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Companies like Pantone create standardized colors that help extend our color vocabulary across a variety of artistic industries. Two of those industries are fashion and interior design, and they’re interconnected.

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Emerald fits another over-riding trend for 2013: A longing for luxury.

The Wizard of Oz would be green with envy. That icon of the Emerald City undoubtedly would agree it’s the perfect shade. So would the residents of “Downton Abbey.”

That may explain our American infatuation with “Downton Abbey,” the opulent British costume drama set in an immense Victorian mansion. Coincidentally, the Earl of Grantham’s drawing room wall covering is a rich almost-emerald green.

But the 2013 Color of the Year?  How much Emerald can one real-life home hold?

Trend forecaster Pantone Color Institute picked Emerald – a rich bluish green – as its must-have, go-to hue for fashion and home decor. It’s a color-wheel 180 from Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, and has drawn strong reaction from interior designers and home experts.

Designers comment on Emerald, the Pantone color of the year

“I love the idea of emerald in our interiors,” said Sacramento interior designer Kerrie Kelly, noting that her name does give her an inclination toward green. “When using green, you can go bold with a wall or drapery treatment or keep it quiet by using it to simply accent a space through pillows and accessories. Any lacquered piece in emerald green is sure to be a showstopper.”

“What were they thinking?” said Mary Lawlor, manager of color marketing for San Carlos-based Kelly-Moore Paints. “That pick is causing quite a stir. Pantone is the industry leader, but … it’s somewhat bizarre.

“It’s kind of difficult to put it back into the home,” Lawlor added. “For many people, it’s a flashback to your parents’ living room and big green couch.”

Emerald immediately brings to mind brilliant precious gems, said Pantone’s color predictors and fashion industry experts. It’s sophisticated and luxurious. But it’s a color invested with so much added meaning including growth, renewal, prosperity, healing and unity.

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director. “The human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.

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“As it has throughout history, multifaceted emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate,” Eiseman said. “Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Emerald already has popped up on runway shows for major fashion designers such as Zac Posen. Makers of home fabrics and furnishings also have jewel-hued greens, ready for consumers.

“There’s been a reserved excitement around green recently,” said Gina Shaw, York Wallcovering’s vice president of product development. “We see this very usable and sophisticated emerald green – as well as lighter shades of it – trending in both apparel and home fashions this year.”

Said Jennifer McConnell, Pearson Textiles vice president of design, “The look and feel of home décor is trending toward comfort and relaxation. Deep green has long symbolized prosperity and good fortune, and this elegant emerald feels particularly serene.”

A COLOR FOR EVERY YEAR

Trend forecaster Pantone Color Institute annually sets a palette for fashion and home decor, pulling from current trends, tastes and national mood. From those color swatches, Pantone names one tone as its Color of the Year.

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Since picking sky-blue Cerulean in 2000 as its “Color of the Millennium,” Pantone has stuck with blue tones, choosing five different blues in 14 years (including two shades of turquoise). A lot of trend watchers thought another blue – deep ocean Monaco Blue – would be the choice for 2013, but Pantone went for deep green Emerald instead.

Over the years, some colors – such as red-hot Chili Pepper – have had more staying power than others, sticking around from several seasons. But others – such as dusky Sand Dollar – seem like a ripple on the beach, quickly fading from memory.

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Probably the biggest difference between luxury in today’s world and luxury in the past is the relative disappearance of custom or bespoke products. In the 18th and 19th centuries much of what was considered luxury was custom made.  The wealthy class purchased custom clothing, had jewelry made to their specifications and even had custom fragrances created for themselves. Today most luxury goods are produced and sold.

There are still custom clothiers, shirt makers and boot makers but the common notion of custom made has essentially vanished.  This has meant the disappearance for the vast majority of local watchmakers and jewelers, custom dress and shirt makers and other custom made products.   Not with this Italian maker of Art Inlay Clocks and Furniture.

To follow, enhance and renew the great Italian tradition, harmonize the styles into aesthetic and exclusive results which are totally world famous for the mastery of its workmanship, the inspiration with which it fulfills every project and the sensitivity in treating and arranging the most precious materials.

Dimensions: Clock: 18.3″ X 9.8″ X 37.1″ h Mobile Base: 31.2″ X 14″ X 43.7″ h.

Ashanti Interiors is proud to introduce the Wood Boulle chest finely inlaid with black pearwood and red tortoiseshell with an elegant clock in Louis XIV style with decorations in 24 Kt gold plated cast brass: a splendid example of the magnificence with which the Imperials salons were decorated.

