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An Architect’s Signature Style…

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There are some professions which carry many “myths” or “trends” having to do with the way they dress. I think an Architect has a sort of uniform, a standard to which they adhere to, that presents a professional and chic image to their clients and colleagues. Your look and way of dress is an investment towards your success

Many Architects love to wear black. In a depiction of an Architect in film or TV or even live theater, they are swathed in black, a minimal chic ensemble usually punctuated by standout glasses  a chic bag, or a statement accessory. But what is the science behind the all black ensemble. I have some theories….

Black, or a dark neutral like grey or navy blue,  is versatile, it can go from day to night, casual to elegant and can last on the jobsite, through busy travel days and still look polished at day’s end. It is a neutral color and can be combined with many jackets, accessories and shoes, therefore making it somewhat of a “uniform” but not staid or stuffy, it can look artistic but not boring, having a dramatic flair.

Architects show their designs to potential clients, their work is the star of their show, the crown jewel of their achievement, so a black outfit does not detract from the page, computer screen or the rendering. Black can look professional but not distracting, without the garishness of a multicolored ensemble.

Finance:  Architects are hardworking and diligent and at the beginning of this career, one that can only be chosen because of a deep passion, black can be affordable, especially when that project has not landed yet and your client roster is less than overflowing. One quality piece can take the Architect a long way and be in under the budget. Spending your money on a few key simple and neutral colored pieces can last for years with only minor additions from season to season.

Architects have great glasses, while this can be considered a stereotype or cliché, I know many who invest in a chic and unique pair of spectacles, they can make an otherwise non-descript outfit look interesting and creative.

It is how the Architect puts themselves together that is also an art, never stuffy but professional with that creative edge for this highly demanding and creative field.

Dressing for success is important, the way you are perceived in a professional setting can be determined by how you carry yourself and how effortless yet captivating your attire is, our clothes are our armor. Looking well put together says to that potential client, that you have pride in not only your abilities, but yourself.

The Architect’s job is to not only interpret their clients’ vision and dreams, it is also to  inspire them to expand on those dreams.  They are a representation of their field, a highly trained and talented group of people who construct spaces and structures that become a part of history. Looking fashionable, chic and timeless goes hand in hand with this challenging and rewarding field.

 

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Summer Escapism…. Creating a Nook at Home…

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In this age of technology and a sometimes unnatural attachment to smart phones, computers, and social media, there are times when we need a break…Summer is the season to “escape” whether it be to go on holiday, a weekend trip, or basking in some at home escaping… what is now called a “staycation”. A peaceful nook devoid of electronic devices can be a perfect escape from the reality of this techno-centric society. Homes with nooks and places to reflect will become more popular in the coming years, this tech free zone will be on client’s wish lists. We will seek to create havens of calm and tranquility, whether it’s a bedroom or a retreat we can escape to, for reading, thinking, napping or quiet conversation.  

In the image presented is a small but bright room in our Lexington Avenue Project. While there is a workspace, there is a calming environment, a comfortable sofa, whimsical carpet and a fantastic city view. The client wanted to create a guest space but also a  fully functional quiet corner for anyone who needed some serenity. With a simple and clean design, there is no sensory overload, just a relaxing atmosphere for contemplation. City living is energetic, dynamic, bustling and fast paced. Urban dwellers especially in NYC, are fully aware that the pace is fast and that sometimes solitude and peace are the best therapy.  

Summer is all about taking a breath, and this is reflected in design, creating those simple, minimal spaces that are transporting, that can alter our emotional moods and create well-being. A summer bloom on the custom desk brings that element of nature inside and a living element to the space. The carpet is soft and warms the room and the pattern is fun and graphic without it being overwhelming.

If you feel like changing your home décor and adding freshness for the summer season, creating this type of room in the home will add that peaceful oasis Maybe by having this tech free zone, you will be inspired to read that book you have had for months sitting unread, write a note to a dear friend, or create some art, or sleep, something which is so good for the body. A cozy nook  in the home is essential. Our home is our sanctuary, our respite from the outside world, and creating that zen feeling within can only be beneficial to our minds and body.

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The Power of a Grand Entrance…

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What becomes a home most? The entrance is that first impression, that indication of what is to come. In a grand space, you need a grand entrance, something that is  harmonious and sets the tone for the rest of the home. What creates a grand entrance is not necessarily the size of the space  but it is how it is designed, lit, and dressed. These are the components of a memorable entry.

Whether it be traditional or contemporary, the foyer or entry is the first “hello” and welcome for guests. This image is from a project we completed at UN Plaza in Manhattan, the apartment is a stunning duplex with panoramic views of the East River and United Nations compound on the east side of Manhattan. The client  had specific ideas about the home’s aesthetic and what he would like to see come to fruition. This entry is Contemporary in feel  and works symbiotically with the elliptical staircase, industrial fireplace  and the Living Area.

A bright colored, contemporary carpet warms  and saturates the space and creates contrast from the floor and walls, the table in wood also warms the space and the accent piece is artistic and unobtrusive

When a home is on such a large scale, the entry must neither detract or distract from the overall feeling of the home. Objects and accent pieces are carefully placed and it is a nice addition to bring  some nature inside  to create a homey and warm  atmosphere.

 

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The Power of Harmony

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Harmony is integration of objects, spaces, people…into a cohesive and functional symbiotic partnership. Harmony in Architecture is the result of the space and its surroundings working together to form a perfect union. What might be harmonious in one location may not be when placed or constructed in a different location. It is like a recipe, measured and weighed out to integrate all the elements and amounts of them, into this pleasing and harmonious creation.

The term “Organic Architecture” was based on these principles. It formal definition can be: a philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world through design approaches so sympathetic and well integrated with its site, that buildings, furnishings, and surroundings become part of a unified, interrelated composition.

So, what is the duty of the Architect when their design principles are rooted in a philosophy of Organic Architecture? Their vision for the Project,  be it a new construction, renovation or space re-design is generated from the desire to create harmony, integration and unification. The idea being that, materials, motifs, and basic ordering principles continue to repeat themselves throughout the building as a whole.

As the finished product results in a juxtaposition of all these elements, creating Harmony in a space is of the utmost priority and will lead a Designer to wonderful results and a satisfied Client.

The talent of seeing “the big picture” as some would say is inherent in a good Architect, to see beyond the drawing, the four walls, and to understand the potential of a space in its most organic state.  Then to apply that vision to a physical structure, a harmonious blend of floors, walls, furnishing, objects, lighting and color. When designing a home or re-designing a space for my Clients I strive for harmony, for the meeting of the minds between Client, Designer and Space.  I create an “Architectural Symphony”  with all the players working symbiotically. When all these roads converge in the harmonious way, we have achieved success. The sometimes challenging hours of planning, designing, selecting and discussion, all produce a pleasing and lasting outcome

Cool and Collected…

  This is the console in our UN Plaza Duplex apartment…Harmony is always one of the most important factors when designing for a Client. Aesthetic Integrity  and Harmony are the foils that make a space “work” or not. This sleek linear cabinet is not only a beautiful piece but also provides storage within and display area on top. Everything is working together, Floor, Console, Walls… and creates a Modern, Cool and Stylish statement.

 

 

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Warm Hands, Warm Heart…

I am feeling that Winter chill today. Especially here in NYC… Science says that when your hands are warm, so is the rest of your body. So why not get some uber chic and luxurious hand warmers… These are from Sermoneta, the legendary Roman glovemaker. When you are feeling cold and blue, these are sure to lift your “glamour quotient” and your temperature….Have a great weekend!

 

 

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