Archive for the ‘interior design’ Category

the autumn woods

September 9, 2011

With the warm days slipping away, so does my interior desires for bright patterns and sheers (I though I’m never going to say that out loud!). I found myself leaning towards something more substantial and real. How about  strong architectural elements and solid unpretentious woods. Don’t you just get that crispy-thinning-fall-air and wet-wood-after-rain vibe from this Urban Loft by Steven Volpe.

And with my lust for library/dining spaces this room is beyond perfection.

One might say: “How’s the rich blue velvet is down to earth and unpretentious?” Well…I’m sure that it is blooming somewhere there in that wet forest of mine…on the bronze branches.

Yeah, you can take a girl out of lux but can’t take the lux out of a girl.

<images via www.elledecor.com>

modern barn

June 18, 2011

One thing I’ve notice about myself, once my life get a bit hectic I tend to crave simple and clean design. While minimal design seems easy to achieve, it’s the most complex one. With just a few materials and limited key features, it is less forgiving and requires to be thought through completely to the last detail.

Architect Michael Kovac and interior designer Trip Haenisch managed to do just that in collaboration with Courtney Cox for the remodel of her Malibu house.

Concise and airy it creates a perfect vibe for the modern barn vibe desired by C.Cox. And living in Malibu one needs plenty of the outdoor spaces to enjoy the scenery.

<images via www.elledecor.com>

in the eyes of the beholder

June 6, 2011

One of today’s vendor presentations reminded me of a certain beauty I can’t get enough of …

you say “art”, I say “wallcovering by Fromental

beauty and the book

May 25, 2011

If you are like me, spending all your work day by the screen, you would agree that there’s nothing like the feeling of a page of book in your hands. Moreover, I haven’t seen a single New-Year’s resolution list not saying “Need to read mooooore”.  And I’d add to that where you set up to enjoy this magical (with the current sparsity, it’s certainly IS quite magical when you do carve out time for a book) experience is equally important as what you are reading.

So I’ve pulled some alluring libraries that inspire a few-hour long “cuddle up with a book” time. While there are some mind-blowing contemporary design, only the one with a little history behind could warm my heart.

The Old Library, Trinity College, Dublin, Thomas Burgh, 1712–33.

Boston Public Library, Boston, McKim, Mead & White, 1895.

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, Henri Labrouste, 1838–50.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1963.

Library, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, Louis Kahn, 1971.

<images via www.archrecord.construction.com>

andre fu

April 18, 2011

This Chinese design genius totally topped my creative overload last week. Before I didn’t even know that such state of mind exists. Browsing blogs and design magazines I always  left me wanting more. While researching for two hotel projects I’m working on right now I came across Andre Fu and my design cravings were fully satisfied with the first few clicks.

WARNING! Intended to be taken in small doses due to the high risk of creative overload!

My absolute favorite project – The Upper House hotel in Hong Kong.

Wow, the longest post ever!

<images via www.UpperHouse.com and www.afso.net>

ann gardner

April 6, 2011

I looove my profession. Not only my day is filled with color palettes and design puzzles, but I get to discover something new and lovely every day. Today I was I came across an incredible award-winning artist and sculptor Ann Gardner. Working with glass and crystal mosaics, Ann creates truly breathtaking pieces, whether wall panels or 3D floating sculptures, they make me want to get every one of them in every color way.

 

<images via www.anngardner.net>

new horizons

April 5, 2011

The primary purpose of design blogs is to share inspiration, but it’s hard to do so with and exhausted sleepless head, hence my blogging silence for the past week. I’ve been running my creative juices to the fullest for all this time as I got a new job. Yes, my peeps, the new designer on the watch list has officially stepped out on the scene. It is such a thrill to learn from the best of the best in the hospitality design industry and have a chance to contribute. So I’ve decided to bring you the inspiration from my new incredibly talented colleagues at Hirsch Bedner Associates.

One of my favorite projects by HBA: Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

I just love the subtle interplay of color contrasts and scales. So simple, so genius.

<images via www.hbadesign.com>

ecooler chill

March 23, 2011

Living in LA one has to use AC on the regular basis, there’s just no way around it. Period. But am I the only one who hates the stream of dry air pouring straight in you face (not even talking about all the dust and allergens it brings with it)?

Well, apparently I’m not alone in the AC-loath. A product design company Studio Kahn developed a new cooling system called Ecooler, which not only looks great but works without any energy.

How do they do it? The Ecooler system is constructed of interconnecting modular three-dimensional tile made of hollow, twisting ceramic piping that can hold water. The system combines two traditional elements – the jara and the mashrabiya. The mashrabiya is a characteristic element of Islamic architecture, found mostly in Arab countries, including in many of the traditional homes of Cairo.  It serves as a breathing screen between the street and the inner courtyard or home and enables the passage of air and light.  The jara serves to cool the water in clay containers by water seepage and evaporation from the outer surface, as with the human body’s perspiration system. By integrating both of these systems, increasing the inner surface and use of traditional materials, they have created a screen that serves as a natural, ecological cooling system.

Sounds great to me. Wonder if it would work for crazy hot summers in LA.

 

<images via www.ecooler.yolasite.com>

tavern flair

March 21, 2011

On my last day of internship at HBA a good friend of mine treated me to a lunch at the long-loved spot in Brentwood, Tavern. From the moment I walked in I couldn’t stop gasping at the ambiance of it. Opened by award-wining chef and restaurateur Suzanne Goin and designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, the space seems to epitomize everything I long for both  in design and in food recently. Elevated French Provincial style all to the little details, fresh organic ingredients, rustic breads and French desserts in any form and shape. Take me there any day, any time…

<images via here, here and here>

black crow studios

March 5, 2011

What can be better than a wallpaper? A custom wallpaper made especially for you! Black Crow Studios offer just that. No same pattern repeat, just pure art mural that exactly fits your needs. Isn’t it just dreamy, or am I too crazy in love with wallpapers?!

All the designs above are hand drawn, photographed or painted by Tracy Hinter herself. But also features works of other incredibly talented artist. Don’t you just love the nostalgic European photocards wallpaper! Just want to wrap myself in it.

Keep dancing to the Roisin Murphy’s Ruby blue, the soundtrack on their website.

<images via www.blackcrowstudios.com>