By Bridget Mallon
1. Harness the power of mirrors. If you're going to splurge on anything in your entryway, mirrors are the way to go. A well placed mirror can instantly open up a space and add a luxurious feel to the space. So spending a little extra to ensure your mirror is there for the long haul is totally worth it.
2. Keep fresh flowers on hand. Nothing freshens up a room quite like a bouquet of flowers -- they're aesthetically pleasing and will keep your entryway smelling wonderful. If investing in fresh blooms every week is too much for you, there are plenty of silk flowers that will have the same effect, but last forever.
3. Play with pattern and color. Yes, entryways and foyers tend to be on the small side, but that doesn't mean they should be devoid of personality. Add a jolt of color or bring in an unexpected pattern to really turn the space into something that reflects your personal style.
4. Rethink your lighting fixtures. Bring some drama to the room by adding in a new overhead chandelier or finding a pair of perfectly detailed sconces. Swapping out the light fixtures that came with your home for something that you really love is one of the easiest ways to upgrade any space.
5. Add in a statement piece. Whether it's a patterned rug, a tufted bench, or a pair of matching console tables, there should be some element in your entryway that serves as the centerpiece and sets the tone for the rest of your home.
6. Don't overcrowd the space. If you're blessed with an entryway big enough for several pieces of furniture, by all means, go for it. But if the area is on the small side, it will look so much better with just a few decorations. There's no need to shove a chair and side table into an area that is better suited for just a mirror and a plant stand.
7. Add in some art. A well placed piece of art, or even a small gallery wall, is the perfect finishing touch for a well-designed entryway. Art brings a level of elegance to any room, so adding photos or a stylish print to your space will make it feel so much more luxe.
Thank you images and information from elledecor.com
Project Description & Details
Located on a prominent site that faces Broad Street and overlooks the newly renovated Military Park, the $444 million, 650,000 sf Prudential Tower will redefine the park’s western edge and strengthen the city’s downtown core, providing a state-of-the-art office building for more than 3,000 employees. A massive G-O2® green wall spanning 32′ x 55′ faces the main entrance in the new plaza, and is one of the largest in New Jersey. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the project is seeking LEED Gold certification and includes many other green amenities such as a 5th-floor cafeteria that steps out onto a green roof garden.
Drawing on inspiration from Prudential’s logo, the Rock of Gibraltar, KPF extrapolated segments of the rock outcropping’s stratification and created the living wall’s composition and plant color selection. Collaborating with Plant Connection, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture designed a plant palette that met the client’s needs and was also tailored to address the different microclimates that occur on the living wall. Plant Connection carefully overlaid the final design onto their panel grid and after refinements began growing the living wall panels at their 42-acre nursery late last summer. Overwintering in their greenhouses, Plant Connection was able to closely monitor the project and ensure it would be ready for this spring. The G-O2® Living Wall, along with the other green architecture at Prudential Tower, will set a high standard for sustainable development in the area.
Owner: Prudential Financial
Location: Newark, NJ, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,760 sq.ft.
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Landscape Architect: W Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls, Plant Connection, Inc.
Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.
Installation: Let It Grow
Maintenance: John Mini Distinctive Landscapes
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Stubbs Road is a private residence located in Hong Kong.
The home was designed by NC Design & Architecture and covers an area of 2,700 square feet
Stubbs Road by NC Design & Architecture:
“The Private Residence on Stubbs Road is an open and tranquil 2,700 square foot space defined by a 16m (52.5ft) long sinuous wood wall, strong axial views luminous ceiling oculi, and special hidden built-in wall features accommodating the specific daily routines of its residents. The house is structured around a continuous communal area of the living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. The gentle, undulating grey wood wall unifies these spaces, drawing occupants from the narrow interior kitchen area towards the wide living room with its grand vista of the Happy Valley Race course below. The subtle shades of grey; from gun metal grey to light ash, delicately accentuates this progression while also providing a neutral backdrop for the rich colors of the selected modern Scandinavian furniture.
The curvilinear wall is offset by two long narrow corridors; one armature holds the kitchen and service areas while the other leads to the bedrooms and communal bathroom. The long, seamless corridor frames the stand-alone white bathtub like a sculpture. The partial reveal draws occupants into the bathroom where they enter into an intimate curved room clad in a gradient of blue hexagonal Mutina wall tiles. At the centre of the room is one of three large swirling artificial skylights in the residence. These feature lights anchor the dining room, the living room and the bathroom respectively, casting each space with a soft homogenous white light that accentuates the sensual elegance of the monochrome interiors.
On the bare walls of the main communal space are two large grey wall panels arranged like abstract modern art. These panels can be slid open to reveal an entertainment center and a portal to the bedroom of the resident fashion designer. These whimsical features add sense of surprise, dynamism, flexibility and interaction that defies the conventional boundaries of a traditional room. Coupled with the dining table, the designer can extend their work surface between the two rooms. This tone of playful concealment can be found behind the grey wall which houses storage closets, pantry, and the powder room. The objects of daily life are treated with care; each has their specific place in the residence. This sensitive gesture allows the main communal areas to be uncluttered and free as a meditative haven.”
