WARNING! A COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS IS ADVANCING…

One of the many ways we spend time as a family is to seek out culture and diversity in the beautiful City of Angels and the art scene is a burgeoning area of growth. As members of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), we have been looking forward to the new Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibit. We are huge fans of the Post-Impressionist and Expressionist artists and find much of our color inspiration from studying works of art from early 20th century Europe (Featured left, Vincent van Gogh, Oil on Canvas1889).

Thus, over this past weekend we visited LACMA for the Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibit. This installation chronicles the developments in modern art from artists in Germany as they traveled to Paris in the early 20th century. Below is a map of Germany and France which tells the story of how this French avant-garde art was being collected in Germany by private collectors who were less constrained than the museum directors at the time. Many of the new generation of Expressionist painters were moved by this new art.

 

The exhibition features “Post‑Impressionist, Fauvist, and Cubist paintings” including “Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay, and Paul Signac” and “the Expressionists, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabrielle Münter, and Franz Marc.” Many of these paintings are from the vast libraries of private collectors and are on loan to LACMA from major museums from the US, Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK. The exhibit boasts ninety paintings, 45 papered works and more than 40 artists and connects them over time as an “international movement in which artists responded with various aesthetic approaches to the work of modern masters.” Pictured below left, is Nude by Christian Rohlfs, an example of German expressionism influenced greatly by Van Gogh and the expressionist movement.

 

Very well-curated, the exhibit sought to emphasize not only the works of art themselves, but also, the criticisms the artists were up against (pictured above, right). The written critiques were presented, tongue and cheek, as wall art – pictured below – large text which read “WARNING! A COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS BY THE… OBSCURE PAINTER PAUL GAUGUIN…IS ADVANCING SLOWLY TOWARDS – BERLIN. FOLLOWING ON THE IDIOT VAN GOGH COMES NOW GAUGIN. – AN ART CRITIC WRITING IN THE MAGAZINE DIE KUNST-HALLE (1905). You know you’re shaking up the norm and making the establishment uncomfortable if critics hate it.

(LtoR) Apples and Biscuits by Paul Cezanne, 1895, Harlequin and Columbine by Heinrich Campendonk, Red Eiffel Tower by Robert Delaunay

 

US!

It is an amazing story curated through time and through the works of some of the most notable and famous artists. We had a blast!

Spring High Point Market 2019 Highlights

Just back from Spring High Point Furniture Market 2019 and We. Are. Amped!

Every season we look forward to High Point Market… but this year, it was extra special. Celebrating the launch of our new permanent showroom, IH602 was amazing! With a ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne to mark the momentous occasion, we were super excited and appreciative to all who celebrated with us. We’ve been showing in Interhall since 2010, wow! It’s nice to have IH602 to call home now, so our customers and fans can find us every market, yay!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, co-founders Khai & Tina celebrating, IH602

New styles and new looks are the draw at High Point market and we really try to bring it every time. This market, we added performance fabrics to our line up of new upholstery with 8 new colors of Ultrasuede and, new for us,- SUNBRELLA! No longer mostly for outdoor, Sunbrella is THE benchmark for indoor performance fabrics too. Check out our Pow! ottomans in Ultrasuede and Filip sofa in Sunbrella!

To keep the party going, here are the stars and highlights from #HPMKT High Point Market Spring 2019:

POW! OTTOMAN

Fun and versatile, Pow! is a series of accent ottomans that may be used as seats, tables or footrests. Available in a variety of new Ultrasuede® colors, Sunbrella® and over 200 different fabrics and leathers, the Pow! design suspends each cushioned surface in a dual-ring frame constructed of durable steel tubes finished in flat (matt) black. In addition to a wide range of cover options, several different sizes of the Pow! ottomans are available.

Pow! ottomans shown in new Ultrasuede colors 🙂

ElanR/007 sectional with Pow! ottomans, Budda rug

Pow! Style Spotted by Courtney McLeod! Thank you Courtney! @rightmeetsleftinteriordesign

 

Pow! new colors of Ultrasuede- Marigold, Nectarine, Raisin

Pow! Ultrasuede citron

COLOR INSPO

Fresh color is the call of spring.  New blooms abound and everything is just perky. Our color line up this market was just that. Principal designer, Tina Nicole felt inspired by cool and warm tones of oranges- mango, raisin, pinks and blues- Caribbean, lake, cerulean and, of course, her favorite- citron + hues in between this season. When yarns cross, you see gradients of pinks and taupes that help it all make sense for the interior decor. Whoa!

 

Chess chair

Gobi chair

Aerie (left), Dali (top), Chess (right)

JULIET COLLECTION

Juliet sits on three elegant and distinctive legs. Her curvy and sloping profile enfolds like the carriage of a 1930s coupe, making her the center piece of any room. She’s available with the arm on the left (as shown #0369) or the arm on the right (#0248) or with two arms (#0468), or in custom sizes.

Juliet (LAF) sofa striking a pose!

Juliet being adored by visitors IH602! <3

Juliet (LAF) sofa (3-legs)

Juliet (2-arm) sofa (3-legs)

Juliet chair in Ultrasuede

Juliet chair in Ultrasuede + SKLo glass sculpture!

RELAX CURVE SECTIONAL

Relax, a new modular sofa/sectional collection for hanging around and relaxing with family and friends. It’s tight seat tight back combination allows for a contemporary and tidy look. Just add a few accent pillows and you’re ready to chill. Relax can be customized.

Relax curve sectional (2-piece)

 

 

FILIP

New styles and new looks are the draw at High Point market and we really try to bring it every time. This market, we added SUNBRELLA! No longer mostly for outdoor, Sunbrella is perfect for indoor performance fabrics too. The new FILIP sofa was shown in Sunbrella Essential Spark, what a beauty!

Filip sofa shown in SUNBRELLA with new wood base and finish “light oak”

Sporting a crisp, contemporary silhouette, Filip features an updated mid-century modern-inspired look. Two versions are available — a tight back design with decorative tufting; and a two-over-two loose cushion design. Both designs sit on a stylish four-legged wood platform base. Options include two standard sizes (80 inches and 96 inches), a sectional configuration, and custom sizing is offered.

Filip sofa with tight back

Filip sofa 2 over 2

FENDER

A classic mid-century silhouette, our new Fender collection features handsome blind tufted cushions and floats on two beautifully sculptrued metal legs available in four finishes. Fender is perfect for swanky lofts, chic condos and high powered office decor.

Fender sofa shown in charcoal leather with flat black metal feet

Fender sofa shown in charcoal leather with flat black metal feet

OLIVER

A new angled wing bed, Oliver features three stacked layers of upholstery grouped into zones separated by coordinating wood, in a new darling walnut finish. The wings start wide at the bottom then delicately taper toward the top, enhancing the exotic, sculptural feeling of the bed. The “zones” are upholstered all the way around the outside back. Designers can get creative by selecting fabrics to create an ombre effect or use different contrasting colors for a splash of pop in the bedroom. Available in eleven wood finishes and over 250 fabrics, leathers, COM or COL. Can be ordered in eastern king, California king, queen, full or full XL sizes or custom sizes and heights.

Oliver bed with darling walnut wood finish, Niagara ottoman in Ultrasuede chartreuse with darling walnut wood finish, Z3 chair and Martini chair

 

Oliver bed queen complete bed

Oliver bed queen complete bed (back side)

JAGGER ARM CHAIR

Jagger arm chair in Ultrasuede citron, darling walnut wood finish

Jagger arm chair in Ultrasuede citron, darling walnut wood finish

A classic mid-century silhouette, our Jagger collection features handsome blind tufted cushions and gorgeous wood frame accentuating a stately square back. Order jagger with its matching ottoman for longtime lounging. Perfect for lofts and condo-living.

Jagger arm chair in Ultrasuede cobalt blue, darling walnut wood finish

NIAGARA

 

Niagara shown in Maharam Velvet Stripe with Ultrasuede chartreuse underneath, with wood panel in darling walnut

Niagara shown in Ultrasuede lake

Niagara shown in Ultrasuede chartreuse, with wood panel in darling walnut

Thank you to all who visited us at #HPMKT, we enjoy so much twice annually seeing our customers and having the opportunity to share and connect with the design community! Thank you also to @Ultrasuede_r, @Sunbrella and @SKLostudio for your partnership and for allowing us the use of your fine products in our showroom! Make sure to follow these fine companies!

