Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Does it seem to you that life comes at you in fits and starts? For me its either sheer boredom or everything happening at once. That’s what’s going on around here right now. After two years of preparations and delays my third book, SLIPCOVERS, is finally almost ready for its debut next Spring.
It’s all dressed up with a new, fresh look and format as well as a nice, durable, soft cover so it wont weigh 8 pounds like my other books. I have a new editor and book designer for this one so I am really excited to see what they come up with for the interior design. I will share it with you as soon as I get the previews.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
When I first began talking with the fabulous Helser Brothers about a collaboration it became clear to me that this was a fantastic opportunity to create a fresh new line that would address the versatility required for todays window treatment designs. It was a chance to think out of the box and design hardware that would be able to be used in many different configurations rather than having each piece be pigeon holed for one use.
Helser Brothers gave me carte blanche to design new, interchangeable elements that can be used in a multitude of applications just by changing the bracket to fit your needs. Finials can be used as tie backs or swag holders. Tab holders can be used as rod brackets and some can be connected together to build cornices. Individual, free hanging, “tassles” can be integrated into the window treatments designs themselves as trim or can be ordered attached to rings for a fun embellishment to your design.
Crafted from cast zinc, this hardware is lighter than typical iron products and has a sleek smooth finish that looks great in metallics as well as Helser’s beautiful hand painted finishes. The new “liquid silver” finish is a favorite of mine.
The new JVT line consists of:
To request your free “to the trade only” catalog and finish samples please email Helser Brothers at Frank@helserbrothers.com
for Press or Editorial inquiries please email me at jackie_vontobel at msn.com
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I'm getting ready for my second year exhibiting at Surtex in New York City next week. Surtex is a show that features artists surface and textile designs for manufacturers who apply them to their products like fabrics, wallpaper, home decor items, etc.
This year I will be showing with my agent Painted Planet Licensing Group instead of having my own booth. They will be at booth 520, 522. If you are in the city please stop by and say hello!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
The Pagoda Finial – JVT for Helser Brothers
Something very exciting is on the horizon for those of you who love drapery hardware and are looking for something new and fresh to offer your clients. I’ve been working with Helser Brothers for two years to develop a new collection of drapery hardware and it’s finally almost ready to launch.
I’ve just finished all of the renderings for the catalog which will feature only hand drawn illustrations of the images in use instead of the usual photography. Of course the hardware itself will be photographed and shown in great detail so you can see exactly how it will look in your project.
The process of designing a full line of hardware has been so much fun, mostly because I am working with such a great group of people at Helser. For those of you who don’t know Helser Brothers is a family owned company run by two wacky brothers who love what they do and it is evident in their work, their exemplary customer service and the quality of everyone else who works with them. I’ve been working closely with their team to develop a classically inspired, modern and fresh collection that has something for everyone.
It starts off with a my rough design sketches like the one above for the Pagoda finial ( you know how I love the Chinoiserie!)
Those sketches then go to the CAD draftsman and he and the brothers Helser work it into a design that will fit all of their existing hardware elements such as poles and brackets, etc. From there they commission 3D molds of each piece to see how they look in reality and then the permanent casting molds are made. These molds will be filled with Zinc to ensure the sharpest and smoothest possible finish for each piece manufacturer. It’s been a long but very educational process.
I will be debuting each design here over the next couple of weeks so be sure to stop by and see what’s next!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Here’s some green for you. Take a look at those gorgeous tab posts holding up the bed drape. I wonder where you can get those?
Coming very soon; The Jackie Von Tobel Collection for Helser Brothers Inc.
We’re just putting on the finishing touches on the catalogue and the entire collection will be ready soon. I can’t wait to show it all to you!
In the meantime here’s hoping you are enjoying the luck of the Irish……..