Soft Launch of Amanda Nisbet Designs for Niermann Weeks
Well, the soft launch in the New York Design Center went wonderfully, attracting magazine editors, bloggers, interior designers, and customers. Phew. Amanda was surrounded all evening by fans, students, bloggers, and editors. One never knows how people will respond to prototypes of a new line, so it’s always pins-and-needles time until the show opens.
For her premiere Amanda designed and Niermann Weeks made four products, shown below from the left: a V-table, a round mirror, a fabulously comfy chair, and a cool palm lamp. She and her VP Raymond Schneider designed a story board for each product to show development from initial drawing through close-to-final form.
Her V coffee table anchors itself sturdily to the floor, while expressing lightness with its inset glass top in ultra-marine blue. As you know, I love intense color, and so does Amanda; therefore, for me we’re a match made in heaven.
Her round mirror combines two media (wood and metal) with a cherry frame finished to a glistening darkness, and highlighted by overlapping, overlaid metal circles finished in a faux zinc. The final layer of occasional brass nail heads add a final note of zing, a touch that really pleased Amanda’s public.
Her chair wins my personal prize as a favorite. First of all, it looks stunning with its mélange of interesting form, component shapes, white and gold leaf finishes, seat cushion in an intense dark blue, and knobs at the arm rests. Beyond those attributes, it’s also really comfy to sit in while being light enough to easily carry around a room.
Our artisans had a ball cutting out the leaves for her signature palm lamp, and then had even more fun with gold leafing.
Not to be outdone, Niermann Weeks also presented our own new designs, including this Damon Lantern with its rectangular silhouette oak domed in goldleaf. The lantern hangs over our new Tissage Table, a vignette that mixes the bold weight of the mixed media lantern with the cool lightness of the table. Both are finished in different tones of goldleaf.
Going deeper in our showroom, we placed our Serpentine Bed, introduced last year but always wonderfully, amazingly popular. To its right in this photo sits our brand new Caron Cabinet with its smart inset brass diamond in the drawer and brass arc in the door. The Caron’s swankiness makes me want to replace my own night tables at home.
I will replace my chandelier in the dining room with a custom, larger version of the new Greek Key Pendant. I have always loved Greek key as a design motif and simply must have this fixture in my own home.
Returning, however, to our NYDC market, we also re-created elements of 2013 North Carolina showhouse by Bradshaw Orrell and Randy McManus. For their room at Adamsleigh in North Carolina, we designed this pair of Melbourne Settees, useful for indoors and poolside use. I can’t yet show you their room, but you can soon see it in the forthcoming showhouse issue of Traditional Home.
Next day Niermann Weeks’ Eleanor, Claire, and Justin met with Amanda Nisbet’s Raymond and Amanda herself to plan the new products for our complete launch at High Point in the spring. I thought a soft launch took lots of time, in a few months, just ask me how much time will go into creating all 15+ new products.
Training home, happy and exhausted, my heart exulted to see the new Freedom Tower rising above lower Manhattan. My eyes will probably always look for the Twin Towers but now the new single tower makes me happy in the Big Apple.
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