I’M DIGGING: Summer Lovin’, NYC Farming + Timeless Objects

07/09/2011 § Leave a comment

1. Okay so browsing through my bookmarks of favorite blogs I came across thismodernromance and was reminded of how stunning and truly romantic is the work of this husband + wife team of photographers. I insist, you must browse their portfolio of latest work for a dose of this sweetness!

2. Last month Hospitality Design Magazine released their 2011 Design Awards and this laid-back industrial-cool New York spot stole a Best Green/Sustainable Project Award. Bell Book & Candle, designed by Grade Architecture & Interior Design, has an aeroponic roof-top tower garden where they grow 60% of the fresh produce that goes into their dishes. Their menus also constantly change according to what’s growing upstairs. Talk about vertical farming!

3. So last but not least, while shopping for a client on my day job this week I spruced on up into this gorgeous store in Miami’s Design District only to find an amazing collection of the most beautiful and sophisticated furniture and accessories! Even if you have no plans to purchase it’s honestly worth a “window-shop” for any interior-design enthusiast! Michael Dawkins Home.

Have a beautiful weekend!

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DESIGN TREND: A Natural Modern

07/05/2011 § Leave a comment


The Natural Modern interior takes cues from minimalism but decorative direction towards industrial and mid-century pieces. This creates a balanced contrast of cool and warm through the use of linear and organic forms. Here, finishes lean towards natural untreated materials such as metal, wood, concrete and stone. Pops of color are used to create moments of interest though the general color schemes are more of a combo of neutral shades of grey, tan, white and black.

I’m loving this transition into more restraint. I feel like it establishes a continuity that is actually refreshing and timeless!



Photos are from Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, IKEA, Dwell and a very nice condo building in Chelsea, New York that likes to go by +Art.

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BEST OF: Outdoor Furniture

06/18/2011 § Leave a comment

So summer is definitely here! It’s time for sitting back, sipping on your favorite ice cold beer and having a good time with friends. It might help to have a comfy outdoor living room or the perfect sun-bathing loungers to aid those relaxing good times. Below are some of my favorite suggestions that will do the job and make your outdoor space feel and look the part:


BEST OF: Statement Rugs

05/05/2011 § Leave a comment

SO ONE OF THE EASIEST WAYS TO RE-INVIGORATE YOUR LIVING SPACE IS TO update the textiles from now and then. Rugs are perfect to bring in color, texture and bold patterns that transform a room from mundane to totally fabulous.

Make one of these rugs yours or use the inspiration to scope out other possibilites. Either way, a new fun rug is sure to bring some new life into your home this Summer!

Gan Rugs – Siracusa

byHenzel – Second Session

Dot – Grid Printed Cotton Mat $39 (3′ x 5′)

Carpet 2 Series by Verner Panton $3,199

Executive Rug Multi-Bright $539 (5 x 7)

Dead End Rug $299 (5′ x 8′)

Luminaire – High Tech Crochet Rug

Driade – Birds by Ed Annink

Draper Stripe Persimmon and Cream Rug $200 (5′ x 8′)

Trapeze Rug $679 (5.5′ x 7.5′)

Riviera Rug by Christian Lacroix $1,895

Cormac Rug $79.95 (5′ x 8′)

Moroso – Sardinian Rugs by Patricia Urquiola

Stockholm Triangel $449 (7′-10″ x 5′-7″)

Gan Rugs – Mangas Largas

Junior Pink Tonal Square Rug $650

Blanco Hairhide Rug $899 (5′ x 8′)

byHenzel – Deluxe Mulberry Silk

Supernova Hydrus Area Rug $635

Emma Gardner Design – Fishtail

Karim Rashid Rugs – Abstract 002

Swing Rugs by Patrick Norguet $2,559

MILAN: Salone del Mobile 2011

04/23/2011 § 1 Comment

Baccarat in Milan Salon Del Mobile 2011

Baccarat in Milan Salon Del Mobile 2011

EVERY YEAR IN MILAN THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND INFLUENTIAL PERSONALITIES of the design world gather for a week to contemplate the newest creations, trends and technologies. This year the event hosted by Baccarat and Veuve Cliquot was held April 12-17th. Baccarat displayed their new collection of crystal chandeliers amongst whimsical cloud installations (as seen above).

