Actress, designer and hotelier Anouska Hempel is a doyen of design. As an actress her most memorable role was as Blond (Lust) in the questionably tasteful The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins in the 1971. As designer and owner of the renowned hotels The Hempel and Blakes her style is epitomised by intimate luxury, fine detail and theatre. When asked back in 1998 about future trends her answer was that there will be a reaction to technology and a trend away from minimalism and back towards more opulence. There will be more comfort zoning in people’s surroundings. How right she was.
Toshiko Mori started her architecture firm in New York City in 1981. "The firm's specific area of interest is in materials and fabrication methods for architecture and in constantly using both new and traditional materials and techniques for integration of architecture with light and landscape." I adore the fact that their architecture involves huge expanses of windows. Fabulously modern.
The artichoke pendant is a classic design created by Poul Henningsen in 1958. It is such a stunningly beautiful light, and due to it's popularity (and hefty price tag), has often been replicated. It looks incredible in modern settings, and makes quite a striking focal point.
Expat Aussie Jordan Cappella designs these amazing lucite pieces. Based in Los Angeles Jordan Cappella is a dynamic furniture designer and interior decorator, with 15 years of experience in the fashion and interior design industries. I'd bookmarked him for a post after finding him through Turquoise's blog then he pops up in the comments here. Fate. Jordan's pieces are custom ordered, hand cut and polished in true artisan fashion. Check out the fabulous Florence Broadhurst fabric. You can find Jordan's work at Woodson & Rummerfields, Patio Culture and 1stdibs.
Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects is an architecture and design firm that is internationally recognized for its design excellence, with 24 awards to their name. "We believe that architecture can have a positive influence on people by providing an environment that engenders freedom of thought, creativity and curiosity and it is from these beliefs and values that our designs are realized." I am in awe of the windows in these homes. LOVE LOVE LOVE