Catching Up with Steven Sabados
It's difficult not to think about Steven Sabados without thinking about his long-time business and romantic partner, Chris Hyndman. I had met them years ago when they hosted a blogger day on their show Steven and Chris. This charming and handsome couple had the audience laughing, and we were instantly smitten with their chemistry and charisma.
Chris' sudden passing in August last year was a shock to the local design community and a grieving Steven coped by staying out of the public eye for the past year. And so when I was invited to a preview of the new S&C Collection, I was curious: would this new collection bring the same masculine glamour the pair was known for? How would it change, with just Steven to bring the vision forward? But also, how was Steven doing? Having watched him since his CityLine days in the 1990's, Steven felt like someone I knew (but not really) and I was sad for his sadness.
The collection is quietly stunning. Steven has found a way to carry that signature S&C style through each of the lighting, furniture, rugs and accessories. My own personal taste has moved towards a simple and less refined style over the years, but this made me want to embrace glamour all over again.
I loved the use of metals, from the brass corner braces and stately legs of the desk to the hefty frame of the lanterns and lighting. Some of the pieces seemed over-scaled and brought a sense of drama to the setting. How fabulous was this styling? Go bold with a single lantern or impress with a cluster of orbs.