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The Good Shepherd Charity Design Project

20 Jul

 Finally, the day has come!  We are so proud to announce the Open House for the Good Shepherd Charity Design Project will be this weekend and we invite you to join us.  This has been an incredible undertaking – 30 designers took on the challenge of decorating 30 rooms dedicated to transitional housing, rooms that hadn’t been touched for 11 years.  

The project was exciting and so humbling and it felt so good to challenge ourselves while giving back.  Not only have we met some Extraordinary women (we even had the pleasure of meeting our tenant!) but we have also seen some Extraordinary rooms.  It is astounding what this group of talented designers did with the likes of a 10″ x 12″ space, just beautiful… I must admit, I loved flexing the decorating muscle again…it’s been years since decorating film sets and though Paul and I have enjoyed doing friends and family’s homes for years,  this project was very special and close to our hearts. We have never met a group of more inspiring and big-hearted women than the residents at the shelter and the excitement they had for the project had us in tears.

I’ll be posting more on it soon, with before and after photos and the whole nine yards once we get clearance.  But for now, hopefully you will join us and see the rooms in person.  Wait until you see the chandelier! 

 Please come and join us for our Show House in downtown LA as 30 interiors designers transform the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children into a beautiful space to benefit deserving area women and children. All 30 rooms will be open for viewing and each designer will be there to present their room. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

 Saturday and Sunday July 23 and 24th  from 11-3pm


Hawkes Building
1650 Rockwood St.
Los Angeles CA 90026

PH 213 482 1834

Food and refreshments will be served.
Parking available on all side streets.

*No RSVP is necessary we look forward to seeing you!
*Please feel free to pass the invite along.

The BLOG: http://gscharitydesignproject.blogspot.com/


The mission of Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children is to provide, with dignity and love, a continuum of care from homelessness to self-sufficiency for women and their children, through services offered by professional and volunteer staff. For over 25 years Good Shepherd Center has provided food, clothing, shelter and supportive services for homeless women and children. From mobile outreach to transitional shelter to long-term housing for mothers with disabilities, help is available every step of the way. Good Shepherd continues to serve more than 900 women and children a year through comprehensive programs, providing long-term solutions to poverty and homelessness.  www.gschomeless.org   http://www.gschomeless.org

Participating Interior Designers: Ames Ingham, Olivia Williams, Charmean Neithart, Dana Doumani, Erica Islas, Form LA, Heidi Bendetson, Hillary Thomas, Irene Lovett, Jenifer Porter, Jessica Pakzad Bennett, Jordan Cappella, Julie Thigpen, Kelly Edwards, Kelly Schandel, Kirsten Hanson-Press, Kristine Page Kamenstein, Lily Menjivar, Megan Janzen, William Schneider, Marcia Zia & Paul Priven, Laura Clayton Baker, Meg Joannides, Michele Alexandra Kay, Michelle Workman, Mollie Ranize, Nadia Geller, Sasha Emerson, Shirry Dolgin, Lisa Harper, Susie Ho, Tamara Kaye Honey, Typhanie Peterson, Vanessa De Vargas.

Zia-Priven, Inc.’s room was made possible by the generosity of:
Tucker Robbins, Smith+Noble, Atmosphere Interiors, Karastan, Glidden Paint, Against the Stream, Filmore Clark, Bungalow 5, Dwell Studio, Pacific Lighting & Electrical, Inc., Flooring America, Carpet Empire Plus, Alan & Cheryl Priven, Nancy Chavez, Zia-Priven, Inc., Paper Mosaic Studio, Sofa Club, Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker, Modern Chic Home, Mend Etc. and Liz’s Antique Hardware.

 All lighting supplied by Zia-Priven, Inc. Extraordinary Lighting

We look forward to seeing you there and thank you for making this a great success.
Photos of the project will be on our website this fall.


