October 31, 2014

Count Dracula's Bedroom

One of the most popular personalities during Halloween?  Count Dracula.

And where does this mystery Transilvanian sleep?  How would he decorate his bedroom ?  I found a few images of Count Dracula style rooms.   Canopy beds to block the light, velvet tufted chairs and heavy damask drapery.  As a vampire,  he lived through  several centuries, so an eclectic style with pieces from various periods would be seen.  A fashionista / style icon, if he were alive today he would wear Tom Ford.  

The count might have been the first "Well Traveled Man" and had the means to live in castles with huge rooms, chandeliers and secret rooms. He's a guy I would like to design for.

Happy Halloween!

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October 30, 2014

Skull Chairs

 In honor of Halloween...I found skull chair images today.

Hope they inspire you to decorate and celebrate the fun and carzy holiday we call Halloween.

Enjoy. Happy Halloween!

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October 28, 2014

Masks

As Halloween approaches and people start to think about costumes, the mask becomes important. But the design of a mask is not as simple as you may think.  

There is a lot of mystique and secrecy associated with hiding your face behind a mask and the custom goes as far back as society had gatherings. African, Native American and Aboriginal tribes. Venetian Masquerade balls, Roman feasts, ancient Chinese festivals. The Poynesian, Mayan and Inca people. Every culture has had some sort of mask or disguise used for rituals, dances, and as entertainment.  A way to reinvent yourself and be someone else for a while. But masks were also used by warriors for protection and to create fear. Funeral masks were used to cover the faces of deformed dead. There are many types and styles and regions where masks were created.

Luxury masks, one-of-a-kind masks made for royalty, personalities or dignitaries are a work of art and require a lot of time to design and fabricate.  Incan masks were often hammerd out of paper thin sheets of gold to custom fit the faces of the owners. Today many fashion designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen continue the tradition and design unique one of kind masks that inspire us all.  

So what mask will you be wearing this Halloween?

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October 22, 2014

Clive Wilkinson Architects

Born in South Africa, studied in England, lives in Los Angeles, the well-traveled Clive Wilkinson is one of my favorite corporate architects.  

His large-scale design projects for Google, Nokia, JWT, FIDM, Disney and Macquarie Bank are fun, creative and unique. He plays with space in architecture and focused on the social agenda of buildings, and how people connect with each other in those spaces. Clive likes to create areas where employees can bump into each other and share ideas and tear down traditional office barriers. This creates a work community and connectivity.

All corporations may not be as open, but those that can be should use his design model as the way of the future.  We all spend a lot of time in the office and having amenities such as showers, fully stocked lunch rooms and beautiful creative spaces increases productivity and enhances employees work experiences.

Off to redesign my office!

http://www.clivewilkinson.com

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October 20, 2014

Zaha Hadid

I am a huge fan of architect Zaha Hadid.

Hadid is the first female architect to ever win the coveted Pritzker Architecture prize which is often referred  to as the Nobel prize in architecture.  She was born in Iraq in 1950 and I am proud to say we share the same birthday, October 31st. She is probably the most famous female architect of our time and is considered worldwide to be the diva of architectural design.

Hadid’s forms are characterized by futuristic, unconventional, daring and artistic shapes. Many of her projects have never been built yet she still was ranked on Forbes list at 69th of the most powerful women in 2008. Her beautiful buildings always leave us with our mouths open, as if to say, “How did she design that?”.  Innovation in design is her thing and she does it in a magnificent way. She has designed private homes, royal palaces, museums, bridges, and furniture.  There seems to be no limit to her imagination!

If you are all interested in architecture, Zaha needs to be on your radar.

http://www.zaha-hadid.com

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October 17, 2014

The Impossible Collection Of Design

Looking for a super fab coffee table book?  The Impossible Collection Of Design: The 100 Most Influential Objects Of The Twentieth Century  may just be it.

Assouline, the publisher of some of the best coffee table books, has released this beautiful, large scale collection of brilliant photos and information about the most memorable pieces of furniture created in the past century.  Iconic pieces that defined an era, unique pieces that spoke of the times, these groundbreaking furnishings are all shown and honored for their innovation.

