Arren Williams is the name, and I'm a stylist, editor and trend reporter. You'll catch my work regularly popping up in print in the likes of the National Post, House & Home and elsewhere. I'm also a guest expert on Citytv's CityLine, and you can occasionally find me on HGTV as well as on ABC 7 News in Chicago.

To keep things fun I've tapped a couple of friends - Julia Black and Jenn Hannotte - to contribute their views on design too. Enjoy!


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Patching it up in NYC

I'm in NYC right this second, check-check-checking out the world of design in and around the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. After walking the show (and interviewing folks like Amy Butler, Kelly Hoppen and Matt Carr) I ventured further afield to have a look at all the off-site exhibits. There's been some awful stuff (sorry, but I really don't want wall sconces and table lamps made of real squirrels and mice), and there's been some fantastic stuff, like the chance to see the tribute by artist Tal R for the 50th anniversary of the Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair at ABC Carpet & Home. There are masses of the quilted patchwork covered chairs on show at ABC, and each has a different feeling. I've included a couple of my faves below, one of which feels really quite nutty, while the other has almost a preppy vibe to it. Then, for the crafty types out there, there's a close-up of the fabrics from one of the other chairs. Finally, a shot of the man himself, surrounded by some of the tonal chairs he produced. Yay for patchwork!

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Arren, cheers to you in NYC!!! I just ordered an AJ egg chair upholstered in vintage baseball leather; arrives in June. Wouldn't these patchwork chairs be adorable in a child's bedroom??? Have fun in my favorite city- K

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkarl lohnes

Squirrels...mice....seriously!?!? I ADORE the pink and purple-toned patchwork quilted chairs in the last photo. I can envision one in a gorgeous living room or bedroom decor...beside a window, so I can read my magazines in it!

The first patchwork chair would look great in a kid's room. Have fun at ICFF. Look forward to reading your interviews.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Interesting to see such brightly coloured, fun and modern patchwork.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWill

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