Suspended Nightclub in Hong Kong by Matthew Hussey
There are nightclubs on top of buildings, underwater, on board boats, and inside buses. But, if architectural studio Urbanplunger has its way, the newest hangout will be hung from another building.
The team’s design, which won the Night Club Hotel in Hong Kong’s design competition, uses the surrounding buildings as a framework to hang off and support the structure.
At ground level is a green space that is connected to the dangling structure above via a series of glass elevators. Directly above is the nightclub, which forms just one part of the overall building. Above that is a public lobby, which provides access to a spa, swimming pool, restaurants, and a business center. Keep going and you reach the hotel, which, thanks to the tapering design of the building, comes with its own balconies and aerial villas in the presidential suite.
At present, this parasitic building design is bathing in the glory of winning the design competition, so we're waiting to see if a building firm is brave enough to take this fantastic project on. We hope so.
The building rests on top of those around it, removing the need for a supporting structure. The sprawling nature of the upper parts allows the building to have balconies looking over the Hong Kong skyline.
A schematic of the plan's development, if it was ever built.
A cross-section of the floors as they rise through the building.
The nightclub is anything but an afterthought -- it takes up nine of the lower-ground floors.
Feathers add a softness to modern interiors and an upbeat flourish in traditional spaces.
Taking inspiration from nature, these rooms work with orange, red, purple, and other fall-inspired colors.
Colors of Changing Leaves
This California living room showcases an autumn color palette — ranging from pale yellow, soft pumpkin orange, and deep crimson — much like the changing color of leaves. Designer Kathryn M. Ireland also used a variety of patterns and textures.
Deep Red Walls
In this "drinks room," the deep red upholstered door and walls are reminiscent of a juicy, ripe red apple.
A Bright Yellow Entryway
The brightness of this entry hall, designed by Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake, feels like a day in late September. The leaves have only begun to change, and the sun is still shining bright.
Brown Stone Walls
Rusty leaves speckle the ground in late autumn, like the appearance of these stone walls and dark wood trim. A lavender-painted wall offers freshness to the room.
Lightened Shades of Pumpkin
Peachy shades of pumpkin set the mood in this cheerful breakfast room by designer Kathy Smith.
Yellow Adds Warmth to a Kitchen
Smith had the kitchen cabinets painted a warm, mellow shade of yellow while the seating area is in orange, both shades reminiscent of yellow and butternut squash. The neutral wooden chairs and stools blend the breakfast room and the kitchen together.
Maple Orange-Red Carpet
This living room decorated by Eldon Wong feels warm and cozy. The vintage carpet is the color of late-autumn maple leaves, orange-red.
Romantic, Soft Golden Orange
Designer Stephen Shubel chose soft golden orange colors to provide romantic ambiance and warmth to this luxurious master bath.
Cozy Pumpkin-Orange Sitting Area
Designer Courtney Coleman selected deep persimmon-orange chairs as the focus in this library. The pumpkin-orange walls bring coziness to the room.
Terra Cotta with Touches of Rich Brown
This dining room is mellowed with tan grass yoga mats framed in panel moldings. The dark wooden dining set adds richness to the bright surroundings. Designers Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman wanted to keep the room from being too formal.
It's time to stop being a slave to the iPod, the shuffle button, and the cold, compressed sound of MP3s. There's a movement afoot to return to a warmer, more analog sound. (Think: tube amps and serious stereos.) The secret is to buy a few key pieces of audio gear—easy upgrades that allow you to listen to music the way it was meant to be heard
By Kevin Sintumuang
Photographs by Mitchell Feinberg
Step 1: Dust Off the Turntable
Take the record out of its cover. Place it on the platter. Lower the needle. Get up in about twenty minutes and repeat. We know—it would be a lot easier to press play. But that's the beauty of turntables. They force you to rediscover music as something that deserves time and attention as you listen to the crackle of the needle dropping into the first groove, the organicism of voices and strumming guitars, the dynamic way quiet moments are punctuated by loud ones. You can't get this from an everyday digital download. The Pro-Ject Debut III is a stellar starter turntable, but when you're ready, step up to the VPI Scout. Its unipivot tonearm and ultraquiet motor bring out so much detail that thirty-year-old recordings start to sound like new ones. In other words, it's what turntables are all about.
Step 2: Rediscover Your CD Player
When it comes to digital music, CDs simply bring more to the table than MP3s. That's because, for the most part, they hold more data than compressed audio files. And more data means more details; it's like the difference between watching Avatar in IMAX 3D and streaming it over YouTube on a laptop. Fortunately, not all CD players look like your college minisystem. The April Music Aura Note Premier doubles as an amp—just plug in some speakers—and it has a USB port for your iPod, if you can't resist. The way it plays CDs is an analog wink from the digital age; to load a disc, you slide over the glass cover and place it on top of the spindle as you would an LP.
