Several designers were asked to give their take on a creative use for patterns from our new Tailormade collection. Lori Graham of Lori Graham Design envisioned a
distinguished gentleman’s home office, complete with chic yet subdued
essentials and subtle pops of vibrant red.
With a different take on a masculine space, Lori envisioned a subtly designed gentleman’s office with all the right details. The room is perfect for work or play, with elements ranging from a stunning bar cart to black lacquered Viennese bookshelves. With rich, multi-tonal grays and small pops of vivid reds, Lori’s design takes full advantage of her “chic-yet-comfortable” aesthetic.
Merida: Explain why you chose this particular Tailormade pattern and color combination, and theme.
Graham: We simply adore this bespoke-inspired collection from Merida. The clean
lines and rich textiles of classic menswear regularly inspire and influence our
designs. Specifically, we chose Flint-Persimmon from
Merida’s Tailormade collection because
of the unexpected spot of color running through the traditional grey wool. Much
like a perfectly paired pocket square alongside an impeccable blazer, the
combination of a classic, traditional piece with a daring dose of color is
always in style. Well-dressed men have one thing in common: They do the
essentials right; they do not go overboard on trends or loud accessories. The
same is true in design; allow classic lines and familiar fabrics to play a
dominate role in each piece and the room as a whole and then use a dash of
daring details and pops of vibrancy. Merida’s Flint-Persimmon does just this.
better way to illustrate the interplay between men’s fashion and home décor
than a distinguished gentleman’s home office? Starting with the Flint-Persimmon rug,
we complement the wool floorcovering with Ralph Lauren’s Clifton Tattersall
upholstered wallcovering in Jet. We further ground the room with turn of the
century Viennese bookshelves in black lacquer. Vintage club chairs in a crisp
white cotton duck provide a handsome seating option and serve as a clean
backdrop for a toss pillow in Donghia’s mohair velvet in cinnamon. We continue
layering textiles by including a throw in a glen plaid. To polish up the space,
we pair Ralph Lauren’s Highbridge desk in polished stainless steel with
an Eames chair in black leather and polished aluminum frame, and include
a Stainless Steel Industrial Bar Cart from Lori Graham Home. Barbara Barry for
Visual Comfort’s French Cuff Double Pendant in Polished Nickel is the
“cufflink” of the room and provides sophisticated overhead lighting. We accent
these key pieces with eye-popping rare finds and thoughtful details: a Murano
glass pheasant and Vintage silver banded high ball glasses – both
available through Sixteen Fifty Nine for Lori Graham Home, Christopher
Spitzmiller Anthony table lamps, Tom Ford coffee table book (from Lori Graham
Home), and artist Tim Conlon’s, Blank Canvas #27 – B&O, 2013, available
through Contemporary Wing.
M: What kinds of people do you see living in this particular
LG: The sophistication of this home office is well-suited for
bachelors and couples alike. This office could dual as a chic entertaining
space and home cocktail lounge for a couple who finds beauty in details and
appreciates thoughtful design.
M: How does this design board reflect, your design aesthetic?
LG: We embrace the idea of pairing clean, classic key pieces
with vibrant details and accents. Additionally, layering color and
textiles through a room is crucial. Finally, one of the key elements to
our design philosophy at Lori Graham Design + Home is combining modern and
vintage pieces to create an eclectic mix that is well-curated and unique.
What are some other types of project you could see Tailormade being used for?
The Tailormade collection is
extremely versatile. We envision using it in Home Offices, Libraries, and
Dressing Rooms, as well as Family Rooms, Game Rooms, and casual
entertaining spaces. The collection embodies great sophistication and
celebrates detail while promoting casual, comfortable living.