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Fine Print: The Urban House

One of my resolutions for 2014 is to feature new design books more promptly. The first one of the year is The Urban House: Townhouses, Apartments, Lofts, and Other Spaces For City Living  (Rizzoli, February 2014), written by author Ron Broadhurst, with foreward by starchitect Richard Meier, who has his own book, Richard Meier Architect, coming out this month.

The 298 page paperback, presented in a nice, thick square format, presents 25 new(ish) spaces for city living, photos, descriptions, and floor plans. There are projects by established architects including John Pawson and Annabelle Selldorf, as well as emerging architects, including Barbara Bestor and Messana O’Rorke. Here is a sampling of 13 lofts, townhouses, and apartments that caught my eye (sorry the scans are slightly funky).

The Urban House Rizzoli Annabelle Seldor

Annabelle Seldorf
Former YMCA in Chelsea, NYC

The Urban House Rizzoli Annabelle Seldor

Annabelle Seldorf
Former YMCA in Chelsea, NYC

The Urban House Rizzoli Messana O'Rorke

Messana O’Rorke
Townhouse in the West Village, NYC

The Urban House Rizzoli Work Architecture Company

Work Architecture Company
Subterranean loft in NYC

The Urban House Rizzoli Barbara Bestor

Barbara Bestor
Floating bungalow in Venice, California

The Urban House Rizzoli Unstudio NYC

UNstudio NYC
Art collector’s loft in NYC

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Wells Mackereth
Little Venice House in London

The Urban House Rizzoli Wells Makereth

Wells Mackereth
Little Venice House in London

The Urban House Rizzoli Lorcan O'Herlihy

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
House in Dublin

The Urban House Rizzoli Simon Jacobsen

Simon Jacobsen (son of architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen)
Simon Jacobsen’s own townhouse in Georgetown, D.C.

The Urban House Rizzoli John Pawson

John Pawson
Apartment in Ghent, Belgim

The Urban House Rizzoli Andree Putnam

Andree Putnam
Apartment n San Sebastian, Spain

The Urban House Rizzoli Annabelle Seldorf

Annabelle Seldorf
Townhouse in the East Village, NYC

The Urban House Rizzoli 1100 Architect

1100 Architect
Duplex in TriBeCa, NYC

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Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Architect’s own house in Venice, California

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Foodie Friday: Flour, Too by Joanne Chang

Pastry chef and Flour Bakery owner Joanne Chang just debuted her second cookbook, Flour, Too. This time around Chang includes recipes for the cafe’s most popular sweets and savories. I went to the book launch party at Flour’s newest outpost (in my neighborhood!) and sampled all the goodies. Here are my Instagram photos. Now I need to try out the recipes in my own kitchen. I’m hosting a 6th grade graduation brunch for 25 this Sunday, so it’s perfect timing. The problem will be which to choose . . .

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Fine Print: Irving Harper Works in Paper

Irving Harper: Works in Paper (Skira Rizzoli, $45) is a monograph that showcases the designer’s never exhibited fantastical paper sculptures. Harper, who is 95-years-old, worked in George Nelson’s studio for 17 years in the 1950s and 1960s. It was he who designed the Marshmallow sofa and the Ball clock, as well as the Herman Miller logo. He began constructing his uniquties in his Westchester County home back in 1963, “to relieve stress.” He stopped about 10 years ago, because he ran out of space to display them; ore than three hundred works fill his house and barn.

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The pieces, which include people, animals, and abstracts, are made “mostly out of paperboard, but also balsa wood, beads, straws, toothpicks, pinecones, telephone wire, twigs, dolls’ limbs and glass eyeballs, Mylar sheets, Styrofoam lumps, and pieces of the ceramic clocks.” Really, you need to see them to appreciate them…

Irving Haper paper sculpture

 Construction paper, ping pong balls, on wood base

Irving Haper paper sculpture

Painted construction paper, found wooden spindles, on wood base

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Construction paper

Irving Haper paper sculpture

Painted corrugated cardboard, painted ping pong balls, twigs

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Construction paper, mat board, hat pins, glass doll eyes

Irving Harper paper sculpture figures

Paperboard, toothpicks, clock parts, pearls, plastic eyes

Irving Haper home

Irving Harper’s home


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Fine Print: 25 Best Design Books of 2012

The constant stream of books into my home may be the best perk of being a blogger. While I’ve been aiming to pare down my possessions, I still revel in the glossy pages of beautifully photographed rooms. It helps that I have a rather grand set of built in bookshelves in my living room, which looks best when full. Then of course there’s the console table behind the sofa that needs a stack, and the coffee table (a Heywood-Wakefield with a top that turns, inherited from my husband’s grandparents). A couple of these don’t squarely fall in the design category, and I don’t actually own every one, but I did browse and love them all.

