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Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen checks in with friends, industry experts and those-in-the-know: Hall of Fame inductee (and aspiring Country Squire) Paul Siskin, modern design curator Larry Weinberg, designer Ghislaine Viñas, and traveling design guru D.B. Kim. Enter the inner-circle discussion on the projects, products and people that are shaping interior design.
At Carnival time, the Gilded Age feels as if has never passed in New Orleans when collections of old time Mardi Gas invitations come out for display. They are so treasured that many have survived and our friend Henri Schindler, famed Mardi Gras historian and parade designer, wrote an entire book about them, "Mardi Gras Treasure: Invitations of the Golden Age." I share a few examples her... Read MoreComments (3)
"If you can dream it, you can do it." -Walt Disney "Why not a fantasy as a home of my own?" I asked myself when given a tour of a new luxury residential development in the beautiful Hangzhou area. As I would normally feel mortified in favoring a themed, clichéd, post-modern style home, I must have felt nostalgic because my harsh dislikes of such descriptions were completely we... Read MoreComments (4)
One of my favorite blogs is Style Files. This is Danielle de Lange's blog in which she discovers and shares amazing interiors from around the globe. It has an incredible relaxed modern lived-in vibe and often has a northern European slant with a fresh mix of Mediterranean modern-- which makes it my "go to" blog for inspiration. Danielle also has an online store called Le Souk. I love the... Read MoreComments (0)
The 32nd annual Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair, a benefit for P.S. 3, was held this past weekend. For the second straight year, I was a vendor. But for the heat, which was turned full on, and could have been mitigated by opening a window, the fair was fun to do, and reasonably successful. I sold a variety of vintage architecture and design books, and a few of my first edition mystery nov... Read MoreComments (4)
I came across this shower stall this week and although I had seen it some years ago, I was again struck at how stunning it is. In 2008, Dupont Corian and Missoni Home teamed up to present Corian Loves Missoni at Corian's Design showroom in Milan. I am keeping this image as inspiration--perfect color choices and just the right kind of banding that gives this shower such a relaxed modern fun feel. W... Read MoreComments (3)
I have a list of designers who I am fascinated by. This list of designers keeps on growing as I am always on the lookout for fascinating talent. Tom Dixon is one of those designers who gets high marks in my books and he made my list a long time ago. There is a slight but deliberate awkwardness to his proportions which add an almost cartoon like quality to some of his pieces. The Scoop Chair which... Read MoreComments (0)
Sometimes when speaking to students or interns, I will mention some of the designers I love. Jaime Hayon is usually one of the first names out of my mouth! If the student/intern has a blank look on their face because this name is not familiar to them, I wonder to myself how sad it must be to live in a world of design and not have Jaime in your life...so sad! Yes, Jaime Hayon rules! We use his prod... Read MoreComments (3)
"You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love." -Julia Child My vocation has led me to live in a variety of places during my life. Whatever the destination, a move is always a stressful and emotionally exhausting experience. It always helps to reacquaint with new and familiar faces, and this has encouraged me many times, after landing in a new home, to leav... Read MoreComments (5)
I spent the weekend in Palm Springs, taking in some events related to Modernism Week and enjoying examples of the desert modernism found throughout the area. I saw some wonderful modern architecture and design while I was there, which had me thinking the most successful modern interiors are usually to be found in vacation or second homes. The clutter and "stuff" of life does not distrac... Read MoreComments (2)
We have a system here in the office of keeping job jackets which are basically just manila folders with plans, photos, cuttings, and samples of materials used in our decorating schemes glued onto them. It is definitely a super low tech system, but unlike high tech digital library systems some employ, it allows us to have a real sense of texture and an active record of color for our rooms. You def... Read MoreComments (4)
We've been working on the interiors for clients who have a gorgeous house in Los Feliz, LA. One half of the couple is a ridiculously talented architect with impeccable taste and the other half, while not an architect also has fabulous taste. The architecture is so good that if I were to move into their house (dream on, Ghislaine...) I would not change a single detail or finish. It is perfection.... Read MoreComments (0)
I like Etsy... I like it a lot! I wish I spent more time on it discovering all the things that are there to be discovered. This piece, by William Dohman made me smile a big gigantic toothy grin kinda smile! He is a "designer from St. Paul, MN. who fell in love with photography while traveling around the world, studying architecture." He says that "India, Japan, and the Netherlands... Read MoreComments (4)