When I was 13 a friend of my mother’s told me that black really suited me (I was dressed head to toe in it), much to my mother’s chagrin. Being an impressionable age, I took the compliment to heart and have been pretty much obsessed with black ever since. Living in Melbourne, which is the Australian equivalent to New York – it looks like a sea of black and grey in winter, certainly helped.
from the home of fashion designers Badley + Mishka
Shoreditch House, London
A Tom Scheerer interior – it looks quite warm and inviting, don’t you think?
Kara Mann Design – love the photography in this image too.
Kelly Wearstler’s incredibly chic black kitchen, from Domicilium Decoratus
Exterior of Yael Arfallo’s house, from Domino magazine
Vases fromthe new Calvin Klein Home collection
“Black Paintings” Authored by Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg and Ad Reinhardt, this is a collection of black paintings that were creating in America in the 40’s.
40’s American armchair, covered in jet black patent leather, from 1st Dibs.
Love these pics – especially the Shoreditch house in London!
so i’ve been noticing all these black walls as well, and thinking they look fab- but i’m ashamed to admit, i’m scared to try it in my own home. i like to think of myself as fearless when it comes to design, but when it comes to painting a room black, i’m a scared-y cat…
Hi KT – that table looks very similar to the “Clivedon” by Ralph Lauren ( check out http://www.ralphlaurenhome.com/rlhome/products/furniture/item.asp?item_id=10078&haid=118&t=0)
Otherwise if this is not within your budget – does anyone stateside have any leads?
Great blog. I am looking for help with a resource.
It has been very difficult to find a round pedestal table (similar to the Badley-Mishka) with additional leafs in a dark stain or black painted finish.
If anyone has a resource, especially in the US it would be greatly appreciated.
Londoncalling – a black power room would be fantastic!
GMG – I love that Tom Scheerer room too!
M&CO. – it is hard to get past a favorite colour isn’t it…black is an alltime classic I think.
Rhonda – the shoes are pretty fabulous aren’t they…not sure I could get away with them though!
TTI – thanks, glad you liked it!
Patricia, I completely agree!
Aesthete – it sort of does doesn’t it! I hadn’t really noticed that until you mentioned it!
The 1stdibs chair looks, well, sticky, doesn’t it? I remember reading a wonderful story about Jean-Michel Frank’s apartment for Elsa Schiaparelli. The dining banquettes were upholstered in a rubberized black material that, alas, came off on the diners’ clothes during a very warm evening.
I love black. It is so classic.
Great post! I love color theme posts. Black certainly is a bold choice, and I have to admit that I gravitate much more to the light tones. However, your post has certainly give me an appreciation for the sophistication of black!
Great post! I’ve been in love with those shoes for awhile!!
Stunning! I ove black walls! And everything else black 😉 I try colors from time to time but I always fall back on my favourite; black! Great post!
I love dark interiors…you have one of my favorites on their, the Tom Scheerer interior!
I gravitate to black. Black in furnishings and clothes. I’ve always wanted to paint a wall or perhaps a powder room black.