Four Design Discoveries to Know About

A peek inside the latest design news happening in the area.


Timeless Elegance
A master of the neutral color palette, award-winning interior designer Thomas Pheasant is also known for his striking, sculptural silhouettes and luxe finishes. His latest collection for Baker—his 20th partnership anniversary with the brand—builds on these strengths with a sophisticated assortment of bedroom, dining, occasional and upholstery furniture, mirrors and lighting. Drawing from decades of inspiration, this assemblage represents his definition of modern elegance— curvaceous forms that look beautiful from all angles, classic arches, jewelry-like accents and mixed materials and textures. NYDC.

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Black Rock Finds
If you haven’t yet discovered the Black Rock Department Store by Patrick Mele— opened in the fall of 2022— now is the time to check out this bohemian home and lifestyle destination. Located in the heart of the artistic Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport, the 2,000-square-foot space is filled with curated vintage and antique furniture, art, textiles and accessories, assembled under the tasteful direction of interior designer Patrick Mele. In addition, not-to-be missed vintage clothing by Carol Santini and rugs by Wendy Cooper round out the eclectic offerings. Open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., 2948 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.

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Neo Classic
Celebrity designer Mary McDonald’s second rug collection for Patterson Flynn is influenced by the Neoclassical Directoire and Empire periods. Crafted in abaca, the three graphic designs of Masquerade, Polestar and Compass include stylized emblems, diamond patterns, stars and sunbursts, modernized in coloration and scale. Describing Polestar, shown here, McDonald says, “Polestar is a compilation of some of my favorite marble floors in important castles and homes in Europe, translated to a more casual rug. This rug in particular reminds me of all the parts and pieces I love from the Empire period during the reign of Napoleon.” D&D.

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On the Boards
Architectural firm Burr Salvatore has a lot going on these days, starting with a new name. Previously known as Ryan Salvatore Design, the company has been renamed Burr Salvatore Architects with the addition of a new partner, Mary Burr. Salvatore and Burr are former colleagues at Robert A.M. Stern Architects and share a joint philosophy of taking inspiration from historical precedents and adapting them for how people live today. “Our portfolio includes a wide range of styles, but all are united by our unwavering commitment to what we consider the essentials of good design: attentive listening, careful consideration and thorough execution,” states Burr. In other news, the NYC firm recently announced the opening of a second office in Connecticut, located in downtown Darien.

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