Frame of Mind: Ralph Lauren

Patrice Grell Yursik of and I have teamed up to bring you our recap of this year’s New York Fashion Week from the perspective of beauty and interior design.

Ralph Lauren is one of the most iconic designers in America today. Born and raised in the Bronx of New York as Ralph Lifshitz, he got his start selling ties as a teenager. Ralph Lauren now he has an fashion empire that has made him the 162nd richest person in the world. His clothes are classic and timeless. His collections never fail to amaze.

For Ralph Lauren’s SS14 collection, I imagined a dining room in which everything was black and white. The focus is on the variations of the patterns and textures.

1. The bold and graphic pattern of the Jonathan Adler Kilim Gio Black/White Handwoven rug at Zinc Door is a good starting piece to anchor the room. I also like the Pollino chair from Dwell Studio as dining chairs for the table’s end. Dwell Studio gives you many fabric options for the chair which is why I also love it.

2. Sometimes when you are so good at what you do, you tend you stand out. And when you stand out, you are indeed the “black sheep” of them all. For a quirky conversation piece, I’ve added this Black Sheep sculpture from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

3. Ralph Lauren always presents a strong collection. I present to you a table with strong legs. The Phoenix dining table from Crate and Barrel is a perfect mix between modern and rustic. The A-frame of the table’s base is made from reclaimed Brazilian telephone poles and recycled wood.

4. Instead of additional chairs for the dining table, I opted for a two-seater with a high back and graphic black etchings. The Suitor Graphite Stripe loveseat from CB2 brings a whole new meaning to “sharing a meal”.

5. I have an aunt who loves to purchase random dishes from discount retail stores. Oftentimes her plates or serving ware will have a rooster on it. I love the idea of mismatched dinnerware that share a common thread. I’ve picked out several black and white plate settings that can be found at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

6. Many of the pieces in Ralph Lauren’s SS14 collection featured an updated take on a formal look, such as a three piece suit. The Tuxedo chandelier from Z. Gallerie appears to be as formal as its name, but the silver elements gives it an ultra contemporary spin.

What do you think? We’d certainly love to hear your thoughts.

This has been such a fun week creating design collages inspired by looks seen on the runway of NYFW Spring/Summer 2014. If you’ve been inspired to create your own design collages, please share it with us!



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