And, thank you for reading our blog! We hope you enjoyed our content. To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please follow the hashtags #nathananthony, #lovenathananthony and #uphlstryart or connect with us directly on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram  and  Pinterest.

Custom Furniture – What’s Your Story?

Custom furniture, store-bought furniture, does your home tell your story?

Is your home just a crash-pad or a story-teller? Does your home convey your own style and personality, tell where you’ve been and what you’ve done? Home is a place full of endless memories told with photos, accessories, art collections and a decor that sets the vibe unique to you. So, how do you tell that story?

Custom Nathan Anthony “Bonn” sectional. Photo: Romero + Obeji Interior Design

Your furniture is like the lead characters in a play. It is usually the largest addition to the home and can carry the highest price tag. But, each piece plays a different role. Bold pieces, simple pieces, louder pieces, quieter pieces, hand-me-downs and antiques – they all shape the plot line and have a small part in shaping the entire story.

Where do you go to find the perfect characters for your tale? Custom furniture versus store-bought furniture, what’s the difference? There is a much wider selection and endless options with custom furniture. Upholstery is the best example. Store-bought upholstery is convenient and most stores carry styles in stock. You pay for it and take it home that same day. But, with store-bought upholstery, it’s likely that same sofa/chair/bed will also be in your neighbor’s home, especially if the local store is running a good sale. Your home will have a similar vibe to your neighbor’s (sad face). It’s like buying clothes at the local Target, yeah it’s great and convenient, but when you go to the football game, five people have the same shirt on! Buzz kill!

With custom upholstery, you’ll get to tell your story in your own way. You can select from lots of styles, fabrics, fills and finishes that are not readily available anywhere else. Because with custom upholstery, every piece is unique, especially at Nathan Anthony. A good example can be seen from the photo above. Designers at Romero + Obeji Interior Design selected a Nathan Anthony “Bonn” sectional, custom-sized it, changed the fills and selected white wood finish… the result- gorgeous and comfy! Best part, no one else has it! It’s a special process you go through when selecting styles, fabrics, fills and finishes all to your taste. Plus, upholstery that is custom made in Los Angeles, like Nathan Anthony’s, is well-built, uses the best material, tailored to perfection and long lasting.

Custom upholstered furniture may be slightly more expensive and take a little more time to make, but it’s totally worth it.  The ultimate luxury is to have something you personally select, made to order. And, it’s a unique story-telling tool that completes your home’s story.

Thank you for reading our blog! Please tell us, what story does your home tell?

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#1 Most Important Quality of an Interior Designer

Choosing a designer can be overwhelming. There are so many professionals out there with different design styles and portfolios that it’s hard to pick! Good news is, if you know your budget, your style and the type of interior designer you’re looking for, next step is to start the interviews. Apart from confirming they have the necessary designer credentials, make sure to ask ALL the right questions in that first consultation:

  • Does the designer have a reputable portfolio?
  • What suppliers do they work with?
  • What is the typical time frame for projects?
  • How will they bring your vision to life?
  • Do they have references?
  • Fees? (of course)

 

Above all else, here at Nathan Anthony we believe the #1 most important quality of an interior designer is

DO THEY LISTEN?

A successful consultation comes down to one thing: does he/she take the time to listen to you? Yes, there are other top things to consider like communication style and personality. However, listening to you, the client, is THE most important thing and here’s why: if they don’t listen to you, they will not be able to deliver what you want. Many times, professionals do a lot of the talking and not much listening. Naturally, they are trying to sell you on their services. But, they also have to ditch the chatter and hear what you are telling them about yourself and your home. Observe them to determine if they are asking YOU questions. A successful design professional should be taking notes and asking you things, not just about the space, but about your concerns, dreams, needs and budget. When choosing an interior designer, pay close attention to how much attention she/he is paying to you and your property.

Thank you for reading our blog! We hope you enjoyed our blog. To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please follow the hashtags #lovenathananthony and #uphlstryart, or connect with us directly on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram  and  Pinterest and let us know how you love Nathan Anthony! 🙂

We Say Wowza! High Point Market 2018

We say Wowza! This fall’s High Point Furniture Market #HPMKT had some serious spark, not only to what’s trending, but also, to what’s forecasted for 2019. Excitement was in the air. Check out our photo gallery and feel the #lovenathananthony and our #uphlstryart vibe, where subtle neon yellows and pinks, delight your eyes on furniture shapes you’ll love! Playful plaids and dancing welts are among some of the unique and sophisticated textile applications Nathan Anthony is known for… enjoy!

Nathan Anthony Interhall IH102

Sistine daybed

Z-3 chair

Show favorite, the Chess swivel chair

Martini, Emelie, Caffe dining chairs

Destino lounge

Korz chair, Ghedi sectional (blue), Elan bed

Elan angle sectional

Elan angle sectional

Elan bed with side panels and side tables, Elan bench ottoman

Minx wing sofa in plaid, Z-3 chair, Elan/S limited ed

Bonn sofa, Tetra tables, Roxx rugs

Our award winning designer Tina Nicole speaking with market editors

 

Our award winning designer Tina Nicole speaking with market editors

Romeo sofa and our award winning designer Tina Nicole with market editors

Our award winning designer Tina Nicole speaking with market editors

Our award winning designers Tina Nicole & Khai Mai with Jeanne Chung of @CozyStylishChic

 

Our award winning designer Tina Nicole with the press

Our award winning designer Tina Nicole with the press

Customers “Import Temptations” Canada enjoying our Sistine daybed

High Point Market is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, with over 10 million square feet by roughly 2000 exhibitors throughout about 180 buildings. The market holds two major shows each year, one in April and another in October. There are around 70,000-80,000 attendees from over 100 countries. We enjoyed meeting designer Jeanne Chung of @CozyStylishChic and the first-time visiting designers on her tour of High Point Market. We were so grateful to be on her tour!

Jeanne Chung of @CozyStylishChic and her tour, comprised of 15 designers

Jeanne Chung of @CozyStylishChic and her tour, comprised of 15 designers

We gave out our new #Uphlstryart t-shirts to designer/visitors on the @CozyStylishChic tour

 

 

 

Romeo sofa, Popsicle & Prosecco event hosted by LUXE Magazine!

Popsicles & Prosecco Event hosted by LUXE. Magazine!!

Aerie chair, Z-3, Elan/S Limited ed., Chess, Dali chair, Minx wing sofa

Thank you to all who visited us at #HPMKT! And, thank you for reading our blog! We hope you enjoyed our content. To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please follow the hashtags #lovenathananthony and #uphlstryart or connect with us directly on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram  and  Pinterest.

7 Color Trends We’re Loving for Fall

Savile row plaids, hot pink, neon yellows? What? … Fall is here with SASS and we are thrilled!

New York Fashion week and Paris Fashion Week is always a fun time for us. We check out the designs, colors and patterns of the season and try to relay that in some way on furniture. Not an easy task! The furniture trend season is much longer than fashion, about two years. People don’t change their furniture as often as their handbags or shoes.  That time is shortening with social media and access to images/trends in real time. Nathan Anthony, is the go-to for staying fashionable with upholstery trends. Here are some colors that graced the runway this season, which can also be found on our custom couture designs.

Source: Elle.com

As a fun way to celebrate the season, here are some of our designs draped in the colors we expect to be popular this fall:

PLAIDS

Add swagger to your decor, our award-winning Minx Wing sofa in diagonal plaid!

YELLOWS

Bold and not for the faint at heart, bright and crisp- our Bonn sofa in white with citron Ultrasuede, Chess chair, Dali chair – oh yeah!

DEEP REDS

Award-winning Minx Wing sofa in ruby red mohair, yum!

OLIVE/GREEN

Elan settee shown in a contemporary green velvet

ORANGES & HOT PINKS

Gobi chair in orange cotton

Tetra tables in Ultrasuede pink ribbon and hot pink

PURPLES

Cielo Lounge in Ultrasuede amethyst

NEUTRALS

Rock star neutrals- photo: Interiors By Steven G. featuring our ROCCO sectional

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A Chic, Contemporary Mountain Retreat Using Pods

From time to time we come across a blog that is both fantastic and features us! Here is a blog by Tahoe Quarterly about a thoughtfully designed, mountain home renovation, using Pods and featuring our Model 41 sectional, enjoy!

