The 2012 BOFFO Showhouse Ovando

The 2012 BOFFO Showhouse

Can you imagine coming home each night to the colors and textures of nature, or, by contrast, to a bedroom that holds a virtual bed? This year’s BOFFO Showhouse brought together artists and designers with the precise purpose of redefining possibilities on interior space, as fashioned according to four distinct themes: Nature, Future, Work and Play.

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Each theme was conjured in the physical space of a bi-level apartment in the Madison Jackson building of the Lower East Side and, certainly, each 1300 square foot allotment pushed beyond the notion of contemporary living and interior design. Apartments instead offered a glimpse into what could be:

FUTURE: reveals a distant evolution of domestic lifestyle.

WORK: focuses on productivity both mentally and physically.

PLAY: allows for rules of behavior to be mitigated and rules of play to be reinforced.

NATURE: brings sensations of the exterior world to the interior world.

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Ovando collaborated with brilliant designers to create a Nature room that introduced a tropical forest-like atmosphere. BOFFO guests stepped into a world where furry chairs, wooden tables, and Ovando’s floating trees offered a sense of mystical escape.

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And while this year’s showcase ended on June 4th, the sentiments evoked will endure for some time longer. A tremendous thanks to BOFFO and artist, Andrew Yes for inviting Ovando to participate.

Photos by Ovando and Evan Joseph Images.

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Mother’s Day Marvels

Of all the seasonal and holiday collections we release each year, the Mother’s Day collection is undoubtedly one of my favorites. Why? It really is a day that asks people to stop and say thank you. (Read more about the history of the holiday here.) Plus, I’m a mother of two! Enough said, right?

Wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day!

-Sandra de Ovando

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Exotic and Enchanting Orchids

It was an absolute treat to visit Washington DC for the annual cherry blossom festival.   Even while I work with flowers on a daily basis, the sheer abundance and the saturation of color throughout the city is just something else. I was bright eyed with with a wide smile for a full 24 hours! I couldn’t have been happier…that is until I discovered that the US Botanic Gardens is currently exhibiting an Orchids Mystique showcase of exotic orchids from around the globe! I was flabbergasted by my good fortune and wanted to share these beautiful creatures with you.

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Pink cymbidium orchids

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Pink cattleya orchids

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Orange cymbidium orchids

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Pink and white phaleonopsis orchids

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Brassia orchids

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I Dream of Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is always such a captivating experience: the adrenaline in the styling room; the new breakthrough designer sends his models down the catwalk for the first time; the chic after-party is ignited with conversation of Ms.  Wintour’s favorite look. If fashion week shows us anything, it’s certainly the fact that fashion is just as purposeful as it is ephemeral. Indeed, there is “An Ever Changing Face of Beauty.”

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Such is the premise of fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø’s video installation which premiered at the Park Avenue Armory on February 14th, organized by W Magazine and P&G Prestige.

W’s Stefano Tonchi and P&G Prestige’s Joanne Crewes host an exclusive dinner at The Mark Hotel on upper east side in celebration of The Ever Changing Face of Beauty, an installation by Solve Sundsbo

Sundsbø aims not only to capture still images of the beauties beyond the lens, but to also bring them to life and imbue them with story and character. Some might even argue that beauty and inspiration are easy to find, but it’s the process of translating this into a living piece of work that presents the challenge, be it a clothing collection, an art installation, or even a floral composition.

W’s Stefano Tonchi and P&G Prestige’s Joanne Crewes host an exclusive dinner at The Mark Hotel on upper east side in celebration of The Ever Changing Face of Beauty, an installation by Solve Sundsbo

W’s Stefano Tonchi and P&G Prestige’s Joanne Crewes host an exclusive dinner at The Mark Hotel on upper east side in celebration of The Ever Changing Face of Beauty, an installation by Solve Sundsbo

Ovando was honored to be a part of the evening and to have an opportunity to showcase the fruits of our inspiration-to-creation process. Working off of the psychedelic blend of male and female body parts accented with blooming flowers, tree branches and fire, we aimed for something that spoke both to the femininity and masculinity of Sundsbø’s work as well as the fervor of his images.

