Spaces: Sandhamnsgatan 57, Stockholm, Sweden

. Sunday, October 31, 2010

An incredible space with fine blend of contemporary and classic mid-century modernism. Crisp white walls and satin black floors set the stage for works by Poul Kjaerholm, Charles and Ray Eames, Vico Magistretti, and Hans Wegner. Antique gilt mirrors and frames nicely add a touch of glamour to the home, reminiscent of the Holm-Becker residence, also in Denmark.

From the photographic portfolio of Charlie Bennet. Via Charlie Bennet's facebook.

Daisy Lowe by Jermaine Francis


By Jermaine Francis for Crash magazine, see the rest of the shoot at pedestrian.

Paris versus New York


A graphic tale of 2 cities by Vahram Muratyan, via swiss miss.

Daily Dose: Mid Century Monochrome

. Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A striking monochrome vignette featuring George Nelson's DAF chair, Joe Colombo's Coupe lamp, and an amazing black velvet and oak lounge chair that bears striking resemblance to Finn Juhl's Wingback lounge chair.

Photographer uncredited, via designismymuse.

Look + Listen: Daft Punk: Derezzed / Extended Tron Legacy Trailer


"This new extended trailer features the track “Derezzed" and its awesome glitchy electronica sounds like it could be a leftover joint from 'Homework'. The clip also features a look at Daft Punk's cameo as futuristic djs."

Wow! Via pedestrian.

Spaces: Andrei Zimmerman: Behnken Residence: Sylt, Germany

. Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A minimalist island getaway by interior desgner Andrei Zimmerman for Wolfgang Behnken, creative director at Young & Rubicam.

Complimenting the interior is a fine international collection of 20th Century design, including a matching pair of suede Florence Knoll sofas; a set of rare Cowhorn chairs by Hans Wegner; stools by Mies van der Rohe and Poul Kjaerholm; a desk and chair by Jean Prouvé; a side table by Alvar Aalto; and lighting by Christian Dell, Isamu Noguchi, and Serge Mouille.

Photos via Mark Seelen, via Elle Decor Italia.

The Architecture of Tron Legacy


Tron Legacy is destined to be a sure hit with both sci-fi and design enthusiasts alike.

"Shot entirely in 3D and VFX'd by Digital Domain, the film promises some spectacular design and blue-tinted cyberspaces, which, everyone is saying, is thanks to the director's background in architecture. Joseph Kosinski was scoffed at for "throwing away" his architecture degree, but it looks like this architect-turned-CG master of the virtual world will be the last one laughing."

Read more about Joseph Kosinski's background and its influence on the film at arkinet.

Via blue ant studio.

And just in case you missed it, here's the latest trailer again:

And here's the Daft Punk powered version, with some rather tasteful furniture selection evident on set:

Spotlight: Darren McDonald

. Monday, October 25, 2010

Absolutely incredible work from one of fashion photography's rising stars, read an interview with this Hong Kong-born Australian-based photographer at pedestrian.

Creative Spaces: The Desk

. Sunday, October 24, 2010

A fascinating look at the creative nest otherwise known as the desk. Via the hansen family.

Spaces: Michael Haverland + Alan Tranksley: Ellenbogen Triplex: Grammercy Park

. Wednesday, October 20, 2010

An incredible renovation by architect Michael Haverland and interior designer Alan Tanksley.

From an article by Jane Margolies:

"In all of New York, there's no place like Gramercy Park, an impeccably tended gated square to which only lucky residents of the surrounding town houses and apartments have a key. Behind those gracious facades, you'd expect to find dimly lit parlors draped in damask. But in the case of one six-story Greek revival house, nothing could be further from the truth. Imag ine entering the 1865 building and taking the elevator to the apartment on the top three floors, where you encounter a decidedly untraditional, unconventional space. Sunshine from an enormous skylight bathes a dramatic travertine staircase. Pedigreed mid-century furniture and large-format contemporary photography fill the rooms on either side. That's the scenario envisioned by the house's owner, Classic Media cofounder and co-CEO Eric Ellenbogen, who has bought, fixed up, and sold multiple Manhattan residences as well as owning a William F. Cody house in Palm Springs, California.
Renovating the Gramercy property involved a multiphase, multiyear collaboration with Michael Haverland Architect. The house was a complete eyesore at the outset-stripped of its original stoop, encrusted with peeling lime-green paint, and chopped up into eight apartments in which nary a mantel, molding, or ceiling medallion remained. While tenants were relocated, Michael Haverland began restoring the redbrick facade to the exacting standards of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. He stripped and re-pointed the brick, reinstated the stoop, and reproduced the original ironwork and cornice. As for the interior, it was devoid of details and dark like most town houses, having windows only on the front and rear. Gutting the space and starting from scratch was the only solution. "I'm all for economy and salvaging," Haverland says. "In this case, though, there was nothing to save."
Alan Tanksley, a Gramercy-area resident whose namesake interiors firm was called in to help "stage" the upper triplex in a sluggish market, consulted on finishes and light fixtures to "soften the architecture's hard edges," he notes. Most of the rooms he painted in light neutrals, and softly colored grass cloth covers walls in two of the bedrooms and the home office. Tanksley's other reason for keeping the background restrained was the distinctive mid-century furniture that Ellenbogen has been collecting for 25 years: rare, iconic examples of the genre, some of them stored in a climate-controlled warehouse. Although Tanksley found some of the furnishings at auction in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Jersey and added such inexpensive purchases as the Isamu Noguchi paper orb hanging from the raked ceiling of the living room, the project was largely, Tanksley explains, "a matter of working with what Eric already had." Designer, client, and a stylist, Rogelio Garcia, arranged the furniture, playing straight lines against curves and juxtaposing pieces with a machined quality against those that look handmade. To complete the "lived-in" illusion, the Julie Saul Gallery installed a selection of contemporary photography in advance of a cocktail party thrown by Ellenbogen's real-estate agent to entice potential purchasers. Someone came forward soon after, a man who found the turnkey arrangement appealing enough to buy the place, lock, stock, and barrel.

The fine collection of 20th Century design includes vintage freeform brass sconces, Jacques Adnet desk and chair, biomorphic Italian lounge chairs by Erberto Carboni Delfino flank an Piero Fornasetti table, Andrée Putman floor lamp beside a Paul Laszlo sofa and a Paul Evans coffee table, Edvard and Tove Kindt-Larsen cabinet, Jean Pascaud armchair, Gio Ponti chair, a Robert Sonneman lamp, John Risley bench, Hans Wegner Valet chair, George Nakashima daybed, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Tugenhat chair, Pierre Paulin desk with a Harry Bertoia wire chair, George Nelson bed, Eames Eiffel Armchair,  Paul McCobb credenza, outdoor furniture by Harry Bertoia and Walter Lamb. The contemporary photography collection includes works by Sarah Anne Johnson, Bill Jacobson, Sally Gall, and Orit Raff.

Photography by Eric Laignel.

Via Interior Design.

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