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STEVEN GAMBREL DESIGN BOOK RIZZOLI 2012

Steven Gambrel Time & Space, Abrams 2012

PLAYFUL HOME KIDS ROOMS ANDREW WEAVING

Playful Home, Rizzoli 2012

KELLY WEARSTLER BOOK RHAPSODY RIZZOLI 2012

Kelly Wearstler Rhapsody, Rizzoli 2012

DIANE KEATON HOUSE DESIGN BOOK

Diane Keaton House, Rizzoli 2012

CLASSICAL CHINESE FURNITURE COFFEE TABLE BOOK

 Classical Chinese Furniture, Vendome Press 2012

BROOKLYN MAKERS CRAFTERS HIPSTERS

Brooklyn Makers, Princeton Architectural Press 2012

SUSANNA SALK DECORATING BOOK 2012

Susanna Salk Be Your Own Decorator, Rizzoli 2012

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Jennifer Post Pure Space, Rizzoli 2012

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Cupcakes and Cashmere, Abrams 2012

HOME NOVOGRATZ COFFEE TABLE BOOK

Home by Novogratz, Artisan 2012

YOUNG HOUSE LOVE BLOG BOOK

Young House Love, Artisan 2012

AMANDA NISBET DAZZLING DESIGN RIZZOLI

Amanda Nisbet Dazzling Design, Stewart, Tabori & Chang 2012

THE ART BOOK NEW EDITION PHAIDON 2012

The Art Book, Phaidon 2012

THIS OLD HOUSE BEST OF BOOK

This Old House The Best Homes, Abrams 2012

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Alvar Aalto Houses, Princeton Architectural Press 2012

THOM FILICIA AMERICAN BEAUTY BOOK

Thom Filicia American Beauty, Clarkson Potter 2012

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Roman and Williams Things We Made, Rizzoli 2012

AM ATELIER INTERIORS DESIGN BOOK

Interiors | Atelier AM, Rizzoli 2012

THE ICONIC INTERIOR

The Iconic Interior, Abrams 2012

200 SMALL APARTMENT IDEAS BOOK

200 Small Apartment Ideas, Firefly Books 2012

ANN GETTY DECORATING STYLE BOOK

Ann Getty Interior Style, Rizzoli 2012

LARS  BOLANDER INTERIOR DESIGNER SWEDEN BOOK

 Lars Bolander Interior Design and Inspiration, TeNeues 2012

ERIC COHLER INTERIOR DESIGN COFFEE TABLE BOOK

Eric Cohler Cohler on Design, The Monacelli Press 2012

DARRYL CARTER WASHINGTON DC DECORATOR

Darryl Carter The Collected Home, Clarkson Potter 2012

FRENCH FLAIR MODERN VINTAGE DESIGN BOOK FLAMMARION

French Flair Modern Vintage Interiors, Flammarion 2012

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Fine Print: Kelly Wearstler Rhapsody

Photo: Thomas Whiteside

Beverly Hills-based interior designer (fashion designer, “Top Design” judge, trendsetter, cool chick) Kelly Wearstler, has a new book—Kelly Wearstler: Rhapsody (Rizzoli New York, 2012). The glossy, glamour-filled book, her fourth, will be released next Tuesday, October 23rd.  It profiles Wearstler’s latest residential designs (previously unpublished) and her sumptuous new hotels, as well as her creative process. I have a copy already and I’m thoroughly enjoying the photographs, though I wish there was more information to accompany them.

