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December 2018- Houston

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ART + DECORATION 72 T he 85-year-old rug company Edward Fields is known for pushing the design envelope — after all, its founder, Mr. Fields, collaborated with some of the most advanced creators of the time — Raymond Loewy, Mies Van der Rohe, and Philip Johnson. The company's latest edition, On-the-Fringe, builds on past designs from the Edward Fields' archives of a dozen geometric abstractions in silk, wool, and Lurex. Five of the designs incorporate significant three-dimensional fringe elements and can be hung as art or used underfoot. In particular, the muse for Twilight Haze was a pencil drawing from the archives and retains the feel of a sketch, with long looping yarns that dangle from one end. Edward Fields at Ken Kehoe & Company, Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway Dr., Suite 2016,; edwardfields. com. Rebecca Sherman FRINGE ELEMENT W hen I visited Versailles, the hall of mirrors took my breath away. On a 240-foot-long wall, 357 mirrors with a perfect centuries-old foxed patina reflect the sprawling gardens seen through 17 glass doors on the opposite wall. Politician Jean-Baptiste Colbert enticed Venetian artisans to France to make the mirrors, which were extremely expensive to produce in the 17th century, as the Venetian Republic held the monopoly. One could argue Italians still produce the most fabulous mirrors today. Ann Sacks seems to agree: The company has introduced Vedere, a mirrored glass tile handcrafted by artisans from Siena, Italy. The shimmering tile shifts in soft colors with a mottled and flecked surface, giving it the appearance of mirror that has aged MIRRORED TILE, ITALIAN STYLE over time. Exacting handcraftsmanship melds with modern oxidation processes to create the pattern variations. The hand- cut tiles — generously sized as 15.5-inch squares, with custom sizes available — are suitable for indoor wall applications and can be used on wet, non-submerged surfaces, such as shower walls. The three standard Vedere hues are Diamanta, muted silver accented by silver and soft gold; Luna, highly polished with dark silver streaks; and Soladite, honed silver with gold and dark silver mottling. The premium shade Stella di Polvera is a polished mirror in soft blush, mottled with gold. We may just create our own petite hall of mirrors. Ann Sacks Vedere tile, from $99 per square foot, at Ann Sacks, 2800 Kirby Dr., The Shops at Arrive (formerly West Ave), Anne Lee Phillips Edward Fields' Round the Border I, from its On-the- Fringe collection Ann Sacks Vedere field tile in Stelle di Polvere

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