Design Inspiration

Design Inspiration: Gestalten Books

August 2016

Often times, the greatest and most simple way to find inspiration is by picking up a book. In an era where digital images are king and Instagram and Pinterest are the new “library”, print is put to the wayside. Just as we have a love for print magazines,
(ie. Hole & Corner Magazine) we have an affinity for a more tactile experience with books. We want to engage in an inspiring experience. With print, we can appreciate the quality of the paper and the extensive production behind the process of creating the book. There is an elevated level of respect.

Gestalten Books publishes topics from a wide cross section of creative industries such as design, lifestyle, graphic design, architecture, fashion, photography, travel and art. Their books forecast trends, provide in depth coverage on particular topics and fields and for those that just want to enjoy a beautifully crafted book, there is that too. While there is so much to choose from, here is a round-up of our must have books from Gestalten.

ARCHITECTURE:

If you’ve always dreamed of sleeping in a room 250m from the shore in the middle of a lake (think Pumphouse Point on Lake St. Clair) or want to escape to the desert under a myriad of stars, pick up Once in a Lifetime Vol. 2 to satiate your wanderlust.

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LIFESTYLE & TRAVEL:

Whether or not you are avid surfer or have an immense fear of open waters, you will appreciate the grandness of the ocean and the exotic, sometimes hidden and far off lands to catch the next greatest wave in the Surf Odyssey—The Culture of Wave Riding.

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PHOTOGRAPHY:

What did a utopic, futuristic society look like to designers in the 1960’s and 1970’s? The Tale of Tomorrow explores modernism, featuring works by Le Corbusier, Herb Greene and Grandval to name a few.

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KIDS:

This is perfect for your little ones or as a gift. Little Red Riding Hood is an enchanting childhood fable loved and known by many. French illustrator Clémentine Sourdais created a book and work of art with his cut out illustrated images. If held in front of the a light, the 3D images come to life like shadow puppets.

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Otherworldly is an exploration of the avante-garde from both established, such as Alexander McQueen and Martin Margiela, and emerging designers. Innovations in technology and the use of new fabrics opens a world of possibilities to an ever changing industry.

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Visit Gestalten for a comprehensive look at their publications.

 

 

Design Inspiration: Independent Magazines and Our Love for Hole & Corner Magazine

February 2016

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For quite some time in the not so distant past, magazine publications were shuttering their doors and the idea that “print is dead” was starting to become a reality. Condé Nast particularly took a bit hit and closed Cookie, Modern Bride, Domino, Details, fashion heavy weight Lucky and iconic food and wine publication Gourmet. So, is print really dead? Quite the contrary. There has been a resurgence in the print world and several high quality, aesthetically pleasing independent magazines have emerged for our reading and viewing pleasure. Some of our favorites include independent giants Cereal and Kinfolk, The Gentle Woman, Boat, Hobo, Gather, So It Goes, Apartamento and just recently, we discovered fashion meets cat lover publication Puss Puss Magazine. All of these magazines share common features; beautiful photography, carefully curated content and coffee table worthy presentation.

Though we admire the ones above, our number one pick would have to be Hole & Corner Magazine. “Hole and Corner” is defined as:

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attempting to avoid public notice; secret.”a hole-and-corner wedding”

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As Sam Walton, Art Director for Hole and Corner Magazine, describes to Mag Culture, it “is an old English term that means – by its dictionary definition –a life lived away from public glare, conducted in a secret place. Our subjects can lead somewhat reclusive lives that are often led at their own pace, which we feel is something that needs to be celebrated and supported”. He continues to explain that the magazine strives to focus on “real people – amazing people, experienced and talented people”.

While much of the subject matter is craftsmanship and the talent behind it, it goes one step further. The magazine explores the authenticity of the lifestyle. What drives this individual’s passion for their craft? What life experiences led them to where they are now? What about their craft makes up who they are? Hole & Corner is less interested in what is on trend but more focused on content that is relevant now and in the future. This is what we love about the publication. Whether we look at it today or years from now, we will find it just as inspirational.

Although Hole & Corner is primarily known as a magazine, they are also becoming a multi-dimensional brand by promoting a particular lifestyle rooted in craft and substance. Monocle Magazine, Cereal and Kinfolk successfully established themselves as full fledged brands, as we imagine Hole & Corner will do as well in short time.

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Designer Inspiration: Carlos Domenech

February 2016

Carlos Domenech is a fine art photographer with a specific interest in architectural photography. While his work is internationally known and can be found in book and magazine publications, museums and commercial spaces, some pieces are commissioned for private residential spaces. His portfolio is vast, ranging from abstract architectural imagery, large-scale landscapes to editorial quality photos with a commercial edge. Although the majority of his work focuses on interiors and architecture, he has a series of still life photographs entitled “Toronja” and “Natura Morta” that capture his diverse talent. His creative process extends beyond the lens, as he will sometimes collage his photographs together or manipulate the imagery in a different way. Domenech’s studio is based in Miami but he travels extensively for photography assignments throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America. To view more of his work, click here.

