Sunday, March 31, 2013

METALLIC GOLD AND PINK EASTER EGGS


HAPPY EASTER!





(source via Nordstrom)

I had to share my FAVE Easter image from Pinterest via NORDSTROM!

 I LOVE the contrast of the bright metallic gold against the soft pinkish hue! 


It made me think what a FAB accent idea for a NURSERY....
LITTLE CROWN INTERIORS used this beautiful damask wallpaper
for the focal wall behind the crib. Love it!






(SOURCE)







Friday, March 29, 2013

today's ANGLE: Franklin's O’More Designer Showhouse





....an attitude, a point of view, a design perspective from Interior designer Kathy Sandler of Sandler Design Group and creative author of her amazing blog Live the fine life
You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook

Today's city slant:

Franklin's O’More Designer Showhouse,Tennessee


The Berry Cottage
(picture taken under construction)

Interior designer Kathy Sandler is working on an exciting and unique project benefitting her almamater, O'MoreCollege of Design.  Kicking off with a Preview party on April 4th, of which Kathy is Co-chair, O’More College of Design and Traditional Home magazine are presenting the O’More Show house in downtown Franklin, Tennessee - about 20 miles from downtown Nashville. Seventeen leading interior designers - all O'More alumni spanning four decades have been selected to participate in the project at Berry Cottage.  How amazing is that?  Guests of the Preview party will get a first look at The Berry Cottage, a 4,000 square-foot transitional Shingle style home, an opportunity to meet the participating designers and talk with Traditional Home editorial staff with cocktails and Southern hors-d’oeuvres in hand. Mmm mm. RSVP HERE to purchase your Preview party ticket. The house is open to the public April 4-21. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Seville's Metropol Parasol Urban Space



My FAVE building of the week is Seville’s Metropol Parasol designed by J.MAYER H. architects. All I gotta say is WOW. This  impressive urban space with its towering timber structures swell within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville. It connects the historical and contemporary with an archaeological museum, a farmer’s market, an elevated plaza, multiple bars, restaurants and terraces. Let the pictures speak for itself.

Monday, March 25, 2013

MOD NARRATIVE - CITY DREAMIN'



This MOD narrative features a cityscape with floating décor accessories inspired by Robert Polidori, a photographer whose love was avant-garde film. He thought of rooms as metaphors and vessels for memory. Here, there is stillness, contemplation and beauty. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

DIFFA DINING BY DESIGN 2013 - ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST SHOW



This year I was excited to be able to go to the Architectural Digest Home show with #BlogTourNYC - Modenus as a BlogTour alum. I saw some wonderful old friends and met some fantastic new designer friends from abroad amid very tasty Marys & Mimosas, a great event hosted by Veronika Miller of Modenus and the AD Home show.



Part of BlogtourNYC was DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Dining by design.. this is the part of the Architectural Digest Home show where amazing talent creates unique dining–scapes that inspire and amaze. A special treat was when Arteriors owner Mark Mousa and famed Interior Designer Barry Dixon gave us a personal tour!  The creativity this year was beyond amazing: jewel tone colors, layers of texture, bold graphics, and hints of old-world craft combined with modern touches....

Saturday, March 23, 2013

today's ANGLE: the Cleveland Museum of Art




.......an attitude, a point of view, a design perspective 
from Interior designer, go-to color maven and artist Lisa Smith. Known as the "color girl and thinking interior designer," Lisa runs her own firm called Interior Design Factory Ltd, in conjunction with her fantastic blog Decor Girl. You can follower her on Twitter and Facebook.

Today's city slant :  
The Architecture Equals the Art Collection. 
Cleveland,OH 





Monday, March 18, 2013

FOTOBLECH: PERFORATED SHEETS IN ARCHITECTURE AND ART



COMPANY: fotoblech
PRODUCT: perforated metal on aluminium, stainless steel, synthetics
CHARACTER: pixel grid of different sized perforations. Coated by anodizing or electroplating.

Fotoblech company has given designers a creative platform to dream up unique ideas with perforated metal sheets. With multiple sized perforations from large to small, in conjunction with color gradients, shadows and highlights, metal appears three-dimensional. See some of the options below.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

BORDBAR: RE-PURPOSED FURNITURE MADE FROM AIRPLANE TROLLEYS


MOD MUST HAVES
pure, novel, stylish
for furniture lovers





These colorfully graphic trolleys really caught my eye at the imm_cologne show! 



Bordbar, a Cologne based company ingeniously transformed authentic PAN AM airplane serving trolleys into unique pieces of furniture for a wide array of functional uses. CEO Valentin Hartmann of Bordbar told me that "we have found new homes for these trolleys."  I love all the possibilities! See only some of them below:

Friday, March 15, 2013

today's ANGLE: RICH ROOTS WITH A TOUCH OF MOD IN NASHVILLE


an attitude, a point of view, a design perspective 
from Interior Designer Kim Salter of Design Thoughts blog 

Today's city slant :  Nashville, TN

I am very excited to announce that my dear friend Kim of Design Thoughts blog will be coming back every 15th of the month to give her slant or 'ANGLE' on what TO DO, design HOT-SPOTS and her perspective on Nashville!!

small town in the BIG CITY!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

OGASSIAN CONCRETE


LA Designer Daniel Ogassian designs the most wonderful concrete tiles stemming from pure geometry. To Daniel,"the DNA is where he finds the life, the activity , the movement."






