Posts Tagged ‘Furniture’

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Art of a Spiritual Evolution

The Art of a Spiritual Evolution

San Francisco Artist William Rhodes expresses his spiritual evolution through his works of art. His solo exhibit, “What is Your Spiritual Evolution?”, at the Sargent Johnson Gallery of the African American Art & Culture Complex asks about yours. Rhodes is an Artist, Wood Carver, Craftsman and Furniture Maker who combines his talents with his interest […]


MUJI Moves Minimal Modern Style to San Francisco

MUJI Moves Minimal Modern Style to San Francisco

When products are sold at the Museum of Modern Art STORE inNew York City it’s safe to say that the items selected for the store are destined to become internationally known design classics. INSTUDIO Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis has purchased iconic items from the MoMA STORE since the 1980’s that he continues to […]


Evan gets ACCESS to INSTUDIO Design Direction

Evan gets ACCESS to INSTUDIO Design Direction

San Francisco is well known for quirky apartments carved out of grand Victorian homes. Two young professionals recently from Washington D.C. admitted that their dog Evan sealed the deal for their securing a unique garden apartment. When their future landlord saw images of him via email the apartment was soon theirs. A small private garden […]


The Award Winning Octagon Table Realized

The Award Winning Octagon Table Realized

As a celebration of its one hundredth year of creating fine hand-made furniture in North Carolina; Hickory Chair Furniture Company launched a Centennial Design Challenge.  San Francisco furniture and interior designer Samuel Fleming Lewis of INSTUDIO submitted a table design inspired by an Asian influenced Frank Lloyd Wright designed candlestick. Lewis’s Octagon Table won the […]


Food for Thought: Dining and Design

Food for Thought: Dining and Design

Eating in a formal dining room may only occur during special occasions, holidays or because of dinner invitations. INSTUDIO Design Directors recently began looking for a special dining room table/suite for a family who considers it mandatory for their young children to be seated at the table for daily meals as well as for family […]


The Chair Reinvented by Ward Bennett

The Chair Reinvented by Ward Bennett

Ward Bennett’s contribution to chair design was well known to designers of luxury corporate office interiors of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Bennett designed more than 150 chairs, many of which have become classics. Simplicity and comfort were always his goals.  The designs that were realized by furniture manufacturer Brickell were always refined and elegant. Interior […]


The Future of Furniture is shaped by William Earle

The Future of Furniture is shaped by William Earle

INSTUDIO Design Directors asked a lot of the future piece of furniture that would complete a contemporary living room.  The fireside seating area was a focal point of the room that needed something between a table, an ottoman, and a work of art. The art collecting clients didn’t want the expected. The work of William Earle was […]


Can’t get enough of that funky STUFF

Can’t get enough of that funky STUFF

After finding a parking space across the street, INSTUDIO interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis dropped into stuff for the first time. For decades, 150 Valencia has been an interesting odd place to buy old or used furniture from a long time San Francisco moving and storage company. Now, within the huge warehouse of stuff, […]


INSTUDIO HAS MOVED FROM PARK TO PORT

INSTUDIO HAS MOVED FROM PARK TO PORT

Being equally artists & interior designers the Design Directors of INSTUDIO are more like “Design Nerds” than “Designers”. When their lease was complete instead of trying to find exactly the same type of studio near the San Francisco Design Center they began to explore possibilities of retail space, artist’s studios and unusual shared office spaces […]


The Fine Art of Painted Furniture Details

The Fine Art of Painted Furniture Details

For centuries artists have added exquisite paintings and details to customize fine furniture. Striping, floral motifs, gilt details, silver or gold leaf, chinoisserie, trompe l’oeil and geometric patterns can be found on fine furniture throughout history. Art as a finishing touch adds distinction and individual personality to hand crafted furniture. At Hickory Chair Furniture Company […]


Upholstery Hand Crafted to Last

Upholstery Hand Crafted to Last

With over one hundred years of hand crafted furniture making Hickory Chair Furniture Company knows that what goes inside upholstered furniture determines if it will retain its comfort and shape after years of use. A sofa that looks good on the outside may not look so good beyond the fabric cover. The key to fine […]


Hand Crafted Fine Wood Furniture

Hand Crafted Fine Wood Furniture

Hickory, North Carolina is the home of one of the oldest fine furniture makers in the United States.  Hickory Chair Furniture Company has been in continuous operation since 1911.  The legend of quality handmade craftsmanship, exquisite proportions and beautiful finishes continues today. A famous architect once said “God is in the details.” Design Director Samuel […]


Karim Rashid Makes a Sofa FLOAT

Karim Rashid Makes a Sofa FLOAT

Throughout history industrial designers have influenced the combined shape, color and function of everything we use. These forward thinking individuals have actually sculpted the future. Karim Rashid is a master at manipulating form. He has applied his visual genius to over three thousand products ranging from furniture, small appliances, kitchen design, fashion design, lighting, home […]


A Little Table with Photographic Memory

A Little Table with Photographic Memory

The current term used for creative reuse of home furnishings, “Upcycle” can be applied to this small thrift store Parsons Style table. INSTUDIO Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis has been using his creativity to re-imagine used or dated home furnishings decades before upcycling got a name. His current project is a chic study in black […]


Furnishing a New Garden in Red

Furnishing a New Garden in Red

Fashion icon Diana Vreeland said “Red is the great clarifier — bright and revealing. I can’t imagine becoming bored with red — it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.” As fashion editor at Harpers Bazaar and Editor in Chief at Vogue Magazine, Vreeland was known for her sense of style, cutting […]


A Grand Rapids Family Room Designed in San Francisco

A Grand Rapids Family Room Designed in San Francisco

A client living in Grand Rapids, Michigan contacted the San Francisco Design Directors of INSTUDIO to develop a new design for her dated family room after removing carpet and installing hardwood floors. She took advantage of the new INSTUDIO Affordable Creative Concept Expert Support Subscription. The flat fee of $1,500 was paid in advance to […]


Clearly Captivating Design & Décor

Clearly Captivating Design & Décor

Developed in the 1930’s transparent thermoplastic was used as a lightweight shatterproof alternate to glass. Lucite, Acrylic, Plexiglas, Perspex were the early names given to the then new clear material now commonly referred to as polycarbonate by manufacturers. Industrial, furniture and interior designers continue to explore the use of plastic products for their unique ability […]


The Octagon Table Comes to Life

The Octagon Table Comes to Life

In 2011 to celebrate 100 years of fine furniture making in North Carolina; Hickory Chair Furniture Company announced its Centennial Design Challenge. Samuel Fleming Lewis won the professional category with his Octagon Table. The original design inspired by a Frank Lloyd Wright candlestick impressed the judges. The ten thousand dollar value award would have allowed […]