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Design Inspiration : Pantone Color Trend 2016

February 2016

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The 2016 Pantone Color of the Year is actually a combination of two, quite subtle shades; Rose Quartz and Serenity. This marks the first time that Pantone has selected two colors. The choice in color is quite symbolic and is a direct statement to the cultural chaos of our times. As the Pantone site states, “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times”.

As it relates to fashion and design, the color trend reflects a shift towards gender equality. Pink shades are no longer just a color for women, neither are blue shades just relegated to men. How do these color trends translate into interior design? We’ve created a roundup of Rose Quartz and Serenity interiors that demonstrate how a room can be balanced by juxtaposing the opposites.

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(Photo Credits: 1. Pantone  2. Remodelista  3. Apartment Therapy  4. Benjamin Moore  5. Luxe Magazine  6. Pinterest  7. Pinterest  8. Domino Magazine  9. House Beautiful  10. Luxe Magazine  11. Apartment Therapy 12. Architectural Digest)

Design Inspiration: Staircase Envy

February 2016

It could argued that a staircase should be designed purely for function. That is, to get from one level to the next. While this may very well be true, the staircase is no longer just a form of function but rather an artfully designed, creative focal point in the home. The staircase may be designed purely for aesthetic or serve another purpose than just a gateway to another floor. Perhaps it is an extension of kitchen cabinetry below, storage or a bookcase you’d like to showcase. The possibilities are endless. We’ve selected some stunning staircases for you to enjoy over the weekend.

(Photo credits: 1. Desire To Inspire 2. Indoors Outdoors Tumblr 3. Pinterest 4. Elle Decor 5. Pinterest 6. Dwell Magazine 7. Pinterest 8. Dwell Magazine 9. Pinterest 10. Architectural Digest 11. Visual Therapy 12. Pinterest 13. Arch Daily 14. Hygge & West 15. 2 Modern
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Bernardsville, NJ Home 1.Photograph by Robert Kern. Interior design by Beer and Coleman Architects. PLEASE CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND DESIGNER! 2.Alai 3.Cindy Potters Far Hills NJ 973-275-5297 cpotters@comcast.net

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Design Inspiration: Men’s Fashion Week

February 2016

Last fall, we created a round-up of our favorite looks from NY Fashion Week 2015 and paired it with interiors that were a perfect match to show you that indeed, the world of fashion and interior design are not as separate and apart as one may think. We put ourselves to the test to see if we could do this again. But this time, with Men’s Fashion Week. Here are just a handful of some standout looks.

While the majority of Valentino’s presentation showcased Navajo prints (think Pendleton), peppered with an appearance of tie dye prints, the remaining portion of the collection was classic, sleek and reminiscent of Swinging London. A good herringbone and tartan print never escapes our attention. Another notable show, which comes as no surprise, was Belgian designer Dries Van Noten’s collection. From the thick embroidery to the graphic prints that look like pieces of fine art, the attention to detail was noticeably painstaking. Though the collection was distinctively military inspired, bright colors such plum, turquoise and mustard yellow were seamlessly incorporated.

Prada’s runway show was a depiction of a young sailor who is transitioning from his life at sea back to the real world. Sailor hats, slim cut pants, trench coats and detached collars were focal points for the collection. Rick Owens, the Prince of Goth, presented his collection entitled “Mastodon”. The show centered on the concept of ecological anxiety and explored imagery from a prehistoric era. The presentation was a theatrical delight and perhaps a bit terrifying at times, in the best way possible. And finally, J.W. Anderson, winner of the most recent British Fashion Awards dodged the dark motifs largely present in the FW 16/17 presentations and kept it light. How light? Pastel snail prints were a large running theme in the collection. Models wore suits that were a dead ringer for satin pajamas, prints emblazoned with oversized Looney Tunes-esque illustrations, dotted rabbit fur scarves and punk rock chokers.

Fashion, like interior design, explores the idea of fantasy merging with reality. What’s seen on the runway is translated differently in practice. As designers, we push the boundaries of what is considered the norm. We strive to inspire and provide a space for our clients to think outside of the box. Creativity has no ceiling. That is the beauty of design. Kudos to the FW 16/17 Men’s presentations for exploring new territory and revisiting classic styles.

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Dries Van Noten (Credits 1. Vogue Italia 2. Rilane)

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J.W. Anderson (Credits 1. Vogue Italia 2. Pinterest)