Paola Navone Designs for Crate and Barrel: A Hit!!!

Crate and Barrel describes Paola Navone perfectly in the following bio:

She is a world-renowned architect, designer, art director, interior decorator, industrial planner, creator of events and, in her words, “a little bit of an anthropologist.”

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She is a dreamer, she is curious, she appreciates the eclectic. She is Italian by birth but calls the world home. She is a natural entertainer who finds joy in impromptu gatherings around the table to celebrate a beautifully simple menu.

Therefore it only seemed appropriate that Crate and Barrel would invite her to design a dining collection, composed of furniture, linens, tableware and lighting.

I had to stop in my tracks the other day at Crate and Barrel when I saw the beautiful arrangements at the Burlington, MA store. Whimsical and peppy, inviting and elegant are words that come to mind. I am not necessarily sold on all the colors, but they certainly deliver a big bang for lovers of red, white and blue. The greys and whites were my favorites.

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Como Round Marble Top Dining Table by Paola Navone, a truly stunning combination | Photo courtesy Crate and Barrel

Riviera Tall Windsor Chair by Paola Navone offers fantastic scale | Photo courtesy Crate and Barrel

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Riviera Small Grey Pendant by Paola Navone for Crate and Barrel | Photo courtesy Crate and Barrel

Paola Navone designs for Crate and Barrel | Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch

The Como Bench by Paola Navone for Crate and Barrel | Photo courtesy Crate and Barrel

Como Loopy Candleholders by Paola Navone for Crate and Barrel | Photo courtesy Crate and Barrel

Paola Navone designs for Crate and Barrel | Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch

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Como White Woven Chair by Paola Navone for Crate and Barrel, a beauty | Photo courtesy Crate and Barrel

What do you think, friends? Curious to hear! Happy Weekend!

 

 

Two Jaw Dropping Museum Collections in Boston

Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaThe Harvard Museum of Natural History is a wonderful gem  located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photo credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

With a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, the Harvard Museum of Natural History draws on the University’s collections and research to present a historic and interdisciplinary exploration of science and nature.

I try to go once a year to take in some of my favorite museum collections. Today I am sharing two of my favorite permanent exhibits. What is really wonderful about these is you can see them anytime, they never go away…

The Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants are the most delicate and exquisite glass models of botany ever seen. These unique pieces were commissioned by Professor George Goodale, founder of Harvard’s Botanical Museum, who wanted life-like representations of the plant kingdom to teach botany in his classrooms.

From 1886 to 1936, father and son glass artisans team Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka of the Blaschka Studio, Hosterwitz, Germany, made these beauties entirely of blown and fused glass, with wire reinforcements hidden inside the glass as needed.

Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaRows and rows of plants in gorgeous polished wood and glass cases adorn the exhibit. Above, a glass banana plant and fruit. Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaAbove, a glass water lily. Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

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Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaTools of the trade used to make the glass plants. Colored glass was used for many pieces and, in some cases, some plants were enameled with a thin wash of colored ground glass or metal oxides and heated until the material fused to the model. Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

In another room, is the extraordinary museum collection of rocks and minerals. This renovated gallery displays thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones in both rough and cut examples, including a 1,600-pound amethyst geode from Brazil. Exhibits highlight new research and offer a broad overview of the dynamic processes and events that formed our planet and that have shaped its continuing evolution.

To visit this room for someone in love with nature, color and texture, is equivalent to dying and going to heaven:

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I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Happy weekend!

Barbara

My Summer Show House : A Seaside Haven

I promised to deliver and here it is: the post many of you have been waiting for!

As you may recall, earlier this year, I had the huge honor of being selected to design a space for the Museums of Old York 24th Annual Decorator Show House. So many of you have been asking to see photos. I wanted to wait till I had professional photos of the space before sharing these with my readers. I also needed to check with magazine editors that I know were planning on featuring my space to make sure they would be okay with my publishing some photographs.

I finally have a GREEN light!

