Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland

At The Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side, I entered a room where teddy bears took over! "Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland" is a fantastic exhibit by Charlemagne Palestine, a Jewish artist and Brooklyn native. The plush toys were either hand-made or found by the artist. They are all over! On the floor, walls, and even suspended from the ceiling. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Dining By Design: 2017

Every year, DIFFA invites the top designers and design schools to transform an empty space into an over-the-top dining space. Including my school, New York School of Interior Design. This years fundraiser was absolutely incredible! Take a look at my favorites... 

Gensler + Knoll


Crate & Barrel

Materials Inc. + Steelite + Tzelan

Perkins & Will + Steelcase

Blue Ocean Design + Charleston Limewash

Twyla + Ed Granger


Rockwell Group




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright: Robie House

For most architects and designers, Frank Lloyd Wright is like a god. Leaning about FLW has been a huge part of my education. I had been wanting to see his most famous Prairie style houses in Chicago for so long now! The Frederick C. Robie House is one of the most popular of this style. It was built in an area called Hyde Park. This style was especially created for the Midwest for its flat plains.

For this client, FLW wanted to emphasize the horizontal lines to mimic the landscape of the Midwest. He pitched the roofs low and incorporated long bands of decorated windows. His windows blend the interior and exterior spaces so well. Natural light sweeps into the interiors in every room. I took a tour of the inside of the home while I was there - it was incredible in person! The designs on the doors complement the ones on the windows. In the living room, FLW wanted to spotlight this area for when guests come. Right before entering, the ceiling has a patterned suspension made from wood. Wood bands run across the room to emphasize the large space. The windows really frame this space by running all around it.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Art Institute of Chicago: Provoke

I had been wanting to go to the Art Institute of Chicago for a long time now. This last trip I took, I knew I had to go check it out! The space was amazing and full of so many great exhibits. One that really caught my eye was called "Provoke". During the political protest and post war period in Japan, this Tokyo magazine existed only for  three issues and nine months. For November 1968 through August 1969 it provided photographic evidence of the culture and art of that time. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Toiletpaper Paradise

Toiletpaper Magazine created an exhibit where people could touch, play, sit and recline in The Gallery at Cadillac House in SoHo. This curated space was made by artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrai. It includes a lounge, kitchenette, bathroom, beauty parlor and bedroom all incredibly designed with absurdities. When you walk into Toiletpaper Paradise, a huge spaghetti world is featured on the walls and floor. There is an amazing celestial popcorn print that wraps the bedroom and psychedelically-painted fish in the bathroom. There are so many great standout pieces by Toiletpaper Magazine surround these domestic spaces. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Wright

I had heard great things about the restaurant inside the Guggenheim Museum, The Wright. They were dead on because it was great! On Saturday, I went with my friend Daniela for brunch. Looking around we could see the same curving walls of the museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The art piece on the curving wall is interchangeable. This time there was a graphic and modern installment by Sarah Crowner. She also chose the handmade colored terracotta tiles on the floor and walls from a factory in Guadalajara, Mexico.