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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.
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. Th... Read More Comments (0)
Just watch this. I have never met Stephen Burks, but I would like to! He is very inspirational, extremely talented, and he is a designer with a conscience.I found this video on his website. Check it out.... Read MoreComments (0)
"It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure." -Coco Chanel Fashion is a tool of my style, a superfluous skin that often expresses my state of mind and sense of humor. Fashion is also an important inspiration, helping me assemble concepts and details on various projects yet to come. No surprise to many people, us... Read MoreComments (0)
The big news in the New York design world this week is the opening of the 1stdibs pavilion at the New York Design Center. As a 1stdibs dealer and a showroom owner at the NYDC-with my own vignette on the new floor--I've been in a unique position to witness the process from conception through negotiation to fruition. Last night's opening event drew somewhere upwards of 2,000 people, possibly the... Read MoreComments (8)
After a prolonged absence I've returned and assumed my responsibility as the chronicler of Brokeback Manor. Last week I pretended that Mitch had the house in move-in condition and sent up some of my furniture. Not so very clever-- what a mess! Mitch's idea of cleaning up falls very short of mine; it was a disaster. If a client had done what I did I would have told them they were crazy, and I wa... Read MoreComments (11)
Last week I gave a speech at Parsons The New School of Design about my 11-year journey as an interior designer in New York City. It was fun for me to share my story. It is a very "real" story and I like to tell it like it is. Which I think is helpful for students to hear. I was telling the students how I had learned a valuable lesson from every project I have embarked on and that it is... Read MoreComments (8)
I've blogged about Iacolie & Mcallister before, I've used their Frame Lights in my projects and drooled over my keyboard while looking on their site. I like their work because they have a really delicious way of seeing things, colorful and happy.Their Frame Lights were previously only available only as individual lights so we had to torture our poor electrician as he stood on a ladder while we de... Read MoreComments (6)
We're in wallpaper mode at the office. I'm not sure when I will grow out of my wallpaper obsession but it's lasted for the last five years and I'm sure its not going away any time soon.It means we spend a lot of time scoping out the cool stuff. I'm always on the look out for different styles and patterns depending on the project we are working on and the vibe we are after.I like what we found at M... Read MoreComments (2)
"I used to be Snow White, but I drifted." -Mae West I heard about "Blizzard 2011" as I headed to work at PYR Chicago design studio. I thought nothing of it; typically, weather reports are like my loving grandmother sharing, "I can smell the rain coming." I was delighted to observe many Chicagoans listening and trusting their weather reports. Before the storm hit, t... Read MoreComments (0)
Many mid-century surveys of decorative and industrial arts have an agenda of celebrating and promoting the work of a nation, region, or city. So it is refreshing to come across one that finds industrial production wanting, and posits room for improvement. And you have to like a picture book that begins with a chapter entitled "Craftsmanship and Cybernetics." "Modern Design in the Ho... Read MoreComments (5)
I am planning a trip later this month to California to speak about my book, "The Finest Rooms in America," and show some of my own work. While I am excited to do that, I am also looking forward to making a side trip to Palm Springs for Modernism Week. There will be two highlights to that trip. One will be hearing my friend Trina Turk speak about how the local Desert Modernism influenced... Read MoreComments (6)
Business gifts can be good, bad, or plain old ugly. The challenge for companies is to come up with something that will make people remember their company and keep them coming back for more, right? An ugly calendar or a cheap bag with a logo on the side of it doesn't excite me and it actually kind of irritates me. I then have to find someone to give it to (I hate throwing perfectly useful things ou... Read MoreComments (0)