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During New York Design Week, I curated an exhibition and popup shop at Bobby Berk Home full of West Coast designer, makers and artists. Entitled East, Meet West!, the idea behind this exhibition is to introduce more West Coast design not only to New Yorkers, but to the country’s biggest modern design audience in town for NYCxDesign, beyond what they’ll see on the trade show floor. As you walk around the city during Design Week to parties and exhibitions, you often see a lot of the same names, or, at least an overwhelming majority of designers who are based in New York. Bobby and I have always been very supportive of West Coast design, and his store’s vibe feels very LA, so it was the perfect setting to introduce New York to some of the best stuff that Seattle, Portland, and California have to offer. The exhibition featured 14 designers, and everything from furniture to artwork to jewelry, including custom colors, one-of-a-kind pieces and prototypes. We’re really proud of it.
“Play with the light” – this could be a wonderful slogan for Casa Natalia, the residential project developed by Agraz Arquitectos in Guadalajara, Mexico. Imagine how the world of design would look like if each house had a slogan, in the first place. By exploring (just) a little bit the field of branding, we see how slogans (and mottos) can influence our decision when it comes to purchasing products based on the level of respect and attraction towards the brand. Now, applying the same principle, could a house with a slogan influence our thinking and convince us that a certain house is worth buying? We don’t know yet about this, but what we know for certain is that the way you present a house, can.
Casa Natalia is charming and warm. It allows the light to sneak inside in a very playful way thanks to the panels installed on the windows. The horizontal cut outs create an interesting atmosphere, especially during the evenings, when the moon scatters its shy rays. The house spreads on three levels. “The vertical circulations that join all stories are contained in this added limb and where coated, in and outside, by metal and wood shutters designed by the artist Adrian Guerrero. These control light and privacy and allow a poetic dialogue between glass and steel.” Modern, elegant and airy, Casa Natalia is a welcoming family house that boasts quirky details, in order to create the perfect living space.
We collaborated with MSN to profile four artists and designers we love who we think embody the same design, content and functional philosophies as the new MSN.com: design with fierce reductionism, sharing real-time trends, and being perfect for touch. We think you’ll love learning more about these four creatives. Experience their work here, and check out the all-new MSN here.
If you recall, we shared Texas and NY-based artist Jay Shinn’s work previously here on the site, and I have always wanted to talk to him more about his work. It’s everything I love about art and more: geometric, minimalist, and totally unique. Jay has been a self proclaimed artist since age 7. Growing up, he spent many hours playing and working on his father’s hotel construction sites making temporary sculptures. Watching how structures came together profoundly affected his work. He now creates his own architecture, in a sense, building with a different medium than brick and mortar—light.
1×4 the width of the dresser
2 1×6 the width of the dresser
About 40 feet of lattice (per dresser, if you’re doing two dressers, get about 75 feet of lattice)
This is the IKEA Rast dresser. Pretty plain and boring, but solid wood and perfect for dressing up.