A Lanikuhonua Wedding

We were so honored to design two modern towers for Mariah and Lokahi's Lanikuhonua wedding on the island of Oahu. Inspired by Jeff Leatham's artistic floral installations at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, our 8' versions were filled with white phaelonopsis orchids for a tropical modern look.  Photos by Makai Creative

Scroll down for our inspiration photos from the George IV Paris. 

10 Dreamy Sweetheart Table Ideas

Inspired by a recent wedding photographed by Jen Huang, we thought it would be a fun idea to share our top ten styles for a pretty sweetheart table. We will spare you the handmade bride & groom signs, since we all know that the sweetheart table is reserved for—well—the sweethearts, aka, bride and groom. Here are our top ten dreamy sweetheart table designs, from rustic chic to glamourous and refined. (Hint, the first one can be achieved with our very own European table!)

Charlotte Perriand / FRANCE (1903–1999)

Let us start by saying how much we love this chair. It’s a chair designed by the French designer Charlotte Perriand for the fashionable ski resort of Les Arcs in about 1960. They are quite rare, expensive (at over $1000 per chair!) and highly sought after. Let's just say these chairs are aspirational!

A little bit about the designer (via Design Within Reach). In 1927, at the age of 24, Charlotte Perriand designed a rooftop bar for the Salon d’Automne that drew the attention of Le Corbusier. Upon seeing the anodized aluminum and chromed steel furniture that Perriand had designed for the bar, the famed Corbusier invited Perriand to join the Le Corbusier studio.

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For the next 10 years, Perriand participated in the designs issued from the Le Corbusier studio, including the first tubular steel designs for systematized furnishings known as “Equipement intérieur de l’habitation” (1928–1929). Hard-edged and severely functional, the collection reflected strict ideas about moral and physical fitness. The best known of this group is the LC4 Chaise Longue. Perriand also collaborated with Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret in the design of the LC2 and LC3 Collections (1928), which epitomize the International Style.

Perriand and Jeanneret again collaborated in founding the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM), where she began to exhibit under her own name in 1931. In 1940, together with Jeanneret, Jean Prouvé and Georges Blanchon, Perriand established an architectural office for the design of prefabricated aluminum buildings. Over the next three decades, Perriand continued to design buildings, interiors and furniture, notably a prototype kitchen for Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, the London office for Air France and conference rooms for the United Nations in Geneva.

Perriand also produced craft-based designs, such as the diminutive Synthese des Arts Chair (1955), and collaborated with artist Fernand Léger. She is one of the most remarkable figures in the development of modernist design.

Maui's New Midcentury Modern Wedding + Event Rentals

The sneak peek of our new Midcentury Modern Collection by Signature continues this week with more fine rental furniture that will make your wedding a personal fashion statement. The "new" vintage steers away from French antiques and steps into the Rat Pack era with cool 1950s-1960s vibes that will give your event a chic, sophisticated aesthetic. Our Taylor chair (below left) features Eames style molded wood and mod tapered legs. Scroll down for more inspired looks including a gorgeous midcentury modern grey sofa we dubbed The Monroe (after Marilyn, of course!) and our modern white chair we are calling Errol. These architectural pieces make our hearts soar—we can't wait to see them soon at a chic Maui wedding or event!

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A Hawaii Wedding at Hui No‘eau

Last year we had the privilege of working with Maui's top wedding vendors—we actually prefer to call them "creatives" which is much more fitting. Here is a sneak peek of Alannah and Dane Andersen's gorgeous wedding at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center. Hawaii wedding photographer Chris J. Evans captured all the details, with Maui florist Teresa Sena on flowers. Her execution of the bride's desire for rich jewel tones and casual island elegance was en pointe! Signature's gorgeous crystal chandeliers, French farm tables and bistro chairs complemented the look. We love how Teresa worked her floral magic with our Wine Country iron wreath which hung over the dance floor to add a punctuation point to the décor. And the Signature fire table drew a little crowd toward the end of the cool upcountry evening in Kula, Hawaii. This gorgeous Maui wedding was designed by Robyn Iaea of Pacific Weddings and coordinated by Jackie Ishikawa of White Orchid Wedding.

