Look+Listen: Adele covers The Cure's Lovesong

. Sunday, February 27, 2011

Watch Adele's soulful interpretation of The Cure's 1989 classic Lovesong, live at the Tabernacle in London. Below is an interview snippet where she describes what Lovesong means for her and why she covered it.

Spaces: Iain Halliday: Von Mueffling Residence, Manhattan


A follow-up to an earlier Daily Dose, Iain Halliday crafts the perflect blend of Manhattan Modernism with Hollywood Glamour. From an article by Jill Gerston:

Can an Australian accustomed to sun-drenched beaches, shaded verandas, and vast expanses of green find happiness living in the asphalt canyons of Manhattan?

Absolutely, according to Kiane von Mueffling, a Sydney transplant ensconced with her husband, Charlie, and their 15-month-old son, Oliver, in a towering prewar building whose top 12 floors have been converted from commercial space into residential apartments.

The enormous windows in the Von Muefflings’ living room command impressive views of the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park, a verdant six-acre oasis. “It’s like living in the treetops.”

Kiane wanted the apartment to reflect her passion for jaw-dropping Hollywood glamour in the style of decorators Dorothy Draper and Tony Duquette. Her husband wanted practicality and comfort. To combine these sensibilities into a look she describes as “modern, livable, and luxurious without being overdone,” she hired designer Iain Halliday of the Australian firm BKH. Halliday tempered his client’s haute-glam tendencies while Kiane brought a touch of dazzle to the designer’s minimalist aesthetic.

Back-to-back silk velvet sofas divide the living room into a formal entertaining area and a family spot where the couple can watch Glee and play with Oliver. With its mix of modern and antique pieces—a wire-frame Knoll chair, a pair of Louis XVI bergères, a 1960s Baker cocktail table—the clean, elegant space flows seamlessly, thanks to a geometric patterned rug and a gray tufted leather window seat that runs the length of the room.

Furnishings include a Warren Platner lounge chair, silk Executive chairs by Eero Saarinen, and a 1950's Italian gilt Sheaf of Wheat side table. The silk velvet sofa is based on a rare Mies van der Rohe design for Knoll.

Photos by William Waldron, styled by JC Garcia-Lavin, via Elle Decor.

Spotlight: Julie Skinner: P.S.

. Thursday, February 24, 2011

1stDibs Introspective spotlights Winnipeg born Julie Skinner, and her incredible Manhattan shop P.S.

Read her amazing story here.

An interview with Kelly Wearstler


A great interview with Kelly Wearstler, where she talks about her life, her influences, and her own glamorous brand of maximalist modernism.

Fresh Finds: Airborne, Raak, Studio Mascagni + more


A sleek and chic pair of Storm chairs recently reupholstered in plush button-tufted pewter velvet. From the renowned French firm Airborne, whose design staff included the likes of Olivier Mourgue and Pierre Guariche.

A classic Sheaf of Wheat side table base in gilt steel. Despite its Italian origin, this design became the epitome of Parisian chic when both Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent utilized them in their own homes.

Signed with metal tag MADE IN ITALY.

A sleek pair of table lamps from the renowned Amsterdam design studio Raak, featuring brushed aluminum posts that pierce through translucent acrylic dome shades. The shades are mounted by perforated aluminum discs that provide heat ventilation for the double bulb sockets. Minimalist in form, maximalist in style.

An elegantly designed pair of Modernist serving trays in black lacquer, brass, and glass. From the Bologna-based design studio founded in 1930 by Umberto and Elsa Mascagni.

A glamorous 1950s Modernist ceramic lamp featuring a metallic gold glaze over a woven patterned surface.

Via Modern Love, with many more great finds to come.

Classic Spaces: Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal to transform into a Boutique Hotel


Exciting and intriguing news, that breathes new life into a 20th Century architectural icon.

The lobby to a “boutique” hotel would seem to be an appropriate use for the old terminal, with its super-mod interior spaces. It’s got ready-made check-in counters and great spaces for lounges, bars, and restaurants with food by April Bloomfield. Think the Ace with a jet-age aesthetic. But whomever is chosen as architect to remake the space and build the adjacent new building will have some serious challenges, and those of us who are fans of the terminal, and believe in preservation, are going to need to be on our guard, since this is indeed one of architecture’s classic works.

