Above and Beyond

Out-of-the-box ideas have long led design trends, from sand on the floor to pink houses on the green.

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Desert Sands

COLIN FISHER STUDIOS has never been comfortable forcing art to conform to a setting. Instead, Colin Fisher often prefers to customize a setting for the art. Case in point: the sandy terrain that embodied the essence of the pieces shown during his “Upper Desert Meets Modernism” exhibit. By importing more than 1,000 pounds of sand spread among the abstract reclaimed steel sculptures by Joshua Tree artist Simi Dabah (b. 1927) and the canvases by abstract expressionist and oil painter Tina Bluefield (b. 1945), Fisher invited patrons to envision the natural environments that inspired the work. The sand has since vanished like that in an hourglass — but Fisher and his openings promise to surprise and delight monthly.

Photo By Dornbracht

Glow For The Gold

The warm, earthy — even romantic — tones of rose gold have made a bold and welcome leap from jewelry boxes to the kitchen. Recently coveted for stackable wedding bands and hoop earrings dusted with glittering, pavé-set diamonds, rose gold has DORNBRACHT to thank for redefining its potential. Clients at Ferguson Enterprises appreciate that this contemporary fine metal is finally free to pour out its beauty as the focal point of any sink. Also on trend with copper cookware, Dornbracht’s luxurious Cyprum collection reveals an opulent, high-gloss sheen that blends 18-karat gold with copper in one sleek finish. Rich and evocative, these rosy fittings make an equally unexpected statement on bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers.

Photo By Lance Gerber

Win A Big, Bad Woolf

To be clear, we’re referring to one of midcentury architect JOHN ELGIN WOOLF’s Marrakesh Country Club masterpieces. As the “it” designer of the Hollywood Regency era he spearheaded, Woolf produced designer homes for a seriously discriminating client list (including Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, and Bob Hope) through the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s — in addition to churning out every last pink confection at Marrakesh. This spring, as Palos Verdes Art Center exhibits drawings and renderings from Woolf’s private office, the center will raffle off one of his two-bedroom, two-bath Palm Desert dream homes to one adoring fan. Live the French-and-Greek-Revival-meets-Modernist lifestyle by fetching a $150 ticket for the May 29 raffle at www.cadreamraffle.com

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