A Design Hotel in Athens with the most amazing beds — find them in New York’s Soho

Posted on October 09, 2013 by Designer Previews

A recent Greek sojourn began with a night in Athens, made special by my choice to stay outside the city center, in the leafy neighborhood of Kiffisia. I zeroed in on the destination, the Nafsika Hotel, because I knew they had Coco-Mat beds! I had stayed in other hotels where the beds were featured, and after a 13-hour, two- flight…Continue reading »

new modernist rug collection expresses mood through the colors of nature, from art work by Joseph La Piana

Posted on October 02, 2013 by Designer Previews

Carpet and rug making is a centuries old tradition where the artistic vision has been expressed by an individual maker, who was also the weaver. In the 20th century, modern artists such as Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso, discovered rug design. They, along with Pierre Cardin, Verner Panton and Ottavio Missoni, all began to extend their creative vision to this…Continue reading »

Italian food+Italian kitchens+design+ fashion- the best of the best

Posted on September 30, 2013 by Designer Previews

Last week I went to a very cool event on the rooftop of one of those great old factory buildings on Manhattan’s west side, in the 30s. These days they are entertaining spaces, all white lofts, with candles everywhere and spectacular views of the city. Speaking – and cooking- was the esteemed architect Adam Tihany, known for his great design…Continue reading »

Exhibition not to be missed- Father & son Brazilian designers at Espasso

Posted on September 27, 2013 by Designer Previews

The renowned Brazilian furniture designer José Zanine Caldas, who died in 2001, worked as a furniture designer and self-taught architect for years. His expertise was in model making.  He was well known for making the models used for projects of Oscar Niemeyer and the other major modernists in Brazil. Caldas then pioneered the concept of sculpting furniture out of solid…Continue reading »

Luxurious bathing in a traditional style bathroom in the film Blue Jasmine

Posted on September 15, 2013 by Designer Previews

“Be sure to thoroughly vet your architect” advises Jasmine, (Cate Blanchett)to her potential husband/client, Dwight, (Peter Sarsgaard) in the new Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine. As the lead character, the line delivered in her delicious quasi-Brit- speak, sounded authoritative. And I couldn’t agree more. The role, wonderfully acted by Blanchett, allows Jasmine to fake it pretty well as an interior…Continue reading »

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