Thursday, July 30, 2009

Good Times!

We planned on holding off a few days before we talked about our room at the Hampton Designer Showhouse sponsored by Traditional Home magazine, but we were so excited this morning when we found out the New York Times was featuring our room that we decided to write about it sooner (click here to read the article). Initially, when we were asked to be a part of this year's showhouse we hesitated. But once we laid eyes on the home's screened-in porch we knew instantly we had to design this charming space. When thinking about what to do with the room, our first thought was to take classic pieces associated with a screened-in porch and take them to another level. Hence the idea of "upholstered" porch swings and a wind chime art installation. We were really pleased with the way the room turned out and have many people to thank for helping us pull it together and have listed the resources below.

And for those of you living in the New York area be sure and check out Joan Hamburg's Radio Show Friday afternoon, July 31st on WOR 710 (12:00-2:00 pm) or listen to the podcast here (we're in the second hour.) We had a fantastic time on the show talking about the showhouse and shared the mike with the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten, fashion designer Nicole Miller and the Prince of Chintz, Mario Buatto. Also, be sure and tune into Channel 4's Open House NY Sunday, August 2nd at 8:30am to see a feature on the showhouse (or you can watch it here!). Again, if you find yourself in the Hamptons this summer be sure and stop by the house which is open 7 days a week and runs through Labor Day Weekend. It features the realized visions of a fantastic group of designers and each room is decorated beautifully. The tickets are only $30 and all proceeds go to benefit the Southampton Hospital. Again, we'd like to sincerely thank the New York Times for showcasing our room as well as the following individuals and businesses who helped us make this space a reality:

Swings: Custom-Designed by Brad Ford I.D.,
Built by Siegfreid’s Basement,
Upholstery by Michael Tavano,
Fabric by Silver State Fabrics available to the trade at Michael Tavano

Throw Pillows: Pillows with nail heads West Elm,
Velvet Pillows Crate and Barrel

Throws: Crate and Barrel

Abaca Rug: Limited Edition Rug available through Lepere

Cowhide Rugs: Patterson, Flynn and Martin

Fireplace Mantel: Morgik Metal

Stylized Paper-Mache Leaf: Amy Perlin Antiques

Horn Vase: Aero

Blown Glass Vase: West Elm

Rope Mirror: Christian Astuguevieille available at Holly Hunt

Chime Art Installation: J. Prichard Design (GENIUS!)

Hollow Zig Zag Tables: Tucker Robbins

Ladder: Tucker Robbins

Floor Lamp: Robert Altman

Photograph: Lyle Owerko available at Clic Gallery

Sconces: Hinson and Company 212-688-5538

(above photos of porch taken by John M. Hall, chime detail photos taken by Jon Giswold)

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Extra! Extra!

Well, we finally finished up our room at the Hamptons Designer Showhouse this past weekend and celebrated by attending the opening cocktail gala Saturday night. We will definitely be filling you in on all of the details and uploading photos of our finished room very soon. In the meantime, we wanted to share with you some exciting news regarding a recent project we finished up in Bridgehampton last summer. The magazine Hamptons Cottages and Gardens just ran a story on the project for their Art and Architecture issue and we couldn't be more thrilled with the way it came out. One of our absolute favorite photographers, the talented Eric Striffler, shot the story and we think he did an incredible job. Alejandro Saralegui wrote the text and captured the spirit of the project and our clients perfectly. We'd like to thank them both as well as editor Sophie Donelson for running the piece and look forward to working with HC&G for many years to come. Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, July 17, 2009


Our good friend Larry Weinberg recently wrote the most amazing article on his blog for Interior Design Magazine about artist Ruth Asawa.  We weren't familiar with Asawa's work, but leave it to Larry and his endless depth of design knowledge to educate us on this incredibly talented artist. We're constantly in awe, inspired and excited by Larry's passion for design and have learned so much from him over the years and more recently from his blog.  This particular article really got us wound up with it's imagery and intelligent text and we had to share!  Click here to read the entire article.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Show And Tell.

You may have noticed, we've fallen off the radar the past few days but it's all for good reasons! We were asked by Traditional Home to participate in this year's Hampton's Designer Showhouse. This along with our current workload has kept us incredibly busy this summer, but trust's a nice problem to have!  So far, the weather's been amazing out here in the Hamptons and we almost feel guilty that our friends and family down south are suffering triple digit temperatures. That's why we're inviting all of them up (and everyone else we know) to come see this year's beautiful house in Watermill. The home was built by the talented Joe Farrell of Farrell Building Company and believe us when we tell you-it's stunning! We were excited when they asked us to design the screened-in porch and we've included a rendering of our vision.  We hope that it all comes together and we'll be sure and post photos of the finished design. In the meantime, to learn more about the Showhouse and how to get tickets click here! Hope to see you out East soon!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Somebody Call 911!

Congratulations are in order for our friend Matt Albiani whose new book Lifeguard On Duty came out a few weeks ago-just in time for summer. Albiani has spent the past four years shooting lifeguards all across America, from Oahu to Nantucket and this collection of portraits is nothing short of spectacular. The photos have a depth, sensitivity and character rarely seen in male photography and the matte paper stock and printing enhance the high quality of the images. There is a genuine melancholy and thoughtfulness to the images - you get the sense of Albiani's desire to exist in this world and also his understanding of and sensitivity to the young men who inhabit it. This handsome tome is a must have for anyone who appreciates not only the male form, but also rich, colorful images that capture the spirit of long summer days on the beach. It might even make some swim a little further out than usual in hopes of a riptide rescue from one of Matt's sun-kissed subjects. If that seems a bit too risky, you can always just get a copy of the book here. Or if you happen to be in East Hampton this Fourth of July, stop by Clic Gallery Saturday where Matt will be "on duty" signing copies of his stylish new book. Hope you can make it and we hope everyone has a wonderful, safe holiday weekend.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Good Fortunes.

We're excited to announce that TsAO & McKOWN Architects just received the 2009 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design and they've also just launched a handsome new website showcasing their stunning work. We have long admired this dynamic design duo and find their work truly inspiring. Stylish, understated, well conceived and well executed, there's not a project they've done that we're not absolutely wild about. Founded back in 1985, this award-winning firm has demonstrated they not only have what it takes to create incredible architecture time after time but remarkable interiors as well.

Their work includes: architecture and interiors for Andre Balazs’ 47 story William Beaver House in NY, River Lofts condominiums in NY and Suntec City, a six-million square foot public/private development in Singapore; architecture and urban master plans for large-scale projects in Budapest, Berlin, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and cities in China; interiors for cultural and fashion leaders Ian Schrager, Josie Natori, Joyce Ma, Peter Morton and Geoffrey Beene; exhibition design for Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, McGill University’s McCord Museum and New York’s Jewish Museum; and product and furniture design for Nan Swid Designs, Donghia, The Robin Hood Foundation, World Studio and Japanese cosmetics master Shu Uemura.
Copyright | Privacy | Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution National Design Awards 2009. Fortunate for us, we can now see a lot of these projects on their newly re-launched website, which is beautiful to look at and a breeze to navigate. Congratulations again to TsAO & McKOWN for this most recent award and all of the other accolades you've received over the years. Well-deserved!