Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Custom Interior Designers That Come To You

The interior decor that makes your home uniquely yours is more than just a series of random elements – interior living spaces tend to reflect the thinking and feelings of the people who live there. Jaime Perczek Design can help to discover your own unique vision and actively reach the higher creativity you desire.

The custom interiors created at Perczek Design are developed with over 36 years of custom furniture experience – we come to your home or yacht to capture and evaluate the essence of your vision and design objectives. It’s a holistic approach to interiors and furniture design that guides our process with intuition, spontaneity and freedom that will transform your home into a positive reflection of you and bring you closer to the living environment you love.

Jaime Perczek designs unique furniture that is aesthetically beautiful and correctly balanced to harmoniously compliment and enhance your living environment. From custom designed furniture and creative interior solutions - every project starts with conceptual and mechanical drawings. Our high tech drafting department easily receives and transmits pictures and drawings via e-mail using PDF or AutoCAD files. After the furniture is designed, the next step is the selection of the finishes. Perczek Design at DCOTA displays the largest collection of exotic finishes and semiprecious materials, sea shells and gem stones that can transform and beautify any home environment.

Our personal approach continues to elevate Jaime Perczek Design to the extraordinary – from personalized interiors and professional furniture design to expert manufacturing and installations. Visit www.perczek.com or call (954) 925-0701 for more information.

Top 5 International Furniture Designers

Custom interiors affect your state of mind and reflect the level of trust in your life’s direction. We can all appreciate and benefit from the aesthetic glory of custom designed furniture, but most people don’t know its history. Below is our list of the top 5 International custom furniture designers of the last two centuries. Their masterful techniques will continue to influence furniture design throughout the world for years to come.

1. Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933)
French furniture and interior designer, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, was among the pioneers and the loudest promoters of Art Deco furniture design. His ability to introduce the aristocratic, classical style of the past into the modern context was his greatest achievement.

2. Karl Springer (1914-1991)
Karl Springer (1930-1991) was a German born, French educated, New York City based designer and manufacturer of luxury furniture and accessories.  He established his first workshop in the early 1960s and began concentrating on furniture design in 1965.  He is known for his lavish interpretations of Art Deco lines and the use of exotic skins and materials.

3. Jean Michel Frank (1895-1941)
Jean-Michel Frank was a French interior designer known for minimalist interiors decorated with plain-lined but sumptuous furniture made of luxury materials, such as shagreen, mica, and intricate straw marquetry.

4. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969)
Mies was a German-American most known for his minimalist architectural achievements. He designed two of the most iconic seating pieces of the 20th Century, the Barcelona Chair and the Brno Chair.

5. Jean Dunand (1877-1942)
Jean Dunand was a French lacquer, sculptor and interior designer. He is considered the greatest lacquer artist of the Art Deco period. At the age of fourteen, he began studying sculpture at the Geneva School of Industrial Arts.

About Us

Visionary artist and furniture designer Jaime Perczek ASFD has been a professional member of the American Society of Furniture Designers since 1987. Perczek's signature Neo Deco furniture design conveys form and artistic value beyond the ordinary, retaining classical meaning while displaying a fresh free flowing approach to contemporary interiors. Visit www.perczek.com or call (954) 925-0701 for more information.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The History of Art Deco

Art Deco was the most fashionable international design movement in modern art from 1925 until the 1940s. It was exemplified by the geometric designs of famous New York buildings such as the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Centre.

Like the earlier Arts and Crafts Movement, as well as the curvilinear style of design known as Art Nouveau, Art Deco embraced all types of art, from fine arts to custom furniture.

Smooth lines, geometric shapes, streamlined forms and bright, sometimes garish colors characterized the art deco style, which above all reflected modern technology. Art Deco was initially a luxury style and a reaction against the austerity from World War I. It utilized costly materials like silver, crystal, ivory, jade and lacquer. After the Great Depression of the early 1930s, Art Deco designers began using less expensive and mass-produced materials like chrome and plastics, catering to an escalating middle class taste for a style that was elegant and glamorous.