What DO you do with 3000 ping pong balls? Make a chandelier of course…

6 Oct

We were pleased to find out our Troy Ping Pong chandelier (more on the Troy in a bit…) was photographed and published in the September issue of Interior Design Magazine.  Even better,  it was for one of our favorite design clients, Ghislaine Viñas, a vivacious, colorful and color-addicted Dutch interior designer, now an NYC transplant.  Ghislaine  did quite the creative number on the Tribeca townhouse owned by Paige West, a contemporary art expert who owns the Chelsea gallery Mixed Greens.  I wanted to share a taste of it with you…

The Troy Chandelier hangs above a vintage fiberglass table. The wall covering is a collaboration with the graphics firm Viñas Design. All photos of the townhouse are courtesy of Interior Design and photographed by Eric Laignel.

Now, I really wanted to give you just a taste of the townhouse because it is so fantastic, and… I’m pleased to say we’ll have an upcoming interview with Ghislaine herself so I don’t want to give away too many details!

Bluestone tile lobby with vintage wooden chairs.

Guest room features chair by Hiromichi Konno and Andy Warhol images on the blinds.

Feather Dome Pendant by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz and Steven Wine

Note Ghislaine’s remarkable use of color-so bold and brazen. She has no fear and embraces the emotion and energy the vibrant colors bring to the townhouse.

The Guest room features charcoal striped walls masterfully done by 3 Fingers Painting.

The Nursery for the twin boys.

The kitchen lounge features an Antonio Citterio sofa.

Steel pendant domes with silk threading illuminate the solid surface top of the kitchen’s custom table.

Love the metallic painted chest in the Master bedroom.

When this issue of Interior Design first came out online, (before I received my hardcover in the mail and really, WHY is that?) we received a lot of communication from friends and clients who had never seen the Troy Ping Pong before.  The first to kindly contact me was wallpaper designer and manufacturer @MadisonandGrow on Twitter, who by the way, if you are looking for a  phenomenal wallpaper,  please check them out.  Ghislaine’s  project was incredible and we were so proud to be part of it.  Much of our lighting goes out to places we never see–it is such a treat knowing where our hard work ends up and even better to see it published!

Anyway,  an avalanche of emails, phone calls and tweets began. We even received texts from two friends @HammocksHighTea (a talented textile designer, see earlier interview with Karen) and @ishkadesigns (an equally talented nyc interior designer) who had both been at the party for the above home, waving a hello to our Troy for us.  Paul and I were surprised, I guess we had started taking the Troy for granted.  The original 10 ft version hangs covered in our studio for now, like the Velveteen Rabbit, almost forgotten, while  shiny new versions go out to new owners all the time.  For those who didn’t know us during the “Year of Troy” it was practically our entire life–before, during and after.  Our lighting career had been going along quite well in NYC, our client list growing nicely each year but when Troy made his first appearance…there was a giant surge.  HUGE.  And we hadn’t expected it.

The center ring detail.

Paul and I were asked to design a chandelier for the lounge area of the 2006 Architectural Digest Home Show and were thrilled to do it.  Naturally, we wanted to do something really different and exciting but weren’t sure what exactly.  My plan was to maintain a classic profile while utilizing  an unexpected material.  And this is why I love designing so much.  The pressure and excitement to create something remarkable is what pushes me to think beyond the norm.  I LOVE the pressure.  It’s what drives me.

So one day, while strolling our neighborhood streets on the Upper West Side, we stopped in front of Wang Chen’s, a local table tennis club, and watched as players hit the balls rhythmically back and forth.  Somewhat mesmerized for several minutes, we broke our silence and looked at each other and uttered the words, “Ping Pong balls.”   Yes, I know… Not exactly Edison perfecting the light bulb and probably a little bizarre sounding to any passersby, BUT it was that creative moment that drives all artists, designers, writers etc.  The reason why we do what we do.  It’s that breakthrough moment we all search for and celebrate when we find it.  I knew ping pong balls resembled oversized pearls and had a luminosity to them–perfect for the very large chandelier (10 ft tall!) we wanted to make.  I became so excited at the thought of this incredibly strange material suddenly becoming beautiful and mysterious,  I got to work sketching right away.

The metal work alone took months to complete from an incredible artist we found in Brooklyn.  Thousands upon thousands of ping pong balls were ordered, tournament quality only of course (brighter white, no logo, no seam).  I spent weeks stringing them at home searching for the perfect way to give them the illusion of floating on air (a pattern was created using different lengths of surgical tubing).  Paul spent months with the metal worker perfecting the curvature of the rings, the height of the body and so much more.   A team of workers were hired simply to drill and string  more than 3000 balls for weeks and weeks.  Even our cats discovered they were a blast to play with, especially in the bath tub.  We lived, dreamt, spoke, ate ping pong balls.  Every.  Single.  Day.

