Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Be Mine, Valentine: The Shelby II by Baird & Baird

I took a little break last week to visit friends and family in Boston, but I'm back with something extra special for Valentine's Day. Whether you're dropping hints to your SO or want to treat yourself to something extra special this year, Baird & Baird's Shelby II is the ultimate luxury gift. Handcrafted in red crocodile with 24k gold-plated hardware on a whitetail deer handle, this baby will run you $1,895 (eek!), but it sure is a beauty.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Every Final Look from Spring 2016 Couture Week

Aouadi Spring 2016 Couture

As I always say, couture is about fantasy, and the final look of any show is often the most fantastical. You all seemed to love it so when I rounded up the final looks of last spring's couture presentations, so I'm thinking I should make this a regular thing, no?

The Spring 2016 Couture season wrapped up in Paris today, with very few designers opting for the traditional white wedding gown as a final look. Instead, lucky attendees were treated to a face-obscuring cubist costume courtesy of Viktor & Rolf and a shadowy display of stringed lights from Yiqing Ying, to name just two.

Below, you'll find the final looks from all of the members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, plus final looks from the best-known designers presenting this season. Oh, and it's all in alphabetical order for my fellow type As. Enjoy!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Vote for the Boston Society of Architects People's Choice Award

from top: Boston Public Library, East Boston Branch [photo by Robert Benson] / Field Elementary School [photo by David Lena] / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Addition [photo by Nic Lehoux] / Temple Beth Elohim [photo by Bruce T. Martin Photography]

With my hometown of Boston being one of the most historic cities in the United States, it's easy to overlook its modern treasures. But leave it to the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) to shine a light on the area's most innovative structures, highlighting magnificent modern buildings among a sea of brownstones.

The BSA awards the Harleston Parker Medal each year to a building or structure deemed "most beautiful" by a jury of 10 architectural practitioners, designers, journalists and civic thought leaders. And, this year, the public is invited to participate, with a People's Choice Award survey hosted by Boston magazine. Take a closer look at each of the four finalists below.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Saturated Scandinavian Design at the Home of Note Design Studio's Daniel Heckscher

colorful Scandinavian design
colorful Scandinavian design
all photos by Tekla Evelina Severin [via Sight Unseen]

Ahh, Scandinavian design: so crisp, so clean, so neutral! So, what in all that's good and holy is going on here?

Well, this technicolor Stockholm apartment belongs to Daniel Heckscher, an interior architect at the colorfully inclined Note Design Studio, and it turns staid Scandinavian design on its head to the most wonderful effect. A home tour by Sight Unseen shows how this apartment throws many of the familiar constructs of Scandinavian design out the window (all white everything, for one), while staying true to a certain simplicity.

Heckscher started the vivid renovation of his white-box apartment in 2014, a post-divorce home for himself, his six-year old son, Otis, and his four-year-old daughter, India. Yes: as if the apartment weren't perfect enough, there's an ostensibly single, handsomely bearded and hella talented father living there with his ostensibly beautiful, blond children who happen to have the most adorable names you've ever heard.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Color-Changing Accessories by The Unseen

the unreal selfridges
the unreal selfridges
the unreal selfridges

As children of the 80s and 90s, we're all familiar with fabrics that change color with body temperature. I can recall a magical pair of unicorn mittens, not to mention an entire gym class spent breathing on my best friend's t-shirt to watch it transform. But, now, British label The Unseen has upped the ante with a line of luxury accessories available at Selfridges that not only responds to temperature, but to a whole host of environmental factors including wind and air pressure.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Surrealist 'City Portraits' of Tel Aviv by Victor Enrich

Since we're talking surrealism, how about a look back at City Portraits by architectural photographer Victor Enrich? Shot between 2006 and 2012, Enrich's photographic manipulations give an unwieldy spin to buildings around the world, with many located in my very own city of Tel Aviv, where the Spanish-born artist was living for some time.

Known mostly for its Bauhaus-style architecture, Enrich has given Tel Aviv's skyline a Dali-esque quality that's hard to resist.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wave City Coffee Table by Stelios Mousarris

inception coffee table
inception coffee table
inception coffee table
inception coffee table

Remember Inception? Of course you do (because no one forgets Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Inspired by the movie's special effects and its most memorable scene, Cypriot designer Stelios Mousarris created the unbelievably detailed Wave City Coffee Table (€4,000) of wood, steel and 3D-printed technology.