Friday, October 1, 2010

A FEW GOOD PROJECTS

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!

2 comments:

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

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  2. Absolutely reserved only for architects!

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