Iconic Designer, Vladimir Kagan

Jun 14

One of my favorite furniture designers I have loved for many years of my design career, legendary furniture designer, Vladimir Kagan, not only left behind timeless designs, but he also left behind friends and family who’s words gave us a true glimpse of what a loving person he was and how much they all appreciated him. Something like this is always such a nice discovery to make when I feel drawn to certain pieces of furniture. When I see the piece of furniture, I can also remember the person’s heart behind it.

Vladimir married Erica Wilson, a needlework teacher from The Royal School of London. Their marriage and creative union set them on a track to global success and they spent 56 years together traveling the world and raising their three children.

In 1948 Kagan opened his first shop in New York, where the his name quickly became synonymous with curving lines in sculpted wood and superior craftsmanship. By the 1950s he had become known for his organic, sculptural furniture made for clients like Marilyn Monroe.

Take a look at some of Kagan’s works featured over the years in the pages of Architectural Digest.

The New York Times said, “Vladimir Kagan is one of the most important furniture designers of the 20th century. Furniture designed by him in the forties, fifties and sixties have become icons of Modernity and an obligatory reference to every designer. He is the creative grandfather of a whole new generation of designers.”

For a full picture of Kagan’s impressive work, through his showrooms in France and Italy, and commissions for high-end interiors by some of the world’s leading architects and interior designers, get his book  The Complete Kagan: Vladimir Kagan, A Lifetime of Avant Garde Design.

Paloma Contreras: The Multi-Faceted Designer

Jun 7

One of my favorite designers I’m going to tell you about today, also shares the name of my second daughter, Paloma. Design blogger turned interior designer, Paloma Contreras, has accomplished just in the recent years of her design career, so many inspiring projects we can’t help but think, “How does she do it all?”

Paloma has been named to ELLE DECOR’s prestigious A-List for the second time this year. With the recent release of her book, a room in this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, a shop opened Paloma & Co., and her first home product collaboration just debuted at Williams Sonoma Home, her design dreams come to life in so many diverse ways.

Through Paloma’s many travels and a passion for things that are handmade and tell a story, a highly curated decor and design shop sprung to life. Paloma & Co. opened with partner Devon Liedtke in a charming restored 1930s bungalow in Upper Kirby. Designers and those who love design can pick up European antiques, original art by emerging Southern artists and even custom furnishings from Bunny Williams Home and Highland House.

You will find Paloma’s signature “modern meets traditional” style throughout the pages of this gorgeous design book, with practical tips. Dream Design Live is the culmination of everything I love about design and is filled with practical advice and never-before-seen photos from over a dozen homes.” – Paloma Contreras

You can purchase Paloma’s book on Amazon.com.

Paloma’s “Spring Awakening” study designed for the Kip’s Bay Show House, with a mix of antique furnishings and custom contemporary pieces, with a bold, jewel-toned palette inspired by the colors of spring.

It’s true that living a happy and fulfilled life starts at home. And it’s all the more reason to make it beautiful, comfortable, inspiring, and a reflection of our unique personalities. Paloma has mastered a polished, refined sensibility while bringing in her clients’ tastes, interests and lifestyles, each home personal to the owner.

Paloma has a modern take on traditional style and it’s always fun to see how she’ll bring in glamour and color to every project.

You can follow along with everything Paloma is creating through her design blog, La Dolce Vita, where her distinct eye for style comes through in every story – decorating ideas, fashion, travel, and beyond.