Approximately 1,650 different windowpanes comprise the most highly engineered and complex curtain wall ever constructed in New York City. This glittering menagerie of glass is a design by Architect Jean Nouvel. I must admit, when looking through the residences of 100 11th Avenue, I was struck by the, dare I say, cold environment, but then I realized, it is what it is, a cascading arrangement of chrome, glass and metals creating chic and efficient living in 72 suites.
This jumbo sized book entitled “Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (Jumbo)” is comprised of wonderfully colored commissioned illustrations of Albertus Seba’s unprecedented collection. His strange and exotic collection included everything from plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, insects, butterflies and more, as well as fantastic beasts, such as a hydra and a dragon. Some of the featured creatures have since become extinct, making this 18th century book one of the most prized natural history books of all time. Creativity can be stimulated by nature, and my, is this book inspiring!
The Tree Bed is a fantastical metal-works creation by Shawn Lovell. The romantic imagery is brought to life through traditional forging techniques and modern welding. I just love how the branches of each bed post tree reaches to cradle the little nest at the very top. What a sweet and caring bed, it should provide a tender night’s sleep without the pesky bugs and hard ground associated with sleeping under the trees outdoors.
Kohler’s Lavinia glass vessel sink in Ice is a beautiful showcase of the relationship of light and water. This hammered-glass effect of this basin illuminates the counter surface the same way the surface of a clear tropical bay reflects onto the sand below. It is perfect for a powder room or master suite. The Lavinia is shown here with the Purist two-handle wall-mount lavatory faucet.
It’s casual Friday, and time to check out a simple yet stylish way to store and display your hard covers. The Conceal Bookshelf by Miron Lior of Umbra gives the illusion of a stack of books defying gravity as they are piled against a wall. You could use it as an art piece, or for more practical reasons; keeping your table tops and work-spaces clear. Another similarly interesting piece of hardware is the Conceal Towel Shelf.
I am all for a tufted leather boudoir chaise, my eyes are getting droopy just thinking of the glorious naps I would have on one of these babies. Yes, so I am in the market for a lounge, let’s consider the options together shall we?
Contestant Number One has a straight forward attitude, is very masculine, but likes to dress up for a splashy night on the town with nail trimming and over-sized brass castors. The Noble Estate Chaise by Ralph Lauren would treat you to a voyage on his yacht followed by a game of chess on the deck.
Do you have the nasty habit of hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock? I must admit I am guilty as well, but that may change; say good morning to Clocky. Clocky is not only super cute, but after you have hit the snooze once, it will run off your night table and around the room- all the while beeping and blurping until it is found and stopped. As per Nanda: “Clocky is kind of like a misbehaving pet, only he will get up at the right time”. Available colours are almond, aqua, and the new coco.
If you are building a new home, it is a great idea to add items with weathered patinas, or and old-world look. Call it character, I call it established. Check out this antiqued vanity faucet by Price Pfister. The single hole and the four inch centerset in the Ashfield collection have a trough spout and “country-pump” handle (no fear though- you don’t have to pump and manually draw water out), the rustic bronze finish completes this vintage look.
Available in 13″ or 21″ diameter, this hand-cut capiz shell and metal edged chandelier would be just perfect hanging over your dining room table. I can just see the stares it will get from your dinner guests now. The Lotus Flower Chandelier is lit from within and comes in two shades; Pearl and Smoke. Get is at Viva Terra.
I like an uncluttered night table, so when I wake up, the first thing I see is a clean slate. That is why the LED Minimalist Wooden Clock is so appealing. When turned off, all you see is a smart wooden block, and when on, the time display LED lights shine through the veneer. You can set the alarm clock to “Blinky mode”; where the digits flash every 2.5 seconds.