Viyet, the design aficionado’s destination to buy and sell timeless furniture and accessories, asked our Creative Director, who is also an interior designer, to choose an item from their incredibly chic selection of gently loved furnishings and explain why he likes it. He chose these fun and space-saving little chairs. They also asked him a few Q’s about design. See it all here, then go shopping here.
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Ronald McDonald House: Project Design 2013
MT Custom was honored to donate our time and handcraft to this very worthy endeavor. Sponsored by Kravet, Cottages & Gardens, Benjamin Moore, Lumber Liquidators, Hansgrohe and other major design industry brands, The Ronald McDonald House of Long island underwent a complete renovation with rooms designed by some of the industry’s best, including event chair Tony Baratta, Matthew Patrick Smythe, Bunny Williams, Jamie Drake and our own Creative Director, Michael Tavano. We were delighted to contribute custom clothwork to Drake Design Associates’ room as well as to Michael’s room. Kravet’s amazing outdoor fabrics made ideal custom bedding for this installation where everything needs to be repeatedly washed, including the “upholstery” which are actually removable, washable, form fitting slipcovers for the custom headboards and box springs. Here are some shots of Michael’s room:
This shaped, upholstered and reticulated custom valence and coordinating drapes and Roman shade use three different fabrics in warm and cool tones to create a focal point in this family-friendly room. We even made a custom shower curtain and installed a track in the ceiling for a luxurious floor-to-ceiling effect.
All photos: Rick Lew
MT Custom at Hearst Designer Visions
We’re so thrilled to be a part of Matthew Patrick Smyth‘s rooms in the Hearst Designer Visions 2012 show house, opening soon in Manhattan. Here are some previews from the beautiful December issue of ELLE Decor. Above, Matthew tells ELLE Decor about the Roman shades we made for the beautiful arched windows. All of the shades had the same feeling, but Matthew specified varied fabric and trim, giving the apartment continuity that’s never match-matchy. Perfect. That headboard you see is actually an antique door!
Love this moody image of the sofa, which we upholstered with this sharp, tailored box pleat finished with a button. The crisp treatment of the Schumacher fabric contrasts with its elaborate and large scale print, while the muted colors keep the whole thing soft. What we knew already but this project underscored for us is Matthew’s deft hand at color, scale, contrast, texture. This is what separates the masters of decoration. We love the notion of mixing an edgier art piece with these classic furniture shapes and placing the whole thing against a wall of deep, dark stormy grey – Benjamin Moore‘s “Notre Dame”. The mix is brilliant.
You can see it for yourself. The opening has been delayed by Sandy but keep checking back here for updates. Meanwhile, you can view the two short films that were created in the apartment during the 48 Hour Film Project Invitational. Matthew’s is just one of three incredible apartments that will be on view. The wonderfully talented architect David Rockwell and accomplished designer Antony Todd also did entire apartments:
Photos: ELLE Decor