Whether you work in a cubicle farm or at your desk at home, the inspiration for crafty holiday decorating is all around you. Pushpins, rubber bands, staples, paper goods and even padded shipping envelopes can be twisted and trimmed with creativity. Here are five simple projects to brighten your workplace.
"With a strong architectural statement," Pierre Yovanovitch once told AD, "you can go on to build an interior with simple but luxurious furnishings." After a decade working on men's fashion lines for Pierre Cardin, Yovanovitch has quickly built a solid foundation in design, opening his namesake firm in 2001 and establishing himself as a modern master of spatial composition, design history, and custom furniture with a keen eye for elemental-yet-luxurious materials and color.
More than a century old, Arts and Crafts architecture is certainly a venerated style. But it's hardly a fashionable one. "The last time the style was popular was back in the 1980s, when Barbra Streisand was collecting Stickley furniture and ran up the market for it," says interior designer Madeline Stuart.
Interior designer Michael S Smith's modernist house in Los Angeles couldn't be more different from his previous home - a Georgian-style manor - but he loves its 'heroic' architecture and large volumes of space, which allow him to create 'sculptural compositions' with his furniture and art.
With new ideas and radical techniques, Nikolai qand Simon Hass have become design's latest enfants terribles. "Ridiculous." This is how brothers Nikolai and Simon Haas describe their obsessively detailed sculptural work-spiky sea creature ceramics and fur-covered settees with bronze animal feet-as well as their cramped L.A. studio, which houses 13 craftsmen.
A water-view home with a patch of grass just didn't float Misty Tosh's boat, but when the television producer came upon a 1980s three-story houseboat in Marina del Rey, she dove right in. "It was a giant hunk of slapped-together junk - dark and dank, chopped up into tiny rooms with ladders between the floors," said Tosh, who bought it two years ago.
As children of the Great Depression, Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman had modest dreams: They wanted to own their home and decorate it with beautiful things. In 1952, the couple left Detroit to start a mom-and-pop arts studio in Culver City, and in the decades that followed they produced hundreds of handmade ceramics, tile mosaics, woodcarvings and rugs -- affordable home furnishings that, starting Sunday, will be elevated to museum pieces.
David A. Keeps: Ocean blue starts at the front door and flows all the way through the house. Was that inspired by the colors of the bay? Peter Dunham: Well, the house is on Lido Isle in the Newport Beach harbor, and it does face the water, so I'd be crazy not to make the most of the view.
SHIRLEY NYQUIST, the vivacious record-keeper of her husband's furniture-making business, pulls out a typewritten list from 1960 showing a walnut armchair with sculpted back and upholstered seat priced at $125. And today? That same chair would be $4,500. John Nyquist may not be a top name, but his made-to-order furnishings command top dollar.
Reese Witherspoon's Southern charm has lit up such hit comedies as Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama, and her skill and intensity brought her an Oscar for her role as country singer June Carter Cash in Walk the Line.
JOE DOUCET IS A LIVING BLUEPRINT FOR THE 21ST-century designer. He has produced brand identities for BMW, packaging for Procter & Gamble and concept appliances for Whirlpool and Braun. A fixture of the Brooklyn design scene, Doucet exhibits his work around the world and, in 2010, curated a one-night show of designer-personalized Munny toys at the Ace Hotel New York that drew thousands, including midcentury modernist Vlad imir Kagan.
David Weidman's silk-screen artwork helped to define the look of the late 1960s and '70s. But only now, at 89, is he reaching his prime. On a visit to the Long Beach area in the early 1960s, David and Dorothy Weidman had their first glimpse of a planned community.
Interior designer Ryan Brown has made a career buying ugly-duckling properties, turning them into beauties and selling them for profit. It's a process that he and his business partner, Jeff Lewis, reveal on the Bravo reality series "Flipping Out," which starts its third season Monday.
