The design of a room sings when the individual character of the client comes through in the careful composition of elements. Reflecting on high points in her portfolio, Elisa Chambers describes her favorite aspects of specific rooms in our new series, Eye Spy.
For an active family of boys, Elisa opted for pieces that did double duty—beautiful in form yet durably functional—a duality embodied by the design of the living room. Based on the East Coast, the family treasures their time together in the Tetons, which makes the living room the hub of the home. Framed by a picture window facing the mountains, the living space is at once commodious and comfortable, characteristics keenly expressed by Elisa’s three favorite pieces of furniture:
“This sofa has two lives; the woven-leather back and cashmere cushions make it so luxurious, while at the same time, it’s so rustic. It can swing both ways. The woven texture is beautiful from all angles, while the cashmere is divine! This sectional is made by Flexform, one of the most elegant yet reasonably priced Italian lines. Flexform puts a lot of thought into their products, focusing on the feel of each piece. Measuring 10ft. long, the sofa allows the family to spread out and relax. This piece anchors the room.”
“Also by Flexform, this pair of coffee tables is as functional as it is beautiful. Low to the ground, they can stand alone or be pushed together into one big table. With drawers that pull out on complementary sides, they also offer essential storage: the family stashes games and puzzles in the drawers. As sleek as they are, they also provide an efficient use of space. Again, double duty!”
“I adore this piece from Gregorious Pineo, a furniture atelier based in Los Angeles. Its angular, delicate silhouette belies its rugged, strong construction. The rustic metal base perfectly complements the limewash wood slab on top. Yet another example of living two lives. Gracing the side wall, the console is accented by a leather-slung mirror from Baxter and a Holly Hunt glass lamp, making for an elegant yet accessible moment within this high-traffic room.”