The Perfect Black

Elizabeth Bolognino exploring design & environment.


July 2012

Thonet – The Timely, Timeless Dining Chair

Sometimes being busy can do wonders on your creativity.  Managing a growing business and having a family surely keep my hands full!  However, the mind allows special things to peek through once & again.  Tonight, I was sitting on my sofa & Michael Thonet came to mind.  That man was a genius.  In 1859, he created Chair no 14 – which is still coined “The Chair of Chairs”.

Thonet used “bentwood” technology – which basically applies moisture to wood grain to allow for bending.  This is the same methodology that Alvar Aalto, Josef Hoffman, Frank Lloyd Wright, Isamu Noguchi & current day designers use to turn rigid form into something delicate.  Bentwood help transition Vienna Succession to International Art Nouveau – and on to Arts & Crafts – French Art Deco and 50’s biomorphism.

Source: via Koldo on Pinterest


Thonet’s Chair No. 14 (now 214) has completely withstood the test of time. Light, airy, impeccably designed – this chair can suit traditional to contemporary environments… the timely, timeless chair.






This ad is from a Thonet 1937 catalog:

Source: via Cheryl on Pinterest

Dreamhouse Designer Contest – EBI Guest Judge

I have the pleasure of guest judging a contest on the Facebook App – Dreamhouse Designer.  I’ve requested for users to create a clean, sophisticated salon incorporating the Chrisopher Farr fabric “Twist”.  Contest ends on Saturday, so start designing!


Rudolph, Neutra, Scarpa – The Masters.

Source: via Lasse on Pinterest

Source: via Yael on Pinterest

The Bachelor Pad, The Perfect Black

See selects from my latest project, The Bachelor Pad, inspiration for this blog “The Perfect Black”.  The Perfect Black is Farrow & Balls’ Pitch Black.  Hope you enjoy.  Photo credit: Adam Kane Macchia  xoEB

An original Salvador Dali.

Love the Frequency rug by Merida Meridian, Thomas O’Brien combo!

Vintage Kofod Larsen

Emotion & “Interior” Design

Last night,  I saw this commerical for the NY Lottery.  I love how the music completely changes the feel of the scene.

It reminds me of something my husband Justin speaks of, the true nature of  “Interior” Design.  Design is simply a reflection of who you are.  The design process with my clients always begins with words.  I ask people to tell me how they want their space to feel which directs the course of the project.  This morning, I compiled a few descriptions of “me” in different scenarios.

Me:  Step out of the house 5 minutes from waking, in a weightless summer dress and sandals. Hair tied loosely in a simple knot.  Grab an iced coffee w just the right amount of almond milk to make it sweet. Smile at the world. Love my Brooklyn village existence. Free, Simple, Spirited.  Background Music:  Here We Go Magic

Me:  Cuddled up on the sofa with my family and dog Charlotte Mingus.  Everyone’s in pajamas.  Bacon, eggs, waffles, syrup.  Wimbledon muted on the TV.  Magazines, and Ipad, a chewtoy, and Abby-Cadabby fill the crevices of the sectional. Relaxed, Comfortable, Thankful. Background  Music: Bob Marley

Me:  Out with girlfriends in Aspen.  Breathing in the mountain air.  Dressed and headed to Matsuhisa.  Bribe the St. Regis Van service to come pick us up at our private house after a long salt soak.  Prosecco in hand.  Sophisticated, Airy, Energetic, Playful. Background Music: LCD Soundsystem

We all have endless descriptions of who we are.  The point is to find underlying themes in your life that remain constant… and this becomes the root of your “Interior” design concept.


Are you a Beach or Mountain Person?

We are very lucky to have both beaches & mountains/rivers/lakes close to NYC.   This sense of place is the root of any design concept.  It’s likely you’ll have a preference… so, Where do you find your joy?  

MIA – so goes the days of Summer.

I am obviously not winning any award for being the best blogger.   However, I’m busy and totally enjoying the summer! Over two months, I’ve wrapped 4 projects and professionally shot one.  I’ve met lovely people and have made great summer memories.  I thought I’d show you, via my trusty phone, what I’ve been up to.  These are not professional shots – just me, balancing 5 things in one hand whilst focusing an Iphone in the other.

There are many more where these came from!  Hope you are enjoying life and keep checking back!  xoEB

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