March 1, 2007,
Desert Diva, a newly launched collection of decorative accessories, dresses up the most humble of objects with the drama of Oscar-night diamonds. Vintage bottles of every shape, size and color are paired with a dazzling array of Czech, Australian and Swarovski crystals, most often in the shape of crosses or flowers. These one-of-a-kind "jewels" have caught on like wildfire, making a mark at notably posh places like the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Retail prices range from $60 to $1,000 for custom orders.
Rug designer Janelle Jarous Lamp will introduce her first decorative pillow collection in April. The Simply Elegant bridge line presents florals and geometrics in modern, sophisticated fashion, complementing a lush, saturated palette with intricate embroidery. Fabrications include silk, silk blend, cotton and linen, embellished with chainstitch, crewel and appliqués and expanding to specialty embroideries from around the world. Prices range from $40 to $110 at retail.
Combining function and style, Dvider has launched a collection of modular room partitions that can be personalized with vinyl stickers or custom-printed photos and graphics. Inspired by scaffolding systems seen around Manhattan, the dividers were realized in sleek cotton sailcloth and chrome steel tubes. Perfect for urban apartment dwellers or anyone who lives and works in the same space, the easily assembled dvider can be broken down, packed and transported in its own drawstring bag. Prices range from $613 to $1,200.
Award-winning designer Alexander Julian celebrates 30 years in fashion and home furnishings this year, kicking off the celebration with a retrospective exhibition in his hometown of Chapel Hill, N.C. Entitled "Uncommon Threads," the exhibit showcases Julian's innovative use of color, form and pattern through both fashion and furnishings. The exhibit runs through March 25. As part of the year-long celebration, Julian will make personal appearances throughout the East Coast to support various creative initiatives, including his new textile and passementerie collection with Stout Textiles.
Doris Leslie Blau Gallery has partnered with Tommy Hilfiger and Nanette Lepore in the new Fashion Designer Collection, launching this month. All three original carpets, each signed on the back by its creator, will be auctioned off at the gala fundraiser with proceeds benefiting Gilda's Club Worldwide. Tommy Hilfiger's handmade rugs reflect the nautical roots his brand is known for, while Nanette Lepore's rug spotlights her trademark peacock feather design. "This collection is unique in that no other company has partnered with these two top designers to create a line of carpets," said Nader Bolour, president of the Doris Leslie Blau Gallery. "The new collection represents the marriage of interior design and home fashion."
Home furnishings vendor Selamat Designs donated overstocked and discontinued items to the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts, resulting in more than $20,000 for students in the Technical Theater Department. The items were sold in a student-run sample sale as well as on the school's Web site, and donations will be used for college application fees, ACT and SAT fees, and an annual field trip to New York. "We are lucky to have such a prestigious school in the city that is our company's home," said Thatcher Davis, president of Selamat Designs. "The level of education that these students receive is first class and as a company we are pleased to be able to donate to such a worthy institution — one that should be emulated throughout the country."
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