July 18th, 2014
We represent many textile artists here at Studio Four. I love getting to know these people and learning about what has inspired them to create textiles. Putting a story behind their products makes them so magical!
So – if you’re like me and ever wonder how our friends at LuRu Home make their lovely indigo fabrics…
Here’s a video that will not only answer all your questions, but it will also make you want to join their team (next stop China)! I love these girls and I love what they’re doing. Hope you find this as inspirational as I did!
LuRu Home Nankeen Indigo Dye Process from C Russo on Vimeo.
July 16th, 2014
I’m back!! Sorry to have disappeared for so long, but I promise there is an excuse! Studio Four is in the process of expanding – new showroom, new website, new antique rug gallery (online and in the showroom), new fabrics, new wallpapers, new pillows, new wallpaper design collaborations – basically new everything. So let’s just say that 2014 and 2015 are going to be BIG!
However, in the meantime I wanted to talk a little bit about what is inspiring me right now. And her name is Enid Marx! I think her work is just incredible. I was first turned on to Enid’s designs a few years back when I was admiring the Borderline fabric collection offered by my friend Lucy Rose (P.S. Lucy has an amazing collection of hand made textiles from UK artists that I highly recommend you checking out!!).
Enid was born in London in the 1902 and was a phenomenal graphic artist. Her block print art was incorporated into upholstery fabric designs but was also loved by publishers as illustrations for book jackets and even postage stamps.
I think her hand and style were simply extraordinary!! Here are a few of my favorites:
July 2nd, 2014
Looks like our favorite gals over at Vogue are loving our Tulu chargers and napkins as much as we do. Check out the great press we just got in the July issue of Vogue and Vogue online.
Above Top Left: Tulu Handprinted Napkin in Orhan Blue. Find it in our online store. See the article here.
Above Top Left: Tulu Handpainted Elif Charger. Find it in our online store.
Tulu chargers and napkins are sure to add a super stylish punch to your next outdoor dinner party (Shop for these beauties – for sale now in our online store). Cheers to summer and a BIG cheers to our friends at Vogue!
May 28th, 2014
I just got word from the lovely ladies at Walter G. that wallpaper is in their future. I’m a huge fan of the Walter G. fabrics and have often thought that some of their simple geometrics would make super chic wallpapers. Well, luckily the girls were thinking the same thing! Don’t get too excited yet, because we won’t have sampling of these awesome papers until later in the summer… but here is a sneak peak at the goodness that is Walter G.
May 23rd, 2014
We are excited to introduce you to our newest wallpaper line, Voutsa. George Venson is the design mastermind behind Voutsa, and needless to say he is getting lots of buzz in the design world. So please stop by the showroom soon and check out these fabulous papers in person. Here’s a little peek of some of our favorite Voutsa wallpapers:
May 20th, 2014
A few weeks back I talked about custom coloring some alpaca samples and how we were inspired by Josef and Anni Albers.
Well, color is still on my brain, and now I am really loving the work of Maya Huyuk. I was particularly fascinated by her mural at Bowery and Houston.
Here are some of my other favorites from her portfolio…
A mural in process
ALICE GALLERY, 2013 paint on wall 12 x 20
BONFIRE #2, 2012 acrylic on canvas 48 x 48
REMAIN IN LIGHT #4 2013 acrylic and flashe on canvas 48 x 72
SEXY HAMBURGER #2, 2009, acrylic on canvas 12X16
HOUSEBOAT 2013 acrylic on panel 14 x 14
May 13th, 2014
It is May… one of my favorite month’s of the year. I got married in May, my first son was born in May, and my wanderlust usually gets the best of me in May.
Let it be known that I do love NYC in May! It is truly a great time to live here, but this time of year I really just want to hop on a red-eye and skip on over to Paris for a long weekend (it is a beautiful time to visit in case anyone is looking to plan a trip?!).
Fortunately and unfortunately, life is a little nuts for me this May… we are about to begin construction to make a bigger and better Studio Four showroom, we are setting up an online shopping site called The Market, and I am planning a super cool 40th birthday party for my super cool husband. So it looks like my weekend jaunt to the city of lights will be on hold for a while. BUT if I were going to be in Paris this May, this is what I would do…
Tom Scheerer‘s dreamy townhouse in le Marais.
Paris is full of all sorts of amazing cuisine, but if I had my way I would just sit at the Huiterie Regis eating oysters and sipping rosé all day.
After stuffing my face with oysters and rosé, I would venture off to spend the rest of my day shopping at Merci.
And I’m kinda obsessed with this Diamond Lightbulb from Merci right now, so if you go can you pick one up for me??!
May 7th, 2014
We’ve been ordering some new custom rug samples for the showroom this week. A particular favorite of the moment is our alpaca boucle, flatweave quality. We are taking our color and design inspiration from the timeless color geniuses, Josef and Anni Albers. Here is a look at what we are up to…
The artists and their work…
And these are some small samples of our alpaca boucle flatweave quality using the Albers’ work as inspiration.
April 25th, 2014
Last night the Studio Four gang attended one of my favorite industry events of the year, Design on a Dime. We participated this year and had our own vignette designed by the super talented and charming Sara Gilbane. Sara used one of my all time favorite wallpapers, Escorial by Pintura Studio, as the back drop for our vignette. It looked beyond amazing! Way to go Sara Gilbane Interiors – you girls rock!
I also loved running into the uber stylish and always fabulous Angie Hranowsky. Angie’s vignette was a hit and sold out lickety split – no surprise there! I’ll also let you in on a good little secret… Angie is going to be designing some wallpapers for Studio Four, and we can’t wait to see what kind of creative genius she unleashes!
Here are a few photos from the evening… It was so much fun!!
The Sara Gilbane Interiors for Studio Four NYC vignette…
Me, my business partner Stacy Waggoner, and Sara Gilbane…
And me with Angie (left) and Jane Hargarten (right) of Angie Hranowsky Design…
April 18th, 2014
So a few weeks back, I moved my little family of four to a new home. It was nuts and crazy, and I still can’t seem to locate half of my belongings… because apparently moving makes you lose your brain.
However, today I found an issue of T magazine that I’ve been meaning to read since the day before we moved. The photo on the cover of this particular issue is serene and calming (the total opposite of my moving experience). Inside there is an article about life on Hydra, a lovely little Greek Island where no motor vehicles are allowed. You bike, walk or ride a donkey… sounds good to me.
Anyway- Hydra is now hanging out pretty high up on my “please take me there now” list. Thought I’d share a little of its beauty with you…