Step 3: Abandon the Dock: Get Real Speakers
We know. Sound docks are convenient. They're compact, and they fit nicely on the desk or kitchen counter. But doesn't your music deserve better than something the size of a toaster? No matter how good you think that dock is, it just can't produce the full, nuanced sound of a pair of high-end speakers powered by an amplifier. These Bowers & Wilkins CM1 speakers feature aluminum tweeters and a bass/midrange cone made of woven Kevlar. And while they're bigger than most docks, they can still sit on a bookshelf. Think of these as an investment that will last as long as you love music—because whether you're listening to records, MP3s, or some future medium, you'll still need quality speakers.
The Path to Better Sound: How to Assemble Your System
There's an old mantra in the audiophile world: From the speakers in. That's how you build a hi-fi system. You start with a pair of passive speakers, meaning they need to be powered by an amp, which is the next component in your setup. An amplifier ignites your tunes, acting as the bridge between the speakers and the music's source: a turntable, a CD player (for the best digital experience available), or your computer (if you can't live without the convenience of thousands of albums on a hard drive). A hi-fi is more complicated than a sound dock, but the math is simple: Speakers + amp + source = kick-ass sound. As long as you choose the kind of quality components we've presented here, it'll all add up.
Step 4: Warm Up Your Digital Tunes
For someone who insists on storing all his tunes on his desktop, there's still a path to a more analog sound—the Peachtree Audio Nova. The Nova, which is both an amplifier and a digital-to-analog converter, processes your digital files in a more complex manner than your computer's soundcard (which has a bias toward smaller, less powerful speakers). It then goes a step further by augmenting the music with a tube, adding a touch of warmth to what was formerly 1's and 0's. Another tip for those serious about their gigabytes of tunes: Rip your CDs into higher-quality Apple Lossless or AIFF files. Yes, it takes a bit longer, but hearing them on high-quality speakers and an amp like this makes it worth the extra few minutes.
Step 5: Get Amped
Think of the amplifier as your sound system's engine. And just as with cars, it's not all about brute power. It's about the quality of that power: how it receives the signal from your source, be it turntable or iPod, and pushes it out to your speakers. A good tube amp, like this rock-solid twenty-nine-pound Cayin A-50T, can produce a more natural, lifelike sound than the colder, more precise variety a solid-state amp churns out. Plus, there's no denying that the glow the tubes emit is far more interesting to look at than an on-off switch.
10 Albums to Push Your Hi-Fi to the Limit
It doesn't always have to be a jazz record. (Not that there's anything wrong with jazz.) Here are the albums that will make you understand the difference between a sound dock and a real set of speakers
Bob and Cortney Novogratz—authors, designers, and stars of Bravo's 9 By Design—have overseen projects ranging from hotels to bowling alleys to the dozen homes they've lived in. If you've seen the show (which ends tonight), you know they're masterful balancers of the high and low, old and new. Here, Bob and Cortney share some of their favorite pieces—all of which you can buy online.
Established & Sons Small Font Clock, $345
West Elm Parsons Desk, $299
Vipp Bathroom Bin in Mermaid Blue, $249
Design Within Reach FL/Y Pendant, $293
CB2 Veneer 18" Pillow, $19.95
Ceramic Hanging Lantern, $10.20
Linda Allen of Linda Allen Design is a lover of light. Before she began her interior design career, Allen apprenticed with several renowned lighting design firms, including Horton Lees Brogden and Lighting Design Alliance, and was selected by Walt Disney Imagineering to create custom light fixtures for the “Tokyo Disney Seas” and “Disney’s California Adventure” theme parks. One look at her beautiful rooms and you’ll see her background in lighting has only enhanced her aesthetic.
Which female designers influenced you?
I don’t know if I have one female designer who has influenced my style. My style has been influenced by many periods as well as through my world travels. However, I would say that Dorothy Draper’s bold whimsy, Andre Putnam’s attention to architectural details and Holly Hunt, because she started her company on her own after a divorce that developed into a high-end successful furniture business.
What’s the essential home accessory you use in your designs?
I love lighting and light fixtures. I feel that light fixtures are jewelry to our designs. I customized much of my own lighting.
What are your top three favorite places to shop for the home?
Well, shopping for any of my projects depends on the client. But I do love Christopher Guy and Phyllis Morris. I also like shopping at Anthropology and Liz’s hardware; they have amazing antique hardware.
What’s the best design advice you’ve ever received?
When designing at Disney Imagineering, I learned to “never assume.” I also learned from one of my project managers at a lighting design firm to always make time for personal affairs and family no matter how busy you get. The years pass by very quickly.
What room did you most enjoyed designing? Why do you love it?
I have many favorite projects. However, I love detail, and I especially enjoyed a Long Beach residence where I created an “oval dining room” from cabinetry and architecture.
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