14 October 2018

Liberty Fabrics

I was introduced to the Liberty London department store and its art fabrics when I was a teenager living in England. Established by Sir Arthur Lasenby Liberty in 1875, the company now has an archive of 45,00 prints and they continue to create and collaborate with other brands in a variety of industries. Though I favor their art nouveau prints, their aesthetic is so distinctive that I can recognize one of their florals at a glance. Their partnerships have spanned from Vans to TOMS and S'well to Anthropologie. As the landscape of brick and mortar stores is changing, innovating to reach new audiences is the surest way for a heritage brand to remain relevant.

Images: a & b) The Everyday Man c) S'well d) TOMS e) Anthropologie f) J.Crew g) Liberty London.           

19 June 2018

To Build a Restaurant

A while back I wrote this post considering how I would put together my living room if I were starting from scratch. Since I've always had an interest in commercial design, I thought I'd put together my version of a restaurant idea -- imagining that I wasn't limited by budget, real estate constrictions or other people's opinions ;). I'd start with an entry pathway that was reminiscent of a Japanese garden. Some might consider it a waste of bankable square footage, but I would view it as setting the tone for an evening of relaxed fun. I love this moon gate designed by Terry Welch, though I would add more surprise elements to the pathway overall -- areas of dense bamboo, arts-and-crafts patterned stone sunken into the pebbled pathway, lots of curves and unexpected lighting. Glow-in-the-dark pebbles would be sparingly scattered at the entrance and then densely packed at the end of the path so that their light would beckon guests. The interior lighting would have a bit more of an understated glamour, such as Magic Circus' Neon Wall Lights and the Argent Metal Pendant Lamp. These modular sofas and accent chairs by Gebrüder Thonet Vienna would be strategically placed around the main space to create pockets of privacy and corners to turn without actual walls being built. The dining table heights would be adjusted for the casual seating. In reference to Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, the dining and accent tables would be made of concrete and gold leaf. The accent tables below are designed by Harow Studio. The dining table is by Ben Uyeda. The chinoiserie wallpaper would throw a cultural curveball into the mix. And wood and pastel dishware like these that I styled for ABC Carpet & Home would round out the table settings. The menus would be inspired by the Omoshiro Block stationary by Triad, perhaps with thicker pages made out of carved cardboard. And that's just to start... 

09 April 2018

Terrazzo 2.0


Images: a & b) Dzekdzekdzek, c) Chatelaine, d) Divisare, e & f) Frenchyfancy, g & h) Sofa Workshop.                                                    

07 December 2017

Marble Moment

Whether good or bad, a movie can keep me interested based purely on the quality of its set design. While watching The Only Living Boy in New York recently, I found myself generally enjoying the views I was getting of various New York city locations. But when the above scene came up of the protagonist returning to his family home, I almost swooned. Since I'm tall, I've always been a fan of kitchens that opt out of over-hanging cabinets, preferring to have an unencumbered prep area. Seeing the bare space above the counter tops used as a canvas for the beauty of slab marble was a first for me. Now my eye is trained to notice gray and white marble slab and I'm loving the dramatic effect. Though it's most often found in kitchens, bathrooms and commercial spaces, I'd love to employ it on a wall in a woman's dressing room/closet. It would allow for the hard/soft textures and masculine/feminine contrast that creates balance in residential spaces. 


Images: 1) Roadside Attractions. 2) The New York Times. 3) Jeremiah Brent Design. 4) Yabu Pushelberg. 5) The Zhush.                                        
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