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INSTUDIO 2014 UNOFFICIAL OPEN STUDIOS

INSTUDIO 2014 UNOFFICIAL OPEN STUDIOS

INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder are exhibiting artists as well as interior designers. Primary to both professions are artistic foundations of proportion, balance, rhythm and relevance. Lewis and Kladder are active in artistic communities and encourage their interior design clients to meet artists and use locally produced original art as […]


Samuel Fleming Lewis MAGAZINE SERIES

Samuel Fleming Lewis MAGAZINE SERIES

Artists approach creative projects with a vision that is brought to life through their skills with chosen media. When a work of art matches what they see in their minds eye the artist is fulfilled. Sometimes in the creative process an artist stumbles upon new techniques or unexpected results by mistake. When the new and […]


A 1950’s Sculptural Sofa Story

A 1950’s Sculptural Sofa Story

Never missing an opportunity to find unique home furnishings INSTUDIO Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis is constantly searching for overlooked gems. He goes wherever there may be unique home furnishings for clients, INSTUDIO inventory or his own decor. All sources offer an equal opportunity to find a special treasure for interior design and decoration […]


Spring Inspired Color Palettes

Spring Inspired Color Palettes

Yearly color forecasts can give you an interior design color palette that is on trend but not individualized. Each spring nature provides fresh color combinations outdoors that can be translated into fresh new personal color stories for interior design and décor. Wherever you are take time to notice how spring effects urban, suburban and natural […]


Palm Springs Lanai in Orange or Lime

Palm Springs Lanai in Orange or Lime

For decades Palm Springs, California has been a desert hot spot get away. INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors Samuel Fleming Lewis & Stephen Kladder have annual design meetings with Palm Springs clients who escape cold Midwestern winters seeking the warmth of the deserts sun. The clients decided that it was time to design, furnish and really […]


SHO-CON

SHO-CON

Creative people with truly contemporary ideas often face an uphill battle while the rest of us catch up to their innovations. By the time their ideas become integrated as the new normal the creative person is developing fresh ideas that challenge the norm. This describes the thoughts behind Karen McMullen’s new furniture showroom SHO-CON. The […]


Contemplating Contemporary

Contemplating Contemporary

Contemporary furniture and interior design aligns forms, trends, color palettes and technologies which are created in our time. Almost everyone equates contemporary furniture with clean lined simplicity. Often contemporary furniture designs are so artistic and of the moment that they almost seem out of place in today’s home because of their futuristic look. INSTUDIO interior […]


A Bowl of Art?

A Bowl of Art?

INSTUDIO interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis is always on the lookout for new artistic accessories to put the finishing touches on his client’s home décor.  As an artist he was on his way to buy paint from an art supply store when he decided to take a shortcut through Bloomingdale’s in San Francisco. A […]


Welcoming the Next Chapter

Welcoming the Next Chapter

Sixty is the new forty. Stylish youthful active seniors are celebrating their freedom from raising families by trying new things. Seniors are changing their personal style while developing renewed interests in continuing education, sports, food, travel, fashion, the arts and volunteer work. Some seniors start pre- retirement planning for the sale of their too large […]


Artist William Rhodes Reflects on Water

Artist William Rhodes Reflects on Water

There are deep currents reflecting African and African American history and culture seen in the art created by William Rhodes. Libraries have media with the qualities that can take you back in time to any place in the world and the trans-formative information that can propel your thoughts into the future. The choice is yours […]


New African Inspired Paintings by Samuel Fleming Lewis

New African Inspired Paintings by Samuel Fleming Lewis

The creativity of African cultures influenced both modern and contemporary artists for generations. Artist and INSTUDIO Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis continuously found timeless appeal in the patterns, details and motifs seen on African artifacts. Expanding from developing drawings, collages, mixed media works and linoleum block prints Lewis has recently completed the first of […]


The Timeless Gift of Classic Design

The Timeless Gift of Classic Design

INSTUDIO Design Directors like to give gifts for living spaces. Well-designed items that are seen or used daily can enrich lives with their beauty while serving us with a function.  A gift for the home is a great way to tell your family, friend or your house “thank you” while adding comfort, utility and style […]


Samuel Fleming Lewis featured at The Reclaimed Room at Building REsources

Samuel Fleming Lewis featured at The Reclaimed Room at Building REsources

Samuel Fleming Lewis is no stranger to discovering unique architectural salvage, furniture, hardware and lighting at Building REsources. The INSTUDIO Design Director and exhibiting artist regularly reuses items otherwise destined for landfills when developing interior design for clients. His creative reuse of recycled goods extends to his art, craft, lighting and furniture. Months ago Lewis […]


