When a couple decided to make a lifestyle change for easy, low-maintenance living and move to a new condo in the heart of the vibrant town center of Rye, New York, they turned to Barbra Fordyce of Ginger Lemon Indigo – Interior Design (GLI) to design a home for gathering and deepening family relationships.
The aim was to create a modern, family-centric home for all types of casual gatherings and celebrations. The client’s requests were simple. The space had to be livable, comfortable, and grandkid-proof, feature natural wood, and be equal parts beautiful and practical.
To achieve these goals, realize the client’s love for natural wood grain, and incorporate beautiful, handcrafted, sustainably-sourced furniture, the designer selected Sossego furniture for the dining room.
The first selection was the ZYV Table. The Jequitiba wood tone brings warmth, and the surprising angles of the table’s legs provide a sophisticated feature at the center of this bright, expansive space. The designer placed a light fixture of vivid, handblown multi-colored glass spheres mounted on a brass stem above the table for a whimsical touch.
A great deal of forethought went into the dining chairs, which had multiple requirements. In addition to complementing the table, they needed to provide significant comfort to encourage long stretches of conversation throughout and after meals. The Lily Chair met all objectives. Its lightweight frame allows the chairs to easily be moved to accommodate family activities. The back features unusual twin concave and convex supports, which ensure the chair remains sturdy and secure with significant use by children and adults alike. And lastly, high-quality faux leather was selected for its luxurious appearance, while making it easy to clean.
The clients connected with the story of the Lily Chair, which designer Aristeu Pires created with his own mother in mind, inspired by the folding of lily leaves. The comfortable back features upholstery that folds over the frame but does not obscure its beautiful structure.
There is extra seating at the island to accommodate additional guests or to enjoy a cup of coffee. The curvy Duda Counter Stools lend visual interest and complement the large quartzite island. Small children can easily clamber upon the stool, and its ergonomic backrest is perfectly angled for people of all sizes. The stool was designed to be relatively tip-proof; it cannot easily be rocked when accommodating a wiggly occupant.
To ensure the dining table, chairs, and light fixture take center stage, the walls were painted in an off-white color and the custom credenza and display cabinet were kept neutral, matching the stain on the white oak floor. For the seating area, GLI design ensured fabrics were high performance and there were no sharp edges on the custom coffee table, which has drawers for storing kids’ toys. A rug in the same hue as the kitchen was selected for the dining area to re-introduce blue to this side of the space. Deep orange fabric on the swivel chairs adds depth, all resulting in a relaxed modern space with clean lines designed for comfort.
My design ethos lends itself to creating interiors that incorporate nature, embrace sustainability, and have a European touch. Moving between Amsterdam, London, and New York inspired my vision of home—a comfortable place that emphasizes both where the client has been and where they are going. It’s a careful balance of new and vintage furniture, fabrics, lighting, and art to enforce a look that is gathered and personal. Sossego’s pieces honor my search for sustainable design.
-Barbra Fordyce, Designer