Sao Paulo-based architect Marcio Kogan is bringing his muscular minimalism Stateside. The Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan is not one bit like Howard Roark, the uncompromising modernist in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, the maverick who dynamites a building that deviated from his design.
"I AM ALWAYS slightly suspicious of people who don't like dogs in the house," said the New York City-based interior decorator and author Bunny Williams, who is also mother to six rescued mutts. If you pay attention, she said, pooches will "always show you the coziest places in the house to curl up."
"THERE WAS A PERIOD in the late '80s, when everything was overly traditional and antiques were selling for millions," said Holly Hunt, the contemporary-design impresario who bought her first showroom in Chicago in 1983. "We were making new money look old."
LONDON-BASED DESIGNER and educator Ilse Crawford -whose third book, "A Frame for Life" (Rizzoli), came out Oct. 21-is no fan of superficial décor. After stints working in an architecture office and as a design journalist, she became the first editor of Elle Decoration U.K. at age 27.
Stan Bitters is a 21st-century caveman. In a windowless steel building on an industrial strip of Fresno, California, the 76-year-old sculptor shapes earth, water, and fire into primal ceramic forms. It is a ritual based more on instinct than intellectual precept. "It's not about thinking about the clay," he says.
DAVID A. KEEPS: We're deep in the woods here, but this home avoids log-cabin stereotypes. How did you bring such sophistication to a house in the middle of a pine forest? Where is this getaway? MATT O'DORISIO: Mountain homes are often wood and stacked stone. Here, we really restrained the rustic elements.
This is a tale of transformations. When an empty nester living in a traditional house in a rural Boston suburb decided to move back into the city, she made a second unconventional choice tapping los angeles designer Richard Hallberg to bring a late-1800s Back Bay brownstone into the 21rst century.
Grandeur need not be measured in square feet and ornate details. "There's a certain nobility in simplicity," says Greg Stewart, principal at Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates (ODADA), of this pared-down French country-style home on 34 acres in Carmel Valley, California.
A 17-floor apartment with 270-degree views places city and skyline at center stage By David A. Keeps Photography by Matthew Millman When you can see four bridges, 10 church spires, mountains, ocean and most of San Francisco's architectural landmarks from your 17th-floor apartment in Russian Hill, the sky's not the limit-it's the starting point.
In a modern Los Angeles Villa, the tranquil interiors are as sublime as the art on display. Nestled amid ficus hedges, Italian cypress, and olive trees, designer Daniel Cuevas's latest project has the stately air of a european villa. "You could be in Santa Barbara or Spain or anywhere in the world here," he observes.
They shop, they drink, they dine, they kvetch. They turn otherwise ordinary rooms into polished interiors, and then ... they go shopping again. They are the stars of Million Dollar Decorators, the Bravo reality series that started its second season tonight, yanking back the curtain to see how four Los Angeles design personalities - Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Kathryn M.
In contemporary design, all that glitters is no longer silver. Nor is it nickel, chrome or mirror-polished stainless steel, the similarly cool metal tones that have outsold other finishes on everything from faucets to furniture for decades.
By David Keeps. Drop in on a Los Angeles interior designer whose beloved showroom and cool, collected aesthetic have earned him such clients as Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi.
By David A. Keeps. Now just 32, this L.A. native son worked with a who's who of designers before going out on his own to create spaces for Ariana Huffington and major Hollywood players.
Jonathan Reed is a Google nightmare. Enter his name and up pops 1. a poet who writes verse that can be read in reverse and 2. a UFO hunter. Add the term "interior designer," and you'll find just two published projects: a yacht and his former London mews house - a bespoke residence with haberdashery swagger.
IT DOESN'T TAKE a great deal of analysis to conclude that inkblots, an evaluation tool used by psychologists since Swiss doctor Hermann Rorschach devised his classic "tell me what you see" personality test in 1921, have begun to surface as a decorative motif.
