Image: Architonic I love everything about concrete. I love it as a material, since it can do almost anything and work almost anywhere. I love it as part of a structure and as part of an interior. I love it when it’s used to create fixtures, furnishings, and just about anything. You get the picture: Continue Reading »
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Image: Graeme Boyle; Design: Techne Architecture and Interior Design Here I go again: something has caught my eye and I’ve decided to share this newfound interior design lust with you. Aren’t you lucky? Today, it’s black floors. I suddenly seem to be seeing them everywhere, and, frankly, I can’t get enough! As some of you Continue Reading »
Image: Room&Board Whenever you deal with someone who tries to give advice on the “best” of anything, you already know it’s going to be a subjective call. So, in order to qualify my list of best bedside lamps, I thought I’d provide some criteria. In other words, these are the qualities I look for in Continue Reading »
Design: Stephen and Kerry Fuller; Image: Blayne Beacham on Cote de Texas I’ve always had a strong affinity for precise detail work. That’s true whether I’m enjoying a great actor’s performance on screen or I’m drinking in amazing architecture during a home tour event. So when I see particularly stunning molding, millwork, or other detail Continue Reading »
Some things are simply self-evident. The sky is blue, fire is hot, and shelves store stuff. Or shelves display stuff. Or shelves help organize stuff. My point is that—at least on the surface of the subject—there’s really nothing new to discover about shelves. Or is there? I started taking a look at shelves – floating shelves, specifically – and found that there’s actually more than meets the eye when it comes to the kinds of things you can do with floating shelves. Here’s what I discovered:
Design and Image: Jeffrey Alan Marks, “Jeffrey Alan Marks: The Meaning of Home by Jeffrey Alan Marks”, Rizzoli New York, 2013 I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering if they put the wrong name on the author line of this post, aren’t you? How that little image of the person who wrote this could possibly Continue Reading »
Trends come and go; that’s why they’re called trends. Art is subjective—in the eye of the beholder, if you will—and that’s one of the great things about art: you’re either affected by something or you’re not. One person’s spray-painted abomination is another person’s perfect expression of self. So, when an artistic genre – like graffiti – becomes an interior design trend you can count on lines being drawn and people taking sides.
Now and then I’ll see a photo on some site or other that shows something interior design related that I think is so AWESOME and I CAN’T WAIT to try it myself. Recently I saw a terrific kitchen renovation online that had lighting consisting of simple sockets hanging from black cords; what made them AMAZING was the decorative bulbs used with the plain fixtures. Those bulbs made all the difference in the world and I COULDN’T WAIT to give that a whirl in my own home. (Okay, I’ll stop with the yelling; you just need to know how exited I get some times about this stuff.) Problem was, I didn’t have any fixtures that would lend themselves to the extra cool factor of using decorative bulbs. So, as usual, I decided I wanted to post about it so that all of you could benefit from my excitement, even if I can’t.
It’s a common design dilemma: do I satisfy my need for aesthetics or do I focus on functionality? That question seems to come up again and again for designers and their clients. And, well, you know me—I always like to answer those kinds of questions with one of my own: why not have both great looks and fantastic utility? Enter rollaways. Just like the way chocolate and peanut butter combine to make something awesome, furniture and wheels can do the same thing.
When I sat down to write this post—I feel like we’re close enough that I can tell you these things—I wondered what the heck I was thinking when I pitched the idea of a piece about using airport chairs at home. Really? And just where the heck would I find examples of using airport chairs at home? Seriously. But, as you’ll see, I was quickly reminded of my inspiration that led to the suggestion. Why, y’all? Design icons created some of these, and that’s why they not only continue to be used in airports today but why they also can make great pieces for use at home.