Perfect for all of us furniture buffs and fans of design.

 http://www.assouline.com/shop/impossible-collection-of-design.html

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October 15, 2014

D*face

Street art is like pop music:  some stars, some one-hit-wonders and a lot of commercialism.  Unlike fine artists that tend to be more unique and complex, street artist tend to duplicate and collaborate with each other much like cover songs. Nevertheless we enjoy them for a while.

New on my radar is British street artist D*face (Dean Stockton).  He is an urban artist that creates simple images he recalls during hypnosis and later makes them while awake and conscious. He uses multi media, spray cans, stickers, posters, and stencils to create his visions and art. His career initially started as a designer and illustrator, which explains the clean lines and cartoon feel to so much of his imagery.

D*face recently did a pool installation in which he got some friends to skateboard in the empty pool with special cans of paint attached to the bottom of their boards to create skate lines and patterns with in the pool.  Art or just a bunch of guys having fun?  Either way, a good art experiment.

At this early stage of his career, I can't quite tell what his future in the art world holds.  He comes into the market strong and surrounded by a lot of hype, yet, in my opinion his visual messages are not as strong as Bansky and his work is not as original as Retna.  He has not quite developed enough of a graphic uniqueness like Shepard Fairey nor has he created anything we have never seen.  Hard to know what the future holds for this young visionary, but I think he definitely has the potential and he is someone to watch.

What do you think?

http://www.dface.co.uk

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October 13, 2014

Hinoki and the Bird

I love living in Beverly Hills because there is so much to do and so many great restaurants that I can swing by for a casual, elegant meal  in my new Smart Car.  My hood rocks!

And my new fav eatery is Hinoki and the Bird. Chef David Myers has done it again with his new kitchen serving California/Japanese inspired food. Located next to the Century Plaza, it is beautifully decorated with simple, masculine furniture. The smell of the hinoki (the Japanese cedar) is everywhere.  Even in the bathrooms.  It's a well thought out, stylish setting that is the perfect backdrop for the exquisitely presented and flawless food. Small, perfect bites and gorgeous drinks equal a fab evening. And isn't that the reason we leave home to go out?

David Myers also runs one of my favorite Sunday brunch spots on Melrose Avenue, brasserie Comme Ça. The guy is talented and I love his food.  Counting the days until I can return to Hinoki and the Bird. 

http://hinokiandthebird.com

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October 12, 2014

Matthew Richie

We all agree that modern art provokes all kinds of thoughts and opinions.  And the work of Mathew Richie is no exception.

Mathew was born in England in 1964 and received his BFA from Camberwell College of Arts in London in 1986, then moved to New York. His work is characterized by its linearity.  He calls it particles of physics and thermodynamics. His  installations include paintings, wall drawings, light boxes, performance, sculpture, and projections. His abstract compositions  incorporate freehand drawing and layered mark-making, all to create movement that mimic molecules in a continuous flow.

Not everyone understands his work immediately.  His installations often combine several forms of art and tend to cover the entire gallery space, floors, walls and ceilings.  It can be interpreted as busy.  But so are brain waves.  It could be interpreted as abstract. And so is the universe.

Worth keeping an eye on.

http://www.matthewritchie.com

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October 10, 2014

Robert Indiana

You know his art.  If you have been to Manhattan you have seen his art.  You just may not know his name.

Robert Indiana is an American artist born in 1928 and is best associated with the Pop Art movement. He has created bold, simple, iconic images, especially numbers and short words like EATHUG,and HOPE. But it was his LOVE painting which was purchased in 1968 by Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art that made artist Robert Indiana famous. It became a sculpture, a stamp and greeting cards to name a few things. It made him an instant star.  He feels it was the best thing and the worst thing he ever created because it eclipsed all of his other pieces. Some say his career was defined by LOVE.

His work varies from large scale sculpture to works on paper and once you see it, you always recognize it again because of its simplicity and unique message. Everyone loves LOVE.  Everyone wants HOPE. Breaking down life into one word messages has been his trademark.

And following the footsteps of current street artists, Mr. Indiana has also created several custom kicks for Converse shoes.  The guy is just cool and his work is wonderful.  I am a fan!

http://robertindiana.com

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