8 December 2018

Week in Review

From a Brooklyn brownstone installation to Miami Art Basel, a peek at what we did this week.

We love sharing what we’re working on, what we’re seeing, and what’s inspiring us right now so we though it would be fun to do a little recap of our goings on this week at McGrath II. We started out with an installation in Brooklyn Heights (check out some details from the living room below). Our client has a very colorful art collection which inspired the palette of the living room. We started with a strong two tone blue Samarkand rug which we then layered on top of purple, green and pale blue. We rounded out the week with  a visit to our lamp shade maker (always fun to see all of the beautiful shades in production!) and a quick trip down to Miami for the art fair.

A large scale multi color piece of art will be going above the sofa. 
 A detail of a chair where two different fabrics where used on the front and the back. The Fortuny fabric on the back gives it a fresh kick we think!

Not only does our client love to entertain friends and colleagues. they also have a family of five grown children (and grandchildren!). So while the living room is not a particularly large room, it was crucial that it have enough seating to accommodate big groups. To maximize the number of people able to gather in the room, we designed a custom banquette covered in a blue strie fabric. Click the play button on the image below to see more.

With amazing views of the water, this sofa is sure to get lots of use!

We visited our custom lampshade fabricator to see all of the lampshades we have in production for upcoming installations. We’re firm believers in the power of a custom lampshade to dramatically change the mood of a room. There’s nothing more flattering than light filtered through a beautiful handsewn shade — and making shades custom means the size is always exactly the right proportions for your lamp. We love lining them with a soft pink fabric (not seen from the outside) to  enhance the ambient light in a room.

This one was one of our favorites for a master bedroom that will have silk de Gournay walls.
For a little girl's room in an apartment downtown.

We headed down to Miami for Art Basel on Wednesday (we’ll share some of our favorite pieces next week). It was fun to see the work of Canadian painter Brian Rideout who paints interiors that he finds mostly in interior design magazines. We spotted this familiar room of Bunny Mellon’s and had to take a peak at Rideout’s work.

A painting of Bunny Mellon’s library at Oak Spring Farm in Virginia.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

— Lauren & Suzanne
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