And then it happened. The media got wind of the story…

We were in The New York Times before the chandelier was even completed.

The first day of the show was a blur.  Besides the fact that we had very little sleep especially with the rush to complete the piece, our booth and get Mr. Troy hung safely the night before, we were interviewed LIVE on The Early Show on CBS the morning of opening day of the Architectural Digest Home Show.  There we were, speaking to a camera and faceless voices that connected us to millions of people.  OK, maybe not THAT many but it felt like it.  (Note to self:  you are NOT meant to be a public speaker.)  Press stopped by constantly. We must have said the words “Ping Pong” thousands of times (who would have thought?) and more importantly, we learned how to comfortably deal with the bewildered looks as we answered many times over, “Yes, they really are ping pong balls!”

Paul poses with the full size Troy. (Isn’t he cute?)

Interior Design Magazine

The opening night party was extraordinary and so much fun!

 The Troy chandelier ended up being published in over 50 different publications throughout the world. Very exciting and so much more than we expected.


AD Italia. I have no idea what it says except for “ping pong balls”.

And now, 4 years later we make a nice “normal” size of the Troy…

 Interior design by Healing Barsanti at The East Hamptons Show House.

And even a Troy featuring beautiful crystal for those who may not have use for the ping pong…

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor and DIFFA’s Dining By Design

So what is the moral of this Ping Pong tale?  It’s just as Ghislaine Viñas shows us in her shameless and courageous use of color:  Do what feels right for you.  Follow what you find pleasing and go with it.  Know in your heart that everyone is not going to always like what you do and if they do, then it’s boring.  It’s beige. You bring something to the table that no one has, be it in design, writing,  fashion, cooking or flying a kite.  It is your job on this planet to use that talent and not be afraid to share it.  I don’t know how many times we were laughed at for using ping pong balls, OR for starting a lighting company OR for working in the film business and THEN leaving the film business.  You will never please everybody all the time and if you do, you will lose yourself.  So go.  Be you.

Or as Coco Chanel so famously put it,

 “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”


ZP featured on UK blog, Scarlet Opus

17 Sep

We are quite honored to be featured today on the UK design blog for Scarlet Opus! Scarlet Opus is a trend forecasting company specializing in the Interiors sector and led by the beautiful and talented Victoria Redshaw.  Their mission is to give practical and accurate insight into tomorrow’s design trends to a host of clients that include Product Designers, Interior Designers, Manufacturers, Retailers, and Buyers.  The information is quite refreshing and extensive, showcasing design from all over the world.

What I particularly enjoyed was the demonstration, through photos, of the impact a Zia-Priven fixture has once it’s been added to a setting.

Ingrid Pendant detail

Our Ingrid Pendant and Waterfall featured in Anastasia of Beverly Hills

Another shot in Anastasia of Beverly Hills

You can see the whole post complete with tons of photos at the Scarlet Opus site.  Thank you Victoria and Phil for including us!

An Escape to Paris…

26 Jul

Lately I’ve been thinking about getting away, escaping for a bit, to somewhere light and lovely. Somewhere breezy and green with beautiful architecture. Somewhere romantic.  We’ve been so busy at the studio, a blessing yes, but a break from reality is in need.   And Paris has been on my mind… A warm summer day in the Tuileries, the Louvre beckons…

An ivy covered fence quietly announces a Parisian Avenue.

Bright pink flowers line Luxembourg Gardens.

Taking in the sun on a brilliant green lawn…

Innocence in a floral dress…

Or in tiny sandals…A city stroll…

 A little street music…

The incredible architecture of Notre Dame.

A little gothic humor…

The magnificent ceiling at the Orsay, formerly a train station.

and oh my, the chandeliers…

The vibrant colors of St. Chapelle…


 So beautiful… 

And what would a day in Paris be without La Tour Eiffel…

Thank you Paris, I feel better already.

All photos from Zia-Priven.