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Jun 27 2012

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I love architecture

Over 70 beautiful sketches from some of the most beloved architects are available now through eBay bidding with proceeds going to Architecture for Humanity. So not only can you get your hands on a piece of great art, but you will simultaneously help your love of architecture for those who need it most. Awesome.

I donated this one of irrigation circles outside of Denver. I became fascinated with the stories told by the patterns of these circles and found these during a trip to Denver for the Aria project.

I Love Architecture

Michelle Kaufmann

Jun 26 2012

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Current and coming home trends

American Vintage: This trend is jumping from fashion on the streets to home interiors.

The trans-seasonal wardrobe pieces that flaunt effortless layering are impacting interiors with motifs like denim, patchwork, distressed finishes and salvaged materials.

This look is a continuation from the current industrial vintage trend, but with a colorful, fun approach.

The French Modern Way: Elegant French design turns away from soft romantic stylings and embraces rich materials, such as shagreen and ebony, with exotic Egyptian and Asian elements in this emerging trend. Expect human imagery/portraits to play a large role in this trend, too.

The Marrakech Express: North African looks take the lead with this trend. Flat weaves and aged color stories set against distressed finishes and aged patina surfaces will be go-to accents.

Graphic Modern: Strong graphic prints in one or two colors will be the hallmark of this trend. Look for “pop” expressed through polka dots, softened geometrics and large-scale florals.

Ann Porter

Jun 22 2012

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Minotti Cucine’s hip new digs in New York City

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to visit Minotti Cucine‘s one-month-old New York showroom in SoHo. It’s definitely worth a visit if only just to have the experience of walking by and being pleasantly surprised by the space itself.

The showroom is located in a building that previously housed an iron works company. Because the weather was gorgeous when I visited, its storefront, a motorized, oversized garage door, was completely open to the street, which made my initial encounter that much more memorable. Of course, brick walls, artwork scattered throughout and a dark coffee table, placed out front and adorned with the word “art” in slightly blurry white uppercase letters, helped plenty.

Once inside in the showroom, you may not immediately spot the four kitchens on display, but don’t feel too bad. As I learned from company CEO Gastone Pagot, Minotti Cucine is known for making ultra-minimalist kitchens that don’t aspire to look like kitchens. Targeted at the well-heeled, yet intended to be as social as their more conventional counterparts, they are extremely spare in line, dispense with cabinet hardware, come in stone, metal, wood and lacquered finishes and resemble large monolithic furniture pieces that just happen to contain a cooktop and/or a sink.

Their owners, Pagot added, tend to cook only one night out of the week. “And eat out the rest of the week?” I asked. He nodded and smiled.

One kitchen in metal and stone

A second kitchen featuring stone and lacquer

The wall units in the background contain a cooktop…

…while the sink is located in the island (and what a sink it is!).

This cube-like structure is equipped with doors that conceal a modest kitchen—sans cooktop or range—when not in use. Additional storage is situated on the other side.

I have to admit, prior to my visit, I wasn’t all that familiar with Minotti Cucine. According to Pagot, the company was started in the 1940s, is currently owned by private equity and has enjoyed a long tradition of setting trends for other kitchen makers in Italy. Currently, its offerings include 12 kitchen collections, each of which allows for much customization. Each order takes about eight weeks to be made, and prior to delivery, clients have the opportunity to travel “on the company’s dime” to see their kitchen pre-assembled in the company’s facility in Italy. And yes, this also applies to clients in the United States.

Although the New York showroom is new, Minotti is no newcomer to the U.S. market. It has had a presence stateside for the last 12 years, thanks to its showroom in Chicago. Miami will soon follow.

And if you’re wishing to extend the company’s clean, streamlined aesthetic to the bathroom, you can. Minotti also makes bathroom fixtures and furnishings.

If you’re in town, stop by the showroom at 43/45 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013. (All photos by © D.R.)

The fourth kitchen display consists of a large island in beautiful ash wood that has been exposed to extreme heat for durability. It contains a sink and cooktop.

Plumbing and wiring is concealed in the legs. The island also incorporates storage.

Jun 21 2012

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Cooling it in the bathroom

Ever wonder if the cream you’ve been keeping in your medicine cabinet is still safe to put on your face? At KBIS a few years ago, Robern offered up an answer to this dilemma with its M Series medicine cabinet with cold storage. The inclusion of a refrigerated compartment seemed a simple and elegant way to preserve beauty products, medication and other items that are commonly kept in bathrooms but don’t tolerate heat and humidity well.

Since then, the need for refrigeration in the bathroom seems to have grown, especially as more consumers elect to go organic and natural with their beauty and personal care products (in fact, according to Kline & Co., the market for these products grew by 11.9 percent in 2010).

To ensure their safekeeping, Perlick has introduced 15-inch Refrigerated Beauty Drawers, which incorporate a quiet 700-Btu compressor and the company’s RAPIDcool technology. The unit measures 15 in. x 24 in. x 34 1/4 in., can be outfitted with a wood overlay, comes with commercial-grade stainless steel interiors and is Energy Star-qualified.

Install one of these and take the worry out of being a natural beauty…