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Alberto Pinto Design Firm

Maryam mentioned him on her blog recently, the great Alberto Pinto, a designer I have watched and admired for a long time. With a firm based in France and a staff of 55, they are truly international stars in their field, designing everything from the homes of the royals to the interiors of yachts and private jets. I dare you to try to control yourself. View the Alberto Pinto portfolio here.




(images from alberto pinto)

Posted in designers, inspiration on January 08, 2007

Lazy Sundays @ the ICA

Museums never fail to inspire. A relaxing Sunday at the new ICA was a time well spent today. I loved the lobby wall mural, “The Divine Gas”, by Japanese artist, Chiho Aoshima. (click on images for a larger view.) This space is actually called the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, and is dedicated to original work commissioned from a new artist each year. (This mural will be replaced 10/07.) Learn more about the artist and The Divine Gas here.


A few exterior shots…


The ICA is one of the first designed by NYC architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in the United States. They are currently working on the redevelopment of Lincoln Center in NYC, including a 45,000 square ft expansion of the Juilliard School and a complete renovation of the Alice Tully Hall.

A view from the side of the building looking over the Boston harbor at the city skyline.

Psst: If you live in Boston or plan to visit, the ICA gift shop carries nearly the same merchandise at the MOMA in NYC (it’s just a smaller space).

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on January 07, 2007

Hausen Vintage Wallpaper

I’m loving these vintage wallpapers from Germany. Hausen (the name of their brick and mortar store (aka 5qm.de online) is located in Cologne and I’m kicking myself because I missed it when I was there last year. I have to change that when I return this year.

I can imagine lingering in a store filled with rolls of vintage wallpaper to rummage through. Mmm. Nice thought. Hausen stocks papers dated between the 1950’s and 1980’s, but it’s the 50’s and 70’s prints that appeal to me the most. Most of the 60’s stuff kinda freaks me out. I’ve chosen some of my favorite patterns above from thier extensive stock – all presented in English online. See if there are any that you like. Rolls aren’t that expensive either, around $45 USD each (tax included). I’m thinking that next to most of the wallpaper I love from the UK, this is about 1/3 of the price I’m used to seeing. Best part, you can order any of their papers via email so we don’t have to just look with lust – we can own. View their collection here.

Oh, and I want to credit where I found the link to Hausen, the Le Train Fant?me blog. This is a blog about a family who recently relocated from London to a fixer upper home in the countryside. This is the wallpaper that they purchased for their son, and yes, it’s from Hausen – and I just love it. What a sweet accent wall! I can’t see an entire room in these papers, unless it was a half bath or something, but as an accent wall or to paper the interior of kitchen or china cabinets – even book shelves, it’s just perfect!

Here’s the kids room I was telling you about… Nice, huh?

(images from hausen and le train fant?me)

Posted in vintage, walls on January 07, 2007

Indian Screen Swoon

I just came across a beautiful new read from North Carolina blogger, Amy Leonard (she just started blogging last week!) called Design DNA. I spotted an image that I just had to share with all of you, it’s this beautiful dressing area with shutters made using antique Indian screens. There is very little I wouldn’t do to have these in my home. I may even turn tricks. (kidding!) Imagine returning from a long day, stepping through doors like these into your dressing area or bedroom? Or, better yet, having these on the front of your house. These are positively grand. I need to seriously stop gazing at this image because it’s driving me nuts that they don’t belong to me! :)

(image via design dna)

Posted in blogs, inspiration, workspace on January 07, 2007

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