Hats Off ...
Cindy Allen -- Interior Design, 4/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
. . .to fashion designers. Their ability to reinvent and renew each and every season seems almost inhumanly impressive, as they challenge, prod, hustle, and, well, drive interior designers insane. In my book, though, that means keeping us interiors types engaged: lean, sharp, and unadulteratedly creative. The adjective that comes to mind is fresh, a word that's paramount in the wearability industry and also essential in the publishing business.
Indeed, our April issue glistens with the fresh dew that only ever-changing glamour can impart—although abundant reflective surfaces help more than a tad. At Tokyo's Hysteric Glamour shop by Wonderwall, the ceiling is paved in mirrored panels, while black-tinted mirror clads changing rooms' doors at a Taiwan boutique by X-LineDesign. In Milan, Ron Arad's thermoformed aluminum furniture lends a trippy shine to the reception area for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's D&G line, and faceted mirrors multiply the sparkle of crystal chandeliers at a shop by architect turned jewelry designer Nathalie Jean. Speaking of jewelry, nothing reflects and refracts more light than a tiara at Patrick Jouin's Van Cleef & Arpels flagship in Paris.
Come to think of it, actually, fashion and interiors are—more and more—those two proverbial peas in one utterly fabulous design pod. —Cindy