“Office” furniture…at Home

I used to have Knoll Flat Bar Brno chairs around my dining table…and  because I think they are so beautiful, it always amazed me when someone who was at my house for the first time would inevitably ask why I had office chairs in my dining room.  Oy Vey!

Fast forward 10 years and although the Brno chairs are gone (I sold them to a client) my house is still a mix of “office furniture” and what one would traditionally categorize as residential furniture.  That juxtaposition of both is what, in my opinion, makes my space a reflection of me.  I love the modern classics and at the same time find myself drooling over a traditional chesterfield sofa..so, in my own house, I’ve decided not to assign labels or function to furniture or lighting…

I think I might need the HM Eiffel chair for my bathroom!

Bathroom: Eames Eiffel Chair

Dining and Living Room: Herman Miller

Dining Room: Herman Miller - Eames molded plywood chairs

Repurposed File Cabinet (from DesignSponge)

Living Room: Pedestal File Cabinet as End Table (from Apartment Therapy)

File Cabinet as a Nightstand


Dining room: Eames Aluminum Group Chairs and Knoll Saarinen Table



Dining Room: Knoll Brno Chairs - from Met Home

Living Room: Swan Chair and Knoll Mies Day Bed

Living Room: The Bob Chair from Coalesse

Dining Room: Emeco Navy Chair

Bedroom: Tolomeo Task Light as a Bedside Lamp

Living Room: Knoll Brno and Day Bed

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Workplace: The Inspired Office

Inspired by Creativity:

WPP Detroit - Designed by Gensler


WPP’s new offices consolidate six separately operating advertising agencies in one location. Drawing inspiration from the creative nature of advertising and the character of Michigan, Gensler’s design stripped the suburban office building down to its shell to gain ceiling height and a more loft-like feel.

WPP Detroit Michigan - Designed by Gensler

Inspired by the Mountains:

House of Rossignol : French Office Architecture by Hérault Arnod Architectes


Architecture that pays tribute to the mountains. (images from http://www.e-architect.co.uk)

Rossignol HQ


Inspired by Topography:

Skype Luxembourg HQ by WAM


From WAM:  The undulating topography of the ceiling is conceived to encourage movement through the office.  This project forms the blueprint for Skype offices globally to provide a more fluid, dynamic office layout that supports the nomadic, roving nature of many of the Skype employees and the way they work.

Skype HQ

Skype HQ

Inspired by Technology:


The design reflects the Atari brand, includes plasma display screens situated throughout the space, and incorporates sustainable products such as bamboo flooring.  Designed by Nelson.

Inspired by Glamour:

Spanx HQ


Designed by TVS:  These community-oriented spaces reflect SPANX culture. “This was the first time they looked at how interior design would reflect their personality and support how they work,” says tvsdesign principal Steve Clem.  Images from Interior Design Magazine.

Spanx HQ

Spanx HQ

Inspired by Hockey:



The interior is a montage of materials and wintry colors that reflect the game of hockey, including the stainless steel of skate blades and the white of ice, said Frederic M. Strauss, principal in TPG Architecture of New York, the designers of the new offices. (from NYT)





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Trends: Sliding and Barn Doors

In the world of corporate interiors, barn door hardware isn’t new…but the hardware continues to evolve with materials that allow this type of door to bridge the gap between extremely modern and corporate to rustic and earthy.

This modern barn door hardware is made from exotic hardwoods and stainless steel.  From Rustica Hardware.



Modern Glass and Stainless Sliding Barn Door – Manet System from Dorma

Modern Yellow Barn Door (from Harvest)


Wine Oak Doors from Cliff Spencer

The wood is 100% reclaimed. With aunique blend of natural oils and waxes, it’s completely non-toxic. The color comes from wine, not stain.


3Form translucent resin, sliding doors


Hafele stainless steel barn door hardware shown with a wood door


Modern, minimal barn door hardware from Bartels USA


Horseshoe Track – from Barn Door Hardware


Standard Flat Track – from Barn Door Hardware


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Lighting as Art

Serge Mouille – A French Icon

“Serge Mouille made each of his lamps by hand and never used machine technology to maximize production numbers.” “A Serge Mouille lamp is as much a work of art as it is a source of illumination.”

