year end’s best
Inspired new furniture collections and a must-see textile exhibit
Written and Produced by MOLLY JANE QUINN
➼ Out in the Massachusetts Berkshires, Annie Selke’s home accessories
empire is running full steam ahead. Her retail companies include the
popular Pine Cone Hill bedding company, Potluck Studios tableware, and
Dash & Albert rugs, all available at her store in Lenox, Massachusetts.
This fall, Selke adds fabrics, case goods, and upholstery to
her offerings with new partnerships with Vanguard
Furniture and Calico Corners.
Selke’s favorites from her new collection include the
Gilded Rope chair, pictured above, a reproduction of an
antique in her own house. But, given that Annie Selke
Home encompasses more than 80 furniture pieces and
nearly 50 exclusive fabric and trim designs, the collection
promises to cater to all styles.
Living in the country, Selke cites dirty dogs, dirty roads, and digging in
the garden as her guides when designing. “I strive to combine beauty and
practicality in as many things as possible,” she says. “Occasionally,
something too gorgeous gets the better of my practical-mindedness, but
rules are made to be broken, right?” Lucky for us, indeed they are.
To find stores that carry Pine Cone Hill, Potluck Studios, Dash &
Albert, and Anne Selke Home visit
AnnieSelke.com, or call 413-637-1996.
strange benchmark ➼ To commemorate
the studio’s 35th anniversary this year, Thos.
Moser introduced a few limited-edition
furniture designs. The tradition is continuing
into 2009 with the Alienation Bench. Inspired
by old-fashioned courting benches (where
sweethearts could sit eye to eye and shoulder
to shoulder), Moser designed a curvy bench
for lovers whose passion has waned, with
inverted seats perfectly positioned for giving your seatmate the cold
shoulder. Thos. Moser, 149 Main St., Freeport, Maine, or 19 Arlington St.,
Child’s Play ➼ Who says kids and high design are mutually
exclusive? Phyllis Richardson’s new book, Designed for Kids
($35, Thames & Hudson) is a trove of more than 450 tot
friendly and aesthetically pleasing products. Interviews with
greats like Yves Behar and Rhode Island School of Design
president John Maeda add context to our
evolving views on children’s accessories.
From strollers and changing tables to toys
and blankies, Richardson’s sourcebook will
be a boon for style-conscious parents — and
t heir decorators.
sleep on it ➼ Opening November 5 at the Museum of Fine Arts, “And So
to Bed” explores the use of Indian textiles in 17th-century British homes.
The exhibit delves into the influence of British imports from the “Indies”
on interior decoration and British architecture, as well as the textile trade
between Europe and the Far East, with a footnote on the evolution of
personal domestic spaces such as bedrooms (the neat part here is how
many of these domestic textiles survived to tell their tale today). Museum
of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston; 617-267-9300,
MUSEUM OF FINE AR TS, BOSTON. THE ELIZABETH DAY MCCORMICK COLLECTION. PHOTOGRAPH © MUSEUM OF
FINE AR TS, BOS TON