Designer Faces #2: Kelly Behun

Kelly Behun is another more modern/minimalistic designer but what I love about her interiors, which differs from Dirand, is her bright palette and the introduction of whimsical and unabashed art and furniture pieces. Her spaces are soft and inviting yet each have an edge, a personality, and a definite playfulness. #2. KELLY BEHUN /// New York based interior designer Midtown Pied-a-terre Hamptons Home Park Avenue Penthouse For more of Behun’s work visit kellybehun.com Advertisements

Designer Faces #1: Joseph Dirand

There are many many talented designers and architects practicing throughout the world. But once in a while, you see work that personally speaks to you and stops you in your tracks. Every detail, every choice feels deliberate and contributes to a greater result than the “sum of it’s parts”. Joseph Dirand is definitely one of those. In the past few years others have been taking note and this French architect has become “trés populaire”. Well, popular or not, I’m a fan. I think you might become one too!  #1. JOSEPH DIRAND /// French architect/designer Dirand’s projects are masculine and minimalist yet set against the softer…

Nordic Style

I think residential design should be personal. Some residential interior design tends to be more about establishing status than revealing character. Formulaic interiors unfortunately seem to be the norm. Personally, I’m very tired of their superficial beauty. I’ve been following blogger Mia Linnman of Solid Frog for the past few months now. Based in Jönköping, Sweden, Mia’s posts have a purist and restrained aesthetic that I truly love. These historical shells adourned with vintage finds and an abundance of white feel like the real deal. The spaces are crisp and modern yet so romantic and believable as if they host the…

KENGO KUMA: The Starbucks

One of the things I most loved about Japan was unexpectedly discovering the most spectacular contemporary buildings sitting on quiet corners. I love the work of many Japanese architects – to me, they set the standard. However, for this post, I wanted to portray the wow factor I’m talking about. As in “Wow… I went to buy a cup of coffee and the Starbucks looked like this!”. This Starbucks, situated in Fukuoka in Southern Japan, is on a street that leads to one of the most major shrines in Japan, Dazaifu Tenmagu. Traditional 1 – 2 story Japanese buildings line…

Marbella House by A-CERO

Okay, so I’ve been magnetically attracted to the Mediterranean lately (but then again, who doesn’t love it?). While happily browsing the internet I came across images of the Spanish firm, A Cero’s, exquisite Marbella house. On the exterior, linear planes clad in horizontal bands of stone fly over reflective ponds filled with river stones. Large irregular black-tinted windows appear like the openings to sacred tombs. And, both by night and by day, the entire place is strategically lit to accentuate the architecture. On the interiors the minimalism continues with neutral tones and finishes accentuated by statement pieces like the amazing…

CHARLES STREET TOWN HOUSE by Messana O’Rorke

This 1853 Greenwich Village house recently got a facelift and new bones. Yep, the historical façade was restored according to the books while the interiors were gutted and reinforced with a new steel structure that allowed for a more open layout. Observe the small details that make the interiors like the cove lighting where the ceiling meets the exterior walls, the flush threshold between the bathroom and wood flooring, and the gorgeous rectilinear sinks. The offset fireplace is a charming minimalist move in the bedroom. And, I love this white marble backsplash with grey veining climbing up the walls. For…

HOTEL SEZZ by Christophe Pillet

Designer Christophe Pillet’s Hotel Sezz is a modern beauty along the French Riviera. Olive trees, stone walls, azure waters and royal palms on the outside reveal you are in St. Tropez. But inside, the clean minimalist lines, updated wood paneling, colorful accents, and mid-century inspired furniture creates a bright Californian vibe. Besides the charming location, I’m loving the minimalism with pops of reds and chartreuse, the double height brushed aluminum shutters and the smooth gray stone flooring found throughout the hotel. Sometimes modernism can make spaces distant and serious but here I feel it does just the opposite. I could…