Serge Mouille 3 arm floor lamp

Serge Mouille wall sconce

Serge Mouille 2 arm wall sconce

David Weeks Studio

Taking cues from mid-century design and machine age products, David Weeks has created a distinctly modern lighting collection.

David Weeks Chandelier and Sconce

David Weeks Chandeliers

David Weeks Floor and Table Lamps

Alison Berger Glassworks

Alison Berger is an artist whose medium is light and whose material is glass. Whether designing light fixtures, objects, furnishings or large-scale sculptures, she uses age-old glass blowing techniques to create glass forms that transcend time and capture light. Derived from historic forms that have been stripped down to their essence, her work feels simultaneously old world and modern.

Alison Berger Scripted

Alison Berger Lensed Chandelier

Daniel Becker Lighting

Daniel Becker Emily Chandelier

Daniel Becker Sparks

Description from Daniel Becker:

Sparks attempts to freeze a fleeting moment and record it emotionally. The light appearance of a split second is compressed and duplicated volumetrically.

Technically, it is a modular lighting system which consists of three different modules made of aluminium tubes. They can be arranged with a simple plug-in system in various configurations to form a three-dimensional structure. Every module can be rotated freely in 360° which makes the whole system easily adaptable to every possible architectural situation. There are virtually no limits in the size. The lighting elements are based on low-energy LED modules which are hidden behind cones made of frosted acrylic glass.

Tom Dixon

Established in 2002, Tom Dixon is a British design and manufacturing company of lighting and furniture. With a commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry, the brand is inspired by our nation’s unique heritage. Tom Dixon launches new collections annually with products sold more than 60 countries.

Tom Dixon Beat Lights - A series of lights inspired by the sculptural simplicity of brass cooking pots and traditional water vessels on the subcontinent.

Tom Dixon Mirror Ball Lighting

Cocktail Hour: Bars and Bar Carts

Ahh…cocktail hour…another trend that we can thank Mad Men for…there’s something grown-up and “cool” about the resurgence of cocktail hour…

and, what would a cocktail hour be without a well appointed bar or better yet a bar cart.  I mean really, how cool is it to have cocktails on call and on a cart the you could theoretically wheel from room to room?


I’d be perfectly happy with a bar stocked only with Hendricks and Champagne…Just saying.  Duncan Barware from DWR


iitalia modern decanter designed by Antonio Citterio

or…the more traditional and very pretty Fern Decanters from William Yeoward…approximately $900 from Bloomingdales.


Cocktail Shaker designed by Ron Arad – available at Hive Modern


Vintage Modern Bar Set – 1stopretroshop


Modern Bar Tools from All Modern



Ok..so, this doesn’t “roll from room to room” but still has a sophisticated and classic modern look.  The Line Bar from DWR


The Swig Mini Bar from CB2




Smoke Barware and Marta Barware from CB2

So Charming!  Dimpled Tumblers from West Elm


Two Tier Brass Bar Cart from Blackman Cruz



For the real cocktail emergency…cuz, it happens…


Simple…charming….(photo credit unkown)


The Raymond Polished Nickel Bar Cart from Plantation Home


Old Hollywood Bar Cart from Plantation Home


Wow…this is the home bar of Zsa Zsa Gabor…not kidding.  From Diy Life.



from Martha Stewart



And of course, what would a bar be without the Booze?!

Essential Liquors for a Home Bar (according to Martha Stewart)

For sidecars, brandy milk punches, crustas, daisies, and smashes.

White Rum
For daiquiris and mojitos.

For martinis, gin and tonics, Tom Collinses, etc.

For Manhattans, old fashioneds, and whiskey sours.

Vodka is the workhorse of the liquor cabinet, used in basic drinks such as vodka tonics, screwdrivers, and the vodka martini.

For margaritas, sunrises, and palomas. The best tequilas are made from 100 percent agave; check the label.

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Cocktail Essentials

And of course, the most expensive bottle of Whiskey…Sotheby’s recently auctioned a Lalique decanter with a blended Macallan scotch whiskey ….for $460,000.


