I am going to deviate from our regular program for a little self promotion. Some of you may remember the Cube Side Table that Matt Easvold and I put together. The next step was to make several designs from this one that would involve other pieces but we won’t get into those just yet. With the come back of brass (for some people) we really wanted to make these bases in solid brass and merry them with a nicely figure walnut. You have to admit the two look amazing together. The Brass and Walnut Cube Side Table is available through my store.
If you are not into brass, just pretend for a moment that you are, what do you think?
We would love to have your opinion.
I am willing to bet that you have seen some of Naomi Finlay’s photography in one of your favorite interior design magazines. I asked Naomi if I could share some of her amazing portfolio and she graciously said yes. The human element is what really brings scale and functionality to these images. I think it is always intriguing to see the owners of the place that you are admiring, somehow it either validates the space or ads a twist to what you may have assumed. Naomi is obviously talented and well versed in the skills of lighting.
I recently came across Italy based Be Modern, they have a stunning selection of Scandinavian and Brazilian designed furnishings. They also have a section where they show projects that they have worked on. “Be Modern is a project curated by Cinzia Ferrara and Monika Unger, both architects and passionate and knowledgeable collectors of mid Century Design.” It is very evident that Cinzia and Monika share the same love of mid century design as many of us do and they have some fantastic show rooms and displays.
I first discovered the work of Linda Geiser and Max Geiser when I came across their stunning beading, Wallter. Linda and Max found a need and a focus for modern products made in the U.S. So what did they do about it? They started a blog and a store, Modestics, with just that focus. I instantly recognized some of the products that were highlighted in their store and I am sure you will as well. Another feature I like is that you read the bio of the designer and maker. Make sure to check out their blog as they discuss some topics surround design in America.
Recognizing there was a void in promotion of American Made Modern, along came Modestics. Although the resurgence of American manufacturing has been a topic of discussion for years, the focus has been largely on the big auto companies. Modestics highlights the small companies and independent designers that are truly making a difference in American design.
This modern wooded home fits right in with it woodland surroundings. The inside does feel a little cabin like but maybe that was the intent. The kitchen is great with the mix of dark cabinets and lighter wood and the bright red rug looks really striking. The interiors are definitely eclectic and create a lot of textures and colors to look at.
There is something comforting and warming about this modern addition by Vudafieri Saverino Partners. The glass tower ads dimensions of new but still ties into the existing architecture. The interiors are calming as well with all the art and relics nicely placed through out.
Architecture from the 1960s in the Italian Alps, transformed by a glass tower to connect all three levels and bring the outdoor garden inside. The interiors feature traditional wood and stones from the region creating a contemporary design that conserves the rigorous - almost monastic - spirit of the typical local architecture .