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LATEST OBSESSION: The Gallery at Sketch


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Design like this makes my heart sing. It reminds of my days at Parson’s where my teachers pushed us to go outside the box-  don’t take your designs too serious,”  “a little whimsy never hurt,” my teacher’s would say to me. It was an exciting time and one of the reasons I started my career working in commercial design. Designing restaurants and retails stores gave me an immediate rush; the pace was crazy fast and exciting, you were always collaborating with new artists, pushing the unknown, exploring new ways to use different materials. There seemed to always be a pull toward taking design boundaries further than before- a wider span to explore and grow, yet all the while adhering to strict design principles.

I was in heaven.

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posted August 18, 2014


MINIMALISM IN PACIFIC HEIGHTS


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Even though the owners of a Tudor-style home in San Francisco’s posh Pacific Heights neighborhood aren’t particularly Tudor-style people, they forgave the house’s traditional British exterior and what they call its “confused” interior because of a prized location near the famed Gold Coast (also known as the preferred stomping grounds for head honchos of the tech industry). The new kids on the block—she’s a dentist, he’s an investment banker, and they’re both dyed-in-the-wool minimalists—resorted to extreme measures to transform their fussy domain into an archetype of elegant simplicity.

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posted March 12, 2014

CELEBRITY STYLE


With all the rain we’ve been having in San Francisco, my weekend was filled with hiding out on the sofa and reading the pile of ever growing design magazines that I seem to always collect. Last month Architectural Digest released their celebrity homes edition and I wanted to share three of my favorite.

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posted March 3, 2014

CALIFORNIA MODERN


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Skip Paul and Van Fletcher are remarkably well versed in California’s legacy of modern architecture and design. The couple is known in the Los Angeles and Bay Area design communities for restoring houses by such modernist architects as A. Quincy Jones and Gardner Dailey. They’ve nurtured midcentury gardens by Garrett Eckbo and Thomas Church back to life.

But when the time came to hire an architect to design a new house for a breathtaking site in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills, the two men decided to play down that track record and conduct a little experiment. Paul, a veteran entertainment-business dealmaker (a former top executive of the video-game company Atari, he is now a senior adviser at the investment firm Centerview Partners), dropped by the L.A. offices of Marmol Radziner without an appointment.

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posted February 13, 2014

WINDOW TO THE SOUL


 

 

Eyes are the windows to the soul. And windows? Well, they broadcast a home’s soul and create a connection between private, interior and public, exterior life. Here are a few ways to make maximum impact with windows. A dazzling display of windows wraps the heavily customized Venice, California, home of architect Lorcan O’Herlihy. His wife, Irish actress Cornelia Hayes-O’Herlihy, gazes across the roofscape in a cozy glass enclosure that rests atop the new home.

Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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posted February 12, 2014

FACTORY. CONVERTED


I’ve had this thing for the color Black for a long time now… it is sharp, edgy and sophisticated. Maybe it started when I was seven years old and my mother found me covered in paint- painting my little three-drawer dresser black or the simple fact that my wardrobe really only consists of three colors- white, navy and black– that I feel inspired when designers use this color as a main element in their designs. Take the home of Morten Bo Jensen, who runs the Danish industrial design company Vipp, and his partner, graphic designer Kristina May Olsen, who used black as a main design element when they converted a former Copenhagen factory into a residence. Using pieces from his own collection and mixing in repurposed vintage items, Jensen created an open floor plan. In the kitchen, the dining table- Jensen’s first piece for Vipp is made of a powder-coated aluminum frame with a recycled, untreated teak top. The pair installed Dinesen Douglas fir plank flooring (known for its wide, long proportions that suit large spaces) they finished it with lye allowing the floor to meld seamlessly with the matte white of the walls. Lamps overhead are salvaged and rewired Copenhagen streetlights.

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posted February 7, 2014

COASTAL MODERN


This beautiful vacation home built on the small island of Langeland, Southern Denmark was designed by Niels Christoffersen from architectural firm Arkitema. Its clean lines and refined materiality create the perfect setting to capture the surrounding landscape at its best. Constructed of concrete, wood, floor to ceiling glass and terraces on both east and west, the home is the perfect balance of architectural statement and landscape sensitivity.

 

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posted January 14, 2014