Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

We've had a pretty hectic schedule the last couple of weeks and have been working on some exciting projects that you'll be hearing about very soon. We have so much to be thankful for which makes Thanksgiving, our favorite holiday, even more meaningful this year. Because we've been a little short on time lately, we're re-running one of our favorite posts from last year and hope you enjoy it. Walton Ford is one of our favorite artists who we first discovered years ago when we saw the above Wild Turkey painting at the Museum of Modern Art. Since then, we've become obsessed with his work, buying his books, going to his exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and checking in on his new work at the Paul Kasmin Gallery here in New York. Ford is one of the premier naturalist painter's of our time, and his watercolors of birds, mammals and other powerful creatures have often been described as "Audubon on Viagra". He is immensely talented when it comes to his skillful and colorful technique but he's also got an insanely wild imagination. Look beyond the main subject in any one of his paintings and you'll discover a deeper narrative with numerous subplots. This man is a true artistic genius and we couldn't be more thankful for the abundant inspiration he's provided us over the years. To see more of his work click here and if you really want to invest in learning more about Ford click here. In the meantime, we hope each of you have a wonderful, safe, healthy Thanksgiving!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

What's Your Favorite Color?

Traditional Home magazine recently asked us if we had an example of a favorite color palette for fall. Being that it's one of our favorite times of the year, we quickly sent them this photo from one of our projects. One of the reasons we like the fall so much is because of the warm colors associated with it. We're still amazed at how the leaves change into such rich hues before they fall and it's incredible the variety of colors there are based on the species of tree. We normally like to work with a more neutral palette because it's easier to manipulate regardless of the season. When autumn comes around we like to layer with pillows and throws that are representative of the changing leaves like smokey mauves, burnt orange or mossy greens. We also like to have fresh cut flowers that are associated with the season not only to bring in some of these autumnal colors but also to bring a little bit of the outdoors in. To see what some other designer's like for the fall click here! Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Augmented Reality.

Remember those words because it could be the future of how we view content. We're wound up about this new technology and can only imagine it's endless possibilities. Although it's been around for sometime with other applications, this is the first time we've seen it in conjunction with print media. Esquire magazine is experimenting with this medium in it's newest issue featuring Robert Downey Jr. on the cover. Basically you buy the magazine, hold it up to your computer, and a code is read that opens up video streams related to certain stories (see a video tour below). Could this be the future of the magazine industry? Who knows, but I think it has the potential to be pretty amazing. Imagine a shelter magazine being able to link a story to an actual tour of a space given by the interior designer who designed it. Add in a feature that lets you scroll over certain items used in the space so that it gives the resource information for that item and a link that takes you directly to it's website. This is called "added value" and advertisers should start thinking about this as opposed to traditional print ads. Something to think about. We think it's all very exciting. Perhaps HGTV and Elle Decor should start talking....

Eero Dynamic!

Last night we had the pleasure of attending the opening of Eero Saarinen: Shaping The Future. Sponsored by the New York Design Center and presented at the Musuem of the City of New York, this show is the first retrospective of the architect’s career, which was one of the most prolific, unorthodox, and controversial in the history of 20th-century architecture. From the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport and the St. Louis Gateway Arch to the Pedestal Chair for Knoll Associates, Saarinen (1910-1961) created some of the most potent expressions of American identity after World War II. Featuring sketches, working drawings, models, photographs, furnishings, films, and other ephemera, the exhibition examines the architect’s career from the 1930s through the early 1960s. This is a fantastic exhibition and if you live in the New York area you should definitely stop by and take a look. By the way, did you know Saarinen's father Eliel designed the Helsinki Central Railway Station (see photos below). Do you see any comparisons? If you'd like to learn more about Eero Saarinen click here!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Easy Being Greene.

We're always excited about new design blogs and we recently discovered one that really caught our attention. Shagreene.com is the brain child of Joshua Greene that focuses mainly on Interior Design and his experiences in the industry including places he's been, people he's seen and the designs he loves. As a kid growing up in Southern California, Greene developed an appreciation early on for art and architecture living in neighborhoods with homes designed by icons such as Greene & Greene and Wallace Neff. Fast forward to adulthood and Joshua found himself in the world of fashion working as an editor for Women's Wear Daily before moving onto Ralph Lauren's interior design department where he currently helps design and open stores domestically and around the world. What excites Joshua about blogging is the opportunity to bring together his past experience as a reporter (check out his video interviews!) with his passion for design.