THE RESURGENCE OF two American handicrafts last popular in the era of H.R. Pufnstuf-macramé and free-form weaving-may make certain people want to fashion themselves a noose. But the design world, high on 1970s nostalgia, is busily reinventing the sort of humble fiber creations once found in hippie pads and Big Sur vacation getaways: the hand-knotted macramé owl and the wall-hanging depicting Sonoran mountain sunsets.
From rediscovered design classics to brand-new innovations, from the ceiling to the floor, 15 easy pieces and smart ideas for making more of your house in 2015. Spring bouquets "Floral patterns feel fresh again for chairs, headboards, curtains and bedding," says Los Angeles designer Susann Thomason Tunick.
IF YOU WANTED, you could outfit every room in your home with décor designed by blue-chip artists, whether it's an Yves Klein table (filled with his signature blue pigment) for the entry way, a minimalist Donald Judd aluminum stool for the living room, or bathroom tiles by Sol LeWitt.
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Mixed Metals In London, designer Kelly Hoppen says mixing warm metals, such as copper and rose gold, with cool ones like silver is particularly hot right now. Los Angeles designer Jamie Bush agreed, saying he is no longer interested in matching every metal finish in a single room: "It's too staged."
Historic gems, luxurious resorts, and storybook towns-from Malibu to Monterey By David Keeps Winding from the modernist compounds of Malibu through the redwood rusticity of Big Sur to the Victorian inns on the Monterey Peninsula, there is a ribbon of blacktop so mythic that Californians simply call it "the One."
Gathering together some 50 years' worth of photographs - many of them never before seen - by the likes of David Bailey, Andy Warhol and David LaChapelle, a new book from TASCHEN and a related selling exhibition at the publishing house's new Los Angeles gallery provide a riotous, rowdy and riveting portrait of The Rolling Stones .
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How designers are tackling the dreaded object. Remember that in their infancy, TV sets were largely immobile, connected by wires to roof antennae and rooted in the form-follows-function aesthetics of laboratory equipment. "They were ugly cubes, the bane of a designer's existence," says Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Co.
Every weekday morning at the In Situ Foundation in Chico, California, an eager pack of workers awaits their shift. One by one, they are led into a laboratory where their boss, a medical researcher named Dina Zaphiris, gives a simple directive: "Go find."
DOG / fun & fashion I don't think much of it, to be frank. He's just my dad with a busy job and I just like to eat a lot and snuggle. I've got nothing but love for Choupette! You know, people can't help but think I'm intimidating based on my appearance.
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Have more than a dozen new stores made La Brea Avenue a shopping magnet once again? For more than two decades, a roughly 1.5-mile stretch of La Brea between Melrose Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard arguably has been the city's most diverse and densely packed district for Old World antiques, vintage furniture, contemporary décor and urban fashion.
We dote on our pets, snapping up designer dog beds and kitty condos (with the hope they will stop clawing and curling up on our favorite sofas and bed pillows). All that gear can wreak havoc on the interior-obsessed homeowner. Does Bella's bed match the bedroom curtains? Will the new aquarium look...
In its nearly eight years on the air, AMC's period drama "Mad Men" became must-see TV for design professionals and decor fans and, arguably, a boon to the home furnishings industry.
SET PIECES: "TRUE BLOOD" As "True Blood" speeds along into Season 4, witches may have joined the cast of vampires, shape shifters, werewolves, fairies and cat people, but changes on the domestic front are what have really put design fans under a spell.
After snagging a Golden Globe and a SAG award, Christopher Plummer seems like a good bet for the supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of Hal, a 75-year-old retired museum director who comes out of the closet in director Mike Mills' autobiographical "Beginners."
"Mildred Pierce," director Todd Haynes' five-hour miniseries based on the James M. Cain novel, has been accused by some critics of being overly languid, like taffy stretched too thin. It may not be as snappy as the 1945 flick that earned Joan Crawford an Oscar, but for vintage design enthusiasts, this HBO event is intoxicating eye candy.
