Monday, September 29, 2008

Austin City Limits.

This past weekend was the Austin City Limits music festival, an event I hold dear to my heart, but sadly was unable to attend this year. Instead of pining away for my lost musical cause, I thought I'd share an image from one of my favorite projects in Austin by Texas firm Lake|Flato. Established in 1984, this team of architects creates buildings that are tactile, modern, authentic and fully engaged with the surrounding landscape. William Turnbull (another one of my favorites) described their work as "architecture that intrigues the mind, delights the soul, and refreshes the eye with its elegant detail and simplicity. Timeless architecture needn't shout..."
We couldn't agree more...(shhhhh)

Rock On!

Our friends over at Hudson Furniture just "HIT" us with their newest product: THE ROCK! and boy does it hurt so good! This stunning piece designed by Barlas Baylar is made of solid bronze and is intended to be used as an end table. However, we find it's opulent charm solid enough to stand alone as an impressive piece of art. Baylar's recently been taking the organic design movement to a glamorous new level and we couldn't be more "amazed and infused"....Pull out the Metallica-We're ready to ROCK!

Raider Of The Lost Art.

Jewelry designer turned furniture designer Herve Van der Straeten has long been one of our favorite artists. We use the term artist, because in our opinion, everything he creates is truly a work of art. This image shows off his loft in Paris with two of his signature aluminum pod-like stools. Known for his use of metal and sculptural forms, Van der Straeten will sometimes oversee 3 to 4 craftsmen to work on a single design, sustaining what unfortunately has becoming a dying art. Available here in the states through Ralph Pucci, Van der Straeten's work is not only innovative and beautifully executed, it's also refreshing and timeless.
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Top 10 Lounge Chairs


We've been wanting to do this for a while and it was just a matter of figuring out exactly how to do it. Anyway...here is our FIRST Top 10 List and we're very excited to bring it to you.
We have a pretty good cross section of classics, new ones, expensive and relatively inexpensive ones. Drumroll please.....In no particular order, these are our 10 favorite lounge chairs. (if no image-click on the X above)

1. PK20 Easy Chair-Designed by Poul Kjaerholm
2. Halyard Lounge Chair-Designed by Hans Wegner
3. Mogensen Wing Chair-Designed by Borge Mogensen
4. SM2 Club Chair-Designed by Shelton Mindel
5. Slow Chair-Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bourellec
6. Risom Lounge Chair-Designed by Jens Risom
7. Le Bambole Lounge Chair-Designed by Mario Bellini
8. Egg Chair-Designed by Arne Jacobsen
9. Marshall Club Chair-Designed by Thomas O'Brien
10. PK31 Easy Chair-Designed by Poul Kjaerholm

Oh My...

Architect and Interior Designer Peter Marino....Discuss.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Perceptionally Challenged.

No, this is not an Ellsworth Kelly painting. In fact, it's not a painting at all. But it is considered art, and it's intended to trick your senses into perceiving one thing while experiencing another. If you look closely this is actually the corner of a room at the Marianne Boesky Gallery here in New York, and it's part of a baffling new show created by artist Neil Campbell. Using little more than black paint, Campbell combines shapes and architecture to create a rather mind boggling optical experience. Definitely stop by this weekend for an exciting "trip" that requires zero traveling.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

D.T. + S.S.B. = 4EVER

We'll it's official...I'm absolutely madly in love with Michael Reynolds' newly curated show at R 20th Century: Sticks, Stones, Bones. We stopped by the opening tonight and I honestly believe the exhibit is more me than me! Reynolds, who's done some amazing photo styling for Wallpaper magazine, has assembled the most curious collection of artifacts and antiques from elephant skulls to Wendell Castle furnishings, and it couldn't be more bizarre and beautiful. According to R "by combining ritualistic, religious and decorative artifacts—from ancient cultures as far-flung as Imperial Rome, Tibet and China, Cambodia and South America—with fine art, hand printed wallpaper and some of the most sensuously sculptural and exceptional pieces from R 20th Century Gallery’s collection of 20th and 21st century design, Reynolds encourages the viewer to meditate on the art of past and present culture." Please check it out-I promise you won't be disappointed.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ice Ice Baby.

Studio Granda is an architecture firm based out of Reykjavik, Iceland. Founded in 1987 by husband and wife team Steve Christer and Margret Hardardotti, this firm tends to incorporate a lot of rugged, indigenous materials in their work including stone, sheet metal and timber. However, it's hard to tell in these photos which show a more light-handed, almost playful design approach. I think the stair rail is genius!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

More Than O-Kay!

