27 Jan 2014

Design Expert, Donna Warner educates us on December’s Shimmer and Shine

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“Shimmer and Shine” is a great holiday look, completely perfect for celebrating the New Year. But here’s the trick to living happily with it all year long: Subtle shimmer and accents of shine. The shimmer can just be from a smooth surface, like the white marble counter surrounding the sink in this in New York City’s meatpacking district kitchen designed by Leone Design Studio. Even the stained gray wood cabinets have subtle variations in color that shimmer softly. And the stainless steel backsplash behind the commercial stove and the extra long, slender cabinet pulls are like pieces of shiny jewelry, setting off a lustrous cashmere sweater.

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Instead of the usual brushed or quilted stainless steel for backsplashes, think out of the box and use this woven version, which comes matte or polished (as above).

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Mother of pearl mosaic tiles truly sparkle and should be used with a bit of restraint, maybe just along one wall of cabinets, to line the area between the countertop and the upper units. Or frame a rectangle of it, like a big mirror or work of art, at one end of a galley kitchen. The iridescence will dance with the light all day and night.
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Renowned French architect Jean Nouvel designed these stacking lightweight chairs for the American company, Emeco. They’re made from 80% recycled aluminum and will undoubtedly become just as much of a classic at Emeco’s 1006 Navy chair, which has been in production since 1944.

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The Vesi dining table from the Frazier Collection is wearing very cool Manolo Blahniks—the polished stainless steel furniture version. A matching “belt” (or apron) of the same material adds lots of sparkle. The wirebrushed oak top and legs are finished in shimmery white graphite.

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Annie Glass metal edged glass dishes are a must in a kitchen that wants a little celebratory shine. They’re reminiscent of traditional bridal patterns with gold and platinum rims. These Roman Antique Gold and Platinum plates and bowls are guaranteed to make any meal a sparkling celebration.

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This “Soft Metal Art” wall hanging is designed by Hiroko Takeda, who was the Senior Design for Jack Lenor Larsen Design Studio before opening her own studio in New York. Her work uses traditional and experimental Japanese techniques and materials. This is the perfect wall hanging when your room needs a bit of bling.

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MUG Watercolors, newsletter from May 17th

If you prefer something more traditional on your walls, consider an Audubon watercolor, print or poster; this one is part of “Audubon’s Aviary,” a show at the New York Historical Society. The white heron gleams with antique life, a nice contrast to a very modern space.

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Another possibility is to cover an end wall or the walls in the adjacent dining area with “Metallic Strié” in Silvered Taupe from Schumacher’s Modern Glamor collection. It’s handcrafted and made by dragging a vertical strié of color on a Mylar ground creating a magically shimmering surface.

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