American actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey and his wife, Jillian, purchased one of Frank Gehry’s earliest houses in Malibu, California. Frank Gehry is an award winning architect with many world renowned projects, Vanity Fair has cited him as “the most important architect of our age”. In 1968 when the renowned designer worked on this home, originally a combined studio and residence for artist Ron Davis, he was still an outlier and was at the beginning of his career. The home’s original blueprint was largely intact when the Dempsey’s purchased it but they modified and made it their own with the help of decorator and fashion stylist, Estee Stanley, of Estee Stanley Interior Design.The home’s color palette is soft and soothing, it’s made up of glossy whites, warm neutrals, and rusti...

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Avant-Garde meets Mother NatureTom Reisenbichler, an architect and managing director at Perkins+Will, a man who has played an influential role in Health Care design, has recently completed the design and build of his new 8,300 square foot home in Dallas, Texas. The Caruth Boulevard residence is a LEED gold home with many sustainable features and strong architectural details with ninety percent of the materials and finishes being recycled or reclaimed. The open design concept evolved around the love of entertaining that Tom and his partner share, they have entertained over 3,000 guests since moving in last January. The rooms seem to effortless flow into the next, eventually leading you outside to the pool and outdoor area. The home is surrounded with lush green landscaping which creates ...

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California based interior design firm, Mister Important Design, has recently completed the interiors of the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs. Located in downtown Palm Springs, the hotel was originally built in the 70’s, it features 163 guest rooms and suites, a restaurant, spa, lobby bar and nightclub. When asked to describe their latest accomplishment, MID has this to say, “In keeping with the vibe of Palm Springs and mindful of the Coachella music and art festival, we sought to create a Hard Rock experience that dovetailed with those two dynamics. To that end we selected memorabilia from younger artists as well as odd items from more established acts.” Mister Important Design collaborated with a number of talented artists to create a memorable, hotel experience.MID worked with Benoit M...

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23
Jun

Cliffhanger

Kevin Vallely Design is a talented and reputable design firm based out of North Vancouver, British Columbia who most recently added the Cliffhanger residence to their growing portfolio. The Cliffhanger residence is a 1,986 square foot, three level, energy efficient home, it is 25 feet wide, by 100 feet long and is located in North Vancouver’s Indian Arm. The modern home was built on top of a cliff and boasts sweeping ocean views. The interior is sleek and streamlined and was thoughtfully designed to maximize every square inch. The open floor plan is warm and inviting, the furnishings and décor are timeless and sophisticated and compliment the West Coast look and feel of the home. The architect describes the home as being “A regional adaptation to a modern esthetic that allows it ...

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The critically acclaimed, award winning movie, American Hustle is a crime-comedy-drama film, loosely based on the FBI’s ABSCAM operation which took place in the late 1970s and early 80s. It stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. The set design was led by Judy Becker who had previously worked with director David O. Russell on other productions, the set it is accurate and true to its time. She pulled inspiration from The King of Comedy, a film by Martin Scorsese and archived editions of Interior Design magazine. Retro revival is a growing trend in design, it consists of blending beatnik, bohemian chic with international treasure from around the world. Music heavily impacted this time as well, cue bronzed mirrors, disco balls and over the top glamor. There a...

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08
Jun

The Good Life

Award winning actress Julianna Margulies, the star of NBC’s The Good Wife, and her husband Keith Lieberthal, hired renowned designer and published author Vicente Wolf of Vicente Wolf & Associates to help them design their 2,200 square foot New York apartment. The actress bought two units, a studio apartment and a two bedroom, and combined them to create a bright and soothing eclectic home. Originally purchased with the intention to “flip”, the actress had a change of heart and decided to hold on to the apartment, “There’s just this sense of calm here,” she told Architectural Digest during an interview, “I didn’t realize what a smart buy it was.”Julianna also confessed to AD that she is “Obsessed with design magazines, and every time I’d get to a room I loved, it was Vicente’s. He ha...

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In 1953 American industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller and his wife, Xenia Simons Miller commissioned Eero Saarinen to design their Columbus, Indiana home, one of the few residential homes Eero designed in his career. The Miller’s wanted a year round home designed for entertaining business guests as well as the perfect home to raise their children. The one level, modern mid-century home sits on thirteen acres of land filled with lush geometric gardens and honey locust trees. The Miller House measures 6,838 square feet and has only received a few minor changes since being completed in 1957.The home showcases many iconic design pieces from the best designers of the 20th century including many custom pieces by Eero and interior designer Alexander Girard. Eero worked closely with...

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A great bedroom should be calming and relaxing it should feel like a sanctuary it should evoke feelings rest and relaxation. All of the objects put into a bedroom should help to promote rest and comfort, it’s important to keep it simple and restful, after all we spend a third of our life in bed. Here are a few ways to help you design your ideal bedroom.Space plan, you want to place your bedroom furniture so that you make the most of your space, your bedroom should feel open and spacious. Don’t fill the room with unnecessary items, it’s hard to relax in a cluttered room. Once you determine the location of the bed, the rest of the room will fall into place. When positioning the bed, there are a few things to consider, the access points, electrical outlets, and windows. If you have a great...

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Interior Design, a resource for interior designers, architects and other design professionals, recently revealed the winners of the Best of 2013 awards which honor and highlight the industry’s most outstanding projects and products of the year at Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. Here is a highlight of some of the winning products.Category: Accessories – Fire Orb by Fireorb Coolwarmth Company. The Fireorb is a suspended hearth with a 360-degree rotation field. This custom mobile fireplace was created for the Ink48 Hotel in New York City and was designed by CCS Architecture in collaboration with Fireorb.Category: Lighting / Chandelier – Le Pentagone Chandelier by Jonathan Browning. This twenty light brass fixture creates a round circle of light offset from th...

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Art Basel is a modern and contemporary art show exhibiting more than 250 participating galleries and parallel programming produced in collaboration with the host city’s local institutions. This cultural event was founded in 1970 by Basel Galleriests Trudi Bruckner, Balz Hilt and Ernst Beyeler and takes place annually in Basel, Miami Beach and most recently Hong Kong. The festivities draw an international audience of collectors and museum directors and curators who have a deep appreciation for the art.The Miami Beach edition of Art Basel took place December 5-8th and featured innovative creations, here is a look at some of the most buzz worthy pieces and artists. Art Fair, “Booth #22 Evil Live”, by Eric Fischl Baroque Egg with Bow, “Turquoise/Magenta”, by Jeff Koons GagoslanCarta by Mark...

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