An Amazing Pampas Grass Chandelier Installation

Working with Oahu florist Fong Tagawa of Floral Inspirations is always an adventure, but this amazing 32' pampas grass chandelier was seriously fun! Fong and Robyn Iaea designed this piece which incorporated over 500 stems of pampas grass hand wired and lit from within. Robyn was inspired by the bride, Amber Mozo, who grew up on the North Shore of Oahu surrounded by fields of sugarcane. Amber and her groom Colby are also avid surfers, so Robyn and Fong created an undulating pattern with the pampas grass to mimic the ocean waves. Robyn says, "The beautiful color and texture of the pampas reminds me of sugarcane when it's in full bloom, and I loved the idea of creating something meaningful to the couple." The chandelier spanned the length of the head table in the center of the tent. We look forward to seeing the entire wedding story in the next edition of Pacific Weddings! The colors look so pretty with our ivory farm tables and bistro chairs. (Photos by Natalie Norton) 

The feathery quality and hue of the pampas grass was magical at night, and reflected the couple's love of the North Shore sugarcane fields and their affinity for surfing.

The feathery quality and hue of the pampas grass was magical at night, and reflected the couple's love of the North Shore sugarcane fields and their affinity for surfing.

The pampas grass chandelier spanned 32' above the head table at Amber Mozo's wedding. It was the perfect focal point for this chic wedding set among the beach cottages of Hawaii's North Shore.

The pampas grass chandelier spanned 32' above the head table at Amber Mozo's wedding. It was the perfect focal point for this chic wedding set among the beach cottages of Hawaii's North Shore.

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Featured in Pacific Weddings Magazine

We love to collaborate with amazing talents like Brandon and Kristin Kidd, who shot this gorgeous editorial for Pacific Weddings magazine. The feature includes our friends from Garnish Craft Cocktails, Teresa Sena Designs, Jessica Waite Makeup, Meili Autumn Hair and Makeup and Cake Fanatics. Thank you, everyone, for sharing your brilliant talents to create this story!

Props at the Signature ~ Belle Studio

If you're ever in need of a studio space for photo shoots, give us a call or email info@signaturemaui.com. Our space has beautiful natural light, and we have collected quite a few props as you can imagine. Here is one of our vintage accent tables with a derby hat we found at a little antique shop in Paris. The dressmaker's dummy was rescued from a local garage sale for only $20. Merci beaucoup!

Linen Lounge Seating on Maui

We're having a blast opening cartons of our latest arrivals—lovely linen lounge seating has finally arrived on Maui! Ivory linen Hudson chairs can transition from a modern look or blend seamlessly with a classic furniture grouping. We recently moved into a new studio space, so come and take these pretties for a spin at the old Hue space at 261 Lalo St. in Kahului, Maui.

The Olsen is a nod to the classic French lounge chair tufted in natural linen for a comfy ride. Pair them together (yes, twins!) and they become a pretty loveseat. We have four of these lovelies, so you can place them together or individually.  xo—signature

Vintage French Dining Chairs are Coming to Maui!

We are adding once again to our collection and these reproduction vintage French dining chairs are en route—destination Kula, Maui this month! We love the feminine fluted columnar legs, updated in hand-carved oak with a soft, weathered finish. We will have four white ones like the photo, and our team is working on eight more antique cane-back side chairs to match. Don't you think these will make a gorgeous head table paired with our antique ivory French farm tables? We do! xo —signature

Hello, Beauty! Introducing our Latest Antique Chair

Christina Hartman of Wildheart Floral & Event Design got together with Hawaii photographer Chris J. Evans to capture her romantic floral arrangements and Maui sweethearts Jamie and Nicolo. We are thrilled that they included our latest antique chair, Amalie, upholstered in a totally glamorous "glazed" metallic linen by Robert Allen in a warm copper. You can see more of this beautiful shoot on Pacific Weddings. xo —signature

Did you spy our bistro chairs and farm table below? Love the romantic, unpretentious vibe of the table setting!

