Zara, the Spanish based mass retailer is one of the largest retailers in the world. They sell everywhere. So, they know they are selling to a diverse consumer. I always love how their online site represents that diversity. Sure, they have the occasional pretty blond model but then they also have such a beautiful mix of men and women from all over the world. Diversity, that’s what it is all about.
We seem to be in a moment, a moment of design were even our most traditional clients want their houses to feel modern, to feel fresh and to have more texture. And as we move to a more casual sense of ourselves, the way we dress, what we eat, the world just seems a little more relaxed these days, which is definitely showing up in the houses we are working on. Hey, if we live in the age where I can call my thermostat in my house from my office nine miles away and lower the temperature I am definitely not feeling that I want to sit on an 18th century perching chair, I want to sit on something that feels authentic for the times we are living in.
Brittney Griner, a star in the Woman’s National Basketball Association who plays for the Phoenix Mercury redefines beauty. She stands at 6’8” and wears a size 17 men’s basketball shoe. She is open about her sexuality and about being bullied in high school. She also works with children to bring attention to the issue of bullying particularly against LGBT people. She has great personal style as well. She is known for wearing suits styled from the 1930’s with her famous tattoos and her dreadlocks, damn she’s beautiful!
You may love them or you may hate them but you have to admit that the cover of the April Vogue is absolutely beautiful, shot by renowned photographer, Annie Leibovitz. I personally found it refreshing to see a mix race couple on the cover of Vogue instead of another starlit. The editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour has been highly criticized for this cover choice. But, it’s on its way to being the largest selling issue in Vogues history considering I had to go to four different places to find a copy. And it sold out at my neighborhood Whole Foods in two days. So I am still thinking that Ms. Wintour is the smartest woman in publishing.
Last October when Tim Blanks, an editor at Large, at Style.com started his video series, Throwback Thursday, he didn’t know that this would start a movement and now Throwback Thursdays are everywhere. So guys, here is our first Throwback Thursday. A modern house on a tree-lined street in Bethesda Maryland designed back in 1997 still has great style, great art and great design. While the house was decorated 17 years ago with only small modifications I would design this house just like it now. It’s a classic. Hope you enjoy.
If you are visiting NYC between now and April 13th, make it over to Madison Square Park where Brooklyn based Chilean artist, Ivan Navarro, has an outdoor installation titled, This Land is Your Land, which is from a 1940′s Woody Guthrie folk song. The towers are elevated at a height above the visitors heads allowing them to walk underneath and look up at each sculpture and view the content within. The three water towers have neon reflection repeated infinity. One tower features the word, Me and We. One says, Bed, and the third tower has a noon ladder.
Lately I have been on this kick that everything should be beautiful, even the most utilitarian objects that you use. So, when I discovered that my household scissors had become dull I decided to treat myself to a pair of the most beautiful scissors in the world. The Parveen scissors are made of hand forged carbonized steel and the handles are cast brass and these heirloom scissors are 9” long. They are all handmade in India by a family that has been making them for generations. So, the next time I am wrapping a gift at home I get to do it with my beautiful new scissors. It just seems like the time that everyday objects should be beautiful.
Here it is March 17th and we had 8” of snow in my neighborhood in Washington DC. I am hoping this is the last snow because we could all use a little spring at the moment.