TOUCHSTONES: Fantastic Color from NeoCon

I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago attending the annual contract furnishings trade show, NeoCon. I always look forward to seeing the latest in contract furniture and fabrics and the clever ways manufacturers exhibit their products each year. The look of NeoCon, the showrooms, the displays and the events,… read more

TOUCHSTONES: Travel – Azuelos in Portugal

This is my favorite pousada in Portugal – Pousada de Arraiolos, Nossa Senhora da Assuncao, part of a government run-program created to promote tourism by preserving and adapting buildings of historic and architectural significance into hotels. These properties let you sleep and dine in manor houses, convents, monasteries, and palaces… read more

TOUCHSTONES: Works of Art – Sean Scully

Artists–particularly painters–have a visceral connection to color that informs their work, their observations, and even their world view.  I often look to paintings for ideas about color palettes and always find something intriguing, even transformative, that enables me to rethink combinations and contrasts.  We react emotionally to color in painting,… read more