Chic is Where You Find it (Part III)
Some of you may remember that when design legend Bonnie Cashin died, she left many of her possessions to the young curator who had tirelessly researched her life and work, Stephanie Lake. Today Lake serves as creative director of The Bonnie Cashin Foundation and has decorated her own chic office using Cashin treasures: the famous "graffiti doors" with quotes from the designer's heroes, as well as a self portrait Bonnie painted in the 1950s.
A mock-up of Lake's monograph about Cashin is on the table and the volumes contain photographs of the fashion designer's work, each labeled with a photo of Bonnie in the given period. Be sure to note the slipper chairs; Lake recently had them recovered using the "wrong" side of the fabric for an industrial edge.
She comments, "You can just see a bit of this on the portrait wall, but I also custom-mixed straight gold and silver metallic furniture paint (the kind that specifically says for small surfaces only) for the walls, making random block patterns as I went along. I have to hire out when I want a conventional surface (I cannot be trusted to let anything dry appropriately, or to cover surfaces evenly) but this was perfect for my lack of patience."