Perfection By Pods – Tahoe Quarterly

Written by Sylas Wright

MODERN AND TRADITIONAL STYLES BLEND IN THIS THOUGHTFULLY DESIGNED MOUNTAIN HOME

The Grass family simply outgrew their first Martis Camp home. With prowess gleaned from the experience, the Bay Area couple embarked on their next project with valuable building savvy and a honed vision of their ideal mountain digs.

“It was a great house, but our needs just changed,” says Josh Grass, explaining why he and his wife, Anne, decided to build a different home within Martis Camp.

“I started to need a dedicated office, which [the first home] lacked, and more garage space. We also liked the more private, larger and expensive lot that we have now, but we did not feel comfortable with that purchase when Martis Camp was less established and when a second home in Truckee was feeling like more of an experiment for us.”

Upon settling into their new home after its June 2017 completion, the Grasses are delighted with their decision to build anew.

THE HOME BOASTS EXPANSIVE OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES, INCLUDING A PATIO AREA SHELTERED BY A LARGE FLAT ROOF, PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

The couple began by assembling a team. After interviewing multiple firms, they hired Truckee-based builder Glennwood Mountain Homes, Truckee’s Kelly & Stone Architects (KSA) and, in an unconventional move, an interior designer with another architecture firm—Annie MacFadyen of Truckee’s Ryan Group Architects.

“It was a bit of an odd situation working with designers from different architecture firms, but the project went very, very well with Annie and KSA together,” says Glennwood president Chris Abel, who served as the project manager. “We were able to put a team together that produced that house, which I think came out absolutely fantastic.”

Among the initial goals, the owners wanted the home tucked away from the road, nestled on the back end of the forested, 2.5-acre lot. The living spaces would face south, where a clearing in the trees opened views to Northstar’s Lookout Mountain.

KSA’s Ryan Marsden and Keith Kelly took the lead on the design. Working closely with the owners, they came up with a “pod concept” to separate the more private quarters and utility areas from the main spaces, one of which is an oversized three-car garage designed to house an assortment of outdoor toys—off-road vehicles, mountain bikes, kayaks, paddleboards and other various gear. Additional pods include the public space (great room, kitchen, dining) in the center of the home, the master suite, which is set at an angle to provide additional privacy, and a junior master bedroom. All the pods are linked by glass-lined bridge connectors.

“Ryan is kind of a master,” says Grass. “It’s very interesting working with him in the conceptual design phase, when you’re on Skype with him sharing a screen, and he just starts flipping things all over the place. You’re like, ‘Wait a minute, how did he do that?’ So that was pretty cool. Ryan and Keith had a really good feel for the aesthetic we had in mind. We really enjoyed the architectural design process.”

Some couples are perfectly aligned in their aesthetic preferences. The Grasses are not among them, with Anne leaning toward contemporary materials and Josh a more traditional mountain look.

And yet, with the assistance of the designers, they managed to meld their differences into a successful fusion of styles, which is evident throughout the exterior and interior finishes.

THE KITCHEN BLENDS CONTEMPORARY AND TRADITIONAL MATERIALS AND FEATURES A WEILAND PASS-THROUGH WINDOW TO A COVERED OUTDOOR SPACE, PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

“They had differing opinions at many crossroads,” says MacFadyen, “and I would catch what I felt were the important things to make the call and move forward with a little bit of what Anne wanted and a little bit of what Josh wanted. This is common, and it’s fun.”

The blending of styles is immediately apparent as one pulls into the front auto court, which loops around a landscaped, boulder-rimmed raised planter built around a large Jeffrey pine—a touch that softens the feel of the approach, Marsden explains.

The home’s exterior is clad in a clean and contemporary clear cedar siding, which received a gray stain to give it a more traditional vernacular. Pre-weathered corrugated metal accents the wood siding, which is set off by bold lines of jet-black steel—“like putting on a black belt and black shoes to complement a sharp gray suit,” Marsden quips. Grayish sandstone sawn by Reno’s Eric Schwedt Stone & Masonry adds another material to the mix.

An oversized door of stainless steel and black-stained alder ushers guests into the soaring great room, which slopes gently from 17 feet overhead to 19 feet over the mostly glass wall opposite the entry. A large black I-beam runs the length of the room. The beam was designed not only to split the great-room spaces visually, but also to bring the exterior materials inside and provide crucial structural support for a portion of the upper floor and roof.

A LARGE BLACK I-BEAM RUNS THE LENGTH OF THE GREAT ROOM, SPLITTING THE LIVING ROOM FROM THE KITCHEN AND DINING AREAS WHILE PROVIDING CRUCIAL STRUCTURAL SUPPORT FOR A PORTION OF THE UPPER FLOOR AND ROOF. A GIANT NATHAN ANTHONY SECTIONAL COUCH HELPS DEFINE THE SPACE, PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

“That is a dramatic element, and we are happy with how it turned out,” says Grass. “It was a big choice whether to put in a post or a beam. Something has to hold up that corner of the second floor, and you have two choices, unless you want to go with an insanely expensive cantilever sort of option. So we chose the beam, because a post in the middle of that room would feel intrusive to the flow.”

On the living room side of the I-beam, a black metal-paneled fireplace towers over a giant Nathan Anthony sectional couch. The exterior materials repeat here, with the fireplace flanked on one side by the gray-stained cedar and on the other by the gray sandstone that is interspersed throughout the home.

Left of the beam from the main entry, the dining space is defined by a custom walnut table and pendant light running parallel to a glass Andersen slider door. A covered outdoor fire pit and seating area beckons from just beyond the glass. Past the dining room, the kitchen breaks up the vaulted space under a lower section of ceiling.

AN ASYMMETRICAL FIREPLACE DESIGNED BY KSA TOWERS OVER THE GREAT ROOM, PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

Modern and traditional materials blend throughout this grand public space. Metal and rock mix with bright white Caesarstone kitchen countertops and walls, which reside harmoniously amid richly grained hickory wood floors by Truckee’s Bassett Flooring, dark walnut cabinetry from S&S Millworks and lighter hemlock ceilings from Caseywood Corporation. It’s another testament to the owners’ merging of tastes.

“I didn’t want it to feel like a beach house in Malibu; I wanted to keep some of the warmer wood elements,” says Grass, who argued against his wife’s preference for concrete floors. “I think we found a happy medium where it doesn’t feel like a beach house, but it has some really clean, cool lines to it. We figured out how to find the right balance there.”

While the fireplace takes center stage in the living room, a custom floating staircase on the far side of the great room is the focal point of the interior. The stairs, designed by the KSA team, express each of the main materials used in the home—wood in the form of hefty PSL block treads, steel in the stringers and grip rails, and glass railings. The staircase is set off by an adjoining wall of the sawn sandstone.

BEYOND THE DINING AREA IN THE GREAT ROOM, A CUSTOM STAIRCASE DESIGNED BY KSA SERVES AS THE FOCAL POINT OF THE INTERIOR, PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

The upstairs houses two south-facing bedrooms with stellar views to Northstar, including a bunk room accessed by one of the home’s glass-lined bridges, as well as a multi-function art/media/play room. Another glass connector leads from the garage to the public space, off of which are a laundry room and separate mudroom with lockers and a bench. The front auto court, great room and the glass bridge leading to the master suite are all in clear view as one walks down the windowed corridor from the garage.

“I think the bridge connector language was really successful,” Marsden says. “As you circulate from one spot of the house to another, you pass these transparent bridge elements everywhere you go. Not only does that bring light into those hallways and transparency, but it creates visual cues that one is transitioning from public to private spaces, and vice versa.”

The owners and their team agree that the master suite is among the prize areas of the home.

Linked by a glass bridge from the great room, the master pod is shifted westward, away from the extensive outdoor living spaces in back of the home and toward a densely forested portion of the lot. A door along the passage leads to a covered outdoor nook and hot tub on the back patio. A powder room is located just inside the door. The end of the hall swings left into the master bedroom or right into an office, which includes a Murphy bed that folds out of the wall and its own door out to the front auto court.

“One of Josh’s goals with the master suite was having his office close by, so we made that part of the master pod on the north side to help buffer the master from the auto court and give it some privacy,” says Marsden. “But what’s also nice is he has a door out to the auto court. That way, if he needed to get to the garage quickly or had people coming over for a meeting, he has easy access.”

The master bedroom does not eat up a ton of square footage. It is lofty, however. And while a strip of windows high on the south wall lets in natural light during the day (similar to the high living room windows), the upper portion of the room would remain dark at night if not for MacFadyen. To counteract the dark void, MacFadyen suggested placing lights facing upward above the master bed (as well as in the living room) that splash light onto the ceiling.

