"interior design"

russian shabby chic : mari vanna

Mari Vanna is a Russian restaurant that opened in June in New York city's Gramercy neighbourhood. It's been described as someone's Russian lady's shabby chic apartment in St. Petersburg – only with a much larger vodka selection. The restaurant is officially taking walk-ins this week (initially only open for private parties). I love everything about this room – from the chandeliers, wallpaper to the dusty shelves of books. Gorgeous space! Anyone up for Russian fare?

All images from UrbanDaddy.com

an oasis in buenos aires : the sticotti house

I just adore this wood and iron house by furniture designer/architect Alejandro Sticotti in Buenos Aires. He describes it as "a house floating in the garden", which I love. Every room in the building overlooks the garden. This house is a perfect example of when lines between interior and exterior are blurred. It's also an example of warm modernist design that is my favourite type of architecture. They've used both local and recycled materials to build. So the house pays respects to Argentina despite the stark architectural contrast to the primarily ornate European baroque and tudor of the city. Love. love. love this.

All images from Dwell.com

beachwood : a modern surf shack

This beautiful beach house was recently renovated by my friend, Jon Maltby. Jon is a fellow designer/creative director, avid surfer and old college friend of mine that lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The "surf shack" is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island (a five hour trip via ferry boat from Vancouver).

Jon designed as well as built almost everything himself. The wood used for the fireplace and headboards for the beds were recycled from the house's original siding. Structural wood was re-used to build the hearth. The loft railing was custom made in Vancouver and then transported to the house. The house is situated on what was originally an old logging camp. The original physical house was actually relocated to this location (via a barge) from the area where the Vancouver airport was built.

I love how the layout of the house takes full advantage of the view and the light. This makes me wish I had a beach house of my own. Gorgeous!

For more images, check here.

an ALL MODERN giveaway!

Who doesn't love a good giveaway? I'm thrilled to have my first giveaway with Allmodern.com. All Modern has a fantastic selection of modern furniture and home accessories from many leading designers. Part of CSN Stores, All Modern is just one of over 260 retail sites that offer a diverse array of products from Herman Miller’s popular Aeron Chair to cookware by Rachael Ray.

This gorgeous Koko Company Pollen 18x18" pillow below reminds me of something that would be in a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home. It's Japanese design meets mid-century modern. Its all about detail, color and texture.

Enter now to win this pillow by leaving a comment below and tell me what you think of it. The winner will be chosen at random next Wednesday morning, July 15th 2009. You will have until end of day Tuesday, July 14th to enter. This giveaway is limited to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck! :)

inspired workspace : 7GODS

I love the idea of taking part with not only branding and identity design for a product or service, but also the architecture and interior design of the related spaces. 7GODS in the UK does exactly this. I absolutely love their work and I adore the design of their workspace, Unit 22. The gorgeous lighting collection is nicely displayed in their sexy, all-white studio.

All images above are from Yazter

Studio photos from 7GODS

apotheke: great concept, great execution


My previous post about the Alembic Bar identity design reminded me of my favourite absinthe bar in Manhattan, Apotheke (which I believe, is the German word for apothecary) that opened during Fashion Week in '08. I had the privilege of going for a private event the week before it officially opened it's doors. The two names are related: an alembic is a vessel used in the distillation process often used in apothecaries or perfumeries. 
Apotheke is more than an absinthe bar. The concept behind it and the name is carried all the way through — which is what I love about it. It's more than a bar, it's a "cocktail apothecary". It's the first of it's kind. It is a place that one might find unique drink concoctions designed to soothe whatever might be ailing them. There are exotic herbs, fruit and essential oils thoughtfully infused in their (apparently, trés expensive) cocktails. Delicious, however... in more ways than one. They think of the bar as a chemistry lab or even a stage. 
The interior design carries through the concept as well. Located in a former opium den (among a host of other shady previous lives), it's history makes this place all the more intriguing. The shelf behind the bar instantly reminded me of the Fragonard Perfume Museum in Paris which I loved. I happen to go while in Paris in '05 because I was researching perfume and essential oils for a client at the time. Apotheke is the darker, sexier version of the museum. Everything from floor to ceiling was well considered without looking over the top. Even the light fixtures are made from old beakers. Love it! I had the most amazing (flaming) shot of absinthe there. I must stop by again soon. Go check it out!




The company I work for (3:SL Creative) was lucky enough to find office/studio space to share with an interior design firm called Curated. Not only do we get regular glimpses at beautifully designed rooms, we get to work out of their gorgeous space. Admittedly, I also enjoy overhearing snippets of interior design-related conversations :)  
Below is a book that Curated published to show off their work and their inspiration. I thought it was so well done, I had to share. If I had better lighting equipment and a seamless white backdrop, I would have been able to take better photos of the book. Hopefully, the images below will give you an idea. It was designed with meticulous detail. Even the "inspiration" section was printed on toothier, warmer, uncoated stock. 


Here are images from their current and past projects that I particularly liked. Love their style, the use of mid-century modern furniture as well as their use of color. Plenty of inspiration here for my future apartment. I'd love to be able to afford to hire them one day...