March 21, 2018

Image via The Henrietta Hotel

While all eyes will be on London this May for the Royal Wedding, we can't help but think of another style-setting institution we'd rather fete in the city that month: The Henrietta Hotel, which will celebrate its one-year anniversary almost to the day of the much-hyped nuptials.

The property, comprised of 18 rooms in two converted townhouses in the city's Covent Garden neighborhood, is the first London-based hotel from the Experimental Group, the "it" hospitality team behind some of London's most popular (and drop-dead gorgeous) bars and speakeasies, as well a...

January 16, 2018

As interior designers, we like to hold our own work in pretty high regard within our industry. We think we do our job pretty damn well. But, at the same time, we're not so dense as to think we are the only design firm out there with style, and appreciating the work of others in the world of interiors is actually one of the most rewarding and pride-giving parts of working within it. This talent pool brimmeth over, and we're happy to simply be able to swim here. 

All images by Anthony Cotsifas for Architectural Digest

One of the most inspiring and beautiful spaces we've seen from our industry...

November 1, 2017

If you know us, then you know there are few things we enjoy more than: Disco (as seen in our posts here and here), boundary-pushing design (you can check out more of that here), and local artist Tara Sellios (read a write up on her here).

So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise then, that when we were given a blank space to design in this year's Junior League of Boston Designer Show House,  we chose to combine all three for a space we call "Disco in the Garden of Good and Evil," ... and that the finished product is essentially our style incarnate. 

From the beginning of the project, when we...

September 29, 2017

This month marked the five-year anniversary of the publication of one of our all-time favorite coffee table books. The tome in question: Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex & Disco.

The colorful monograph surrounds the career, fame, and friends of the late fashion illustrator, photographer, boundary-pusher and man-about-town; who, though perhaps less famous by name than his fashion-documenting contemporaries like Bill Cunningham and Andy Warhol, had just as great an impact on fashion, pop-culture, and the social milieu of the 1970s and '80s as either. (Hence: The book's foreword by Andr...

August 31, 2017

 Image via The Cut

The beginning of September means a lot of things in the basic cultural conscience: back-to-school, Labor Day barbecues, sweater weather, Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  

But if you're at all style or design minded, there is only one thing you equate with September 1. It's time to start the countdown to fashion month. This year's shows kick off, as always, in New York, with the first runway scheduled for September 7. From there, it's on to London, Milan, and Paris for a whirlwind of what's new and next in fashion. 

It goes without saying that we keep an eye on emerging apparel trend...

July 26, 2017

Around here, there are two things that motivate most of our life choices: good design and good food. (A little known fact: Mr. Spazio is a chef and former restaurateur). When good food and good design come together we'll stop at nothing (including the purchase of a place ticket) to book a reservation. 

While there are plenty of examples of well-designed five star restaurants in Boston and New York, it is Gwen, the LA-based butcher shop-meets-restaurant by chef Curtis Stone and his brother, Luke, that has been at the top of our list for places we need to dine as soon as humanly possibl...

June 19, 2017

The designer's home in Paris. Image via his website.

If you can picture the quintessential Parisian apartment--the intricate architectural detail, the high ceilings and expansive windows that open onto tiny balconies, the white-painted rooms filled with not too many things but all the right things (likely curated and collected over years)--you've got an essence of Pierre Yovanovitch. The French designer-architect is a torch-carrier for the type of restrained-chic Parisian style that's the exact pinpoint at the intersection of classic elegance, luxury, modernity, and cool factor.

In other wo...

May 11, 2017

One of the unfortunate things about genius is that it is often inextricably tied to madness in some form or another. Especially when it comes to creative genius. Some of the world's foremost leaders in fashion (Alexander McQueen), music (Kurt Cobain), and art (Vincent Van Goh) have also suffered torturous forms of depression and mental illness that eventually became too much to bear. 

Only the latest example, sadly, is artist Ren Hang, an up-and-coming, provocative Chinese photographer who was only just beginning to gain worldwide attention for his boundary-pushing, erotic, challenging ph...

April 19, 2017

We love big ideas, including pretty much every single idea from BIG, or Bjarke Ingels Group, a Copenhagen and New York-based architecture and design firm known for boundary-pushing design with purpose. While the firm has twelve partners and a wide range of specialties (including  architecture, urbanism, interior design, landscape design, product design, research and development), the soul of the firm is principal, founder, and all around design genius Bjarke Ingels. 

Among Ingels's inferiority complex-spurning awards and achievements:  he's been named Wall Street Journal's Innovator of the...

March 15, 2017

For Americans, the last year seems like it's been one big existential crisis. We've all spent the last 12-24 months hotly debating who is an American and who gets to be one, and whether or not we even want to be one. In the midst of this, it's been easy to lose sight of the fact that we're not the only ones who are dealing with globalization and all that goes with it; letting people and ideas flow into our country that might change its cultural, racial, and political landscape. 

France, in particular, has been in he throes of its own particularly tough identity crisis t...

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