Feb 28, 2009
I took a trip over to the Walker Zanger showroom in West Hollywood last week to select stone & tile samples for two kitchen projects I am currently working on, and, as I had not paid a visit to the showroom in some time, I enjoyed seeing some new items. While waiting for my samples, I snapped some pictures to share of some of the new-er collections:
A very Moroccan influence:
These graphic & colorful borders would be great for a bathroom:
Arabesque gold & silver tiles:
A showroom display:
Feb 27, 2009
I thought these Bertoia inspired chairs were so charming.
19th street in the Heights is brimming with fun finds for the home. This dresser was under $200 at an antique mall...too bad I couldn't find a place for it!
So local Houstonians, where is your favorite spot to score one of a kind finds for not so much $$$?
Feb 26, 2009
I have to say this in not one of my favorite pieces by Gray so I can understand the surprise and shock that many people had by the high price it fetched (for the looks alone). But what really got me was when Kathy Lee quipped: "She can't be that famous, I've never heard of her!". Oh dear, dear Kathy Lee, it is unfortunate that you haven't and that your producers didn't do a quick bit of research on the subject. I personally learned of Eileen Gray in my first week of design school. I even did a project inspired by her work.
Eileen Gray (1878-1976) was a pioneer for women in a field dominated by such famous men as Mies van der Rohe and LeCorbusier. Gray ran in their circle and was a self-taught architect. She is probably best known for her chrome-and-glass adjustable table which retails at Design Within Reach and was designed in 1927.
Some of her other famous pieces include the Transat Chair:
And the Bibendum Chair:
Sometimes I think I forget to appreciate the women that paved the way in the design and architecture industry for many of us. We wouldn't be sittin' pretty today if it weren't for these strong-willed and talented women who weren't afraid to "run with the boys"! So Thank You Eileen Gray!!
If you'd like to read more about the life and work of Eileen Gray I recommend this book by Peter Adam (I own it!):
Feb 25, 2009
I've been a big fan of Jo Malone perfumes and skin care products since her name landed on this side of the Atlantic. Her product is a UK based company that has had much success with opening boutique stores across the nation to supplement her initial outlets in high end department stores. Aside from liking the product alone, I've always liked the "whole package." The simplicity and clean lines of her packaging, the logo, and the interior design of the Jo Malone counters and boutique stores. It's a very simple design that is also very elegant. I think for interior designers who are designing retail spaces, it is important to take the branding into consideration. It may not work for all retail planning, but it sure works for this product.
Facade of the store front retains the branding influence of the name, the product, and the interiors.
Conceptual rendering of the stores interior:
The interiors of the boutique which are also consistent with Jo Malone counter's located in high end department stores such as Neiman Marcus.
The spa located in London. Retains the clean simple lines of her packaging and boutique interiors:
Packaging of Jo Malone products that inspire the consistency of her logo and store design:
Interiors of the Times Square boutique in NYC:
Visit the Jo Malone website for boutique locations & online products.