W’s Stefano Tonchi and P&G Prestige’s Joanne Crewes host an exclusive dinner at The Mark Hotel on upper east side in celebration of The Ever Changing Face of Beauty, an installation by Solve Sundsbo

W’s Stefano Tonchi and P&G Prestige’s Joanne Crewes host an exclusive dinner at The Mark Hotel on upper east side in celebration of The Ever Changing Face of Beauty, an installation by Solve Sundsbo

We decided to pair a brawny aubergine against fuchsia and violet highlights to convey the interdependent yet juxtaposed relations of male and female. Highlighting these compositions with the seductive hue of candlelight made for a truly enchanting evening.

W’s Stefano Tonchi and P&G Prestige’s Joanne Crewes host an exclusive dinner at The Mark Hotel on upper east side in celebration of The Ever Changing Face of Beauty, an installation by Solve Sundsbo

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Photos by Billy Farrell Agency

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Valentine’s Day Love from W Magazine

In all of the Valentine’s Day hustle and bustle, we nearly missed the opportunity to pause and say thank you to the fabulous editorial staff over at W Magazine for the recent gift guide feature! So, before the clock strikes midnight, a very wholehearted “thank you!” for including our new candle collection in this year’s Valentine’s Day Editor’s picks gift guide.

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Hoping cupid treats you well on this lovely day.

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Vendor Spotlight: Modern Declaration

Ovando_arrangements“It’s that feeling when you know you’ve stumbled upon something extraordinary, “ says Daun Curry, founder of Modern Declaration, as she describes her first encounter with Ovando. Oh yes, we know the feeling. It was indeed love at first sight on our end as well when we uncovered the work coming out of the a New York-based interior design firm, celebrated for its love of light and texture.  Recently honored with her 3rd Andrew Martin “Designer of the Year” Award, we were undeniably curious to learn more of the method behind the magnificence. And, upon a recent collaboration with Modern Declaration, we were indeed able to dig a little deeper into Daun’s creative genius…

Ovando: Tell us the story of Modern Declaration. (How is your background, how did you grow the business, etc?)

Daun Curry of Modern Declaration: Ever since high school English class, I have been deeply and personally moved by the poetry of Edna St Vincent Millay. In particular, her poem “Modern Declaration.” It is a manifesto of courageous, unwavering LOVE – a desire and a belief that no one can take what you love away from you. I thought Modern Declaration was the perfect vision for the company.  Declaring my love for all things design.  When I design, it makes me feel alive.  A bit dramatic perhaps, but then, what else would you expect from a designer??

Ovando_arrangements1Ovando: What is it that most inspires your work?

Daun: People, art, fashion, nature, my daughter’s eyes…inspiration is everywhere.  I was in a taxi today and I took a picture of the fender of city bus with my iphone.  The patina of the metal made these amazing organic shapes and gradated hues!  I was like “I want to make that into a patterned silk fabric!”

Ovando: Do you have a trademarked design trick or helpful hint? What is it that distinguishes your work today?

Daun: My helpful hint would be to trust your judgment and remember that balance and editing are always your friends. I am known for my layering of lighting and textures.  I am not afraid to mix it all up.  Whatever feels right, go with it, put it all out there.  You can always make edits.

Ovando: What is your process when it comes to bringing to life a client’s vision? And, if your client doesn’t have any preconceived visions, how do you go about creating it for them?

Daun: When I first meet a client and visit a space, I just listen to them and absorb what is going on around me.  Inspiration is all about feeling for me.  I get a vibe for the energy of the client and the architecture of the space and I start getting visuals in my head.  I am a very visual person.  I don’t read a lot.  I never have.  I see all things from a visual point of view, even letters and numbers.  As a child I thought there was something wrong with me.  It took a long time for me to understand and come to terms with that.  It is actually an incredible gift that I now cherish and lends itself very nicely for working in the design world.

Ovando: What is it you most LOVE about your job? Find most challenging?

Daun: I love what I do.  I am grateful everyday that I get to design and that my work resonates with people.  I also love the relationships I build with my clients.  We become part of each other’s lives.  When a project dies down and I’m not around as much, we miss each other.

