The (Fan)Joy of Living

Vanguard Furniture paired us with Fanjoy Labrenz, comprised of duo Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz, to create a video introducing the Blended Modern collection. The result is a stylized piece that captures the spirit of the design intent.

We asked FanjoyLabrenz to convey the essence of the collection, evoking Hollywood relaxing in Palm Springs – a retro vibe with a modern filter and a dash of ethnic influence. We challenged them to avoid literal images of movie stars in order to capture the fresh, new perspective the collection offers.

I recently sat down to chat with Sally & James, and I asked them about their creative process.

BG: How did you artistically respond to our concept for Blended Modern?

S&J: From the start, we connected to BG’s eclectic design, since our own aesthetic is a mash-up of contemporary and 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s influences.  To us, it wasn’t a limitation, but a wide-open creative challenge.

BG: How did you create the memorable images you used in the video?

S&J: We have a collection of various objects that, in combination, perfectly illustrated the BG vision: that turquoise Motorola TV, an orange princess phone (we printed your logo for the center), a toy blimp, a collection of demitasse cups from Japan, a 50’s martini shaker, a lava lamp and more. The one thing we were missing was the iconic Olivetti typewriter,
and on the first trip to the Goodwill, there it was!

BG: How did you choose the point of view when shooting those vintage items?

S&J: We kept the shots tight and clean to allow the design to speak for itself, as does the BG Blended Modern collection.

BG: Give some insight into the the way you approach your work.

S&J: We are a team, we are visual thinkers, we love what we do. How can we create a still or moving image that speaks? How can this be the fullest expression of this time and place? How can we excite/provoke/engage?

BG: How do you make everything you create unique?

S&J: By starting every project with a beginner’s mind…
by wondering… wandering…
by  breaking at least one rule…
by doing more than what is expected.

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Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz shot by Spencer Huffman

Sally and James are extraordinary artists and have had many exhibitions of their work. I asked them to choose a few favorites:

From the “Palimpsest” Series

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From the “Fluidity” Series

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From the “Fluidity” Series

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Fom the “Fluidity” Series

Photograohy, Fanjoy LaBrenz, Barry Goralnick

“From Shore ” Series

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“The Dove”


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You can see more of their work at:

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Light in the House by the Lake

For this gorgeous dream home in Utah, the Choros Chandelier from Visual Comfort adorns this handsome bedroom. As per Elle Decor, ” A mohair headboard in the master bedroom pulls in one of the homeowner’s favorite colors — lavender — which Bennett notes can be as masculine and regal as its more vibrant relative purple”.

Choros Chandelier by Barry Goralnick hangs over the bed

Read the whole article at Elle Decor on-line

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Swinging from the Chandeliers

“The Lights of a Room – Brilliant Pendants and Chandelier Combine Art and Function,”  is a feature in this month’s Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.  The article is produced by D. J. Carey and Mary Fitzgerald.  My Bracelet Chandelier from Visual Comfort is highlighted.

Bracelet Chandelier from Visual Comfort is available in Gilded and Aged Iron finishes.

In other lighting news, the Circa Lighting staff in Chicago chose the Choros Chandelier as its pick for the month. 

And designers have been sending me photos of the Choros in their projects.

A view from the staircase of a house in Sag Harbor from Tim Button of Stedila Design.

Choros Chandelier is available in Aged Iron with Hand Rubbed brass or Polished nickel finishes.

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