So what did all the big names in Italian design bring to the table this year?

Moroso displayed the Biknit Seating collection by Patricia Urquiola: “an exaggerated stitch pattern, an expanded, intense aesthetic transforms a weave into a visible, dramatic design.” They also showed her Klara collection of wooden chairs, Tokujin Yoshioka’s Memory chair and Doshi & Levien’s Impossible Wood chair among several other novelties.

MOROSO Biknit by Patricia Urquiola

MOROSO Klara by Patricia Urquiola

Artemide showed off Karim Rashid’s newest lighting creation, the Nearco pendant, alongside Guido Matta & Enrico Girotti’s Nuboli lamp (a translucent ceiling pendant in the shape of a cloud).

ARTEMIDE Nearco by Karim Rashid

ARTEMIDE Nuboli Lamp

Zanotta presented their 2011 Novelties at the show including the steel asymmetrical Lama Chair by Ludovica & Roberto Palomba alongside the twisted Elica 2576 Table that comes in a white or black high gloss finish.

ZANOTTA Lama Chaise

ZANOTTA Elica 2576

Domitalia brought to the table some beautiful new seating options with the New Retro chair by Fabrizio Batoni Design, the Playa chair also by the same designer, and the glow-in-the-dark outdoor Baba chairs by Radice Orlandini Designs.

DOMITALIA New Retro Chair by Fabrizio Batoni Design

DOMITALIA Playa chair

DOMITALIA Baba chair

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

DE CASTELLI Shrouded dresser

RAW EDGES Plaid Bench

CASAMANIA Loop Chaise by Sophie de Vocht

MAGIS Zartan Chairs by Philippe Starck with Eugeni Quitlet

Philippe Starck collaborated with Eugeni Quitllet to create the entirely natural Zartan chair. Made of a new technology using “liquid wood” the chair is molded much like polycarbonate but fuses only with other natural materials such as fibers, wax and fish oil to create a “strong, non-toxic alternative to petroleum-based plastics”. The chair is envisioned in 5 varying finishes: bamboo, flax, hemp, jute and rattan.

SPAZIO ROSSANA Flat Table Peeled by Jo Nagasaka

Balloon Bowls by Marteen de Ceulaer

Belgian designer Marteen de Ceulaer came up with an innovative method of creating bowls by pouring dyed plaster into a balloon then placing another balloon inside it, blowing it up and allowing the plaster to dry. The result is organic as the bowls have an array of varying color, sizes and shapes in a smooth finish and irregular edges.

CASAMANIA Rememberme chairs by Tobia Juretzek

Another response towards sustainability was brought by designer Tobia Juretzek with his Rememberme chair made of old garments that would otherwise have been discarded and unused.

FUTURE TRADITIONS Paper Chairs by Lei+Christoph+Jovana

FUTURE TRADITIONS Xuan Lamp

FENDI Installation by Rowan Mersh

Watson Table by Paul Loebach

* Photos of objects in Other Highlights are (c) of Design Boom

THE SHOP: Matter Matters

04/13/2011 § Leave a comment

December 2010 I went to Design Miami and met some of the very nice people behind an awesome showroom from NYC called Matter Matters. They carry truly unique and well-constructed pieces by some of the most influential and innovative designers around.

Check out some of my favorites of their many treasures below:

Ball Light Large by Michael Anastassiades $800

Tall Tank by Alexander Taylor in pea green $1,800

Superordinate Antler Sconce by Jason Miller $360

Crochet Table by Marcel Wanders $1,563

Periodic Table by One and Co. (pure silver over reclaimed timber) $42,000

Aqua Table by Zaha Hadid $40,000

Crate Series No. 8 Chair by Jasper Morrison for Established & Sons $1,440

Quilt Armchair by the Bouroullec Brothers $6,060

Tank Chair by Alvar Aalto (1937) $5,528

Circus 3 Shelves by Steven Burkes for Matter Made

Blue Faceted Vase by Thaddeus Wolfe $600

DESIGN TRENDS: Technicolor

04/10/2011 § Leave a comment

So color is back! And I don’t just mean specks of it here and there. I’m talking technicolor with a full spectrum of hues from hints of yellow to bold greens and faded lavenders.

