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Look inside the Kwinter & Co. designed Woodstock cabin featured in Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine™ Winter 2014 issue.
The 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom weekend home was reworked to open up the floor plan putting the focus on the original cabin space and lends to hosting. “They love to cook and entertain and are big on group activities,” designer and Kwinter & Co.’s founder, Brendan Kwinter-Schwartz told Luxe. The owners, a Manhattan-based couple, hold everything from dinner parties to paintball shootouts in the woods on the property.
“Fresh, sophisticated and hip, with a little campy glamour thrown in,” the lounge-like vibe includes a pair of custom Avery Boardman sofas, a vintage pressed-crocodile Karl Springer table from Lobel Modern and a custom Kwinter & Co. designed fixture made by Remains Lighting.
Mongolian lamb from Kwinter & Co.’s private collection covers the owner’s existing bench, complimented by a B&B Italia sofa and vintage Karl Springer coffee table from Lobel Modern.
In the Master Bedroom the Kwinter & Co. designed nailhead-detailed, wall-to-wall headboard, fabricated by Avery Boardman is offset by a David Weeks fixture from Ralph Pucci, custom sconces from Marsia Holzer Studio and a photograph by Elger Esser from Hamburg Kennedy Photographs.
A work by Richard Serra from Barbara Krakow Gallery above Marimekko linens and vintage kilims bring life to a bedroom. Precipice Denali wallpaper from Flat Vernacular accent the bathroom with a Kwinter & Co. designed, poured concrete sink fabricated by hand by the builder, John Bilotti.
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Pick up a copy of the September editions of Elle Decor and Architectural Magazine to see a Kwinter & Co. designed room featuring a custom crafted Avery Boardman upholstered headboard with nailhead detailing and hand-tufted, jacquard-covered mattress. Makers of beds, sofa beds, chaises, armchairs and ottomans, the choices are endless – visit their showroom at the D&D Building to learn more about their bespoke projects.
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Avery Boardman is an exceptional company to work with to help bring to fruition your design visions. They create custom sofas, sofa beds and custom upholstery that meet a designers high standards by making them one at a time. This company is the oldest firm in the world manufacturing and selling sofa beds exclusively to the design community. View their newest line of furnishings this week at the Spring Market at the D&D Building, and see more of the Kwinter & Co. featured room below.
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It’s that time of the year to let go of the old and bring in the new. And so in the spirit of the New Year and the coming spring, Kwinter & Co. is hosting a One Kings Lane Tastemaker Sale starting 11am EST Sunday, January 27th. One Kings Lane is one of our most favorite, most frequented sites and we are just thrilled to be on the other side with some of our favorite items!
Revitalize your space and shop the sale for something new.
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It started about four years ago. I was in a very busy fabric store in Toronto with my mother, who has great taste and whose opinion I trust implicitly. I was looking for over an hour and came back to her empty-handed. We were on a mission to redo her family room. My last hope was an obscure fabric selection on the second level. It was like a beacon of light when I reached the top of those stairs-suit fabric was going to be my savior. I rushed back down and declared the new sofa will be in gray flannel! Once I had my hands on the soft gray fabric, I knew that was it. Since that day my adoration for all things gray flannel has only increased and never tired. Against white walls, beautiful art, and many different type of carpets – it has become my workhorse. I still get the same thrill when scheming a room if I can use it as a starting point. I just had my own sofa recovered in it. Two days ago I took a new client to see another sofa at the upholsterer that was stunning in dark blue velvet. She liked it but then noticed my gray flannel sofa just recovered, pointed to it and told me ,”I like the gray flannel … it’s different”.
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We get many calls a month from potential clients looking to hire a design firm. Many of these calls come from people who have seen our work published in a magazine or have randomly found us on the internet. Over the years it has struck me how difficult it is for younger clients to understand how interior designers work. Partly this is because each and every designer has different terms, and there is no book one can read to find out exactly which designer will be the best fit.
Our design firm has a fairly straightforward policy of projects that we are interested to discuss further.
We have compiled some key questions and some important ideas when researching to hire a designer.
1) Look through the designers portfolio and make sure that you are in sync with their style. Make sure there are 1 or 2 projects that you would be happy to end up living in or at least 5-6 rooms that you relate to and really like. Not every item/color has to be your favorite- it is more of an overall style.
2) Before you email a designer make a comprehensive list of size of your home, location, rooms that you would like to have furnished. Is art going to be part of the design project and budget? You will save yourself a huge amount of time if you can have this information ready to provide a designer first, to see if they have availability and are interested.
3) Meet the designer and make sure that you connect. It is like dating and then like marriage- you need to get along and not feel any tension. You need to be able to talk openly with the designer about any concerns and feel like the designer is listening and excited about your project. You need to agree to the terms in the contract.
Very important- you need to call 2-3 recent references! Also- ask for references that found the designer the same way you did (i.e. online, magazine, blog, etc..).
Hope this is helpful and makes for an easier search. I will post more suggestions in the next few weeks.
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