Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hamptons Collaborative.

Hello there, it's Jayne Michaels again guest blogging for Design Therapy. Being a fan of both R 20th Century Gallery in Tribeca and the Turpan Gallery in East Hampton, I was eager to see their new collaborative space, R/Turpan at 14 Main Street in East Hampton. I had the opportunity to attend the opening this past weekend, and the intimate gallery is a well curated mixture of important vintage furniture and contemporary designs by artists such as Jeff Zimmerman, David Wiseman, and Hun-Chung Lee. The idea behind the gallery, or rather "salon" is to engage the public and like minded individuals in a series of exhibitions, talks, open houses and exclusive events. The idea of a salon has always been a fantasy of mine and seems particularly apt for the Hamptons where artist legends Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem De Kooning and Alfonso Ossorio sought inspiration and camaraderie. We will definitely check back with R/Turpan as the summer and their salon progress. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the above photos. My Best, Jayne.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Kissed By A Rose.

We were recently asked to give a quick tour of the new Rose Tarlow Melrose House showroom that opened several weeks ago at the D&D Building here in New York . We've always been big fans of Rose and her timeless designs so of course we were excited about the opportunity.

RTMH actually opened as R. Tarlow Antiques in 1976 on the then secluded Melrose Place in Los Angeles. When she began designing her own furniture a few years later, she sought to create a collection where "every piece was that special piece." Today that collection includes not only furniture but lighting, accessories, textiles, leather and rugs, all of which exude Rose’s unique aesthetic of old-world sophistication but made relevant for today’s tastes and lifestyles.

We hope you enjoy the video which you can also view at Go Design Go, the trusted and very resourceful blog brought to you by the D&D building. And once you've finished the above tour be sure and check out more of Rose's work on her beautiful website which you can see here.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Go With The Flo.

Monday was the first official day of summer and you know what that means...busy, busy, busy! Whether traveling or trying to wrap up projects, this season always proves to be a bit hectic and there never seems to be quite enough time. With that in mind, we've asked some of our closest friends to help us out over the next few weeks and guest blog here on First up is talented, fellow interior designer Jayne Michaels from the firm 2Michaels Design. Jayne...take it away!

Hi there-I'm Jayne Michaels and like the folks here at Design Therapy
I'm passionate about design. I am always on the look out for inspiration whether it be art, music, fashion, architecture and of course interior design. A few years ago I came across Florence Lopez, a Parisan antique dealer and interior designer. Her gallery of important 20th Century furniture has been featured in "German AD", "Spanish AD" "The World Of Interiors", etc. The Florence Lopez gallery located in an 18th Century building in the Sixth Arrondissement, also serves as her apartment, which she totally transforms once or twice a year. Like an artist, Florence Lopez uses her gallery as a canvas, a bold composition of color, texture and stark, graphic elements. The Bauhaus, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Gio Ponti, Ico Parisi and Le Corbusier all hold court and are honored. Florence Lopez started her career working for the fabric house Etamine in Paris. From there she met and then worked for Jacques Garcia before opening her antique gallery in 1992. Above are a few examples of her work. I hope you find them as inspiring as I have. My Best, Jayne.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Several weeks ago we had the opportunity to meet Marc Kristal, the author of a new book entitled: Re:Crafted, Interpretations of Craft in Contemporary Architecture and Interiors. The book deftly examines what constitutes the craft influence in contemporary architecture and design and it features twenty-five residential, commercial and institutional projects by major international design figures such as Tom Kundig, Bill Sofield and David Ling, as well as relatively unknown and up-and-coming designers. When Kristal first showed us his advance copy we knew right away we had to get one of our own. We were instantly drawn to the subject, the featured talent, the handsome photography as well as the smart writing.

An architecture and design journalist, Kristal is a contributing editor of Dwell, a former editor of AIA/J, and has written for Metropolis, the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor and numerous other publications. Aside from being a prolific writer, he also happens to be a genuinely nice guy whose enthusiasm for what he covers is positively infectious. He was quite proud of his new publication and rightfully so – it's a really fantastic book. We're equally excited about our copy and have a feeling you will be as well. Available where fine books are sold,
Re:Crafted is an excellent resource and certainly worth adding to your own design library. We highly recommend you check it out.

(Images Courtesy of The Monacelli Press, photo credits:

1st and 2nd photos: Hot Rod House; Seattle, Washington; 2006; Tom Kundig/Olson Kundig Architects, Photo credit: Benjamin Benschneider

3rd photo: Central Park West Apartment; New York, New York; 2005; Architecture Research Office, Photo credit: Paul Warchol Photography

4th photo: Court Yard House; Toronto, Canada; 2008; Studio Junction, Photo credit: Rob Fiocca

5th photo: Integral House; Toronto, Canada; 2008; Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Photo credit: Edward Burtynsy)

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Own A Piece Of History.

Philip Johnson's very first residential building, the Booth House, located in New York's Westchester County has been on the market since mid-March of this year. It pre-dates his iconic Glass House by three years and it could be yours for a cool $2 million. To learn a little more about the history of the house click here and to view the full listing click here. Good Luck...we hope you get it!

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Charles in Charge.

Several weeks ago we visited San Francisco where we had the pleasure of touring the San Francisco Decorator Showhouse. There were a number of beautifully designed rooms throughout the house, but there was one in particular that really stood out to us. It also happened to be designed by our friend Charles De Lisle. Charles has a fantastic eye and we can't help but admire his constant "envelope-pushing" work, that he manages to do with both a graceful edge and good taste. The above room which was part of the showhouse is no exception. The scale and proportion of everything is spot on, the color palette is quite sophisticated and the black and white gingham covered walls are irreverent enough to play into the room's overall irony, creating a space that is both edgy and unforgettable. A lot of designers can create a pretty room, but we're always much more interested in the ones that can design a smart space that leaves you thinking about it the next day, and the next day, and so on...

Charles’ experience spans the last 25 years working within the art of ceramics, metalwork, custom furniture, product design, decoration and interiors. Following 10 years as principal and partner of the firm De lisle, Philpotts & Staub, he recently founded his own office the Charles de Lisle Workshop. Projects reach from across California to New York, New England, the Pacific Northwest, Montana & the Hawaiian Islands. We're so enamored with Charles and his designs that we've posted just a few more photos of his work below just to wet your whistle. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Some Exciting News!

We'd like to thank Traditional Home magazine for showcasing our room we designed for last year's Hampton's Designer Showhouse in their newest June/July Issue. Hard to believe it's been almost a year since we worked on this screened-in porch. There were a lot of great memories made during the process and we're already looking forward to this year's showhouse to see what the latest group of designers have up their sleeves. To learn more about this year's house click here and for a recap on our room we designed last year click here.

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R.I.P. Louise Bourgeois

We were sad to hear about the passing of artist Louise Bourgeois on Monday. She was 98. Known for creating art that was both enchanting as well as disconcerting, Bourgeois leaves behind an impressive legacy and she will be missed immensely. To learn more about her life and career click here and to see images of her retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2008 click here. We admired a lot of her work, but of course we were always partial to the spiders...anyone who knows us, certainly knows why.

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