At the PDC Fall Market earlier this month, author Hutton Wilkinson had guests wrapped up in his tales of “First Lady of American Design” Elsie de Wolfe. Hutton’s book A Walk to Elsie’s, co-authored with Flynn Kuhnert, is a work of historic fiction that recounts the first 10 years of Tony Duquette’s career and the last 10 years of Elsie de Wolfe’s life (1941 to 1951). All the events mentioned by Hutton and Flynn in that pocket of time are real, as are the people and the places.
The “Global Glamour” theme continued during the PDC Fall Market earlier this month, when design enthusiasts convened to listen to “The French Connection,” a panel that explored the creative ties between L.A. and Paris.
The Hollywood Reporter’s contributing culture editor, Degen Pener, led the panel of internationally recognized product, art, and design innovators, including Pierre Frey president and creative director Patrick Frey, interior designer Elliott Barnes, art and design purveyors/patrons Nicolas Libert and Emmanuel Renoird, and curatorial director Martha Kirszenbaum.
Travel is a primary source of inspiration for many designers, and the theme for the PDC Fall Market opening keynote. Departureshome and design editor Dan Rubinstein moderated internationally renowned designers Ashley Hicks, Vicente Wolf, and Jane Hallworth in a discussion on how various “Capitals of Style” influence their work.
A lot can happen in 10 years, and what better way to acknowledge the milestone than with a new collection? Tai Ping Carpets did so with its “Anth10gy” collection, which celebrates the last 10 years of its six-decade heritage.
Milan is one of the top cities in the world when it comes to design. The Milan Furniture Fair Salone makes it a go-to place for designers in April, but for Oliver M. Furth, it’s a destination any time of year. Go Design Go asked Oliver to share his Milan travel guide, which includes where he stays, eats and shops during his regular visits.
In addition to furniture, lighting and accessories, Armani Casa also carries wallcoverings that are just as chic as its other products. The latest collection is characterized by an Oriental touch inspired by nature and stones.
It was only a matter of time before Jeff Andrews collaborated on his first furniture collection with A. Rudin. Jeff built his relationship with the A. Rudin family over many years of specifying and customizing their furniture for his design clients. In March, Jeff’s 17-piece collection of upholstery and tables debuted at WESTWEEK.
Belgian artist and sculptor Isabelle de Borchgrave is known for her colorful paintings and intricately painted paper costumes. After her collaboration with Fabricut last year, which consisted of prints, wovens, embroideries and trimmings to the list, she now brings wallcoverings to the mix.
Forty years is looking good on the PDC. The design center has nearly 81,000 square feet of new, expanding and renewing showrooms. Important fashion-forward resources, such as Cygal Art Deco and James Perse, are securing space at the PDC to engage the West Coast design community.
A rug design contest turned charity auction is what Patterson Flynn Martin hosted on June 16. The DDB showroom auctioned off the Art on the Floor Rug Design Contest rugs, featuring FIT students’ designs. The auction benefited the Alpha Workshops, a nonprofit that connects HIV-positive people with training and employment in the decorative arts, and the Nepalese workers impacted by recent natural disasters.