The Origins of Art Deco

The term “Art Deco” comes from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes that was held in Paris. The art show was organized by a team of French artists known as, La Societe des Artistes Decorateurs (Aociety of Decorator Artists), led by its founders Hector Guimard, Paul Follot, Raoul Lachenal, Maurice Dufrene, Eugene Grasset, and Emile Decour, some of whom were also involved in Art Nouveau.

Art Deco actually comes from several of the major art styles of the early 20th century. These formative influences include the unifying approach of Art Nouveau, the geometric forms of Cubism, and the machine-style forms of Constructivism and Futurism. Art Deco’s intense colors may be derived from Parisian Fauvism. Art Deco also borrowed from Egyptian and Aztec art, as well as from Classical Antiquity.

The Art Deco style, adopted by architects and designers around the world, spanned the "Roaring Twenties", the Great Depression, and the years leading up to World War II. It started declining in popularity during the late 30s and early 40s, when it began to be seen as too gaudy for wartime solemnity. The first resurgence of interest in Art Deco occurred in the 1960s and coincided with the movement's impact on Pop Art. It became popular again in the 1980s, due to growing interest in the graphic arts.

Characteristics & Materials

Utilizing new building materials that contrasted sharply with the fluid motifs of Art Nouveau, Art Deco architecture represented the progress of science, and the rise of commerce and technology. This made Art Deco design especially appropriate for the interiors of cinemas, ocean liners, and the architecture of train stations. It survived the Great Depression due to the practicality and simplicity of its design.

The structure of Art Deco is founded on mathematical geometric shapes that were established by Greco-Roman Classicism, the faceted architectural forms of Babylon, Assyria, Ancient Egypt, and Aztec Mexico, and Machine Age streamline designs from aviation and skyscrapers. Art Deco designs are specifically characterized by zigzagged, trapezoidal, and triangular shapes, chevron patterns, stepped forms, and sweeping curves. Sunburst motifs have also been widely used and are visible at the Radio City Music Hall auditorium, and the spire of the Chrysler Building (1928-30) in New York.

Art Deco introduced exotic finishes like sharkskin and goatskin, while utilizing high quality Art Nouveau materials such as molded glass, horn, and ivory. Materials such as stainless steel, inlaid wood, natural quartz and semi precious stones have also been used in Art Deco furniture.

Modern Applications

In the Modern world, Art Deco can be seen in architecture, interior design, poster art, graphic design, jewelry, fashion and furniture design. In architecture, the Art Deco look signaled a return to the simplicity and symmetry of Neoclassicism, but without its classical regularity. Architects and artists in countries as diverse as Great Britain, Spain, Cuba, Indonesia, the Philippines, Argentina, Romania, Australia, New Zealand, India, Brazil and Colombia have enthusiastically adopted Art Deco architectural designs. This serves as a testament to the style's lasting monumentality.

Furniture Design: Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

“To create something that lasts, the first thing is to want to create something that lasts forever.”

-- Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann was born in Paris on August 28, 1879 to Alsatian parents. His family owned a painting and contracting firm, and Ruhlmann spent most of his youth learning his father’s trade. During this time he met several young architects and designers who would turn out to be Ruhlmann’s first exposure into the world of furniture design.

Ruhlmann took over the family business in 1907 after his father’s death. Around 1910, a newly married Ruhlmann had his first experience designing furniture for their new apartment. This was also the first year in which he exhibited his custom furniture to the public.

His early work reflected the Art Nouveau influence that was popular in France at the turn of the century. Ruhlmann’s influences can also be traced to architects and designers creating custom furniture in Vienna during World War I.

Contrary to popular belief, Ruhlmann had no formal training in cabinet or furniture design and did not construct the furniture himself. Other cabinet shops did all of his work until 1923 when he assembled his own cabinetmaking shop. By 1927, Ruhlmann’s shop had grown to two locations, employing master cabinetmakers, finishers, upholsterers, and draftsmen.

