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INSPIRATION | November 14, 2023 | By Saxon Henry
Neutrals Are the New Beige
Have you noticed how prevalent neutrals are as we move deeper into fall? We have, and our new product lineup has so many of them we are comfortable declaring that neutrals are the new beige! We take a look at some of our favorites we just released during High Point Market, which includes the Santos Sea Sand Rectangular Cabinet above. We’re so enamored with these pale releases, we’re confident to declare we’re seeing it as a trend.
Neutrals Are the New Beige
The Korg Chandelier in the Barry Goralnick Collection was inspired by a Swedish basket the designer discovered while antiquing during his travels abroad. He loved the shape of the basket and the teardrops, and the craftsmanship was superb. Goralnick thought this was the perfect form to be interpreted into the materials chosen — the wooden beads and pendants strung along a wrought iron frame, all covered in a Sandstone finish. The graceful beige chandelier exudes an earthy glamour that makes it the perfect fit for rooms with a coastal, tropical, or international aesthetic.
The Santos Sea Sand Storage Etagere is made of solid mahogany onto which grasscloth and rattan have been artfully applied before a Sea Sand finish brings the whole piece together. The fixed shelves are covered in grasscloth, the door panels have a geometric pattern made of hand-applied rattan, and the sides of the etagere have horizontal ribs of rattan flowing along them. We have other Santos Sea Sand pieces, including the rectangular cabinet above and the screen below.
The Dreamscape Wall Sconce, made of natural abaca rope, is a woven creation designed by Ian Thornton. The seamless intersection of thin ribs of gold-leafed wrought iron start at the bottom and arc up along the surface, bringing the rope-wrapped wall sconce its contemporary flair. The natural material warms the overall effect.
Made of mahogany and oak in a mix of off-white and fog finishes, the Aster Console Table was inspired by an antique from the Winterthur Museum. The gray and white console table has two shelves and is fitted with polished brass ferrules. This piece is in the Winterthur Collection.
The Eleanora Table Lamp, designed by Tom Caldwell, has a modern feel that leans toward Hollywood glamour. Made of natural alabaster, the graduated segments of luminous material are cinched by brass rings that glow just as beautifully as the stone when the lamp is switched on. Design details of note are how the finial tapers as if it is an extension of the lamp's body, as well as the shallow profile of the off-white linen shade.
The Selene Accent Table is made up of sliced surfaces that create a geometrically interesting shape. Crème marble slabs make up the top and the segments of the base that intersect with the metal in a polished brass finish. The circle cut-outs are clever accents as they move toward the half-moon shape at the floor. We also offer the Selene as a console table.
The Virtu 30-Light Rectangular Multi-Drop Pendant has beautifully composed shades around which clamrose shells are fashioned to look like rosebuds; each petal is hand-placed to make this an artisanal offering. The way the illumination wafts through the shade and surrounds the shells is a design detail of note with this lovely nature-inspired luminary.
Made of travertine and brass in a polished brass finish, the Miles Travertine Accent Table has a telescoping personality. The interplay of metal and stone is a sophisticated aspect of this design, as the travertine column at the bottom has been drilled so the metal slices through it. The warmth of the finish on the metal draws out the darker veining in the natural material. We also offer the Miles as a cocktail table.
The Parnell White Pendant was designed by Clarence Mallari to resemble a large bell, but with a delicate sophistication due to the fineness of the Kraft Paper twine. The string is double-wrapped on both the outside and the inside of the wrought iron in a Gesso White finish. A frosted white glass globe is the finishing touch that allows this pendant to create a lovely glow.
The Santos Sea Sand Screen has a split rattan pattern on both sides of each folding section, which is made by hand and applied to a solid mahogany frame. Then a sea sand finish is applied to the entire piece. A design detail of note is how the five layered circular patterns flow into the horizontal segments of the pattern to create textural interest. This tan room screen was designed by Aimee Kurzner.
Ethereal in its overall vibe, the Bon Vivant Large Semi-Flush Mount was designed by Tom Caldwell. The discs that effervesce with illumination are made of Capiz shells ringed in a decorative metal edge that matches the gold finish on the rest of the fixture. The thinness of the wires that fasten the discs to the frame and to each other is a sophisticated design detail. This gold semi-flush is convertible to a chandelier when the lower canopy is removed. We also offer the Bon Vivant as a wall sconce.
The Beachhead Whitewash Rectangular Mirror is a marvel of layering. Pieces of tumbled wood are stacked onto the frame in varying heights and positions to create a textural composition that is then covered in a whitewashed driftwood finish.
The Vichy Wall Sconce was created by Suzanne Duin, who founded the Houston shop and design studio Maison Maison, and is known for a keen eye in sourcing authentic French antiques and home accessories from around the globe. Each piece in her line of woven light fixtures is handmade by artisans in Southeast Asia; the Vichy an example in abaca rope and wrought iron in a mix of contemporary gold leaf and contemporary gold finishes. The finely shaped braided edges reflect Parisian style, and the overall composition brings both texture and French flair.