INTERIOR DESIGN

LA- ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES

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)

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NYC- WILL KOPELMAN’S HOME

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.

FOYERLIVING ROOMLIVING ROOM 2LIVING ROOM 5A 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.

LIVING ROOM 1A 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.”

KITCHEN 1KITCHENThere’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.

BEDROOMThe master bedroom is swathed in a custom hand-painted wallpaper by Gracie. Bed by RH; bedding by Ralph Lauren Home.

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STOCKHOLM- MIXES HOME

Jeanette and Husband Harald Mix own the famed Ett Hem Hotel (means at home) in Stockholm, Sweden. They also own a mansion just down the street from Ett Hem which was completed in 1916 and that the Mixes have been living in since 2002.

Ett Hem was designed by Iles Crawford.

“The process of doing the hotel made Jeanette realize that she had to circle back and look at her own place, but they only really used the kitchen and sometimes the library. Then everybody went up to the bedrooms, which were arranged like apartments. Is that fair?” says Crawford.“When spaces aren’t used, they die,” says Kirsten James, lead designer on the Mix commission.

“In the end we are, most of us, drawn to be together,” Crawford insists. Plus, she continues, “This period of Swedish architecture was the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, when the idea of domestic life was considered to be the pinnacle of culture.”

James and Crawford’s challenge: How could they retrain an imposing mansion to become an inviting home—all the while preserving the elements that made it special, such as the lacy plasterwork, noble mantels, and soigné paneling that Stockholm architect Isak Gustaf Clason conceived for the original owners, collectors Elin and Bengt Johansson, as well as his gala chandelier.

Psychotherapy helps. “We really interrogate clients,” Crawford explains. “What would she do in her study? Are the kids going to come in here? How are they going to sit? When are they going to use it? What if someone needs to step out and make a phone call?” That analytical deep dive captivated Jeanette, a trained sommelier and skilled cook. “It was an intellectual journey where I learned so much about myself,” she recalls. “Ilse knew all my values and all my morals: I had to trust her.”

That meant agreeing to Crawford’s radical suggestion to relocate the kitchen, from a distant corner of the main floor to the lovely but lonely drawing room.

What had been the kitchen is now a dayroom with a mix-master blend of furnishings—including antiques once owned by the Johanssons that Jeanette stealthily tracks down because “they belong in the house”—furry throws, and tall potted plants. The library is now darkly painted, so it beckons from the pale neighboring spaces and vice versa, and the original dining room has been transformed into Jeanette’s study. On the upper floors, the warren of bedrooms has been streamlined and equipped with marble baths. Also, Crawford cannily adds, none of the young Mixes’ bedrooms is “so palatial that they would only hang out there—and that’s intentional.”

Which, in the end, is all Jeanette Mix wanted: a house in which connections are encouraged and amplified. “Thank God our paths crossed ten years ago,” she says of Crawford. “It’s nice to be home.”

(Excerpts from Architectural Digest Article)

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ISABELLE STANISLAS

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.

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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.

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“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 “.

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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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

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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

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Living room – AFTER

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Entry way inspiration

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Current entry way

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Staircase

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Her son’s bedroom

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Athena’s office

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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)