While sadly I couldn’t be there in person, I followed last month’s epic Armory Art Show with great interest from afar. One artist who is represented by San Francisco’s own Haines Gallery caught my eye in a profound way. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian hails from Tehran, Iran after having spent several extended periods living in the West, a fact that profoundly influences her work. She’s best recognized for her mirrored mosaic sculptures that blend traditional Iranian technique with a decisive nod to geometric Abstraction. In addition to having commissioned pieces around the globe, Monir had her first U.S. solo show at the Guggenheim last year. Another fact that shouldn’t be overlooked is her age. She a vibrant ninety-something. Clearly, there is something to be said for doing what you love.
Every February throngs of midcentury architecture and design aficionados, like myself, descend upon Palm Springs for Modernism Week. With over 250 events, tours, films, lectures and parties, it is THE celebration of midcentury design.
This year, I am thrilled to have my home on tour. I spent years envisioning my ideal Palm Springs getaway. Then thanks to the brilliance of architect Jim Jennings, my dreams became a reality. The frame of my home literally arrived via flatbed truck. How novel! Finishing touches came courtesy of me. Please come join me in the desert on February 21st.
We love client installations. It’s probably the closest an interior designer ever gets to that HGTV-style reveal complete with the requisite squeals of delight. We had one last week for a fabulous family with four young children. Decorating for this lively tribe meant keeping things durable without sacrificing style.
Here’s a peek at the home that emerged. We wanted to hunker down and stay a while.
Our design director Katie McCaffrey recently returned from being blown away at CES. Here’s what she had to say about the smartest appliance for the kitchen:
Imagine a refrigerator door that works like an i-Pad. The geniuses at Corning and Samsung not only imagined one but they created it. You can check the weather, watch your favorite cooking show, upload pictures of your family and get reminders all while nursing your first cup of joe. Say “bye bye” to the era of the sliding magnet weighed down with “to do” lists and children’s art.
Low on milk? Need more veggies? No problem, your super fridge will let you know. This is what I call useful technology! Keep an eye open for Samsung’s model which should debut later this year.
To see more innovative ideas from Corning, check out this video.
I hope that you welcome 2016 with a “bang!” We scouted this memorable coffee table at Design Miami and it left quite an impression. Although I still can’t decide where it belongs in my home, it reminds me to just say no to dull in the new year. Chin Chin!
As the rain storms pummel the Bay Area, my mind keeps wandering back to Miami and the fascinating art that stirred my soul. Art is alive and well, my friends. It shocks, inspires awe and reminds me that creativity has no borders. Happy Holidays!
Series of hands with rings in various colors by Luis Gispert
It’s no great secret that my favorite annual getaway is the one that I take to Art Basel Miami every first week of December. While some people are wrapping themselves in greenery and tinsel, I prefer to hightail it south for a taste of what’s new and inspiring in the art world. True to history, this year did not disappoint. Consider this part one of a three-part series on my finds. Come bliss out with me!
Trend Alert! Custom shaped canvas is now all the rage.
I tend to veer toward the more contemporary side of design but love how something with a past life immediately adds history and richness to a room. Antique and vintage pieces may or may not come with a noteworthy provenance but they always come with a story (even if it requires some creative license on your part). Here are some wonderful “old things” that the ladies in our office have been eying.
Feeling dapper. This trio of heirloom brushes is all so very Downton Abbey to me. Valet!
It’s tough to verbalize what goes into the design and creation of a space. Words don’t adequately capture the glory and madness of it all. It certainly involves a lot more than a snap of the fingers or the wave of a wand.
Kudos to Drew McGukin and 1stdibs for this insightful and candid time-lapse video showing the transformation of a Holiday House NYC room over five days. Be still my beating heart.