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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.
I was once trying to convince a client that we needed to infuse some 1960's into their interiors. She answered "Darling, I lived through the 60's and I have no interest in revisiting that era." Wow I thought, how unfortunate because I love much of the design that came out of that decade. However, I can relate now that we have the reemergence of design from the 80's. Mmmmm yeah, maybe I... Read MoreComments (0)
"Why do you always wear black?" my friend asked me this week. I laughed and explained to her that I simply feel the most comfortable when I'm wearing black. Believe me, I am not alone, that comfort is felt by myself and a huge percentage of architects, designers, and members of the design community out there. My client once arranged a meeting with a vendor I hadn't met and told him "... Read MoreComments (0)
Scandinavian Design, as understood in the modern design marketplace and the secondary literature, is a major constituent of Western modernism in terms of style, influence, and popularity. Even through the recession, demand for vintage, high end craft production from Denmark, Sweden, and Finland remained strong. Left out of the mix, or at least neglected, has been design and decorative art from N... Read MoreComments (3)
“It was the spirit animating the mass and flowing from it, and it expressed the individuality of the building.” -Louis SullivanI have a love-hate relationship with shopping. While usually avoiding massive shopping crowds, recently, during my lunch break, I dashed to a shop to restock items for my vanity cabinet. As the holiday season was over, I hoped for a less-congested experience. I used my cu... Read MoreComments (3)
I remember going to The Park restaurant in Chelsea New York for the first time and being take by their extensive collection of National Geographic magazines on their bookshelves. They are just the perfect hue of yellow and the collection created a beautiful yellow band in their bookcases. When I was in Montreal for New Years this year, I was lucky enough to discover a delicious little design store... Read MoreComments (1)
Once again, I happily discover a design duo who I had never heard of. If you are as in the dark as I am...come see the light. Chairs are difficult pieces of furniture to design well. Proportion, comfort and aesthetics need to combined to perfection to get a chair right. Now, admittedly, I have not set my derriere into this chair but, come on now people, it certainly looks comfortable doesn't it... Read MoreComments (1)
The perfect combination of materials, form, and that visually just feels "oh so right in so many ways." I adore these small side tables or large vessels by the talented designer available through SuiteNY. ... Read MoreComments (2)
“Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.” -Patti SmithA gallery from San Francisco, Hackett Mill--an establishment serving as art dealer and advisor--brought out quiet American painter David Park to this year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach. The gallery maintains its classy act by focusing on one artist who is well known and yet not trendy enough for many of the Art Basel attendees. American-... Read MoreComments (2)
Published in Rome in 1986, the small but interesting--it measures but 4 by 6 inches--folder "Futuristi Futurismo" contains a short introduction to Italian Futurism, "Tuttifuturisti" that includes two Marinetti manifestos; an equally small reprint of a futurist literary journal; and 14 postcards, each with a caricature of a Futurist artist, writer, or thinker, by Tullio Crali.Cr... Read MoreComments (0)
I have been studying the fantastic Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments, housed at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia Universtiy. It is an amazing group of English, Continental, and American drafting tools and instruments dating from 1700 to 2004, acquired over a 40 year period by Mr. Alpern, a lawyer turned architect, architectural historian and preservationist.... Read MoreComments (2)
As Elodie Blanchard, the incredibly clever and talented designer behind the Google pillow, says, "It's that time of year again, happy to start over and be dazzled by the the fastest rising google searches of 2010." She started these pillows in 2005 and has produced one every year since then.So for this year's pillow, I get "iPad;" I own an "iPhone 4;" we definitely... Read MoreComments (0)
We just returned from a fantastic trip to Montreal with my family and our friends Brian and Kristina and their girls Tallulah and Sadie. Despite all the warnings of the icy climate (which made me wonder at times if we would ever survive our trip north to Canada), the weather was above freezing and extremely bearable. Our girls were troopers and happily followed us around the slushy city streets... Read MoreComments (1)