Saturday, January 22, 2011

Time for Our Tastemaker Tag Sale

The time has come the Walrus said to speak of many things....of  Swedish clocks
and table tops, of Empire urns and rustic butter churns!  No need to fall
down a rabbit hole, we have it all here now at our fantastic
Eleish van Breems Tastemaker Tag Sale on One Kings Lane!

This Swedish clock cupboard is just one of the many unique items in our Eleish van Breems Tastemaker Tag Sale at One Kings Lane. Click HERE to view the Sale which runs from January 22 -24.   This unique clock cupboard is the type of hybrid furniture piece that the Swedes are known for, at once beautiful and yet eminently practical.

Rooms in 18th and 19th century Swedish farm house were often limited to just two or three downstairs rooms or, in more reduced circumstances, just one communal room.  Given that space was so limited, two types of furniture were often combined to save on precious space.   Here is an example of a clock that has been built into a secretary to form a clock secretary hybrid.   The blue clock secretary (above)  is in the home that Shannon Newsom and her mother, designer Jane Moore, designed together and
has appeared in our book Swedish Country Interiors as well as gracing the cover of Veranda.

Sometimes very wealthy merchants, mine mangers and  farmers would have several clockworks in one case piece, a sign of prestige and industriousness.  This example, above,  from our collection is painted in the darker traditional colors of the Swedish country furniture and is painted to imitate mahogany.  The initials of the owner and the date are commemorated on the clock secretary's cupboard doors.

This photo from our Swedish Interiors book was taken in the living room
of Linda Kennedy and we think you will agree that the the clock secretary is a standout piece. 
The perfect blend of functionality and form , we love Swedish clock cupboards and secretaries
and will be looking for more special examples on our trip to Scandinavia this spring.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Design Leadership Summit 2011

Edie and I have been invited to attend this year's Design Leadership Summit in Copenhagen.  We are not only honored, but are looking forward to sharing and learning from our colleagues.  This is such a wonderful opportunity for the international design community as a whole to exchange ideas and build lasting networks.

During our attendance in late April, Edie and I will be blogging the days events as well as sharing our inspirations and ah ha moments.  We can't wait!!!!

The Design Leadership Summit is the most exclusive annual gathering of leading architecture and 
interior design firm principals in the U.S.The Design Leadership Summit was founded and is hosted by Peter Sallick of Design Investors and Keith Granet of Granet & Associates. This exclusive event is dedicated to inspiring community and improving business practices among the most accomplished design professionals.  Past programs feature varied content to stimulate learning and discussion among the attendees on topics including leadership, people management, business strategy, and media communications.

We can't wait to hear what the eco-chic Danes say about their latest
developments in design and architecture!

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