To understand the art of Ruhlmann’s furniture, one needs to take careful notice of his subtle use of grain. Ruhlmann was careful in not allowing the figure of the wood to vie for attention with the form of the furniture. His two favorite woods — Macassar Ebony and Amboyna Burl — both create soft but striking background patterns, without focusing attention on the wood itself. This allowed the veneers to support the design details instead of competing with them.

Ruhlmann’s talent for design and his mastery of material combinations produced unique furniture that is historically incomparable. His formal elegance made his contemporaries’ work appear lackluster in form, and garish with respect to materials and color. His impact on designer furniture will surely last forever.

Visit www.perczek.com for more information on custom furniture and modern furniture design influenced by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Paris Chrysler Bar Cabinet from Perczek Design

The Paris Chrysler Bar Cabinet from Perczek Design is now available. Visit http://www.perczek.com to see more custom furniture designs. Jaime Perczek Design offers his Neo Deco style of individually designed furniture and interiors. Their showroom in the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) has been a leader in the south Florida design community since 1987.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Holistic Design & Living Furniture

Your living spaces, the environments where you spend your time, impact greatly how you perceive and feel about yourself and your future potential. The interior décor of your home reflects your present thinking and the level of trust in the direction of your life. The elements that compose your living spaces send an important message that can elevate your sense of well being into what is possible and keep you moving forward on your life’s plan.

Since we are all connected, everything is energy, the furniture and elements with which you share your life can be designed to actively elevate your Happiness and Love levels, to inspire how you feel and how you think.

Simple adjustments to your living spaces can improve your life and bring about higher qualities and expanded interest for inspired living. Perczek Design uses a collection of exotic finishes and energy infused materials, high frequency elements - like natural Quartz, sea shells and Gem stones, that can transform your home environment to a positive reflection of your inner essence and empower your life.

Perczek designs furniture and illuminated interior panels with natural crystals and sea shells that have unique healing properties based on their vibration and colors. "Everything we surround ourselves with — our furniture, our artwork, the layout and flow of our space — reflects, contributes to and influences our own energy," Jaime says. He pauses and his eyes close momentarily, as if allowing his mind to weave a vision of the space that perfectly complements his clients' personal styles and energies. Breathing deeply, he smiles, opens his eyes, and continues: "When in balance, it inspires our desire to create harmony with the outer world. The energy of our surroundings is elevated and thus we feel peaceful, we feel happy."

Metaphysically we are all connected. Our world's vibration and energy influence every aspect of our experience. Our thoughts and emotions attract and blend with other like vibrations and frequencies. Every person we encounter gets the benefit of our elevated energy and that energy exponentially goes out to affect others around the world. As you can see, it all starts with a positive investment in ourselves.

For over 30 years, Jaime Perczek has worked with a discerning clientele to create interior spaces and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that “transcend beyond beautiful to enlightened." His revolutionary approach to interior design and space planning carefully evaluates the client's inner desires to translate them into shapes, colors and elements aligned with the client's inner desire and vision.

Our revolutionary approach to interior and custom furniture design continues to elevate Jaime Perczek Design beyond the traditional and keeps us continuously sought-after by clients who are ready to take their personal space and daily lives to a higher level.

Jaime Perczek Custom Furniture Design

The Jaime Perczek Design team specializes in high-end bespoke furniture that's designed exclusively for clients' needs. Our extensive experience in replicating and re-designing pieces from the Art Deco period, in particular, is now a Perczek benchmark. From Palm Beach to New York, South Beach to Marbella, precise yacht interior design to never before seen entertainment centers, the Perczek Furniture Design team excels in the art of furniture design and manufacturing... from simple tables to an entire home.

Jaime and Janou Perczek formed Today's Custom Design in 1981, importing unique furniture from South America and using exotic materials like rare woods, cow horns, bone and natural goatskins. Their goal was to assist interior designers and clients in creating distinctive one-of-a-kind furniture. The company quickly grew to national proportions, selling to many other showrooms and developing a unique look, similar to the late Karl Springer Collections. The Jaime Perczek Design showroom in the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) was established in 1987 and has since been a leader in the south Florida design community, leading the future of holistic furniture design.

