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Iconic Inspiration

Author: Carly Scholl
Issue: May, 2018, Page 70
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Taking design cues from one of the Valley’s hotels is a great way to bring home a new, glamorous look for your entry, dining room or living room. For instance, the breathtakingly beautiful lobby of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel—newly renovated by interior designer Tami Loewen—is a visual homage to Arizona. “The custom lighting sculpture, hand-blown by Czech glass designer Lasvit, reflects the mythological Phoenix rising from the ashes,” explains Loewen. “Below it, an oversized, segmented table made from cerused, rift-sawn oak represents the sprawling Grand Canyon, and the herringbone-patterned white oak wallcovering hints of the knobby ribs of a Saguaro cactus.” The designer suggests that her dramatic concept, called “Rising Vases,” can be translated to a livable scale with the right choices of a cascading chandelier, modular coffee table and textured wood wallcovering. “Because my design is both architectural and organic, stick to similar concepts when selecting your furnishings. Choose a light fixture that almost feels as if it’s dripping, and make sure the glass or crystal is of high quality for a luxe look. In the surrounding area, use natural, simple finishes and either warm or cool muted hues to evoke the low-contrast look of a desert scene.”


WARM PALETTE
Replicate the look of the Renaissance Hotel’s lobby with the same wallcovering used by Loewen in the “Rising Vases” design. The Curva/Chevron wood panels in Lugano, a rustic white oak, add texture, warmth and dimension to a focal point wall in front of which your table and chandelier will shine. Price upon request. (duchateau.com)


Measuring 27"H by 19" in diameter, the Harrison pendant from Hudson Valley holds its own in an artistic vignette but won’t overwhelm a small space. A translucent curtain of opulent crystal beads hanging from a modern mesh band softly diffuses light and provides just enough sparkle for a chic living area. $2,166 (haciendalighting.net)
The modular Varan Side Table from designer Gil Coste is perfect for small spaces, as it can be rearranged in numerous patterns to accommodate different occasions, and it houses built-in magazine racks for a clever storage solution. Available in oak or walnut, this table’s simple lines and organic finish fit Loewen’s concept to a T. Price upon request. (usonahome.com)

COOL PALETTE
Crafted from wrought iron and handblown glass, the Wanderlust Chandelier from Curry & Co. is a whimsical take on Loewen’s design that’s suitably sized for a sitting room. Spiraling down from the ceiling, the four-light fixture exudes effervescence and fun. $1,920 (valleylights.com)

In lieu of real wood, opt for a fabulous faux bois detail, such as the Steel Hickory vinyl wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries’ Against the Grain collection. The low-maintenance look adds an organic element similar to the real thing without the cost or upkeep. To the trade. (phillipjeffries.com)
Julia Buckingham’s segmented Gemma Coffee Table features a dove-gray finish with gold-dusted, gilt-embossed interiors for a flash of glamour. The 18"H by 46"W by 33"D geometric silhouette lends itself to a contemporary design scheme in need of a statement piece. $2,099 (neimanmarcus.com)




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