We had a star in our midst today. The surf-haired L.A. designer Barclay Butera held a bit show-and-tell lunch in our boardroom to introduce H&H editors to his huge new material collection for Kravet. It was his very first time in Canada as well as we were thrilled that he squeezed us into the program (along with a pitstop at Holt Renfrew!).

Butera’s one of those does-it-all designers. He produces residential as well as industrial interiors, styles rugs as well as textiles for Kravet, manufactures a full house line including pillows, upholstery as well as furniture, as well as sat still long sufficient for the esteemed Assouline to publish a rich book about him last year.

You’ve may have heard of his showroom as well as style clients? Renee Zelwegger, Reese Witherspoon, Barbra Streisand as well as Michael Bublé…. If you checked out those other magazines (just kidding: we purchase ’em all too!), you’ve most likely seen his conventional interiors, which he updates with a contemporary twist, in home Beautiful, Veranda as well as home & garden (RIP).

Check out that toile. Clearly, Butera likes the classics. He’s resided in Bette Davis’s old home as well as ditto Frank Sinatra Jr. This is a young man who can do old Hollywood beauty in his sleep.

Love the dimension added by the wall treatment (and inspect out those old-school karate-chopped pillows!).

I can practically feel the warm breeze off this sitting area. Sigh.Today, Butera was all about textiles. His line for Kravet includes luxe velvets, quite damasks, as well as beautiful printed linens. One thing that sets this line apart is the prints are on linen instead of the typical chintz.

Love the traditional blue as well as whites in his beach line. These would be ideal outdoors (which, he let slip, will be added to the line in spring 2010).

Other collections include town & Country, mountain as well as Desert.

“I had to have my canine print!” Butera stated when he unfolded this one. two of the pups are his, Carson as well as Ashton, as well as the third belongs to the artist who sketched the dogs.

I heard much oohing as well as aahing from the troops as each new sample was unfurled. We were similarly amazed with the prices. As Hilary Smyth, our deputy editor, directed out, this is a extremely well priced collection for the high quality (starting at $70 as well as up).

Almost forgot: he likewise does beautiful rugs, which are top-sellers at Kravet.

Thanks for stopping in, Barclay, as well as hope you delighted in your very first search with Holt Renfrew!

Photo credits:
1. Trish Snyder
2-4. through Barclaybutera.com
3-9. Trish Snyder

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