This is why these wonderful creations embellishes the most beautiful buildings and houses in the world, environments intended for high-level meetings and private rooms where everything refers to the artistic sensitivity and taste of the owner. One in which every work, starting from the extremely famous clocks, establishes a favored dialogue between those who experience it and those who merely observe.

Ashanti Interiors is a Luxury e-retailer who goal is to provide products with Extraordinary Creativity in Design with Exceptional Materials and Quality that are rare and extremely unique to the world’s most discerning Clientele.

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“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris.
Ashanti Interiors is proud to introduce the Rainbow Cabinet by Tusse.  The Rainbow Cabinet captures the essential magic of light that its 78 painted glass craft projects transforming the places they inhabit.   As a screen of Impressionism,  Monet-style parades and vibrant colors combined with a sparkling elegance of Mondrian found that the simplicity of form orthogonal to perfection. Requires 120VAC.
Dimensions Width: 97cm  | Depth: 53cm | Height: 186cm

TUSSE is an exceptional experience of art and design, with pieces that easily enchant and inspire contemplation, reinventing and creating ownership feelings through their original works.  Inspired by Portuguese handicrafts, who passed legendary wisdom and their ways we awake a contemporary past that converges irreverence and tradition. The wisdom implemented by the artisans, creative design and modern finishes offer revisiting the past and a discovery of new ways of being, thinking and presents the art and design.

If you wish to speak with a customer service representative to order by phone or receive additional information please call toll free 866.382.4907 x101.  We will email an invoice for safe and secure payment by Google Checkout or Paypal.

Ashanti Interiors is a Luxury e-retailer who goal is to provide products with Extraordinary Creativity in Design with Exceptional Materials and Quality that are rare and extremely unique to the world’s most discerning Clientele.

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Our transparent Gemstone Tiles are available in assorted sizes, with or without back lighting. They can accentuate walls, floors, windows and be easily integrated into any environment. Our Gemstone Tiles come in a variety of exciting colors and patterns.

Sample Installation

Application Areas:

• In or on walls
• Integrated in stone – or wood floors
• In or on ceilings
• In or on windows
• Health and wellness facilities, offices, restaurants, private homes, etc.

Material and Durability:

Each Gemstone is unique in form, color and one-of-a-kind in the world. Each is set together and solidly interconnected with a specially formulated resin-glue compound. The tiles are durable for decades, do not fade and are resistant against moisture. Outside use of our Gemstone Tiles is subject to special  considerations and conditions, but also possible; 20 Different tiles available.

Dimensions:
• 15 ¾” x 15 ¾”
• 15 ¾” x 23¾”
• 15 ¾” x 39 ¾
• Custom sizes available

Backlighting options:

Mood lighting is possible with Energy Efficient Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) Panels (thickness approximately 1 cm) in white light only.

If you wish to speak with a customer service representative to order by phone please call toll free 866.382.4907 x102 to speak with a customer service representative.

Ashanti Interiors is a Luxury e-retailer who goal is to provide products with Extraordinary Creativity in Design with Exceptional Materials and Quality that are rare and extremely unique to the world’s most discerning Clientele.

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Probably the biggest difference between luxury in today’s world and luxury in the past is the relative disappearance of custom or bespoke products. In the 18th and 19th centuries much of what was considered luxury was custom made.  The wealthy class purchased custom clothing, had jewelry made to their specifications and even had custom fragrances created for themselves.  Today most luxury goods are produced and sold.

There are still custom clothiers, shirt makers and boot makers but the common notion of custom made has essentially vanished.  This has meant the disappearance for the vast majority of local watchmakers and jewelers, custom dress and shirt makers and other custom made products.   Not with this Italian maker of Art Inlay Clocks and Furniture.

To follow, enhance and renew the great Italian tradition, harmonize the styles into aesthetic and exclusive results which are totally world famous for the mastery of its workmanship, the inspiration with which it fulfills every project and the sensitivity in treating and arranging the most precious materials.

Clock: 18.3″ X 9.8″ X 37.1″ h Mobile Base: 31.2″ X 14″ X 43.7″ h.

