January 30, 2012

axel vervoordt : : wabi inspirations

In Wabi Inspirations (Flammarion), Belgium Antiquarian, Art Dealer, and Interior Designer, Axel Vervoordt shares with us in this book, his latest inspiration based on the Eastern aesthetic, Wabi dating back to the 12th Century. 

Wabi advocated simplicity and humility, the rejection of all that is superfluous or artificial.  Through extraordinary photgraphs from Japan and Korea to Belgium and Switzerland, Vervoordt invites us to explore the elements that inspire him: natural materials and time-worn objects that evoke the essence of Wabi.  Today, together with the Japanese architect Tatsuro Miki, Vervoordt carries the principles of Wabi into his remarkable interiors. ~via rizzoli

Please visit Axel Vervoordt Gallery Here.


January 26, 2012

Ellsworth Kelly

Colors on a Grid, 1976

Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings on view now at LACMA.  January 22 - April 22, 2012

Listen in to hear Ellsworth talk about this first retrospective of his work since the 80s on
KCRW :: Art Talk  HERE.


January 17, 2012


Ricardo Tisci, in collaboration with Givenchy, offers a meditation on religion understood as a celebration of humanity and inner truths that are beyond words.

Commissioning photography and works of art that vividly express the singularity of his aesthetic, he has collaborated with Marina Abramovic, Mert & Marcus, Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Inez & Vinoodh, Nick Knight.

Limited edition of 3,000 copies.


January 13, 2012

Mad Love for Morocco

Majorelle Garden via moroccotravelblog
Villa Oasis -Lisl Dennis/”Living in Morocco,” Thames & Hudson via NYT
Villa Mabrouka via swide.com
Villa Oasis -Lisl Dennis/”Living in Morocco,” Thames & Hudson via NYT
via aestheteblog
Villa Oasis -Lisl Dennis/”Living in Morocco,” Thames & Hudson via NYT
via aestheteblog
photo by Ivan Terestchenko © 2009 courtesy of The Vendome Press, New York

This post was inspired by another movie I watched the other night, “L’Amour Fou,” a documentary about Yves Saint Laurent, the French couturier, narrated by Pierre BergĂ©, his partner in business and in life. You see, I haven't really seen many movies since my son was born 3 1/2 years ago and we JUST got Netflix over the holidays, so you could say I'm catching up on MY viewing pleasure.

I LOVED this movie. It was full of amazing imagery; Yves Clothing of course, hanging with Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger & the likes from the 60s and 70s, the incredible collection of objects d′art which in 2009 sold at Christies for $484 Million, and the fabulous homes that Yves and Pierre owned. I'm totally fascinated by the ones they owned Morocco, 3 in total. Dar es Saada and *The Villa Oasis were both decorated by Bill Willis and Jacques Grange designed Villa Mabrouka*Both designers collaborated on Villa Oasis.

I found a great article in T Magazine on decorator Bill Willis here and another- The Things Yves Loved  on Vanity Fair.


January 11, 2012

The Other Glass House

I thought I would stay on the subject of movies and post a few pics of the glass house located outside Stockholm, Sweden and featured in the movie The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo.  I did get to see this movie over the holidays and thought it was pretty good as well.

According to Curbed.com the director declined "to include the swimming pool out front, and fog obscures the view in a few scenes.  The house had been lingering on the market for the indie-film budget of $5.62M for a while, but very well may have sold since the movie was released-the listing was pulled from the Southeby's Stockholm website just last night".  

~images via curbed


January 09, 2012

Vidal Sassoon : : Neutra's Singleton House


This weekend I was able to watch Vidal Sassoon the Movie and really enjoyed it.  The movie explores the life and legacy of the most influential hairdresser in the world, whose influence far outreaches the industry he changed forever.  
“My whole work, beginning in the late 1950s, came from the Bauhaus,” Sassoon explains in Architectural Digest. “It was all about studying the bone structure of the face, to bring out the character. Architects have always been my heroes,” he adds.
After hearing how architecture influenced his work as a hairdresser it seems only natural that he would of course live in an architectural gem of a home (one of my favorites). In the movie there are glimpses of the famous 1959 Richard Neutra's Singleton House that he and his wife renovated after purchasing it in 2004.  Last year Architectural Digest featured the Bel Air home in its April issue with the pictures shown above.

God, I can smell the Almond scented Shampoo and Conditioner that I used in the 80s so clearly right now.

~images via architecturaldigest.com


January 06, 2012

Sally England

Having one of Sally England's wall hangings would add the perfect amount of texture, interest and nostalgia to any space.

~thanks re-nest!


January 03, 2012

WET Magazine - Gourmet Bathing and Beyond

HELLO 2012

It might be 2012, but I'm feelin' the 80s today. Probably something to do with my 3 1/2 year old wanting to show me his break dancing moves (the Robot included)  and listening to Van Halen II, Malcolm McLaren and Sonic Youth.  I posted a cover of Wet Magazine on my Tumblr last year after finding a few issues for sale on Alan Rosenbergs Books.  They're too good not to post more.  
WET was an avant-garde Los Angeles - based magazine that revolved around the idea of "gourmet bathing" and later evolved to "gourmet bathing and beyond." Its publisher and creator was Leonard Koren, an architecture school graduate. The magazine covered cultural issues and was known for its innovative use of graphic art...
Over the years, Wet began to reflect a broader expanse of stories, capturing a kind of smart, artsy Los Angeles attitude that was emerging at the same time as punk, but had its own distinct aesthetic.
Wet lasted 34 issues, spanning the years 1976 to 1981. ~wikipedia.org

In case you didn't know, well, now you know.
You can check out a couple issues here and here.  Do it.