Trending: Gold

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Accessories, Inspiration | Comments Off on Trending: Gold

I feel as if gold home accents get a bad wrap. While it can quickly turn from cute to gaudy if overdone, a few pieces here and there gives the room a classic, polished feel. Lately, I’ve been spotting gold trends everywhere so I thought I would put together a few home decor accessories in the color I’m loving:

Gold Zag Tray, Etsy

Buggie// Flashy Cadet Wallpaper by Abnormals Anonymous

Happy Holiday’s

Posted: November 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Holiday, Inspiration | Tags: | Comments Off on Happy Holiday’s

From mistletoe to menorahs, holiday presents to holiday parties; Staunton DuBrovin is here to spread the holiday cheer!

We all know that a helping hand can be more than welcome during the festive season, particularly with the task of decorations.

Staunton DuBrovin can do it all for you, from advice on design to the heavy installation of lights and other decorations, allowing you to relax and make the most of your holiday.
Our staff will begin your design project with a brief consultation to get to know your tastes, needs and lifestyle. Based on your preferences,
Staunton DuBrovin will set up a unique design concept for you, combining current trends with traditional holiday colors.

Whether it be for your Christmas Dinner, a Chanukah gathering, an intimate cocktail party to ring in the New Year, Staunton DuBrovin is here to help.

Email or call 212.564.4318 for more information.

Inspiration: Mexico City

Posted: May 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration | Comments Off on Inspiration: Mexico City

Some of our favorite finds of the week…

Posted: April 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Some of our favorite finds of the week…

“Almost a Triptych,” Herbert Busemann, 1987

USA, 1987

Neo Geo Painting by Famed Mathematician Herbert Busemann

Herbert Busemann (1905 – 1994) was a German-American mathematician specializing in convex and differential geometry. He is the author of Busemann’s theorem in Euclidean geometry and geometric tomography. He is the author of the Geometry of Geodesics. He was the first American honored with the Soviet prize, named for the Russian geometrician and awarded every four years. Busemann earned his doctorate degree from the University of Goettingen in 1931 and fled Germany with other scientists, artists and intellectuals in the early years of the Third Reich. After retiring as professor emeritus in 1970, he moved to Santa Ynez, California, where he finally devoted the rest of his life to painting. When reporter Lee Dembart visited him after Busemann had won the Lobachevsky Prize in 1985, he found the studio “chockablock with dozens of large canvases painted in vibrantly colored geometrical designs.”

Price:  $2,500

Available at:

NOHO Modern
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 360-3990

Pair of French Empire Style Fauteuils

circa 1870
Painted white distressed finish with pale green accents, the seats upholstered in off-white muslin.

Price: $2,500

Available at:

Argyll & Jasper Antiques
Savannah, GA
Phone: 912.429.6765

Emil Stejnar Sputnik

Unique Austrian sputnik by Emil Stejnar with individual plexiglass crystals and stars. Polished brass with new wiring, stem and canapy.

Available at:

Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 323-782-6898

The Architect’s Desk by Hans Wegner

A rare desk with a solid teak top over two drawers, on turned teak legs with satin chromed steel rod braces. Designed by Hans Wegner cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen.(chair, lamp, and desk organizer available separately.)


315 Spring St.



Pair Curtis Jere Convex “Hemispheres” Wall Sculptures

Exquisitely executed convex open grid wall sculptures as hemispheres fashioned of brass with scorching and oxidation. Signed and dated. Sold as a pair. Excellent way to bring the world into your home and placed on your wall.

Available at:

North Miami, FL
Phone: 305-893-7800

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Swiveling Desk Chair

Solid walnut four star base on Kilian casters, molded marine-grade plywood with outer walnut veneer barrel-back chair with teal blue leatherette seat and hinged back cushion.

Price: $6,500

BG Galleries – antiques, vintage & modern design
Hingham, MA
Phone: 617.901.4333

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Posted: February 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration | Comments Off on Staunton DuBrovin is now on Twitter follow us @STDuBrovin

Master of the House, Nick Jones’ aspiration to achieve “flip flop glamour”

Posted: December 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Allan T. Shulman, Inspiration, Soho House | Tags: | Comments Off on Master of the House, Nick Jones’ aspiration to achieve “flip flop glamour”

Nick Jones, founder of the Soho House empire, has had a busy year, with hotel openings in Miami, Berlin, London and West Hollywood. He says his goal is to create places for socializing with “other unpretentious people who hate techno music and just want a simple roast chicken in a casually glamorous setting.” Mr. Jones designs his members-only clubs and small hotels to location: Miami he describes as”flip-flops chic,” while Berlin makes strategic use of bright color. “I went with chintz because it’s so gray there,” he says. But there are a couple of elements you’ll find at all of the properties: comfortable tufted velvet sofas and good food.

I always start designing with a blank piece of paper. I then go out and find the right space. Next, design to the location, and think about the locals who will be using it.”

Mr. Jones sent the project’s architect, Allan T. Shulman, back to the drawing board, asking him to expand the club and hotel into spaces once reserved for condos.“We needed the space to put in the Soho House features,” Mr. Shulman said. In the redesign, he said, he added a spa (under the Cowshed brand, also part of Soho House UK) and a rooftop pool, as well as what Mr. Shulman called “an elaborate and discreet series of spaces” for eating, drinking and socializing. Soho Beach House encompasses the former Sovereign Hotel, a landmark 1940s Art Deco building, and a new 15-story tower.

