Oct 19th, 2020 My travel is truly been in Canada and in fact, Ontario since March 15, 2020 so I explore the world through materiality. A perfect place to do this is at Ciot Stone where I can wander the aisles with Raffaelle and pick exotic stones throughout the world giving me many visuals delights. This particular stone we are using in a penthouse condo in Toronto as the filed material. It is bold and timeless all at once, not an easy feat.
Aug 17th, 2020 Summer 2020 is not the year to travel except in our own back yard. Family, friends in our bubble and lovely meals was the medicine of the Lake House. On this particular day we had a Co-vid Concert with the band called The Spoons with social distancing and masks. In usual style it rained and the wind blew but we all did our thing listening to the music, sheltering from the elements and going from 2Pm onwards to the evening. A day to remember.
Jul 14th, 2020 The original island had a wood cabin that was inhabited for the summer months by a family for 100 years from the United States. I kept the wood theme and grandfathered the original setback to build the new main cottage. Blue cedar shingles play with the sky and today travelling is between lakes. The island is in the shape of a bow tie and from the various angles you can’t tell whether is it mainland or island, it is constantly changing and settling in. What remains constant is the view looking out with the endless horizon and…
Jun 15th, 2020 I travelled from island to marina to tennis to nursery for purchase of spices and back to island for planting. This planter is linear and plentiful comprising of rosemary, oregano, and lavender. The borders are closed, and our travel is limited and needs planning. Pre-ordered spices, soil and filter cloth and went at preordained time to collect all. Growth and moving forward is what we need to do now and the enjoyment of food with homegrown enhancements is life to the fullest. Eat, drink and play.
May 14th, 2020 Student days in Rome studying the geometry of the temples depicting them on mylar with ink pens. Truly a lost art and passion. The mistakes of the pens are reminders of imperfection that are beautiful. Studying a plan is similar to walk in someone else’s mind feeling the axis and shapes you can explore the plan creating your own. This I called the Chapel of Hope for the celebration of the rites of passage in 1986, a prime time for post modernism. A band of rare red stone holding the washcourse in my pencil crayons.
Apr 14th, 2020 Courchevel, France seems like a lifetime ago and I have so many beautiful photos both exterior and interiors. Unbelievable restaurants, hotels and mountains all in the alps while this raging virus spread; I chose this picture as it symbolizes a tree of hope growing under its constraints in a very controlled environs. Ironic, contrived, yet, clever. Very little left to chance and today we all want control with freedom at the same time, something inside me wants to take the tree outside but it would perish: strange.
MAR. 16th, 2020 This modern house really could be anywhere as it seems location free. The horizontal lines and the materiality is not organic and has travelled across water to its resting space. Is this right or wrong? Or good or bad? Good design is good design and I believe this is successful as it sits along Albany Golf course. My question does anyone know there is a beach around the corner?
Feb 17th, 2020 This outdoor pavilion at 260 Palmetto Lane in West Palm captures the vibe of this house. A forced perspective of a photo with a naked girl walking down the driveway to the infamous Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Then tasteful furniture in teak symmetrically placed with a fun play of white and green objects. Savage Interior Design out of Nashville traveled to West Palm to create this Cabana Hideaway, job well done. Great to see the collection of rooms and the vernacular of the design to suit this region.
Jan 20th, 2020 Tokyo at night and so hard to look down I must pay attention to the street level. I really could not stop my eyes. In the Ginza Six area there is a collection of retail branding meets lights action building skins. This building is branded by Sony and has a car showroom on the main floor with futuristic prototypes. Mixing culture with commerce and high design does it for me anytime.
Dec 16th, 2019 The acclaimed architecture of this building that was finished in 2016 after a four year construction period is an inverted pyramid with an architectural filigree of metal that reflects a crown used in Yoruban culture. I like anything which reflects leadership especially with jewels. The jewels inside are poignant and the journey through is sometimes restricted and sometimes voluminous with celebration. You take the elevator to the basement and you crawl up through the exhibits then land at the concourse where you can explore this room of water to ponder. The lead architects: David Adjaye, Phil Freelon,…