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Elsie de Wolfe, Vanguard of Modern Design


by Carol Steffan • January 9, 2019

Elsie de Wolfe (1859—1950) is largely credited with the “invention” of interior design, a statement not entirely true. The profession of interior design/interior decorator existed as early as 1900, several years before de Wolfe received her first commission, The Colony Club in New York. Prior to that, interiors were largely decorated by architects, who employed […]

Ib Kofod-Larsen’s Timeless Aesthetic


by Carol Steffan • December 6, 2018

Although he didn’t achieve as much recognition as his contemporaries inside his native Denmark, Ib Kofod-Larsen (1921-2003) was nonetheless able to achieve renown for his practical and versatile furniture designs with a graceful aesthetic, mostly by working with companies outside of his home country. Kofod-Larsen was born in 1921. Little is known of his early […]

Brutalism and Paul Evans


by Carol Steffan • November 7, 2018

The Brutalist style was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s but was first coined as an evolution of the French “béton brut” (meaning “raw concrete”) – Le Corbusier’s definition of his favorite material – and the term was made popular by architecture critic Reyner Banham in the 1950s and 1960s. Today’s resurgence is due […]

Hollywood Regency: Reaching for the Stars


by Carol Steffan • October 13, 2018

The term “Hollywood Regency”, while originating in the 1920s with larger-than-life personality and designer Dorothy Draper (see January, 2018 blog), appears to continue to have no shortage of adopters and admirers. Becoming popular with the masses after the wind-down of the Great Depression, it has since been going strong, and its unbridled glamour has evolved […]

Clearly Innovative: Charles Hollis Jones


by Carol Steffan • September 16, 2018

If you’ve ever looked at –or more accurately—through—a piece of acrylic furniture, you have one person in particular to thank. That man is Charles Hollis Jones, American artist and furniture designer. Jones has worked with many high-profile clients including Sylvester Stallone, Arthur Elrod, the Kardashians, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, architect John Lautner, Tennessee Williams Paul […]