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What to see at IDS 2014

January 23rd, 2014

Interior Design Show (IDS) is Canada’s premier showcase of new products, innovative designers and avant-garde concepts from North America and beyond. Bringing in over 660,000 visitors since its first exhibition fifteen years ago, IDS is now one of the most successful recurring design events in Canadian history. We look forward to visiting this 3-day show in Toronto and seeing the latest offerings in creativity, design and innovation from designers and architects from all over the world. Here are a few of the exhibitors we are most excited to see.


Offering a wide range of contemporary, transitional and traditional plumbing products and fixtures for the kitchen and bath, GRAFF is recognized globally for its European design aesthetic and engineering excellence. GRAFF’s fixtures have been used extensively in exclusive properties such as the “W” hotel and Rockefeller Plaza in NYC. At IDS, GRAFF will present two new bath faucet designs – Terra and Phase including updated accessories and new showerheads, as well as their award-winning Ametis and SENTO collections. Their new kitchen collection will be showcased at IDS as well, and we can’t wait to see it.

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Mid-Century Modern Redefined

January 20th, 2014

As our lives become increasingly complicated with the stresses of the everyday, carving out a personal refuge is more important than ever. Perhaps the need to simplify is in the zeitgeist, as we’ve recently seen a return to mid-century modern design. As the name suggests, this style first came to prominence in the middle of the 20th century, ushering in a wave of furnishings pared down to the bare essentials. Recognizable for its absence of ornamentation, this fresh and minimalist aesthetic is making a fierce comeback in the interior design community. However, what we are seeing isn’t just replication – it’s a “revival” in every sense of the word. In particular, one Los Angeles showroom, which also has an extensive online presence, is changing the way we perceive mid-century modern furniture.

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Zen and the Art of Great Design

January 9th, 2014

Zen, by formal definition, refers to a school of Mahayana Buddhism that asserts enlightenment can be attained through meditation, self-contemplation and intuition. The teachings date back to the 6th century AD and continue to have a significant following today. In our modern vernacular, the term is often used more broadly to describe furniture, décor and even a state of mind that exhibit a level of simplicity, balance and tranquility. Here are some of our favorite zen-inspired products bringing a little more mindfulness into the home.

Yukimi Lantern by Stone Forest

Japanese stone lanterns were first used in ancient Shinto shrines where they served as votive lights. In the sixteenth century, Japanese tea masters included the stone lantern in Buddhist tea gardens as a means to light the way. The Yukimi Lantern by Stone Forest is also known as a “snow-viewing lantern,” so named for the tendency of the broad roof to hold snow, merging the lantern with its surroundings. Carved from blue-gray granite, this lantern is available in 12″ or 18″ diameter roof.

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A Stylish Year In Review

December 27th, 2013

As the clock counts down and we get ready to hit “reset” on 2013, we can’t help but reflect on what an amazing year it’s been for great design. Every new year is a time to look back and celebrate what unique styles lie ahead. Join us as we highlight a stylish year in review with some of Styleture’s favorite designs and trends from 2013.

This summer we hit the road and took a tour of some of America’s most exciting design centers, including NYC’s A&D Building, West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach, Florida and of course Chicago’s fabulous Merchandise Mart.  We also took an up close look at one of our favorite new collaborations, Kartell by Laufen, a stylish new line of revolutionary ceramics and plastics which recently celebrated its North American launch.

This year we got inspired by how everything old is new again. With the surge in popularity of industrial chic and refined rustics, we explored how worn, weathered and lived-in looks are the latest in interior design. The act of re-purposing and rejuvenating vintage items into new, stylish pieces is something that hasn’t been overlooked by the rest of the design community. We explored artisinal craftsmanship with the revitalization of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is providing a new hotbed for creativity and design.

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Wonderfully Radiant Orchid

December 11th, 2013

An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid is a captivating, magical and enigmatic purple – and PANTONE’s new selection as Color of the Year. According to their renowned color experts, Radiant Orchid is uplifting and bold without being overpowering, re-energizing almost any color palette. They recommend sprucing up interior spaces by incorporating the eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. On the heels of this announcement, we’ve put together some of our favorite products that incorporate this fabulous hue.

Ceramica Bardelli “Wallpaper” by Hastings Tile & Bath
Ceramica Bardelli’s new “Atelier Wallpaper” collection of wall tiles are presented in 16 x 16 inch squares in eight color ways including the delightful purple/orchid. Perfect for kitchen or bathroom walls, the tiles are double-fired and fully handmade on glossy backgrounds.

Capucine Mauve by THG-Paris
Sporting vibrant purple butterflies on the delicate white Bernardaud porcelain of its clover-shaped cross handles, the Capucine Mauve brings nature’s refreshing aura into the home. The collection is available in several finish options. The collection also offers the same design with green butterflies (Capucine Vert).

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Designs We’re Thankful For

November 26th, 2013

Pass the rolls, stuffing and mashed potatoes – because we have a lot to be thankful for this year. Thanksgiving isn’t just a time to celebrate friends and family, it’s a time to celebrate great design. Just like our favorite Turkey Day traditions, our favorite designs are timeless year in and year out. So as we tuck into our feast (for the eyes!), here’s a look at some designs for which we truly give our thanks!

v5 rocker by Skram
Perhaps no other piece from Skram represents designer Jacob Marks’ aesthetic more precisely than the v5 rocker. No wasted or frivolous elements, just a clean and pure use of walnut with black saddle leather sling seat and back. The v5 rocker is available in walnut (shown), cherry, rift-sawn white oak natural, whitewashed or ebonized, european beech, or custom. Leather color options include chestnut, tan or black.

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Aging in Place, Aging with Grace

November 18th, 2013

Until recently, the choices for products needed to provide a safe and elegant home for those 65 and older were somewhat limited. Nowadays however, there are more design options than ever. No more industrial grab bars or cold-looking bathroom products. Today’s homes and hotels can be elegantly outfitted to allow an ease of use and living that can really be called “aging with grace” – as evidenced by some of our favorite ADA-compliant bathroom products.

Grab Bars by Watermark Designs

Watermark Designs’ grab bars are stylish and practical accessories that complement a bathroom’s overall design, while at the same time enhancing its accessibility for people of all ages and abilities. Once relegated to hospitals and nursing homes, grab bars have become a standard in hotels, resorts, other hospitality environments as well as new construction or homes being retro-fitted. Watermark Designs’ grab bars are an ideal choice as they are solidly constructed, low maintenance and enhance with the look and feel of luxury. Watermark Designs offers the interior designer or architect design-forward inspirations that run the gamut from a traditional grab bar capped with finials to one of sleek and sophisticated minimalism.

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