One of my favorite spots to escape to from New York's hectic lifestyle is the magical home of my dear friends Deborah Ehrlich and Christopher Kurtz in New York's Hudson Valley. Last week we were so excited to spend Thanksgiving weekend with them, their darling daughter Willa, and their fascinating group of friends. I simply love staying in their stunning 1720 stone house, not just for its peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, but for the creativity encountered in every little corner.
Both of them are extremely talented and accomplished designers. Deborah designs flawless hand-blown crystal glassware and home accessories. Her beautiful work is recognized worldwide, and is available at Moss, the Cooper-Hewitt Store, and E.R. Butler among others. Christopher is an award-winning sculptor whose passion for furniture drove him to create a collection of exquisitely handcrafted seating pieces. His work is represented by Matin Gallery in Beverly Hills, California. Also, his work can be found in Artware Editioins and MATTER.
Throughout their home you can definitely see how their work has been inspired by the simple and smart Scandinavian sensibility. In the glass hutch behind the couch, you can see some of Deborah's breathtaking crystal, hand-blown, hand-cut, and polished in Sweden. Having witnessed her design process, I am always amazed how her meticulous and precise tracing paper drawings materialize into such dreamy and perfect pieces of art. Being such a big fan of her work, I can't ever have enough of her creations.
Christopher's furniture is characterized by its simple lines and geometric shapes. He uses a variety of domestic woods milled locally. The Circle Arm Easy Chair is one of many of my favorite pieces from his collection.
This desk and chair are also part of Christopher's portfolio.
As usual, we had a wonderful weekend. We spent some much desired quality time with Deborah and Christopher. But I must say that their most precious creation has been their beautiful daughter Willa. We simply love her wit and charming self. Great job guys!!