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Fabulous Fixtures "Hanging Around" A Doha Patisserie!

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Yep, I'm back in the Middle East,
got here yesterday!!!

First stop Doha ........
with it's "accessorations supreme"!!!  

How divine are these chandeliers .....
spectacular French crystal fixtures, wrapped in
mirror-tinted plexi!!!!

They are probably Baccarat,
& most likely designed by Philippe Starck

Am I right ....
What do you think????

Oops, I'm wrong!!!! 
My friend Lebanese designer
tells me that they're from Mooi!!!
 Sorry ......

Brenda Antin's Treasure Trove of Fabulousity in LA!!!

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The very British Brenda Antin is the most divine, 
delightful,& delicious "shopkeeper" in LA
& her eponymous shop is fantastically fabulous, 
& a designer's "trade secret"!!!
 
The store is a unique blend of vintage & new ....
including a melange of French & English & Italian antique 
furniture, lamps, & accessories!!!
 
Plus Brenda's "own" stunning custom collection 
of linen (natural & over-dyed) upholstered furniture!!!
 
She has also created extraordinary wicker furniture 
that she manufactures in LA!!!
 
And there is also a stunning selection 
of bespoke pillows!!!
 
BUT, I am most in awe of her enormous collection 
of vintage textiles!!!
Traveling to France, England, & Italy, 
I'm sure Brenda & her husband Mike 
never met a piece of linen, toile, or ticking 
that they didn't ship back to LA!!!
 
In her upstairs loft, this "textile junkie" 
also has a secret trove of goodies
from around the world .....
including incredible indigos, India quilts, 
& Japanese silks!!!
 
Brenda is the ultimate "accessorator supreme" 
& a "must-meet" in LA!!!!
 
An old-fashioned kinda' girl,
Brenda has no website ...
but can be reached at

Venice Projects Features Pieke Bergmans in Miami!!!

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I am enthralled with the mission of 
providing international artists & designers
"with the opportunity to express 
their creativity in the glass."

Last week at Design Miami 
they presented a spectacular installation 
by Dutch designer Pieke Bergman.

METAMORPHIS is "an evocative collection 
of Venetian street lights ...
that come to life through Bergman's fantasy,
stretching out their iron bodies 
& their glass bulbs like living beings, 
when Venice  is asleep."

I have adored Pieke's work since seeing her
LIGHT BULB series in 2009, 
at both Dilmos Gallery, Milan
Gallery Fumi, London!!!

And I am hopeful that one of her "BULBS" 
will soon "light up my life"!!!

Nature Inspires Shapes, Textures, & Materials in Miami!

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              A major theme at Design/Miami 2012 is nature ....
& the work of these designers
are significant examples of this design trend!!!
 
Aren't these pieces fantastic ....
Guess which piece I'm hoping will surprise me 
& be under my Christmas tree!!!

Prouvé Structure & Furniture @ Downtown Galerie!!!

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What more I say,
I ADORE everything Prouvé!!!!

And I think, the most extraordinary collection 
of Prouvé's work is at 
Galerie Downtown in Paris!!!

Gallery owner François Laffanour
has again exhibited an incredible selection of work ...
furniture, fixtures, & this incredible "structure"
(see blog 12/1/11 for 2011 installation)

I am awed by everything .....
but I think the door is staggeringly beautiful!!!

I can't imagine what François has up his sleeve for 2013!!!