Our Designer Spotlight feature today is Tom Stringer of Tom Stringer Design Partners. Tom founded his firm in Chicago more than 20 years ago and quickly became a leading figure in the field with his eye for impeccable design and international inspiration. His recently published book, An Adventurous Life: Global Interiors, provides an impressive journey through an incredible portfolio of interiors that highlight his global travels. Today we are looking at a few of Tom’s interiors that incorporate antique furniture into spaces that are simultaneously classical and fresh: a perfect combination.
For this entryway, Tom brightens the space with an antique carpet and wonderful neo-classical commode with rectilinear lines. The giltwood mirror is similarly restrained in profile, but the central bezelled starburst gives it an interesting decorative touch. The framed bird prints climbing the walls by the staircase are beautifully displayed. The fashion for ornithological prints dates back to Victorian times and the fascination with the natural world. Lee Radziwill, interior designer and younger sister of Jackie Kennedy, famously hung a set of bird prints in her bedroom.
For this dining room, Tom incorporates a number of different styles that come together to work perfectly in harmony. The parcel gilt and white painted chairs recall Louis XVI furniture from the late 18th century, and the large porcelain bowl in the centre of the table incorporates the designs of Asian porcelain. The wonderful abstract art on the back wall above the traditional mahogany sideboard is a great example of how pieces of different eras can compliment and enhance each other.
In this space, Tom once again shows how different periods and styles work well together. The chairs are designed in the klismos style with the dramatically scooped back and outswept back legs. These stand on either side of a bombe commode of fantastic shape (there is hardly a straight line in the whole piece!) which recalls Anglo-Dutch designs of the 17th century.
In this last interior, Tom deftly draws inspiration from the early 19th century. The metamorphic chair is a classic example of Regency design and can often be found in libraries as the top can be flipped down to reveal a short set of steps to reach high bookshelves. Behind the chair is a quintessential Charles X commode with its lions head drawer pulls, clean lines, and marble top.
We often look to Tom’s Instagram page for interior inspiration, and you can also read a wonderful feature on him in a recent Architectural Digest article which follows Tom on a ‘day in the life‘ in his Chicago studio. And of course, you can always see more of Tom’s portfolio on his website. Thank you, Tom, for letting us highlight your work!