We love the story he recently posted showcasing photographer Joshua Jordan's stunning apartment (above photos). The home was designed by Jordan’s good friend Fernando Santangelo who is responsible for the look of the Chateau Marmont as well as other high profile projects. To learn more and to check out other inspiring stories on Shagreene.com click here!
(photograpy by Joshua Jordan). To learn more about Greene & Greene click here or Wallace Neff click here!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Killer Design.

Our friends over at R 20th Century just sent us an invitation for their latest gallery opening featuring the work of Jeff Zimmerman and boy are we wound up! We've always been huge fans of Zimmerman and this latest work looks as though it will not disappoint! Titled: Drawings in Glass, the exhibition opens on Thursday, November 19th and will remain on view through January 8th, 2010. Inspired by patterns in nature-such as branches, waves, fractals and flower petals -Zimmerman has re-imagined the gallery space as a three-dimensional sketchbook showcasing his exquisite glass objects, illuminated hanging sculptures and mirrorized wall relief installations. Seemingly simple, the pieces each push the boundaries of both the material and the traditions of glassblowing, creating a landscape of breathtaking, wholly unique forms.

Drawings in Glass explores the artist's experimentation with functionality and abstraction. It is also an ecstatic study in movement as the pieces explode, drip, hang and snake throughout the space, all the while reflecting the changing light as well as the surrounding objects and viewers. This is one show not to be missssssssssssssssed, so be sure and mark your calendars before something else comes slithering along and bites into your busy schedule.


(Oh...and speaking of killer-be careful of this guy who allegedly busted out of prison Halloween night!)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Playing Favorites.

We've been a little crazed the past few weekends either working or traveling. So when we had nothing really planned today, we took full advantage of it and had what we considered to be a perfect lazy Sunday full of favorites. We got up early and watched our favorite show, the always entertaining, informative and never-disappointing CBS Sunday Morning. Then we took our handsome "little" pooch Turbo (the only 100 pound canine we know who still considers himself a lap dog) on a stroll to one of our favorite New York City destinations - the Chelsea Flea Market. Then it was back home where we lit our latest candle obsession, Williams-Sonoma's Spiced Chestnut (perfect for the Fall), poured some hot orange tea and put on music by one of our favorite new artists, Norwegian singer Thomas Dybdahl, whom we first learned about from our friend Newell Turner over at one of our favorite magazines: House Beautiful (listen to some of Dybdahl's music after the post).

It was at this point in the day when we finally settled in and curled up with our newest design book entitled
JACQUES GRANGE: Interiors, written by Pierre Passebon (above photos). We've always been huge admirers of Grange and his work. In fact, we've had our eye on this book for months back when it was only available in the French edition. We reluctantly decided to wait until the English version was published considering our French is only "Comme Ci, Comme Ça," but without a doubt, we can assure you it was well worth the wait.

In his introduction, Passenbon writes, "When it comes to interior decoration, two requirements leap to mind: good taste - a great deal of it - and a certain boldness." Grange obviously has an abundance of both and it's showcased beautifully in this artfully photographed book. Having been in the design industry for over 40 years, Grange has perfected his craft by working on projects for such notable clients as Yves Saint Laurent, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Valentino, and the recently overhauled Mark Hotel here in Manhattan. "All I do is work, work, work," he says, but then continues, "It is one of the great joys of my life. Interior Design is a great chance for me to do what I want, how I want." Clearly that passion is paying off, with Grange recently being recognized with the Legion d'Honneur, the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France. Tasteful, somewhat understated and incredibly stylish, Grange's work is definitely a bit idiosyncratic yet manages to be inspiring beyond measure. We couldn't be more thrilled with our latest book and highly recommend it to all those who consider themselves design enthusiasts. Available wherever fine books are sold, this handsome, oversized volume is definitely one of our new favorites and we look forward to referencing it often as we move ahead in the world of interior design (.... just for fun and until you can get your hands on a copy of this terrific book, click here for a great Q&A with Grange brought to you by another favorite, The Selby).


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