So, without any further ado, please join me for a tour:

View from the inside of the porch to a peaceful landscaped haven. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch

View from the inside of the porch to a peaceful landscaped haven. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch

Upon entering, a full view of my Cove Porch Show house space. Designer:  Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

Upon entering, a full view of my Cove Porch Show house space. Designer:  Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

A detail of the teak sofa vignette with a Water and Main compass under a glass dome and cactus branch. Vintage French binoculars, teak and electroplated steel side table. Designer : Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc Photo Credit:  Greg PremruA detail of the teak sofa vignette with a Water and Main compass under a glass dome and cactus branch. Vintage French binoculars, teak and electroplated steel side table. Designer : Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc Photo Credit:  Greg Premru

Detail of weather resistant armchairs with custom outdoor pillows and custom outdoor sheers. Ceramic garden stool, seagrass basket with Moroccan glasses and French decanter. Stark Carpet custom outdoor rug. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo: Greg PremruDetail of weather resistant armchairs with custom outdoor pillows and custom outdoor sheers. Ceramic garden stool, seagrass basket with Moroccan glasses and French decanter. Stark Carpet custom outdoor rug. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo: Greg Premru

Custom console painted in Hague blue by Farrow and Ball, Water and Main green stool and paddles, Philippe Starck Kartell chairs.Planter arrangements by designer, succulents on loan courtesy Churchill Gardens in NH. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin SerranoCustom console painted in Hague blue by Farrow and Ball, Water and Main green stool and paddles, Philippe Starck Kartell chairs.Planter arrangements by designer, succulents on loan courtesy Churchill Gardens in NH. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

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The dining area. Kingsley Bate teak table and Starck chairs. Darby Road Antiques antique wood leg candlestick holders, custom runner and terrarium adorn the table. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin SerranoThe dining area. Kingsley Bate teak table and Starck chairs. Darby Road Antiques antique wood leg candlestick holders, custom runner and terrarium adorn the table. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

Custom console table with vintage paddles, oil painting by my mother, artist Ghetta Hirsch, authentic coral specimen, Mexican glasses, French 1940's Sarreguemines Majolica gravy boat. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Greg PremruCustom console table with vintage paddles, oil painting by my mother, artist Ghetta Hirsch, authentic coral specimen, Mexican glasses, French 1940’s Sarreguemines Majolica gravy boat. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Greg Premru

Photo Credit: Irvin SerranoAnother view with bench at left and mosaic art by Ariel Shoemaker. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

Photo: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaArt I had commissioned for my show house space to mimic the underwater and above ground vegetation . Beautiful mosaic work by artist Ariel Shoemaker. Ariel uses a menagerie of glass mixed in with semi precious stones such as turquoise or chalcedony. This piece is currently for sale and is part of a pair (can be sold separately). Photo : Barbara Elza Hirsch

 And memories:Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaAbove, photos acting as memories of the construction and planning behind the show house. I love the photo of my son sitting on a Philippe Starck chair, taking a break from helping his dad and I on location :-) All photos Barbara Elza Hirsch.

Chez ElzaChez ElzaI accumulated over 6000 miles this spring and summer to prepare for and oversee my show house. I drove to and back from Kittery Point, Maine so many times I knew the Beach Pea menu by heart. And what a menu!!! 

It was all worth it! If you are interested in purchasing some of the items from the show house, please contact me. I will be posting a link to the items very soon.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my porch. Of course, the best is to walk in a space, but this is the closest I could get you, and the professional photographers who took the shots did a wonderful job :-)

A bientôt!

Brizo in Memphis, A Fab Factory & Party!

In my last post, I wrote about my trip to Memphis with Brizo and our visit at St. Jude Children Research Hospital. In this chapter, I want to relay what I learned and saw at the Delta Faucet Company Factory, which produces Brizo faucets in Jackson, TN (Delta is the mother company of the Brizo brand).

