Outdoor

From retractable cabana roofs with wind sensor technology, to good old fashioned beach umbrellas, outdoor seating and cushions, and more, Marks & Tavano Workroom helps designers celebrate the great outdoors and the great outdoor fabrics offered by the world’s top textile houses.

At the ELLE Decor Modern Life Concept House NYC, outdoor cushions in linen and velvets, outdoor draperies and a retractable cabana shade. Fabrics by Perennials and Kravet. Cabana by Designlush. Plantings by Erbology. Design by Michael Tavano Design. Photo: Rick Lew.

Go Bold or Go Home

If you’re thinking of something bold, something embellished, something ruffled or cut-out or appliquéd, you’ve come to the right place.

Wool felt drapery panels with silk satin appliqué and pleated ruffle base, designed by Michael Tavano.
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Triple pinch pleat drapes with solid bottom panel and contrasting tie-backs, custom upholstered double mattress and cushions for a super-cozy “Nap Nook” designed by John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage.

The Soul to Your Windows

We like to think that because of the love and care we put into every project that we add something special to interiors, something that will be enjoyed daily by the people who live with them. Our window treatments are elegant, not just in the way they look, but in smooth openings and closings, precise folds and pleats that softly fall into place time and time again, deliciously easy mechanisms both manual and motorized, thoughtful finishing, lining, weighting, draping and detail. Our window treatments are made to last, in the true spirit of old-world handcraft, yet incorporating every advantage offered by modern hardware and digital technology wherever they are helpful and appropriate.

Custom Bedding

One of the many reasons to hire a design professional is to enjoy the wonders of custom beds and bedding. A beautiful, double-width bolster, a downy coverlet or fur throw, cushions and pillows dressed to the nines in silk charmeuse and linen velvet; this is what dreams, and dreamy bedrooms, are made of.

Here are four great reasons why custom beds and bedding rock:

1. It comes in colors and patterns you won’t find at that big box or department store, or even at the fine linen boutique.

2. It can be made using the new and amazing outdoor linens, velvets and other sumptuous fabrics for easy, washable care and unbelievable durability, even (and especially) for children’s rooms.

3. Fur (or faux if you fancy being kind to the fauna) nothing feels better after a long day. Feathers: a little marabou makes just as much sense on your bedding as on your lingerie. Fancies: beading, embroidery, dressmaker trims, it all adds up to a sumptuous experience.

4. The incomparable cocoon-feeling of bed draperies or the finished look of a simple canopy panel like the one below commission by Marks & Frantz, an upholstered (or – ask us about fitted slipcovers) headboard or an entirely custom-upholstered bed.

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Designs this page: Drake Design Associates (bed drapery and upholstered bed), Marks & Frantz Design (monkey print canopy panel, photo by Marco Ricca) and Michael Tavano Design (photos by Rick Lew).