“That was something where the owner wasn’t convinced. I encouraged them to trust me,” MacFadyen says. “We were all glad we did it, because it really lightens up that ceiling.”

A COVERED PATIO STEPS DOWN TO A CIRCULAR STONE TERRACE AND FIRE PIT BORDERED BY LANDSCAPING FROM TRUCKEE’S ROCK & ROSE, INC., PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

While the entire design and build was a success, the owners and their team perhaps rave most about the outdoor living areas off the back of the home.

“We really liked the back of that lot and we saw a huge potential for a covered outdoor sitting area, which we kind of missed on our first house,” says Grass. “We felt like we needed a big outdoor area that was covered, because in the summer the sun is so intense at 6,000 feet, and then if it’s snowing out, you’re always having to clean it off. So we really enjoy that part of the house.”

Off the living room, a wall of Weiland lift-and-slide doors open to a sprawling stone patio.

To the right is the covered hot tub nook, and beyond that a separate covered seating area off the master bedroom. To the left, a massive flat roof shelters the main outdoor living quarters, which includes a barbecue, counter and nearby dining table, as well as additional seating in front of a substantial ledgestone fireplace surround. Ceiling heaters help ensure comfort year-round. The space also features a large Weiland pass-through window from the kitchen, adding convenience to the outdoor cooking and dining experience.

The patio steps down to a circular stone terrace and fire pit bordered by landscaping from Truckee’s Rock & Rose, Inc. Beyond the fire pit, the lot spills out to a clearing that merges with a maze of manzanitas, pines and firs—the views to Northstar ever present through the treetops.

“Everyone did a nice job on the house,” says Grass. “It’s a lot about how the details are managed to pull it off. There’s nothing worse than having a great vision and design only to have the execution fall short.”

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Our Top 15 Instagram Posts for 2018

Finding inspiration everywhere is just what we do… this includes deep in the pages and hashtags of Instagram. So, we like to share what our top posts have been halfway through the year, to see what’s trending and what our fans are liking. Check these out and let us know what you think!

 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BgpA8MFBurT

 

 

 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BgzLKvPBSvc

 

 

 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi0bukzBig8

 

 

 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BixhqFtBYiI

 

 

 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BjHTPFWh3MQ

 

 

 

 

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3 Take-Aways From Spring High Point Market 2018

Back in Los Angeles and ready to share our favorite moments from High Point Market. It’s most fun to see our customers and connect with industry friends and colleagues while we present our newest designs. This year, we focused on showing off our upholstery skills and really telling the world about our craft we call “upholstery art.” By far the star of the show was our new Chablis collection… Here are two instagram live videos taken from the showroom.

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We find the best blogs are “tips and tricks” of the trade. So, we want to present three take-aways from the market. Knowing these will certainly help boost awareness of your work and help you stand out as an interior design professional.

1. CHAIRS

The chair is perhaps the most important piece of furniture. It is the finishing touch of personality, or that extra pop of color or shape that completes a room. Buyers will come by our showroom at market just to see what chairs we are bringing, or how we are changing up our “covers” on a chair.

Cruise- takes inspiration from the yachting lifestyle. Expressing contemporary style with a modern twist, the Cruise chair features an extra-wide cantilevered seat; supple, rounded body; and delicately curved wood base, constructed in three distinct sections for added drama. Featured: Trend Watch “She-suite” display, cover: Ultrasuede sunset

Chablis- a stylish, barrel-shaped swivel chair with Arabesque-inspired large ornamental quilting that sweeps across the entire back in a rhythmic pattern.

Dali chair, 2017 International Product Design award winner

Chelle swivel, curved channels cascade down the back, accented by scalloped upholstered plinth

Aerie swivel, nominated for 2018 International Product Design award

Korz- a V-shaped steel frame supports floating chair chassis shown in cover: Doe/s white

Emelie chair, Tetra table

2. 360° CRAFTSMANSHIP

Dubbed the “craftsman movement,” today buyers want furniture with stand out features, beautiful from all angles. History, craft and evolution of the design makes the piece relevant… telling the story about the inspiration and journey of making furniture. Use technology to tell the story, whether it’s with video, animation or sketching. Each piece we design is a sculpture. Every angle says something special, something beautiful.

Chablis- a 43″ deep sofa featuring Arabesque-inspired large ornamental quilting that sweeps across the entire back in a rhythmic patternt, accented by contoured, scalloped and quilted arms, and a scalloped wood plinth which matches the exits of each decorative shape. The plinth base is available in 9 wood finishes.

Chablis sofa back view

Kasbah- a barrel-shaped swivel chair with a comfortable, socializing silhouette. Also designed to float in a room, Kasbah features a quilted outside back treatment with a rhythmic, arabesque-type pattern.

(Left to Right) Pastel grouping- Chablis swivel, Chelle swivel, Chablis sofa, dining chairs (rear)

Grace bed

Chablis swivel, beautiful Arabesque quilting all around

Cruise chair, beautiful sculptural shape and 3 sectioned base

3. COLOR

Choice of color has a tremendous effect on furniture buyers. We’ve never seen how powerful purple can be. Our standout model was CIELO covered in Ultrasuede amethyst. Buyers went crazy for it, posting things like #fortheloveofpurple. Maybe it’s because Ultraviolet is Pantone’s color of the year, but this piece in that cover was electrifying.

ULTRAVIOLET

Cielo lounge system

Cielo lounge system

Dali chair, 2017 International Product Design award winner in lavender leather with wine color leather petals

Cielo lounge system, Origami poufs

Origami poufs in Ultrasuede amethyst with orchid welt

PASTELS

Soft hues evoke a serene feeling. Buyers are seeking out these schemes for the interior as they are au courant in fashion.

Chablis sofa

Dali chair, lavender leather with wine leather petals

(Left to Right) Chablis swivel, Chelle swivel, Chablis sofa

Grace bed

Elan angle, Tetra tables

NEUTRALS

Neutral colors are always the best solution for large pieces in the room like sofas or sectionals. But, you can have fun and brighten them up with pops of color. Try to use fresh hues like some of our favorites: Ultrasuede hot pink or wine’ n roses.

Sabine 007 in Ultrasuede cadet gray, Tetra tables in Ultrasuede hot pink

Elan/R007 angle left arm facing sofa, Elan/R007 ottoman, Elan/R007 corner, Tetra tables

Minx wing sofa, 2017 International Product Design award winner, Ultrasuede orchid and amethyst

Cruise chair, Trend Watch “She-suite” display, cover: Ultrasuede sunset

THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!

We would like to say thank you to everyone who stopped by our showroom! Also, thank you to all who mentioned us in their blogs, seminars, social media. It was a pleasure meeting you!

@JeffreyDesigner@DeborahMain @TKPleslie @Archdigest, @Luxemagazine @Traditionalhome @Bridgefordesign @UltrasuedeInt @FurnitureToday @LightingDecormag @DesignersToday @Triadbusinessjournal

Greg from Haptor Barrett Los Angeles, CA, Tina Nicole and Khai Mai

John Strauss and Carisa Marie of CMJS Creativ, Tina Nicole and Khai Mai

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Lounging at Design Bloggers Conference #dbcla2018

Earlier this month at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, we had the distinct pleasure of partnering with performance fabric leader Ultrasuede® in our first Design Bloggers Conference. The Design Bloggers Conference specifically focuses on the interests of interior design bloggers, interior designers using content to build their businesses and personal brands, brands leveraging the web and blogger networks, and any design professional seeking to learn more about using social and other digital content for branding, connecting, or e-commerce. Here are the fun highlights from contributor Leslie Newby of Work the Brand.

Minx wing sofa in Ultrasuede orchid, Origami pouf in Ultrasuede sunset, Cruise chair in Ultrasuede sunset, Tetra 02-20 tables ottomans

Cielo lounge in Ultrasuede amethyst

Knowing conference attendees would need a break from all that learning, Design Bloggers Conference invited award-winning product designer Tina Nicole, known as “Chief Risk-taker” at Nathan Anthony®, who collaborated with Ultrasuede® to create a chic lounge area.

 

Tina’s color story for the lounge was off-the-charts fun, making the #nafurnitureXultrasuede collaboration really pop, especially when paired with the stylish crowd, like Jana Platina-Phipps of Trim Queen.

GREAT TO SEE YOU THERE

The best part of the conference was meeting new and familiar faces from the design industry.

