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We recently collaborated with Elizabeth Law, of Elizabeth Law Designs — Born and raised in South Carolina, Elizabeth Law draws inspiration from the discoveries of her travels and the old world. An enthusiast of the 1920s Mediterranean homes in Los Angeles, she has turned her focus to restoration and incorporation of that era, while veering away from the ultra-trendy or modern.

 

Photo: Emily Knecht

 

Let's just start with, we love Law! Not only is her eye for design on point, but she's just a rare gem of a designer and friend. Law has an intuitive way of bringing personal warmth to a home and prioritizing a space to feel uniquely yours. We were really thrilled when she was into the idea of partnering on choosing the upholstery for a couple of our pieces and looked forward to seeing what she would do. 

The Frits Henningsen style settee immediately spoke to Law's taste. We were so excited when she landed on the geometric velvet fabric. We love how the pattern and weave showcase light and depth on these pieces. Both of these statement pieces can easily integrate into a mid century, Spanish or contemporary space with their coloration and style. That's what we love most; their versatility. 

 

  

DEN: What is it about this settee's design that caught your eye and how did that play into your fabric selection?

LAW: I usually gravitate toward pieces that have both feminine and masculine qualities so it is well rounded, and this has both. The curve of the arms and the subtle curve of the back really appealed to me along with how the buttons and walnut legs tie it all together. The fabric I chose feels fresh and contemporary in its material, but still keeps with the midcentury era in its color way. I think the geometric pattern counterbalances the curves of the piece and I absolutely love how the raised velvet pile gives it an elevated touch. Also I want to wear this fabric. It's a piece that feels inviting and intimate even though it is on a smaller scale.

 
DEN: Top 5 favorite designers (contemporary or vintage)
LAW:
  • Charlotte Perriand – Classic, timeless, French and female.
  • Charles Dudouyt – I love brutalist cabinetry especially and love the detail and personality that goes with it.
  • Lucie Renaudot - 1930s French female designer whose story is elusive to me
  • Rose Uniake – Current, classic, timeless and graceful.
  • Atra Form – Inventive contemporary designs that also play into timelessness.

DEN: What design eras inspire you? Where do you draw inspiration from?
LAW: I am inspired by so many different times and I always mix eras so it is hard to choose a particular one.  I love the playfulness of Brutalist woodwork, the intricacies of Spanish Baroque, the clean lines of the Mid Century, the materials and gracefulness of Art Deco.
 
DEN: Trends for 2024? What do you hope to see more of and less of?
LAW: I hope to see more color, less boucle and more original thinking.  The way that the internet has taken over everyone’s inspiration makes it hard to not be overly influenced. I really hope to see people thinking outside the box more and not wanting their space to look just like someone else’s, be it a friend’s or something they saw online.  I have always been inclined to mix era’s which I find to be a more holistic approach and tends to hold up over time.
 
 
DEN: We know you love vintage. Why is it important to shop the real thing?
LAW: Quality and integrity come with shopping the real thing. These pieces have lasted a very long time for a reason. You do not find craftmanship in big box stores that love to copy the greats. 
 
DEN: What’s a dream piece you’d love to own yourself?
LAW: I cannot wait to have a Charles Dudouyt sideboard of my own.  I put them in most of my projects because I just adore them.
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