Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Reel Estate.

Earlier this summer we had the opportunity to see the foreign film I Am Love starring the remarkably talented Tilda Swinton and we can't stop thinking about it. The movie takes place in Milan and tells the story of the wealthy Recchi family, whose lives are undergoing sweeping changes. Eduardo Sr., the family patriarch, has decided to name a successor to the reigns of his massive industrial company, surprising everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi, and grandson Edo. But Edo dreams of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio, a handsome and talented chef. At the heart of the family is Tancredi's wife Emma (Tilda Swinton), a Russian immigrant who has adopted the culture of Milan. An adoring and attentive mother, her existence is shocked to the core when she falls quickly and deeply in love with Edo's friend and partner Antonio, and embarks on a passionate love affair that will change her family forever.

Although we were really fond of this intriguing plot masterfully acted by the fine cast, for us the breakout star of the film was the Villa Necchi Campiglio where most of the movie unfolds. This historic house designed by architect Piero Portaluppi was turned into a museum in 2008 and is now part of the Network of Historical House Museums in Milan. Trust us when we tell you, the architecture alone is worth the price of admission to see this film. The storyline, acting and John Adams' dramatic score are fantastic, but again that was all just a bonus compared to the set. Catch the trailer below for a sneak peek of I Am Love and then do yourself a favor and see the movie in it's entirety for some truly inspiring design. Enjoy!

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thank God It's Friday.

This has been one hell of a busy week, but thankfully it's coming to an end and the weekend is finally upon us. To help kick it off we thought we'd share an inspiring and much needed pick-me-up we discovered earlier in the week from our friends over at Dezeen. This slate-clad church with a separate steeple is in Jyväskylä, Finland and was designed by Finnish architects Anssi Lassila and Teemu Hirvilammi of Lassila Hirvilammi with Jani Jansson of Luonti. We think it's an incredible design worth sharing and perfectly appropriate for lifting our spirits before we lift another spirit (on the rocks) around sunset! Hope you enjoy the weekend .... we certainly intend to.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

The Office.

We were recently asked by Williams-Sonoma Home to be a part of their Designer Series and offer up some tips on how to design a home office. More and more people are now working from home and we think this growing trend requires a little more thought and creativity than simply setting up a desk, pulling up a chair and switching on your computer. This is your home after all, and we think it's important for it to represent your personality as well as transition smoothly into other areas of the house so that it doesn't serve as a constant reminder of all the things you still need to cross off your to do list. Click here to read the entire article and then for an added bonus, click here to see our interview with Williams-Sonoma's Designer Marketplace on a topic we feel strongly about: The Importance of Social Media. And speaking of Social Media, if you haven't become a fan of Design Therapy on Facebook it's not too late .... all you have to do is click here!

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Friday, August 6, 2010

New Favorite.

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It's been a busy few weeks here at DT so we've been a little off the radar. We're looking forward to the weekend and until we have a bit more time to focus on the blog we thought we'd share one of our favorite summer songs we can't stop listening to: Come With Me by ceo. Hope you enjoy it!