Classic Design for Modern Living

Month: July, 2013

Travel Items you can’t LEAVE Without

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One of my favorite things about summer is traveling. Whether it be sneaking off to Michigan’s Harbor Country for a weekend or a European jaunt- here is a selection of well designed items you can’t LEAVE without.  If traveling by plane don’t forget to pack a sweater or wrap, a great pair of sunglasses and easy slip on loafers.

Loro Piana Cashmere Wrap Cape, a great wrap and small blanket for the plane all in one.

Loro Piana Cashmere Wrap Cape, a great wrap and small blanket for the plane all in one.

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Ray Ban Aviator

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Tod’s Loafers, perfect to slip off and on at security check points.

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Goyard St. Louis Tote, an essential for stylish citizens of the world.

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You can’t go wrong with this Hermes Travel Bag

LOUIS VUITTON’S LIMITED EDITION TRAVEL COLLECTION

Legendary fashion house Louis Vuitton enlisted the help of a stellar roster of international designers to create its new 16-piece travel collection, which features meticulously crafted items that make globe-trotting a little easier and a lot more luxurious. Dubbed Objects Nomades, certain pieces will be made to order or for purchase at select locations. Visit louisvuitton.com for details.


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THE MARACATU TRAVEL CABINET
Brazilian designers and brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana devised this unique, limited-edition cabinet de voyage. The sustainable-design–conscious duo used recycled leather from one ofLouis Vuitton’s workshops to ornament the fringed, foldable travel cabinet, which has three shelves and a hook for easy hanging. Made to order, the piece costs $51,500; only a dozen will be produced—each in a different color.

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THE HAMMOCK
Also by Atelier Oï, this sophisticated hammock was inspired by Louis Vuitton’s classic trunk bed, designed in the 19th century for French explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. In the brand’s iconic Nomade leather with gold-plated fixtures, the hammock costs $32,300 and is available made to order.

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THE TRAVEL DESK
French designer Christian Liaigre fashioned this travel desk using the portability of easels used by painters in the 19th century as inspiration. With a maple frame and Nomade-leather top, the desk is sturdy yet lightweight. It is currently available made to order and costs $34,900.

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COL DE VOYAGE
Imagined by French designer Constance Guisset, this sleek, modern take on the travel pillow comrises eight airy cushions covered in ultrasoft fabric. It costs $1,010.

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LUNETTES DE SOMMEIL
This sleep mask, also by Guisset, is made of removable and washable foam rings sheathed in thermoformed leather. They cost $425 a pair.

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BAG HANGER
French designer Perrine Desmons gives the iconic Louis Vuitton padlock a modern makeover with this stylish bag hanger. Price upon request.

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THE BEACH CHAIR
This design by Maarten Baas demonstrates the Dutchman’s interest in shape-shifting objects. The durable beach chair, which comprises cotton straps and a hand-modeled resin-coated clay frame, folds up to be easily (and stylishly) carried. Currently in prototype form and not for sale.A few items we can’t travel without…

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TIFFANY & CO.
Tiffany & Co.’s Richard Lambertson and John Truex have conceived the quintessential summer carryall, a stylish woven-raffia tote lined with striped canvas and trimmed with Tiffany-blue, gardenia-white, or black (not shown) leather. The bags measure 19.5″ l. x 8″ w. x 11″ h. and sell for $695 each. tiffany.com, 800-843-3269

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SAMSUNG
Chic simplicity meets high-tech sophistication in Samsung’s NX300 Smart camera. Its revolutionary lens system allows it to shoot 3-D images and video in addition to the standard 2-D, and the device is equipped to share files over Wi-Fi. Shown in white, it also comes in black and brown; $750. samsung.com, 800-726-7864

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RIMOWA’S SALSA AIR POLYCARBONATE LUGGAGE
Lightweight yet durable, Rimowa’s Salsa Air polycarbonate luggage comes in several sizes and an assortment of unusual shades—easy to identify at baggage claim. The 22″ h. x 15.75″ w. x 8″ d. version is shown in pearl rose, and the 29″ h. x 19″ w. x 11″ d. version in ice-blue. They cost $495 and $550, respectively. rimowa.com, 519-653-1445

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MARK CROSS
Brighten up your workday with a rich calfskin folio by Mark Cross. The 15″ l. x 11″ w. case comes in orange and blue (pictured) as well as red, yellow, and brown; $1,500 each. markcross1845.com, 212-288-1180

lv_parisTHE LOUIS VUITTON TRAVEL BOOK COLLECTION
Congolese artist Cheri Samba shows us Paris. Jean-Philippe Delhomme, the Frenchman, crosses the ocean and wanders through the streets of New York. American artist Daniel Arsham travels to the remote Easter Island, and Natsko Seki, a young Japanese illustrator, discovers London. Succeeding to the “Carnets de Voyage”, the Travel Book collect, from Louis Vuitton, offers a new vision of travel, an blend of wild places and artists. The illustrations of renowned artists promising young talents tell the stories of the cities and countries they have visited, depicting each place’s varied architecture and special light, recording the passing days and the lives of its people.

