ABC Home and its Little Culinary Jewel

While visiting with my sisters in New York, I had the wonderful opportunity of having lunch at ABC Kitchen, situated in the ABC Home building. A charming and vast room, with a gloriously high ceiling held by visible (thank you!) wood beams, white brick walls, the restaurant is simply a feast for the eyes and mouth. Created by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and dining mogul Phil Suarez, the restaurant offers a locally grown and organic cuisine of the finest quality. The construction of the restaurant is made of recycled and sustainable materials and decorated with an array of tastefully designed items such as: a medley of softly lit chandeliers, comfy white steelwood chairs, handmade porcelain dinnerware by local artisan Jan Burtz, recycled and pleasantly shabby-chic European porcelain plates.

ABC Kitchen softly lit seating area.

Some of my favorites dishes included the Roasted beets with house-made yogurt, the Spinach, goat cheese and herbs pizza, and the Gazpacho with watermelon and tomatoes:

ABC Kitchen Gazpacho soup served in a Jan Burtz bowl.

The service was impeccable. Young and friendly servers popped in and out of the kitchen at lightning speed, yet managing to seem unrushed,  gracefully depositing plate after plate on tables. My sister is friendly with one of the sous-chefs there, the talented Ross Mendoza, and we thrilled to have a quick chat with him after our meal.

One word: Dessert. Please, please indulge. The toasted almond Panna Cotta is SUBLIME.

Now, on to the store itself. Meandering in the ABC Home aisles I found myself having to take deep, calming breaths. Thoughts going through my head : How can I check out all these beautiful offerings in just under two hours?? Remind me why don’t I live in New York again?! This place truly feels like a museum exhibit!

A few eye-catching sightings:

Handmade Italian dinnerware at ABC Home.
More Italian handmade tableware at ABC Home.
Stunning arrangement of containers and stones on a back lit surface. ABC Home.
ABC Home has a love affair with lights. And it shows…

 

Lovely geometric pendant at ABC Home.

 

Paper bubble pendant at ABC Home.
Stunning Murano Glass chandelier with a painted iron chandelier in the background.
Blu Dot Floor Lamp with red cord at ABC Home.

Textiles and pillows abound. I particularly enjoyed these indigo items:

Indigo Blue Pillows.

 

Indigo Blue blankets and textiles.
Intricate patterned blue pillow by Eskayel.

I loved how the pillows and blankets were organized by color hues:

Superb pillow and blankets arranged on a shelf at ABC Home.

There were many other fascinating floors are items but I just cannot cover all. Make sure to check the Raw section (a space dedicated to industrial vintage finds), the Cobble Hill furniture line:

Cobble Hill furniture upstairs at ABC Home.

And take the time to check out spaces with quietly gorgeous pieces such as above the restaurant, if you go up that staircase, you can find cream and wood and metal sculptural beauties such as:

Jaw dropping imposing French fountain at ABC Home (I would estimate it measured about 4 feet in diameter).

Dashing across the street to the ABC Home Rug building, 10 minutes before closing, I was able to take a glimpse at one of my favorite rug designer, the great Madeline Weinrib:

Madeline Weinrib cotton flatweave rugs.

Voilà, my friends! Hope you enjoyed my tour. Clearly, I shall have to visit ABC Home again very soon.

Blue Day Shopping

Last week my post was about feeling blue and the wonderful atmospheric quality of the  color blue.

This week I explore interesting items to shop for a Blue Day. Whether you like to be totally immersed in blue or just use pops of it here and there in your interiors, I have something for you!

Please have a seat:

Accessories, extra seating and coffee table:

Pillows, rugs and mirror:

Blue Fabrics:

New Spring Fabric Collection at Galbraith & Paul!

New Spring Fabric Collection at Galbraith & Paul!

I’ve been a big fan of Galbraith & Paul fabrics and patterns for a while. Founded in Philadelphia by Liz Galbraith and Ephraim Paul in 1986,  the studio started as a handmade paper company specializing in lighting. They have since grown to include a gorgeous line of hand blocked textiles, handmade wallpapers and rugs available to the trade. We are lucky to have them now represented at the Boston Design Center via Studio 534. These simple, refreshing designs come in multiple colorways and are a great addition to one’s home. Room & Board also sells an exclusive line of pillows and lighting made by Galbraith & Paul.

