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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 […]


PINTEREST has New Color Boards by INSTUDIO

PINTEREST has New Color Boards by INSTUDIO

A rainbow of living color has been developed as Pin Boards by INSTUDIO Design Directors. Pinterest has become an INSTUDIO gallery exhibiting inspirations, furniture, art, lighting, design, products, textiles and accessories that matches the Design Directors unique style. Previously similar items were grouped together on Pin Boards by period, style, item or product. The new […]


Calder Red for a Palm Springs Family Room

Calder Red for a Palm Springs Family Room

INSTUDIO Design Directors have an annual design direction meeting in Palm Springs, California with clients who purchased a furnished vacation condominium. Each year the clients replaced existing furnishings with a combination of mid century, contemporary, vintage, local and used furniture, art and accessories to match their personal style. The clients developed a palette of sandy […]


Artistic Collaboration Created at Big Umbrella Studios

Artistic Collaboration Created at Big Umbrella Studios

Works by artists who are part of art collectives is the innovative thought behind the current exhibit at Big Umbrella Studios. The idea of collaboration is the foundation of the art collective’s shared gallery, studio and workspace which were created by visual art graduates of the University of San Francisco in 2007. Artists can be […]


Chairish Your Fine Home Furnishings

Chairish Your Fine Home Furnishings

Lynne Gillan was the first of the INSTUDIO Design Directors to discover “Chairish” the online consignment marketplace for design obsessed people to buy and sell exceptional pre-owned home furnishings. The three Design Directors work in the studio as a team to conceptualize and review each interior design project on a regular basis. Over time each […]


Artist Michael Ross is Drawing Living Houses

Artist Michael Ross is Drawing Living Houses

A portrait of a house is usually thought of as the perfectly rendered ideal drawing of a home as envisioned by an architect or builder.  Bay Area artist Michael Ross uses a vivid complementary color palette of artist crayons along with his free form drawing style to capture a deeper life of home.  Michael’s imaginary […]


Vintage Restyled in Palm Springs California

Vintage Restyled in Palm Springs California

In the 1970’s a stylish Midwestern lady decided that it was time to escape long lasting winter weather. She started a family tradition of yearly sojourns to Palm Springs California when she and her husband purchased a condominium to enjoy the warmth of the desert sun. She decorated her winter home with a neutral color […]


The Secret Life of Plants Exposed!

The Secret Life of Plants Exposed!

San Francisco artist Ron M. Saunders expresses his interests and talents in three diverse ways:  landscape architecture, photography and as an artist. He is a professional landscape architect who creates his visions through the natural world with horticulture. His fascination with photography developed into an interest in creating photograms.  (A nineteenth-century photographic process which captures […]


Modernist Blonds Are Coming Home

Modernist Blonds Are Coming Home

Classic Modernist furnishings by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto were first introduced in blond woods and have stayed true to their blond roots. Light colored woods drift in and out of style trends in the United States. Beautiful blonds now have staying power as modernist classics by architect Charles Eames and sculptor Isamu Noguchi have recently […]


Black Power

Black Power

Black is used by Interior Designers, industrial designers and furniture designers for its ability to capture the eye. Black forms draw attention to their sculptural shapes by defining and creating silhouettes against contrasting surroundings or colors. Black is the darkest color.  It refuses to absorb light and demands to stand on its own as a […]


Design Direction for the Green Room

Design Direction for the Green Room

In movies set designers take artistic liberties when developing interiors for real and fictionalized stories to make us believe in the characters that are portrayed on the silver screen. INSTUDIO Design Directors used their imagination to develop the story of an urban movie loving couple who decided to turn their small home media room into […]