DESIGN | Organic Modern Estate.

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This is the most sex on a stick house I've seen in a long time. WOW. This house was commissioned by artist Beverly Doolittle and her husband Jay in the late 80's. They hired super-organic architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg and let him do whatever he wanted on their 10 acre Joshua Tree estate. Holy Hell. The house broke ground in 1988 and was completed in 1993, with their interior designer John Vugrin making changes and tweaks for a couple more years. The couple moved in in the early aughts, and sold for $3 million in 2014. Its like living inside a scorpion. AMAZING.  … [Read more...]

DESIGN | Fendi Flagship Store

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Sometimes you close you're eyes in NYC for a moment, and entire stores, crosswalks, bus lanes appear over night. That's how I felt when the new Fendi Flagship popped up. One day last winter, it was just there. Fendi (a brand not recognized by my spell check, I had to correct it back from "wendi" 6 times,) is celebrating their 90th anniversary. And to celebrate they unveiled their new flagship store on Madison Avenue designed by design biker demigod Peter Marino. Marino says that he was inspired by "Fendi's FUR DNA" and wanted to incorporate that into the design. He took a trip to the … [Read more...]

DESIGN| Elizabeth Braha Restores a Historic Home.

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It's been a long time since I did a house tour for My Domaine, but oh boy is this a good one! My friend Designer Elizabeth Braha , invited me to see her work this summer, and wow. Just wow. The home is a historic 1891 Arts and Crafts style house just a block from the beach in NJ, said to be designed by famed architects McKim, Meade, and White. (Elizabeth says probably not though!) Elizabeth spent years working with her clients to restore and decorate the house, while maintaining it's architectural and aesthetic integrity. Old leaded windows, heavy beamed staircases, original molding, window … [Read more...]

DESIGN | Floor of Broken Mirrors

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To celebrate 25 years, Casa Cor Rio (the largest Architecture and Interior Design event in Brasil) invited some of the best and most famous architects and designers to design creative spaces in order to present to the public the biggest releases of materials, technologies and design concepts. Gisele Taranto Architecture partnered with LZ Studio to create a "laboratory of ideas" – LAB LZ by GT. In their lab they installed a suspended glass floor- featuring mirror shards located in the empty space between the existing subfloor and finished floor...AMAZING. Crazy, but lovely … [Read more...]

DESIGN | Mario Botta’s Mountain Church.

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"To build is a sacred act, an action that transforms a condition of nature into a condition of culture," - Mario Botta. The Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista at Mogno was built by architect Mario Botta  between 1994 and 1996 on the site of an older church (from 1626), which was leveled by an avalanche in 1986. The small Swiss hamlet's church has become famous for its once controversial building. Seen from the outside the church is elliptical in shape, with a slanting roof and no windows. It's made of alternating layers of native Peccia marble and Vallemaggia granite, and is lit entirely by … [Read more...]