Wednesday, November 12, 2014

IT'S FIVE O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE


In many of our client meetings of late the subject of the "bar" and location of said "bar" has been of  utmost importance. I have one client who wanted the bar in their bedroom (and NO that is not a morning bar). Another who suggested the master bath and yet another who talked of having one in not only the living room, but the dining room and also poolside. I think this just goes to show how important gracious entertaining is as the focal point of the ever so gracious home. I've always been a huge fan of the bar cart or the table top bar display- there is something about it- so very warm, welcoming and ever- ready for a party. It reeks of special occasion-ness and every day frivolity, just make sure that in your coterie of acquaintances you have at least one master mixologist! So cheers everyone - it's five o'clock somewhere!









































































Monday, October 6, 2014

SIMPLICITY


I've been waiting for this book almost half my lifetime. I think that is how long I have been following Nancy Braithwaite and her work, (well initially stalking) and now I am fortunate enough to know her personally. The long-awaited book, Simplicity, was certainly worth it as it is truly "a striking tutorial in the power of simplicity in design."

Nancy's work is opulent in its use of restraint. A complete perfectionist, she adheres to her own manifesto that "every element should strive to be simple and powerful without compromise."

My favorite quote from this iconic designer, from what will most certainly become a classic must have book, is -" I believe in simplicity. I also believe there is nothing simple about it."

Simon Upton
 
 
 



Simon Upton
 
 
 


Simon Upton
 
 
 

Simon Upton




Simon Upton
 
 
 

Simon Upton
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

GOD IS IN THE DETAILS

CARLO SCARPA
(1906-1978)
 
It is always amazing to me why I'm inherently drawn to certain things. Carlo Scarpa's iconic architecture is no exception. I was not aware of the fact that Scarpa initially shied away from architecture. He, in fact, preferred to practice interior design and industrial design and never actually completed the architectural profession's educational requirements. He ultimately ended up practicing the entirety of his career with no license. Scarpa's style was absolutely unique. His attention to the details in his architectural masterpieces is riveting. For Carlo Scarpa, God was indeed in the details.