Finally, we can feel summer in the air here in NYC. It’s
going to be 90 degrees today and although it’s a welcomed change, we
immediately start to think about how to stay cool. Winter wool sweaters are
sent to storage, because of course who has room for all seasons in their
apartment, and out comes… Linen!Linen is...
A Parisian Hidden Gem: The Sainte-Chapelle
In the heart of Paris, France stands a small Gothic chapel
with a humble exterior but a truly breathtaking interior. The Sainte-Chapelle (“Holy Chapel”) was built in the 13th
century by Pierre de Montreuil for Louis IX to use as his royal chapel and to
house relics of the Passion. The Lower Chapel served pa...
Sheila Hicks: dedicated to experimentation
If you attended The Salon at the Park Avenue Armory this
past November, it was hard to miss the works of Sheila Hicks brought to you by
Demisch Danant Gallery. The Salon at the Park Avenue Armory, Sheila Hicks.Textile Fresco, c. 1969Five panels formed from twisted skeins of linen, silk, cotton118.11 H x 133.86 i...
When our clients, a couple with a young daughter, purchased
this loft in a former warehouse in Manhattan’s Tribeca district, it was a
50-by-80-foot box, evincing traditional details—steel beams, cast-iron columns,
an exposed-joist ceiling—and a subsequently added foot-deep concrete floor. The
brief was simple...
A Tale of Two Houses; London and Paris
Humans invent things--it's just the way we are. We use new technologies all they time and they open up new possibilities and things we haven't considered before. Soane's house on Lincoln's Inn Fields. But sometimes our ideas outstrip available technology, and solutions to new ideas are found with previous ge...
Jethro Coffin House Reimagined
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 ...
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...
An Unlikely Pair: The Shingle Style meets South America
by Mia Jung
Four years ago I received an ominous voicemail: "I think you are the designer I've been looking for."The client asked me to visit his newly built home in suburban Boston. When I got there I was not surprised – it was a typical New England Shingle Style house – something we are known for at Ike Kligerman Barkl...
Scouting Sinker Cypress
There’s a lot more to being an architect than
drawing all day. One of the most
important parts of my job is sourcing materials for the design of a house. Materials give personality, character, and
texture to a home.This is where my story of scouting sinker
cypress comes in. At the turn of the 20th ce...
Living in a Lautner
by John Ike
It’s not often that you get to really test drive a piece of
architecture by one of the masters. Such
was the case a few weeks ago as I caught the tail end of the Palm Springs Modernism
show. Darren Bradley, a friend and
architectural photographer from San Diego was speaking at the show, and he recommended
Light it Up: Exploring the Urban Electric Co. Workshop in Charleston
We took our 2016 Strategic Planning Retreat to the architectural gem that is Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to its rich history, delectable low-country cuisine, and exquisite beauty, Charleston is also home to the bespoke "bench-made" lighting fixture company, Urban Electric Co., that graciously hosted a day of lea...
Smooth Move: Tadelakt Plaster for Today
by John Ike
In our practice at Ike Kligerman Barkley, we reference
historical traditions while incorporating them into modern designs. This is at
the heart of what I love about architecture and design, the ability to call on the
past in a way that feels fresh and contemporary. I’ve recently become intrigued by the possibilities of...