Kelly Wearstler: Rhapsody
Rizzoli New York, 2012

Flash sale site One King’s Lane is offering the boook for pre-order today for only $38  instead of $55, starting at 11 am ET. (If you need an invite email me.) The second Kelly Wearstler “Tastemaker Tag Sale” also goes live at the same time this morning. The sale will feature home accessories from Wearstler’s archive.

Kelly Wearstler “Tastemaker Tag Sale” launches today.

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Inspiration trays: A library of all the elements in a given room. Each piece is loose and free-gloating to accommodate changes during the course of a project. 

Artful hand-painted wall covering in a guest bedroom.

“I wanted to create something very free-form and alluring in this space. The organic sweep of the staircase juxtaposed against the graphic features of the grand stair vestibule manifests a kind of sexual tension.”

Wearstler aimed to mirror the movement of the rug pattern with the black and white photography hung on the wall, in a varying frame and matte sizes. Fuchsia alligator chairs are the focal point. 

A punk-inspired girl’s bathroom. 

A  boy’s bathroom in black and white stone.

Bold hand-painted silk wall covering in a private receiving room. 

Art deco-inspired ski carpet and espresso-brown 1960s Italian leather chairs. 

“If there is one thing I know, it is that the color of a room has a profound impact on the mood and energy of its inhabitants.”

 

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Fine Print: Miles Redd The Big Book of Chic

I’ve got a ridiculous stack of luscious design books on my (Heywood-Wakefield) coffee table. I may have to start posting twice a day in order to work them all in. If you’re on top of things, you’ll note that a couple of these came out in the spring. Eek.

Let’s start with NYC interior designer Miles Redd’s  The Big Book of Chic (October 2012, Assouline), which I don’t even actually have IRL.  However, Assouline did provide me with a digital version and press images. Plus, I found a nifty video on their site in which Miles waxes poetic on the roots of his personal style and his vision for this printed masterpiece.

“This is a book about dreams coming true; the curiosities in the rooms I have decorated; and the people, artists, and places that have inspired me.”

There are some good glimpses of his character and aesthetic from this video. He’s quite appealing. There are also stills of the pages of color-drenched, carefully curated rooms. My favorite nugget:

“I think my love of color came from my mother’s love to dress me up in like, pastel jeans. . .She just would go crazy [with] apricot sorbet color sweaters and mattress plaid pants. I took to it pretty quickly.”

Hailing from Atlanta, Redd moved to NYC to study film at NYU, though his true interest lay in set design. After graduating he worked for antiques dealer John Rosselli, and then assisted decorator Bunny Williams. I plan to meet later this month when she’s in Boston promoting her new line of furniture. I shall ask her about him! Redd established his own firm in 1998.

“Great rooms are made up of great objects.”

Photo credits clockwise: © Doug Friedman; reprinted with permission from House Beautiful © 1997 Hearst Communications, Inc., all rights reserved, photo by Oberto Gili; © Paul Costello; © Quentin Bacon; © Martyn Thompson.

A few of the rooms in the book:

Courtesy of Marlyn Thompson

© Francesco Lagnese

© James Merrill  |  © Paul Costello

His use of color is spectacular, dont you think?

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Giveaway: Win Amanda Nisbet’s New Book

I often feature rooms designed by Amanda Nisbet, so was excited to learn she has her first book coming out. (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, September 15, 2012.).  In celebration of “What’s New What’s Next at the New York Design Center this Thursday, I am giving away a signed copy. Just leave a comment on this post about a new interior design look you love, or one you’d wish would go away.

Stop by the NYDC for “What’s New What’s Next”

Designers, editors, and topics include:
Thom Filicia & Elle Decor editor, Michael Boodro
Charlotte Moss & House Beautiful editor, Newell Turner
 Simon Doonan on Jonathan Adler’s new collection for Kravet
Celerie Kemble on her new book Black & White
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Amanda Nisbet on her new book Dazzling Designs

WHATWhat’s New, What’s Next
WHERE: New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., NYC
WHEN: September 13, 2012 – 3-9pm
RSVP: Click here.

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I love the colors and patterns she infuses into her classic designs, which lighten the mood.

To enter to win a signed copy of Amanda Nisbet’s Dazzling Designs, leave a comment on this post about a new look you love or a look you are totally over already. Be sure it posts with your email address so I can contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is Monday, Sept. 17 at midnight E.S.T.