Tuesday, March 12, 2013

COLLECTING DESIGN PROGRAM: HISTORY,COLLECTIONS HIGHLIGHTS




Modern magazine presents the first educational program devoted to the study of collecting modern and contemporary design in partnership with New York School of Interior design called: Collecting Design: History , Collections, Highlights!

Join Daniella Ohad Smith Ph.D. on an exploration of themes and styles such as French Art Deco, Mid-Century American design and Postmodernism in a weekly two-hour class. 

There will be some amazing guest speakers including: Robert Kaplan of Cathers & Dembrosky, Carole Hochman of Barry Friedman LTD, Alberto Aquilino of 1950, Jeffrey Head arts writer , and more!

For more information and to register, click HERE.



Sunday, March 10, 2013

BARKCLOTH AND BARKTEX: TEXTILE MADE FROM TREES

MOD Must Haves
pure, novel, tactile
for textile lovers

Do designers know about the company Bark Cloth and its special textile handmade from the bark of ficus trees in Uganda, Africa called Barktex? The bark is taken from trees and beaten into sheets. The bark will grow back every year so this textile is sustainable and ecological. Take a look at its unique texture, tactility and character:




The production is simple but craftsmanship is required to produce excellent quality. Backed with technical fleece or shimmering silk, dyed with rare plants and coated against fire and water, the potential range of use is enormous: fashion, interiors and automotive.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

BLINGCRETE: REFLECTIVE CONCRETE




Reflective Concrete + Light = Blingcrete! 

Logically when you think of concrete you think of heavy forms used for construction purposes. A new product called BlingCrete, produced by Hering Bau International uses retroflection, which means rays of light bounces back to its source. Its concrete surface feels light and becomes enlivened!

Monday, March 4, 2013

ARTIST PETER BYNUM'S BRANCHING ARCHITECTURE


(images taken at AD show 2012)



Dive into Peter Bynum's underworld....



His innovative paintings are mesmerizing! Organic forms with branching architecture, whether capillary or plant-life are surrounded by 360 degrees of light. Forms appear to float in between 6 to 10 layers of glass. Your eye moves through semi-opaque and transparent spaces.  The paintings are hooked up to dimmer switches so the viewer can change the intensity of the light and fully engage and experience the work. Would be a wonderful focal point to any room!

Seeing his illuminated paintings on glass is very exciting. Peter Bynum is showing some of his work at the Musuem of Arts and Design exhibition entitled "Playing with Fire" focusing on the American history of studio glass now showing thru September 2013.. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

ORGANIZED DESK WITH THE MOS


MOD Must Haves
pure, novel, tactile
for TYPE A personalities



Having a problem with tons of wires on your desk? 

Need something to organize you? 

Living in a computer complex world, I gotta a simple solution for you, the MOS Organizer

MOS sent me their Magnetic Organization System (MOS) and I have to say it just does that, organize your computer wire mess!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

MIELE AND THE COLOR WHITE


The color White harmonizes and balances space


PHOTOGRAPHY: JON MILLER, HEDRICH BLESSING


One of the most important examples of modernist architecture is the Farnsworth house, designed by architect Mies van der Rohe. It's minimalist white steel framing and clear glass walls celebrate simplicity, transparency and purity of form. The Farnsworth building is the architect's statement about the potential of a building to express "dwelling" in its simplest essence.

The distinguished German appliance company, Miele has employed this respect for pure lines and transparency when developing the new kitchen series Brilliant White Plus. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

AUGMENTED REALITY: EPFL + ECAL

on the MDG RADAR in New York City


get digitally INTERACTIVE 


Eyebeam Art & Technology Center unveiled Gimme More: Is Augmented reality the next medium?, an award winning project by EPFL + ECAL LAB   whose core mission is training, research and technology. Something not to miss and is still going on thru Saturday, March 2. The public is confronted  with more than just any exhibition. With digital technology, an object can tell a story, reveal information and force conversations between body and space. 
Artists are questioning the prospects of what makes the value of an object, its identity, and our relationship with it. There are some intriguing ideas here, certainly projects that demonstrate how the importance of our body determines the placement of virtual information. Take a peek at some of the images I took below.


TEXTUR by CEM SEVER


I met the artist, Cem Server and he demonstrated how the motion of your body controls the location of digital data. I really enjoyed Textur and how it turns the user's body into an antenna that collects the surrounding flows of digital information. 

He questions, "Are we aware of the virtual stream of information submerging us? Are we in tune with the content?"