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

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My Favorite Etsy Shops

My current Etsy E-Shop Obsessions:

Etsy currently has tens of thousands of stores…which can be daunting and time consuming to navigate…so here are a few of my favorites.


Curated collection of vintage finds for the home:


Curated Curiosities by Trampoline

Elegant Touch – Pillows made with Designer Fabrics

I love these simple and delicate necklaces from Maven

Ok…so obviously artwork is mostly subjective…but I think a landscape if done in a serene and whispy way can be calming and another way to add subtle color to a space.


Design Trend: Global Influence

In general, I’d consider myself a modernist…but I have to admit that I love the idea of traditional and global prints as accent pieces to add something unexpected and unique.

It’s no wonder this is a trend for 2011.  The patterns tend to be nostalgic bringing a sense of comfort and a relaxed quality.  The deep colors from natural dyes…the imperfect perfection of hand crafting.. and the fact that you could have something that’s one of a kind…bring it on!

(via Home Shopping Spy)


Anthropologie is featuring global collections in home and fashion.


Ikat mini bowls from Anthropologie




This bedroom scene from Wisteria blends a French Country Headboard,  a Suzani bolster pillow and a Moorish side table.



Above:  Pillows from John Robshaw – an updated spin on the exotic and handmade that’s sophisticated and still authentic.


Robshaw’s Aqua Rali Blanket  – Vintage blankets from around the world.


Nico Sari Bench from Global Home NY.


Beni Ourain Moroccan Rugs (via Elle Decor)



(via Femita)



Roost Kilim Pouf from Velocity  Art and Design


Chinese Console Table from Wisteria


Casamidy – Ixelles Bench



Suzani throw from Jayson Home and Garden



From Apartment Therapy –  what’s old is new…by snatching up old suzani fabric and repurposing it into upholstery.



And…more suzani…

This image from Design Manifest


Roost Kikar Lamp from Velocity Art and Design


Kara Mann…the master of mixing modern and global pieces to create spaces that are inspired and edgy.


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Workplace: Attorney Offices

The following post demonstrates that the next generation of attorney offices defies the traditional marble and mahogany law firm of the 80’s and 90’s.  With more progressive attitudes, law firms are looking for designers to conceive spaces that are bright, open, and environmentally sustainable while continuing to balance the need to be buttoned up and professional yet still hip enough to recruit and retain the top attorneys.



Reception Areas

Gunderson Dettmer designed by HOK


Clifford Chance UK designed by Gensler


DLA Piper Reception Area by Gensler


Seyfarth Shaw Reception Area designed by Gensler


Chicago Law Firm Reception Area designed by SOM


Two story reception area of Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto designed by Mancini Duffy



Secretary and Support Areas


Custom Secretary Stations by Datesweiser



DLA Piper – Chicago
Designed by my good friend Ami Kahalekulu when she worked for Lieber.
Secretary Station and Private Office by Studio Tractor for Thompson Wigdor & Gilly
Break Roooms and Community Space
Kitchen at Katten Muchin Rosenman designed by Gensler





Collaborative space for Nilan Johnson Lewis by Cuningham Group in Minneapolis.


Lounge Space for DLA Piper in Tampa designed by Gensler


Gould & Ratner Lounge designed by SOM



Durie Tangrie designed by Envelope Architecture + Design



Conference Rooms


Nixon Peabody in San Francisco designed by Gensler was the first law firm to receive LEED certification.



Goodwin Proctor designed by Gensler



Conference Room by Studio Tractor for Thompson Wigdor & Gilly


Reception and Conference Area for Goodwin Proctor in LA designed by Perkins & Will


Conference Room with a dramatic black walls contrasting with a white credenza and natural wood conference table – designed for Gunderson Dettmer in Redwood California by HOK




Board Room at DLA Piper Amsterdam by  Hoffman Dujardin Architects



StudiosArchitecture designed this simple and non-hierarchical conference room for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff in SF



Private Offices

Attorney Private Office at only 88 square feet

Reno & Cavanaugh by Fox

And of course, we can’t forget the bathrooms…

Studio Tractor – Bathrooms for Thompson Wigdor & Gilly


Glass top vanity for a Chicago Law Firm by SOM


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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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