Published at Sunday, July 21st 2019. by Alonza Fermi in Coffee Table.
If you adore your 'cup of coffee' in the every morning, you must adore your coffee table as well. As the Creative Director at "Nate Berkus Associates", Lauren Ashley Allan brings this idea to life.
With a unique portfolio that involves working with Kelly Wearstler in Los Angeles, cooperating with A‐list clientele, and a decade of experience in high‐end residential and boutique hotel work, Lauren sets the standard high for designers everywhere.
Her contemporary aesthetic is influenced by historical architecture and her vintage textiles are a delicate trademark. While we're sitting here obsessing over her creations, she's building multi‐million dollar projects (it's casual‐for her). Here, she discusses her fun approach to designing and her favorite table toppers!
#1 FIRST RULE: THERE ARE NO RULES
With a coffee table, it is all about 'mixing scale', 'texture' and 'form'. For me there are no rules. It's more about developing an instinct over time…through experiment and experience. It is always changing and a real art. When it comes to design be fearless and have fun.
#2 THE COLLECTED OBJECTS ON A COFFEE TABLE MUST A REPRESENTATION OF YOU THINGS THAT YOU HAVE ACCUMULATED OVER TIME AND THAT YOU ADORE
This has always been at the core of Nate's design philosophy, and he's 100% right. Accessories are special conversation pieces when delightful, especially if they show great memories from your trips, a meaningful person, or even a "flea market find".
#3 STACK YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS TOGETHER OR USE THEM AS A LOW BASE FOR OTHER OBJECTS
My choice coffee table is a place for my latest discovers. If I am feeling uninspired I go to the museum or look through magazines and art books. I adore gathering "best books", principally vintage copies! Some of my special are Picasso, Prouve, Brancusi and Jean Royere. I have a continuous curiosity that saves me interesting new ideas, inspiration and adventure.
#4 A COFFEE TABLE MUST ALWAYS BE TOPPED WITH NATURAL ELEMENTS SUCH AS FRESH FLOWERS OR CRYSTALS
It is a chance to bring the outdoors in and add a layer of bold color. I'm loving Proteas right now. From getting dressed each morning, to designing in the studio & putting together a room ‐it all comes together in the way you visually communicate with people. For me, it's so important to live with what you adore & in color!
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