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For the Love of Gold

Tracy SternTracy Stern
Alfred lord Tennyson said that "love is the only gold." This Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland set the rich tone for amour in poetry, and now, modern-day romantics are falling in love with the use of gold in home design. This lustrous hue shines with passion as much today as in cultures long ago and is still used by lovers of beauty with eagerness and style.
     On the table, gold serving pieces are being seen in houses of design. June Lane gold dinnerware by Kate Spade is adorned by a delicate, filigree-like dragonfly. One can barely imagine this beautiful design in anything but gold. A perfect pairing with the famous, stark Lenox white, the sets became instant classics upon their premiere.
     At Barney's, shoppers admire stemware that hints lightly of gold, with bands that somehow, despite their demur, make a huge statement. Delicate and light, they are prominently displayed with other not-so modest gold décor.
     Also making a statement are gold accent pieces that are not choosing to be reticent. In bold geometric designs, these tabletop pieces are strong and manifest. Demanding to be noticed, their beauty and uniqueness stand out as if to say, "I was the gold that refused to be un-mined." It's hard to browse without stopping to admire and extol.
     In essential pieces, gold has replaced glass. Barney's has a breath-taking collection of gold vases. The Bosa metallicglazed, faceted ceramic Cut 2 Paunchy vase is a show-stopper on the floor and in the home. Made in Italy, it is an artistic wonder.
     Also wearing the metal of the ancients are calendar cards, candles and trays. Sparking discussion among designers are these gold objets d'art. Certainly Barney's has embraced what some say is imbedded in our DNA - the love of gold.
Appealing to me, however, is the belief that gold is the tone of romance, the color of the rings that bind us. Fitting in a home that invites love inside, its hue makes a statement like none other: That in your attempt at design, love and universal themes are paramount. Your home, your love and your family are as indestructible as gold.

Speciality gold-embossed French candles at Barney’s New York.Speciality gold-embossed French candles at Barney’s New York.Hand-stamped calendar by Connor.Hand-stamped calendar by Connor.
Fornasetti’s Wink image jars, plates and trays.Fornasetti’s Wink image jars, plates and trays.Black and white accessories show beautifully in harmony with gold.Black and white accessories show beautifully in harmony with gold.

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