Fascinating look at the oval office fit outs over time…cool. Guess who had the floor redone? Via Home Design.
Wallpaper has a great round up of Maison + Objet (the big interiors trade show finished on Jan 26). Nice stuff. Looks like there is a lot of black, white and yellow. Love the ‘Taste’ gold collection by Paola Navone, for Richenbach (above) and Navone’s Lando Gingerbread collection below. And new colors from Aussie ceramicist Mud (bottom). Fba Ruché’ seating, by Inga Sempé, for Ligne Roset. And New crystal collection, by Marcel Wanders, for Baccarat…I got the Target stuff! Gorgeous tableware, by Sfera. Jean-Jacques Hubert of H2O Architects conceived this ingenious mirror/herb garden for Editions Compagnie.
Sam Harris. My brother, my younger brother, is an amazingly skilled joiner (check out his work at Square Peg Woodworks). I am always blown away by Sam’s work and a recent project he did with Sydney architect Virginia Kerridge is no exception. It was a complete renovation of a house but it’s the library that I fell in love with. Amazing work…
I came across FJS pillows and now want pretty much everything I see…they’re on sale right now. They’re $100 each including the down insert. Expensive but much cheaper than a new couch.
After a bit of a rocky start hotelier Kit Kemp’s first foray into the US has opened. Crosby Street Hotel looks amazing – I need my NY spy to go take a first hand look!
Every now and then I come across a blog I am completely impressed with – Dos Family is just that. As far as I can tell it’s made up of three friends. They live in Sweden and shoot other people’s homes. I love the clean aesthetic. Lots and lots of inspiring interiors.
I’ve just come across Rough Luxe. An intriguing collection of hotels, restaurants. shops and tours based around the idea of a new take on luxury. It is luxury as an enriching personal experience rather than an expensive object. I like that philosophy…a lot. The hotel pictured here, Vorstadt14, is in Switzerland and I love the look of it – the mix of slick and imperfect. Very compelling.
I loved Cookie magazine – yes, ‘loved’ past tense. The November issue will be the magazine’s last. It is such a shame. The layout was cool, the stories were well-edited and thoughtful. It wasn’t about great long reads. It was about information for…me. At 40, with two kids and a career floating somewhere around in the ether, this magazine hit the right note again and again. I will definitely miss it. Conde Nast also gave Gourmet the flick – huge news. Looks like 180 people have lost their jobs. Stephanie Clifford at the New York Times covered the story scoring an interview with Conde Nast’s CEO Charles Townsend – “Cookie was a tragedy of the economy – what else can I say?” Mr Townsend said. “It was a wonderful business in the making, but in this economy we don’t have the luxury to fund launches.” He went on to say it was 60 months off from being profitable. Above is a living room from one of their great ‘house tours’ – Jenna Lyons’ (the creative genius …
I just got word that the much anticipated first NY venture of the ever-stylish Tim and Kit Kemp will open in September. The Crosby Street Hotel in Soho will have 86 rooms and the Kemps are aiming for a GOLD LEED rating. I hope they get it. To create this kind of stylish space and go as green as they possibly can is to be applauded. I’m looking for an excuse to get back to New York and this may just be it!
I met Eric Gaietto from Heath Ceramics at the Dwell conference. Lovely guy (they also had excellent cookies at their stand). I was drawn to the new range of matt and gloss tiles they’ve just launched. They are called Dual Glaze and come in a wider range of colours than you see here. It’s hard to get a real feel for them from the pics. They are really tactile and lustrous. Beautiful. Now we just have to buy a house so I can do the bathroom in emerald green dual glaze tiles. Images courtesy of Heath Ceramics.