and helps draw the eye up to the pale blue ceiling.

5. When the design team met the challenge of reusing a vintage chandelier that was original to the house, we took it upon ourselves to create a fresh fixture that looked like it was made especially for the space. With a faux-painted light fixture and several cans of spray paint, we upcycled a drab fixture remake into a one-of-a-kind focal point.

Rethink tip: Try switching out the bulb type to give any fixture a cost-effective, updated look. 

6. Tap into your playful side with wallpaper from Studio Violet x Studio Nommo. Placing wallpaper adjacent to a feature wall as opposed to directly on it helps balance out the room.

7. An off-centered fireplace has a personality of its own, which we chose to showcase by using the Moselle collection from Winchester Tile. Maintaining a white mantle surround lets the ceramic blue tile really shine.

8. Loloi’s Anzio rug features beautiful striations of deep blue and turquoise for a floor application worth talking about. Can’t find a rug to fit your space? We had two individual rugs professionally bound together to run the span of the bedroom.

9. Allow yourself a dedicated space to take off shoes and relax before jumping into bed. We had a local seamstress create a colorful top cushion to Artesia’s Leanore Bench for added personality.

10. Having additional floor cushions on hand are super useful for after school hangouts and late-night sleepovers. We love the textural element of this sheepskin pouf, found at West Elm.

Sofia bedroom2

 

Photo Credit

Gabby + Sofia: Christine Hall Photography

Interior Photography: Richard Leo Johnson

 

April 10th, 2014

High Point Market Finds: Lighting

 

high point market lighting - rethink design studio blog

 

The team travelled to High Point, NC this week to see the latest industry offerings in furnishings, lighting, and decor. While one of the best reasons to go to market is to wine and dine with design representatives from around the globe, we also managed to snap a few photos of products we look forward to use in projects to come.  Today we’re shedding light on our favorite finds at market with the top table lamps, hanging fixtures, and wall sconces:

 

high point market lighting - rethink design studio blog

Clockwise from top left:

1. Arteriors / 2. Gabby Home / 3. Regina Andrew / 4. Currey and Company / 5. Julia Chichester / 6. Mr. Brown / 7. Ro Shambeaux

high point market lighting - rethink design studio blog

Clockwise from top left:

1. Mr. Brown / 2. Julia Chichester / 3. Dunes and Duchess / 4. Dunes and Duchess / 5. Currey and Company / 6. Arteriors / 7. Julia Chichester

 

high point market lighting - rethink design studio blog

Clockwise from top left:

1. Barbara Cosgrove / 2. Pacific Coast Lighting / 3. Light and Living / 4. Arteriors / 5. Emporium Home / 6. United Strangers / 7. Arteriors

Please note that most companies featured here are only available to the trade. To inquire about a product you may be interested in, please contact us here.

January 29th, 2014

Mantle Mantra

 

With all this talk of a “Southern Freeze”, we have our minds wandering to warmer places. What better way to catch up on good conversation and even better company than around an open fire? Take a look through some of our favorite fireplace settings to date and learn a few tricks on how to turn your hearth into something worth bragging about.

 

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We pulled home accessories that bring out the deep violet tones of the ceramic tile surround. Offset dark hues with a tertiary color like this subtle mint green to keep the space looking fresh.

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Go bold with a stark white mantle, bringing pops of color in through a surround or dark hearth. The stacked fireplaces in this historic downtown home left this room with a quirky, off-center surround. We then played off this asymmetry by centering the mirror to the actual opening and filled the empty wall space by hanging a collection of fun finds. With a room this poppy, keep greenery simple and clean like a basic fern to keep the space from getting too busy.

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If your fireplace has great architectural features like this one, we suggest matching the trim color to the walls to tone down the drama of traditional elements. By using a neutral palette, we balanced the wall as a whole and allowed the natural brick of the fireplace to take center stage.

showhouse fireplace

A well-curated mantle is the usual focus, but don’t forget about the wall space above the actual fireplace. Instead of flat sheetrock, we added mirrored side panels and sconces to bring the focus upward. Other ways to draw attention to this space can be through wall art, TV, or mirror.

January 15th, 2014

Get The Look: Rye’s Playroom

 

With such great response to one of our recent Instagram posts that revealed parts of Rye’s playroom, we thought it would be nice to spread the love and source a few fun decor elements to help your kid’s rumble room have the same look. One thing we always stress to our clients (and personal style) is longevity. Even if you’re designing for a child, use classic design elements on more permanent pieces (such as wallpaper) that will last long past their teen years or transition to a new use. While you can easily get the look by sourcing our favorite online stores, don’t be afraid to browse your local thrift shop for rattan furniture or quirky art; these pieces are not as “dear” and can withstand the rigors of a playroom.  See below our original Instagram photo as well as a few things you can grab to duplicate Rye’s digs:

 

nursery

 

1. Display your little one’s latest creation or favorite toys with this simple bookcase from Anthropologie. The low shelf allows books and baubles to be within arm’s reach.

2. The Grove Garden wallpaper from Osborne and Little has soft, metallic hues that work for both a boy and girl. When the kids are old enough to have a space of their own, this timeless pattern makes a great guest room backdrop.

3. Add some whimsy to your playroom with these fun nature prints from Land of Nod. When they’re not watching your children learn and grow, they make for great story time inspiration.

4. Your baby bookworm will love picking books from this grinning whale bookend. With a hollowed metal construction, he’s heavy enough to hold a collection of literary classics for your little scholar.

5. Keep toys out of sight with a large canvas basket from Anthropologie. The built-in handles allow them to be easily moved for cleaning and storing.

6. Lay a rug down over your existing flooring to provide a softer surface to rumble and tumble. The raised gold bars in this Land of Nod rug have an open loop, making it ideal for small kids and pets alike.

7. Learning gets a chic re-do with this brass-colored chalkboard globe from Pottery Barn Kids. Use the round surface for mathematics or practice your geography by drawing shapes together.