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Françoise Bollack Architects (part 1)

I heard about Françoise Bollack Architects, based in New York City, through Anatoly Starr who works with the firm. He sent along some info on two projects and lots of fabulous photos which I am excited to share with you. First, a little intro: "Françoise Bollack Architects is a design oriented architectural firm founded in 1981 specializing in historic preservation, renovation and new design. The continued, spirited, reuse of our cultural and natural resources is the foundation of our design philosophy. We believe that new designs incorporating existing elements result in richer buildings. We provide fresh, inventive design solutions addressing the project's circumstances - existing buildings, budget, quirks of the program, etc. - to create a new work, specific to its place, mindful of its tradition and alive in our time."

This first project is just a taste of what's to come. Wait until you see the second project coming later today. GORG!!!

"This project consists of the renovation of a nine hundred seventy-five square feet home in the Osborne Apartments, a New York City landmark located at 57th Street and 7th Avenue. Working with very tight space constraints, we designed a kitchen that works as a long, simple credenza within the living room. This reconfiguration of the kitchen/living room is not only functional, it recaptures the grand, original proportions of the main room. Our approach carefully knits the new with the old by using traditional materials and finishes specific to this particular building coupled with rich contemporary materials where appropriate (as in the new bathroom)."

Photos by
Henrik Olund


Icons captured by Michael Wee

One of my favourite books is 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses: Three Decades of Domestic Architecture by Karen McCartney (past editor of Inside Out magazine) with photography by Michael Wee. It is a joy to carefully turn its pages and dream of living is some of Australia's best mid-century homes by Harry Seidler, Peter Muller, Roy Grounds, Peter McIntyre, Russell Jack, Robin Boyd, David McGlashan and Neil Everist, Enrico Taglietti, Neville Gruzman, Bruce Rickard, Hugh Buhrich, Ian McKay, Iwan Iwanoff, John Kenny and Ian Collins. Now for those of you who can't get a taste of these domestic masterpieces in your own copy of the book here is a chance at a little sneaky peek. I happened upon the photographer Michael Wee's website and there in the midst of an outstanding portfolio were images from the book. Michael's work is just as incredible as these remarkable houses. If you are a devotee of mid-century design I cannot recommend this book enough. 

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Risa Boyer

We recently received the following email from a reader named Cheryl: "I am an avid read of your blog and happen to know a very talented architect that you might like! Her name is Risa Boyer and she has an amazing talent for incorporating clean, modern architecture with mid century elements while maintaining the original integrity of the home. Her 35th Ave and 3806 projects are my favorite." I checked out Risa's website and completely agree that she has amazing talent. Below are photos from Cheryl's favourite projects of Risa's (they're my favs too) and a couple other projects. (Thanks for the tip Cheryl!)


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Isabel López-Quesada

You know when you first go to a website and you get that stomach twist, that gasp as you realise what you are seeing? You know when you realise that a particular designer has somehow read your mind and created your dream home but it's someone else's home? Do you know that feeling? Isabel López-Quesada creates homes that just do it for me. They are rustic and simply stylish. They are elegant and sophisticated. They are big on personality but not pretentious. Love the first home here. I could move right in. (If I knew the address I would!) Isabel you are a genius.




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Monday's pets on furniture - part 2

If you'd like to send us photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow our basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. (Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to and PLEASE don't send me closeups of your pet!)

"This is Bear. He usually just likes sitting on laps, but looks pretty good on this red chair."
- Hillary

"This is Max, our oldest cat sleeping in the sun on an old chair (one of a pair) that my husband rescued from the trash.  All I did was strip the layers of brown paint off the arms and legs.  The pleather is awesome--way easier to clean off the cat hair!"
- Cheryl (Halifax, NS)

"This is 'Puce' (meaning 'Flea' in French) my parents little dog in Cognac, France. Here he is sitting on this lovely little chair in the garden of their home."
- Zoe

"Slightly chewed Dux armchair + Oliver and Flora"
- Leah (Oakland, CA)

"My gals Ripley and Scout, ten years old and ladies of leisure..."
- Sarah

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