ONE GREAT SOFA BY KEVIN WALZ

Every once and awhile you discover one great item that inspires your dezign style.  Such it was when I was looking for some ideas to write about for my HOUZZ.com  monthly article when I came across the elegant Low Sofa designed by Keven Walz . I basically think this sofa is super-stunning!

KEVIN WALZ

KEVIN WALZ

What I love about it most is it ‘s simplicity. Clean and sleek, with a one off-centered bolster, it  is quite tres chic  in a contemporary way. AND because it is so simple it could easily be dressed up in a bright colorful fabric…even a bright printed fabric would make it sing and dance in an intoxicating manner.

SOFA, KEVIN WALZ

SOFA, KEVIN WALZ

Walz also makes a another sofa raised up on wooden bases with two bolsters carved into the seat…how very cool!  I adore the base concept…part leg, part platform.  AND, of course, there are those fabulous bolsters, which I believe are topped off in sheepskin. Having seen both of these sofas  aren’t you totally smitten by Walz’ designs and talent?

DAYBED / KEVIN WALZ

DAYBED / KEVIN WALZ

Another piece in the same genre is a delightful Day Bed, which is ever so cleverly designed with two rotating pillows. Then there is the Low Chair, with the same asymmetrical pillow and understated look as the Low Sofa, and equally as exciting looking.  Incidentally, all of this fabulous furniture can be seen and purchased at Ralph Pucci International, which has showrooms  in Los Angeles and New York City  and one opening up in Miami before the end of the year.

LOW CHAIR / KEVIN WALZ

LOW CHAIR / KEVIN WALZ

As we all well know, once one falls in love with something we can’t be simply satisfied with less of it and need to see more and more.  Hence, I took off on  a web search about Walz.  He is rather an interesting person, obviously quite talented and committed to his art.

LIMITED EDITION DAYBED IN PRINTED VINTAGE ITALIAN MILITARY FABRIC / KEVIN WALZ

LIMITED EDITION DAYBED IN PRINTED VINTAGE ITALIAN MILITARY FABRIC / KEVIN WALZ

QUICKY ABOUT KEVIN WALZ:    Walz studied fine art at Pratt Institute and the New York Studio School and then went on to exhibit as an emerging artist for several years. He became interested in the field of interior design quite by happenstance but has gone on to become a significant force in the industry and is a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame. His breadth of talent ranges from product design to residential and commercial design, teaching, curating and to creating his art.  He lives in Rome, Italy with his family and maintains an  office in New York City.

WALZ WINDOW SHOP

WALZ WINDOW SHOP

Walz has also opened a small store in Rome in the a section of the old city where many other artisans have their studios and shops. Called the Walz Window Shop, it is a blip of a shop which is only opened 1 hour a day.  Every eight weeks  Walz rotates his furnishings with art he has created and the work of other local artisans. He is particularly fascinated with vintage linen Italian military fabric and incorporated hand printed versions of this fabric embellished with symbols of Roman history in his first exhibit there when the shop opened up in 2010.

Here is a quick video of what the shop looks like which will also give you a brief glimpse into Walz’ aesthetic:

FYI Walz also  has some gorgeous area rugs he has designed for Tufenkian Rugs, another place you might check out if you find yourself as intrigued by the talent of Walz  as I am.

AREA RUG / KEVIN WALZ

AREA RUG / KEVIN WALZ

While reading Walz’ description of himself on his website I came across a sentence which I think is representative of his thinking about creating in the design world and I think so highly relevant to his greatness as a designer: “Trendiness is not an ingredient of innovation.”  I think that sums it all up just perfectly!

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Ciao, ciao ’til next time!