California design heavyweights join forces
For San Francisco-based designer Jonathan Browning, the inspiration driving his new lighting collection with McGuire Furniture reads like a love letter to the California coast. “The soft pitted glass globes of the Limantour collection reference the matte, whitewashed pebbles and sea rocks that line our many beaches,” says Browning, who along with McGuire created five distinct lines—Muir, Limantour, Gualala, Tomales and Nipomo—named for the state’s parks and beaches. All are composed of the team’s stunning chandeliers, pendants, mobiles, torchières, sconces and table lamps. “The Muir collection captures the elegant simplicity of the industrial lights that populate the piers and fishing villages up and down the coast,” he adds. From a cascading brass chandelier inspired by bishop pine trees on the trails of Tomales Beach, to a bisque porcelain sconce that takes cues from the weathered river rocks on Gualala Beach, the 22-piece collection captures Browning’s mastery of materials (bronze, brass, steel) while staying true to McGuire’s overarching muse: “the best of California and its coastline,” says Browning. McGuire Furniture, 2 Henry Adams St., #233, S.F., 415-986-0812; mcguirefurniture.com.
Take a Seat
Inspired by the late conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, Lawson-Fenning joins creative forces with contemporary design house RH Modern to imagine two well-appointed pieces: tufted and non-tufted lounge chairs that capture LeWitt’s simple, geometric style. “The chairs are key pieces that you can use to build any room around,” attests Glenn Lawson, co-founder of Lawson-Fenning alongside partner and fellow designer Grant Fenning. “The Marsden is a favorite of ours,” Lawson says of the stylish seat anchored by a slender, cube-like metal frame. “It’s a chair version of the perfect black dress or black jacket.” Available in a variety of colors and fabrics—from beige Italian leather and burgundy Belgian linen to dark gray mohair velvet and pearl Italian textured weave—the furnishings are designed in Los Angeles and adaptable to any style. “Despite minimal styling and clean lines, it works with any aesthetic, from Spanish revival to traditional to midcentury modern,” says Lawson. RH Modern, 8772 Beverly Blvd., W.H., 424-281-1326; rhmodern.com.
Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos’ first foray into interiors with Pottery Barn Kids is in keeping with the whimsical spirit of her eponymous children’s clothing line. “It has been an evolution—from dressing myself and my children to now dressing the home,” says the fashion designer and mother of two, who previously worked for her family’s Milan-based fashion label, M Missoni, before launching her own line, Margherita Kids, in 2015. Her affinity for embroidery, cheerful patterns, vibrant hues and floral motifs translates into a 50-plus-piece capsule collection suited to nurseries, playrooms and children’s bedrooms. “It’s all about mixing color, texture and print,” she says. “I want the collection to inspire children to be creative and inventive.” With playful flora and fauna themes spanning daisy-embroidered pillows to a ceramic turtle table lamp, there’s no shortage of imagination. potterybarnkids.com.
“I wanted to create furniture that is minimalist without losing its soul,” says Los Angeles-based interior designer Ross Cassidy of the ethos behind his new Japanese-inspired collection with modern home furnishings retailer CB2. The elegant, 25-piece line marks their second collaboration after partnering for online design project APT CB2 in 2014. “We had such an amazing time working together that I asked them if I could send them ideas; they understood my vision right away,” recalls Cassidy. The collection marries simplified forms with unexpected details—be it stark color contrasts or unlikely mixed materials (think sculptural brass legs on a wooden desk, or a warm ivory linen shade on a cold stone-based table lamp). Standouts include the oval-shaped walnut and stainless steel Obaru dining table (“It’s painfully cool,” says Cassidy) and the sleek Kaishi chair with delicate wire panels—a twist on traditional Japanese shoji screens. cb2.com.
Written by DANIELLE DiMEGLIO.