Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Winter Warm-Up
Shop one-of-a-kind pieces that will offer a touch of warmth to your home or make your loved ones smile with one of these perfect gift-giving items.
1. Tailored for procrastinators and type As alike, this whimsical set of brass paperweights by Celerie Kemble for Maitland Smith makes work look like child’s play. $597, at the Holiday Workshop, 19 E. 75th St., NYC, 212-861-6160.
2. Hand-crafted in mother-of-pearl and silver, this stingray-shaped saltcellar is a unique twist on the classic tabletop accoutrement. $150, at Jung Lee, 25 W. 29th St., NYC, 212-257-5655.
3. The Paris- and New York–based perfumer Atelier Cologne’s two new fragrances, Gold Leather and Silver Iris, come in bottles dipped in metal and sheathed in engraved leather cases. Gold Leather has notes of bitter Seville orange; Silver Iris is redolent of fresh Italian tangerine. In two sizes, from $195 to $295 for Gold Leather and $175 to $275 for Silver Iris, 357 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, 718-260-8008.
4.Hand-blown in Murano, Italy, this striking black glass vase is a handsome find from Fendi Casa’s brand-new Manhattan showroom. $2,800, 677 Fifth Ave., NYC, 212-759-4646.
5. Toast marshmallows and the holidays alongside Urth, a smokeless fire pit made of lightweight concrete and stainless steel that’s suitable for both outdoors or in. $1,690, at Dodds & Eder, 11 Bridge St., Sag Harbor, 631-725-1175.
6. If the holidays are made for gathering around the hearth, then make sure it’s looking its best. This stylish walnut and brass fireplace set by Carl Aubock will definitely take the chill off winter. $2,650, at Monc XIII, 40 Madison St., Sag Harbor, 631-808-3333.
The mid-20th-century textile designs of Boris Kroll were threaded with innovation and brilliance. A self-taught weaver, Kroll is best known for using the jacquard loom to create geometric patterns with eye-popping hues in the 1970s. After his death, in 1991, Scalamandré purchased Kroll’s archives, including 90 fabrics now on view in “Mid-Century Maestro: The Textiles of Boris Kroll,” at the New York School of Interior Design. The exhibition, which also includes photographs and documentary pieces, runs through December 7; for more information, go to nysid.edu. —Alicia Roderick
Katharina faerber/courtesy of jar, paris
A Paris-based, Harvard-educated New Yorker, Joel Arthur Rosenthal—better known by his initials, JAR—is one of the most exclusive and reclusive jewelry designers in the world. Money, title, or position will not necessarily guarantee entry to the JAR boutique on the Place Vendôme, though his pieces occasionally turn up at auction, often at exceedingly steep prices. But now the public will have the rare opportunity to view the work of this extraordinary designer in “Jewels by JAR,” an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that runs from November 20 through March 9, 2014. On display are 300 prime examples of his trademark flower forms, organic shapes, superb colors, and mastery of the pavé technique, the setting of small stones so closely together they appear to form a pavement of jewels. Left: Butterfly brooch (1994), sapphires, fire opals, rubies, amethysts, garnets, diamonds, silver, and gold (from a private collection). For more information, go to metmuseum.org. —Doris Goldstein
Decorator and HGTV star Sarah Richardson can add another talent to her résumé: fabric designer. Richardson has just launched a brand-new line of polished patterns and relaxed florals, the result of a two-year collaboration with Kravet. Comprising 16 different designs in up to 57 colorways, the collection strikes the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary, masculine and feminine, and warm and cool. “One pattern is a small geometric that’s based around the design of my wedding ring,” says Richardson. “Most people see my design philosophy through television, which can be impersonal, but here I’ve invested a lot personally in every step of the process. I wanted to design from a point of view that reflects my style while resonating with consumers.”