Designed for the high-end luxury interiors market, Genevieve Bennett’s bespoke sculpted leather is created using cutting edge techniques, innovative pattern making, beautiful materials and excellent craftsmanship. Top quality leather is embossed, engraved, inlaid, printed and sculpted and can be used to make decorative wall panels, flooring, upholstery or furniture.
Each piece by the London-based designer is made to order and the designs and techniques can be customized and ordered in bespoke sizes and colours. However, there is also a standard range of products available as 12 inch panels in 26 different colours.
Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2000, Bennett is inspired by three-dimensional sculptural qualities, surface relief and striking patterns. Her designs draw on a vast range of archive material and influences, including historic ‘Spitalfields’ silk patterns, wood carvings by 17th Century craftsman Grinling Gibbons, advanced paper engineering techniques and Elizabethan armour.
And one of my all-time favorite shelf styling tricks is to display plants on the top layer of shelving, which will draw the eye upward, as well as create height and drama. Below we see shelf-top plants in a tour of my retro-modern home office. Last but not least, we shine the spotlight on the challenging task of styling kids’ room shelving, drawing inspiration from the product photography of The Land of Nod. The Zero Gravity Wall Shelf below illustrates a perfect balance of practicality and design flair, mixing carefully placed toys with books in eye-catching colors.
Vega Architecture’s design for the Busch Home in Lakewood, CO is a wonderful example of how a sunken living room can still maintain a sleek, modern look. By keeping the depth of the pit fairly shallow and using furniture with clean, wooden lines, the space still feels light and airy. A pop of warm, lighter colored carpeting also creates a nice texture change when paired with the harder but more durable tile used on the higher level. When Amber Flooring installed their engineered prefinished square edge Stilnovo-Afrormosia planks throughout the Los Gatos home, they didn’t forget the living area’s conversation pit. Now the space is lined with the warm material, making it the perfect spot to curl up around the fireplace.