When the late Zelina Comegys Brunschwig, the long-serving head and chairman of @BrunschwigFils , came up with the motto “Good design is forever,” she not only summed up the company’s mission but also got to the heart of why its Les Touches pattern continues to be a favorite among designers. For more than 50 years, the pattern—an elegantly distilled depiction of an animal print—has been much sought-after and ubiquitous. This past spring, after great designer demand, the company launched nine new colorways of the beloved pattern. To see the new assortment and learn about its by-hand production, head to the link in our bio. Words by Nicole Anderson, photo by @MaxB photo.
Take your pick of press clippings about @EvanShively and they will inevitably contain some variant of the same designation: ”ultimate arborist,” “mill master,” “lumber legend.” Shively, for his part, prefers a more humble, if not anachronistic, term: sawyer. Twenty years into redefining what sustainable timber can be, Shively has become an indispensable part of Northern California’s design community. Learn more about the wood whisperer at the link in our bio. Words by @AFixsen7
A high-tech house designed by @TiffanyBrooksInteriors now belongs to one lucky woman. After months of anxiously awaiting the outcome of the @HGTV Smart Home Giveaway, the winner of the “gothic modern” residence in Roanoke, Texas, has been announced. Head to the link in our bio to tour the home, which includes smart features ranging from energy-efficient lighting to a Wi-Fi-enabled pet-hair vacuum, and hear the recipient’s reaction. Words by @AlexTemblador , photo courtesy @HGTV
If you’re a small firm with a single office, landing an international interior design project can feel like a monumental task. AD PRO caught up with @TaliRothDesigns , @DaleBlumbergInteriors , @ODAnewyork , and more to learn the best ways to secure the coveted commission—and the potential operational concerns to keep in mind once you do. Words by @StefanieWaldek , illustration courtesy Ilyaliren/ @GettyImages
“As long as you’re transparent, fair, and honest, water will find its level,” offers interior designer @ThomFilicia as one of his biggest business takeaways. In light of his firm’s 20-year anniversary, Filicia, whose latest project, @ElephantAndTheDove , a Mexican restaurant in Skaneateles, New York, is featured above, reveals what it was like working for Parish-Hadley, Inc., the effect TV appearances can have on a design career, and the brand-scaling potential of licensed collections at the link in our bio. Words by @Katy_Magic , photo by Nick Johnson.
“There’s an old saying,” says Los Angeles–based interior designer @OliverMFurth “‘Buy the best and you only cry once.’” Designers from @KerryJoyceAssociates , @SummerThorntonDesign , and @The Archers.Inc join Furth in sharing how they sell clients on original designs—plus their alternative (and more cost-effective ) routes for avoiding knockoffs at the link in our bio. Illustration by George Wylesol.
Color makes us feel good. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that @SherwinWilliams ’s recently revealed 2020 annual Color Forecast—often considered an early preview of next year’s color trends—is divided into five themes meant to channel joy and serenity while lessening the noise that constantly surrounds us. Browse the curated palettes at the link in our bio. Words by @MegyKarydes , photo courtesy Sherwin-Williams.
Your mother, and the rest of TV-viewing America, recognize him from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “Get a Room With Carson & Thom,” but to designers, @ThomFilicia is a sage businessman. Filicia, who parlayed his design-business success into ventures like @SedgwickBrattle (the showroom in the @NYDC that also carries his eponymous home line ) is, at heart, a mix of these parts: businessman, performer, and, lest you forget, a professionally trained interior designer with a firm celebrating 20 years in business this fall. In honor of the anniversary, Filicia shares the lessons learned from his hard-won business success with AD PRO at the link in our bio. Words by @Katy_Magic
Walk into any modern apartment building and you’re likely to find a collection of sterile-looking common spaces, designed to be blank canvases for the range of people who live there. The new 1010 Park Avenue building in Manhattan, designed by @DavidCollinsStudio creative director Simon Rawlings, is rethinking that approach. At the link in our bio, he walks AD PRO through the residential building and his design plan behind it. Words by @JenFernand , photo by @BenCphoto
The Copeland House, built in 1873 in Oak Park, Illinois, is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s only remodeling projects throughout his storied career. Recently relisted on the market, the property has been tagged with an asking price of nearly $1.3 million. For a look inside the prairie-style home, head to the link in our bio. Words by @RebeccaLeeHolland , photo courtesy Berkshire Hathaway.
