Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Every Room Should Have a Superstar

A great benefit of writing for the world of blog is really "thinking" about my design process instead of just doing it daily.  Because I now do blog posts, it forces me to think about my process in a different way than I'm accustomed to under normal circumstances.

Typically, it's all in my head, swirling around until everything lands in the right place on paper.  I ponder, think, ponder, think, sketch, ponder, think, scratch out, start over, ponder, think and then it comes to me: the perfect solution or design for a space.

One defining component of my design process is always, and I mean always,  to have a superstar in a space.  It's worth paying up for, it should be spectacular, it should be a stand out and really special.  Now that's not to say that everything else around it can be shabby, it can't.  It should support and be an elegant accompaniment to your star.  Take a look at these smashing chairs who are stars without a doubt.

(Victoria Hagan St. Simone Occasional Chair)

The Reese Witherspoon:  Quirky, in its own league with a one-of-a-kind quality, feminine.

(Jean de Merry Tribeca Chair)

The Julianne Moore:  Hip, cool, chic and the chair everyone will look at and dash to sit in.  Who wouldn't?

(VW Home by Vicente Wolf VW Wing Chair)
The Kate Winslet:  Willowy, classic, sophisticated and beautiful.  A chair of yesteryear with the modern style of today.

(Aesthetic Bobbin Lounge Chair)

The Julia Roberts:  Natural, organic, stunningly simple.  A beauty without trying to hard.

(Jean de Merry Aland Chair)
The Nicole Kidman:  Exquisite, lovely and an eye-catcher with an ease that draws you in.  Can't you just feel the touch of the leather on your fingertips?

(Victoria Hagan The Emma Small Wing Chair)
The Salma Hayek:  Petite, charming and timeless with a little edge.  It's perfect for someone who wants to make a statement but in a seductively quiet way.

(Niermann Weeks Company Follot Chair)

The Anne Hathaway:  A show stopper, traditional with a twist.  This could work in a traditional or a modern setting.

(Moura Starr Oyster Chair)

The Cameron Diaz:  Fun, funky and fall into me vibe.  It's got the "I'm out there and I don't care" feel.

(Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman Sylvan Slipper Chair)

The Michelle Pfeiffer:  Sexy, soft and subtle always makes for the strongest statement.

(Jean de Merry Andre Arm Chair)

The Angelina Jolie:  Exotic, stunning, a feminine and masculine appeal all in one.  Whether you love it or hate it you can't deny its beauty.

Pick your star!  And, let me know which one is your favorite.  I'd love to know your thoughts.

We'll talk soon.



  1. Gwen,

    A "superstar" post! Really loving the 'Julia Roberts' inspiration. The organic simplicity of the chair (and the actress) truly appeals to me.

    Well done,

  2. Some of my favorite actresses! But - my pick for the chair is the Victoria Hagan St. Simone chair - I have loved this chair for years. I went to Ainsworth Noah this week to 'visit' it (as well as my favorite Paul Ferrante chandelier), and was dismayed to see that they had sold both off the floor recently.

    Great post!

  3. What a fun post. There are several I love here but I especially love the VW wing chair. Such a twist on a classic. Love it!

  4. Ha! I LOVED that post. mesmerizing! Hard to pick just one. But I am going with The Julianna Moore chair.

    Now...Tell me which actress fits with the chair I just re-did....curious? Big bird???

  5. They are all so great, Julia is my front runner though.

  6. This is such a clever post! Really well done in matching chair to celeb! Kate Winslet has always been my fave and I love her chair!


  7. Oh my word, they each deserve an Oscar! I think this would make a great book.

  8. AAAHHHHH! A simply DIVINE post! In fantasy: the Victoria Hagan St. Simone chair (be still, my pounding heart)!! In reality: the Michelle Pfeiffer slipper chair.

  9. gwen

    loved this post and did not want it to end. great concept pulled together in a fun read.

  10. Love lots of them--I just can't decide between the sylvan slipper chair and the victoria hagan one---

  11. It's a toss-up between Vincente Wolf's wing chair and Victoria Hagan's St. Simone. All are stunning in their own way. And the comparison to the personalities of celebraties are brilliant!

  12. What a creative post!! It is uncanny how you matched the chairs to the personalities. I'd have to say that is one of the best photos I've seen of Julia Roberts.

  13. Gwen
    how clever are you? This post was such fun. I'd try to guess what kind of chair you chose for each actress as I scrolled down. I'd say you pegged each one so perfectly. Thank you, that was exquisite!!

    x deb

  14. So completely clever! I just happen to love those bobbin chairs and those slipper chairs so much...and of course the ladies you matched them with are two all time faves! You are the best!

  15. Kate Winslet and Vicente Wolf...two of my very favorites paired together=perfection. This was such an enjoyable and fun post! Wonderful job!!!

  16. Really great post - kudos! I have to say, I love both the Julianne Moore and the Cameron Diaz. Hip, cool, fun and funky - I think that describes me! :-)

  17. I want to play!! WONDERFUL post. Love it. You totally hit the mark with Cam, Kate & Michelle in particular. Beautiful images all around. You should do a celebrity to furniture post regularly. Or I will! Very sincerely: nice work. Marija

  18. Such a clever post and you nailed them all! great concept & execution all around.



  19. What a original post & it all fits right!!

    Love your blog...


  20. What a fun, wonderful, witty, brilliant post, Gwen. Love the Cameron Diaz. You rock, girl...love it!! xx's Marsha

  21. fabulous post and i cannot believe i have just discovered your blog! i just love it... i will so enjoy following along. xx

  22. Creative pairings - each one. What beautiful chairs! I am gravitating especially towards Julianne Moore's and Kate Winslet's.

  23. I am a Reese fan but always love a bobbin chair. Great post! love all your great comparisons.

  24. Great Post, I am here via Holding Court blog. She reccomended this post and I can see why. I am loving the Michelle Pfeiffer. So beautiful. Fun post and great idea with the Oscars coming up. Kathysue

  25. What a fantastic post!!! I've been missing out on so very much since I launched my silly shop. Your pairings of the actresses to the chairs are dead on---brilliant! Actually, I worked on one of these ladies' homes and she would have liked what you choose a great deal, but that's all I can say : ) You are so creative Gwen, this was such a hit! XOXO

  26. What an amazing post. I am floored by your brilliant eye to pick the perfect chair/star match! Extremely well done and worded!


  27. Loved the post and I love your blog. I'm new to blogging and I find that your posts are always creative, intelligent and clever. You never disappoint, and I've learned so much from you. I have to go with my favorite redheads, Juliana and Nicole. You are right on target with all the pairings. Great post.


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