Handsome couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent had what they thought was their forever home in L.A. but they missed the NYC energy. They decided to purchase a 3,400 SQ, FT; 1899 townhouse in the West Village. They are the masters at making spaces feel homier by adding texture and details. They gutted the town home aside from the MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing), added an 18th-century Italian mantel, wallpaper, vintage light fixtures + mohair rugs. Check out how beautiful their NYC family home is.
Renzo Piano is the famed Italian Architect enlisted to design the 300,000 Sq Ft Academy Museum on Whilshire Blvd in California.The building will host a collection of film memorabilia including set designs, costumes, props and interactive installations. Over 140,000 films, 10 million photos, 42,000 original film posters and 10,000 production drawings.
The original building was constructed in 1938 and has been vacant for the last 20 years. Once again the building will be part of the evolving urban LA scene.
Renzo Piano’s workshop has worked on the designs for the museum’s two buildings since 2012 and should be completed in 2019.
A new spherical addition will accommodate a 1,000-seat theater and a dome-covered terrace with views of the Hollywood Hills. Across the campus, long-term exhibitions presenting the history of movie-making will be accompanied by a program of temporary installations dedicated to specific movies, genres or directors. As well as the large theater in the sphere – designed for events, premiers and presentation – a smaller 288-seat auditorium will host screenings. Restaurants, shops and education spaces will also feature.
“The millions of people around the world who make and love movies will be able to come to the epicenter of film-making and experience the magic of this art form,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.”They’ll see firsthand the vast collections of the academy and the work of our members. And, they’ll be able to do that all year – not just on Oscar night.”
(Excerpt from designboom.com)
Art Adviser- Will Kopelman enlisted architect Gil Schafer of G. P. Schafer Architect to help him realize his vision for his four- bedroom duplex on Park Avenue. Prior to enlisting Shafer’s help to reconfigure the duplex into an expansive family zone, the formal dining room, cramped kitchen, butler’s pantry, and laundry room were organized into smaller rooms. “It was a rabbit warren,” Schafer notes, “totally opposite to the way families live today.”
“I wanted to make the kitchen the centerpiece,” Kopelman continues. “It’s where I make the girls breakfast in the morning and cook their dinner at night. It’s where we watch our movies, and it’s where I do a lot of work, right at the dining table. I wanted a space that could handle all of that.
In the multi-family zone between living rooms there are large steel-and-glass doors that were installed to allow light into the entry way but to also keep sound travel to the rest of the apartment.
A 15-foot-long 17th-century tapestry depicting the coronation of Charlemagne that Kopelman snagged at auction in London before realizing it was too fragile to be unmounted and rolled up and so had to be crated flat for shipping and then craned in through the windows of the 10th-floor duplex.
A 1977 Triumph Bonneville 750 motorcycle stands like a sculpture in one corner. “When I had my children, I decided I didn’t want to ride anymore, but I didn’t want to sell it—it came off the production line the same year I was born!—so there it sits.”
There’s plenty of storage, including a cupboard specially designed to hold cereal boxes at kid-friendly height and a built-in wine cellar for the grown-ups. “I wanted to make the kitchen the centerpiece,” Kopelman continues. “It’s where I make the girls breakfast in the morning and cook their dinner at night. It’s where we watch our movies, and it’s where I do a lot of work, right at the dining table. I wanted a space that could handle all of that.
Starting this year with a little tude. I think it will do me some good!
I discovered French Designer Isabelle Stanislas after reading a article announcing that her company So-An was one of the three designers asked to bid to redecorate Paris’s iconic Élysée Palace, the official residence of the presidents of France since 1873.
Isabelle’s roots between Morocco, France and Israel have transcended in her mix of work from interior design and architecture to furniture. She is inspired by the permanent balance between the respect of the history and the daring of the modernity. Her first major commissioned job was to reinvent a private mansion at the young age of 22.
Isabelle is truly an inspiration and a designer I will continue to follow throughout my career.
“To invent is not to question everything: it is to use the light and the space of what already exists and to project them into the present. Heritage is not condemned to live behind the window of the past. If we respect it, if we understand its codes and its values, then we can marry it to modernity without distorting it. After all, the past, the present and the future have always been the three sides of the same scalene “.
I had no idea that Restoration Hardware had a location in Napa Valley until my good friend Shalia send me a snapchat of her visit to this amazing place. She told me I would fall in love with it and she was most definitely not wrong.
This RH location is one-of-a-kind integrating food, art, design and wine all on one property. After seeing the below you will be just be just as in love as I am.
You know how there are just some people who are born with amazing talent. Well, Athena Calderone just so happens to be one of those amazing people. It seems that everything she touches turns to gold. It is appropriate that her life style brand is called EYE SWOON , she has a true visual talent. I have been following her since the beginning of her career and have enjoyed seeing her blossom throughout the years. Athena has a cookbook ‘Cook Beautiful’ which I recommend checking-out. Every recipe that I have attempted from it has been met with nothing but high praise. A few years ago, she and her husband purchased a row home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn NYC. For three years it was under construction and the Calderone’s just recently unveiled their masterpiece in Architectural Digest. They enlisted the help of Architect Elizabeth Roberts to bring their dreams into fruition. Check it out!
Athena’s kitchen inspiration
Athena Calderone in her Brooklyn kitchen
The porch just off the kitchen
Sketch of the kitchen
Athena’s James Beard Award winning cookbook
Above and Below are dishes from the cookbook
Dining Room- AFTER
Dining and living room – BEFORE
Above and below are the living room design inspiration
Sketch of the living room
Living room – AFTER
Entry way inspiration
Current entry way
Her son’s bedroom
The master bedroom
The master closet
Informal living room with custom plaster
1st floor- floor plan (unfortunately I could not find the floor plan for the rest of the row home)