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Fine Print: Oberto Gilli Home Sweet Home

Although it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, stores are fervently blasting Christmas tunes to get shoppers in the mood. I prefer to do my shopping online, with my sound shut off.  Between intrusive tunes and the disappearance of brick and mortar bookstores, I thought it would be helpful to start featuring the best design-related coffee table books that have been published recently. While I’m anti-paper in most aspects of my life, I still adore a glossy book. This one makes a beautiful holiday gift.

Oberto Gill: Home Sweet Home, Rizzoli, October 2011

Oberto Gill: Home Sweet Home showcases “sumptuous and bohemian interiors” shot by Oberto Gilli throughout his career. (His work has appeared in House & Garden, Town & Country, Vogue.) There are photos of more than 40 homes shown in full, from New York City penthouses and artist lofts to seventeenth-century Italian villas and country homes in Morocco. Here is a sampling:

Decorator Muriel Brandolini’s first apartment in New York, 1992

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Oberto Gili’s home in Piedmont, Italy, 2010

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Oberto Gili’s home in Piedmont, Italy, 2010

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Artist and photographer Andres Serrano, New York City, 2000

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Artist Ellsworth Kelly’s studio in Spencertown, New York, 1996

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Vineyard owners Laura di Collobiano & Moreno Petrini’s 16th century abode in Tuscany, 2007

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Oberto Gili’s home in Piedmont, Italy, 2010

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Paola Igliori (poet, photographer, writer, filmmaker), Villa Lina, Lazio, Italy, 2008

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Oberto Gili’s home in Piedmont, Italy, 2010

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Landscape architect Paolo Pejrone’s home in Italy, 2010

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Artist Anish Kapoor’s house, Notting HIll Gate, London, 1998

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Gallery owner John Cheim’s loft in New York City, 1989

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Oberto Gili’s home in Piedmont, Italy, 2010

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Isabella Rosselini’s barn in Bellport, Long Island, 2010

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Oberto Gili’s studio in Piedmont, Italy, 2010

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For more about the man, I recommend New York Social Diary’s fantastic tour of Gilli’s brownstone in the West Village.

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Fine Print: Victoria Hagan Interior Portraits

Victoria Hagan’s Interior Portraits came out back in October, but I’ve been so busy these last few months I’m just catching up on my reading now. I’ve been a fan of Hagan’s work for years. Her environments are quiet, yet strong, perfectly balanced and sophisticated. I especially admire her sense of composition. Although I tend toward slightly more lively elements and more color  in my own living space, I really appreciate her aesthetic.


I often look to Hagan’s interiors to understand furniture layout, something I’m not very good at. The seating and tables are well-balanced, symmetrical without looking “done.” I love the artwork over the fireplace here.

I’ve always appreciated a perfect blue and white room. Love the slightly rumpled striped rug, bold sofas, and crisp white X-benches.

I love that although this is a purely black and white room, there’s nothing stark, or (gasp) bachelor-ish about it. The lines of the sofas are strong and they look comfortable in that delicious black velvet, and the mix of chair styles lends just the right touch of eclectic.
This room is much more saturated in color than Hagan’s usual spaces. The blue/green walls have an ombré effect. And I adore oversize artwork.
Again, a large format artwork; its blues set off the topaz of the amazing Murano glass chandelier and amber glass candlesticks perfectly.
I love the chandelier in this room; slightly swirly and elegant. The desk looks very  cool, with clear acrylic side panels. The modern artwork hanging above is great too.

A perfectly relaxing bedroom; no distractions.

The symmetry of the sinks frame the statement tub.

A home office with a view that encourages daydreams. Love the chairs.

Again, a great big canvas adds life and color to a neutral room.

 

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Fine Print: Tricia Guild Colors, Patterns, and Space

Color temptress Tricia Guild of Designers Guild has a new book out this month. As always the palettes and mix of patterns is fabulous. And, I love the book’s black and white cloth binding.

Tricia Guild Colors, Patterns, and Space

Tricia Guild

© Tricia Guild: Colors, Patterns, and Space, Rizzoli New York, 2010.  Photos: James Merrell, 2010

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