Tucker Robbins has managed to create the perfect combination of being “Green” and Chic. Working with various tribal craftsmen from around the globe and using traditional methods of manufacture, all of the contemporary furnishings he creates are made from reclaimed or recycled materials. My dear friend and mentor Albert Hadley recognized Robbins’ talent early on and it was at Hadley’s urging that Robbins originally moved from Connecticut to set up shop in Manhattan. Needless to say, Hadley has used Robbins’ work in many of his interior projects and has done a great deal to promote it to the NYC decorating community. I’m passionate as well about Robbins’ beautiful eco-conscious pieces and use them whenever I have the right project.
Here at Tucker Robbins’ Manhattan showroom seated on the “Albert” bench I am wearing a white leather jacket with black saddle trim by Gucci, (my apologies if anyone has tired of seeing me wear this piece but the window of opportunity to wear it is so small I have to enjoy it as often as I can), plum feather weight cashmere turtle neck sweater also by Gucci, black skinny jeans by Diesel, Louis Vuitton document folder and Gucci “playboy” loafers in black python.
When I can’t find the right antique for a client or when I need a matching companion to a piece, I turn to a select group of artisans like those at the Italian company Pozzoli represented at the Roubini showroom in New York City. They have been in business for over 100 years making fantastic reproductions of period antiques using traditional 18th century methods.
I am especially fond of this wonderful console – with its chalky white finish, carved palm leaf detail, lions paw feet with and antiqued marble top, it would be hard pressed to tell this from an antique original. I love this side chair as well – a Louis XVI style chair that has been modified to give it a more luxurious modernist feel. You may see a pair of these consoles in one of my upcoming interiors and perhaps a few of these chairs around a dining table.
I am wearing a mix of black and brown – black cashmere topcoat by Gucci, a heavy knit brown wool sweater with button front and epalets, Russian floral print brown and black silk/cotton shirt by Gucci, Michael Kors cashmere thermal weave undershirt, black wool flannel pant by Gucci, brown leather “Chelsea” boots by Gucci, brown suede gloves by Sermoneta and a document folder by Louis Vuitton.
With a mix of sunny open-air informality and 30’s movie-star glamour, Michael Taylor epitomized the “California look” in decorating. Taylor saught to create a “contrast that brings things excitingly to life.” Fusing a very personal vision with a refined set of influences that inspired him, it is no surprise that his beautiful designs are still available today at Michael Taylor showrooms. Here you can find a selection of well crafted, sophisticated furniture, that continues to convey Taylor’s unique intensity and passion for design.
I am pictured seated on the “”Schiaperelli sofa,” with a silvered glass mirror and palm torchiere wearing a slate gray wool mohair suit by Gucci, white on white stripe cotton shirt by Tom Ford, silver pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links by Seaman Schepps, turquoise pale blue tie by Gucci, pale blue silk pocket square by Charvet, Hermes black leather belt, Gucci black leather buckle shoes, and a Louis Vuitton document folder.