March 12, 2012

Moving on UP

Oh goodness, I feel so irresponsible right now.  I'm sorry for not posting this sooner. Please don't think Design*ByProxy has gone away.
We just MOVED.  
Be sure to check out our new home :

I'm around in more ways than one:  Check me out at:


February 24, 2012

Take A Peak

 1960s - Living with Art 
 This is the living room at "Four Winds" in Palm Beach, Florida, showing the collection of J. Patrick Lannan.  A huge painting by Nicholas Krushenick almost dwarfs the python covered sofa and Italian chairs below it.  Its vidid colors (?) are reflected in the brass around the mosaic top of a coffee table.

 1960s - Art Indoors and Out 
In one of the rooms devoted to the collection of the Lammam Foundation, even the furniture is art.  Two chairs and table by the Mexican sculptor, Pedro Friedeberg

  1960s - The New Look of Swimming Pools 
A delightful surprise is in store for first-time vistors to the DOnald Sheff's pool at Great Neck, New York - a table top island emerging a few inches above the water level.  Like the pool and surrounding terrace, the island is built of concrete, but faced with mica stone that blends naturally with the encircling greenery and flowers.
1930s - The Coming and Going of Tides of Taste
In this exciting circular setting-combination studio-library-Katherine Brush writes her alluring tales.  California redwood burl with German silver moldings and green leather wainscot welted in black.  Chairs are black satin corded in green, the desk redwood burl with green leather top.  Carpet is green and black.  The architect was Joseph Urban; Irvin L. Scott, associate

1950s - Build the Outdoors Right into Your Kitchen or Bath
Kitchen designed by architect Thorton M. Abell, with Interior by Jane F. Ullman, showing barbecue grill, with revolving baffle, tiled counter, with translucent sliding panel that functions as a pass-through into the dining area.  Glass wall and skylight provide light and view of nature.

I'm giving you a peak into a book published in 1980 that I picked up at the Long Beach Antique Market last weekend.  
These are my favorite pages and the captions that went with the photo.

Attention.  Dinner will now be served in the pool.


February 23, 2012

Friends & Family

An exhibition curated by OUR Kenny Schachter and sons Adrian 15, and Kai 14 at his ROVE Gallery in London.

The show features works by a definite A-list of artists, including Donald Baechler, Joe Bradley, George Condo, Tracey Emin, Mary Heilmann, Damien Hirst, William Pope.L, Rob Pruitt, Josh Smith and Keith Tyson.

Also included in the exhibition are works by Schachter’s four sons, as well as by his wife, Ilona Rich, who launched her thriving career in the East Village, where she showed at Gracie Mansion Gallery, and also put on art and fashion shows in Chelsea.

According to Kai Schachter,  “What we are trying to do with this exhibit is to show that art is a huge part of our everyday lives, and, being brought up in a family obsessed with art, this has really helped me to put this into perspective.”~

~Image via ROVE


February 22, 2012

Art and Dissent @ WEHO Library

mural by Shepard Fairey via CA Home+Design

Jonah and I have been spending some time at the new West Hollywood Library lately.  It's a pretty cool visit.  Outside of the building are murals by Sheppard Fairey, RETNA, and Kenny Scharf all funded by MOCA as an extension of "Art in the Streets".
~CA Home+Design

Inside, near the Children's area is a fantastik view of the Pacific Design Center and Posters from the Center for the Political Graphics, part of Decade of Dissent: Democracy in Action 1965-1975 exhibition:
  It was specifically designed to be auxiliary and complementary to Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 exhibitions taking place in West Hollywood. “Art is at the center of every movement for social change,” says Wells. “This exhibition stands testament to the effect poster art had in championing protest for a greater democracy in Southern California and the United States. The show also documents a wide variety of causes, and it is sobering to realize that nearly 40 years later, people are still taking to the streets over many of these same issues—from opposition to war to promoting LGBTQ rights.”

The posters will be up until April 28th and the murals are expected to be up for at least a year.

For more information on the posters, click here.


February 21, 2012

Not So Standard

 Blanket by Geoff McFetridge for Hollywood Standard Hotel with his initials “GM”

Blanket by Chris Johanson for Downtown LA Standard Hotel 
with text that reads, “all people are multi dimensional”

Check out these great Pendelton blankets designed for the Standard Hotels by Geoff McFetridge and Chris Jonahson.  The 82% pure virgin wool & 18% cotton blankets can be purchased online here .


February 17, 2012

Home on the Nile

Last night I received the Jan/Feb issue of Elle Decor in the mail.   When I saw the lovely cover photo of a seaside cottage in Portugal, I had to wince a little.  I've already seen this photo many times online, perhaps on Tumblr and Pinterest.

Ok, I do understand how hard it must be to get content into a magazine and considering how long it takes to get it published, it is just not as fast as it would be as something posted online.  But when I saw 2 or 3 other homes inside this issue that I have already seen before,  well it kinda bummed me out.

BUT, one home I haven't seen before and really fell in love with is Shoe Designer, Christian Louboutin's private retreat in the Egyptian desert near the banks of the Nile. I love how it is not overly decorated, the clean and interesting lines of the architecture and the traditional furniture that DOESN'T fill up the space..  Nice.

See more photos and read the article here.

~Images via Elle Decor
~Photographer: Ivan Terestchenko


February 14, 2012

1st Dibs Finds

"Interrogation" Large Oil on Canvas by Mike Cockrill, Le Bambole Settee Mario Bellini, Pair of Moroccan PendantsLimited Edition Padauk End Tables from Hicks/Scott Designs, 50s, Cast Bronze Skull


February 07, 2012

@ Home with Marina

I read this story on about performance artist Marina Abramović (she's dope) and her newly purchased house she shares with her close friend Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci.  Wanted to share a few tid bits:

She occupies the lower three floors, which open onto a Japanese rock garden and a lap pool, while he has the top two floors.

Abramović's aesthetic definitely tends toward the minimal, especially in her house, which is sparely decorated and stripped of ornamentation. "I never hang anything on the walls. There is never any art because I'm making art. I don't want to see it because then I'll never have a new idea. I try to start from the whiteness and manifest something after that." And with every new house, she sells the contents of the last one.

"I hate kitchens".

But please read the whole article here.  She is truly fascinating.

~images Jason Schmidt


Dear Avanti,

I have missed you so.  

I know I've been giving the Volvo 1800 ES a lot of attention lately. But after seeing you the other day at California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way" @ LACMA, I've realized you are much too beautiful to turn my head away from.  

I will always LOVE you.


February 02, 2012

INFINITE SPACE: The Architecture of John Lautner

 Agreed. "Los Angeles has the BEST Modern Houses in the World."~Mark Hadday

You can purchase the DVD here.


February 01, 2012


I heard last night that PALIHOTEL on Melrose was opening today and thought I would stop by after having lunch at Cecconi's.  I drive by this spot all the time and when the facade was completed, I just couldn't believe how quickly it was done.  One day it's a Hostel, the next a Boutique Hotel.  That PALIGROUP works FAST!

Check out curbedla to see the inside.

The Palikitchen will be up and running soon (it's OPEN for coffee/cookies program), but you can get your Thai massage on now.

Thank you to Kirsten of PALIGROUP for the tour!


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
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 Bergé, 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.