Wow, wow, wow. So rarely do I save every image from a designer's photoset- but the ideas are too good! Can we talk about this fireplace?! Such honest design with a timelessness and miles of relevance remaining. Gachot Studios' 2014 renovation of the Smyth in New York City is on my list for next weekends visit.
Dreaming of a modern home with midcentury roots without the retro. Surprisingly, its very hard to find. I have my wish list as far as floor plans (revolving mostly around the kitchen and master bath). Lane Williams Architects in Seattle has done it. I think in 20 years this home will seem evergreen and convey a sense of modern timelessness. http://www.lanewilliams.com
In thinking about a new home (read: NEW PROJECT!) the kitchen is where I think I've learned the lessons to really create something spectacular. Our current space is beautiful. Friends love it. And it's served us pretty well. There's an island for laying out spreads for entertaining and three comfy bar stools for lingering. There's professional Jenn-Air appliances and good lighting. Here's what I've been collecting- each with great little idealets. (great little ideas)
Having finally organized my Macbook's desktop to reflect my minimalist fall intentions, I found some gems under the hundreds of files and clippings unearthed.
Also, why won't it get cool enough to flip my wine switch? Im not really craving whites or roses and its not cool enough for reds... Whiskey it is.
Location, Location, KITCHEN!
Now that I've lived with both 100 year old kitchens, Mid-Century kitchens, and new construction- Im learning the non-negotiables in my NEXT kitchen. It's the room that sells me on the rest of the house. If I can't picture myself entertaining from behind a kitchen island, slinging drinks from a wet bar, or where the wine storage will be, it's a non-starter.
My kitchen must-haves: Counter-depth refrigerator, concealed appliances where possible, a real exhaust hood, Wood+Stone+Metal+Tile, statement pendants, functional storage, and entertaining flow.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've noticed the enormous surge in abstract artwork in design publications. As an abstract painter myself, I keep a huge stockpile of inspiration for when the urge to paint hits. These inspirations manipulate the medium to great effect- some look like metal, some look accidental...
Some beautiful finds from Market. I was there strictly as a trend scout- which is always fun. Favorite showrooms: Visual Comfort (Aerin Lauder and Kelly Wearstler collections), Cisco Brothers, Four Hands, Soicher Marin, Noir, Palacek, Bobo Intriguing Objects.
Major trends: suede, stone, naturals, and brass.
“the three-metre diameter megaphones will operate as a ‘bandstand’ for the forest around the installation, amplifying the sounds of nature.”
The installation is featured in Estonia’s Pähni Nature Centre, known for its study trails and using the forest as its “outdoor classroom.” Student Birgit Õigus designed the piece as a part of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Hannes Praks, who leads the Interior Architecture Department, says,
If you've ever perused the electronics department at a Brittish or Parisienne department store, you're likely to see some stellar industrial design. Im not sure why American and European TV design diverged like this- there are plenty of European models with their own stands. In the US we've designed our tiny thin televisions to need another large piece of furniture to support it- defeating the point!
The Bouroullec Brothers created an amazing line here- relegated only to our friends across the pond at this point. I hope that changes.
Did you know Architectural Digest has designed the green room at the Oscars for the last 13 years? I wasn't SUPER impressed at first- but check out the video- they build this space from scratch! I know what thats like- and the work involved to build a house miss en place indoors. Of course with sponsors like Holly Hunt and design partners like Julienne Moore, the space is very current- very cool, very casual and not uptight.
Duysen is one of those designers whose spaces make me hold my breath for a moment- and it of course reminds me of my favorite hotel in the architect's home turf. (Hotel Julien) The Belgian architect is the go-to for Julianne Moore's own homes.
These spaces represent my ultimate minimalism fantasies. Those waxed & bleached wide plank oak floors, the steel frame room dividers, the absence of synthetic materials... Walking into these spaces your blood pressure drops. You instantly relax. Your happiness quotient skyrockets. You get to focus on the people around you, or the book you're reading, or the music on the playlist.
Pronounced "Ahm-Bee-Yontay" - its the best housewares show in the world- and its going on now. The Frankfurt based show happens every spring- the vendor showrooms pack a punch of trend- setting the direction for the year ahead.
I'm not attending this show this year- but I'll scour the blog coverage and bring you the best of the best.