 

Helen Brier of Ultrasuede® and Tina Nicole of Nathan Anthony® enjoyed meeting and learning the amazing international success story of Elaina and Susanna (sisters) from Design 4 Corners. Hope to see you again soon ladies!

 

We asked Heather Redding of Towne & Main Interiors why she attended, and this go-getter and founder of the Texas-based residential and commercial interior design firm said it was to adopt new tools she needs for growing her business. We wish you every success, Heather!

 

And how could we resist snapping a photo of the lovely Sara Noble from Noble Designs. She not only flew in from Kansas and possibly had the best-looking marketing materials, but her chic wardrobe was also perfectly color-coordinated with the lounge – especially Nathan Anthony’s Cruise chair, covered in Ultrasuede HP color Sunset.

 

Design legend, bon vivant and longtime friend to the Ultrasuede® brand, Jamie Drake of Drake/Anderson in NYC was the opening night’s keynote speaker. It happened to be the same evening as the Academy Awards, so of course Jamie had to pay tribute with the most awesome, Oscar-worthy jacket.

 

TALKING SHOP

Recording the 200th episode of his business-focused podcast The Chaise Lounge from the conference, intrepid host Nick May found our space to be the perfect setting to capture the musings of several industry movers and shakers. Don’t miss his onsite interviews, including with designers Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason of Aphrochic, artist Aviva Stanoff, with Caroline Hipple, president of Norwalk Furniture, Recipe for Press author Amy Flurry, and of course Tina Nicole (above).

 

CHEERS!

We’re happy to report the winner of the #nafurnitureXultrasuede giveaway  – eligible to customize a Nathan Anthony Origami pouf in any of 97 Ultrasuede HP colors –  is Jeanne Chung, talented founder of the Cozy Stylish Chic blog, interior design firm and home furnishings retail store in Pasadena’s burgeoning design district.

Origami poufs in Ultrasuede pink ribbon, welt in Ultrasuede sunset

 

That’s a fitting wrap to a fun collaboration, along with a toast to future opportunities for working together. Especially when there are no worries if the wine spills.

ABOUT THE BRANDS

Interior designers ask for Nathan Anthony® and Ultrasuede® by name, because they count on both brands to deliver consistent top quality product. When paired together it’s a match made in Heaven.

To learn more about the Beautiful Possibilities of Ultrasuede® on Nathan Anthony furniture, please request a complimentary brochure and swatches by writing Helen Brier, Sales and Marketing Manager, [email protected]

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Contributing photo credits: Leslie Newby, WorkTheBrand

Custom versus Customized Furniture… What’s the Diff?

Custom furniture versus customized furniture. What’s the difference?

We hear these terms at our favorite furniture stores, in advertising and promotions all the time. It’s supposed to be something cool, something that makes our furniture special or stand out from the rest. But, it’s confusing and we have to wait a long time for it. So, what does this all really mean?

There are distinct differences between custom furniture and customized furniture. And, it all depends on what you want and what you’re trying to achieve for your client (or yourself teehee). Reading below will help to clarify what it means to get custom vs. customized furniture and what to expect.

Custom furniture is when a designer pitches a design to a furniture manufacturer and, if accepted, the furniture manufacturer produces that design. The furniture piece is not something the manufacturer already makes. This would be a new product for the manufacturer.

Example: Jill Designer is working on a remodel for a client. Jill finds a photo of a sofa or sketches a sofa design for a client (we’ll call the sofa “Haley”). Jill’s client loves it. Jill has to find someone to make it. Jill pitches the “Haley” sofa to Annie Furniture Manufacturing (AFM). AFM accepts and produces the “Haley” sofa. The “Haley” sofa is not something AFM already makes. This would be a custom sofa.

Hi, I’m Jill Designer looking for someone to make a special sofa for my client!

Custom furniture can be time consuming and very costly depending on the sophistication of the design and the capacity of the furniture manufacturer. First sizing, trims, accents and cushioning have to be considered. Second, a prototype must be made. Once a prototype is made, there are many rounds of adjustments. For sure there will be several visitations by the designer to the factory just to perfect the furniture piece. This process could take up to 4 to 6 months or more!

Customized furniture is when dimensions are changed or some part of the design is changed on an existing piece by a manufacturer. This is what we do at Nathan Anthony!

Example: Jill Designer looks at Nathan Anthony Furniture’s catalog and sees the Marlborough 90″ wide sofa. Jill feels this will be perfect in her client’s home. Jill wants the Marlborough made by Nathan Anthony Furniture, but it’s too small for her client’s needs. Jill needs the Marlborough to be 120” wide instead. Jill will work with Nathan Anthony Furniture to order the Marlborough in a custom size for her client. The production time will usually take up to 6 to 8 weeks. Here are some examples of customizations from our collections:

Nathan Anthony’s Marlborough sofa designed to be 90″ wide, with 2 seat cushions

Nathan Anthony’s Marlborough sofa customized to be 120″ wide, adding center leg for support and a third cushion

For the designer, customized furniture is less time-consuming and less-costly than custom furniture generally. Prototypes are not needed and visitations from the designer are non-existent. However, when you change an existing design, there are many hoops a manufacturer has to jump through to get the new specifications correct.

Examples: a new pattern needs to be made for the framing department, the cutting department, and the sewing department. Also, there is an added cost to ordering special-sized components, i.e., cushion fills (foam, fiber, down/feather). Ordering special size components depends on lead times of the manufacturer’s vendors. Artisans will have to slow down and hand-hold the order through the manufacturing process.

These are just some of the reasons customized furniture takes less long than non-customized furniture, generally 6 to 8 weeks.

Customized furniture does not only mean changing dimensions, but it can also mean changing the styling, i.e., adding or removing nailheads, adding or removing welt, changing feet or base types, etc. One example can be found on our Whisper chair. Whisper is designed with a cutout back framed with beautiful wood trim. A client wanted a more contemporary look. The designer ordered the Whisper chair without the wood trim around the cutout back. Both styles are beautiful, but different.

Nathan Anthony’s Whisper chair, designed with cutout back lines with wood trim

Nathan Anthony’s Whisper chair customized to exclude wood trim cutout on the outside back

Thank you for reading! We hope you found this blog helpful. If you have any questions, contact us. To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please connect with us on FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

A Match Made in Heaven at the Design Bloggers Conference 2018 + a Giveaway!

Exciting things are happening here at Nathan Anthony and we can’t wait to share them with you! For the first time ever, we will be teaming up with Ultrasuede® to create an insta-lounge at this year’s Design Bloggers Conference held at the Beverly Hills Hilton, March 4-6, 2018. Here we will outfit the lounge area with our latest silhouettes covered in luxurious high-performance Ultrasuede covers, indeed, it will be a match made in heaven!

 

The Design Bloggers Conference is the only conference specifically focused on bringing in speakers to discuss the interests of interior design bloggers, interior designers using content to build their businesses and personal brands, brands leveraging the web and blogger networks and any design professional seeking to learn more about using social and other digital content for branding, connecting, or ecommerce.

Always an exciting agenda, attendees get to hear from superstar keynotes like this year’s Miles Redd, Jamie Drake, Michelle Workman, Mat Sanders and one more yet to be announced star. Leading speakers on affiliate marketing, paid acquisition on Instagram and Pinterest, designer/photographer collaboration, ways to make Houzz transformative, strategies for using social media to get the attention of design broadcast networks like HGTV, SEO secrets for small businesses, creating multiple digital revenue streams, how to plan for publishing a book or securing your own line, social media etiquette, converting Instagram communities to clients, trends and new opportunities in traditional design media, online influencer marketing, cause marketing, design blogging 101, and millennial marketing will take the stage. Hours of networking, sponsor interaction, and after-parties round out the experience.

While at the event, stop by for a social media break or to catch up with new and old friends in our chic seating insta-lounge. Capture yourself in the moment while snapping a selfie and use the hashtag #nafurnitureXultrasuede. And don’t forget to have your badge scanned to register for an exclusive furniture giveaway – our Origami ottoman covered in an Ultrasuede color of your choice!

Origami ottoman

Giveaway details: All conference attendees are eligible with DBC badge scanned in the lounge area; no purchase necessary. The winner will be selected randomly during a Facebook Live event hosted by us, within 7 business days. The winner will be notified via email to request our Origami ottoman covered in any Ultrasuede® HP color. The item, a $1300 retail value, will be produced to order and shipped directly from the Los Angeles factory at no expense to the winner.

Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, contact us! To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please connect with us on FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

Hello Ultra Violet 2018, Nice to Meet You, Why Do I Love You?

It is true we have feelings of love or hate for certain colors in the color spectrum. Ask any kid, what’s your favorite color? Our’s is purple (this year :)). It changes, of course, as the years go by. And, so does Pantone’s favorite color each year. Indeed, Pantone sets out color experts yearly in search of color signals in food, cars, cosmetics, clothes, music housewares, entertainment and more. To some’s surprise, 2018’s color was announced as… Ultra Violet 18-3838. Love it? Hate it? It can be an overbearing  and strong purple hue. However, the true meaning behind it all is quite enlightening. Pantone describes Ultra Violet as a “provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that embodies individuality and spirituality. According to the company, it alludes to the mysteries of the cosmos and the unknown.

 

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” – Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

“It’s also the most complex of all colors,” Eisman continues, “because it takes two shades that are seemingly diametrically opposed — blue and red — and brings them together to create something new.”

Ultra Violet, while being complex and bright in nature, speaks originality and creativity. It is found in the cosmos, the wellness movement and was a favorite color of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who wore a purple cape to inspire his creativity. Ditto Wagner, would surround himself with purple when he was composing and of course, Ultra Violet is commonly known to surround the popular entertainer, Prince. Ultra Violet takes us back in history as well as inspires us to reach and explore the unknown.

Here at Nathan Anthony, we love purple and all variations- from amethyst to red to blush to indigo (not in that order). We are influenced by the yearly choice of Pantone’s as we know the importance of color and how it affects the buying habits of consumers. It gives us an idea of where trends are going and what we’re going to see in the coming year. We’ll see Ultra Violet showing up in products like lighting, furniture, textiles, paint, wall coverings, rugs and accessories. All this affects merchandising and display decisions for resellers and ultimately what consumers will want.

Last year, Pantone named Greenery as 2017 color of year, saying the color inspired new beginnings. It inspired us to talk about how you can transform your home with house plants and the vibe it brings to your space. We are interested to see whether consumers embrace this year’s Ultra Violet phenomenon as purple tends to be a divisive color. Those who love it, love it proudly; those who hate it are equally passionate. Incorporating such a shade into home design may not be for everyone.

Gio Ponti chairs

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” added Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”

While the deeper meaning behind ultraviolet is a “provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that embodies individuality and spirituality, we love 2018’s Ultra Violet because it makes us feel relaxed, lovey-dovey and romantic.

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Top Design Trends To Watch For in 2018

We looooooooove when the new year rolls around…Happy 2018 everyone! As creative people and designers of furniture, we have an insatiable need for newness and things that grab our attention. Like the Cookie Monster does cookies, we gobble up new ideas. It’s important to get out of the office and away from your regular routine to get a fresh perspective. Check out the runways, street markets, couture shops, museums, architecture, concerts and more, not only in your local cities, but all over the world! There are so many treasures to find in the simplest of places to the most extraordinary spaces. As 2018 kicks off, take a look at our predictions on what will influence the art of the home and interior design projects for the coming year.

Our trend-spotting trips to Europe and other locales have been fruitful and invigorating. With stops in Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, London and Milan, we spotted colors, patterns, shapes and textiles that are currently shaping design aesthetic and home interiors in Europe and the world. But we didn’t stop there, we also hit haute spots in Singapore and Japan!

Topping the list are trends we call “Artisanal Touches.” These are elements in the design that show the presence of the artist or artisan and give the object soul. An imperfectly round ceramic bowl shows a richness, proof of the claymaker’s sculpting hands. Likewise, as with our award winning Dali chair, the petals of leather on the outside back are imperfectly oval. These leather petals are cut by hand and when sewn across intersecting lines tend to fall as they wish, taking on a personality of their own. This adds to the beauty of a Dali chair made just for you in leathers of your choosing. Such products are made with care and concern for beauty, something a machine just cannot do.

Dali

Claymaking

Guaxs Objects

In Paris and Singapore, we’ve seen millennial pink capture the heart of both the cities. In both fashion and home-décor, top fashion houses have elevated the color scheme and applied it in a number of new and creative ways. The prominent colors in everything from dress fabrics to accessories are white with black mixed with pastel hues and jewel tones.

We also see the desire for products that push the edge, bringing unique artisanal techniques like ruffles, special stitching, feathers, gathering fabric or ruching on materials that haven’t been used in this way before, especially on upholstery. It’s mixing dressy with casual, haute silk ruffles and feathers with casual tube socks in heels… and the tubesocks don’t have to match!

Prada, ruffles, tube socks, feathers, pink

Our signature pieces with leather ruffles, ruching, special stitching

Fendi – fur, tube socks, ruffles, ruching, pink

Our Jolie chair, ruffled leather, fur pillow

Louis Vuitton, the maters series – art, jewel tones, pink

It was a very inspirational year. There is a growing aesthetic of Openness. Indeed, large open spaces in living areas are more desirable and offer designers more entries and exits from different parts of the room. This architectural trend has prompted space planning and interior designers to bring furnishings away from walls and into the center of the rooms. See what interior designers are doing with our distinctive designs:

Elan sectional, Dali chairs, Tetra tables, Roxx rugs

Our Model 41 sectional and Smitty chair, photo credit: Ocean Blu Designs

Our Korz chairs, Chess chairs and Minx sofa, photo credit: Couture Spaces

It’s imperative to establish visual interest from every vantage point in contemporary spaces. The backs and sides of furnishings are now as much the focal point of the room as the nexus of the seating area is. And, when you combine artisnal touches to the pieces, it’s a welcome challenge for us as furniture designers. It’s a license to get creative and push the edge.

With this 360 degree concept in mind, we designed the Korz chair, the Dali chair, the Chelle chair, the Perle angle sofa, the Elan sectional and the Jolie chair. These are just some of our best selling items that can make a room pop from any eye-view.

Korz

Dali

Chelle

Perle angle sofa

Elan collection

Elan/S swivel

Jolie swivel

With these trends at the forefront, we are very excited about 2018 and hope you are too. We challenge you to look at your favorite things or products and see if you can find evidence of the artists hand or what we call Artisanal Touches.

Thank you for reading! If you have any question about this blog please contact us at [email protected] To keep up with the latest happenings here at Nathan Anthony, please connect with us on FacebookGoogle+, TwitterInstagram  and Pinterest.

Our Top Instagram Posts for 2017!

It is that time of year where we reflect on the wonderful success and feedback we receive from those who matter most – you! Instagram has become one of our fastest growing handles and one of our favorite ways of interacting with designers and consumers alike. The platform allows us to not only see which posts got the most thumbs up, but also to see which of our products appealed the most to our fans and followers.

Here are our top 10 Instagram posts for 2017!

1. MINX SOFA, ROXX RUGS, TETRA TABLES

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2. SABINE SOFA

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZmLMcIBaml

 

3. ERES SOFA

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWjINZChw9v

 

4. DALI CHAIRS, ORIGAMI POUFS, TETRA TABLE

https://www.instagram.com/p/BSO9m4xheps

 

5. PERLE ANGLE SOFA

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZelhZZhRq-

 

6. GALAXIE CHAIRS

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTFCf5Zhmr4

 

7. CIELO LOUNGE

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbCuAbdhtpe

 

8. ELAN COLLECTION

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXGf3pcB4dq

 

9. ROCCO SECTIONAL

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWYCalcBXPv

 

10. MINX WING SOFA

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbuuTk7hWM-

 

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Our Favorite Christmas Traditions

Hot chocolate… warm blankets… smoke filled chimneys and the sound of Christmas music – we love this time of year!

 

Each year we (Tina and Khai) set aside time for some fun holiday family traditions, from baking sweet Christmas cookies to decorating our beloved Christmas tree while singing Christmas carols together. We also visit the homeless shelter to provide food and cheer! At the factory, our staff decorates the office and we have a big holiday feast and party where we hand out Christmas gifts.

 

This year, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite family holiday traditions in hopes to hear back about some of yours.

 

Decorating for Christmas, naturally, is our favorite! Nothing fills a home like Christmas cheer and twinkling lights. Our Christmas tree becomes the main event in our home and where our family gathers to sing Christmas carols and drink our favorite peppermint hot chocolate, all while never leaving our pajamas. Our son, Nathan Anthony, now 16 years-old, makes sure to set up the Lionel train handed down by his maternal grandfather to complete the tree decor. In our home we agree, our favorite Christmas carol to sing is “Oh Holy Night.”

