As a new focus for our blog posts, on Fridays we’ll be featuring anything and everything that inspires us. We hope they inspire you, too!
Whether it’s the finished basement or the open floor plan, sometimes we have to deal with the Structural Column. Your pillar might be right in the middle of the room, or it might be blocking the amazing view- either way, it needs to stay and therefore needs to be creatively incorporated into the design. Sometimes it’s better to celebrate the awkwardness than try to hide it, and here are a few beautiful ways it can be done!
Designer/architect Jens Risom was born and raised in Denmark. In 1939 he came to the US and in 1941 designed the 1st collection that was manufactured by Knoll. The collection included the Lounge Chair, an iconic Scandinavian silhouette which is still a Knoll classic. It is available in 6 colors, with or without arms, in maple or walnut, and with cotton or nylon webbing.
(Images via Knoll)
The W Retreat & Spa located on Vieques Island is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the mind, body & soul. The exquisite island is located 8 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico. The resort and its 157 rooms were designed by Patricia Urquiola, perfectly embodying modern resort style. The island itself is a paradise, offering a relaxing getaway as well as an island adventure. Go for the local food, pristine and private beaches, and a cocktail in one of those colorful chairs.
(Images via W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island)
The color mauve is a muted, pale red-violet tone named after the mallow flower. In 1856, a happy accident caused Sir William Henry Perkin to create the first aniline dye, which was a purple-ish colored residue from another experiment. The original version of the dye faded easily and had to be perfected for industry use. Mauve has been in and out of fashion over the years, and was very popular in the 1980s.
(Image via let’s stay)
I recently came across the incredible work of street artist L7M. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Luis Seven Martins paints the urban landscape with mesmerizing graffiti. He started spray painting when he was 13 years old, adding other medium since. Graffiti Birds feature photo realistic heads that blend out to vibrant, abstract, textural bodies. They are beautifully chaotic.
(Images via L7M)
Peter Shire is an award-winning Los Angeles based sculptor and artist. Born in 1947, he is inspired by his family and the Echo Park community he calls home. He began his career working with his father designing and manufacturing furniture, and in 1970 graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute in LA. Shire’s art is colorful and intricate, and he works in steel, ceramic, glass, and other medium. He has exhibited his work in the US as well as parts of Europe and Asia. I love these teapots!
Image via lama)