Add a piece from this drAmatic new Black Feather tabletop collection by designer Michael Aram and you’ll be all set the next time your family and friends flock together at your place. Inspired by the designer’s love of this iconic image from nature (“Each one is completely different, like a fingerprint”), the sleek-looking collection is made of stainless steel, with the single three-dimensional black feather rendered in black nickel plate with a powder-coat finish. The seven-piece line, ranging from a $59 napkin box to a $199 serving bowl, is available at Nordstrom in White Plains (914) 946-1122). Not fond of feathers? Other new Michael Aram tabletop collections feature gourds and vines, lotus blossoms, and hostas.
There’s nothing understated about this lighting pendant from Corbett Lighting—it’s pure drama. Configured like a blooming flower, the show-stopping Bliss chandelier shimmers with Brazilian rock crystals, smoked crystal medallions, and silvery crystal link tassels—and that’s before you even turn it on. Featuring a topaz-leaf finish, solid iron base, and pearl-white glass shades capping each bulb, it is offered in several pendant configurations ($2,985 to $8,985) and as a sconce ($375). Available at Patdo Light Studio in Port Chester (914-937-6707) and Fashion Light Center in Greenwich, CT (203-869-3098). For further info: corbettlighting.com.
As word nerds who are passionate about great home design, we are absolutely loving everything about designer Alexandra Ferguson’s typographic pillows.They are like the T-shirts of home furnishings, giving you a chance to say what’s really on your mind. Sporting such sassy proclamations as “Call Your Mother” and “Go To The Gym,” or iconic typographic symbols like a single giant ampersand, their bold, color-blocked graphics suggest minimalist mid-century design. And, in keeping with this century’s greater green consciousness, they’re constructed from only eco-friendly materials, including felt made from recycled plastic bottles and a hemp- and organic-cotton canvas.
A New Rochelle native, Ferguson had worked for a flip-flop company, retailer Rebecca Taylor, and designer Zac Posen. “I have no idea what sparked my interest in working with pillows,” she says. “Maybe it’s that pillows don’t have fittings or that the fashion industry is heavy and fast and I was looking for a break from that.” After making some pillows for her first apartment and as gifts for friends, Ferguson started selling her extras on etsy.com in early 2009. “Etsy put me on the map,” she says.
Alexandra Ferguson pillows have been featured on the Today show, in the New York Times, and House Beautiful, Real Simple, and Coastal Living magazines. Ranging in price from $69 to $145 at Say Cheese & Thank You in Dobbs Ferry, Nest Inspired Home in Rye, and Hickory & Tweed in Armonk, as well as at alexandraferguson.com.
With research by Sara Steinfeld