DESIGN | Diana Studios Colorful Condo.

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Diana Studios is a boutique design firm founded in 2009 by principal designer Beth Diana Smith. Based out of Northern NJ, Diana Studios caters to the tri-state area with design services that range from full scale renovations to prop styling and event planning. Beth, who has a masters in Accounting, had spent years in corporate finance before eventually changing directions and realizing her true passion was for design. Patrick Cline shot one of her NJ projects a few weeks back, and we thought it had a cool global vibe. We admire the bold use of color, something were sometimes lacking here at … [Read more...]

An Exclusive Look | Celerie Kemble’s Playa Grande

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Remember seeing Celerie Kemble's Dominican Republic dreamscape in last month's AD? A magical resort of 13 bungalows that she designed on 2,000 acres along a stretch of sand called Playa Grande? It's a pastellica heaven that looks like it's made of celadon icing and Chantilly lace. After AD published them, I just wanted to see MORE? Know what I mean? I knew Patrick Cline had shot the resort for Celerie months before, and we got the thumbs up to share all his never-before-seen photos of Playa Grande on the blog! I've been so excited to share this with you all, and I could hardly narrow it down … [Read more...]

MAX LAMB | Exercise in Seating.

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Behold 40 chairs, or chair like things, constructed over ten years by British Designer Max Lamb, arranged in a "seat circle" in Milan’s industrial Garage Sanremo for Salone de Mobile. The exhibition gets its name from Lambs' graduation show at the Royal College of Art in 2006 "Exercise in Seating" which was a collection of chairs, and has grown to include the 40 pieces on display here in chronological order.  The first chair was created while Max was a student, and is a simple humble stacking chair made in Nigeria. On display is every single project he's made since 2006, with a huge variety in … [Read more...]

COOL OF THE DAY | AELFIE X STUDIO PROBA

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What happens when you  mix kurdish weaving techniques and a midcentury design aesthetic? You get Aelfie x Studio Proba flat weave rugs. Aelfie is a company out of Brooklyn that designs textiles and flat weaves and has them hand made in India. Alex Proba is the Art Director at Kickstarter, but also the genius behind the "Poster a Day" sensation that we wrote about HERE. (I'm still mildly obsessed with those posters. SO GOOD.) Alex was looking for a way to give her 2 dimensional posters a 3D pop, and rugs were a natural transition. The rugs, prints and pillows are limited editions and are on … [Read more...]

BEHIND THE SCENES | Sotheby’s 2nd Designer Showhouse.

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Today Sotheby's opens its second annual Show House. I had the privilege of going behind the scenes while it was being set up and taking some photos for you. Basically, the entire 5th floor of the Sotheby's headquarters was built out into the faux layout of a home with 13 well appointed rooms, including a fully wired kitchen. The concept is, designers get to choose a room and pull from 13 different Sotheby's categories. They design the room, and bring in some soft furnishings as well to compliment and fill out the room. The exhibition is open to the public from April 11 - today- until April 19, … [Read more...]