Kay Kollar is a Los Angeles based Interior Designer whose work epitomizes every aspect of what makes us so excited about design. It's modern and intensely stylish without being pretentious and has a warmth that whispers "relax and enjoy...." Each piece of furniture seems perfectly selected as though curated for a mid-century modern exhibition. But it's Kollar's use of lush color that really gives this project it's sophisticated edge. We look forward to seeing much more of this talented designer's inspiring work.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Living Under A Rock?

Well...you could be. This 5,800 square foot Arkansas home "nestled" in the Ozark's Beckham Creek Cave just went on the market for a cool SIX million dollars! Sitting on 380 acres, the house was recently remodeled and features a new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a great room, a billiards room and more. The setting is absolutely breath-taking, but unfortunately, I'm afraid the person responsible for the re-do needs to be knocked upside the head with a rock instead of living underneath one. Regardless, I find the setting truly inspiring and would consider this a dream project. And, if the property itself weren't inspiration enough, visitors to this natural wonder have included Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Selleck, Diana Ross and Arnold Schwarzenegger (wait a minute...does anyone else see the irony here?)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Thank God It's Friday!

Czech designer Maxim Velcovsky working with Jakub Berdych from Qubus Studio redesigned the interior of St. Bartholomew's Church in Eastern Bohemia using customized Vernor Panton chairs with a perforated cross in the back. I'm intrigued. Perhaps this is what Mies van der Rohe was referring to when he said" God is in the details...."

Extreme Homemakeover!

Extreme glamor that is! Design Therapy spent the night at two separate parties celebrating two of designs superstars, past and present. The evening started with Kelly Wearstler at Lee Jofa launching her luxurious new fabric line that's rich with color and texture and sure to be a hit with design aficionados across the country. To show off her new fabrics, Wearstler created an incredibly chic vignette layered in shades of blue and white anchored by the most amazing faux bois desk. Great party, great turn-out and Kelly looked fantastic. Afterwards, it was on to Baker for an unveiling of the late Tony Duquette's newly re-issued furniture line and we must say-it too was stellar. Duquette's work is irreverent but elegant, and considering when it was made, way ahead of it's time (I love the snail!). I see so many of his influences in Kelly Wearstler's work-it was only fitting that they would share the spotlight on this very special evening. And although I tend not to design with such a heavy hand, I can certainly appreciate it when someone pulls it off as beautifully as these two.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy Birthday!

To celebrate Pop artist Robert Indiana's 80th birthday, the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York will be exhibiting 8 of his large sculptures including one his most iconic pieces: LOVE! Run don't walk to this amazing show and help honor a legendary artist and this incredible milestone. Happy Birthday Robert (...and many more)!

Introducing...

Gueridon, a mid-century antiques dealer here in New York is pleased to introduce the arrival of the "Meubles Chapo" furniture line. Pierre Chapo worked with Charlotte Perriand from the 50's to the late 70's and together they produced some of the most extraordinary designs of the twentieth century. Rustic yet sophisticated, this licensed re-edition line will no doubt give design enthusiasts something to celebrate!

Vitamin B5.

B Five Studio is an interior and architecture firm located in New York City that deals with residential, commercial, and institutional commissions. Creating some of the most stunning interiors, this firm's attention to detail is astonishing. Their approach is skillful and precise, followed with a layering of the most exquisite materials, finishes and often custom designed furnishings. This is high-end design at it's highest and certain to give anyone an adrenalin rush worthy of a B5 vitamin.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Learned Behavior.

Steven Learner has long been one of my top design influences. Founded in 1995, his architecture and interior design studio specializes in art-related projects that are clean, sophisticated and always edgy as evidenced by the above photo. His latest project is the London-based Haunch of Venison gallery in New York City which opened its doors last week with their first show, Abstract Expressionism: A World Elsewhere. The exhibition features work by Willem deKooning, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and others. But equally impressive is Learner's smart architectual approach to this 20,000 sq ft space, proving once again why he's at the top of the class.

Monday, September 15, 2008

What's The Matter?