Ovando: We loved collaborating with Modern Declaration on a recent installation. Are flowers always a large component of your work? Tell us a bit more about the project and your vision.

Daun: This project was for Moroccanoil co-founder Carmen Tal’s residence.  She grew up on a beautiful estate in Chile and flowers and live plants were discussed from the very beginning as an integral part of the design.  I really wanted to collaborate with a floral designer whose work would compliment the design of the space.  It was late one evening and I was endlessly searching the web for something inspirational and that’s when I found Ovando.  It’s that feeling you have when you know you’ve stumbled upon something extraordinary. Both whimsical and architectural at the same time…an elevated way of looking at flower design.

 

Ovando: You were recently awarded your 3rd Andrew Martin “Designer of the Year” award. What an honor! It must be so incredible to look back to your days at Parsons when you may have been thinking “One day!”  along with many other young aspiring designers. And here it is! Tell us about your first ground-breaking project and any potential “Aha” moments you may have had along the way.

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Daun: It is such an honor and I am truly humbled by all the wonderful experiences I’ve had in this industry.  My first big break came a few years after I graduated from Parsons.  I was hired to decorate a 5,000 square foot loft by real estate developer and entrepreneur Josh Guberman.  Josh is a true visionary and his work in the industry is inspirational. I was a no-name at the time and Josh believed in me, something I will never forget. There was a huge press release party for the opening of the building featuring the loft I had designed.  The exposure I got was incredible and as they say “the rest is history…..”

Ovando: Work aside, what is your favorite thing to do (or not do) every day? Any favorite activities, sayings, personal quirks that your friends love about you but might chuckle about all the same?

Daun: I love cooking dinner for my daughter every night, giving her a bath, bedtime stories……my softer mommy side…..

Getting dressed up and going on romantic dinner dates with my husband……

Going dancing with my girlfriends…..

Loving, laughing, living life to the fullest…..

Ovando: What is your vision for the future of Modern Declaration?

Daun: I love my staff dearly and we all really enjoy working together.  Our common undying love of design always pushes us in new directions . There are no limits.  I want to do it all.  We are currently working on a fabric line and a home accessories collection.

Thank you for chatting with us, Daun! We can’t wait to see what’s next…

Photos by Emily Gilbert Photography

Chic Inspirations Ovando

Chic Inspirations: La Belle Époque

Of all of the beautiful cities in the world, there are perhaps few which have been admired quite as much as our beloved City of Lights. La Belle Époque of 1930’s Paris was an especially inspirational era, with artists like Chanel, Dali, Hemingway and Picasso, amongst many others, paving the way for future flocks of the avant-garde.

Roused by this most cherished moment in history, Ovando put together this très belle composition for a recent evening affair with Photomuse and Merci New York. Tempting as it may be, we won’t give away all the flowery details just yet…

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Look to Merci New York for the rest of the story!

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Sneak Peek! Ovando’s 2011 Valentine’s Collection

Even while Valentine’s is still a few weeks away, we’ve already begun to see the swell of savvy shoppers in our boutiques, placing advanced orders for their sweethearts.

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For all of our lovely readers who have yet to snatch up their Valentine’s Day surprises, here’s a sneak preview of our 2011 Valentine’s Day Collection!

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Check back next week for the full collection in our online boutique!

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English Country on the Upper East Side

Last week’s sixty degree weather was certainly a tease. Alas, we find ourselves back in the midst of winter.

Easy fix! Brighten up your home with callas, roses and orchids…and perhaps some stunning English country flair.

Shall we peruse Ovando’s recent residential installation?

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Pink phal orchids on beautiful porcelain pieces. Classic.

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Mixed leaf wrap arrangements full of lush roses, calla lilies, cymbidium orchids and scabiosa pods.  Wonderfully buoyant.

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Tall leaf wrap arrangements sprouting with leaf loops, cymbidium and dendrobium orchids. Perfect elegance.

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We’re eagerly awaiting Spring but we do hope these arrangements brighten your day in the interim!