Shaker purity

Shaker furniture is unsurpassed in its purity and craftsmanship. An exhibition of the Protestant sect’s work is on display now through Fall 2017 at the Art Institute in Chicago titled “Shakers and Movers: Selections from the Collection of Dr. Thomas and Jan Pavlovic.” The Shakers followed a humble lifestyle, practicing Christ-like purity; their beliefs are echoed in their […]

A childhood fantasy come to life: Sweden’s Treehotel

We are enamored with the Treehotel located deep in the forrest of Harad, Sweden. The Treehotel lives at the very tip top of what feels like the whole world, Harad and is an excellent resting place for travelers on their way to see the Northern Lights in the nearby Arctic Circle. Owners Kent and Britta Lindvall commissioned […]

National Library of France renovations: weaving worlds together

After years of renovations commencing in 2011, the National Library of France in Paris was unveiled. We are particularly drawn to the complexity of the project bravely taken on by architects Bruno Gaudin and Virginie Bregal. The project’s objective to update the building, constructed in 1869, for the growing visitor population and to update the site […]

Zaha Hadid’s posthumous vision: Opus Office Tower

Although architect great Zaha Hadid “Queen of the Curve” left us in 2016, we are delighted to learn that her visions will continue to live on. Over the next few years Zaha’s plans will guide thirty more projects. The Opus Office Towers in Dubai are one example of her in progress projects. The interior office and […]

Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

The design of a museum can be a curious exploration. The structure needs to meet the needs of the art that will be displayed within yet it also should present itself with comparable style and innovation.  The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis has risen to the challenge. The most striking feature is the undulating rooftop […]

Ash + Ash sustainable design

Recently, we came across Ash + Ash, a home in Mount Tabor in Portland, designed by eco-friendly architecture firm Hennebery Eddy. Ash + Ash not only has lovely proportions, it’s also LEED certified.  The space includes rainwater recovery processing, transforming Oregon’s rainy days into safe drinking water. The wood covered interiors activate our creative thinking serving as a retreat from the […]

Molekule air purifier

Have you ever seen a glamorous air purifier before? We certainly hadn’t until we came across this design by Postler and Ferguson. The London based studio collaborated with the tech group Molecule to create a streamlined take on a typically bulky utilitarian appliance.  We never thought an air purifier could be so covet worthy.   Please follow […]

Iris Apfel – One who inspires

Released this year, the documentary ‘Iris’ follows the fashion icon to lectures, shopping trips, and allows us to see into the psyche of the woman whose exuberant personal style pairs with a humble and forthright life-view from which we take great inspiration. Iris Apfel began her professional life in the fashion magazine world.  With her […]

MILTON GLASER and I LOVE NY

99 percent invisible is a fabulous design podcast, and we most recently enjoyed the episode on Milton Glaser’s iconic 1977 “I [heart] New York” campaign, which, even today, has a team of designers continuing to work on it full-time. By now, the story is well known. A man sits in the backseat of a cab, […]

KEYHOLE: Collectors

Meet the Vogels, Dorothy and Herb. I’m late to the game in screening this heartening documentary about the famed art collectors who amassed one of the most important collections on two modest salaries–that of a librarian and postal worker. More accurately, they lived off of Dorthy’s salary as a librarian and Herb’s salary went solely […]