Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Not only has Ostell created this glowing new resource for us to obsess over, he's also designed a house in Katonah, an hour outside of Manhattan, that is equally inspiring with it's easy, sophisticated charm (see above photos). "I like an edited mix of very honest, straightforward simple things," Ostell says. "Things that have either a patina of age or have been made by hand. I like natural materials and the mix of old and modern." Ditto, ditto and ditto. Wait a minute Richard .... could we possibly be related? If so, will you please host the next family reunion?
Monday, September 21, 2009
With offices in New York and Toronto, this firm was founded in 1980 and has been creating distinctive environments for a diverse and high-profile clientele ever since, including: Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co., and one of our favorite steakhouses here in New York, Primehouse. All of these projects and more are featured in their beautifully designed book with text by William Norwich, contributing editor to VOGUE and former Style & Entertaining editor of The New York Times Magazine.
We're officially counting down the days until we get our copy. The above images are terrific but they've no doubt left us crying for more!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday evening we were fortunate enough to attend ESPASSO's lavish celebration honoring Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues and the introduction of his exclusive lighting collection and acclaimed Aspas armchair (top photo). It was a great night full of festive Brazilian music, signature caipirinhas, and delicious food including a cake celebrating Rodrigues' 82nd birthday. ESPASSO also showcased several new pieces that will be available in their collection this fall, including pieces by design duo Mendes-Hirth, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Michel Arnoult and Flávio de Carvalho.
Sergio Rodrigues has been dubbed the “father of Brazilian furniture” and is responsible for having established a new paradigm of design in his quest for a clearly recognizable Brazilian identity. Born into a traditional family of intellectuals and artists in 1927 in Rio de Janeiro, Rodrigues became notorious in the 1950s for his use of designs in jacarandá, peroba and imbuia wood that became quintessential icons in the Brazilian and international scene. He explains, “my designs are instinctual and purely Brazilian in spirit. My main objective has never been to compete with other designers, but simply to create something from the heart that is interesting and energizing.” He's certainly accomplished that and it was an absolute honor to have the opportunity to meet this legendary designer.
We'd like to thank ESPASSO for including us in the festivities and we strongly suggest you stop by this gorgeous Tribeca showroom designed by award winning architect Matthew Bremer and check out this phenomenal collection.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood, the story centers on an English professor who, after the sudden death of his partner tries to go about his typical day in Los Angeles. (You can buy the book here!)
The movie is already receiving good reviews — the Times UK called it "a thing of heart-stopping beauty . . . There will be critics who will be unable to get past the director’s background, but rest assured: Tom Ford is the real deal." Variety's verdict: "Luminous and treasurable, despite its imperfections. An impressive helming debut for fashion designer Tom Ford." Watch the trailer below. We literally cannot wait! (from insider wire).
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Set in two $25.5 million penthouses overlooking Manhattan's skyline, this 14,000-square-foot dream space has become the creative playground for 14 of the world’s leading architects and designers. Their diverse skills and backgrounds bring dynamic layers to the house, while the off-beat characters and plot-lines from six of Showtime's hottest original series give their work must-see style.
Our friend Paul, who once worked with renowned designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, created a smoking lounge inspired by the show Weeds. The clever combination of different greens, a living terrarium and a glazed ceramic plant nods to Weeds in a more literal way and will leave you craving more of Latham's sophisticated interiors. To satisfy your fix, be sure and check out this entertaining show running through October 18th at the Tribeca Summit Loft Condominiums. It's definitely worth checking out (.... fo' shizzle). (Photos by Antoine Bootz, courtesy of Metropolitan Home’s Showtime House 2009)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
At tonight's opening, the Slinky's and down foot-blankets were out while sophisticated furnishings and arrangements that look as though they were masterminded by Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt were in. We'll be honest, we're still trying to reconcile our feelings with all of this. While Mr. Friedman and his company have created some highly tasteful furnishings and are clearly moving in a new direction, we're not 100% sure their client base will be ready to jump on board. That's what makes this story even more significant and equally intriguing. It's a huge gamble and if it turns in their favor, it will no doubt have a giant affect on other furniture retailers as well as high-end furniture showrooms and how they conduct their business. But that's what we love about this particular risk. We're living in very exciting times where new opportunities could present themselves at any moment. We're rooting for you Restoration Hardware! To read a full statement on RH's new direction from their CEO click here.