Hanging with Jean-Louis Denoit

•October 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

When I was in San Francisco, I caught up with French designer Jean-Louis Deniot, who was signing copies of the new book, Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors by Diane Dorrans Saeks. (That’s me in the center of the photo between Jean-Louis and Diane!)  This is the first time Jean-Louis’ work has been featured in a book.

I was excited to meet Jean-Louis not only because he’s a master of French contemporary design but also because he’s a big fan of Marie Christophe’s. She’s making a series of sculptures for him.   My favorite is a life size sheep created for Jean Louis’s home in Chantilly.  The sheep will make its debut with Jean Louis in Architectural Digest  Russia, January 2015.

I can’t wait to show you!

LF with JLD and DDS at JLD book signing SF



Designed With A Little Help From My Friends

•October 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Adam & Viktoria’s fall collection includes a trio of pillows that are close to my heart because I had the privilege of designing them.

The most complex, Naïve, is a tribal pattern, something I never grow tired of.  It draws me back to the early, earthy cultures when thick chalky paint decorated everything from urns and bowls to cave walls.

Pinto large and Naive blue

naïve violet blue

naïve bitter chocolate

naïve jungle green

May I Have the Next Swim?

•October 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

You can’t saddle a seahorse, but Marie Christophe has managed to tame a few for our entertainment.   This splendid fellow, a table lamp, is the life of the party; he swims the deep blue sea wearing a raffia lamp shade on his head while standing on a base of blue opaline crystal.    (Don’t try this at home!)

Seahorse lamp

and the new custom pair wearing PVC shades.. simply fabulous!

seahorse lamps

A Fabulous Pair

•October 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Parisian interior designer Jean -Louis Denoit, who has done high-profile projects for princesses and personalities, chose Marie Christophe to design bowls in black and white (so Truman Capote!).   Simple in form yet stunningly intricate, they speak of exquisite taste.

His new book,  Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors,  by Diane Dorrans Saeks has just been released!  Hugely excited, as this is the first book devoted to his work which is playful, theatrical, timeless and chic.   Looking forward to the book signing later this week!!!

MC for Jean Louis Denoit





Shimmering Swans

•September 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Only Marie Christophe would think of spotlighting swans in a chandelier. Lustre Cygnes, in green opal crystal and gold beads, marries the birds with wirework for life.

elledec november



A ’60’s Style Sleeper

•September 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Adam & Viktoria’s Turkish Delight pillow rests its heady head on Trina Turk’s 1960s-style bed, which is a design groupie’s dream.

Turk is, of course, most famous for her Nifty Sixties-inspired California fashions, and  Adam & Viktoria’s pillow, in a custom orange velvet that reminds me of autumn leaves, fits right in with the mod, mod theme of the room, which was also featured in Elle Decor.  So excited for  fall!

Adam  Viktoria Elle Decor


Gotta a Light?

•September 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

There’s nothing like a floor lamp to bring the walls and ceiling of a room to life, as Marie Christophe, mistress of illumination, has shown over and over again.  In her wire works, the light becomes an artist who paints an ever-changing shadow picture that transforms the space.


MC Elle

Bauhaus Meets Mondrian

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Harlequin and Twine, made of  velvet on linen, feature graphically bold colors and clean lines.  They are  so very Bauhaus and ’70s Mondrian.

twine porcelain blue

twine arugula green

twine brown truffels

twine dusk grey

harlequin orange glow

harlequin porcelain blue

harlequin dark arugula

harlequin dusk grey

Wire Menagerie

•September 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I was looking through my files and fell in love with Marie Christophe’s life-size sculptures for the Musee de la Mode all over again.  She made them in 1998  — can it really have been that long ago?  The peacock strutted for Chanel; the giraffe loped for Issey Miyake; the swan swanned for Jean-Paul Gaultier; the hare hopped for Yohji Yamamoto; the ostrich sashayed for Christian Lacroix; and the rooster crowed only for Comme des Garcon.  Magnifique!


Get Comfortable

•September 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The October issue of  House and Home (Canada)  falls for fall and for Adam & Viktoria’s autumnal pillows.

The cozy coverage is a perfect way to sink into the new season.

Adam Viktoria pillows HH Oct.jpg

chinoiserie red hazel

feathers parrot red

still life night  burnt orange