Friday Favorites 3/16/2012

March 16, 2012

Cheryl Katz, Contributing Editor
Maybe it’s the influence of the Comme des Garçons Fall fashion show where Rei Kawakubo sent a parade of models down the runway in a rainbow (think bubble gum pink, cobalt blue, dandelion yellow) of sculptural garments, but these standard-issue office chairs–once associated with a visit to the principal’s office or a long wait at town hall–get a stylish boost from a host of vivid colors. Très chic.

Photo courtesy of the Jasper Group

Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor
If you haven’t visited Patch NYC lately you really have to check out their new space on Waltham Street in Boston’s South End. Bigger and more open with its broad walls and high ceilings, the space is the perfect new backdrop for Don Carney and John Ross’s eclectic mix of art, furniture and accessories. Among their new lines: Astier de Villatte‘s exquisite of ceramic serving pieces. The Paris company’s pristine white platters, trays, bowls and pitchers look like works of art in themselves, grouped in collections and hung alongside Carney’s ink drawings in vintage frames. If you don’t happen to need new serving pieces, treat yourself to one of Astier de Villatte’s scented candles, packaged in sweet boxes adorned with Carney’s ink drawings.

Photos courtesy of Patch NYC

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief
Last Friday evening saw the debut of the Kristin Drohan Collection at Twelve Chairs Boston. Kristin, an interior designer with a former life in corporate sales and management, saw a need for eco-friendly furniture that is also fashionably elegant and hard-wearing. Many of her pieces (produced in Hickory, North Carolina) reuse wood from abandoned furniture and textile factories. But, as you will see from a few samples here, they most emphatically don’t exude that oh-so-green, nutty-crunchy feeling. Low impact but high style is the order of the day.

Photos courtesy of the Kristin Drohan Collection