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Publication Date: 2014-04-07


Lori Graham Inspires With a Handsome Home Office

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.

Lori 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.

What 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 space?

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.

M: What are some other types of project you could see Tailormade being used for?

LG: 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.


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