Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Modern Home Living

Modern Home Living is a Magazine that features celeb's and their PHAT cribs! On a recent issue, fellow Libra Christina Millian and the only celeb that I know who shares my bday (Sept. 26th) is working it out with her PHAT crib. Check it out:

Mexican style home with terra-cotta roof tiles. beautiful landscaping; very important.

Dining Room. Very nice. Love the stone feature wall, curved arch ways and the lighting. Art always a must!!!!!! Especially Cubism!!! Comfortable dining chairs for long stays.

And also featured is magician and illusionist Criss Angel:

Kitchen. Fabulous, I love the chairs, the back splash and the cabinetry. All in the life as a designer!

Birds eye view of his living room. Amazing furniture. I love the black and white contrast and the balcony design for the upper levels.

Celeb's that Live it up!

NAMI- i'm trying to make that mill for one of them cribs!!!!!!


China has such a powerful tradition that varies in age, size, and influence especially with their religions. The two main religions are Confucianism (based on ethical teachings of Confucius 551-479 B.C.) and Buddhism (introduced from India c. A.D. 90). 3 Confucian fundamentals of Chinese morality: reverence, responsibility and humanity. The Chinese cosmological principle of the yin and yang which symbolizes all things opposing, is related to feng shui meaning "wind and water", although it has been called ''the art of placement". It's application can affect the orientations of buildings, building elements, and furniture.

**NOTE: 4000 B.C. - A.D. 1912. "The reality of the building consisted not in the four walls and the roof, but in the space within" Lao-tzu, born c. 600 B.C., the founder of Chinese Taoism, another Chinese religion.

**Around the time the Great Pyramids were being built in Egypt, China was already using the potter's wheel making bronzelike alloys of copper and lead, and building large meeting houses of timber with thatched roofs.

**Chinese design known for putting furniture around the perimeter of room, as well as modular buildings. Did not use glue only mortise and tenon joinery.

***NOTE: China known for porcelain, earthenware, stoneware, grey terra-cotta, metal work, textiles, and hanging silk rugs.

Ming dynasty: Chinese history, like Egyptian had rulers and one of them was Hsia, many of the art was produced around this era of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). This is a porcelain flask with blue underglaze decoration, c. 1430.

Temples and Pagodas: Two distinctive types of Chinese religious buildings only available in the East.
Temple: one example of modular, axial assemblage of bays into a skeleton form of construction, with regular spaced columns providing support for the roof. Roofs often faced with glazed tile, sometimes in bright colours. * Often seen as a complex with a gate for privacy, a forecourt, and a passage to the axial gate.

Pagodas: it is possible that the chattra-topped stupa of India may have led to the Pagoda of China. The pagoda can also be seen with a combination of watch towers of the Han dynasty. Pagodas were built out of wood, stone, or brick with the roof elements faced with tile.

The Forbidden City:

Greatest Chinese temple complex, under the reign of Ming emperor Ch'eng Tsu (1403-25), located in Beijing. Called the Forbidden City for it was forbidden to all but members of the imperial household and their servants and guests.

The Hall of Supreme Harmony: the main hall in the Forbidden City c. 1406. The stairs lead to the ceremonial throne.


Rosewood chair: includes a slat (horizontal member across the top of its back) and a splat (central or vertical member at the back). These chairs were originally intended for emperors or high officials with gold or brass projections decorated with dragon's heads. 16- 17 th century Ming Dynasty
Just beautifully curved with a slightly projecting crest rail/ slat.

Rosewood Chair: horseshoe (back) shape continuing down to form an arm and continuing even further to become the front leg with an apron just under the seat. Ming dynasty 17 th century.

K'ang bed frame: 6 vertical posts supporting a tester. Built of wood with a "low to the ground" design.

K'ang table: eventually the K'ang platform (canopy) evolved into a table. Main characteristic detail is the leg that curves gracefully inward to form a "horse's hoof".
Chinese Screens:
Ornate with flowers and swirls.

Flowers with picturesque setting with Geisha girl.
Lattice work with each panel.

With trees and birds, this screen looks like a silk screen print.

NAMI is on that Confucius tip!!!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Barbara Berry

Known for her elegant interiors and unadorned furniture, Barbara Berry's approach to design is practical, comfortable and timeless. Her recent work with Henredon is a library of products encompassing furniture, fabric, lighting, rugs, and accessories.

Barbara made it big with residential work and was followed with commercial projects like 6th floor of the Brooks Brothers' Manhattan flagship store, Gordon Ramsey's Boxwood Cafe in London's Berkeley Hotel, and Michael Mina restaurant in St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco; to name a few.

I would like to refer to her as a "jack of all trades" and a "superwoman" because of other projects she has done: product design, a bath line called "Barbara Berry Dream", and designed furniture for Mc Guire and Wedgewood.

Her work has been recognized and awarded by "Giants Design", "Designer of the Year", "AD 100", and "Star Design".

Here is her work: Barbara Berry Realized by Henredon (To clear up! She has Barbara Barry Company for interiors and Barbara Berry Realized by Henredon for furniture).

Magazine ad in most design mags

Room Setting

Tub Chair
Love the fine intricate emblem on the back.
Simply Elegant. The back resemble Neoclassical (Louis XVI) chairs with different crests.
Beautiful ice blue colour and shape. So pure.
Great crafsmanship with the skirt and pleats!
Another round back chair.
Danity, femine curved legs, with a masculine top slate shape. Love the opening.
Simply devine! PLush Embassy approves! Dining and sitting room material
One of the most elegant desks I have seen in a while; not my style but I can appreciate it!

NAMI is feeling inspired!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Design News: Fashion and Interiors!

In the August edition of House and Home they have a very interesting comparison with fashion and interiors. I did a post a little while back questioning fashion designers that cross over to interiors. Well it is quite apparent that the 2 industries go hand-in-hand.

Here are some scanned images from the magainze. I absolutly adore this edition! Please purchase a copy and check out http://www.houseandhome.com/ !

Jennifer Ferreira, in the fashion industry (worked with Tom Ford at Gucci) and now an interior decorator. She has also worked with Martha Stewart for the Weddings magazine as a stylist and set designer. She now resides in Toronto.

On to Fashion and Interiors! Haute Romantic.

The fabric for the canopy flows the same way as the dress. The hues are all in the same range (monochromatic). The feel of the interior matches the same that is brought out in the dress. A fine comparison.

Modern Edge comparison. Sleek, clean, black and white. Refined, dignified and true to Modern styles.

Tough Luxe.

Uptown Elegance.

A capitvating abstact painting by Canadian painter Pierre Gendron it goes well with the pumpkin chair.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Design News: W South Beach Hotel

The W South Beach Hotel is located in Miami and has been design by Yabu Pushelberg. The Hotel includes: a spa, six bars, 312 rooms, and the infamous Mr. Chow Resturant inside. Not quite completed but amazing. All of these images have been done in REVIT.

Flyin' High!
Night Exterior View

Floor plan of a Suite (ocean view)!

Hotel Lobby

Hotel Ballroom

Inside Mr. Chow Resturant

Exterior view of Mr. Chow's

Nightclub "The Wall"

Resident Bedroom

Residence Bathroom

The Grove Night
The Grove Day

Pool Side