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Jan’s Notebook

INSPIRATIONS = DESIGNS

Paris

 

Lord & Lady Londonderry’s drawing room by David Hicks

 

 The Nasher Sculpture Garden in Dallas

 

The Accademia Bridge in Venice

 

Josef Albers

 

Gio Ponti

 

Details

 

Nature

 

 

Design books

 

What do all these images have in common?  I am influenced by every one of these places, objects or people when I design my furniture collection, or the projects we create for our clients.

 

Buying trips to Paris, London, New York and Venice over the past 20 years are important aspects of being creative. I never return from one of these trips that something special is not added to my furniture collection.  Simply walking in these cities brings inspiration

 

Milan Floor Lamp detail

Details are by far the most important consideration in our design development.  These details require time, effort and the work of the best artisans.  Nothing but perfection is acceptable---we are in this business to produce the finest, most handsome bench made furniture available on the market. 

 

 Italian bergere in the style of Gio Ponti with brass legs, c. 1950

Over the past several years, I have become even more enamored with Italian pieces from the late 1940’s through the 1970’s.  This is evident in the Milan Series we just introduced in all 8 of our showrooms across the U.S.

Here are the stars:

 

Milan Chair

 

Milan Table

 

Milan Wing Chair

 

Milan Floor Lamp

The chairs are not only sexy, glamorous and chic, but they are extremely comfortable.  The cast brass base of the Milan Chair is custom made for us---we never use elements in our furniture that are not made in one of our workrooms other than the glass components of our lamps, which are made in Murano.

 

Paul Schneider

PAUL SCHNEIDER is a wonderful ceramist from Dallas--- we are so fortunate to have him here in our city.  He is truly an artist.  Paul and I decided to collaborate about a year ago and it has been such a pleasure to work with him. 

My team designs the shapes, inspired by vintage lamps. We work with Paul to achieve the colors we want, and then he creates glazes that simply make the colors glow.  One truly has to see these lamps in person to appreciate his artistry.

 

Ceramic Series #1 cerulean

 

Ceramic Series #1 pond

 

Ceramic Series #1 Orcas Lake green

 

Ceramic Series #1 dove

 

Ceramic Series #2 rouge

 

Please drop by one of our showrooms in the city nearest you to see this collection.  All of our showrooms represent many other lines that are superb---a visit to each of them is a special treat.

 

Locations:

 

ATLANTA--Ainsworth-Noah/ADAC/ Suite 518/418

CHICAGO--David Sutherland Showroom/Merchandise Mart/

Suite 1400

DALLAS--David Sutherland Showroom/Dallas Design Center/ Suite 340

DANIA--Michael Taylor Designs/DCOTA/Suite C354

HOUSTON--David Sutherland Showroom/Houston Decorative Center/Suite 170

LOS ANGELES--David Sutherland Showroom/Pacific Design Center/Suite B182

NEW YORK--Michael Taylor Showroom/D & D Building/Suite 1640

SAN FRANCISCO--Michael Taylor Showroom/ 155 Rhode Island St.

 

Best,

 

 

SANDRA DAVOLIO
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