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Wednesday
May232007

Steve Leung

Steve Leung's firm, located in Hong Kong, has designed everything from hotels, bars, shopping malls, restaurants and homes. Their designs are classically modern and elegant, and they have an amazing understanding of the effects of light. Their style can be very dramatic, focusing either on completely white interiors, or at the other end of the spectrum, using dark grey and black. "To break all kinds of limitations with a simple but original idea is our objective."

Wednesday
May232007

Retro revisited


Time to revisit the retro vault. I've already posted pictures from "How to Make your Windows Beautiful" A Kirsch Publication Vol IV 1972. Great buy! Here are a few more to help with with your window treatment dilemmas.

Wednesday
May232007

The Dark Queen of Design Anouska Hempel

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.

Tuesday
May222007

Toshiko Mori


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.

Tuesday
May222007

Artichoke pendant

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.