Read the full story at arch daily.

Photos by Ezra Stoller.

Spotlight: Irina Werning: Back to the Future


Samples from photographer Irina Werning's heartwarming ongoing project, recreating vintage photographs with their original subjects.

"I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today... A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future."

From top to bottom:
Lali in 1978 & 2010
Lucia in 1956 & 2010
Nico in 1986 & 2010
Mechi in 1990 & 2010
Ian in 1984 & 2010
My Parents in 1970 & 2010
Lulu & G in 1980 & 2010
See the rest here.

Listen: Little Joy: Unattainable

. Sunday, February 20, 2011

"Commissioned by Rough Trade Records to make something relaxed and intimate, we shot this video for Little Joy in an old cabin in Echo Park, CA. It was set back in the woods between Sunset Blvd. and the 5 Freeway, along with a few other small bungalos just like it. I think it may have been a church camp at one time."

Co-Directed and Shot by Manny Marquez & Jayson Moyer
Audio Recorded and Engineered by Bryan Brown

Daily Dose: Arthur Erickson's Yorkdale + Glencairn Station

. Saturday, February 19, 2011

"Yorkdale station, also by Erickson, is a striking visual metaphor for speed and motion, a long, slim, stainless-steel-clad extrusion punched with oval windows like a subway car and capped by a vaulted glass roof running the entire length of the station. The slender steel roof arches once supported Michael Hayden’s stunning Arc en Ciel, a 570-foot-long light sculpture of neon tubes that pulsated with the colours of the spectrum in sequence with the arrivals and departures of the trains below. A particularly effective integration of art and architecture, the sculpture was unfortunately removed in the early 1990s for lack of maintenance funds. The same fate befell Rita Letendre’s Joy, a painted-glass skylight over the Glencairn station platform, which faded from sun exposure and was replaced by clear glass" - Robert Moffatt

Via Modern Love's tumblr, via torontomodern.

Watch: Live The Language

. Tuesday, February 15, 2011

See the world and learn the lingo, in these beautiful commercials for EF Language Schools.
Directed by Gustav Johansson (gustavjohansson.com) 
D.P: Niklas Johansson, fsf (niklasjohansson.com)
Typography: Albin Holmqvist (albinholmqvist.com)
Music: Magnus Lidehäll (twitter.com/​magnusthemagnus)
Produced at Camp David (campdavidfilm.com)
Via charlie & lee

Daily Dose: Happy Valentines

. Monday, February 14, 2011

Robert Indiana’s LOVE at the Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art. Photographer unknown.

Daily Dose: Park Avenue Casual

. Saturday, February 12, 2011

A sharp and stylish Paul McCobb lacquer and brass dining set is set against a soft palette of greys and taupes. From a Park Avenue home by Shawn Henderson Interior Design.

Marloes Horst by Terry Richardson

. Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Marloes, Eames Sofa, Flying V guitar.

Hot, Hot, Hot.

Via the modern love tumblr, via vogueweekend.

Margaret Russell takes the helm at Architectural Digest

. Sunday, February 6, 2011

Formerly the long time editor of Elle Decor, Margaret Russell takes the helm at Architectural Digest. Read this great article in the New York Times, on one of the hardest working people in the trade; and the rise, decline, and rebirth of this iconic publication.

Spaces: David Jameson: 1969 Record House Revisited: Owings Mills, Maryland


Clean, sleek, and minimal, this impressive restoration by David Jameson, of a 1969 modernist home by Charles H. Richter, stays true to the original spirit of the home.

From Arch Daily's Kelly Minner:

Four decades after their project was featured in the 1969 Record Houses issue of Architectural Record, the owners sold the house to a young couple. A condition of the sale was that the new owners would respect the character of the project, yet be able to revisit and alter the contained quality of the interior rooms to create a continuous living space visually connected to the woodland site.

Complimenting both the interior and exterior are classic furnishings by Poul Kjaerholm, Grete Jalk, Alvar Aalto, Achille Castigliano, and Richard Schultz.

Photos by Paul Warchol.

Read the full project details at arch daily.

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