The Perfect Black

Elizabeth Bolognino exploring design & environment.


March 2012

Tribeca Loft Photoshoot Selects

Just added a finished project to my website, .  Here are a few selects from the shoot:

I commissioned artist Marilu Nordenflycht to create these amazing line drawings for the space.  Additionally, I designed the millwork unit to be modern, yet transitional.  The mantle is regency style, juxtaposed against a satin white lacquer.

Work by contemporary painter Laura Moretz:

The space is open, airy – relaxed but sophisticated.

I lined the dressing room walls in a suiting stripe fabric, which offsets the Ralph Lauren Clivedon armchair upholstered in a thick irregular stripe.

Please visit my website for more photos from the shoot!  Photography Credit to Adam Kane Macchia,


DIFFA – Dining by Design Gala

Happy Tuesday!  After an amazing weekend in Aspen, I flew home last night to attend DIFFA’s Dining by Design Gala honoring Alfredo Paredes, Executive Vice President & Chief Retail Creative Officer with Ralph Lauren.  From firsthand experience, I can honestly say Alfredo is a genius.  I’m grateful to have been a part of his team at RL before starting my own practice.

Ralph’s dining room below:

Photo credit: Ronnie Andren for Biz Bash

Mark Cunningham’s table stood out with his usage of natural materials:

Photo credit: Ronnie Andren for Biz Bash

Benjamin Moore’s dining room highlighted new colors of the season in a modern, educational way:

Photo credit: Ronnie Andren for Biz Bash

The outdoor dining environment created by architect Arpad Baska was refreshing in its simplicity.

Photo credit: Ronnie Andren for Biz Bash

Tilton Fenwick did an amazing job extrapolating a Christian LaCroix fabric into 3D form (especially that hand painted platform).

Photo credit: Ronnie Andren for Biz Bash

Finally, a huge Thank You to Roxanne Hanna of Merida for asking me to join her for the evening.  We had a blast!

Photo credit: Patrick McMullan


Purity of Form (I love Circles).

I spent the day accessories shopping for two current Manhattan residences.  Although each home is different, I found myself gravitating towards one common element – the circle.  While at the 2011 Affordable Art fair, I ran across this piece by Peter Monaghan.  The canted dimensional circles create such an interesting sense of depth – I was surprised at the affordability of such an intricate piece.

Here are a few others from Peter’s website:

Peter Monaghan
Peter Monaghan
Peter Monaghan

I love these glass vessels found in Soho today:

Handblown Gase Vases
Perfect, Fluid & slightly Anthropomorphic

And these lacquered wood stumps:

Although I don’t love this light fixture as a pendant, I really love it’s amorphic shape as a table lamp.  The light floats and is very calming.

Fluid Lamp

At ICFF last year, I found the Hug Chair by Gabriella Asztalos.  The chair is almost disappears in elevation, however is extremely inviting when viewing at other angles.

Gabriela Asztalos' Hug Chair
Gabriela Asztalos' Hug Chair

Circles can appear regular in linear form:

Cylindrical Corks

Or opulent when properly integrated architecturally:

The most perfect circle, in my opinion 🙂

My personal favorite circle, a Waffle House waffle.


My Love Affair with a Zebra

I have spent countless hours searching for zebra.  Black Zebra, White Stripes.  The elusive Brown Zebra, White Stripes.  Where to find them?  What is their Grade?  How are they treated?  How are the hides handled?

The search begins with the hide.

Found the hides, check.  Next step – send hides to trusted upholsterer.  I have a single source in NYC that I trust to work with hides.

I thought I’d do an update on the Bachelor Pad Uptown.  The residence is a condo conversion in a older building that was a complete white box/wide open slate at the beginning of the project.  A designers dream!

The client didn’t want to gut the kitchen, so I painted the cabinets, changed the hardware, backsplash and flooring.  Additionally, I dressed the walls with a gorgeous striped wallcovering.  All we need is our framed art and this look is complete 🙂

The backsplash & flooring are a gradated pennyround by Waterworks.  I love the sense of depth in the variated grays.

Floors went from squeaky yellow to sophisticated dark.  I added life to the walls by using a textured neutral paper. The drapes were installed yesterday so you’ll have to check back in for finished photos.

The foyer got a facelift with chunky, mirror paneled doors to reflect the vintage marble/brass console.  In addition, our custom Frequency rug by Merida is almost ready!

Here is a shot of my rug on the loom at Merida’s facilities in Fall River, MA.  American made = less lead time, attentive customer service & great quality.

The furniture is arriving over the next few weeks.  I’ll update you with more photos soon!

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