There is something very exciting about meeting the hands and people behind products we install on our design projects. Designers are a manufacturer’s best audience: we are total nerds when it comes to how products are made! We love it when furnishings brands take the time to walk us around their factories! We ask lots of questions, and ooh and aah a lot. If we can clap, we do!

As far as I can remember, I have always loved understanding the behind the scenes of how things are made. I was in for a real treat in Jackson. We toured the factory, met the workers (who wore the coolest black Brizo T-Shirts to welcome us),  and learned that fascinating machines zap metal finishes on faucets using Physical Vapor Deposition technology (my absolute favorite part of the tour).

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The PVD Chamber at the DELTA Faucet Company Plant. Incredible technology that bonds thin layers of metal through a rig developed by NASA in 2010. Photo credit: Brizo

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Plating station at the plant. Photo credit: Brizo

What was remarkable was to observe the workers at work: nothing is left to chance. Everything is measured, analyzed, checked by humans and machines, and has to pass inspection.

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Gauging at the factory. Photo credit: Brizo

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Assembly inspection of products. Photo credit: Brizo

After the tour, we met with the technology engineers of Brizo and saw a fascinating experiment demonstrating the reliability of capacitive sensing in hands free SMART TOUCH sensing technology. My thoughts? Infra red is out. It just is not reliable enough, as the infra reds’ ability to read movement is affected by things as complex as colors and materials such as glass, which can alter the signal and sometimes obstruct it.

Many fantastic technologies are available to customers now, such as H2O Kinetic Technology (see my past blog post on this) which allows for a unique shower experience.

For a very reasonable cost, you can purchase a shower head equipped with H2O Kinetic Technology and improve the flow and texture of your water immensely. Imagine two garden hoses, with open spouts, being rotated manually as water pours out. Now, imagine these water curves intersecting and crossing each other, and you will have an idea of the power of this technology.

I have installed these at home and was amazed at the difference this technology can make…

Our trip would not have been complete without a good party:

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Boston designers posing for the photo booth: fun fun times! Laft to right: Designers Pamela Copeman, Leslie Fine, behind Leslie is Yvonne Blacker, I’m in front of Yvonne, on my right are Laurie Gorelick and Linda Merrill.

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Partying at the Peabody hotel and the Memphis Blues Club…All photos Barbara Elza Hirsch

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Thanks to our host, Brizo, for inviting us to share such fabulous times. I leave you with a sweet touch. What do you get if you cross the Peabody Hotel ‘s mascot with Brizo’s generosity and flair? You get a duck shaped cookie and bubbly delivered to your hotel room..to recoup before the next event.

As we say in French, “C’est la classe”. Translation: It’s a class act :-)

 

 

Brizo In Memphis and a Powerful Partnership for Children

This summer I had the opportunity to gather with an extraordinary group of people, all “alumnis” of the Brizo Blogger19. As you may remember from my January and February blog posts, I had the fantastic opportunity to attend a workshop organized by Brizo-creators of stylish plumbing fixtures- in New York during Fashion Week, where we also discovered Jason Wu’s glorious designs. Since 2010, Brizo has been inviting an elite group of designers, architects and influencers, which has since grown to include nearly 130 leaders in their fields, and from all over the globe. While diverse in their aesthetic, the Blogger 19 are all united by a shared experience at New York Fashion Week, hosted by the premium faucet brand Brizo.

A primary sponsor of fashion designer Jason Wu, Brizo believes high-style applies not just to the clothes we wear but is a lifestyle that extends to our aesthetic at home. Hence their innovative creations in stylish plumbing!!!

It was quite moving to be reunited all together at once, and we met many peers we had only spoken to long distance, via social media. I cannot stress enough the importance of a community in the Design Industry. We help each other grow, learn, think, exchange, and everyone benefits.

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View of Memphis from my Peabody Hotel bedroom. Photo credit: Barbara Hirsch | Chez Elza

This trip was particularly meaningful to me.

