Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Toney Duquette Jewelry

One of the designers I find most inspiring is Tony Duquette.

above images: Town and Country December 2009

Tony Duquette had a life long fascination with jewelry. The jewelry he designed was opulent, extravagant, and exotic. He first started to make jewelry during the 1940s' and gained an international following after his one man exhibition at the Louvre in 1951. Over the next 45 years the jewelry Tony Duquette created did not number more than 500, and before 1960 none were signed. He used precious and semi precious stones mixed with materials such as, antiques pieces, silver, gold, glass to name a few. With his masterful skill and sophisticated eye Tony along with his partner Hutton Wilkinson created one of a kind pieces that were valued for design and not gemology. He was commissioned to design jewelry by celebrities, socialites, even the Duchess of Windsor. In 1994 the jewelry was brought to the attention of Bergdorf Goodman in New York who commissioned Tony Duquette and Hutton Wilkinson to design an exclusive line for the store. After Tony Duquette's death in 1999, his partner Hutton Wilkinson continues designing jewelry under the Tony Duquette name available exclusively through Sakes Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Hutton Wilkinson has shared much more about the jewelry and Tony Duquettes life in his books Tony Duquette and More is More:Tony Duquette

Firoozeh Khorrami

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Gift Books

Books make a great holiday present. Here are a few that I've selected

Which one would you like to receive?


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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gift Guide

Under $100

Stationary available at Elum Design

Yummy - Isn't this a wonderful gift - Twig and thistle mallows

Home Fragrance by Joe Malone

Linnea's Lights soy wax candles available at Giannetti Home

And if we wrap them as beutifuly as these gifts I don't think anyone would want to open it...

Gift wrapped boxes all from one of my favorite blogs A Giftwrapped Life

Let me know if you have anything to add to the list.....


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Monday, November 30, 2009

Tony Duquette

Last week I attended Hutton Wilkinson's lecture and book signing at the Pacific Design Center. Wilkinson was long time business partner of the late Tony Duquette, and continues designing and marketing textiles, jewelry, and home furnishings under the Tony Duquette name. He was promoting the release of his new book More is More: Tony Duquette. It was truly a wonderful and inspiring day.
Tony Duquette was superbly talented as a painter, sculpture, set designer, interior designer and jewelry designer. His love for the exotic and eccentric was evident in the way he lived life and in his designs, nothing was too extravagant or opulent. Along with his artist wife they hosted many elaborate parties during Hollywood's heydays. Tony Duquette's creative use and reuse of the ordinary transformed into the extraordinary has inspired and continues to influence many designers.
Baker furniture in collaboration with Hutton Wilkinson has introduced a limited edition of Tony Duquette's custom furniture line. If you're in Los Angeles, stop by the Baker showroom at the PDC to see this collection. Pictures don't do them justice

Gold Toad -Toad was a reoccurring theme in TD's work

Abalone Chandelier - was designed for Duquette's one-man exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1952 and later moved to the drawing room at Charles and Palmer Ducommun Bel Air residence.

Biomorphic Mirror and Console - originally designed for the Charles and Palmer Ducommun Bel Air residence in the 1960s

Insect Man - This sculpture was designed originally to display one of TD's jewelry pieces

Duquette's office at home

Bergdorf Goodman's 2007 Holiday windows

I love the Gold Toad
Which one is your favorite?



Monday, November 23, 2009


Tartan has been around for centuries
This year it's hotter than ever.....

Desk Accessories and Cashmere throw - WIlliam Sonoma Home

Jeffery Banks ornaments

The Grill restaurant at The Dorchester, London

Anthropology winter catalog

Which one is your favorite?

Firoozeh Khorrami


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Insperation - Ceramic Tile II

Malibu Potteries was establish in Malibu California by Mrs. Rindge in 1926. In the six short years it existed, it produced some of the most important and beautiful ceramic tile to come out of California. With an abundance of good quality clay, and a strong demand for decorative ceramic tile needed, for the Mediterranean and Spanish style homes being built in that day, Malibu Pottery produced 30,000 square feet of ceramic tile per month. Although, with it's Saracen, Moorish, and Spanish designs, most of the tile was produced for homes in the Los Angeles area, the tile was also shipped world wide. In 1931 a fire destroyed most of the factory, Mrs. Rindge was planning to rebuild, the depression and building slump that followed prevented the factory from re opening again.

