Tracy Bulla -- Home Accents Today, April 1, 2007
Tabletop designer Marc Blackwell has been named the face of wine maker Rosemount Estate Australia. Celebrating the link between the art of entertaining and wine, Blackwell will appear on television shows throughout the country sharing tips for throwing an elegant dinner party on a budget. Rosemount was also a sponsor of the 2007 Dining by Design event in February. Blackwell designed a modern table featuring his eponymous dinnerware and Rosemount's new diamond base bottle.
Fusion has expanded its offerings of sleekly chic decorative architectural panels. Crafted from 40% recycled polyresin, the artisan-style panels can be customized for applications such as space dividers, shower doors, cabinets, countertops, furniture and lighting fixtures. The UV-resistant panels are offered in four themes (Colors, Patterns, Botanicals and Textures) and six finishes (Lucent, Patent, Patina, Scatter, Super Matte and Terra Cotta) for endless surface options.
Fashion and accessory designers Silvano Banfi and Frank Zambrelli have made their first foray into furniture with the Fall 2007 Robin Bruce Collection. Custom-designed sofas, chairs and ottomans showcase the duo's vision of "pure" and "sinful" with clean-lined designs in shimmering textures and rich brocades in the Banfi Zambrelli for Robin Bruce Collection. "Every woman has a good girl and a bad girl inside; our fabrics represent the alter egos of the same person," said Zambrelli. "One day she wants to wear striking jewel tones and the next white linen. This same woman would also want to express both her pure and sinful sides in her home decor — she was our inspiration."
Designer Thomas Paul, known for a signature array of dramatic, lush prints, extends his visual horizon even further with the introduction of wall canvases and rugs. Packed with color, the piquant prints pick up on some of Paul's favorite themes: voluptuous peacocks, dainty hummingbirds and posh damask. The 100% New Zealand wool rugs come as hand-woven wool dhurries and hand-tufted wool pile rugs. Canvases retail for $90 while rugs range from $150 to $1,500.
Made in Manhattan
ACM Furniture makes its market debut in High Point with an elegant offering of hand-crafted designs. Blending the best of traditional with a fresh contemporary attitude, the sophisticated, stylishly executed collection features European-style craftsmanship straight from the heart of midtown Manhattan. The timeless, high-end designs offer solid mahogany legs, hardwood frames, hand-tied coiled springs and down cushions.
In a new twist on catwalk chic, Karastan rugs paved the runway of Chaiken's Fall 2007 Collection this past February. Eleven rugs from the English Manor Collection were laid end-to-end to cover the full length of the 79-foot runway. "Karastan and Chaiken are perfect complements because both represent American essentials," said Elizabeth Miller, senior vice president of design at Karastan. "We share a passion for lifestyle-inspired design that is comfortable, fashionable and truly livable."
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