THE TOP SIX MOST DEZIGNLICIOUS POSTS FOR 2012

        

        

        

 

 

Once again, as I approach the end of the 2012, I reflect on another great year of writing to one and all about the wild and wonderful dezigns that come across my path as I flit around this crazy world of ours. In looking back, it was hard…as it always is… to select only six things that I thought were simple outstanding, so when you read my selections, please do not be disappointed if I omitted something you really thought was fabulous or interesting.  But please do re-look at my selections, for these were the ones that jumped off the page at me when I reviewed the year. In reality, I believe everything I write about deserves the lofty title of being labeled dezignlicious!!!.

So let’s go…

 

      

R GALLERY: THE EXTRAORDINARY FURNITURE OF HUN-CHUNG LEE

The unusual combination of concrete and ceramic and wood and steel into comfortable, usable pieces of furniture is truly outstanding.  I think  Lee’s concepts, execution and vision are high up on the unique meter. Plus, having seeing them up front and personal they are truly beautiful to look at.

 

      

THE SLIDING HOUSE: ALEX DE RIJKE of dRMM ARCHITECTS

This house speaks for itself.  The imagination and creative architectural work that went in to designing a house with a moving roof, which allows the owners to participate in different moods, climates and experiences within the same internal house blows my mind away.  This would be my next house if I could only get the talented crew from dRMM Architects over to Fire Island where I live!

 

       

VINTAGE MODERN GLASS: the RAZZLE DAZZLE OF GLASSHOUSE

Okay, I have to admit I am a good friend of Damon Crain and have been purchasing  his fabulous  glass for my clients for many years.  But, truth be told, he is a true expert in his field and has the most wonderful assortment of Blenko Glass from the late 40′S  through the mid 70′s as well as mid-20th  century  Empoli Glass that you just should not go any place else. AND the real secret is that the prices are so affordable for something with historical design significance it’s simple a win-win you have to cash in on.

 

       

TROVE: UNROLLING THE KINKS IN THE WALL PAPER INDUSTRY

So, this is not your grandmother’s wallpaper…this is wallpaper with a contemporary twist, full of intelligence, humor and style.  I have seen several of the papers installed in different spaces and they truly are fantastic and wonderful to behold.  For some this may be  taking a walk on the wild side, but it is oh, so great over there. My advise: go for it!

 

       

THE DESIGNER HUGO FRANCA: FINDING FUNCTIONALITY IN THE FORMS OF RECLAIMED TREES

This was a very recent post of mine, but I was truly enthralled by Hugo França’s furniture and the outstanding sustainable concept behind it. Again, I would give my eye teeth to have the room for one of his creations…they satisfy all of my green dezign sensibilities and are just gorgeous to look at. It is so easy to understand how he has become the darling of many contemporary architects and commercial interior designers.

 

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THE NEW YORK METRO CHAPTER OF ASID DESIGN WALK 2012: Day # 3 Meatpacking District

THE NEW YORK METRO CHAPTER OF ASID DESIGN WALK 2012: Day #2 Soho/Tribeca

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: NEW YORK METRO CHAPTER OF ASID DESIGN WALK: Day #1 Chelsea/ Flatiron

Alright everyone, this is a triple header, but I just couldn’t leave out one of the days. This year I had the good fortune to be asked to blog about the New York Metro Chapter of ASID’s Design Walk 2012 and it was one of the best three days of design immersion I have had in a very long time. Just read it with a pencil and pad nearby so you can jot down some of the best of the best dezign experiences in the Big Apple…you won’t be disappointed with your visits to any one of them!

 

Well, that’s all there is folks.  It’s been a terrific year for me as a blogger and I hope I have opened your eyes to more than one new design idea, event, artisan or source, and maybe to one or two good recipes on the way.  Here’s wishing you and all a Happy and Healthy New Year, one filled with surprises, joy and lots of “zsazs”!

Ciao, ciao ’til 2013!