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Rich Interiors

The exquisite interior design team of Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli are showcasing a new book, out this month at Rizzoli. Their unconventional design style is elegant and magical. Check out a few other interiors.


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Stephanie Hoppen Books

Here are some books I can’t live without. I go back to them again and again for their timeless ideas and inspiration. All by Stephanie Hoppen.

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The Tailored Townhouse by Celerie Kemble (via )

Check out this breath-taking townhouse by Celerie Kemble Elle decor….Feeling inspired.

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Contemporary Aesthetic: David Easton

In my search for design inspiration I found David Easton, a designer always defined by elegance, grace, and classic interiors. His unique contemporary aesthetic can inspire anyone to rework their apartment living space to make it new and fresh.

Love this lamp!

Here are side by side room designs by David Easton.

“I see a desire to simplify life, and for less complicated interiors.”  For more information on David Easton’s design collections visit his website

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Art and Furniture Meet: Francois Bauchet

French designer Francois Bauchet has linked art expression with furniture design in awe inspiring ways. He is best know for the Yang Sofa, often called the puzzle sofa.

“When I was young, I was always fascinated with how things fitted together – from clothes to toys, furniture, buildings, everything.” – Francois Bauchet

I love also the Pluriel furniture collection, especially this sofa in my ever fave color: chartreuse!

“When I started I was very influenced by minimal art in the USA and really felt a need to communicate – that for me was by provoking rather than presenting something very ordinary that people wouldn’t really look.  I still wanted my designs to be practical and answer people’s needs but I wanted people to have an emotional connection with them also.” – Francois Bauchet

Francois Bauchet lives in Paris and teaches at the School of Fine Art in Saint Etienne. The Yang and Pluriel Sofa systems were designed for Ligne Roset.

Visit the  Francois Bauchet website for more info and prices. (They are a bit steep, but fun to look at and adore anyway!).

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Trademark and Copyrights for Designers

Found this fascinating and informative article that explains copyrights and trademarks for interior designers and inventors. It explains what’s required and terms that you’d get from a lawyer, since it’s written by two, Paul Makovsky and Martin C. Pedersen. Take a look, and follow link for entire article.

On the Advice of Counsel
Two leading copyright attorneys review some of our favorite products from ICFF, offering designers tips on how best to protect their work.

Ikebana photo from article

For many designers, the idea of legally protecting their work is daunting. But it shouldn’t be: though knockoffs are shamefully rampant in the furniture industry, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) affords a whole host of weapons for legal protection. “The problem we always have is that designers think copyrighting and trademarking is scary,” says George Gottlieb, a founding partner at Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, a New York firm specializing in intellectual property law. “They don’t even want to talk to a lawyer. But we can look at a product and in fifteen or twenty minutes give the designer a pretty good picture of what is protectable.”

So how can designers protect themselves? It’s not as complicated or even as expensive as one might suppose. “Our policy is not to charge for the initial consultation,” Gottlieb says. “We charge for the trademark or design or utility patents. On the copyright, we tell them, ‘We’ll do the first one with you, and the rest you should do yourself.’”

We asked Gottlieb and one of his younger partners, Marc Misthal, to walk us through the basics of copyrighting, trademarking, and patenting. We picked five of our favorite products from last spring’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair and had the lawyers analyze them as hypothetical case studies. (Their comments were based only on the short descriptions and photos we supplied.) A glossary of legal terms serves as a mini primer; for additional information, designers can request a free copy of the firm’s booklet, An Introduction to Intellectual Property Protection in Fashion, by calling (212) 684-3900.

Glossary of Legal Terms
These are the five basic categories of copyright protection, listed in order from the least expensive and difficult to the most. Note: trade dress does not apply to any of the products we reviewed, but we list it because it’s an important legal concept.

Copyright protects the “artistic” aspects of a product but not its functional elements. It can protect, for example, fabric prints, jewelry, some furniture, some product packaging, Web sites, textiles, designs or images on the surface of shoes and other accessories, software, and photographs. It does not protect ideas. Instead, it protects the manner in which an idea is expressed. A valid copyright is good for the life of the creator plus 75 years.

Trademarks can include words, slogans, logos, and designs. They enable customers to distinguish between goods or products of different companies
in the marketplace. As long as they remain in use, trademarks are good forever.

Design Patent
Design patents protect the “ornamental” design of any product or component of a product so long as the design satisfies three basic requirements: (1) the design must be “new”; (2) the design must be “nonobvious” compared to prior known designs in the marketplace or in prior patents; and (3) the design must be ornamental and not solely functional. Design patents remain in effect for 14 years.

Utility Patent
Utility patents protect the functional or utilitarian aspects of a new product or method that is nonobvious. This patent will protect only the nonobvious differences between the invention and prior inventions. Trivial differences between a new product design and the prior art are not patentable. Chemical processes can also be protected. Utility patents are good for 20 years from the
date of filing.

Trade Dress
Trade dress is the “look” of an article or its packaging. The blue Tiffany box and Coca-Cola’s bottle are notable examples. Trade dress does not protect functional elements. It is the most difficult form of protection to obtain. This is why we didn’t address it in relation to the products that follow. If any of those items become well enough known in the future, they might be eligible for trade-dress protection and might even become registered trademarks.

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Cool Interior Design by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz

Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz is quite a stylish and influential designer of today and has been named by House Beautiful as one of “America’s Most Brilliant Decorators.”  Here we can see why. This private residence in Sagaponack N.Y is subtle modern beauty.  “In all of his projects, he captures an unusual sense of openness and light through the use of color, materials, architecture, and the unexpected integration of fashion in a rather timeless style.”

“Interiors should be elevated into living works of art, environments in which the intrinsic human desire for comfort and beauty are naturally aligned.” – Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz

Benjamin has designed for famous clients such as Lenny Kravitz, for which he’s done four residences, Mexican author Laura Esquivel, Mark Siliger, Michael Fuchs, and media mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, whose residence we feature above.

And of course I have to feature a design by BNO that represents pink decor in a most fashionable sense. Charming and quite lovely.

The designer’s work has been featured in numerous books on design, magazines, and television programs, such as HGTV, Style, Fine Living Network, and E!  He has appeared in a documentary series on the BBC for the TLC Network.  His first book, Emotional Rooms, The Sensual Interiors of Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz is available in stores now.

You can find out more about

this talented interior designer

at his website:  BNO Design

The Eccentric Designs of Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of the generation. His extra-eccentric use of color and shape make his furniture and home accessories most unique.  Rashid has over 3,000 designs in production, has won over 300 awards for design and works in more than 35 countries.

He, himself, is a piece of work we think…

He calls his work “high-energy design to uplift the spirit.”  We are certainly uplifted here.

Consider any of these extreme furnishings as great additions to energize an otherwise dull living space.

Link: Karim Rashid

A Lovely City Escape

Suzanne Rheinstein is a Los Angeles based designer and proprietor of Hollyhock.  While always based on the west coast, Suzanne “for decades pined for a proper Manhattan apartment.”

“We adore our house in L.A.,” she says. “It’s very forgiving and full of wonderful family treasures. But for New York, I wanted something a little more city, a little more stylized. And I wanted the palette to be a little more calm.”

What we love: The Louis XVI mirror found at an auction with the 18th century French Provincial columns.  The iron beds by Hollyhock with cotton-silk canopies and curtains.  The Italian (left) and French side tables add interest.

Source: Elle Decor