Modern Memphis Movement
1981 Memphis Milano or The Modern Memphis Movement began in Milan. A group of
designers led by Ettore
Sottsass gathered to start a revolution against serious and functional
modernist design. The group was named after Bob Dylan’s song "Stuck Inside of
Mobile With the Memphis Blues" as it was believed that they list...
Darwin D. Martin House
by Andrew Dolan
Darwin D. Martin House; Buffalo, NYAs
a young American child aspiring to one day design homes, I idolized Frank Lloyd
Wright. Of all his homes that I’ve toured, my favorite is his Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo,
NY. The first time I visited the house, the complex was abandoned and half the home
had been demoli...
Welcome to the Dollhouse
by Molly Denver
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...
by Andrew Dolan
the eighth grade, one of my childhood best friends and I made a pact that when
we each turned 25 we’d buy an old boat, convert it into a beautiful residence,
then sail it through the Panama Canal (not sure why there specifically) and
travel the world. At the ripe age of fifteen, I would have told you that there
Mechelen Patershof Hotel
Built by the
Franciscan monks in 1867, the "Paterskirk" in Mechelen,
Belgium looks like an
ordinary church- which is what I thought it was prior to entering. As I walked
in I was greeted by a doorman ready to take my suitcase.Street view of Martin's PatershofIn 2009 the
Paterskirk church opened as a 4-star hotel known ...
The New York Earth Room
In a highly desired 3,600 square foot Soho loft
with pristine white walls and large windows, lies 280,000 pounds of dirt. The
22-inch-high layer of dirt is 40 years old and is The
New York Earth Room, an interior earth
sculpture by American artist Walter De Maria. This is the third Earth
Room sculpture executed by...
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 ...