John Derian…shoes…

I’m not really a fan of the shoes…but I love all other things by John Derian.

from Refinery 29

Here are a few of my favorite trays and paperweights….all from John Derian’s website.

10×16 Whale Tray

Blue butterfly paperweight

Snakes tray…

AND…also, check out his Cape Code home from Shelter Pop.

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Bespoke: Based Upon

Based Upon is a London based studio of artists designing and hand-making large reliefs, sculptural furniture and applied decorative surfaces.

based upon Composed creates large-scale artworks, often integrated into interior spaces. The globally acclaimed works are made by hand in layers of metal, resins and lacquers in based upon’s London studio.

“Based upon” the Classic Panton Chair (sorry for the pun)


Plum Blossom Cabinet from the Form Collection


Table from the Planes Collection


Cracked Cube


Bespoke Wall Treatment


Bespoke Doors for an Apartment in Rome

Click Here to Learn More:  Based Upon




The Sculptured House

Check out the article from Colorado Homes and Lifestyles:

One of Colorado’s Most Famous Spaces | Colorado Homes and Lifestyles



The Sculptured House—arguably Colorado’s most recognizable home—is known for its famous curves and cinderella story. Go back with CH&L to two separate visits to the home and get a glimpse of its captivating history.

Perched at the edge of Genesee Mountain, the Sculptured House—arguably Colorado’s most recognizable home—looms large. It’s an icon with a Cinderella story. Architect Charles Deaton was intrigued by the idea of living inside a sculpture—he disliked the proliferation of cookie-cutter homes he saw popping up in the 1950s and early ’60s. “People aren’t angular,” he famously said. “So why should they live in rectangles?”

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Workplace – Corporate America is Cooler than you think!

MidFirst Bank’s private-banking and executive office in Scottsdale, Arizona—the first project completed by Rottet Studio’s satellite in the resortlike Phoenix suburb.

Photos from Interior Design Magazine:  Hole in One – 2009-10-01 04:00:00 | Interior Design

Panduit – designed by Gensler Chicago – Photos by Christopher Barrett




Selected works from Clive Wilkinson:

Clive Wilkinson Architects

NYC Law Office


Successful design marries the past with the present. Perhaps the same can be said for a successful ad campaign. Regardless, it's what Interior Design Hall of Fame member Clive Wilkinson did at this advertising and communications graduate school.

Inspired by the ideas that drive the mad world of New York advertising, the 250,000-square-foot Midtown Manhattan headquarters of JWT comprises five open-plan floors punctuated by vignettes, events, poems, and encounters. Interior Design Hall of Fame member Clive Wilkinson made spectacular use of the vertical space by combining a 32-foot-tall atrium lobby with a concrete-treaded flying staircase and ovular meeting spaces enclosed by drywall or acoustically padded vinyl

Clive Wilkinson Architects

Studio Tractor Architecture – NY

NYC Law Office

Law Office

Law Office

Photos from Architonic




Hyatt HQ in Chicago - designed by SOM


Hyatt Headquarters – Chicago Because Hyatt is one of the world’s largest hotel and hospitality companies, hospitality informed the design to a large extent. The lobby of the building is treated almost like a hotel lobby, where people stand at the front desk and greet visitors by name when they arrive. Because Hyatt invented the concept of the hotel atrium, SOM incorporated a multi-story atrium space that reinforces the company’s core values and brand image, while also facilitating vertical communication between the different departments and company businesses. The liberal use of wood and other classic materials creates a zen-like atmosphere that speaks directly to Hyatt’s history of warm hospitality.

Hyatt HQ



LSM Offices in Washington DC

Lehman Smith McLeish

Designer Profile: David Grout – Design Principal with Gary Lee Partners

David Grout – one of my dearest friends and mentors:

Winner of the Best of NeoCon Gold Award in the casegoods category, Proximus seeks to revolutionize casegoods “to support modern workstyles.” Designed by David Grout and Donna Corbat for Gary Lee Studios, the Proximus series for Halconbegins with a “veneered architectural ‘wall’ that forms the framework for all other components.” The idea behind Proximus is for any user or combination of users to be able to work on one project and then put it away—out of sight—before moving on to the next project: “Overstimulation is rampant, multi-tasking the norm. Our minds work best when there is a clear shift and break to a new activity.” Proximus, in other words, responds to the idea that multitasking does NOT work (as recent research illustrates). The desk and storage system lets users hide away whatever they’re not currently working on—behind panels, in slots, or on shelves. When project 1 gets put to bed, workers can move to project 2, which becomes visible through the complex and versatile Proximus system.

“The benefit is a new versatility and efficiency in the office,” says David Grout, Principal, Gary Lee Studios. A great feature of Proximus is that one configuration can work for various individuals, from the “paper piler” to the “organized filer.” Gary Lee Studios and Halcon have thought of everyone—and this intentional design is also clear in the choice of finishes offered in the casegoods collection. From earthy woods to shiny veneers, Proximus has as many finishes as it does configurations. I particularly like the two-toned striated wood and the hidden file slots that come inside drawers. Proximus leads you from one project to the next—hence the name—but it also accommodates various working and design styles, from “the fastidious minimalist” to the “avid collection displayer.”

Halcon Proximus –

Select Projects from Gary Lee Partners Portfolio:

Tribeca Residence

Boston Consulting Group:

Private ResidencePhotos from Gary Lee Partners


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Designer Profile: Patricia Urquiola

From Moroso :

Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, and currently lives and works in Milan. She studied at the faculty of Architecture at the Madrid Politecnico and at Politecnico di Milano, where she graduated in 1989. From 1990 to 1996 she served as assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Politecnico di Milano. During this time she has also led the

product development department at DePadova, where she designed together with Vico Magistretti. In 2001 she opened her studio of product design, display, and architecture. She has worked with leading manufacturers.

Urquiola has received prizes including Designer of the Year, Elle Decor International Design Awards, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, and the Design Prize Cologne.

Photo credits:

Elle Decor, Moroso, Wallpaper, B&B Italia, Kartell, dePadova, Flos, Unica Home

Designer Profile: Ode to Eva…

Celebrated designer Eva Zeisel:

Eva Zeisel’s designs are made for use. The inspiration for her sensuous forms often comes from the natural organic curves of the body, taking advantage of the softness of clay. Zeisel’s more organic approach to modernism most likely comes as a reaction to the Bauhaus aesthetics that were popular at the time of her early training.

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Photos of Eva’s apartment in NY – from NY Magazine 2007

Two Singing Birds - available at Indiana Museum of Art

Eva Zeisel Coffee Table -DWR

Bronze Candlesticks - DWR

Glass Goblets - from Eva Zeisel Originals

Crate and Barrel


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