Jungle Elegance at DINING BY DESIGN 2013

Jungle Elegance at DINING BY DESIGN 2013

INSTUDIO design director Samuel Fleming Lewis visits Design Plus Consignment Gallery while sourcing high quality furnishings and art for clients whenever he is near the San Francisco location. When congratulating gallery manager Raul Cabrera III on his participation in the DIFFASF Dining by Design event Lewis asked Raul about the theme and design of his […]


“The Old Lady” Gets Style by INSTUDIO

“The Old Lady” Gets Style by INSTUDIO

INSTUDIO design directors Samuel Fleming Lewis and Stephen Kladder were invited to view the exterior and garden surrounding a beautiful Heritage Hill neighborhood home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their visit was to suggest new exterior paint colors for homeowners who refer to their house as “The Old Lady”. The designers were so taken with the […]


INSTUDIO & 15 Favorites at ARTPRIZE

INSTUDIO & 15 Favorites at ARTPRIZE

INSTUDIO Artists and Interior Design Directors Stephen Kladder and Samuel Fleming Lewis visited Grand Rapids, Michigan for the international art fair in its fifth year “ARTPRIZE”. Stephen accompanied his thought provoking “Self Portrait” on exhibit at the Grand Rapids Civic Theater.  At ARTPRIZE over a half million dollars in total prizes are awarded to the […]


Creating the Outdoor Room

Creating the Outdoor Room

INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors create outdoor rooms on decks, balconies, lanai’s patios and sunrooms that are a natural extension of interior rooms. Outdoor furniture manufactures have reinvented polyester textiles as weather resistant fabrics and rugs.  Beautiful patterns, prints and textures that were once only found inside have gone outdoors to play in the sun. Carefree […]


Modern Nursery and Toddler Rooms by INSTUDIO

Modern Nursery and Toddler Rooms by INSTUDIO

Argington Modern Children’s Furniture is a natural match for expecting moms and dads whose contemporary and artistic personal style will soon be part of a nursery or toddler’s room design. A nursery’s plan should include a rocking chair or glider as part of the design for a comfortable room where parents can bond with their […]


Issey Miyake’s New Forms of Light

Issey Miyake’s New Forms of Light

Italian lighting manufacturer Artemide is internationally known for innovative and iconic designs. INSTUDIO Design Directors visited the San Francisco showroom to view the new IN-EI lighting collection created by fashion designer Issey Miyake. In theory the pairing of a Japanese fashion designer with an Italian lighting company may seem odd. The creative meeting of the […]


Stephen Kladder’s Self Portrait at ArtPrize

Stephen Kladder’s Self Portrait at ArtPrize

The creation of art is a large factor in the lives of INSTUDIO Design Directors. Each have dual careers as exhibiting visual artists and maintain a schedule that allows them to produce drawings, paintings, collage, mixed media works and furniture as art. Artistic talents allow them to bring something special to interior design clients in […]


JC Penny New Furniture Collections

JC Penny New Furniture Collections

Months ago INSTUDIO Design Directors were searching for a pair of accent tables to use as coffee tables for a nearly completed design of a family room for an online client living in Michigan. For several reasons the Designer Directors decided to look for tables at JC Penny:  the stores new branding and product lines; […]


Modern Furniture for the Next Generation

Modern Furniture for the Next Generation

Argington integrates art and architecture as the design foundation of contemporary baby and children’s furniture. Inspired by the birth of their first child fine artist Jenny Argie and her husband architect and mathematician Andrew Thornton developed sophisticated lines of furniture for a new generation. Modern in every way the affordable, sculptural, mobile, convertible furniture is, […]


Sculptural Wood Dressers of the 1960’s

Sculptural Wood Dressers of the 1960’s

Long luxurious wood dressers were key elements of master bedroom furniture suites from the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s. With large master bedrooms in homes the1960’s seemed to be the apex of contemporary dresser designs. They were interesting, long, sleek, sexy storage with lots of personality joining us in the bedroom. The trend for […]


Charles Pfister, San Francisco’s International Modernist

Charles Pfister, San Francisco’s International Modernist

INSTUDIO Design Directors were sourcing vintage furniture for design clients at “stuff” when they came across a classic black leather lounge chair in pristine condition. They immediately recognized the chair as a Charles Pfister design for Knoll International.  Their clients immediately purchased the chair having it delivered to their home the following day. In the […]