I just ordered this and looking forward to receiving Julie Carlson’s, editor of Remodelista design blog, first book : Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home .
Remodelista.com is the go-to, undisputed authority for home design enthusiasts, remodelers, architects, and designers. Unlike sites that cater to all tastes, Remodelista has a singular and clearly defined aesthetic: classic pieces trump designs that are trendy and transient, and well-edited spaces take precedence over cluttered environments. High and low mix seamlessly here, and getting the look need not be expensive (think Design Within Reach meets Ikea). Remodelista decodes the secrets to achieving this aesthetic, with in-depth tours and lessons from 12 enviable homes; a recipe-like breakdown of the hardest-working kitchens and baths; dozens of do-it-yourself projects; “The Remodelista 100,” a guide to the best everyday household objects; and an in-depth look at the ins and outs of the remodeling process. In a world of design confusion, Remodelista takes the guesswork out of the process.~via amazon
I ordered mine here.
Coolest bookends EVER.
Oh, how I would love to own a Paul Kingma table or use one in a client’s project:
Paul Kingma was a well known Dutch artist who made most of his tables between 1970 and 1994. He started making tables in the early sixties for friends. All tables are unique one of a kind, made of pieces of stone he found during his trips around the world. He used several kinds of stone, concrete, slate, exotic stone types, brass, bronze etc.
~Images and text from Mass Modern Design
I’m quite taken with the design of the Aesop Signatur-Store, Berlin spotted in Architectural Digest – German Edition. The green scape of tiles used make a stunning abstract backdrop to the simple dark bottles of the Australian skincare brand.
Each Aesop store interior from Melbourne, New York, Paris, Hong Kong and beyond are designed by architects around the world keeping each design different from the other…no two are the same. Dennis Paphitis, Aesop founder explains why in an exclusive interview in Dezeen “It wasn’t so hard to respectfully consider each space individually, consider the customer, the context and to bring a little joy into the conversation.”
In Taipei “we needed to work with a local Taiwanese architect on the first store there. And that just got me thinking about the kind of assault on the streetscape that retailers inflict through the ordinary course of mindless business, the idea that one size would so often be forced to fit all. It wasn’t so hard to respectfully consider each space individually, consider the customer, the context and to bring a little joy into the conversation….Architecturally our criteria is always to try and work with what is already there and to weave ourselves into the core and fabric of the street, rather than to impose what we were doing…
I’m personally more comfortable with under-designed looking design, if that makes sense, or design that dissolves and recedes rather than screams ‘look how clever I am’.” ~Dezeen
Please visit Dezeen for a look at other Aesop store designs from around the world and to read the whole interview.
~images via AD
Santa Monica, CA (August 27, 2013) – WestEdge™ Design Fair, the newest destination for modern design, will premiere at The Barker Hangar October 3-6, 2013. This four-day event will cater to the trade, press and public and will feature 150 exhibiting brands, many making their West Coast debut. Attendees will find design inspiration and be able to shop from the best in furniture, lighting, kitchen, bath, outdoor furnishings and other products for the home. The fair features a full design experience, complete with custom installations, a series of special events and notable discussions, panels, and workshops on various design topics and trends.
For more information and tickets, go to westedgedesignfair.com.
On Saturday I took my little guy to a super fun book launch party at MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He got to color on a huge wall of images from the book with a bunch of arty kids while OBEY artist, Shepard Fairey spun records.
Outside the Lines Coloring Book, a very cool collection of illustrations from more than 100 creative masterminds, including animators, cartoonists, fine artists, graphic artists, illustrators, musicians, outsider artists, photographers, street artists, and video game artists, curated by Souris Hong-Porretta. Tons of the artists were present at the event to sign copies of the book.
The only bummer was that the book SOLD OUT at the MOCA Store before I was able to buy one for my guy and needless to say that led to a major meltdown temper tantrum. I tried to explain to him I would get the book online and did once I got home. I bought several copies because this would make a killer gift for a little person. They haven’t arrived yet, but I’m thinking I should probably keep one for myself as well.
This weekend brings another event from Parachute Market : : ELEMENTAL
E L E M E N T A L will provide a special opportunity for patrons to experience design through a theme that explores both the physical and ethereal origins of the design process. The participating designers are invited to represent their finished work, while including in their exhibit some nod to how the elements play into creative process. Some artists might exhibit their processes externally on the surface of their goods, while others could invite more conceptual inquiry about the influences that lead to the finished product. The objective is to communicate the value of the process while also presenting a final product for sale. In an era of behind the scenes and curated reality of the insta-community, this is an opportunity to editorialize one’s personal design with authenticity and freedom of interpretation.
At this weekend’s event you will find installations from vintage object/furniture store The Window, LAs Joel Chen of JF Chen and artist Clare Graham of Mor York. Along with booths from Reform Gallery, A Current Affair, Twenty Two Hours to just name a few.
Belgian designer/art dealer Axel Vervoordt and his design company whose bespoke interiors impeccably blend antiques and contemporary art have a new book. Axel Vervoordt : : Living with Light explores the Vervoordt design principles and philosophy of living in harmony with natural elements – light, as well as water, metal, wood – and blending the power and influence of nature with the inspiration of art.
“Light is law. It is power, force and life. Light is an energy that helps create the world and define our experiences.” – Axel Vervoordt
I’m fascinated by Carlo Van de Roer‘s The Portrait Machine Project.
From the artist: This project explores the idea that a camera can reveal an insight into the subjects character or the relationship between the photographer, subject and viewer. These portraits are made with a Polaroid aura camera developed by American inventor in an attempt to record what a psychic might see.
The subject is connected to the camera by sensors measuring electromagnetic biofeedback. It translates these readings into information about the subjects character and how they are seen by others. The camera generates a printed description of these views of the subject which are also depicted as color in the Polaroid.
The aura camera has undertones of pseudo-scientific authority and attributes associated with a less mediated type of photography. It’s a modified land camera that uses instant film and has only one button, implying minimal mediation from the photographer.