I was at a dinner party tonight for Domino magazine when a nice young, unassuming gentleman sat beside me and introduced himself as Jamie Gray. In making conversation, I asked him if he was in the business and to my delight he said he owned a couple of shops by the name of Matter. For those of you who may not know, Matter is one of THE most stylish and expertly curated design shops in New York City and I've been a huge fan ever since they opened their original post in Brooklyn. As you can imagine, I had quite a bit to talk to him about-all of which was fascinating. He's working on some great ideas, but I'll leave it to him to share those when he's ready. In the meantime, check out the shop's website where you'll find this Aalto doorstop created by another brilliant whiz kid Tobias Wong.

A Sad Day.

Between Lehman Brothers filing bankruptcy and the damage in Galveston, Texas caused by Hurricane Ike, watching the news this morning was anything but easy. Unfortunately, one of the design world's most iconic houses was also affected by hurricane Ike. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's famous modern masterpiece, the Farnsworth House, fell prey to Mother Nature Sunday, September 14, as flood waters rose almost two feet over the top deck, entering the house. Built within the flood plain of the Fox River in Plano, Illinois, the house stands on columns five feet above ground which proved not high enough as record breaking rain amounts brought the river more than 14 feet above its normal level. More than eight inches of rain fell in two days as Tropical Storm Lowell passed through Saturday, immediately followed by the remnants of Hurricane Ike Saturday night and Sunday. Fox River waters rose quickly and by Sunday morning, September 14, they had breached the interior of the house by over a foot. Click here to make a donation.

True Colors.

DWR just announced they'll be opening their first DWR: Tools for Living store this Friday, Sept. 19th in Soho and we're very excited. Who doesn't love the concept of cash and carry, especially when it's a beautifully designed, functional object. We love the assortment of colors in these Wax Crayons. In fact, we might just buy them to hang on the wall as art. They're offering up many more cool items at this new shop and we can't wait to see what else this modern day retailer can bring to us within reach.

New Favorite.

This room from a New York City brownstone located in the heart of Greenwich Village was designed by Rees Roberts and Partners, the team that makes up the interiors and landscape division of Steven Harris Architects. It's hard to believe such an expansive space could exist in a such a cozy neighborhood, but it does and I'm sick with envy. The firm was created in 2007 in order to create a distinct presence within and beyond Steven Harris and they've already built up an impressive portfolio with their sparse and understated interiors reminding me of the one thing I know for sure...Less is More (Expensive!)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sending Out An S.A.S.

This is "Room 606" inside the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. Danish architect Arne Jacobsen designed the entire hotel from the exterior facade down to the interiors and furnishings including the now ubiquitous swan and egg chairs (which he designed specifically for this hotel). Of course, I've always been drawn to the ingenious design of this space, but it's Jacobsen's use of color and materials that I find truly inspiring. Combining the cool blue/greens with the warm woods and the industrial metals with the organic shapes may all seem a bit unexpected, but somehow he blends them together in perfect harmony. It's more than I can take...somebody save me!

Is This A Dream?

Somebody pinch me! This room designed by architects Shelton Mindel is nothing short of spectacular. For me, this firm creates the most stunning interiors and when people ask me who I would have design my own home...these guys are at the top of my VERY short list. Established in 1978, this New York City based office provides architectual, interiors and product design services for corporate, cultural, academic, retail, recreational, hospitality, and residential clients. Hear me now, believe me later-you will see a lot of more of their work featured here on Design Therapy.

Hell Yeah!

Hellovon is the studio run by London based illustrator Von. His work is heavily influenced by the world of music, fashion, and design. Currently he is installing his gigantic Migration mural on the side of the Espeis Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This is the second act to a two part exhibition that started in London at the Truman Brewery. It's definitely worth seeing but if you can't make it, click here to see a video of Hellovon in action. I've been collecting his work for some time so I may be a bit partial-but I can assure you...it's worth flocking to this installation.

Friday, September 12, 2008

True Blue!

When I came across these images of the Parco dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento, Italy I became officially obsessed! Designed and furnished by Gio Ponti in 1962, I'm not only inspired by the interiors but amazed at how they've stood the test of time and feel so current. Ponti designed all the furniture as well as create 30 different floor tiles. These tiles are arranged in varying patterns throughout the hotel creating quite a kaleidoscope of white, blues and grays. I'm freshening up my Italian and packin' my bags...Arrivederci!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

G.O.D.

One of my absolute favorite designers is the legendary Joe D'Urso. Not only does he have an amazing eye, he has the ability to make a room look equally off and spot on at the same time. This particular room shows off his spare aesthetic with a black and white Charlotte Perriand cabinet and a few traces of color keeping the space simple but visually interesting. Click here to see more work from this Genius Of Design!