We learned about Brizo’s ongoing partnership with Memphis’ St Jude’s Children Research Hospital : Since 2010, Brizo has been a national sponsor for the St Jude Dream Home Giveaway, donating more than 1 million dollars to date in furnishings and fundraising efforts.

We were invited by the Brizo management to visit the hospital on site.

A few notes about the hospital:
-St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® opened in 1962 and was
founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas.
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A small exhibit on Danny Thomas is hosted inside the Arabic inspired cupola. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch
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Thomas was of Lebanese origin and Lebanon was extremely supportive of his project. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch
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Beautiful detail of the cupola where we listened to speakers and had breakfast before the tour. Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch 
-St Jude’s mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other deadly diseases through pioneering research and exceptional care.
-No family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
-In 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, was 4 percent. Today, the survival rate for this once deadly disease is94 percent, thanks to research and treatment.
-The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.7 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions
-St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world
-St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children.
-St. Jude researchers are published and cited more often in high impact publications than any other private pediatric oncology institution in America.

We spent a day visiting the hospital with Brizo managers and employees, touring the facilities, even meeting with patients and families.

It was hard. It was moving.

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The hospital’s multidenominational chapel.

All of us have been touched by cancer directly or indirectly: to witness the spirit of St Jude’s daily battle and incredible tenacity and optimism is truly a gift. Nobody wants to hear about illness or dying, but the reality is, it’s part of life.

As a designer reporting about the hospital, I tried to also approach this visit from a design perspective. Color and architecture, space planning and art were central elements all around the hospital.

Some say design is superfluous. It’s not. It is a central element in our surroundings. Appealing and inviting spaces make us feel loved and comfortable.

I commend St. Jude hospital for designing facilities that make being sick a little less grey and scary:

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Art tables await much anticipated artistic expressions.

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Above : Hallway exhibits, murals and messages abound at St Jude’s Children Research Hospital. Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch.

Below, common rooms and family apartments at Target House, where some of the families are lodged:

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Above: The Brad Paisley common room. The artist donated the room and its decor. Like many artists, celebrities and sponsors, everyone becomes part of St Jude’s  community. For example, artists will come regularly and spend time with the children, or play music outdoors for the families.

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An outdoor common area at St Jude’s. Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch.

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The Shawn White Family Room. Photo credit : Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza.

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Messages of hope abound at the Target  House. Photo credit : Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Later, we were allowed to interact with some of the children patients and their families to work on an art project. Understandably, photos were not allowed to respect the families’ privacy.

This was truly a very awe inspiring visit and experience and I felt privileged to  have toured such a unique research hospital.

Thank you, Brizo, and thank you, St Jude.

 

 

 

 

 

New Orleans: Clicking Snapshots of a Unique Culture

New Orleans’ culture is rich and multi-layered like a complex and very refined cake. While on tour with the wonderful BlogtourNOLA gang, I snapped a few images of some of what makes this city’s heart beat faster.

The food:

Chez ElzaAll photos and layout by Chez Elza The food is to die for and -literally- has visitors commenting out loud with their mouths full: “I’ll diet as soon as I get back home!”

 The music:

Photos and layout by Chez ElzaAnd the good times:

Photos and layout by Chez ElzaAnd what a fabulous night life, with artists in markets at 11 PM!

Photo by Barbara Elza Elza HirschAt the Frenchmen Art Market. Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Chez ElzaNOLA 1962Artist photographer Andy Levin holding up some of his work. Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Chez ElzaArtist jeweler Krista De Joseph and her wonderful smile in front of her handmade jewelery.

Chez ElzaCheck out her work by clicking on the link above! Photos by Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

We had a blast, thank you, Veronika of Modenus! Organizer extraordinaire:

V and daughterA lovely mother-daughter duo… Veronika at right. Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

 

Crushing For These Fabrics

Sharing the love, friends, these beauties have piqued my interest. What do you think?