They had me at the trailer. For weeks now, the previews for "Tron: Legacy" have offered a striking look at what digital-age decor could look like. Though the film, which opens this weekend, unfolds in a virtual landscape know as the Grid, it also features the midcentury childhood home of hero Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) and a modern house made from shipping containers where Flynn's son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) lives.
On paper, a film about a stuttering monarch and his speech therapist seems as exciting as watching paint dry. Yet "The King's Speech" delivers not only riveting drama, but also Academy Award-nominated art direction by production designer Eve Stewart and set decorator Jude Farr, who capture the grandeur of the royal residences of George VI (Colin Firth, above left) and the home of his teacher and friend, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush, above right).
For veteran indie filmmaker Jefery Levy, working from home has never looked so good. The producer-director-writer-actor’s lavishly-decorated, historic Beverly Hills compound plays a starring role in his two new films, “Me” and “The Key,” which will screen at the debut of the Real Experimental Film Festival, Nov. 21-28, and run until Dec.
In the psychological thriller "The Gift," which opens nationwide Friday, writer-director and star Joel Edgerton taps into a specific strain of Southern California property lust: Midcentury Modern architecture. The story revolves around businessman Simon ( Jason Bateman ) and interior designer Robyn (Rebecca Hall), who move from Chicago to a dream home in Los Angeles only to encounter a most unwelcome old acquaintance named Gordo (Edgerton).
Charles and Ray Eames "were as careful with their words as they were with their designs," says author and scholar Daniel Ostroff, whose latest book, "An Eames Anthology: Articles, Film Scripts, Interviews, Letters, Notes, and Speeches," is a compilation of material from 1941 to 1986.
As the days get longer and the outdoors beckons, what will you bring to the table? For entertaining, "classic white dishes are always a must," says Beverly Hills party planner Mindy Weiss, "but spring is a great time to really mix up the tabletop with pastel options and darker colors."
A longtime preppy and beach house standard, nautical navy blue has returned in a huge way, with interior designers splashing it on walls in New York dining rooms and Palm Springs decorator show house bathrooms. For those who'd rather forgo painting and wallpaper, a host of designers are offering moody blue furnishings that add texture to rooms, referencing California denim and the deep indigo of the Japanese shibori folding and dyeing technique.
In "An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce," Los Angeles designer Timothy Corrigan details the five-year restoration of his dream house, and boy, does he dream big: a 45,000-square-foot Neoclassical chateau on 80 manicured acres in the Loire Valley of France.
As "Mad Men" comes to an end, we asked several designers: What shows will you watch for inspiration in the future? "The Knick" (Cinemax) Beautiful brownstones, an opium den in a bordello and heavy Victorian furnishings make for "very decadent interiors," says Schuyler Samperton. "Despite the elegance, there's always a bit of debauchery."
FIVE QUESTIONS Interior designer Brian Gennett turns old book covers into striking mosaics for wall coverings, penny-tile surfaces and home décor objects that have been featured in Elle Decor magazine and are sold at Harbinger on La Cienega Boulevard. Let's cut right to it: Do people ever come at you for destroying perfectly good books?
Deadwood' chic kicks the metrosexual look out the saloon doors. GOODBYE waxed eyebrows, hello mustache wax? On the runways of the fashion capitals and on the streets of Silver Lake, Venice and Brooklyn, designers and young guns alike are staking out a new frontier: a post-metrosexual ruggedness that's all about woolen vests, chambray shirts, crisp-legged denim and manly man belts.
"MAKING JEWELRY is very close to architecture. Every piece is a puzzle to be solved," said James Taffin de Givenchy, walking through the new Madison Avenue headquarters of Taffin, his eponymous line of couture baubles and chronographs. Mr. de Givenchy himself designed the by-appointment salon, which is now in the same building that houses his production atelier.
