ALVARO SIZA: Iberian minimalism

I love the work of Siza. His projects arise as natural reactions to the physical, cultural, and, I could almost say, spiritual environment which they inhabit. He masterfully blends *vernacular architecture with minimalism to create poetic references to place while exploring issues of form and space. When I think of Siza’s work I always imagine these large spans of white-washed walls or these intricate plans where every turn and edge has been thought out. That’s part of his genius – being able to work from the largest scale of the site plan to the minute details of where the concrete meets…

NOW: Summer Lovin’, NYC Farming + Timeless Objects

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…

DESIGN TREND: A Natural Modern

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…

PROJECT FEATURE: Casa BOX

Project Feature vol. 1 This 387.5 squared ft getaway on the shores of Sao Paulo was designed by Brazilian architects Alan Chu and Cristiano Kato as a maid’s quarter . The petite treasure of a building was featured in the 8th Brazilian Architecture Biennale in 2009. This often forgotten programmatic space was given a new importance in the Casa Box. The upper bedroom juts out from the large boulder adjacent to it as the kitchen grows organically below. The structure is at once modern and contextual with the use of linear forms and natural materials such as stone and wood….

The Case Study Houses

In post-war Southern California the residential housing boom inspired a group of prominent architects sponsored by Arts and Architecture Magazine to tackle what they saw as the current issues in the typical American home. Each architect was to deal with one of these problems and resolve it in the best way they saw fit using materials and methods that would be readily available and easily duplicated. The program that was to be known as the Case Study Houses ran from 1945 up until 1966. The group of architects included many of the big names of Mid-Century Modern design. These included…

BEST OF: Statement Rugs

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!

MILAN: Salone 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…