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VILLES D’EUROPE
31 European cities featuring 7000 hotels, restaurants, galleries and boutiques all chosen with flair and distinction. $145 www.louisvuitton.com

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SOLÉ BICYCLES

Take a stylish spin around town with this fixed-gear bike from Solé Bicycles. Riders can choose from 12 energetic colorways, including the aquatic navy and buoy-yellow combination shown, and four different heights; $380. solebicycles.com

Hope you enjoy your summer vacation!

Comments are always welcome!  Please visit the Gray and Walter website for more ideas for your interiors, www.kennethwalter.com

Cheers,

Kenneth Walter

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Al Fresco Style

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Summer is all about pools, porches and playfulness. Interior design is not limited to the interior.  It’s time to bring the outdoors in and the indoors out.  My favorite part of summer is dining Al Fresco.  Here are some of my favorite inspirations for your summer parties and a few ideas to get you started:

1- Be playful, combine herbs, flowers and fruits from the garden for your centerpieces.

2- Having Tivoli lights and candles creates a European and romantic feeling after the sun sets.

3- Layer textiles- tapestries, table cloths, napkins, placemats- have fun!

4- Plan a seasonal menu with fresh fruits and vegetables.  At our house we love antipasto with fresh figs, watermelon and feta salad, paella and anything with berries for dessert!

5- Here’s your chance to serve some great chilled wines, rose and whites are
typically the best bet. Otherwise don’t forget to have beer, vodka and gin
for those who are not wine drinkers. If the theme is south of the border serve margaritas, mojitos and sangria.

6- When you are a guest at someone’s outdoor party remember the nights can
become chilly. Ladies don’t forget to bring a pashmina or cashmere wrap, gentlemen
should bring a light cashmere sweater, or linen jacket.

We all look forward to summer, I know I do!

Hope you enjoyed our post!  Comments are always welcome!  Please visit the Gray and Walter website for more ideas for your interiors, www.kennethwalter.com

Cheers,

Kenneth Walter

 


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A few summer must haves I ran across in July’s issue of Architectural Digest, Enjoy!

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MCKINNON AND HARRIS

Alfresco dining gets an extra serving of style from the Gothic motif of McKinnon and Harris’s Graves outdoor side chair. Measuring 37″ h. x 19″ w. x 25″ d., the aluminum frame comes in gray (pictured) and a variety of other colors. An armchair is also offered, and the seat cushion can be ordered in a range of Sunbrella fabrics or c.o.m.; to the trade. mckinnonharris.com, 804-358-2385

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COWTAN & TOUT

The undulating stripes on Larsen’s Jackson fabric evoke gently rolling surf and refreshing sea breezes. The linen blend comes in, from top, ocean, red tulip, liquorice, and celadon; to the trade at Cowtan & Tout. cowtan.com, 212-647-6900 rb

REED & BARTON

Part of Reed & Barton’s Heritage collection, this elegant ice bucket and cocktail shaker by designer Thomas O’Brien are a debonair take on classic barware. Offered in the company’s new pewter-plate finish, the pieces are both durable and tarnish-proof; they cost $175 and $125, respectively. reedandbarton.com, 866-797-9675 sl1

SERENA & LILY

Backed with ultrasoft terry cloth, these tailored cotton towels by Serena & Lily cast classic nautical stripes in summery shades of ultramarine and lime. The 30″ x 55″ bath towel costs $28, the 20″ x 30″ hand towel is $18, and the 12″-sq. washcloth is $8; additional sizes and colors are available. serenaandlily.com, 866-597-2742

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TEXTILLERY WEAVERS

Constructed from Sunbrella materials, these indoor-outdoor throws by Textillery Weavers are perfect for cool summer nights. Available in several striking hues, including (from top) tulip, dandelion, pool, and tomato, the washable acrylic blankets measure 44″ x 72″ and sell for $245 each. textillery.com, 800-223-7673