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Sprawled out like a running squirrel-its hindquarters linked to Minnesota and Wisconsin, its head reaching eastward into Ontario, Canada-Michigan's Upper Peninsula was the forested hunting ground of Hiawatha and the Ojibwa tribe. In the early 20th century, iron and copper barons, lumber tycoons, and shipping and auto magnates (including Henry Ford) fished the Great Lakes for salmon and stalked silver-birch woods for white-tailed deer.
Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood still draw shoppers and sightseers, but a new generation of talented young transplants has helped transform Hollywood and Downtown into exciting and navigable playgrounds. The Beach: Venice has the canals. Santa Monica, the shopping (we're partial to Montana Avenue).
The Friday-night crowd jockeying for cocktails and microbrews at the illuminated marble bar of Lift, a swank Vancouver waterfront grill, looks like any well-heeled cosmopolitan set. But Guy Saddy, columnist for the Globe and Mail and my ad hoc host on many a visit to this vibrant Pacific Coast city, sees it differently.
There is only one word you need to know when you are driving in Mexico: tope. That's Spanish for "speed bump." Topes pop up on big-city streets and on roads into and out of even the smallest towns.
This is a tale of two deserts: one as glittering and artificial as a futuristic theme park, the other as spare and elemental as boulders and cactus. It's roughly a 32-mile journey north from Palm Springs, the Midcentury Modern center of Southern California's low desert, to the rustic, beautifully barren high-desert communities of Joshua Tree and Pioneertown.
Designer Jonathan Adler, whose dotty ceramics and mod pillows launched a hip home-décor brand, has always favored Palm Springs for a little R&R. In his case, that means research and reconnaissance. "I have uncovered layer upon layer of vintage shops," the 38-year-old New Yorker says.
Until a year ago, the words yoga retreat elicited from me a disdainful cause-and-effect reaction-you say hatha, I say, "See ya!"-rather than any feeling of anticipation or interest. It took an unbearably round-numbered birthday to make me embrace the notion that a week of manipulating myself into and out of contortions taught by instructors from New York's OM Yoga might be a memorable way to celebrate a half-century of life.
Tony Chi Principal, Tonychi and Associates, New York Adept at setting a scene with backlighting and textured fabrics, Tony Chi (MObar and Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental, New York; Skylofts at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas) is currently spearheading a total renovation of the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C.
Ask a Michigan native where he's from and he'll usually show you the palm of his right hand. Having grown up on the Lower Peninsula, the part of the state that looks like a raggedy mitten, I always point to the fleshy part under my thumb to indicate the Detroit suburb called Huntington Woods, a few traffic lights north of Eminem's storied 8 Mile Road.
I was waiting...and waiting...for Jennifer Lopez in a suite she'd reserved at the Beverly Hills Hotel when I got a call from one of her people, telling me that the interview was being moved to the Polo Lounge.
Church bells are pealing as I enter the Plaza Grande, Mérida's main square, which is bordered by 16th-century Spanish colonial buildings and the oldest cathedral in the Americas, built with stones from a Mayan temple. Citizens exchange greetings, "Feliz Navidad," as a drum-and-bugle corps lowers the Mexican flag in a ceremony that is part militaristic, part Main Street Disneyland.
Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl in the red bikini and cork sandals steps through a craggy passage in the walls surrounding the 1,000-year-old ruins of Tulum. She might be the girl from Ipanema. Or perhaps Ixtapa or Ibiza.
Endlessly envied for its ideal weather and downright derided for its plastic-pretty, pampered populace, Los Angeles is, nonetheless, the US's most successful company town. Its exports - movies, television, sportswear, fusion-food trucks, the cult of celebrity and the siren call of a mythic, sun-kissed lifestyle - occupy imaginations across the globe.
Three Perfect Days: Los Angeles Although it's known for its sunshine, celebrities and laid-back attitude, L.A. offers a lot more variety for anyone willing to do more than just scratch the surface. Then again, the sun, celebs and lazy days on the beach are pretty nice too. Author David A.