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Tour: Inès de la Fressange’s Office at Roger Vivier

Pink. I’m still trying to figure out how to fold it into the house. I had a Kate Spade duvet cover in pale pink and burnt orange that my husband eventually revealed he hated. He referred to the pink as salmon. Not the shade I saw. But that’s life. So how to do it so we both love it. Inès de la Fressange’s office at Roger Vivier is a symphony in pink. Glorious.This room purrs. Maybe the trick is the walls. Paint them just the right shade and use black and white to anchor it. Advertisements

Tour: Architect Chris Cole’s Sydney House

Maybe I just don’t know the American architectural landscape as well as I do the Australian, but it seems to me that the work I see coming out of that country is beyond extraordinary. Thoughtful, intelligent, modern in a way I don’t see in the States very often. Take Chris Cole’s work. He’d be relegated to the edges as a ‘green’ architect here. But in Sydney his work gleams at the heart of a vibrant design community I really miss. I love this addition he did for a family home in Sydney. I’ve included his take on the house below – but I think the photos tell the whole story beautifully .   “The design brief for the Dulwich Hill Residence called for the addition of an open kitchen, outdoor living space, dining, bathroom and laundry to an existing semi-detached period home for a young family with four children under four years old including triplets. A bold conceptual approach has been taken to accentuate the bathroom and laundry as a feature to the rear of the home. …


This week I actually got out. This is a shot of the lunch they served at the press preview for LACMA’s California Design exhibition which is part of Pacific Standard Time. So much good stuff happening in LA right now. So the lunch – chicken, bacon and guacamole – but hey, it was in a wrap. And it was also kind of small. Very French really.

Eames and JF Chen

I had such a great day earlier this week touring JF Chen‘s showroom as they were setting up for the “Collecting Eames” exhibition with Daniel Ostroff (his collection of over 150 pieces was bought by Chen who then added to it – substantially). I met Joel Chen and his daughter Bianca and also the designer of the exhibition, artist Clare Graham. Moments like these I do truly love living in Los Angeles. The show is a must-see.  There’s over 450 pieces of Eames design. It reminded me just how extraordinary Ray and Charles were. And all those pieces? Every single one if for sale. Here are just a few pics from my morning. Make sure you get there yourself if you’re in LA. Details: “Collecting Eames: The JF Chen Collection” is part of Pacific Standard Time. JF Chen, 941 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90038 October 3–January 14. Show hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 11 to 4pm, and closed on Sunday

Creativity and Fear

Loved this post over on Brainpickings on creativity and fear. I’m gearing up to dive into writing again and also working on the redirection of this blog. Looking for inspiration! I sit down at this computer every day and it feels good to think that just the habit of doing that…of committing to being right here could/will/must  lead to something.