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Adrienne Warner : Take an (Italian) Seat!

Ciao Tutti! (Hi Everyone),

Chairs are a real passion of mine. Far more than just a ‘seat and four legs,’ the design options for chairs truly are endless. Recent travels abroad have allowed me to see many chairs that are not typically found in the states and I have discovered some truly incredible pieces.

On a trip to Italy last month, I saw some particularly amazing chairs. I hope you find them to be as inspiring as I did!

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A Cecotti Collezioni chair in Milano

These chairs are one of my favorites. They remind me of Beetlejuice.

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Chairs at Reverso Interiors, Firenze

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Reverso Interiors, Firenze

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Reverso Interiors, Firenze

My current favorite, I love the scale and beautiful wood back and arms of these chairs.

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Reverso Interiors, Firenze

“Designer Heaven,” these chairs are so chic and comfy.

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The Hermes Pippa Chair in the Master Bedroom of our project in Tuscany, Campo al Doccio

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Flexform Thomas Chair in the Living Room of Campo al Doccio

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Another view of the Flexform Thomas Chair, affectionally known as our short, fat (and fabulous) friend!

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Poliform Ventura Chair and Pouf in the Guest Bedroom of Campo al Doccio


Great market finds in Arezzo. This small town in Tuscany has a monthly antique market where we seek out well priced, special pieces for Castello di Casole.


More chairs at the Arezzo Market


This picture is from several years ago but I had to share it in this post about Italian chairs. The chair is made entirely out of Bisazza mosaic tile and was designed by Alessandro Mendini. You can see Joni’s daughter, Sarah, in the bottom right.

If you see a fabulous chair, please send us a photo and tell us why you love it!

Felice Venerdi (Happy Friday)!

Baci (A Kiss),

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Doris Gilch Celebrates March MODness!

March marks the return of Season 5 of Mad Men. This show has inspired design in many ways. Fashion, product and interior design alike could not resist the cool and funky elements of this era. Personally, I have always been interested in mid century design and have discovered a few interiors and accents that I wanted to share. I hope this will inspire you to incorporate some “Mod-ness”  into your spaces.
The fabulous cast of Mad Men.
This vignette shows a great example of mod/vintage design with loud and funky colors mixed with earthy organic furniture pieces.
This has to be one of my favorite office nooks. This is a great collaboration between mid century furniture within a traditional home. It is so simple yet groovy!
Check out the new 50’s Wallpaper and Fabric Collection from Sanderson that we just added to our J Banks Design Library. Incorporating these retro prints into an accent wall, or even a pillow will instantly transform your room into a vintage pad.
No mod interior would be complete without one of Charles and Ray Eames’ famous white moulded plastic chairs. The silhouette of the chairs and table against the warm earth tones of the room really evoke the spirit of vintage design.
Make a mod statement with a few bold accent pillows depicting classic modern chairs. So much fun!
These mod inspired outdoor chairs and tables mix cool lines with rustic galvanized steel that will give any outdoor space a retro flair. Joni loved them so much she purchased them for her own home and for our retail store.
These fabulous lamps are in the J Banks Design retail show room now. I love the futuristic and natural shape paired with a crisp white shade. Classic vintage look! (If they look familiar, you might recognize them from Rachel Zoe’s personal pad on her show last season.)
Also check out our great looking selection of mod inspired vases. I love the beautiful colors and curvy lines. How fab!
Happy March Modness!

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