Vendor Spotlight: David Bonk, Surfaces

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david-bonkAn artist from an early age and inspired by the world around him, David Bonk has created hand painted wall covering out of his studio in San Francisco since 1988. The initial drive for his work came from a trip to Europe during his senior year in high school in which he was inspired by the beauty and permanence of renaissance art and architecture. He later moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and enjoyed success as a faux finisher. Seeking the freedom to expand upon his creations he began applying his work to wall covering and Surfaces was born. Knowing he wanted to imbue his work with the qualities he saw in Europe he chose to work on canvas rather than a traditional paper. Working with this unique material he has created a product that transcends the notion of hand painted by creating durable, practical wall coverings that are instilled with modern sophisticated elegance. His wall coverings are all easily customized in both color and pattern, are class A fire rated, wipeable and suitable for commercial spaces as well as residential kitchens and bathrooms.

View Surfaces by David Bonk on the TL site.

Vendor Spotlight: Tony Brenta, Phoenix Day

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Phoenix Day is owned and operated by Tony Brenta, the company founder’s great grand nephew. Since Phoenix Day’s inception in 1850, the company has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of the lighting market and its clients. Tony takes great pride in continuing to fabricate quality custom light fixtures, each carefully hand crafted at the workshop in San Francisco. Most days, will find Tony out in the workshop or meeting with client’s to review custom lighting designs using brass, bronze and hand-blown glass.

Phoenix Day carries a selection of traditional, transitional and contemporary designs, in a full range of standard and custom finishes. They offer the unique opportunity to customize their product line items, as well as create completely custom pieces. Phoenix Day also works on lighting restoration, and is currently restoring the main chandelier for the historic Curran Theater, originally fabricated by Phoenix Day in 1922. Phoenix Day light fixtures can be found at private residences around the world, as well as The San Francisco Opera House, The Awahnee Lodge at Yosemite, Cairdean Winery, The Four Seasons Hotel Ko Olina and Stanford University.

Tony and Phoenix Day uphold a commitment to combining historic traditions with a modern interpretation, all the while maintaining the quality & consistency established in 1850.

View Phoenix Day on the TL site.

John Pomp Debuts at the Thomas Lavin Showroom in the Laguna Design Center

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John Pomp is pleased to announce their representation by Thomas Lavin at the Laguna Design Center. The new partnership marks the company’s first and highly anticipated foray into the Orange County area.

The collection will officially debut during the Laguna Design Center’s Fall Market day on October 5, 2016. Thomas Lavin will carry the entire John Pomp collection of furniture and lighting, all designed by Philadelphia based designer and master glassblower John Pomp. The offerings will include the unveiling of the newest addition to the John Pomp collection: the Bonham Lounge Chair. Meticulously hand crafted, the Bonham Lounge Chair is constructed of an oil rubbed blackened steel frame with brass embellishments, leather tufted cushion and a detachable brass-weighted headrest pillow. Drawing from several historical influences, this chair is a nod to the past with a vision to the future. The Bonham Lounge Chair honors the considered details of hand craftsmanship with the beauty of natural materials, yielding another exclusive and timeless piece to add to Pomp’s growing collection.

The launch of John Pomp at Thomas Lavin will also mark the debut of the brand’s first vignette format for showrooms across the country, whereby all of the John Pomp furniture and lighting designs will occupy one premier space within the showroom. A key feature will be the inclusion of the Artist’s rare and limited edition art pieces. The objet d’art will draw inspiration from a design element of the John Pomp collection and will incorporate subtle artistic details specific to the geographic location of the showroom. This piece for the Thomas Lavin showroom will include sand from San Onofre, one of John’s favorite surf spots in the Laguna area.

“I have long admired the high standards of excellence and outstanding reputation Thomas Lavin has built within our industry. He has created a beautifully articulated aesthetic within his showrooms that I am honored to be a part of.”
-John Pomp

“I have been a huge fan of John Pomp for many years. It has been my desire to represent him – he is an artist non-pareil, a savvy businessman, and a visionary. No one is making the kind of work that John is. We are thrilled to bring him to the Orange, San Diego and Desert communities in Southern California.” -Thomas Lavin

Download the full press release here.

Thomas Lavin presents Hearing Light… Seeing Sound: Designing with All Our Senses

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Join us for a spirited exchange among distinguished professionals in the complementary disciplines of fine art, music, and design on how memorable design ignites all the senses to achieve true artistry in their chosen fields.

With noted furniture designer and accomplished pianist Dakota Jackson, who is introducing his newest furniture collection, Symphony, with each piece designed in a particular musical style
Bonnie Greenberg, music supervisor for such major Hollywood movies as Hairspray,
My Best Friend’s Wedding, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
and It’s Complicated
Raffi Kalenderian, painter whose work has been exhibited worldwide, including at
The Saatchi Gallery in London and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Project
Moderated by Michael Slenske, a Los Angeles-based writer and contributing editor at Modern Painters, Art + Auction, and CULTURED. His work regularly appears in W, Architectural Digest, WSJ, and Wallpaper* among other publications.
Wednesday, September 21 at 4PM
Pacific Design Center, 2ND Floor Conference Room


Reception immediately to follow
in the Thomas Lavin Showroom, Suite B310