Welcome to the Dollhouse

by Molly Denver

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had a fascination with dollhouses.  My dad built one for my sister and I which I recall being yellow, with graffiti that I personally contributed. The dolls didn’t matter to me, just the house itself.Dad built all the furniture and helped me build some, showing me how to att... Read More

09/21/17

Diamond in the Rough

by Ken Avery

Moving to Portland, Oregon in 2007 was the beginning of a new life rich with opportunities for discovery and growth. St. Johns suspension bridgePeninsula Park, Portland’s original rose gardenOn east side of the river in Portland lies a vast network of very pedestrian friendly, tree lined residential streets. Throug... Read More

04/19/17

TEFAF New York

by Mia Jung

This week I had the opportunity to go to the The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at the Park Avenue Armory.  Normally the fair is held in Maastricht, one of the oldest Dutch cities known for its medieval architecture, and draws up to 75,000 visitors. This year, TEFAF brings two spin off fairs to New York.  The firs... Read More

10/27/16

Amish Paradise

by Ross Padluck

October usually finds me on a visit to family in the quaint and picturesque Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – affectionately known as Amish Country. The beautiful countryside is dotted with farm stands bursting with colorful and unique gourds, pumpkins and Amish specialties. What a way to embrace the autumn season! Lan... Read More

10/20/16

Jethro Coffin House Reimagined

by Ike Kligerman Barkley

A group of NYSID students designed two rooms in the Jethro Coffin House, the oldest house on Nantucket, for Nantucket by Design, a festival of design taking place this week, organized by the Nantucket Historical Association. The house was built in 1686 as a wedding gift to Jethro Coffin and his ... Read More

08/10/16

Yawn: Getting into bed with Italian Modern Design

by John Ike

 Although Italians are well known for their ability to live stylish lives, drive stylish cars and wear stylish clothes, they are no slackers when it comes to sleep.  Find below a few of our favorite Italian Designers and the beds they've designed:Luciano Frigerio Frigerio was born in 1928 in Desio, Italy. &nb... Read More

07/07/16

Women Master Builders, Part Two: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Mar-A-Lago

by Thomas A. Kligerman

My last post on women master builders featured Doris Duke's paradisical Honolulu retreat, Shangri La. Just over a decade before Duke began on her compound, another female patron was putting together her own estate lying nearly 5,000 miles east. - Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Palm Beach pile, Mar-A-Lago. Another exotic nam... Read More

03/26/15

All that Glitters

by Thomas A. Kligerman

For a project to go well, an architect needs to understand a lot of different professions: contractor, lighting designer, interior decorator, mason, and more. But these last couple months I’ve found myself trying to understand a more unfamiliar role – Director. With another kind of "Director" - SFFAS Director Arian... Read More

10/30/14

Fluff N' Stuff

by John Ike

As temperatures start to drop, some minds wander to the sweater season, warm drinks, fires in the hearth. But my mind wanders to cozy furniture. And there’s none cozier than the cuddly, droll designs of sheepskin, fur and fluff that came out in the mid-20th century. In the current Bruun Rasmussen auction there a... Read More

09/25/14

Another from the Shoe Box

by John Ike

In the spirit of Joel’s shoe box archive, we blew the dust off a project from twenty years ago, the interior decoration of a grand old house in New Jersey.A ceramic display by Mongiardino.At the time I was enamored with Henri Samuel and Renzo Mongiardino, two icons of the past century. They both were experts at mixing gen... Read More

03/07/14

Art for the Masses

by John Ike

Over the years, Keith York, who runs Modern San Diego, has introduced me to some of his mid-century buds in the region. The community is tight knit, and includes all sorts of artists, artisans, and owners of small companies native to California. It’s a group of people who live "mid-century," surrounded by works from the m... Read More

02/13/14

The Swedish way: Vackrare vardagsvaror

by John Ike

Several years ago, I was turned on to Swedish furniture from the 1920s by my friend Paul Jackson. He is the owner of Jacksons, a historical design gallery that opened thirty years ago in Stockholm, and three years ago in Berlin.I’ve made several trips to Sweden, and always include a stop in Stockholm, sometimes just to se... Read More

12/17/13