Foyer at Kampong by Sorne Flick

Kampong

The World was His Garden
While David and Marian Fairchild are said to have lived simply where their home was concerned, my design for the foyer at the Kampong is intended as a metaphor with references to Fairchild’s passion as a botanist and collector of plants who viewed the world as his garden.
The Napoleon III Bergeres and the Art Deco Style Table (which we had to reproduce since the original sold while assembling ideas for this design) would have been articles available to him during his lifetime. From the estate of a botanist, I purchased a large collection of hand-colored 19th century botanical prints in Denmark some years ago and had them French-matted and framed to place on the bookcases, together with the French 18th century faience plates depicting birds, leather-bound books, various shells and fossils, and of course live plants that include succulents. The three carved reliefs of Hindu Deities are original to the estate, but post-date the Fairchilds.
The constraints included a strong Asian component by way of the staircase and the hardwood shelving and doors that together also perform as a beautiful backdrop. The bold zebra pattern of the Robert Allen fabric chosen for the chairs was intended to celebrate their zoomorphic element, while affording some drama and relief against the monotone background. It also served to heighten the play of fauna and flora. The silver frame and light-colored mats of the botanicals draw light into a dark corner, while the touches of black give depth and contrast. Unable to cover all of the terracotta floor, the achilles heel in the entrance, which would have required shaving the doors, I settled for a neutral area rug of natural fibers, courtesy of Elizabeth Eakins.
Lastly, my thought was to respect the existing Asian theme, established so strongly by the staircase, and to treat the space much like a musical overture with references that would hint at the rooms to come.
April 7th – 24th, Tuesday – Sunday 11 AM – 5PM
The Kampong
4013 Douglas Road,
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

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From Bonnin Ashley Antiques:
Pair of Napoleon III Bergeres in walnut with carved dolphins on arm rests, France, circa 1870.
Custom Reproduction Round Table in ebonized wood. Fabricated by our workshop after an original Art Deco table in our inventory that sold.
Set of Four French Faience Plates depicting scenes with birds, circa 1790-1810.
Framed 19th century Botanicals
Leather-bound books, including a collection of the works of Balzac

Area Rug by Elizabeth Eakins in Woven Linen and Wool
Upholstery fabric by Robert Allen (Pattern Zaza, Color Ink)
Plants from Kreative Design

2016 Junior League of Miami Showhouse at The Kampong

2016 Junior League of Miami Showhouse at The Kampong
We are thrilled to be taking part in the Junior League of Miami Showhouse at the Kampong during the month of April where visitors will enjoy the transformation of rooms and spaces by a talented and award-winning roster of designers and architects.
The former estate of one of America’s most important horticulturalists, David Fairchild, and his wife Marian, daughter of Alexander Graham Bell, the Kampong comprises 11 acres of lush botanical gardens with flowering trees and tropical fruits. Located off Douglas Road in Coconut Grove, today it is part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.
Besides being a noted botanist, plant explorer and author, Fairchild founded and directed the Office of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction of the USDA and was responsible for introducing over 200,000 species of plants into the United States.
We hope you will join us for this fun event at one of Miami’s finest jewels, benefitting Junior League of Miami programs.
The foyer, specifically, will showcase furniture and accessories from Bonnin Ashley (assembled by me), including upholstery fabric by Robert Allen and an area rug by Elizabeth Eakins. Also, as purveyors for this event, we provided a spectacular Belle Epoque Aviary in the entrance courtyard, and a lovely Trumeau Mirror in the carport, selected by Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio!
April 7th – 24th, Tuesday – Sunday 11 AM – 5PM
The Kampong
4013 Douglas Road,
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

 

The Regency Era’s Most Beloved Author, Jane Austen

Photo Credit: Marie Claire

On the eve of the two hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen’s passing, it is rewarding for all of her admirers (myself included) to witness a resurgence in her popularity as seen in new editions of her works and the profusion of films inspired by her books.

So, what makes Jane Austen so timeless?

I think it is largely because as readers we can relate to her characters despite the historical and cultural differences that could divide us. Whether it is how she conveys their beauty, their innocence or their foibles, or something sinister or narcissistic in their nature, her characters live and breathe with desire and dread.

In each of her books Austen uses courtship as the mechanism to relate her story. Invariably, with great human insights she captures a world where social status and wealth dictated everything and where human interaction was limited by a strict code of conduct defined by the social mores of her time. With a palpably sensitive nature, a satirical eye and a witty tongue, she pokes fun at her society in a voice uniquely her own.

Who can resist the opening line in her most popular book, Pride and Prejudice?

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

Whether you are a seasoned collector, aspiring historian, Jane Austen enthusiast, or newcomer to the world of antiques, you are invited to join us on Saturday, July 18th, for our latest series of events: “Bonnin and Bubbles – The Regency Era.” Celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen through an interactive tour of furniture dating back to the 18th century and learn what it was like to live during the time of Jane Austen and some of her most famous characters. Enjoy complimentary champagne and treats from the Regency Era as you explore the history of European and American furniture from 1790 to 1840.

Like a beautiful antique piece of furniture that is the product of fine craftsmanship, Jane Austen’s artistry continues to dazzle and captivate us all!

So, what do you find most endearing about Jane Austen?