Interiors: Bold and Beautiful

April 17, 2012 § 9 Comments

I’m so excited to show you this interior… This row house in Brooklyn Heights, NY was completely gutted and restored to its original glory. All the mouldings and architectural detailing were documented and rebuilt. I love that.

Then, it was injected with colour and pattern. Every room makes a statement. The whole, makes a great home. I love that too.

Architect: CWB Architects; Interiors: Jennifer Eisenstadt Design & Decoration

Drawn To Drink

April 16, 2012 § 8 Comments

It was the drawings that drew me in… To Interior Design. Not drinking!

I loved all the symbols and extension lines. The line weights and the hatch patterns. The dimensions and angles of geometry. All in an effort to communicate how the object, room  or building will be made. It’s brilliant, really.

Here’s an example of a beautiful technical drawing of Baccarat‘s newest line of glassware. Not sure which I admire more…the drawing or the actual piece!

Trail Blazing

April 9, 2012 § 7 Comments

I saw this house last year and it’s never really left my mind. Designed by Swedish architect Elding Oscarson, it’s unlike any townhouse I’ve ever seen. The stark contrast between it and the rest of the street really amazed me.

It reminded me of a residential project I worked on several years back where the home owner wanted the same sort of thing: a super contemporary house in a very traditional neighbourhood. I’m not sure what the process was like for this house but my client’s neighbours were not happy neighbours! They fought him every step of the way. In the end, his house was practically designed by committee. The end result… a more traditional façade (albeit, a modern take on the traditional). Ironically, four years after the fact, several of the homes on his street have decided to go modern! I guess it’s never easy being the trail blazer.

Here’s to those who take risks, stand out from the crowd and push the envelope.

To read the architect’s notes about this house, click here.

Roaming: Barcelona

March 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

View of La Rambla from my hotel balcony

Covered patio for a tapas restaurant

A plaça in Barcelona, one of many!

A tapas restaurant in the El Born District.

Chocolatey goodness at Xocoa!

Patates Bravas!... so delish!

My first time in Barcelona… and it won’t be my last. The city is beautiful. The tapas is yummy-licious and beyond what words can express. And the architecture…. well, I wish I had my Nikon D3100 to fully capture it all back in January!

Some of my favourite things:

  • tapas
  • La Rambla
  • Carrer de Ferran
  • El Born District
  • tapas
  • dinner outdoors even in January
  • Picasso Museum
  • tapas
  • balconies and tree-lined streets
  • Catalán language (though everyone spoke English)
  • did I mention the tapas? :)

I thought I’d be able to add everything to one post but that wouldn’t really be fair. Barcelona is so much more than just one blog post! So this will be the first in a series. Hasta luego!

Inspired: NORM Architects

March 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

Beautiful white interiors… I love how clean and simple these spaces are. I think I need to start a category for ‘simple’ because I seem to use the word in almost every one of my posts. For me… simplicity is the hardest thing to come by (in life and in design). And when it’s done well… it’s amazing.

I’m loving…

  • natural wood grain
  • white washed wood grain
  • sleek white millwork
  • inconspicuous hardware
  • midcentury modern icons
  • wooden lids on porcelain containers

NORM Architects masters architecture, interiors and industrial design. And all of it is dreamy in my opinion. This is a small selection of their portfolio of work. The Danish design firm excels at making spaces that are full of airiness, naturalness and simplicity. Unpretentious simplicity. Have I said ‘amazing’ yet?

Wanting: Karl Lagerfeld

February 28, 2012 § 3 Comments

He does stemware too! Iconically, Lagerfeld.

Two Worlds Colliding

February 24, 2012 § 1 Comment

Morphic meets geometric.

Zaha Hadid’s Pavillion (originally designed for Chanel) has been donated to the Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris. The Institute was designed by French architect, Jean Nouvel.

One is organic. The other measured.

One is lyrical. The other is rhythmical.

Both are pretty special.

Wanting: Paola Navone

February 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have this ‘thing’ for tableware… you’ll see it appear in this blog, no doubt. This collection is by Italian designer Paola Navone. Intricately contoured. Striking and yet, ever so simple.

Inspired: take flight

February 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Leave it to Prada (MiuMiu) to kick things off in this series of photos. I couldn’t resist those beautiful birds. Imagine it as a dress! Gold, brown, rich and deep…  I love this colour palette. Dots of plush. Floating golden orbs. Pixellated. Magical.

Flights of fancy.

Interiors: Clinical Decor

February 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Retailing doesn’t have to be complicated. Display your product so that it speaks for itself. Aesop is known for their clinical branding (as well as their skin, hair and body products) and they’ve taken it right through into their stores. For me, it’s more than just clean. It’s clear. It’s transcendent. It’s pure.

And I absolutely want that sink!

Where Am I?

You are currently browsing entries tagged with design at designchickee.