Archives: December 2011

fooling the senses

One of architecture’s marvels and a landmark relatively unknown to most visitors to the Eternal City, is Francesco Borromini’s masterly 17th-century trompe l’oeil perspective colonnade in the Palazzo Spada, just around the corner from the Palazzo Farnese. From afar, the … Continue reading

monsters of the deep?

If you love the ocean like I do, these lights look like elegant jellyfish, sashaying in unison to the surface. But they also look like fireworks dashing into the sky a split second before they explode.  Regardless, these light pendants … Continue reading

making a difference: the taboo furniture

I was recently at MoMA PS1, the contemporary and experimental sister of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  While there are too many cool and cutting edge pieces in the permanent exhibition to review, what really drew my … Continue reading

the ravishing black irish

One of the greatest joys of what I do is discovering new modern design in all mediums.  I was particularly taken aback recently when a British friend introduced me to the work of County Cork based Irish artist Sara Flynn … Continue reading

not your funky uncle’s 70s vinyl floors

Do you remember vinyl flooring … you know, the nasty type that covered kitchen and bathroom floors all over the world for the greater part of the 20th century?  Nowadays, one sees it and immediately wants to tear it up … Continue reading

winter living series – beach getaways – Çeşme

As the fifth and last beach destination of this  Holiday week series, I’ve selected the 7800 Çeşme Hotel.A beautiful boutique beach hotel favored by Turks in-the-know, it is located west of Ismir and facing the  bay of  Boyalik and the  Aegean Sea. This is … Continue reading

winter living series – beach getaways – Wakaya

Have you ever wondered where the Fiji bottled water comes from?  Well I don’t know for sure, but what I do know is where all the money from this H20 empire has gone… a private island off of Fiji that … Continue reading