The Chairish Podcast
The Year Ahead: Trends to Banish, Trends to Embrace
Trends are inevitable. If anything, the pace of what’s in and what’s out seems only to accelerate. It’s harder than ever to keep up—and to distinguish the best of what’s new. Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of LA-based Studio Life/Style, and San Francisco designer Jonathan Rachman joins Chairish's VP of Merchandising, Noel Fahden, to look at the trends likely to shape interior design in the year ahead. Is this the year when open floor plans and open-shelved kitchens lose their appeal? Will granny chic reign? Will bouclé be banished? Is terracotta the next color obsession? The experts weigh in and reveal why there’s likely to be a floor lamp or a footstool in your future.
Creating Retail Magic: The Chairish Art Gallery at Bergdorf Goodman
No other store in New York is as glamorous and fashion-forward as Bergdorf Goodman. And Bergdorf’s seventh floor features the ultimate high-style home store, a long-time favorite of designers. Now, as Bergdorf’s unveils the new Chairish Art Gallery, Anna Brockway, co-founder and president of Chairish, joins Bergdorf’s Andrew Mandell to talk about how this exclusive collaboration came about; how Bergdorf’s keeps its home floor fresh and exciting; and what these two retail powerhouses see ahead for home design and the future of shopping.
How Do You Keep Mistakes and Fiascos From Hurting Your Business?
Every design project has its problems. But then there are the major disasters. How do you cope with fiascos ranging from monthslong delays and damaged deliveries to rejected custom pieces and recalcitrant contractors? Who bears the burdens and costs? How do you minimize mistakes and keep your team motivated in the face of major setbacks? Designers Heidi Caillier, Keita Turner, and Crystal Sinclair share how they have faced—and faced down—all sorts of dilemmas, why trust and transparency are crucial and finger-pointing is useless, and why it is always best to get it in writing.
Jonathan Adler on Pottery, His Passions, and the Crucial Importance of Charm
After starting out as a humble potter, Jonathan Adler has grown to become a well- established design force, with his signature witty and colorful touch evident in everything from vases and pillows to furnishings, accessories, homes, and hotels. Yet he still has his hands in the mud. Here he tells of his amazing rise; why, despite his love for design history, he has always considered himself a design outsider; how he was influenced by fashion; why Madonna remains his muse; and the challenges he faces in bringing wit and charm to interiors and product design.
What Makes Toronto Such a Design Destination?
Toronto is one of the fastest growing cities in North America—and one of the most stylish.Three designers based in the city—Colette Van den Thillart, Cynthia Ferguson, and LouiseMacDonald—weigh in on why they love Toronto, how its many different neighborhoodsshape their work, and the increasing sophistication of their clients. But they also addressthe unique problems—from shipping complications to import duties to the reams ofrequired paperwork— that can make working in Canada so challenging.
Michael Boodro On His Career, Podcasting and Everything In Between
To celebrate our 75th episode, we decided to flip the script! Chairish’s co-founder and president Anna Brockway sat down with the esteemed host of The Chairish Podcast, Michael Boodro to discuss how he got his start and how he became one of the design world's most successful and beloved editors. In this exclusive interview, he takes us back to his beginnings in the publishing world, what it was really like as editor-in-chief of Elle Decor, how he worked alongside powerhouse names like Anna Wintour and Martha Stewart and how he landed in the world of podcasting. Tune in to hear the surprising lessons he's carried through the years and what he's learned along the way.
Jean-Louis Deniot on the Practicality Behind French Glamour
For two decades, Jean-Louis Deniot has brought a cool, contemporary edge to French glamour, and endowed projects around the globe with his unique French accent. His work is lush but never overdone, contemporary but always inclusive of the past, and bold yet always comfortable. In this exclusive interview he tells why he always looks first for the flaws in any project, how important it is for a designer to abandon any pre-conceived ideas, why he believes that luxury and sustainable design are compatible, and shares his strategy for enticing clients to go far beyond their initial vision.
How Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson Are Redefining the Idea of Luxury
When Jamie Drake, one of New York’s most successful and beloved designers, announcedseven years ago that he was forming a partnership with Caleb Anderson, the impact wasimmediate. The firm has expanded without losing any of its characteristic verve, color, orluxe, and maintaining its quality and status. In this episode, the partners discuss how theywork together, why their strengths are compatible, what they see ahead, and howsustainability and wellness are already reshaping the very idea of luxury.
Updating Tradition the British Way
Americans have long looked to British homes for inspiration. But for a young British designer, can the weight of history sometimes seem too much? How do you update tradition so that it remains relevant and works for realms far beyond the grand country house? The principals of two rising British design firms—Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock of Turner Pocock and Mary Graham and Nicole Salvesen of Salvesen Graham—reveal how their backgrounds shaped their sense of design, why color, pattern, and handcrafted details are crucial to their visions, how they sometimes find inspiration in the work of American designers, and why quality and comfort remain the hallmarks of British design, no matter what the century.