Friday Favorites 4/27/2012

April 27, 2012

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief
Do you ever check out the books that adorn various horizontal surfaces in interiors magazines? I do, and am often curious what they say about the owners of the space–or the folks who styled the photographs. Over the past few weeks, I’ve made several sightings of books by Dutch designer Piet Boon. Not necessarily a household name among most homeowners, I suspect. But Boon’s work does appeal greatly to architects and interior designers of a certain calm, spare cast of mind, and that cast of mind seems to be increasingly popular in New England these days.

Vacation house on a golf course in South Africa. Photo courtesy of Piet Boon.

Villa on the south coast of Portugal. Photo courtesy of Piet Boon.

Can you find the relevant book in this interior by Hacin + Associates, soon to appear in our May/June 2012 issue? Photo by Trent Bell for New England Home.

Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor
Michael Aram’s Skeleton chair, crafted of polished aluminum and steel, is from the artist’s Flights of Fancy collection. “The shape of the human body is a great source of inspiration,†Aram says. “Stripped of its skin it becomes an arresting and unexpected natural form.†Indeed, it is unexpected and dramatic, and it just makes me smile every time I look at it. Find it at Shor, in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Skeleton Chair, by Michael Aram

Karin Lidbeck Brent, Contributing Editor
One can never have enough blankets for wrapping, snuggling, getting cozy or taking naps. Even in the summer months, blankets are an indulgent necessity. Being draped in a luxurious soft, organic cotton or linen on a cool, breezy summer night or after a cool shower seems like a perfect summer indulgence to me.

I fell in love with Brahms Mount blankets while shopping at J. Seitz & Company in New Preston, Connecticut. These soft, natural blankets are hand-loomed with a weighty texture that shouts quality and longevity.

Of course Joanne’s sense of layering and styling is equally intoxicating. I love the luxurious mix of textures with the Brahms Mount blankets and the Bella Notte bedding on this superb reproduction bed.

Photo courtesy of J. Seitz & Company

Photo courtesy of J. Seitz & Company