Celebrating its 25th year,  Galbraith & Paul  introduces 4 new patterns to its collection of hand block printed fabrics:  Lotus, Pomegranate, Monarch, & Ribbon.    Designed by Liz Galbraith, this spring’s collection is printed on three different linens and offered in a rich and unusual palette of colorways and combinations.   Because all of Galbraith & Paul fabrics are printed to order, clients can substitute and customize colors and ground cloths to an extent not possible in most fabric lines. The company offers as many as 100 colors to choose from, 37 patterns and six grounds!

Lotus in Sprout by Galbraith & Paul

When designing, Galbraith says, “I touch on many design traditions, but I’m careful not to land on any.”   The resulting patterns are at once both familiar and original, yielding a look that is transitional and versatile.  Lotus and Pomegranate are drawn from Indian textile traditions, where floral elements are decorative, painterly, and abstract.   Monarch and Ribbon are inspired by English and French ticking and border patterns, using stripes as a playful vehicle for color combination and coordination.   “Color is my passion,” Galbraith says.  “Nature is my inspiration.”

Ephraim Paul, the other half of the Galbraith & Paul duo, runs the office and works with showrooms and vendors. He very kindly agreed to an interview with Chez Elza for this post!

Liz, Paul, what inspired you to move from paper making for the lighting industry to textiles and rugs?                                                                                                             Liz: In the mid 1990’s, I became interested in block printing as a different way to make patterns in the studio. I had always loved fabric, and block printing became a great way to make patterns that had a handmade, artisanal quality to them.

Liz,  where did you learn the art of block printing?
I read about it in a book and started with some small blocks. We printed table runners for Simon Pearce stores as one of our first orders.

Monarch In Denim by Galbraith & Paul
Pomegranate pattern in Currant by Galbraith & Paul
 

Where do you draw your inspiration for these beautiful patterns from?
Liz: First, from nature: gardens, plans and flowers. Second: From a wide variety of design traditions that inspire me-everything from Amish quilts, Mid-Century Modern, Wiener Werkstatte, Bloomsbury, William Morris, Fortuny, etc.
Block Printing process at Galbraith & Paul
How long does it take your company to produce a yard of fabric?
Liz: We hand block print everything to order. A printer can do between 12 and 18 yards of fabric a day.

What are your favorite patterns in the new line?                                                         Liz: The Lotus and the Monarch

Can you tell us more about your rug and wallpaper lines?                                Ephraim: The rugs have been in our line since 2005. We do both hand tufted and hand knotted. The rugs are made in Thailand and Nepal respectively. Our fabric patterns lend themselves beautifully to rugs, and we’ve tried to capture the artisanal look and fell of our our fabrics in the rugs. Everything is made to order, and lots of customization is possible. Size, construction, scale and color: all can be changed and tweaked to make a truly special rug.

Rug in Fern pattern in Denim colorRug in Fern pattern in Denim color by Galbraith & Paul

The wallpaper is new to our line and produced in our studio digitally, though nobody can really tell this! What you see are the same kind of handmade textures, shadings, color blendings, etc that you see in our fabrics. We do 11 patterns in a variety of colorways, all of which can be customized to meet the client’s needs.

  Wallpaper Rolls by Galbraith & Paul
Tile WallPaper in Kiwi with an upholstered sofa in Diamond Pattern.Tile Wall Paper in Kiwi with an upholstered sofa in Diamond Pattern

What advice would you give a wannabe textile designer?                                         Liz: Lear how to draw and paint. Do things by hand!

A selection of patterns from the New Spring Collection at Galbraith & Paul

This new Spring fabric collection comes in many beautiful colorways. I see you can custom any fabric and offer 100 colors! How does the customization process work? For the fabric and wallpaper, you can choose any color from our palette for any of the patterns. There is a minimum order of 5 yards for custom. There is no up-charge per yard, just a $50 strike off* fee. Clients love working with our palettes since they can customize the patterns and make them just right for any project!

Thank You, Liz & Ephraim!

*A strike off in designer jargon is a custom sample of the custom order for the designer to approve.

Note: All photos are from the Galbraith & Paul website.