Malakos in Ink by Dwell Studio for Robert Allen Fabrics-100% cotton

Window Glitz in Dew- linen -Naturals II – Robert Allen Fabrics

Trouville Ticking in Denim by Ralph Lauren for Kravet- Linen/Lurex

Limitless in Linden by Jonathan Adler for Kravet- Linen Print

Sandy Pond in Roseberry by Thom Filicia for Kravet- Linen and cotton

72066-269 in Lemon -Enchanted-Duralee Cotton slub duck

Seen at KBIS 2013 in NOLA

Of course, my trip to New Orleans for our fabulous BlogtourNOLA adventure was not just about touring the city and discovering its charms. We were invited to visit and report back from KBIS 2013, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. Many of our sponsors had fantastic new products and great booths to flaunt and I very much enjoyed my visit and learning about these. I should also mention the hospitable Press lounge hosted by the NKBA, thank God for their snack station and their inviting and gigantic white sofas and chairs!

For starters, I was extremely impressed by the Cosentino Group. Cosentino, a large Spanish Company, is famously know for its Silestone Brand, but I also discovered their Eco brand, and learned that they make sinks!

Through superior strength, incredible beauty and an unparalleled distribution network, Silestone is rapidly becoming the choice for discerning consumers. There are many advantages to using Silestone: since it is a surface that is manufactured from natural quartz, it’s highly resistant to stains and scratches, and has a low level of fluid absorption. Silestone comes in over 60 quartz colors for countertops, two textures (polished and suede) and several different formats, which make it extremely versatile, and can even be used in large pieces without requiring any joins. Silestone is perfect for use in a great many applications in the kitchen and bathroom.

I fell head over heels for the Nebula series:

Lyra in the Nebula series by Silestone. Photo via Cosentino.

I was surprised by how it closely resembles marble yet is extremely durable and resistant to liquids.

Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch for Chez Elza.The latest Ismir pattern in the Nebula collection by Silestone. Note the discreet gold lines threaded throughout. Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch, Chez Elza.

We were lucky to meet with Silestone’s VP of Marketing, Lorenzo Marquez, who took the time to answer questions and present upcoming top secret creations. All I can say is “Wow!”

Integrated sink made of White Zeus:

Integrity One

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Integrity sink by Silestone courtesy Cosentino Group.

Integrity sinks gives you the sensation of unity, of perfect integration with the rest of the elements of your worktop.

This most innovative product launch boasts all the remarkable characteristics of Silestone that make it the premier product on the market. These features include: high scratch resistance, durability and of course the highest performance in terms of design and guaranteed bacteriostatic protection.

An example of Silestone in the bathroom for the sink:

TOTO toilets are world class. We all know someone who needs a new toilet. “Mine won’t, hum, (whisper) f-l-u-s-h what it’s supposed to!” “I am tired of craning my neck to clean all the nooks and curves of my toilet pedestal!” Shhh…But really, guess what? We hear this time over and again, and TOTO has truly a response to every toilet dilemma!

Consider the wall mounted (extremely popular with designers and home owners alike):

Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaThe tag is self explanatory and showcases the advantages to a wall mount. No more huffing and puffing with your hair brushing the toilet lid (eek!) as you bend over and attempt to take out dirt from the sinewy pedestal…Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Then there’s the one piece toilet. A cleaning dream!

Chez ElzaThe Legato One piece toilet by TOTO. Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

TOTO is unabashedly in love with its products, and they are perfectly justified in being so! Imagine a company whose commitment to environmental sustainability goes “beyond compliance.” Their high-efficiency toilets, faucets and showers lead the industry in water savings, and their expert engineering results in first-rate performance, reliability and customer satisfaction. I loved that they have a People First policy as their core principle, the people are central in their innovations.

TOTO also creates beautiful sinks and bathroom products such as this little favorite of mine:

Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaThe Maris semi-recessed vessel sink by TOTO. Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

I have to share a snapshot of local Cape Cod based designer Linda Merrill under an umbrella, testing one of TOTO’s pulsating shower heads!

