Design Industry's Top Stories
Sept. 7, 2011

Using butterfly wings and earthy textures
Architectural Digest
When one's working life is spent conceiving and installing some of the most impressively soigné interiors in the world, a laid-back personal refuge is practically an occupational requirement. For Alberto Pinto — a tastemaker whose staggeringly A-list client roster includes French banker Michel David-Weill, American industrialist David Koch, and Moroccan monarch Mohammed VI — that escape is a colorful four-bedroom apartment on Ipanema, the Rio de Janeiro beach that became a household word thanks to a 1960s bossa nova tune. More

Lenny Kravitz announces interior design projects in Miami
All Headline News
Singer Lenny Kravitz says he finds leisure in decorating when he's not rocking out on his guitar on stage. The 47-year-old rocker, who owns an interior design company, told Today Show's co-host Ann Curry after a performance on the Rockafeller Plaza in New York City that he is currently working on a pair of new design projects in Miami. More

Design whiz kid Andre Fu and his Asian approach to space
CNN International
Andre Fu does not like to be asked about his signature style. Unlike, say, Phillipe Starck — with whom Fu collaborated to produce the JIA boutique hotel in Causeway Bay — the Hong Kong-based interior designer prefers not to be defined by a particular vision. More

Home Style: A fresh take on fall decorating
The Seattle Times
One of the things I like best about living in the Midwest is enjoying the changing of the seasons, writes blogger Mary Carol Garrity. While I truly love each season, I confess that fall is my absolute favorite because of the rich color palette Mother Nature gives us to decorate with this time of year: amber, ruby, chestnut, sage, persimmon, burgundy, eggplant, chocolate and so many more luxurious hues. More

For Burning Man, an Airstream done up in Moorish splendor
The New York Times
About 50,000 Burners, as attendees of the annual Burning Man festival are called, were expected to journey to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for days of revelry in a makeshift city where art is everywhere but showers can be hard to come by. Among those attending this year are neophytes Rachel Horn, 43, a Los Angeles interior designer, and Justin Kreizel, 33, her husband and business partner, who gutted and renovated a 180-square-foot 1969 Airstream trailer for the trip.
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SUITE New York's The Pink Swan Project
Next month, SUITE New York will launch The Pink Swan Project to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Nineteen leading interior designers, architects and fashion icons will customize The Fritz Hansen Swan Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in personal homage to BCRF and their worldwide initiatives. Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Campion Platt, Chris Kraig, David Mann, D.B. Kim of PYR for Swarovski, Holly Fulton for Swarovski, Jamie Drake, Jonathan Adler, Julie Hillman, Karim Rashid, Kelly Hoppen, Madeline Weinrib, Margherita Maccapani Missoni, Milly De Cabrol, Nate Berkus, Simon Doonan, Vicente Wolf, Victoria Hagan and Windsor Smith have donated their extraordinary talents to each design a one-of-kind Swan Chair for the project. More

Lord & Taylor opens first US home store
Home Accents Today
Department store Lord & Taylor opened its first Lord & Taylor Home store in the Fashion Center in Paramus, N.J. The 23,000-square-foot store will sell a broad array of kitchen, bath and bedroom merchandise, including furniture and rugs. A second Lord & Taylor Home will open in several weeks in Shrewsbury, N.J., a report said. More