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INSPIRATION | January 10, 2023 | By Saxon Henry
Black and White Interior Accents
The timeless pairing of black and white roared into the interior design universe during the 1920’s, just as the first true international style known as Art Deco was beginning to wane. The desire for bold geometrics and high-gloss black accents that flourished during this renowned movement were still in high demand as more functional design styles took center stage. We have quite a robust offering in this color combination, a few of our favorites on the blog today. If you will be visiting us during the Atlanta Market, be sure to ask your rep where you’ll find them in our showroom.
Black and White Interior Accents
Our black and white interior accents include the Cicero Vases in small, medium, and large, two of which are shown in the image above. These were precursors for our new Cicero Table Lamp that you’ll see below.
Clarence Mallari designed the Ritsu White Semi-Flush. Inspired by Japanese origami, he wrapped the white ceiling light in wrought iron panels in a sugar white finish, fastening them with brads that are contrasting elements in satin black. These match the finial that holds the acrylic diffuser in place and the ceiling plate, the pops of dark bringing sophistication to this design. The Ritsu is fitted with integrated LED technology.
Simple in its machined handsomeness, the Tondo White Accent Table is made of cast aluminum in a mix of painted black and white finishes. The placement of the black band that forms an implied base creates a beautifully balanced design, as it is small enough juxtaposed against the tall column and disc of white to ground the two-toned occasional table. A floating clear glass top with silicone bumpers is removable for easy cleaning.
The blossom shape of the Lea Large Marble Ring will be a dynamic presence in a space; the white sculpture a feat only an accomplished stone carver could create. The flowing lines of the petals create a layering that adds depth to the design. The stem and the base are pared down, adding a nice contrast tonally and structurally. Because the Lea is carved from natural marble, each sculpture will vary slightly. We also have the Lea in a smaller size that pairs perfectly with the larger version.
Imagining how densely twisted wire would flow around a lamp’s surface, Clarence Mallari carved arcing lines into white composite to achieve the same sense of movement with the Groovy Table Lamp. To up the ante on the ethereal feel of the lamp’s body, he had the cylindrical shape finished in semi-gloss white. Pushing the limits of contrast, he topped the white table lamp with a black shantung shade with silver foil lining. The dark exterior is tonally the polar opposite to the metallic interior and the white column it sits atop.
Made of glass flowing with charismatic geometric patterns that include black and white stripes and polka-dots, the Cicero Table Lamp has an elegant profile. The process that glass artisans use to realize the interplay of colors and shapes is hard-won, as it involves melding three layers of glass in black, white, and clear frosted. Steel hardware in a polished brass finish gleams, as does the finial that fastens the black shantung shade to the lamp and its base, both made of optic crystal.
The Pagliacci Vases, in large, tall, medium, and small, are made of the finest porcelain in a dynamic matte white finish onto which black contemporized lozenges with negative spaces in the middle are painted. The hollow centers bring extra power to the black and white vases, which means these decorative accessories are perfect for interior styles from contemporary to mid-century modern and transitional. From their places on shelves or atop stacks of coffee table books on foyer tables, they will be dynamic artistic pieces.
Clarence Mallari designed the nature-inspired Bexhill Table Lamp. The flower that graces the white lamp just below its black shantung shade is an elegant imitation of a magnolia blossom. Made of steel in a gesso white finish, the crisp body of the white lamp contrasts the dark shade that has a silver foil lining to enhance the illumination.
The propeller shape of the Helice Small and Large Marble Rings will be dynamic in any space. Each white sculpture is a feat only an accomplished stone carver could create. The flowing lines as they reach the bottom of the piece envelope the black metal stem to which it is attached. The stem and the base are pared down, adding a nice contrast tonally and structurally. Because the Helice is carved from natural marble, each sculpture will vary slightly.
The Cicero Large, Medium, and Small Vases were created through an intensively complex process of layering clear, black, and white glass in that order. The dynamic profiles with their mod geometric surfaces swirl with personality. Because the glass is layered on, there are slight raised areas that can be felt. This and the fact that the white layer of glass has to be sand-blasted away to reveal the black layer illustrates the artisanal quality of the white and black vases.
The Wexford Bronze Flush Mount is made of brass in an oil-rubbed bronze finish. The darkness of the surface contrasts the soft glow produced by the opaque glass diffuser, which is fitted to the bronze flush mount with a matching finial. This is one of our black and white products that has become a bestseller over time.
Pencil thin with a stylish trim on its opaque glass shade, the Brimsley Bronze Wall Sconce is brimming with tailored sophistication. The black wall sconce is made of metal in an oil-rubbed bronze finish, the warmth of the dark surfaces contrasting the crisp white glass on the shade. The Brimsley is also available in polished nickel and antique brass finishes, all three sconces certified for damp locations. This sconce is included in the Bagno Collection of wall sconces designed for bathroom spaces.
Decoding the design details of the Ditchley Rectangular Chandelier, there is stalwart wrought iron in a black bronze finish and a glossy white acrylic diffuser that softens the glow of the light. Stylistically, it swings from industrial to modern farmhouse to rough luxe. The technology contained in it is just as important as its dynamic style, as it is lit by integrated LED. This handsome black chandelier was designed by Tom Caldwell.
The design of our De Luca Black and White Vase was conceived by Frederic de Luca, a famous gallerist who opened the ultra-iconic store En attendant les Barbares in Paris during the 1980s. The lauded painter agreed to create a series of porcelain vases for Currey & Company that were inspired by his graphic work. This bold black and white vase is one of six designs we are introducing.
The sophistication of crisp white and lush black brings our Cordelia Table Lamp a glamorous profile. Made of ceramic, the body of the white lamp, cinched with bands of glossy black metal, sits atop a black optic crystal base. The crowning touch is a black shantung shade. The Cordelia was designed by Clarence Mallari.
Join Us During Atlanta Market!
If you’re planning to attend Atlanta Market, be sure and stop by between January 10th and 16th . Our showroom is located in Building 1, Suite L3. Stop by between the 11th and 14th for bright splashes of color—the antithesis of the black and white theme of this post—and snap up a unique gift of two, as we’ll be holding a Shandell’s Pop-Up that will include an array of marbleized offerings! If you’re not attending market, don’t forget, we’re open every week Monday through Friday. Details, such as hours of operation, are always on our website.