Adamson House loggia 1930 a_hallwayLrg
Above: Persian carpet designed by William Handley of Malibu Potteries
Logia at the Ahmason house in Malibu California, built in 1930

Even though Malibu Pottery shut down Malibu Ceramic Works has reinvented, and has been producing beautiful handmade ceramic tile in the traditional fashion, in Southern California for the past 30 years.

Malibu cermaic works


Do you like Malibu tile?

Firoozeh Khorrami


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Winter Tablescape

I found this beautiful tablescape on Martha Stewart's web site isn't it gorgeous. So simple and sophisticated

Just because it's getting cold outside and we don't have the beautiful summer flowers doesn't mean you can't get creative with what's in season.
How would you decorate your winter table?


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Monday, November 16, 2009

Think Pink

One of my favorite colors is pink. It is calming, elegant, understated yet versatile, and can be a neutral.

This Beautiful dining room is designed by Suzanne Kasler, notice the beautiful pink silk drapes, and the railroaded upholstery on the dining chairs.

I just love this bedroom with hot pink satin moire upholstered walls.
Designed by Jamie Drake

Have you ever thought about painting the inside of a book shelf. It's a cool trick to bring in some color or in this room it helps ties all the elements like the rug and fabric on the sofa together. I also love the Murano glass lamp on the desk.

Let me know what your favorite color is?



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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Insperation - Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is an important element in design. Available in as many colors as styles, used in hundreds of applications and spaces. It can add color, texture, and pattern to any indoor or outdoor space. Produced in different parts of the world, each with it's own history and culture.

"Seven Colors" (Haft Rang) tile dates back to the Safavid period in Iran (1502-1736) to decorate many religious and non-secular buildings.

Intricate detail of the beautiful and unique tile work of Isfahan Islamic building of the 16th century

Zillij mosaics - Moroccan tile comes in many different motifs, floral, geometric (below), chiseled, and many colors. Each motif and color remains a symbol and has a special significance in the iconography of the Islamic/Moorish art.


These tiles have decorated walls, floors, ceilings, tables, and furniture for centuries and are still being manufactured.

Firoozeh Khorrami,


Friday, November 13, 2009

Murano Glass

Murano glass is hand blown glass, luminously colored and sculpted by artisans who have honed their craft and passed it on for generations. The name Murano comes from the geographical location of the glass foundries, a small island about a mile from Venice. In the 13th century the ruler of Venice ordered all the glass foundries to move to the island of Murano so they would not pose a fire hazard to the city.

Here are a few of my favorites

Otium Umbrello lamp
above: Umbtello lamp by Otium

Ca Rezzonico by La murrina

arcade glass flores vase green
Flores Vase

Bambu Vase

arcade glass zero vase by ivan baj
Zero vase by Ivan Baj - Arcade Glass

This year there will be an exhibit "Venice: Three Visions in Glass" featuring three Venice based innovative artists. It will be at Barry Friedman, a gallery in New York’s Chelsea district, from Oct. 29–Jan. 16

Please leave a comment if you have visited the show, are you a fan?

Firoozeh Khorrami,


Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Lanterns have been a popular light fixtures for many years. Early lanterns only purpose was to shield the flame of the candle from extinguishing due to the wind or a breeze, they were primarily square, and made from inexpensive sheet iron or tinplate. Today lanterns make quite a statement, they are used indoor and outdoor, made from a variety of metals, some very simple, others very ornate and decorative....

Above: We will soon be installing one of my favorites in the entry of a home, this beautiful Dennis and Leen lantern, I will post photos as soon as it is available

Curryandcompany loggia lantern
Above: Curry and Company "Loggia Lantern"

Baker Urban smokebell lantern
Above: Baker Furniture's collectors edition "Urban Smoked Lantern"

Above: Designer Denyse Rinfret used a pair of antique English lanterns to make the island of this great kitchen into the focal point.
Here's a close up of those lanterns.
photos courtesy of Traditional Home (October 2009)

Puccini Lantern Las palmas collection
Above: Puccini-lantern from the Las Palmas collection

James Lumsden grand entry 2
Above:James Lumsden used two Puccini lanterns to dress up this grand entry hall.

I hope this has inspired you

Firoozeh Khorrami