Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Inspiration Board: Red + Black Office


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As someone who’s a bit obsessed with inspiration boards, I spend a good chunk of my free time drooling over the ones I find all over my favorite design blogs. I like to think that looking at and making inspiration boards will help me be less indecisive when it comes to decorating my own home. How’s that working out so far? I bought my house almost a year ago and have barely decorated it. C’est la vie. Anyway, today I thought to myself, “self, wouldn’t it be great if you created and posted a weekly inspiration board on Hatch?” So that’s what I will attempt to do! I’m starting off with a red and black office that kind of makes me want to replace my brand new desk with the awesome Blu Dot Desk 51. See what just happened there? Indecisiveness!

Inspiration Board: Red + Black Office

Julia Rothman for Hygge & West Pieces in White Wallpaper, $105
Blu Dot 2d:3d Wall Mount Magazine Rack, $99
Vitra Nelson Ball Clock White, $335
Lights Up! Woody Floor Lamp, $306
Vitra Uten Silo, $350
Emeco Navy Chair Semi-Upholstered, $795
Jonas Damon 2B Ltd. Edition Vacuum Tube Radio, $350
FUZ Corky Corkboard, $29
Blu Dot Desk 51, $699
Pablo Duo Wastebasket, $52


Monday, April 26th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: MacKay Lyons Sweetapple Architects


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I had the pleasure of interviewing Sharon Portnoy, an architect featured on the A.I.A.S.F. House Tour in Marin County. When I asked her about her inspirations, she mentioned MacKay Lyons Sweetapple Architects so I immediately searched for their work on the internet. Ah yes, I spent another hour away from working and browsed their entire portfolio. In addition to designing beautiful buildings and showing them via spectacular photography, they include models and sketches as simple as this one, sketches that portray just how much they have thought about site planning and space:

I’ll tempt you with a few images here (it’s really hard to choose just one; at last count I had swiped twelve), but I’ll highly recommend you check out their website. Also, if you just feel like “I want to go to there!”, they have designed some cottages in Nova Scotia that you can rent. I am not sure I’ve seen a more sublime spot than the one they are situated upon. For more information about staying there, visit The Shobac Cottage and Studio Rentals site. Here’s a peek at their setting:


Monday, February 8th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Eileen Gray


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Some of you may have been as stunned as I was when Eileen Gray’s Dragon Chair went for $28 million at the Yves Saint Laurent auction a year ago. While I find this figure rather ridiculous, I glean a lot of inspiration from my latest book acquisition, EILEEN GRAY. I’m also seeing some of the roots of Kelly Wearstler’s latest Bravura Modern phase (I’ve been trying to understand that since that Domino with her pool house in it came out). Now I am starting to see it everywhere!

You are probably more familiar with the Eileen Gray side table. They use it on practically every episode of HGTV’s The Stagers (I love that show, Canadian accents are the greatest, eh?):

My latest inspirations have come from her early play with geometry, namely the squares and rectangles she seemed to embrace before she got into curves. The following are from her lacquer phase:

Her Bilboquet Table: I love those Jenga-like legs!:

This woman was rocking tassels on her Lotus Table before Jonathan Adler’s parents, maybe even his grandparents, were even born:

You know, this post is going to get to darn long. I think I’ll stop here before Monday is over and continue showing you some treats from the fabulous Ms. Gray next Monday!

Dragon Chair image via Unbeige

Side Table image via amazon

All other images via EILEEN GRAY: Design and Architecture, published by TASCHEN


Monday, October 26th, 2009

Monday Inspiration


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Sorry, it’s technically Tuesday and has been for 40 minutes here on the east coast, but I was out of town and didn’t get my blogging act together too much before I left town. This morning I woke up to this, and it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in awhile:

So this is right off the deck on Stockbridge Bowl in the Berkshires. The mountain in the background, I think it’s called Mount Lenox, or Lenox Mountain. I only wish one of us would have had a real camera so that we could have captured it better, but my camera phone was better than nothing!


Monday, September 21st, 2009

Inspiration Mondays: Alex Katz in Maine


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Lincolnville Harbor 1994

One of my favorite museums is The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine, and it was there I first discovered the work of Alex Katz, whose studio is nearby in Lincolnville. I wandered into a room and watched a movie of this man painting birch trees on a huge canvas. I loved watching his energy and how quickly he was able to assess which move he was going to make next. I can’t really describe it better than Sanford Schwartz does in this book:

Katz has always been so clear and forceful about his goals, and those goals are such a fine blend of the naturalistic, the abstract and the theatrical, that literally where he works can seem a little beside the point. But the possibility that, in some slight degree, Lincolnville lets him connect with a freer self adds a wrinkle of feeling to the pictures he makes there.

study for Fishing Boats 2000

Ives Field, 1956

Hammon House 3 1963

Smile Awhile 1983

Cow 1986

(part of) Wildflowers 3 1993

Untitled Drawing 1953

all images by Alex Katz, as seen in Alex Katz in Maine