G.I.N. Designs inspires

Forgive me, I'm still in a fashion week state of mind.  But I'll get to that in a minute.  When we recently got an invitation to a colleague's exhibit at the Design Within Reach Brooklyn showroom, we were inspired to post about his work.  We first met artist Orlando Dominguez at last year's Architectural Digest Home Show, where he was primarily showcasing his sculptures under the G-I-N Designs label.  Amongst the pieces on display was a stand out neon yellow re-finished armchair that we could only describe as punk!  A few months later we visited a pop-up shop in the LES where yet another re-upholstered beauty was on display.  This one, funky!  So we were more than eager to check out the collaboration at DWR.  The few chairs on display looked fantastic in the showroom juxtaposed against the store's typical clean modern lines.  The exhibit got us thinking about a few of those fall runways.  So to round up my fashion meets furniture series, I did a bit of juxtaposition myself taking inspiration from the colour blocking and fabric selection of Mr. Dominguez.
Our favourite piece in the exhibit, www.ginartdesign.com
The stand out selection on our favourite G-I-N chair is the mustard animal hide fabric.  The textured nature brings the piece to life and reminds me of the gorgeous fabrics of Suno and Doru Olowu this season.  And of course the blues, aquas and icy tones of the chair definitely mimic the hues found in Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg and Prada.  Love it!
From top left: 1. G-I-N chair, www.ginartdesign.com 2. Suno fall 2011, nytimes.com 3. Gucci, nytimes.com 4. Doru Olowu, nytimes.com 5. & 6. Diane von Furstenberg, nytimes.com 7. Prada, nytimes.com and 8. Suno again, nytimes.com
Fuschia meets green and animal hide in the most interesting way in the more feminine complement to our blue favourite.
The pink, www.ginartdesign.com
The pink chair definitely had a more electric feel, which found me pulling on Bibhu Mohapatra's funky evening wear and Prada's sleek animal skin coat.  The eclectic nature of the colour combo took me back to the on target pattern mixes of Doru Olowu and Suno.  It's interesting what can happen when you tone down fuschia, as is the case of the more earthy palettes of Dior, Gucci and Peter Pilotto.  It made me wonder what would happen if we just threw a deep purple throw on this funky chair.
From top left: 1. Pink chair, www.ginartdesign.com 2. Prada, nytimes.com 3. Bibhu Mohapatra, nytimes.com 4. Gucci, nytimes.com 5. Doru Olowu, nytimes.com 6. & 7. Dior, nytimes.com 8. Peter Pilotto, nytimes.com 9. Suno, nytimes.com
It really is interesting how items, whether furniture, textiles or fittings can lead us down different paths of artistic expression.  We are truly motivated by the fabrics, textures, and colours of the fall 2011 season and will be keeping a lot of this on the inspiration board for upcoming projects.  Hope you were able to find inspiration from ours...