Archives: November 2012

passing the test of time: modernity in the tiffany vase

When we think of Tiffany today, we think sparkling diamonds, glittering jewelry, polished silver and glowing Tiffany lamps.  It’s not generally my thing.  BUT, I happen to love some of Tiffany’s vases.  Not only do they tend to work in … Continue reading

an ode to midcentury california design: the woods lamp from spain

Looking like something right out of the 1970s Brady Bunch house in California, the Woods lamp is a “green” creation by Spanish designer Héctor Serrano for decorative lamp studio-lab Arturo Alvarez. His lighting is inspired by MidCentury California Design. This … Continue reading

fast forward 60s futurism: the series 1-2-3 panton chair for today

There is a timelessness to mid-20th century Danish design that still makes it so appealing today.  But unlike Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner who came before him, Verner Panton (1926-1998) made his mark in the 1960s and 1970s.  One of … Continue reading

contemporary minimalist architecture in a Barcelona home overlooking the ocean

Stark minimalist architecture has its following, and nowhere is it better embraced than in Sitges, a hilly quasi-suburb of Barcelona.  Here Geibar Constructores and Brazilian-born, Barcelona-based interior architect Jorge Rangel have put together an outstanding contemporary minimalist home for those … Continue reading

Tell grandma you’re not catching a chill with these outdoor heaters

The good people at Kindle Living are giving us the excuse to dine and entertain al fresco in any weather this winter with their delightful and chic line of outdoor heaters.   Banish the thought of sitting under a heat … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Enjoy the long weekend in the company of friends, family and everybody important to you.   And for those that travel, be safe.  Till Monday! image credit: Ovando, New York

maison jansen: sybaritic decorators and tastemakers of the 20th century

You know the name: you’ve heard it mentioned constantly and seen it referenced on the pages of magazines and auction catalogues, but what do you REALLY know about the fabled Maison Jansen (1880 – 1989)? Not to be confused with … Continue reading