KOHLER, WI – Last night, Scalamandre, America's renowned purveyor of luxury fabrics, wall coverings and trim, and Kohler, a global leader in kitchen and bath design, wowed the design community with two elegant and lavish events as part of LCDQ's Legends of La Cienega - Novel Interiors market event in Los Angeles.
An exclusive cocktail tea event at the Scalamandre showroom, hosted in honor of Newell Turner, editorial director of Hearst Design Group, drew a colorful crowd of over 100 designers, architects and media to celebrate the visual highlight of the collaboration: the extraordinary window design of Tristan Butterfield, Kohler's global creative director, inspired by E. M. Forster's epic novel A Passage to India but interrupted with a twist irreverence and modern wit. Born in Great Britain and inspired by frequent trips to India, Butterfield created lush, dreamlike compositions that combine layers of dusty reds, vibrant and muted pink fabrics and trims adorn the entire façade framed by intricate crisp white Indian trelliswork archways and Indian-inspired truck graphics. Each display boasts layers of Indian tenting, umbrellas, bunting and cushions. Exquisite Scalamandre textiles and trims are paired with soft white Kohler Tailored Vanities, Artist Editions sinks, personalized Artifacts faucets complemented by stone, glass and highly polished marble tops. The windows will be on display through this summer.
"The process of coming up with these designs has been a truly inspiring and exhilarating experience and we hope that our guests and customers enjoy looking at the windows as much as we did creating them," said Butterfield at yesterday's event.
Inside the showroom, a cool palette of mixed blue fabrics and trims, and sun-bleached cream furniture provided a relaxed yet glamorous colonial interior backdrop. British colonial cocktails and Indian hors d'oeuvres were served on silver trays with the scent of burning jasmine candles in the air.
Following the event at the showroom, an exclusive group of guests was invited to an intimate dinner at Tony Duquette's Dawnridge, the lusciously elegant Beverly Hills home of famed designer Hutton Wilkinson and his wife Ruth. Celebrity chef and author Alex Hitz created and prepared one of his renowned signature menus blending Southern comfort classics with exotic Indian accents.
"Dawnridge is one of the most evocative, otherworldly places to simply see, let alone experience and enjoy. So much beauty, so much delight!" raved Steven Stolman, president of Scalamandre."And then to have so many wonderful, talented people all gathered together - it was an extraordinary evening that I shall never, ever forget."
About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 30,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world's finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, and St Andrews, Scotland.
Like so many legendary businesses, Scalamandre was a product of the Great Depression. Founded by Franco and Flora Scalamandre in New York in 1929, it grew to become the industry leader in the creation of historically accurate reproductions of textiles and trim. Eight decades later, Scalamandre is the go-to resource for the world's interior design elite with collections that range from historic to of-the-moment. Through corporate showrooms coast to coast along with a global network of agents and subagents, Scalamandre's offerings continue to delight and inspire.
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