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:
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!