Archives: November 2012

living in a bubble – disconnecting 21st century style

Recently, I came across this invention by Swiss design studio Micasa Lab called the Cocoon1, self-described as a piece of “furniture you can live in – sleep, cook, relax, play or just shelter”.  Frankly, I don’t know what to think, … Continue reading

Please vote for the modern sybarite

MODENUS is running a competition to select the Top 100 International Interior Design Blogs for 2013 including The Modern Sybarite. Check out the list. A “Thumbs UP” for the Sybarite would be MOST welcome and appreciated IN the MODENUS page … Continue reading

Do you know … designer T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings?

British born, Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905-1976) started working as a designer of ocean liner interiors before becoming a salesman for an antiques dealer which brought him to America.  By the late 1930s, he was America’s most sought after decorator working … Continue reading

hello beautiful! ~ old-school craftsmanship meets contemporary design

I was recently on a business trip to Dallas and was reviewing a past issue of INTERIORS Magazine, when I ran across a lovely lamp I just had to bring to your attention. Unique amongst other floor lamps and slightly … Continue reading

A quick guide to buying at auction

I was recently interviewed by Ohio-based interior design maven Lisa  M. Smith, principal of the studio Interior Design Factory and founder of the DĂ©cor Girl blog, to discuss some tips for buying at auction. As a former insider with the … Continue reading

the mirror as a study in dazzling artistry

Like enormous multi-faceted diamonds, the smoking hot contemporary mirrors of British designer Sam Orlando Miller are simply striking.  Regardless of the mirror’s color, the play of light and dark, shadow and reflection make these stylish design pieces for any sophisticated … Continue reading

a ménage à trois of vintage luxury: Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hermès and Paul Dupré-Lafon

Today something a little unusual, and a great reminder that there has always been, and always will be, a luxury goods market.  Imagine this sublime terrestrial globe and clock on your grandfather’s desk:  in glass, chrome and leather created by … Continue reading