Linda 's dashing smile. Photo Barbara Elza HirschDashing smile on designer Linda Merrill. Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Other impressive products I noted at KBIS 2013 were the trendy free standing tub fillers by Brizo:

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Chez ElzaAnd the frenzy over stand alone tubs…such sculptural elements :

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I could not resist this pièce de resistance, a miniature wall exhibit of Aria tubs:

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And my pet peeve, exceptionally built shower doors:

 Kinetic In-Line KS by Fleurco . Stunning shower door systems. Photo courtesy Fleurco.

Well, it’s time for me to renovate my bathroom, folks! When I do, I promise to document the redo here and share with my readers!

In the meantime, it is time to bid you farewell. A bientôt!

 

 

DU VERRE, a Hardware Company with Style

One of our Blogtour Sponsors was DUVERRE Hardware, a leader in quality and original design for cabinet hardware based in Canada.

I did not have the pleasure of meeting the owners but examined their website and press information with a lot of interest. I also had a lot of fun participating in a Pinterest contest challenge organized by DU Verre which I won! I cannot wait to receive my prize, an IPAD Mini!

Who knew such creative energy could be put into drawer pulls and knobs? Working with highly respected designers from all aspects of the design world, Du Verre has created unique design-driven collections of knobs and pulls for fine furniture and interiors. The company has raised the bar on innovative hardware design and the sustainable use of materials.

2½Pomegranate Pull by Heinz Pflege for DU VERRE. . Shown in satin nickel.

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Forged 3 by Heinz Pfleger for DU VERRE. -Shown in antiqued brass.

Thanks to progressive manufacturing methods, each piece of their die cast hardware is crafted in eco-friendly recycled aluminum that is fully compatible with LEED objectives. Known for originality, sculptural designs, warm textures and beautiful finishes, Du Verre’s hardware collections exude a global elegance and classical silhouette that will appeal to many designers and homeowners. Each piece is finished by hand, making each one truly unique.

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Series 3 by Scot Laughton for DU VERRE. Shown in satin nickel.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Gina Lubin, one of the founding partners of Du Verre.

CHEZ ELZA: Gina, what motivated you to start Du Verre?

Gina: “The evolution of Du Verre has been a pretty organic process. My partner and I had a studio/retail design business in Toronto. We were designing furniture and making
custom hardware for our own projects. An opportunity arose for us to try our hand at
production. We leaped at it. And now, thirteen years later it is our sole focus.”

Did you know right away what the company would produce or did you evolve as the company grew?

“We really didn’t know where Du Verre Hardware would take us. But, curiosity and a willingness to try things has been a driving force in our business life.

When you were a child, what did you dream of doing when you grew up?  Are you surprised you grew up to do what you do?

“To be honest, I thought I’d be living in the country somewhere bucolic working as a
sculptor! Well I find myself in the city but creating hardware does have some of that
sculptor fantasy in it. So maybe I’m on my way!”

What is your favorite part of the job? the one that is most dear to you.

“I do like my work. It’s so varied. Du Verre has been my school. We have been
in business for thirty years. Through its many incarnations, I have traveled, met
amazing people, created interesting objects and learned about business, politics and
the world.”

How many years elapse from design thought process to prototype to manufacturing of a pull or knob?

“Sometimes years, sometimes weeks. From the time we decide to put something in
the line, it usually takes about three to six months to get it produced and into stock.”

How do you see the art of pulls and knobs evolving in the next few decades?

“I don’t really know. I suppose the use of new materials and technologies will have animpact. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Can you send me a photo of you with your favorite knob and pull?

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One of Gina Lubin”s favorite pull, Arroyo in white. Du Verre.

I had a lot of fun discovering this unique hardware brand. Creative processes are found everywhere. When art meets industrial design, it can mean a perfect marriage! Du Verre is clearly example of this!

A bientôt!

Note: all photos courtesy Du Verre Hardware.