when i used to live in san francisco many years ago i would drive over to sacramento street and peer through the window of an antique store called march (march is still around, but is now called march pantry, a super chic table top and home store). i just loved the curated collection of things…in many ways these visits shaped what i have grown to love.
the clean and simple store had seagrass covered floors, and dark taupe walls. a very large Japanese paper lantern always hung in the middle of the store dimly lit. all the antiques, art and accessories were curated and placed strategically around like sculpture. the upholstery was covered in ivory or flax linen, the furniture had the richest and purest patina’s…i aways loved the punches of black….the mix was always eclectic, always perfect.
one distinct memory that has never left me was this magnificent coromandel screen that was in the shop for many years…it moved around over time, from one corner to another…there seemed to always be a perfect chair in ivory linen next to it, an old rustic belgian table adjacent, a great piece of abstract art leaning on it, a perfect object surrounded by it, and that japanese lantern shining on it…always a perfect mix of things and how these vignettes were presented has never escaped me.
over time i found out the store was owned by mark cunningham… since then mark, based in nyc, has taken the design world by storm. i have become quite a fan of mark’s work…his eye is perfection…that perfect mix of old and new, modern and traditional, high and low, light and dark….
his design work always graces my blog posts whether i’m talking about a neutral territory, a rustic ranch, a modern loft, or a countdown of my favorite rooms….his talent is always represented…like i said, in many ways those frequent visits to march have shaped what i have grown to love.
i’m thrilled and honored to interview mark in the latest installment of mds interviews- here’s part 1! enjoy!