Did you spy our bistro chairs and farm table below? Love the romantic, unpretentious vibe of the table setting!

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New Pieces to the Signature Collection

We love seeing our pieces in the lovely pages of Pacific Weddings magazine, so we are happy to show off a few new pieces we've added to our collection photographed by Ozzy Garcia. We have added velvet drapes for our wedding chuppah and more pieces to our table details, like the bell jars in three sizes. We have a small collection of chargers for your head table and antique bottles to give a guest book table a little pizazz.

There are even more fabulous finds that we are sanding, painting and bringing back to life, and we can't wait to share! Maybe you can help us name our pretty new chairs? xo —signature

Flowers by Fong Tagawa of Floral Inspirations; shot on location at White Orchid Beach House, Makena, Maui.

Featured in Pacific Weddings Winter '14

We are very excited to share a sneak peek of our favorite pieces featured in the latest issue of Pacific Weddings magazine on newsstands in January! We can't give away the amazing feature (head to Barnes and Noble and get your copy:), but here is one magical shot by Rebecca Arthurs that is just about as romantic as it gets!

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Hair and makeup by Liz Javelosa, Maui Makeup Artistry; dress by Reem Acra; shot on location at White Orchid Beach House, Makena, Maui; Rebecca Arthurs was one of the attendees at The Edit, a Pacific Weddings Workshop.

Rustic Chuppah by Floral Inspirations

We recently had the supreme pleasure of working with one of our favorite humans, Fong Tagawa of Floral Inspirations, and this was her take on a rustic, chic wedding chuppah—gorgeous! We had the humble task of creating the chuppah base out of locally harvested Kula trees, and Fongy went to town making it look beyond amazing for another spectacular event at Haiku Mill. More to come of this wedding from the adorable Ashley Camper.  This is another piece now available to rent—we think it will look fabulous festooned with olive leaf garlands at The Villa.  xo—signature


McGuire Bamboo: The Chair Obsession II

My chair obsession continues. McGuire furniture can be found in the most elegant homes in Hawaii, and I love this collection by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy. The dark finish is so pretty in contrast to the white fabric—so chic and perfect for a high-style island vibe. We were fortunate to revive an older set for the Signature collection and refinished the bamboo in white.  (Elinore McGuire is known for her signature "target" design, which we've dubbed Tori after one of our favorite NYC girls.) I can picture these gorgeous chairs at a fashion-forward Maui wedding... But at $1795 each, I'll have to wait to add them to our collection. xo —signature

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Eames Lounge: The Chair Obession

My husband loves all things modern. I like to say that if we were magazines, he would be Dwell and I would be Elle Décor.  Somehow we seem to meet in the middle, and his George Jetson sensibilities are tempered by my love of Kelly Wearstler brass hand sculptures. (Or is it the other way around?) Since about 2001 I've been longing to surprise him with the buttery soft leather of an Eames Lounge Chair, but the price tag has always been daunting, and in Hawaii you just don't find this sort of thing on ebay. The other day my jaw quite literally dropped when I saw a Craig's List post for none other than his beloved Eames, ottoman and all. The asking price: $30!  After over a decade of swooning over catalogs and design books, I was determined to be the first on the scene, only to find an elderly couple testing out "my hubby's" chair.  My heart raced until she finally, slowly shook her white tresses, saying, "No, it's not for me."  You might be relieved to know that I resisted the urge to do a celebratory endzone dance (just barely). My husband and I shook our heads in wonder for a few days, admiring our score with the biggest grins on our faces. Sometimes good things really do come to those who obsess.  xo  —signature


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