 

On Christmas Eve, we visit the homeless shelter, to prepare, serve and eat dinner with those transitioning into homes. It really is a wonderful time. We set the tables, bring all the food, cook the food at the shelter then serve the food for them. Once they are all seated, our family sits down with these families and shares the Christmas Eve meal with them. We enjoy visiting and learning their stories. We have met some wonderful people throughout the many years of this tradition.

 

We also set aside time to visit nursing homes with 20 of our wonderful friends to sing Christmas carols and visit with everyone in the home. We always look forward to going back each year to visit them again! We have heard some wonderful voices join together to carol with us!

 

No matter what your family traditions are, Christmas time is a wonderful time of year to spread joy and cheer to those around you. Visit our social pages to share your favorite holiday traditions!

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High Point Market Highlights Fall 2017

Ready, set, vogue! Last week, our newest products hit the cat-walk in our run-way themed showroom at the October High Point Market 2017. The showroom featured wall graphics to underscore the theme, upholstery color palette of blueberry, blush and bone hues, as well as variations of white and gray, plus lush layered leathers.

“We were inspired by the ornate fabrics, puffy sleeves and fringe seen on the fashion runways in New York, Paris and Milan this year,” said Tina Nicole, co-owner and lead designer of Nathan Anthony.

High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. You can expect all serious retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry to be seen at the market twice a year.

The models that took the run-way this market were:

ELAN SWIVEL CHAIR

Reprising a best-seller, the Elan swivel chair is reimagined this fall with a new, limited edition leather application. White leather with black leather strips are hand-sewn in a unique tiled pattern along the chair back, cascading into a dramatic 18-inch fringe that drops from the seat bottom. The result is a head-turning, jaw-droopingly gorgeous chair.

Tina Nicole & Khai Mai, designers and co-founders

 

JOLIE SWIVEL

Demonstrating her mastery of cover-to-frame applications, Tina Nicole, lead designer, daringly brings us a new, leather-dressed swivel chair. Jolie is offered as a swivel chair or as a sofa. Key features: masterful inlays of ruched leather on the arm side panels, accented with sparkling crystals, or crimped leather layered in a ruffle effect. The impressive box-shaped swivel chair rests on a metal tubular base, available in three on-trend finishes.

 

 

 

 

 

CIELO LOUNGE SYSTEM

Designed for easy socializing, the Cielo sofa features a series of movable, “floating” back cushions that may be rearranged in a 360-degree pattern to fit any configuration of sitters. The cushions are weighted, providing ample support while still being easy to move and reconfigure. The result: Cielo can go formal, relaxed or lounge-y, depending on how the cushions are arranged. Sporting deep diamond tufts, Cielo floats on an upholstered plinth base whose channels are precisely married to the exit of every tuft. Four sofa lengths are available and customizable.

 

 

 

ELAN ANGLED SOFA

Responding to customer demand for more choices in the company’s range of designs featuring strong angles, Nathan Anthony introduces a new frame to its popular Elan collection. The sofa’s boasts an artful geometric back-panel with a new inviting shape – a beautiful angled metal base. Its base is available in three on-trend metal finishes. Cover options include new piqué and herringbone leathers with patterned embossing – a designer’s favorite!


 

SABINE SOFA

For the first time, the popular Sabine sofa is now available in a loose cushion-seat version. One of the most recognized sofas in furniture design today, the luxurious Sabine sofa boasts a modern Chesterfield silhouette with an all-over deep tufted back, arms and seat, shown this season in luxurious French Grey Ultrasuede®. Each tufted button is hand placed in consideration of where the body meets the surface, to ensure comfort. The sofa sits on sexy, spiked wood legs meant to resemble fine Italian heels.

 

CAFFE ACCENT CHAIR

Sophisticated and sensual, the new Caffe accent chair features gently sloping lines anchored by tapered wood legs in a variety of stylish finishes. Artistically executed, the model is offered in a range of new, premium leathers from Scandinavia, including versions with premium piqué and herringbone embossing.

 

 

 

EMELIE CHAIR

Emelie is a new modern wing accent chair with exposed wood legs and lovely curved back that’s perfect for highlighting textiles. At market, Nathan Anthony will feature Emelie in an innovative, two-tone, fabric-leather, blending a dramatic black-and-white plaid on the seat back with crisp white leather on the seat top and inside back. A second version of Emelie sports a seat back of gently ruched leather, dotted with reflective Swarovski crystals. The chair’s angular wood legs are available in any of Nathan Anthony’s wood finishes.

 

 

 

 

We also brought some favorites redone and some favorites in new covers like: Chelle swivel, Grace bed, Ghedi, Architecte, Aerie swivel, Dali chair

Chelle swivel

Grace bed

Aerie swivel

Architecte sectional

Chedi sectional & Korz chair

Dali chair in new pique leather

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Nathan Anthony’s 2 Big Wins

With over 61,000 votes cast, we are thrilled to announce our Dali chair and Minx Wing sofa brought home the best in their categories at design et al’s International Design and Architecture Awards 2017! We are grateful and humbled to be included in this esteemed award winning category of international designers three years in a row. Here’s a little about the awards ceremony and our night in London.

 

Design et al is a leading United Kingdom-based design magazine that also manages the International Design & Architecture Awards, Hotel & Property Awards and International Yacht & Aviation Awards competitions.  The goal of the awards programs is to stimulate the mind and senses and inform and inspire readers about the most original, progressive design statements being made globally. But this is not just any design competition. Design et al Awards are not judged by a panel. Shortlisted entries are presented online, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as design et al readers, clients and customers. “Instead of a panel of 5 or 6 industry professionals we have quite literally thousands of industry professionals involved,” says Design et al Publisher Joanne Beedles. “It is an incredible way to promote your work and reach a targeted global audience.” The competitions gather architects and interior designers from all over the globe – Dubai, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Australia, Russia, China, Venezuela and US to compete in over 35 different categories.

 

The awards ceremony is held at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel London. Leading designers from all over the world gather for a black tie dinner and cocktail party. No winners have been announced at this point, we only know we are nominees in our categories. Like the Golden Globes or Academy Awards, the categories are read, the nominees are named and their projects shown on huge screen. The announcer receives an envelope, opens it and says, “and the winner is….” Spot lights circle the audience, booming music resounds and a big round of applause as the winner/s meander their way to the stage. Greeted by the announcer, the winner is handed the award and a microphone. Each winner then gives a speech – this is the best part – to hear how much time and effort and love went into the projects and who else was involved and where they traveled from. At the end of the night, there is a chic party with DJ, dancing and revelry.

 

Designed by international award winning designer Tina Nicole, Dali features a unique cover application, an innovative reverse-tufting technique. Sewn in a contrasting color across the chair’s back and side panels, reverse tufting creates a three-dimensional effect, similar to a cascade of floating petals. Gilded modern brass legs add an extra dash of sophistication to the chair, which pays homage to the Art Deco and Midcentury design periods.  The Dali model’s name was inspired by the shape of the famous painter’s mustache.

 

Designed by international award winning designer Tina Nicole, the Minx wing sofa features a pioneering geometric stitching treatment within a swooping modified shelter back. The dramatic shape appears to be sporting angel’s wings, graduates down through each arm to wrap each side of the seat surface – the effect is like a hug for the sitter. Minx floats on gently tapered metal legs to accent its modern silhouette.

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How to Decorate Like a Minimalist

We’re obsessed with Amazon’s series Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things – living a meaningful life with less. This series strikes a personal note as designers of quality furniture for the interior; one-of-a-kind pieces that will stand the test and trends of time. Minimalist decorating is a part of this lifestyle. It means taking control of your life by removing clutter, choosing quality over quantity and living by the one-in one-out philosophy.

So, how do you create a clean, crisp, clutter-free environment? What does it mean to decorate like a minimalist? Studies have shown that those who live in a cluttered environment are more likely to produce the stress hormone called cortisol. Why cause more stress in our lives than we already have? Say goodbye to duplicate spatulas in your kitchen drawer. We all have our favorite, right? Do we really need five?!

Here are some helpful tips on how to transition to minimalist decor:

REMOVE CLUTTER

Removing clutter is the first step in preparing for your minimalist decor. First and foremost, tackle your surfaces. Have flyers and mail piling up on the kitchen counter? Shred them. Kids’ toys all over the great room? Designate a play-bin in a hall-way closet and toss old stuff every six months. All surfaces should be free of stuff, this way you see the room, the shapes and lighting.  Allow the mind to be peaceful and uninterrupted when you step into the room.