“It’s a very long story,” AD100 designer @Pierre Yovanovitch tells AD PRO of the inception of his new Manhattan headquarters, which opened earlier this year in a five-story brownstone on a chic stretch of Madison Avenue. More pied-à-terre than office, the Parisian designer’s first stateside outpost epitomizes his unique design vision—and is a boon for his U.S. fan base. Though making it happen didn’t come without its challenges. "Everything is different and quite expensive, and when you work overseas you don’t know all the rules,” Yovanovitch says. “But I pushed to have this office." He shares a tour of the new workplace and what the grand opening means for the firm at the link in our bio. Words by @SwirlgirlWorldtour , photo by @StephenKentJohnson
Raising funds for a budding business venture can feel like a full-time job. To help, AD PRO tapped design professionals who have been there, done that, including Erinn Valencich of @MyStyleRow , Nicole Gibbons of @ClarePaint , and Maury Riad of @fuigodesign , to share their insights on identifying a product-market fit and navigating the potential pitfalls on the quest for capital. Words by Danine Alati, illustration by Wesley Johnson via @gettyimages
Arborist and sawyer @EvanShively has redefined what sustainable timber can be—and has become an indispensable part of Northern California’s design community in doing so. For the last two decades, Shively has operated his timber business, Arborica, out of a sprawling lumberyard near Tomales Bay, just north of San Francisco. “He knows where [each log] is—it’s like a friend or a cousin or relative,” says @EnvelopeAD ’s Douglas Burnham, whom Shively worked with on @Radhaus_SF beer hall, located in a former Army machine shop in historic Fort Mason. After an exhaustive search for the project’s salvaged timber, Shively found the perfect match: two fallen Ponderosa pines from Camp Mather near @YosemiteNPS In situ, the final timber benches—left largely untreated to expose centuries worth of concentric rings—exude a kind of delicacy. Learn about the milling process in between, and the ethos that’s garnered Shively something of a cult following, at the link in our bio. Words by @AFixsen7 , photo by @MatthewMillmanPhoto
Story and history are essential to every project that enters @ChampalimaudDesign , a practice with a proven track record of preservation-focused work. “What we don’t do is create any sort of pastiche that is thematic in its historic references,” adds Jon Kastl, a partner at the firm. Discover what happened when the Champalimaud put its value-driven philosophy to work on a historic hotel commission at the link in our bio. Words by @SwirlgirlWorldtour
We're on renovation matchmaker @sweeten_home 's feed today giving an inside look into our editorial resources for design pros. Head over to their feed for a peek into the AD Archive, a spotlight on this stunning studio, details on PPG's color of the year, and more. Pictured: @studioshamshiri , photo: Trevor Tondro
From the moment guests arrive at New Orleans’ @MaisondelaLuz , are handed a heavy, tasseled key, and are then ushered to a private bar run on the honor system, the @StudioShamshiri -designed guest house disregards the preconceived notions of what hospitality should be, all while letting the city tell a story of its own. The salon, for instance, provides private bar access for guests, who can order a drink or burger through a window hidden behind a painting. “It ends up being where everyone tells their secrets,” says interior designer Pamela Shamshiri. Consider that confirmation for a hotel focused on creating a more intimate, at-home setting. Tour the full property, which marks the birth of a new, more residential-inspired brand for @AceHotel , at the link in our bio. Words by Heather Corcoran, photo by @StephenKentJohnson
While seated next to each other at a dinner in London, British rug designer Luke Irwin and @SoaneMuseum director of development and communications Willa Beckett hatched a loose plan to “make design more accessible”—more specifically, to make the museum’s dialogue series with design luminaries more accessible. “There were only 40 seats for the talks, but we’re convinced there is a broader audience,” says Irwin. The idea takes shape in the museum’s newly debuted podcast, with a first season featuring guests like Sir David Adjaye and @OlgaPolizzi Learn more about the series and where you can tune in at the link in our bio. Words by Alia Akkam, photo by Leon Neal/ @GettyImages
For new, 144-shade designer line @CuratorPaints , which will mark General Paints Group’s U.S. debut, the Irish paint manufacturer collaborated with 29 local craftspeople and artisans to develop hues that derive from each maker’s unique narrative. Award-winning embroiderer @JilldeBurca , for example, draws her enchanting earth green hue, dubbed Moth Collar, from the tone of the insect’s wings, a motif she frequently incorporates into her stitched and hand-embellished work. "We wanted color with meaning and a collection that reflects the authenticity of the Irish craft and design community,” says General Paints Group managing director Kevin O’Connor. Discover the roster of creative greats behind the new collection and learn where the paint will be rolling out stateside at the link in our bio. Words by Jennifer S. Li, photo courtesy Curator.