Jaime Perczek became a professional furniture designer in 1987 and is a member of the American Society of Furniture Designers. Perczek's signature “Neo Deco” style — Jaime’s modern approach to the Art Deco style — conveys form and artistic value beyond the ordinary, retaining classical meaning while displaying a fresh approach to contemporary interiors. Over the years, Jaime Perczek and the Perczek Design team have refined their innovative ways of designing and manufacturing high-end custom furniture. From hand rendered conceptual sketches to computer generated CAD drawings and construction documents, exotic finishes and precise templates for built-in units and fitted cabinetry, Perczek provides all the tools and expertise required for an aesthetically successful installation.

Our Process

Perczek Design has three main departments: Design & Drafting, Manufacturing & Finishing and Delivery & Installations. Every project starts with a conceptual and mechanical drawing, our drafting department employs computer systems to easily transmit and receive pictures and drawings via e-mail using PDF or AutoCAD files. We have over 30 years experience and we make sure that each piece is aesthetically beautiful and well proportioned, and that it has the correct balance and integrity of design to custom fit your environment. As required, we will come to your home, office or yacht to evaluate and capture the essence of your design objectives.

After the furniture is designed, the next step is selection of the finishes - reviewing our large library of samples, reference books, photos or catalogs. Our ability to work with rare and difficult materials will impress even the most discerning furniture connoisseur. We are experts in many unique and exotic materials including exotic wood veneers marquetry, dyed Goatskins, Shagreen, carved acrylic and glass, stainless steel, leathers and semiprecious stones.

From the moment you enter our showroom, you will experience an art gallery of custom furniture
with many styles and finish options. Our clients love to learn about Perczek's unique finishes and spectacular furniture design not available elsewhere. In our DCOTA showroom we offer a vast collection of impressive finish samples to select and visualize the finish that works for your project. To better understand the design concepts, we offer finish samples and create 3-D digital renderings of proposed Perczek Furniture Designs.

Furniture Manufacturing

With over 30 years manufacturing unique furniture, our experienced team of specialists includes architects, professional installers, computer designers as well as experts in every section of the hand made process. From its conception, each piece of furniture takes about 5 months to produce — every aspect is studied and shaped to follow the harmonious lines that will produce the desired results.

Perczek Design has developed partnerships with overseas factories where the furniture is produced and where individual attention is given to each Perczek piece that's ordered. Our European and South American partners allow us to make the most unique custom designed products. The local Perczek Design workshop offers upholstery, finishing, cabinetry and installations.

Holistic Design

Your personal space is important; it is where you spend your creative time — your home and your office environments. The decor that makes your space uniquely YOURS is more than just random elements. The elements you choose become part of your physical world, and their energy surrounds and contributes to your whole being. When you create your outer world in balance with your inner essence, your spaces feel inspiring and welcoming, creating in turn increased harmony and well being within. An inspired home or workplace is where you can relax and feel at peace, creative and supported - because your environment was designed reflecting your inner values. Our lives are affected by our physical environments and we must strive to surround ourselves with beauty, as well as life giving elements, in order to find proper balance and center ourselves.

Inspired furniture and interior design include many facets: style, volume, colors and textures, surprise and mystery - and of course must consider what uplifts the clients zest for life. Some of these details are more obvious, but others come from the client's ability and willingness to imagine and envision a future worth having.

Perczek offers his clients the opportunity to recognize and harness the positive energy both inside and surrounding us. "Our team of specialists personally interviews each client, to find the vision and creative direction to follow, what details will best suit your inner desire, to create harmony and balance in your surroundings". It is a holistic approach to interiors and furniture design that lets the client guide the process with intuition, spontaneity and freedom. Our pieces are one-of-a-kind originals, each component is custom created to align with and bring about the agreed creative vision. "Our friendly approach to interiors and custom furniture design promises to transform your home into the positive reflection of your inner essence bringing you closer to your life's mission and purpose".