Carpenter’s Workshop

4369glass birds “Flylight” by Studio Drift

carp“You fade to light” by Random International on right 

carp2“Technocrat Bronze Coffee Table” by Atelier Van Lieshout

Just this month, Julian Lombrail opened his 3rd outpost of Carpenters Workshop in a penthouse on the 5th Avenue in New York City.  Located between the new flagship store of Microsoft and Peter Marinos glass palace for Louis Vuitton at the 57th Street hovers the duplex apartment, where the Carpenters Workshop has established as a meditation room for art and design high above the hustle and bustle of shopping. ~  “I wanted to be accessible for clients such as Peter Marino, Juan Pablo Molyneux and Robert Couturier easily,” says Lombrail .

Artists on exhibit at the gallery space which also has been hosting exclusive dinners for art collectors include Rick Owens, Wendell CastleAteliers van Lieshout, and Studio Drift from Amsterdam.

West Edge Design Fair





WestEdge™Design Fair at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, features the latest products from leading & emerging design brands.  Today is the last day and you have a chance to sit in on the following talks:

11:30-12:30 PM – Coastal Chic- Creating the Perfect Beach Sanctuary with Betsy Burnham, Burnham Design; Doug Burdge, Burdge & Associates Architects; and David Charvet, Jones Builders Group.

1:00-2:00 PM – Hollywood in Your Own Home–Set Decorator Secrets featuring Featuring: Don Diers, Beauchamp Fontaine, Jan Pascale, Halina Siwolop, and Bryan John Venegas, SDSA Members

2:30-3:30 PM – Modernism in Palm Springs featuring Lori Dennis, Lori Dennis Design; Kelli Ellis, HGTV, Hulu, TLC, Bravo; Christopher Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy Inc.

More info here.

~images via westedgedesignfair 

This Is The House That Jack Built


There’s a new book on my radar and I want to share it with you.  “This is the House That Jack Built” named from the nursery rhyme, gives us a look at the contemporary art and design collection of the very private art collector, Maja Hoffmann.  Art directed by Beda Achermann and photographed by François Halard, both have created images of Hoffman’s collection located in her homes in tight vignettes with text of the nursery rhyme  woven throughout the book.

“This Is The House That Jack Built” plays down Hoffmann’s actual houses while (like the nursery rhyme) conveying the centrality of the idea of home, yet one is struck by the breathtakingly original interiors furnished with the best examples of 20th-century design. Hoffmann’s eye for architecture and furniture is as discerning as it is for paintings, and she manages to create spaces where the art, despite its importance, doesn’t overshadow the life of a room. ~T Magazine

Get a good look of the book here.

I’m Back…



statesman.png-001In case you noticed, I’ve been MIA on Design*ByProxy, pretty much the whole summer. Well, I’m back now and I’m want to play a little catch up.  It’s been a summer of music festivals, traveling in Europe, and a few unfortunate events that had to do with the family pets.

Before I went MIA I did attend a few events.  One was a cocktail party in celebration of The Elder Statesman and The Webster Miami’s T-shirt collaboration.  The Elder Statesman is a Los Angeles based luxury lifestyle label founded in 2007 by Greg Chait. Specializing in high end cashmere goods, Greg’s line includes items for men, women, kids, accessories and items for the home like blankets and pillows.

The party was cool, with the likes of Balthazar and Rosetta Getty, Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers and designer Magda Berliner, most sipping on the free tequila and conversations centered around Coachella that was happening the following weekend.

images via: BFA, tmagazine and the Elder Statesman



Parachute Market, a  conceptual design fair and marketplace returning with its 5th installment to the downtown Arts District, Los Angeles,  at the monumental One Santa Fe building on Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7.  “AD HOC” will explore the ethos of the temporary marketplace and the increasingly significant role it plays in art making, commerce and community.

Co-founded by set designer Coryander Friend and CNTRL Group Agency in 2013, Parachute Market offers a platform for timeless objects and enduring design with an innovative marketplace of furniture, decorative objects, and fashion by emerging and established artists, designers and collectors.

Get tickets here.





LA Design Festival is a citywide Design Event starting now continuing through June 14th. Events include Marmol Radziner Studio Tour, award-winning firm known for its innovative design approach and expertise in architecture, construction, interior design, landscape design, furniture design, and jewelry design,  River Makers Bash; an outdoor event on Mission Street by the LA River,   Intro LA at Mack Sennett studios in Silver Lake  showcasing local and contract firms,  a solo exhibition for Arik Levy, the Israeli born and Paris-based artist and designer at Please Do Not Enter, 549 S Olive Street,  as well as City Design Tours that cover design studios in Inglewood, Historic Downtown LA, and the Arts District, Chinatown and Olvera Street.

Many, many more events are scheduled and can be discovered here.

Dwell on Design


Dwell on Design Los Angeles, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 29-31, 2015. With three full days of dynamic exhibitions, unparalleled educational opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, 90 onstage programs, 250+ speakers, and more than 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products, Dwell on Design Los Angeles is America’s largest design event.

More information here.

For Sale : : Edward H. Fickett




This Midcentury Modern home designed by Edward H. Fickett in 1959 is for sale in Bel Air. The open floor plan home has 4 bedrooms/3 baths and boasts both city and mountain views.

Presented by Deasy/Penner & Partners, is listed at $2.495 million.

See more here.

1st Dibs Finds

Wright20 + Blackman Cruz

blacjman Cruz


In April, Wright opens Blackman Cruz, a special exhibition and auction featuring alluring and exquisite works selected by the renowned dealers. This unprecedented and creative auction collaboration is composed of a wide-ranging selection of furniture, design and objects including everything from antiques to Blackman Cruz’s own contemporary productions. Highlights from the collection include a granite Sphinx by the sculptor David Edstrom that exhibited at the Panama Pacific Exposition of San Francisco in 1915 and a pair of gnarled wood and root lounge chairs from Al Capone’s hideout in Wisconsin. This compelling sale also features a 1951 Bianchi Motorcycle and an iron studded two-door safe displayed alongside a pair of custom club chairs by Arturo Pani and candlesticks by Frank Lloyd Wright. In dramatic exhibitions designed by Adam Blackman and David Cruz, these items and many other fascinating works will be on view in New York and Los Angeles.

The exhibition at Wright’s New York gallery opens April 3rd with the concurrent Los Angeles exhibition at Blackman Cruz opening April 10th.~wright20

My favorite picks are below.  View lots here.