Have you ever loved a restaurant's lighting, furniture or even tile so much that you’ve asked the server for its manufacturer? Art and design identification site @WescoverApp has too. For its latest collaboration, the site has partnered with Google Lens on a tool that makes the work of San Francisco artists and makers more discoverable outside of a dedicated retail space. Learn more about the program and where it plans to launch next at the link in our bio. Words by Jen Woo, photo courtesy Wescover.
For artist @DWisemanStudio —whose delicate porcelain, bronze, and glass works are collected worldwide—drawing was a skill born out of necessity. "I developed these rendering skills and they were only put toward commissions," he explains. "But when I took the time to draw for fun again, I found that I could close my eyes and I could draw what I wanted to draw, which was a very new thing for me." His recently debuted “Lost Valley” wallpaper is the dreamlike result of this technical and creative epiphany. Learn about the inspiration behind the limited-edition design at the link in our bio. Words by @JessNRitz , photo courtesy Wiseman Studio.
On an early summer afternoon, the much in-demand interior designer @RyanKorban was seated at @MichaelsNewYork , the legendary midtown Manhattan eatery for movers and shakers, rattling off the laundry list of projects he is currently working on—a soon-to-debut showroom at the @NYDC , new lighting for his collection with @NiermannWeeks , and a sleek (and admittedly strenuous ) e-commerce platform included. Given the dizzying amount, one could argue he has no business indulging in a two-hour repast. But then, power lunches are part of how the AD100 designer gets it all done. “I don’t care if people say it’s dead—I still make time twice a week to do it,” he says, taking a bite of farro salad. “I find you get a lot done at a lunch, and you really solidify your bonds.” Korban shares his next big phase of brand building with AD PRO at the link in our bio. Words by @KarinNelson23 , photo by @maxb photo.
With help from @StudioShamshiri , New Orleans’ @MaisondelaLuz takes a new stance on hospitality in which privacy and a layered narrative experience take precedence. “The idea is you come there to recover in a city that’s celebrating 24 hours a day,” says interior designer Pamela Shamshiri, whose team researched classic French hotels and Southern bed-and-breakfasts to nail the experiential details of the new @AceHotel property. Over-scaled botanicals create uncanny proportion play in the Breakfast Room, which celebrates local blossoms and bees under a wallpapered ceiling that conjures the feeling of being under a garden tent—and the homegrown histories of indigo and trompe l'oeil painting. For the full tour, head to the link in our bio. Words by Heather Corcoran, photo by Stephen Kent Johnson.
Making commercial design more comfortable has long been a philosophy of Ilse Crawford’s multidisciplinary firm, Studio Ilse. The London-based creative director shares her creative process for making the commercial and artistic worlds come together at the link in our bio. Words by Kelsey Ogletree.
@StudioRobertMcKinley ’s stylish interiors regularly attract cool kids all over, whether it’s his designs for @SantAmbroeus canteens or Montauk’s @TheSurfLodge His latest project, the new @McKinleyBungalows , is an about-face for the creative director. After a lengthy process, McKinley is reshaping his style, known for both its purity and power to turn a profit, and making something far more personal. The designer shares a tour of the half shop, half home share with AD PRO at the link in our bio. Words by @ZacharyWeiss , photo by Nicole Franzen.
“The design business is like 90 percent business and 10 percent design,” says San Francisco-based interior and product designer @ScotMeachamWood The former accountant delves into the business savvy required to succeed in this tough industry, including the financial traps to avoid for designers just starting out, at the link in our bio. Words by Danine Alati, photo courtesy CAS Printstock/ @GettyImages
Are hand-painted furnishings the new fine art? Furniture has become a canvas for brands like @GetTheGusto , @RWguild , @IATESTAstudio , @JeffMartinJoinery , and @KitKempDesignThread , which partnered with decorative painter @MelissaWhiteUK on the Painted Pine Bench above. AD PRO senior style and market editor @ASpoonfulofBenjamin rounds up several freshly painted pieces at the link in our bio. Words by @ASpoonfulofBenjamin , photo by Simon Brown.
