Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Coffee Table Introduction

This is a prototype for a coffee table we will be offering.  The table base is solid white oak and will be available in a plain, waxed finish and stained finishes. Tops will be white marble.   You can visit our site for more information--DUHON AND RICHARDSON 


Since ancient times, the arch has been a crucial element in architecture, both for strength and to provide dramatic effect.  I wonder if the inventors of the Quonset Hut concept had that in mind during their design process.  I have long admired the "invention" of the Quonset hut concept due to the need for cheap, sturdy (sustainable), modular structures. Of course, in 1941, the structures were quite plain and utilitarian in design--yet they served a great function.  So, I always enjoy seeing new interpretations on the "arched" structure--especially for residential use.  

Cocktail Table in Residence

Pics of our custom cigar tables in a residence.  That martini looks yummy.  

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hunting and Gathering

.....just a few cool things.

Even though this is a reproduction, it really looks amazing!

Finn Juhl......what's not to love.

Splendor in the Grass

Beautiful fall Thanksgiving weekend in East Texas.  I dropped the fork for a couple of shots.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

...where'd you get those peepers.

Well, the time has come for me to get a new eyeglass frame.  So, in researching American eyewear companies that make classic plastic frames, I discovered the Shuron company.  They have manufactured eyewear in the USA since 1865 in Greenville, SC.  They designed the frames people consider to be "retro".  I am considering the Freeway frame (pictured) in ebony or brown.....
And, the good thing is that they will send you up to 4 frames to try for the deposit price on 1 frame--you can send back and try as many as you want just for the price of shipping.  The customer service is incredible.  So, I am waiting for my frames to come in the mail to try.  I am very excited to try the new style.  

James Gilbert on Tweeted, Googled and Inappropriately Touched

Artist, and friend, James Gilbert of Los Angeles recently talked with the folks at Hyperallergic TV to discuss his work titled, "Tweeted, Googled and Inappropriately Touched".  A smaller project related to this titled "Privacy Is Dead Because We Said So, 2.0" is included in #TheSocialGraph thru Nov. 27th. (located at Outpost, 1665 Norman St. in Ridgewood/Bushwick). Click here or on the link above to view the interview.  James' work is brilliant and insightful.  I think you will really enjoy it.  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Suiting Up

...getting my daily uniform in tow.  I almost always wear 501's, my redwings (of course), these v-neck T's from J.Crew are very comfortable, jacket from J.Crew, and Randolph specs.   I am so impressed by the surge of interest in Red Wings, Levis, J.Crew.  I know I've been a fan for as long as I can remember....my new friends at LIFE TIME GEAR (see link in my list of favorite blogs) inspired me to take this shot.  Now, I'm off to hunt for awesome vintage furnishings.  

Sources of Inspiration

I wanted to share some shots from a catalogue that often offers a great deal of inspiration.  The simple natural colors, unique use of natural materials in the styling.  The company is casamood.  These shots are actually from a 2007 catalogue that I will never part with.  Simply beautiful.  Enjoy.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Shelton Mindel & Associates: Amazing Work

I have long admired the work of the architecture & design firm Shelton Mindel & Associates. Their work is classic, smart, and I think timeless.  The subdued color pallet and sleek furnishings are amazing.  And, there is always that great sense of fun with the unique vintage pieces they always integrate into the design.  See more of their work at their site. Here are a few pics I pulled off of the web of a loft space they completed.

Ted Larsen, Artist

I really like the art work of Ted Larsen, who is represented in Dallas by Conduit Gallery. I like his use of found materials and materials uncommon to art.  You can see more of his work in this article and at his site here.

American Antler T-Shirt

A friend and I were joking about a T-Shirt for my blog....so, they surprised me with this patch they created and chain stitched onto a shirt.  I will wear it proudly!! Thanks guys. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Porta Romana

Porta Romana (available to the trade in the US from across the pond) offers some amazing lighting--

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hunting and Gathering

...a few cool items while on the hunt for clients...

Kate Carr: Artist

I first viewed Kate Carr's work at GalleriUrbane in Marfa, TX, and now GalleriUrbane in Dallas.  I really like the simplicity of these installations.  You can see more of her work at KateCarrArt.com.

"Shell, Sweet Shell" : Mies Van Der Rohe

"Home, sweet home"--or better yet, "Shell, sweet shell".  I am obsessed with the idea, lately, of living space that is open and sparse.  I have always appreciated the architecture of masters like Mies and the like (see earlier post:  Philip Johnson's Glass House).  I love the tranquility that the clean lines and open space creates, not to mention the incredible connection to the environment these houses allow.  And, isn't this really what architecture is all about?  I also like the idea that houses like these are "shells", that could accommodate dwellers that have different tastes.  After so many years of working with clients to renovate and re-decorate homes they purchase, and after doing it myself several times--it hit me.  You don't ever really get to build or buy the house you truly want.  There is always that "RESALE" word in the back of your head.  You are outfitting the house with the finishes that the next buyer will want.  (Of course, there are exceptions to this idea) What if the market was flooded with homes that were simple open structures with tons of light that allowed the buyer to just "move in".  No worries about not enough closet space, I don't like that wall, there's not enough light, the kitchen's too closed in....., etc...I may not ever get to experience this type of living (since my wife has very traditional housing ideas), but every time I gaze out of the window at sunrise (while in the country), I try to imagine myself standing inside an I-beam structure surrounded by glass and nature, and I always say, "maybe, some day..."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

'Tis the Season--well, almost.

Over the past couple of years, I have felt the need to make my own Christmas cards.  So, in trying to come up with a interesting idea for this year, I am looking back to my last two efforts.  

Giacometti, Alberto

...came across this in The Artist in His Studio, by A. Liberman.  Art imitates life.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Studio Art Show: Sonya Edwards (Unofficial Announcement)

Studio Art Show
New works by Sonya Edwards
December 3rd  6:00p to 9:00p
More information soon.........

Philip Johnson's Glass House

Glass House 1949

Heaven in New Canaan, Connecticut.  If only we could drop away just a portion of the "stuff" we house in our spaces--we could live like kings...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Custom Armiore

Cube Armoire
We at DUHON AND RICHARDSON are proud to introduce our Cube Armoire--just one piece in our small line of custom furniture.  Our focus for our case pieces is on great style, useful function, and solid wood construction.  This particular armoire is constructed of solid Mahogany, a open steel base (great for storing an ottoman or baskets for storage), and custom solid brass cast handles.  

Thursday, November 4, 2010


I have had the pleasure to be in Titusville, Fl. this week (sans computer) to view a spectacular American event....the launch of the Space Shuttle.  As of today, the shuttle has not launched due to several delays to the countdown--computer problems, then bad weather...
But, being able to tour the Kennedy Space Center and the like, it really makes me proud of our space program and what has been achieved so far--as well as what will be accomplished in the future, even though the shuttle program (as we know it) will be going away.
So, T-minus 24 hours until the next attempt to launch....