Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Thomas Chippendale was so inspired by the Chinese that his style was called Chinese Chippendale. Here is my take on the master's design I call the Chine Chair. It can go in many directions: hall chair, pull up, dining chair or desk chair; with many different finishes for different expressions...the perfect accent chair. Available at Miles Talbott.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
A great opportunity for me to meet designers eager for information on my Sunbrella interior/exterior fabric collection. Here are some photos of our recent "lunch & learn". This event was held at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. We will be doing these throughout the country!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Off to Washington DC to present my inspirations from "round the world"...it has taken a while to compile images and video clips of places and people who have influenced my designs. In many ways it is my life story. Design is really a global thing! Sixteen (16) countries in just a four year period for HGTV.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Dwellings Inc.(pictured Laura Davidson owner & Joe Ruggiero) a delightful new design botique has opened their Joe Ruggiero Gallery. Here's a chance to see the entire JR Collection displayed in one place. Select from upholstery by Miles Talbott, "Made in America" wood furniture by Gat Creek, Sunbrella fabrics and much more & what a talented design staff to assist your every home design needs!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
http://www.joeruggiero.com/hc-upholstery-hn/index.html For those of you who have asked to see my upholstery collection, here it is. We will be adding to the group every six months...available at Miles Talbott Furniture and all upholstered in my Sunbrella fabrics. Just click the link at the beginning of this paragraph.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I believe the clothes we wear and the way we decorate our rooms are becoming very similar; for this reason I am designing fashions to demonstrate how Sunbrella fabrics have improved in softness and drape ability! This is merely to demonstrate how this wonder fabric has improved and now is perfect for drapery, top of bed and all indoor upholstery.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I will introduce a new collection of decorative pillows at the Casual Furniture market in Chicago Monday, September 21. Here is my latest Sunbrella pattern Chop Block introduced by Woodard Casual furniture. This pattern was inspired by the famed Bauhaus design school in Germany.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
With all my designs I always give a nod to the past but a look to the future. This Sloane chair was inspired by a 1920 Ocean Liner salon chair. I have updated it for today by giving it a sleak clean look. Custom crafted by Miles Talbott and upholstered with one of my Sunbrella fabrics that forms to the frame to give easy care and not to worry about living in comfort.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The rage is polka dots. People continue to be "in love" with dots. I can not explain but one of our best selling Sunbrella patterns is Dottie, a traditional polka dot. I have since gone a little more edgy with POKA/Taupe (yes, there is no "L" in my name.) This pattern I married with a classic French chair I call Germaine available through Miles Talbott Furniture. I see a trend of mixing contemporary fabrics with classic upholstery frames. I really like this look.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I love watching the excitement of New York Fashion week. Flowers always work... whether inside or out; fashion or interior fashion. My Sunbrella pattern Flower Power is an example of a bold floral that makes a delightful accent for any room, inside or out!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I am pleased to announce the introduction of my new lighting collection (pictured the Bali Lamp with Sunbrella shade). Also pictured is my Xavier desk, made in the USA by Gat Creek. This desk was reproduced from one I have had in my collection for 40 years. It goes anywhere, hall piece, side table...great next to the bed. One of my favorites!
Also my Stanton upholstered screens which I use in most of my installations.
Clean, crisp and off white! That is what impressed me on the runways, and what the fashion designers I admire most had to say. Here is my Maxfield group of upholstery by Miles Talbott featuring my Sunbrella fabrics. The Maxfield group is built low to the ground but has a transitional look that will fit most any decor. It is also extremely comfortable which is the mark of Miles Talbott construction.
During my travels to 16 countries for HGTV, I was able to photograph some classic images. W.King Ambler has published these works and along with some of my original artwork has developed a collection of signed pieces that will be available for purchase at the October Furniture Market. They will then be available throughout the United States & Canada to purchase. I am extremely proud of this new association with one of America's premiere art houses. Pictured is a study from Sintra Portugal at the Palace of the Seven Sighs.
This pattern Trax/buttercup and Kenya/Charcoal make great color accents. The Sunbrella fabric will last like iron and can be washed with bleach...it only gets better. The throw is also woven with Sunbrella yarn...will not fade in the hot sun. I like to keep a wardrobe of pillow covers to change out the look of my upholstery. Zip them off and stake in a linen closet for the next change.
I like simple clean designs. My wood pieces are from Gat Creek. Made in America right in West Virginia. This company knows how to build furniture with old world techniques using solid woods: Cherry , Oak and Walnut. What an honor to have them create my designs. This is the Talmadge Refreshment Chest.
I like this warm non-color scheme which I call Malibu Mist. I was inspired by a walk on the Malibu beach early in the morning. There is a peace and serenity that gave me inspiration, hence I translated that into the stain on my wood pieces, fabrics and the clean crisp lines of the upholstery.