Though the facade and lobby of the Sovereign have been restored, the other interiors are entirely new. The original Sovereign had about 100 guest rooms, Mr. Shulman said; Soho Beach House, with twice the square footage, has only half that many. (The largest rooms are 1,500 square feet)

The décor will include about 140 artworks, many contributed — that is, bartered — by Soho House members “as part of a food and drink program,” Mr. Jones said.



Just because…

Posted: December 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Antiques, Inspiration | Tags: | Comments Off on Just because…

A perfect pair of turquoise Louis XV chairs
From: Timothy Corrigan Antiques

Inspiration: Lauren Rottet, Interior Designer, the Surrey Hotel, New York

Posted: December 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: , | Comments Off on Inspiration: Lauren Rottet, Interior Designer, the Surrey Hotel, New York

Our newest inspiration is the Surrey Hotel’s redesign by none other than Lauren Rottet, founder and principal of Los Angeles-based Rottet Studio, and one of only two designers to hold the prestigious titles of Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture, Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame and Contract magazine’s Designer of the Year.  Known for an ability to bridge classically-based traditional (as opposed to granny traditional) with Modern-with-no-compromise (simplicity, as Philip Johnson knew, is expensive, hiding neither mistakes nor poor workmanship), Rottet “builds” her interiors using a mix of decorative and fine art from different periods, and through consideration of and sensitivity to material, shape, color and their combinations.

In The Surrey, she took inspiration from the neighborhood’s Beaux Arts-style townhouses, fashion boutiques, art galleries and overall vibe. That, along with 14 months and $66.2 million, yielded the new Madame Surrey: 190 rooms and suites in a cool, sophisticated palette of silvers, grays and warm whites reminiscent of Cole Porter, inter-war interiors. Into this envelope, Rottet then put Duxiana beds, Sferra linens, pillow menus, and furnishings that subtly combine several 20th-century styles.

In place, everything is also of place. “I designed all of the furniture, lights and accessories in the room to look as if they had either been in the room forever or had been collected over time as the owners traveled and saw things they liked,” Rottet says, pointing to the coffee table that she believes represents many of the design elements in the hotel. “It is Art Deco-inspired, and is stamped with the logo of an imaginary hotel I fantasized occupied the same site in the mid 1920s.”

A lamp based on those above the iconic American Bar in Vienna, designed by Adolph Loos. An oversized armchair, its geometry and lines reminiscent of the 1930’s work of French designer Jean-Michel Frank, known for his minimalist aesthetic upholstered in the most sumptuous of materials. Long seat cushions, each with four quotes or fragments of poems written by Rottet about New York (such as: “Through these windows lies the soul of the City, across Madison and down 5th Avenue…;” “Only here among the crowds can you find rest, neslted up above the park deep in the City…”; “Across these rooftops the stories are told, from Madison to the Park…”). Charming and personal, and something one remembers.

Not that there aren’t misfires. The bathroom is a Hollywood starlet-worthy stage of marble and tile, but without heated floors it’s too California-king-sized to warm up and make welcoming cocoon on cold winter and fall mornings. Likewise, the desk in the standard rooms: it’s well made, with various compartments, but is it too big in relation to the room?

As much as the dec arts distinguish The Surry, the fine art gives her identity. Dispersed throughout the hotel are works by boldfaced contemporary artists Jenny Holzer, Richard Serra, Claus Oldenberg, William Kentridge, Jimmie Martin, Imogen Cunningham, Cecily Brown (the list stretches on), all chosen by Rottet. Keeping contemporary from reading chilly—and giving clue to Mrs. Surrey’s personality—are color, texture and, thankfully, whimsy. Small tables in the dark, stylish Bar Pleiades (which boasts a cocktail menu by star mixologist Cameron Bogue), for example, are made by artist Jimmie Martin, who “graffitied” them with numbers, aiding, perhaps, a discreet blind date (“Meet you at number five, bébé”).

What kind of landmark might The Surrey become? The hotel is already well integrated into its neighborhood. In addition to the bar, there’s Café Boulud, the elegant though not stuffy food temple of Gallic god Daniel Boulud (who also oversees the hotel’s room service). And finishing construction this spring is a jaw-dropping roof terrace, which will be a gathering spot for guests as well as “invited neighbors.” No fees for these lucky locals will be charged; they will be simply chosen at the discretion of the hotel’s general manager, Spencer Wadama (making him undoubtedly a very popular and much wooed man on the UES).

In contrast to grande dames such as The Pierre or The Plaza in its earlier incarnation, The Surrey’s public areas are sequestered from the hotel itself. Or perhaps vice versa. One enters the main doors and may proceed through another set of doors into the lobby proper, or one turns left to the Bar Pleiades or right to Daniel Boulud. There is no area for coffee, loitering, or people-watching. That is the point.

Madame Surrey knows herself, her taste, who she wants to be and, just as importantly, who she doesn’t want to be. She has no Page Six ambitions, and Society for her means less the Met’s Costume Ball than her husband’s quieter, clubby, cultivated circle.

Her design will therefore have an impact, but it will be amongst those traveling in Business and First Class, those with second homes, and those who edit top national lifestyle and shelter magazines. Which means that while Madame Surry will be a comfort to few, she might be an inspiration to many.

Source: Andrew Myers, The Faster Times




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