We don’t need a holiday as a reason to celebrate classic American design. (Though we will take any excuse to delve into the @archdigest digital archive, which is included in your AD PRO membership, BTW! ) We’ve selected 15 of our favorite homes that represent American design values, including this coastal Maine compound designed by @SuzanneKasler In the kitchen, Kasler used her client’s inherited collection of blue-and-white porcelain as a jumping-off point. “The colors are timeless,” Kasler told AD in June 2016. “But I wanted to do blue and white in a way that wasn’t cliché.” Find more red, white, and blue design inspiration at the link in our bio. Words by @AFixsen7 , photo by @WilliamWaldronPhoto
In honor of the 70th anniversary of Charles and Ray Eames’s Case Study house, AD PRO tapped nearby architects Barbara Bestor of @BestorArchitecture and Roman Alonso of @CommuneDesign to share which historic houses have most inspired their work. Head to the link in our bio for their responses. Words by Michael Martin.
Santa Fe’s annual @FolkArtMarket is much more than just a simple crafts fair. Sales from the event—which totaled $3 million in 2018—can be enough to sustain an entire artist’s village for a year. The three-day event, which has become an under-the-radar market for designers and buyers, returns July 12–14 with handmade rugs, linens, and pottery by 150 master folk artists from across the globe. Learn more about the Santa Fe fair and its surrounding festivities at the link in our bio. Words by @RebeccaStadlinAmir , photo by Bob Smith courtesy the @FolkArtMarket
Over the course of its 290-year history, London's @RainhamHall has had plenty of occupants. Now, one of its most well-known (and glamorous ) former inhabitants is the subject of a new exhibition, fittingly staged at the National Trust–run Georgian abode. He was a trained painter, an accomplished photographer, an astute art collector and a talented interior decorator who ran his own design business, known as Fairfax Limited. Discover the exhibition’s muse at the link in our bio. Words by @SwirlgirlWorldtour , photo by Gordon Bishop courtesy @NationalPortraitGallery
For designers and clients drawn to Indian handloom-woven textiles, @KufriLife is already a familiar name. But the online textile brand founded by Mili Suleman is cementing an even greater presence in the Dallas design community with the opening of its first brick-and-mortar showroom, offering finished goods for sale to the public and discounted to those in the trade, as well as a custom service sure to create return customers. Learn more at the link in our bio. Words by @AlexTemblador , photo by Katie Nixon.
Behind every great design firm is a solid bank that helps it run smoothly. But what’s best for your small business is dependent on your specific workflow and needs, from how many monthly transactions you make and your average balances to the type of customer service you’re looking for. Find out what you should be considering when looking for a small-business bank account, and then select from AD PRO’s roundup of the best options at the link in our bio. Words by Meaghan O’Neill, illustration by @JvdNieuwendijk
Brutalism, that sometimes-maligned architectural style that tends to find fervent support in the design industry, appears to be making its way into product design, popping up during last month's NYCxDesign within new tabletop, lighting, furniture, and accessories collections. AD PRO senior style and market editor @ASpoonfulofBenjamin delves into the design style’s history and pin-points exactly where you can source its rough textures, honest material finishes, and neutral tones at the link in our bio. Words and styling by @ASpoonfulOfBenjamin , photo by Stuart Tyson.
There are many reasons to attend, and indulge in, what is arguably the world’s premier celebration of design—whether you’re a first-time visitor, a longtime devotee, or an armchair connoisseur. Discover AD PRO’s Milan Design Week Trend Report at the link in our bio. Words by @Katy_Magic , photo by Mattia Tonelli.
To create "Uncrated," this year's edition of @RandCompanyNYC ’s annual guest-curated show, @PembrookeandIves was given free rein over the design gallery’s warehouse space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. “Crated things hanging from the ceiling, rows of furniture on pallets...it was a treasure hunt of their inventory," says Alexia Sheinman, designer and branding director at Pembrooke & Ives. The exhibition, on display through August 22, documents the process of a room coming together through a series of vignettes: furniture shown in partially wrapped crates, then seen as part of a finished interior. Learn more about the exhibition, including where to see it in person, at the link in our bio. Words by @TimLatterner , photo @RosieMcCobb