Design Spotlight: Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor had a signature style. No one could mistake the oversized furniture, fossilized stone, logs, wicker, and lots of mirrors, usually against a backdrop of white or creams as anyone else’s style.

Taylor pioneered what would come to be called “The California Style”, something that would be widely emulated, a combination of rusticity and glamour. “When you take things out, you must increase the size of what’s left,” Taylor would famously say. Indeed, monumental scale would become one of the hallmarks of his work.

Born in Modesto California, Taylor was an early fan of the work of Syrie Maugham, another designer who favored the shade of white. He eventually opened his own shop on Sutter Street in San Francisco where he would create fantastic window displays utilizing furnishings of his own design combined with natural elements and objects, mostly from East Asia and the Mediterranean. Major commissions followed and he became one of the most published designers in the 1970’s and 1980’s until his death in 1986.

On Madison has put together a retrospective of some of the best of Michael Taylor’s work. We can’t think of many who have done it better.

All image credits can be found on our Pinterest board, Madison Modern Blog.

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2017 Design Trend: Butterflies

A very happy New Year to all our lovely readers. As we always do annually, we’d like to start 2017 off with a bang by introducing the top design trends for the new year. From fashion to interiors and beyond, we have a long list of everything that’s going to be hot this year. We will explore each bullet point on our list one-by-one to get a closer look at the potential behind each one.

To start, we’re delving into the beautiful world of butterflies. A major hit on the runway and interiors, butterflies are fluttering their way into 2017 and we welcome them gladly. We’re loving the surreal, whimsical symbolism the butterfly brings. Major brands (think Dior and Christian Lacroix)  have done an excellent job of taking the iconic insect and elevating it in ultra chic, contemporary ways. From photo-realistic wallpapers to embroidery, appliqué, and taxidermy, these examples show how easy it is to incorporate this 2017 trend into the wardrobe or home.

From top to bottom: Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade wallpaper |  Mesh butterfly dress, Mary Katrantzou | Men’s butterfly print suit, Alexander McQueen | Lady Dior handbag | Gucci leather jacket | Foret Noire wallpaper by Nathalie Lété | Butterfly motif vintage credenza | Lady Dior for Art Basel handbag | Saatchi Art vignette | Fornasetti vase |  2017 Bambouchic planner

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Winter Style: Scandinavian Inspired Design

Christmastime always conjures up images of wintery white, silvery accents, and pine boughs. Design inspiration for me demands a type of rustic sophistication. No one does winter white better than the Scandinavians, and despite different labels (Swedish, Gustavian or Nordic) this clean, sophisticated palette is the very definition of winter.

On Madison brings you some of our favorite images to inspire your holiday and winter decorating. A weather chair next to something modern, an arrangement of pine boughs in a primitive basket…a little Scandinavian style will warm even the chilliest winter days.

Happy Holidays.

All images via Pinterest.

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