INSPIRATION

MAJA HOFFMAN – LONDON HOME

Renowned collector and an heiress to the Hoffmann–La Roche pharmaceutical fortune, Maja Hoffmann enlisted Designer India Mahdavi  to combine two neighboring 18th-century homes into a contemporary art haven

[From Harewood House and Nostell Priory in Yorkshire to all of Mansfield Street, the Adam brothers designed some of the grandest homes in late-18th century Britain, where their elegant interpretation of neoclassicism—dubbed the “Adam style”—was synonymous with sophistication. The surviving Adam houses are among London’s most sought-after properties. Hoffmann owns two, having bought the first in 2006 and then its next-door neighbor two years later.

Iranian-born, architect and interior designer India transformed the first house into a family home for Maja Hoffmann, her partner, the film producer Stanley F. Buchthal, and their two children. The second house was turned into her work space and a place where she hosts dinners for the Tate, Serpentine Galleries, and other art institutions she supports in a vast drawing room with a gilded-copper ceiling in which the artist Rudolf Stingel has installed a spectacular series of carpets.

“This is a beautiful house with lots of people, and a beautiful house when you’re here by yourself,” says Hoffmann. “It’s vast and very vertical, but it’s also cozy, intimate, and always luminous. It’s odd to say this of a London house, but its warmth and light always make me think a little of Naples.”

From the outset, she and Hoffmann knew that the original architectural features of both houses had to be preserved to meet conservation regulations. For the same reason, the two houses needed to remain separate. They are connected by a row of mews houses that, typically for London, run behind them, and a tropical garden designed by the Belgian landscape architect Bas Smets in what was once the courtyard of Hoffmann’s first Mansfield Street house.

“There are no rules with Maja,” notes Mahdavi. “All her homes are remarkable buildings and all very different. She doesn’t like things to be repeated and is incredibly open to new ideas, which makes her homes super-personal.”] an exert from Architectural Digest

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RESTORATION HARDWARE- YOUNTVILLE

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.

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DREAM BROOKLYN ROW HOME

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!

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Athena’s kitchen inspiration 

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Athena Calderone in her Brooklyn kitchen

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The porch just off the kitchen

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Sketch of the kitchen

COOK BOOK

Athena’s James Beard Award winning cookbook

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Above and Below are dishes from the cookbook

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Dining Room- AFTER

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Dining and living room – BEFORE

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Above and below are the living room design inspiration

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Sketch of the living room

LIVING ROOM

Living room – AFTER

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Entry way inspiration

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Current entry way

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Staircase

SONS ROOM

Her son’s bedroom

OFFICE

Athena’s office

BEDROOM

The master bedroom

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The master closet

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Master bath

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Informal living room with custom plaster

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Exterior

FLOOR PLAN

1st floor- floor plan (unfortunately I could not find the floor plan for the rest of the row home)

SQUARESPACE HQ- NYC

Squarespace’s new headquarters are located in the former printing-district in New York’s West Village in the 12-story 1927 Maltz Building. The project architecture firm, A+I took a hospitality approach to the redesign of the Squarespace offices. From the street, passersby’s can visibly see into the layed back offices somewhat mimicking the likes of a hotel lobby. Apparently, A+I took inspiration from Roman+Williams design of the lobby located at Manhattan’s  Ace Hotel.  Squarespace is a continually fast growing tech web platform company that wanted a strong brand identity when it came to its design. The interior is of a minimal color off-white paint, concrete floors and ebonized wood paneling. Founder and CEO Anthony Casalena says “The brand identity is very black-and-white but you’ll never see a hard black or a hard white- we varied the materials to get lots of texture. I’ve come to understand the power of design. When it comes to brand identity, if it looks clean and smooth, it has a lot more credibility.” I would absolutely love to work in a free flowing, open, modern space such as this one.

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Exterior- Maltz Building with a view of the HQ lobby

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Exterior- Maltz Building

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The lobby of the Manhattan Ace Hotel- designed by Roman + Williams

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