Friday, October 1, 2010


As you all know by now, I love anything antique mixed with the uber contemporary (or somewhat contemporary). I recently did a talk for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) about using antiques in new ways, and I thought I would share some of the images I found which were most inspiring.

Of course anything as elegant and refined as the below deserves a nod. Diaz-Azcuy is a very sophisticated LA-based Cuban architect and designer, who creates highly contemporary spaces, often incorporating antiques.

I LOVE the Saarinen table with these wonderful Empire style chairs.  Here is another shot:

You can tell he is an architect as well as a designer just by looking at him....he has those obligatory heavy round glasses.  If you want a good architect, never hire one without glasses, SOME kind of funky frames are pretty much a necessity in the field (and the perfectly round are the best). 

Here are just a few of the giants of architecture with their dark, round frames:

Philip Johnson

I.M. Pei

The list goes on and on, but lets get back to design...

Ann Getty is another designer I am drawn to.  She is based in San Francisco and does some of the most fabulous full blown, over the top historically inspired spaces:

Yet she also does a wonderful job at mixing the old and new:

And then I must throw in a project featured in the latest Interior Design issue.  I love the idea of this night club in Manhattan by the firm ICrave.  I hate clubs, but this one I would at least tolerate once, just for the design.  I just hope these were not GOOD antiques!

Love the idea of getting an artist to embellish a tired sofa.

This is my kind of recycling!


  1. Are interior designers allowed to wear such glasses, or are those spectacles reserved strictly for architects?

  2. Absolutely reserved only for architects!