Tony Duquette


On of the really enjoyable showrooms at Highpoint this year was Baker --  especially fabulous were the Tony Duquette and Michael S. Smith vignettes and it wasn't just that they were serving cocktails...    

Below are the pictures I snapped of some of the selected pieces of the late, great, Tony Duquette (1914-1999).   An acclaimed designer and artist, Duquette is considered a style icon whose now pricy works were never available during his lifetime to the public.  Discovered in  the 1940's by Elsie de Wolfe, he was a multi-talented designer and whose works were chosen by the Louvre to represent the decorative arts of the mid-20th Century.  In his neo-Baroque interiors, Duquette used discarded everyday items to imitate the  luxurious and expensive: He transformed lemon squeezers into golden finials, cardboard egg cartons into coffered Moorish ceilings, and bunches of spray-painted twigs into coral reef centerpieces.  

Duquette was a true genius whose design legacy continues through his company under the direction of Hutton Wilkinson,  his longtime business partner and biographer.  You can read more about him here.    If anyone out there is shopping for a gift (hint hint), you might want to consider either of these Tony Duquette books:   More Is More: Tony Duquette, by Hutton Wilkenson or Tony Duquette, by Wendy Goodman (both published by Harry Abrams in 2009 and 2007 respectively.  Enjoy!

The Selected Works of Tony Duquette from Baker


More Celerie Kemble

As a follow up to an earlier post, I had to share these photos of Celerie Kemble's Kips Bay 2011 Showhouse, which, sadly I did not see in person.  The room is wonderful with just the right amount of drama and layering and it is worth seeing again.  These photos are from that fabulous blog, Habitually Chic -- check out her original post, she has many shots of the room.  The showstopper is the Verre Eglomis√© "Sky" Ceiling created by Miriam Ellner.   Verre eglomise is the ancient technique of coating the reverse of a piece of glass adding metal leaf, adding color and etching patterns into it.  Stunning.
Love the pink chaise.

Some more of Celerie Kemble's accessories for Maitland-Smith...well done.

I can never have enough trays.

Wonderful octagonal mirror

Great sconces

lovely game table

Me and Ms. Kemble at the Henredon Showroom at Highpoint, 2013


Highpoint Spring Market 2013: Celerie Kemble's fab new line

Going to Highpoint Market always leaves me with a bounce in my step . . . and this trip was inspiring in so many ways.  I went with my friend and boss, and we had a wonderful, albeit exhausting time shopping for projects as well as for her chic design shop.  We both agreed that the runaway hit of Highpoint this season was Celerie Kemble's new line of furniture with Henredon and accessories with Maitland-Smith.  I especially loved Celerie's mid-century hollywood regency inspired case pieces and have included some pictures of my favorites below which are sure to be wildly popular...
Celerie Kemble 

 Celerie Kemble (right) with her friend, and fellow designer, Meg Braff (left) at the base of one of her designs at the Henredon Showroom

Although the Henredon showroom is a distance from Market Square, it was bustling with the buzz of Celerie Kemble's new line

The finishes are really lovely and must be seen in person to be appreciated.  Celerie Kemble's Dorothy Draper pagoda inspired etatgere.

Love this slender faux bamboo brass cocktail table

It's all in the details, Celerie Kemble's accessories with Maitland-Smith were fantastic

Celerie Kemble's line included some terrific accent lights...Love this shell desk lamp

Super writing desk -- only in black

Scalloped side table with malachite looking top and tortise lamp (wow to that lamp)

Lovely lacquered side table

Brass bamboo luggage rack -- fabulous!

Fretwork Etagere (3)

Leopard Boxes Celerie Kemble for Maitland Smith

Lacquer and Brass Mirror

Moroccan inspired side tables with a variety of tops

Love! Bamboo Place card holders
About Celerie: Celerie Kemble is a principal of Kemble Interiors, based in Palm Beach, Florida, and New York City. Her latest book, “BLACK and WHITE (and a bit in between)” is published by Clarkson Potter and you can buy it here.

About Henredon: Henredon and Maitland-Smith are subsidaries of the public corporation Furniture Brands International, Inc. also owns Hickory, Drexel and a number of other brands.