We started the New Year off with a bang, beautifying New Balance's Corporate headquarters in Boston. Street art techniques were used in their stairwells to showcase vintage and modern NB athlete prints. We installed, aged and texured them, bringing to life a rich surface treatment that emphasized the restored brick architecture. Cheers to another successful project highlighting the rich history of the NB legacy.
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I woke up this morning to a glorious reminder that my favorite Soho boutique, Michele Varian, is having a trunk show of K/ller Jewelry. Talk about craftsmanship and design! These peices are gorgeous examples of rock-n-roll meeting the chic city vibe. Add this one to my Christmas list! If you haven't visited Michele's store give yourself a treat - the home decor options, overall interior design and energy of the space are truly fantastic! I never leave empy handed.
Photograph by Jeff Harris. Set Design and Prop Styling by Nikole Nelson Studios.
The foundation of my appreciation for photography was rooted within the pages of my Dad’s Surfer magazines at age 6. From the first moment I saw the beauty of the ocean I loved captured in photographic perfection I was transfixed. Growing up on the beaches of Hawaii and California the surf culture was at the heart life. I have vivid high school memories of my friend Monika helping me plaster my room with surf posters - my teenage version of art appreciation.
For those who live for the sound of the crashing waves you know it is not just about the end result. I have hiked through extremely rural areas, clinging to cliffs just to watch surfing and be close to the energy. Surf photography goes beyond the ride capturing the journey and stillness of nature and mans commune.
These photographers have such passion for their discipline they are often in life threatening situations waiting to immortalize the perfect wave. Of course there is no risk of drowning standing shore side with a telephoto lens, but the surf photographer’s job description does not stop there. Using watertight photography equipment they slip into fins and wetsuits, dive in and position themselves just above water level, close to the impact zone of the wave - ouch. Other techniques involve board-mounted cameras, boats, outriggers, canoes, jet skies and even helicopters. Sounds like a fun day at the office!
Amazing set design; the simplicity of the compositions and movement are striking. Haunting lyrics. Intoxicating rhythm and vocals. Playing on repeat at Studio Nelson. Extremely inspiring!
Some trips are legendary and the Junkin' in PA caravan was one of them. On board was Susan and William Brinson of House of Brinson, Michelle Carangi from Holley & Gill, Interiors guru Jonathan Legate and one sexy Greek...James Karabelas.
There is nothing that makes me more elated than treasure hunting in a rickety old barn. Add a group of talented, knowledgeable design friends and magic is born! Susan and Jonathan are antiquing geniuses; every foreign object I discovered they would instantly have a description of its original use, time period and worth. It was like being on one of those antiquing road shows!
Of course no barn adventure can be complete without the discovery of family secrets, grandmas racey media and "exercise" equipment and a few stray rodents. You take the good with the "So did NOT want to see that" and in the end you have a stash of beautiful finds.
My favorite purchase of the day was an antique refrigerator box that can hang on the wall. The best part - it's the perfect size to house all my saws! It's going to be an awesome addition to the studio. Special thanks to William and Susan for organizing the best Saturday ever.
Check the story out in full at House of Brinson. Enjoy!
I recently had the honor of helping the dynamic power couple and design duo of House of Brinson, Susan and William Brinson, create a custom color for their NYC loft. The Brinson’s loft is not only used as a home, but as an event space and functioning photography studio for William. Every layer of the design is carefully pieced into a harmonious composition and my goal was to ensure that their bedroom color aligned with their richly detailed aesthetic.
Susan had expressed her fear of color to me over the years and as a lover of rich hues and vibrant pigments I accepted the challenge. Commence with the custom color lovin! It is rare that a color produced by any given paint company is spot-on. If you've ever found yourself staring at rows of endless paint swatches wishing the tones were a bit lighter, dark, redder, etc. you most certainly can benefit from the custom color process.Color should be a direct reflection of personality and hold the energy of the emotion you wish to experience. When in a residential environment, the perfect color becomes essential, as you will be living with it, day in and day out.
We started with a color palette the couple found interesting and added various pigments to create new hues. I always prefer to have the client participate in this experience with verbal feedback as the colors are created. It allows them to narrate the development, see the process and own the end result.
For more on the House of Brinson loft check out their sneak peak feature on Design Sponge. I must also take a minute to give a shout out to Susan's sexy graphic design skills; I'm in LOVE with her Gangsta Greeting Cards. That's right! I said Gangsta! You will quickly become a fan.
Curtain, Palais Garnier, Paris, France, 2009Palais Garnier, Paris, France, 2009Amargosa Opera House, Death Valley Junction, California, 2009Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest, Romania, 2007Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona, Spain, 2009TWA Flight Center by Eero Sarrinen
Photographer David Leventi
If you are an artist, designer or creative like myself, you will understand that there is a feeling which drives us. The moment you begin creating, you see lines converge into compositions and designs form, the visual projections of what our mind is capable of creating. You own it. You feel it. You bring it into reality.
May I introduce photographer David Leventi. At center stage, camera perched at attention, the air thick with the voices of history, his mind races. With the view of an opera singer, he takes in the mass beauty, painted trompe l’oeil ceilings, private boxes and repetition of chairs an audience would fill. Richly draped fabrics tower above his head, the chandelier glows, and architectural acoustic perfection echoes.
He wants it all. His photo will surround you, revealing all levels of the space, catching what the naked eye is unable to. His lenses focused, the photographic beauty begins.
Leventi explains, “…the light in the opera house strikes each of these features and returns to the camera, affixing them to film. Lit solely by the existing chandeliers and lamps…” The collection: Bjoerling’s Larynx, records the interiors of 40 world-famous opera houses in Europe and the Americas.
Recently, Leventi photographed the renovation of the TWA Flight Center by Eero Sarrinen at JFK. The images were featured in the New York Times Magazine. I immediately recognized David’s architectural perspective reflected in the textures of the structures concrete and the images’ all-encompassing feel.
Leventi portrayed the experience for me: “I can't begin to describe what it was like to stand in his futuristic masterpiece alone. It reminded me of a chapel to air travel. I knew that the building had been photographed by many photographers in the past, but I wanted to do something unique. The pictures that The New York Times Magazine published are interesting because they show the texture of the tile within an emblematic shot of the space. It's a two for one deal!”
Heads-up Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, and architects of the world - If you’ve got something grand, this man should be photographing it. His work is breathtaking.