Design NJ Magazine Article


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“The wooded landscape beyond two walls of windows inspired Michael Mariotti to go organic in the conservatory. The design began with berry-patterned sheer fabric at the windows that invites the outdoors in, says Mariotti, a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and owner of Michael Mariotti Interior Design in New York City. The fabric also led to the selection of a rug made of old rug patches and dyed fuschia for a monochromatic look. The rug grounds a conversation area that comprises a sofa with custom lumbar pillows, two chairs with mesh backs that don’t block the view to the outside and a coffee table Mariotti designed and covered in chocolate shagreen and edged with bronzed nail-head trim. Overhead, a chandelier holds lighbulbs that appear to burst forth from flower buds. On the ceiling, Mariotti installed pressed-wood panels in a design reminiscent of lacey twigs. A console he designed for behind the conversation area is covered in horsehide fabric, and its sides are trimmed in white gold with bronzed rivets. Above the console hangs a mirror that reflects the outdoors. Besides the conversation area, one corner is set aside for correspondence at a handcarved desk with a leather top and rock crystal lamp. These luxury items mix with a less expensive clock and decorative box, illustrating Mariotti’s advice that a high-low combination can benefit any design project. A Venetian plaster finish with stylized branches stenciled on the wall behind the desk adds to the organic feel of the room, while a painting by New Jersey artist Roy M. Steinberg adds a pop of color. A game table sits on the opposite end of the room surrounded by chocolate-hued chairs with berry colored buttons that call to mind the berries on the drapery panels. Nearby a comfy chaise is the perfect spot for reading beside a floor lamp with a base reminiscent of the ceiling panels and a wood side table carved with a branch pattern.”

– Media coverage of the 2012 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey, excerpt from Design NJ Magazine, Oct/Nov 2012


Pitt-Pollaro Line


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Shot for Pollaro/Pitt9/14/12 and 9/15/

Shot for Pollaro/Pitt 9/14/12 and 9/15/12

Brad Pitt has partnered with designer Frank Pollaro of Pollaro Cusom Furniture to create a number of unique pieces for their Pitt-Pollaro line. Some of the pieces use very interesting materials – stingray skin and goat skin on the bed? The line is a blend of Art Deco Hollywood Glam and Modern Eclectic. I’m drawn to the geometric ambiguity of the Cocktail Table base, shown above. I’d love to see exactly how the Long Run Table works though- how do you get dining room chairs under that thing?


Excerpt from 201 Magazine


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Excerpt from 201 Magazine

“Glam organic was MIchael Mariotti’s mantra when it came to crafting a design plan for a room he says resembled a ‘vanilla box.’

Although the space had good bones – lots of natural light from two ceiling skylights and a glass slider that opened onto the side yard – the room was nondescript and in need of design CPR.

‘I wanted this room to be sophisticated and exciting, and I am always inspired by the rich colors of nature’ says the designer, who chose the bold color of fuschia to set the stage for fabrics and furnishings.

In creating his look for the room, he chose wood bark panels to create the illusion of a floating ceiling. Walls were painted in Venetian plaster with a stencil overlay. Furnishings are contemporary and sleek. Fuschia abounds in pillows and in the old patchwork carpet Mariotti discovered and had dyed in the same hue.

‘It pulls the room together and really makes a dramatic statement,’ he says.”

– Media coverage of the 2012 Designer Showhouse of New Jersey, excerpt from (201) Magazine, October 2012