These local discoveries have caught our expert’s eye – check out five beautiful objects, from a mid-20th-century Italian brass pendant to George Jones for Wedgwood's majolica jardinière circa-1857, that can add some history to your home.
You start with the basics—looking at the foundation of the garden and the history of the landscape. You can walk on the property and literally feel it with your feet, and then start fixing any problems you’ve found. But if you’re building a house, keep in mind that it’s a very invasive process. A landscape is being completely dug up, driven over, rained on, and so on.
Feathering your nest this summer? These whimsical design objects, from C. Wonder's Sea Life porcelain coasters to an embroidered natural linen Spider and Ladybug pillow by Klaus Haapaniemi, are hard to resist.
Brillembourg, a Venezuelan-born architect who is an adjunct professor at Columbia, put his skill set to use in planning the house; Waisman, a fine artist who studied architecture as an undergraduate in her native Buenos Aires and later earned an MFA in sculpture from Cornell, took on the role of “editor,” helping her husband shape and hone the design. The collaboration paid off.
The legendary interiors illustrator Jeremiah Goodman created window displays and advertisements for Lord & Taylor for more than 30 years, not to mention memorable drawings for decorators such as Billy Baldwin and magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Now, at 91, he reflects on one of his proudest achievements, his beloved East Hampton carriage house, originally built for the J. Harper Poor family in 1917 and now part of the Baker House hotel.
Designed in 1913 by J. Curtis Lawrence, the architect of the historic Ring Lardner residence nearby, the home now bears the couple’s stamp, its decor an accumulation of unusual finds and family heirlooms. A lacquer-topped table holding dozens of family photographs anchors the living room, where Breen’s abstract winter landscape The Gloaming hangs above the fireplace. The view through the entryway reveals various seating pieces with mix-and-match upholstery and pink mandevilla vines climbing the trellis on the back patio.
At first glance, the East Hampton home and studio of artist Billy Sullivan and his partner, curator and author Klaus Kertess, is really just two boxes with several more rectilinear spaces tucked inside it—just like one of those Russian nesting dolls. That’s all there is, it seems, until one sees the goldfish darting about in the tank garden that separates the living quarters from the newer studio.
Inspired by a similar campaign run by Fritz Hansen in 2009, Beth Dickstein of BDE reached out to 10 charter members with her vision for Be Original. All of them signed on. The manifest includes top executives from Alessi, Artek, Bernhardt Design, Cassina/Poltrona Frau/Cappellini, Emeco, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Herman Miller, Ligne Roset and Vitra. Through a series of educational programs, lectures and workshops, Be Original hopes to raise awareness and engage in dialogue about the inherent value of innovative and original design, and how to identify it. In particular, the group hopes to influence the younger generation of emerging designers and students.
We never planned to be New Englanders. We were New Yorkers through and through. I couldn’t wait to move to the City after growing up in a small town in western New York State. And Craig Bassam, my partner, made his way to New York from his native Australia. We had the quintessential New York life—including an apartment with a wraparound terrace in West Chelsea.
According to lifestyle product designer Christopher Peacock, luxury dressing rooms are the home design trend of today. Peacock is known for transforming raw timbers into cabinetry for kitchens, libraries and bathrooms. He recently utilized his attention to impeccable detail and color to create a show stopping dressing room for the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. The warm, cheerful pink walls of the closet livened the mood of the home and put a smile on the faces of visitors.
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