Rocco sectional

Egoist sofas

STYLISH STORAGE

While removing clutter you may find items you’re not ready to discard yet, that’s okay! We all have our stuff or important memoirs. For those items we suggest one of our stylish upholstered beds with storage drawers. Check out Ethan below, this bed is not only simple on the eyes, but also takes advantage of the empty cavity inside the platform by creating a space for storage. And, designers love our upholstered beds with drawers as they can be customized to your specifics tastes or project needs. This will hide away all of the collected items that you are not ready to let go of, all while keeping your home looking neat and put together.

Ethan bed with storage drawers

Shelter bed with storage drawers

CREATE A NEUTRAL BASE

Serene, neutral colors in your home will instantly jump start the goal of a minimalist environment. Not all whites are the same tone, especially when pairing it with certain lighting. If your home has mostly natural light, choose a more yellow under-toned white paint color. If the lighting in your home is more yellow, choose a more blue under-toned white color. This will balance the lighting and feel of the home while being fresh and pleasing to the eye. Next, pair white with grey, taupe, ivory or bone colors. You can from season to season pick one non-neutral color for pop and fun.

Andrew sofa, Roxx mini rugs, Tetra 02-20 tables

THINK TEXTURES

While minimalism beckons a more neutral color palette,  you can enrich the eyes with textures using leather, velvets, wood, metal and wool shearling – all in greys, taupes, bone and ivory colors.

Radly sofa, Torino tables, Roxx large rugs

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

This is a motto we live by! Choosing quality pieces that will stand the test of time is key here. While being trendy is fun, you want to leave the trendiness to accents such as toss pillows. Invest in pieces that are made of heirloom quality and construction, and are designed in such a way that the style endures. A great example of this would be our Elan sectional, Z-3 swivel chairs and Triton table ottoman (and everything else we make!)

Elan/099 sectional, Z-3 chairs, Triton table

ONE IN ONE OUT

Colleen Madsen’s “One in, One out” philosophy is golden. Many of us buy on impulse things we do not need. By following the one-in, one-out philosophy, you are not only omitting the possibility of impulse buying, but you are also evening-out your stuff ratio.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Last, but not least, keep it simple. Pared down accent furniture, simple silhouettes and soothing art makes for a clean and peaceful room. Less is more in a minimalist world, so stick to decorating and owning items that are essential to the decor, not extra to the decor. We are true believers that you can live a meaningful life with less.

Haus sofa

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Useful Tips! How to Care for Your Furniture

Here at Nathan Anthony we know how important it is to keep your beautiful new investment looking brand new. As with any item of beauty and quality, upholstered furniture requires care and cleaning to maintain its look and to extend its life. When properly taken care of and maintained, your piece can last a lifetime! Here are some of our tips and tricks to keeping your furniture looking like new.

BREAK IT IN

Sabine sofa

After receiving your product, allow a break-in period. Your new Nathan Anthony furniture was just made for you. No less than fifteen hands touched your furniture during the creation process as it made its way through manufacturing. Because our furniture is made of all new materials, please allow these materials to assimilate and fall into place. Cushions may feel firm at first, even down cushions, and will relax after a period of use. This is normal.

KEEP OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT

Rocco sectional

Pick a happy place for your furniture. Keep your furniture out of direct sunlight which will minimize fading or tearing.

FLUFF

 

“Fluff” and “turn” feather and down, trillium and NA comfort fill cushions once a week to keep contents from settling in one place, prevents quills from poking out and to maintain a full and resilient look. You can also open up the cushions to move fabric that travels back into place or smooth insides to fill in corners. This is normal wear and tear.

TUCK

Egoist sofa

Tight (or attached) cushions will stretch and wrinkle with use. It’s easy to restore the look by smoothing the surface of the fabric and if needed, tuck excess upholstery into the sides and back.

VACUUM

 

It’s best to vacuum with an upholstery attachment seat cushions, back cushions, arms and backs regularly as dirt and dust can cause fabric to wear and tear faster.

SEMI-ANNUAL CLEANING

 

Finally, it’s best to schedule a semiannual professional cleaning to keep your furniture looking and performing its best. Professional services may ask for the cleaning code of your fabric. If it’s an NA fabric, you can find the cleaning code on our website or call into the factory for more information.

To better understand how to care for your exact piece, here are our Cleaning Codes:

“W” = Water. Clean with water-based upholstery cleaning products. Dab clean, do not rub.

“S” = Solvent. Clean with water-free, pure cleaning solvents (dry-cleaning). Do not use water-based products.

“SW”= Solvent or Water. Use water-based or pure cleaning solvents. Test small out of sight area first to see which one works better.

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3 Key Elements for Inspiring Furniture Installations

Making beautiful furniture is what we do best. We love it when designers use our products to create their own beautiful, masterful interiors. Like any puzzle, interior design projects require many pieces to complete the entire look, so when our products are one of those pieces, we’re tickled!

That being said, in order to design beautiful furniture, a big part of what we do is visualize how these pieces will be used. When we see interior designers place our pieces in their design installations, it inspires new ideas and encourages us to push the envelope even more.

Our customers are some of the best in the business. There are 3 key elements for inspiring furniture installations that work when planning a space. Check these out and we hope they inspire you too!

#1 COLOR

Nathan Anthony Elan settee & Elan chairs, photo courtesy: by Prop-n-Spoon, NY

A pop of solid color on upholstery kicks the style quotient into gear. Neutral colors everywhere, except the seating, leads to eye-catching rooms because it’s unexpected and risky.

Nathan Anthony Greenwich sofa, interior design and photo courtesy: Katrina Stumbos

Sometimes the accents are neutral and the upholstery and floor is what pops. We love it when Nathan Anthony pieces, with the unique shapes and stitching techniques, are used as the center pieces of the project. Yay!

Nathan Anthony Baron bed, Elan bench

Nathan Anthony Sabine sofa, Tetra 02-20 ottomans, Dali chairs

Nathan Anthony Sabine sofa, Tetra 02-20 ottomans, Dali chairs photo: Modish Home

#2 SPACE

Nathan Anthony Bonn sofa, photo/interior design by: Romero/Obeji Design

You don’t have to have a wide open space, but reducing the amount of furniture in the space can create the look.

Nathan Anthony Galaxie chairs, interior design and photo courtesy: Interiors by Steven G.

We call it, letting the space express itself. Hanging chandeliers and beautiful lighting is nice for a space, but sometimes it’s a break for the eyes to just let the space be. See how un-cluttered these installations are. There could be so much more added with accessories… but in keeping with the 3 key elements for inspiring furniture installations, there is little accessorizing. The look is very sophisticated.

Nathan Anthony Galaxie chairs, interior design & photo courtesy: Interiors by Steven G.

Nathan Anthony Folio sofas,interior design and photo courtesy: Luxury-Design

Nathan Anthony Folio sofas, interior design and photo courtesy: Luxury-Design

#3 ART

Nathan Anthony Haus sofa, chair and Omm chairs, Art by Sally Coates

Art elevates the decorative element of the room. Adding special pieces from your personal collection or just house hold items that are unique, whether it be graffiti art or a hand carved orb from the local flea market, these personal touches are part of the 3 key elements for inspiring furniture installations that make your home special.

Nathan Anthony Rocco sectional, interior design & photo courtesy: Interiors by Steven G.

Nathan Anthony Haus sofa, Art by Sally Coates

Nathan Anthony Sabine sofa, interior design & photo courtesy: Seed NY

So, when it comes to creating inspiring furniture installations, make sure to incorporate bold color, space around the room and art to elevate the interior vibe.

Thank you to all of the talented designers featured here for including our designs in your projects! We continued to be inspired by your work everyday and appreciate when you share you work on your social media and in magazines!

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Rhode Island School of Design ~ Part II

Part II of our blog series is on the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum – the Modern and Contemporary Galleries. These Galleries feature furniture, fashion, and interesting objects from the early twentieth century and they showcase Rhode Island emerging as “the most heavily industrialized state of the Union.” The state’s success and affluence, due in large part to the production of leading manufacturers led the way for conception of a design school and arts education.

While visiting the Modern and Contemporary Galleries, naturally our focus turned to furniture specifically. Interestingly, these displays featured designers from around th