Friday, December 20, 2013

Franklin Eighth in NYC Holiday House

 I hope you had a chance to visit Holiday House in New York City.  If so, you had the good fortune of seeing the beautiful ladies lounge designed by my friend, Sarah Sarna, and her business partner, Tina Ramchandani, the design duo behind the new Franklin Eighth design firm of New York City.  
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Sarah and Tina's vision for their room was inspired by the complexity and contrasts within jazz music and the Art Deco aesthetic that defined its heyday.  They successfully married patterns and textures popular in the 1920's, like geometrics, sateens, and mohair, with a present day palette of blacks and whites.  The result was a modern, sophisticated lounge with lingering notes of appreciation for Art Deco days.

For the sixth consecutive year, breast cancer survivors and advocates band together to create Holiday House, a designer showhouse featuring holiday-inspired rooms created by some of today's top interior designers. The event took place in the historic Academy Mansion at 2 East 63rd Street in Manhattan and was held November 21 - December 18, 2013.

Holiday House NYC benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which was founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993 and continues to be a leader in the fight against breast cancer. Leadership of the event includes Leonard Lauder as Honorary Chair; Founder Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland as Co-Chairs; and Alexa Hampton, Mario Buatta, and Thom Filicia will serve as Design Chairs..

Franklin Eighth is a Manhattan-based interior design firm, specializing in residential and commercial interiors. Founded in 2013 by Tina Ramchandani and Sarah Sarna, Franklin Eighth focuses on creating environments with a fresh, sophisticated perspective. The team’s eye for detail enables them to create modern interiors with traditional elements, resulting in an elegant aesthetic. Ms. Ramchandani and Ms. Sarna believe in striking a strong and thoughtful balance between light, color, form, and function.
Sarah and Tina draw inspiration from the natural environment, history, literature, fine art, film, and fashion to engage their clients and provide as much detail relevant to the design process as possible. This collaboration produces the most stylish and personalized home possible.

The Franklin Eighth aesthetic is layered, evocative, and thoughtful, resultant in interiors that are effortless, multi-functional, and comfortably able to accommodate our clients’ lifestyles. The finished interior is a creative composition that inspires, energizes, and feels like home.

 Michel Arnaud credited with photographs used in this post.

Franklin Eighth Ladies Lounge Resources

Furniture: Custom Tufted Banquette in Pollack fabric by Home Interiors by Anthony Giaramita ( Brass “Ulta Champa” Coffee Table by The Stephanie Odegard Collection ( Drapery: Custom Soft Roman Shade and Custom Tailored Console Table Skirts in The Merry Window fabric by Home Interiors by Anthony Giaramita. Wallpaper: “Feather Fan” by Cole & Son, exclusively through Lee Jofa ( Textiles: Pollack “Musco Mohair” for banquette ( The Merry Window organic white linen for the roman shade and table skirts ( Caitlin Wilson Textiles “Gold Lotus” for the gold pillow ( ROMO “Valleta” for the dark pillow ( Pierre Frey “Thompson” for the black-and-white stripe pillow ( Rugs: Black and white hair hide and black leather hide by Edelman Leather ( Lighting: “Large Escher Wall Light” by Porta Romana through Donghia ( Lithophane Lamp by Lladró ( Fine Art: Installation over banquette and trio of small black-and-white abstracts on left-facing console table by Petta Thompson ( "In Umbram" over left-facing console table and "Fiat Lux" over right-facing console table by Gianni Burratoni through Dorfman Projects ( "Slow Dance Transformation, 2004" leaning on right-facing console table by James Meyer through Dorfman Projects. Accessories: Pillows by Home Interiors by Anthony Giaramita. “Metropolis” vase, vanity mirror, “Canvas flower tapestry” vases, “Inside Out - Girl” boxes, and “Nautilus” soap dispenser and candle holders by Lladró. Burled-wood boxes with gold leaf centers by Petta Thompson. Orchids in clear vases by Orchid Diva ( Scented Candles in “Skyflower” by AERIN by NEST Fragrances ( Paint: “Super White” by Benjamin Moore ( General Construction: Electrical, skim coating, painting, and wallpapering by Design Development NYC (

Congrats Sarah and Tina for a job well done!

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