Artist Spotlight: Mark McDowell

Mark McDowell lighing and furniture as seen on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Every surface of the room is McDowell’s canvas, and he’ll even provide the lighting.

Mark McDowell’s case good pieces are sculptural, his choice of materials inspired, and his style always evolving. This award-winning designer is surprisingly modest for his level of talent. He is not one to look back on his breathtaking accomplishments in a self-congratulatory way; his focus is always about eighteen months into the future, onto the next collection. As he designed this latest collection and considered how his pieces will play out in a room, he visualized and then actualized paintings to complement the pieces. Five of his paintings graced the walls of the John-Richard showroom during April High Point market, and those very five paintings sold immediately.  Giclee reproductions are available for purchase.

Mark McDowell’s latest collection ushers in a new wave of luxury penthouse style with warm woods, textural finishes, Moroccan patterns and Asian influences (which are a nod to his Japanese heritage). Seduced by the beauty in the details, his innovative style respectfully pushes traditional and contemporary boundaries. His handsome collection appeals to a discerning collector –  with form that graces function using metals and sensuous finishes which include antique brass, pebble shagreen, stunning woods. His latest collection for John-Richard includes over 75 floor and table lamps, 50 furniture items, and 15 chandeliers and sconces.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorites:  [Read more…]

London Calling…

beaumont hotel www.courtneyprice.com

I’m on my way to London for design immersion. I will be there during the week of The London Design Festival, which takes place 17-25 September to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. Events that I plan to attend cover the range of classic to contemporary: [Read more…]

HuffPost Home: Spring High Point Market Look Book

HuffPost Home, High Point Trends, Courtney Price

About last week’s High Point trends… There were five that caught my eye.  [Read more…]

Home Innovation Buzz, 2016

CES 2016, home innovation roundup

Consumer Electronics Show regulars reported that this year’s show was pretty similar to last year- no real standouts. CES buzz somewhat predictably centered around drones, cars, wearables, tracking technologies, oculus, and home innovations. Here’s the skinny: Drones drones drones. Embracing the millennial attitude, Lyft has partnered with GM to bring us self driving cars, because do we really need to own a car when we can simply pay a subscription fee to drive one? Wearables are expected to “disappear” in 2016, meaning that they will morph from clunky to fashionable. Tracking technologies and cameras will be everywhere, so you better behave.

Now, onto home innovation standouts, here and on the way: [Read more…]

Dining Trends- Ambiente Look Book

Dining Trends, VilleroyUndBoch, on www.CourtneyPrice.comFrankfurt on the brain… and The Dish On Dining Trends

Today is one of those unusual days where Dallas is actually cold. Even icy… how bizarre to think that it was warmer in Frankfurt last week when I was there for the Ambiente Show. Southerners do NOT know how to drive in cold weather – where I grew up, flurries could shut the city down. Here, a little slush and ice equate to closed schools and businesses. Nothing like New England, but still to be taken seriously.

 So… I have been pouring over photographs from the show, enjoying my favorite finds all over again from the comfort of my office. My bucket list has been amended to now include dishes.  Let’s be frank: I need more storage and lots of it if I plan to have all of the dishes I would like to entertain with. I will warn you now that this post is photo heavy, so I plan to keep quiet while you peruse my favorite dining finds from Ambiente Show. You can thank me now for giving you a VISUAL tour; just walking the halls to find these items might log an easy 5-7 miles onto your jawbone or fitbit – I kid you not. The odds are good that your most comfortable business attire shoes are no match for this tradeshow track meet.  The show is enormous – so big that it even has a dedicated stop on the S-Bahn – 4,800 vendors – and over 140,000 attendees. Ambiente is the biggest kitchen, household and table trade show in the world (and the 3rd biggest trade show in the world in general). It occupies what I will call a campus of interconnected buildings with moving walkways to help get you to your next destination.  The U.S. was Ambiente’s partner country this year, so Ambiente wisely partnered with Veronika Miller of Modenus – which is how I got invited. Lucky me to be part of such a great group.

So… what did we see in Frankfurt? Frankly, a LOT. [Read more…]