Ashanti Interiors is proud to introduce the Wood Boulle chest finely inlaid with black pearwood and red tortoiseshell with an elegant clock in Louis XIV style http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XIV_Style with decorations in 24 Kt gold plated cast brass: a splendid example of the magnificence with which the Imperials salons were decorated.  Dimensions:

If you wish to speak with a customer service representative to order by phone or want additional information please call toll free 866.382.4907 x101.
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Sauna Application

When people first see our illuminated Natural Salt Cube, they are amazed by it‘s warm and radiant color tones.  Because of it‘s sheer size, it will not only be a dazzling eye-catcher for your guests, it will also help to promote their better well-being.

A wonderful touch of warmth to the environment, but also a healthy atmosphere too.  Himalaya Salt is a natural ionizer.  When heated by a light source, wellness-inducing negative electric charges are released, binding and neutralizing airborne contaminants to help purify the air.   It creates a micro climate that supplies a steady stream of negative ions to the surrounding environment.

All natural Salt Lamps are not equal.  Ionic generation depends on such things as surface area and heat.  A smooth area has the least surface area.  A rough surface has the more surface area than a smooth surface.  A rough surface can have many more times the surface area and thus, shall emit many more ions.

A “polished“ salt lamp gives off fewer ions than a hand chipped salt lamp with a rough surface area.  The larger the mass of salt the more ions that can be emitted.  So a 5 kilogram salt lamp will have more surface area than a 1 kilogram salt lamp with the same shape. A larger salt lamp gives off more ions.  A salt lamp made of salt chips has more surface area per kilogram than a solid salt lamp.  So 5 kilograms of salt chips have many more times the surface area of a solid salt lamp.

Himalaya Salt Tiles and Bricks

The best salt lamp for ionization is one made of rough salt bricks.  This is why the Natural Salt Cube was created.  People can either sit on top of the cube or lean up against it.  Himalaya Salt can help reduce and balance the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation.  Excessive amounts of positive ions in the air we breathe can affect our overall wellness

Salt Cube Collage

The Natural Salt Cube measures 60 x 60 x 50 cm with either smooth or rough surface cover plate. Each Cube is mounted on wheels for easy mobility and maneuverability.  Each cube is handmade with either an Aluminum frame (smooth cover plate) or Wooden frame (rough cover plate).  The Himalaya Salt Cubes, bricks and tiles are ideal for Health & Wellness Centers, Saunas & Spas, Commercial and Residential.  Relax and meditate around the cube for better well-being.

For further information, please feel free to call toll free 866.382.4907 x103 to speak with a customer service representative.

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Probably the biggest difference between luxury in today’s world and luxury in the past is the relative disappearance of custom or bespoke products. In the 18th and 19th centuries much of what was considered luxury was custom made.  The wealthy class purchased custom clothing, had jewelry made to their specifications and even had custom fragrances created for themselves. Today most luxury goods are produced and sold.

There are still custom clothiers, shirt makers and boot makers but the common notion of custom made has essentially vanished.  This has meant the disappearance for the vast majority of local watch makers and jewelers, custom dress and shirt makers and other custom made products.   Not with this Italian maker of Art Inlay Clocks and Furniture.

Ashanti Interiors is honored to inform that we are offering a restoration of a beautiful and rare Louis XIV style pendulum clock (1643 – 1715), which was created by the famous furniture maker M. Passerat.

Permission has been given to reproduce this clock, only in a limited quantity.  In reconstructing the pendulum clock the reproduction of this clock will follow the techniques used by the ancient masters respecting the choice of quality materials. The inlay has been exactly reproduced by hand using the Charles-Andre Boulle Style (1642 – 1732), and enriched by the use of superb engraving.

The bronze decorations have been made in “lost wax” (the ancient way) and plated in 24kt gold.  They have been chiseled by hand adding prominence to all the details and giving it an unmatched great artistic value.

Luigi XIV Style

Due to the limited quantities being produced (every piece with an individual number) and letter of authenticity, we are offering this unique opportunity to only those guests who we know that would be able to estimate the preciousness of this time piece.  Offering Price is $24,995.95. If you wish to speak with a customer service representative to order by phone please call toll free 866.382.4907 x103 to speak with a customer service representative.

This is why these wonderful creations embellishes the most beautiful buildings and houses in the world, environments intended for high-level meetings and private rooms where everything refers to the artistic sensitivity and taste of the owner.  One in which every work, starting from the extremely famous clocks, establishes a favored dialogue between those who experience it and those who merely observe.

Ashanti Interiors is a Luxury e-retailer who goal is to provide products with Extraordinary Creativity in Design with Exceptional Materials and Quality that are rare and extremely unique to the world’s most discerning Clientele.

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