Fancy A Shag?

This room belongs to writer Glenn O'Brien and has more style per square foot than every Pottery Barn, Ethan Allen and Crate and Barrel combined! Renovated by the architecture firm Fernlund+Logan with interiors done by Ricky Clifton-this space leaves me weak in the knees. I'm thrilled when a space seems to have evolved overtime as opposed to looking decorated overnight. Love those Vladimir Kagan sofas! Click here for more on the house.

Twins Peak!

Twin sisters Joan and Jayne Michaels are not only two of the most talented designers I know, they're also two of my dearest friends, and when I started Design Therapy I knew their firm was one of the first I wanted to feature. 2Michaels' work is always relaxed, tasteful and timeless and I often turn to them for inspiration. This particular room gets me everytime....is it modern, vintage, masculine, feminine...does it even matter? Quite simply, one thing I do know is...it's beautiful!

A Lot For A Little!

Jen Bekman, one of our favorite Soho art galleries is gearing up for a show this Friday Sept. 12th from 6 to 8pm. The opening will feature artist Carrie Marill making her NYC solo debut titled Doing a Lot with Very Little. Jen Bekman has an incredible eye for up and coming artists with works that make quite a bold statement but with prices that won't wreck your bank statement. Marill's work is no exception and we agree...looks like she's done a lot with a little and we can't wait to check it out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bullseye!

Who doesn't love Target! Well, unfortunately we Manhattanites have to cross a bridge or take a tunnel to get to the nearest Target store, but for the next few days this clever retailer is coming to the rescue with several satellite shops located throughout the city. Bullseye Bodegas will be in 4 different neighborhoods over the next 4 days offering an exclusive preview of new products from 22 of Target's designers including Thomas O'Brien, Victoria Hagan, and John Derian. Design Therapy was at the exclusive preview party where they served cocktails from disposable greek coffee cups and offered up mini shrimp po'boys along with bite-size burgers. A smattering of celebrities (including Joy Bryant, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Debbie Mazar) were also on hand to make this one stylish evening that really hit it's mark! (bullfrog tray from John Derian's regular collection.)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Group Therapy.


Fine art can be expensive, but it doesn't always take a lot of money to create something artistic. Here are two photos from different designers that show how grouping a collection of frames can make quite a statement. Sometimes less is more, but in this case more is better. Not only does the quantity help make the grouping more dramatic-it also helps fill in empty wall space. Lastly...don't obsess about perfect spacing. Against your better OCD-judgement....sometimes being a little off is a "good thing".

The New Classics.

Here's a space I designed for a client that runs a gallery in Chelsea, Goff+Rosenthal. The art on the walls constantly changes so we wanted to create an environment where the furniture could hold it's own, but at the same time, not compete with the art. I chose a few iconic pieces, such as Jacobson's Egg Chair, the Mies Lounge Chair, and Noguchi's Coffee Table, and combined those with what I think will become the New Classics: Dune's Climate Sofa, BDDW's Tripod Lamp, and Tucker Robbin's African Pouf, crafting what I consider a modest but confident room.

Inspiring Minds Wanna Know...

Spotted! The High-larious Amy Sedaris shopping for light fixtures at Aero Studios in Soho. She had her eye on Visual Comfort's Vendome Chandelier designed by Thomas O'Brien. Sure wish she'd invite me over for a party so we could both hang upside down from it....

Without Flaw.

This stunning bathroom belongs to the equally stunning actress Julianne Moore. Designed by her brother-in-law's architecture firm MADE (one of my favorite's), everything about this room cries "Chic!" I'm crazy about the mix of materials and forms, the vintage with the modern, the polished against the worn, hard vs. soft. It's completely contradictory, balanced and studied yet it appears absolutely effortless. To me, this is what design should be about. Flawless!

You Light Up My Life.

I've always been a big fan of Isamu Noguchi's Akari lighting. These classic lanterns are modern in form yet handmade with natural materials and bring a softness and warm glow to any space. Noguchi himself said " the light of AKARI is like the light of the sun filtered thru the paper of shoji. The hardness of electricity is thus transformed thru the magic of paper back to the light of our origin- the sun -so that it's warmth may continue to fill our rooms at night." If possible, I'd put one in every room...click here to see a fascinating demonstration on how these are made.