Discover Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ First Outdoor Collection and More!

See how the design world continues to evolve in light of COVID-19.
Vivid Tek Home Entertaining System

Photograph by Mindy Briar Photography


Westport resident and entrepreneur Mark Motyl saw a problem and developed a timely solution. In the age of Zoom calls and virtual learning, he realized there was a need for a home entertainment/communication system that could take center stage in the home, rather than being hidden in the basement.

Partnering with a local premier cabinetmaker and top tech firms, he devised Vivid-Tek. The immersive in-home theatre’s 110-inch screen is hidden away in a well-appointed, customizable credenza or bench. Motyl opened a Westport showroom in March to enable clients to experience the media system’s exceptional picture and sound quality firsthand.


Answering designers’ and clients’ requests for outdoor living furniture, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has expanded into the exterior furnishings arena. Introducing its first-ever outdoor collection, MG+BW unveiled two distinct styles—each with 11 pieces—Del Mar in sustainable weathered solid teak and Bauhaus-influenced Sanibel in handcrafted cast aluminum. All are offered with performance fabrics in a choice of eight nature-inspired hues. Umbrellas and outdoor pillows in Sunbrella round out the collection.

“As our homes increasingly become seamless multi-functional spaces, the outdoor area is now as important as any room in the house in being a place of connection, engagement, and gratitude for everything that defines comfort,” says Allison O’Connor, president and CEO.

Backdrop Paint Cans


F. Schumacher & Co. acquired digitally native paint company Backdrop, expanding its portfolio of global design brands. The architectural paint line was founded in 2018 by husband-and-wife team

Natalie and Caleb Ebel, initiating a fresh approach to paint shopping (no more lugging paint cans home from the store). Backdrop offers a curated palette of 50-plus colors in premium, Green Wise certified and low-VOC paints that are shipped directly to your door. “Backdrop represents a very exciting expansion into the paint market for FSCO.” says Timur Yumusaklar, president & CEO of F. Schumacher & Co. “This is a natural complement to our existing wall and floor covering brands.”

Samuel Heath Gold Hardware


British brand Samuel Heath collaborated with award-winning interior designer Rachel Usher to present its latest brassware collection of taps, showers and accessories. Exploring Samuel Heath’s One Hundred collection, Usher developed six concept mood boards, including inspiration for minimalist, luxury, calming, family, contemporary and small bathrooms.

The hardware is offered in a variety of metal finishes and designs for bespoke tailoring, and Usher demonstrates its versatility to create relaxing, restorative spa-like environments. “Samuel Heath’s One Hundred collection harnesses the refined qualities of British craftsmanship,” says Usher, “a brassware collection which is aesthetically refined and designed to be objects of absolute beauty in their own right.”

The print version of this article appears with the headline: Design Notes.
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