Author: Ann Loynd

In 1994, lighting designer Arturo Álvarez founded his eponymous company to bring together ideas and innovations of the industry’s top talents. In the past 20 years, the brand has recieved numerous industry awards. Continuing to rethink the role of lighting, Álvarez lets us peek behind the curtain to his process and inspiration.

Invented by DuPont in 1931, Lucite has had a lasting presence in the design world due to its durability and versatility. With the resurgence of ’70s style—the materials’ heyday—vintage Lucite is more prevalent than ever. Purchase College’s Neuberger Museum of Art is currently exhibiting “Plastic: Art in an Era of Material Innovation,” exploring the uses and artistic applications for this synthetic medium. I hit the Stamford antiques trail in search of a Lucite piece to refresh my entry hall for fall.

In mid-April, Kravet announced a new to-the-trade only website, curatedkravet.com, that offers designers a hand-picked selection of ready-to-ship home furnishings and accessories. The initiative partners with an array of tastemakers—including Connecticut’s own Pat Healing and Dan Barsatni of HB Home—to create stylized vignettes for an exclusive, shop-the-room experience.

That time of year is finally here—that time when every woman in Fairfield County has burned her tights, buried her snow boots and broken out the sandals. Life’s soundtrack now includes the melodies of chirping birds and roaring lawnmowers. And the best part of it all? Warm-weather shopping! New Englanders only get a brief, fleeting window to enjoy life outdoors so we have to stock up the best accessories for plein air enjoyment. I headed to the sweet enclave of shops in Darien to check off my list.

Add a touch of indigo & ivory to your tabletop by adding one or more of these crisp accessories, including embroidered indigo hem napkins designed by Bunny Williams for Ballard Designs​ , Juliska​ Country Estate Delft blue cake stand, Ralph Lauren​'s Ronan flatware in polished stainless steel and navy, a Blue Altered bow from WorkOf​ and the Vik 2 dining chair by designer Thibault Desombre through Ligne Roset​.

Bring the outdoors in with the blooming home accents, including the Flora plate in Magnolia by Allan Therkelsen for Royal Copenhagen, Design Guild's Shanghai Garden wallpaper, Missoni Home's Flowers teacup, Gien's Bagatelle flora teapot and Villeroy & Boch's Spring Awakening collection.

Noted architects and designers—Michael Merrill, Geoffry De Sousa, Alden Miller, ODADA, Nicole Hollis and Decorist—transform six bay area bathrooms from ho-hum spaces into innovative spa retreats. Awash in modern style, palettes of white, black, gray and beige create seamless connections to San Francisco’s foggy skyline. Marked by craftsmanship, the spaces include materials by such manufacturers as Caesarstone, Waterworks, Kohler, Hansgrohe and Duravit.