Color can be introduced in the most subtle manners. To create a visually interesting and layered look play with blending different styles, textures, shapes and finishes that incorporate a balanced range of colors.

Don’t know which colors go well together? Paintings are amazing inspirations for color combinations and thus a great place to start!

Click here for inspiration!

 

BEST OF: Side Tables

04/05/2011 § Leave a comment

These are some of the most unique and just plain beautiful accent tables around! There are sculptural pieces like Baker‘s Lotus Table (4.) and High Fashion Home‘s Sherwood table (9). There are innovative designs like Luminaire‘s Illusion table where the mirrors slowly fade into clear glass (8.). And then there are those pieces that reinvent classic designs such as Andrew Martin‘s Howard Side Table in steel (5.).

1. Almost Tube Table $ 1,375 , 2. Pilot Table , 3. Soane Side Table , 4. Lotus Table ,5. Howard Side Table in Steel ,6. Hans Barbell Table $895 , 7. Zipzi table by Michael Young , 8. Illusion table by Jean-Marie Massaud

9. Sherwood Iron Table $839 , 10. Side Table Letter T , 11. Vetro End Table $529 , 12. Digitable by Patricia Urquiola , 13. Bubbles Ceramic Side Table $129 , 14. Terra Stool Small $149 , 15. Parsons Accent Table $ 450 , 16. Aluminum Hexagon Side Table $149

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Chances are if you’re reading this you must be a design junkie too so tell us: What’s your favorite accent table?

WALK THROUGHS: Modern Ocean Penthouse

03/23/2011 § Leave a comment

These are photos from one of the most recent projects from Miami based interior design firm DKOR Interiors.

The design of the ocean-front penthouse borrows from the seashore nearby it’s curvilinear forms, organic textures and abundant light accentuated with the repetition of white. The result? An airy modern beach house in the sky.

Photos by Renata Bastos

Miami’s Local Music Scene

03/21/2011 § Leave a comment

It used to be that Miami had very limited options for true music lovers looking for a good time.

Electric Pickle (c) The Miami Hurricane

Most of what was available were the numerous nightclubs in Downtown & SoBe, bars in the Grove and happy hour in the Gables. The problem was that most of these venues played only electronic, hip hop or latin influenced music.

That all began to change with the digitalization of the music industry. In the past few years artists of all shapes and sizes have been touring more frequently because of large falls in sales caused by illegal music downloads made widely available through the internet. Even for those who still buy music the fact that they can buy songs individually without having to buy the whole album (like in the heyday of CDs) put a big dent on overall sales.

$0.99 per song vs. $15.00 per album?  Great for us, sucks for them.

To make up for this, artists are performing in cities where they didn’t used go to before because they didn’t really have to. Now we can locally get a good taste of genres that just weren’t as readily available before like folk, alternative rock, funk, classic rock, and electro-indie.

Keeping up with this growing trend in demand we have seen a fortunate jolt in the uprising of  raw live music venues around Miami. Finally there are so many shows in town that it’s hard to keep up!

By: Ana Paula Bastos

The following are some of the great venues where you can catch a great show or on regular days enjoy something a bit out of the ordinary:

1. Bardot

(c) VPS Photography

French speakeasy vibe. Pool table. Intimate.

3456 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood Area

bardotmiami.com

2. Tobacco Road


Miami’s oldest bar, open since the early 1900′s. Grab a beer and burger while catching a live show in the outdoor patio or in the upstairs room.

626 South Miami Avenue, Brickell Area

tobacco-road.com

3. Electric Pickle


Chill in their backyard or dance til the weee hours in their newly renovated upstairs room.

2826 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood Area

electricpicklemiami.com

4. The Vagabond


Aweeesome patio- wanna hot-dog? got it. Wanna lounge on a daybed for freeee? got it. Want some MJ and Clash? got iiiiiit.

30 Northeast 14th Street, Wynwood Area

thevagabondmiami.com

5. Bar


No Cover. No Hassle. They’ve got a pool table and board games, and picnic tables out back and new artist installations every few months.

28 NE 14 Street, Wynwood Area

facebook.com/BAR28NE14ST

6. Bougainvillea’s


Is this Miami? Feels like we’re in the Caroliiiinas. Cozy cottage, poker night on Mondays.

7221 Southwest 58th Avenue, South Miami Area

www.bougiesbar.com

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