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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

New iPhone App for Interior Design Junkies

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What do you get when you mesh an iPhone with an interior designer? Either a really style savvy phone, an interior designer who is always connected or perhaps a bit of both. In this case I’m talking about the new Mark on Call iPhone/iPod Touch application. Created by L.A. based interior designer Mark Lewison, the app will let you create rooms in accurate shapes and sizes, lay down flooring, add and place architectural pieces, appliances, furniture…you name it, all via your phone. You can even take iPhone photos of colors and textiles and place them in the room to see what works what doesn’t. I’ve seen people come into our office with intricate sketches of their spaces trying to decide what will go where…but now you can do it all by phone!

My, how technology rocks/rules our world.

Video from Mark on Call

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Friday, November 21st, 2008

White Bowl Black Seat

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I love to peek in on Thom Filicia’s website and see what’s new from time to time. The white toilet with the black seat and lid jumped out at me. I like it. It has a crisp 1920′s look to it:

I’ve been seeing this white bowl/black lid trend lately. I first noticed one in my bathroom at The Standard on Sunset*, which tries hard to look like a no-tell motel with its tongue in its cheek. The lidless bowl is bad feng shui and has a deliberate institutional vibe. I guess they don’t want anyone to stay too long, so they make you feel like you are tinkling  in a  a mental hospital:

Last month I spied one in Rita Konig’s redo of Deborah Needleman’s guest bath in Domino:

The look is part retro and masculine. Perhaps this is the same toilet they have at some Old Boys Cigar and Scotch Club. What do you think of it?

*Ah, in my usual cruddy  and skill-less point and shooting technique, complete with the CVS bag full of stuff we forgot to bring with us is on the bathroom floor.

1st and last photos from Dominomag.com and Domino Magazine, respectively. photographer unknown; if you know, please comment so I can add it – I can’t seem to find it in the article. AHA! THANK  YOU ANG WHO COMMENTED: The photographer is a fabulous Australian chap by the name of Justin Bernhaut. Check out justinbernhaut.com!

photo two from Thomfilicia.com

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Friday, October 24th, 2008

My Papa the Nomad and the Casulo Mobile Living Furniture

Ali

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Growing up my dad would commute via car to far away places for his job as a doc. The trunk of his automobile always housed all that he would need to live remotely for brief stints but it was by no means organized and he slowly developed the habits of a pack rat. Since he still has to drive on occasion to get to a shift I’m thinking maybe I should invest in something a bit more modern for my papa the nomad. I’ve seen the Casulo Mobile Living Furniture featured on treehugger.com and fokal.com…maybe this would be what my pa needs to transform his pack ratish-ness into a simple Euro living space all from a box? Check it out…

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Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Ship Happens

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Wouldn’t you love to get to your office someday and say, “Please, step into my shipping box”? I sure would.

The folks over at uShip tipped us off on some interesting ways shipping containers have been reused in the construction of apartments, luxury homes, schools and offices. We’ve seen this trend begin to develop particularly in modular construction and pre-fab homes, but we love to witness the new ways in which people are breaking down the mountain of empty steel boxes that sit in shipyards across the United States and produce such incredible and positive designs.

View the entire article at the uShip blog.

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Friday, September 19th, 2008

In Case You Missed It: Around the Web This Week

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Thanks to Elements of Style for this post about how to live a Hollywood Regency dream by renting from Room Service.

Oh My God! THE LIZA ROOM TAKES THE CAKE! If you missed SF20, you can lament your loss by perusing these fabulous images Leah posted at More Ways to Waste Time.

Oh My God Part II: Oh Patricia Gray, thank you for this. At first I thought it was a Chelsea Lately sketch, but it really is Sarah Palin’s office

Home Rejuvenation’s posts blow my mind all the time. I’m giddy over the The Next Generation House by Sou Fujimoto Architects.

I’m just nuts about Mrs. Blandings. I don’t know how I missed this charming Kansas City-based blogger’s writing for so long.

I don’t know how it took me ten days to find fellow, the new online design magazine from decor fellow blogger James Saavedra. Thanks to Habitually Chic for the tipoff.

Check out the list of the most inspiring design books of all time from O At Home magazine. I’m such a dork; I circled the ones I already have, which added up to ten. I was really excited to see Luis Barragan, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown and J.B. Jackson included on the list, but was disappointed that landscape architecture was not represented more.

Bummer! The Farnsworth House, in spite of the plinth it sits on above the ground, is majorly flooded. To make a donation towards repairs, click here. (via AT: Chicago).

Design Bloggers in Print! The New York Times did a huge feature on design bloggers yesterday, and included some of my favorites, like Jennifer Dwyer from The Peak of Chic. Congratulations! Hey, you know what’s weird? WordPress has the word “bloggers” underlined right now like it’s not a word. It has WordPress underlined as well. What’s up with that?

  • image from fellow by James Saavedra
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