How clever! Just cut a cream cheese block on the diagonal to have the pieces make a tree shape. Then add some bell pepper decorations and some pepper jelly (and Wheat Thins of course), and you have an awesomely cute appetizer!
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Tags: Barcelona, exhibition, folklore, seat 600, vintage hotel
In the lobby we played with iconic objects from those years: a Seat 600 – the first mass produced Spanish car – a huge Peseta – Spanish old currency – used as a table and a panel with very big magnetic key-rings, as used back then in the local hostels.
Photography: Albert Font.
To give the hotel’s guests the taste of it, we transformed each corridor into a little exhibition on a particular issue of that decade: Culture and Society, Design Icons, Tourism, Mass Consumption, Folklore, Intellectual Jet set… using room’s doors as exhibiting panels.
Tags: Bradley Wong, collections, eclectic, New York., vintage loft, William Sofield
BRADLEY DARRYL WONG is finally settling into his Eclectic New York Loft apartment. Not that the place, a ground-floor loft with a subterranean bedroom on East Fourth Street, is new, exactly.
But the settling-in part — the purging, the decorating, the home-making — well, these things take time, particularly if you’re a hardworking actor and single father constantly battling entropy or rather fixedly engaged in “the struggle to control my surroundings as opposed to my surroundings controlling me,” as Mr. Wong, 51, puts it.
Because of the accumulation of objects,” he continued, “things are never quite the way I want them to be. There has always been a lack of, well, clarity.”
On a recent August morning, Mr. Wong opened his front doors to two visitors, this reporter and Mr. Wong’s architect, Jack Wettling, and showed off a few victories: 70-odd pairs of shoes corralled into 32 wire baskets in a locker-room storage unit in the front hall; three spit-spot closets arrayed with armfuls of colored yarn in clear plastic bags, tidy rows of hats and suit coats lined up like soldiers, all behind doors stenciled with the ghosts of long-defunct businesses harvested from the basement of the Puck Building nearby.
Finally, in a back room, there was a vast and curious piece of furniture made from old sewing drawers, yardsticks and reclaimed wood, built by a friend to replace the massive rolling wire bookshelf filled with DVDs, photos and books that had been Mr. Wong’s nemesis for the last few years.
Mr. Wong, whose off-screen presence is closer to that of Dr. George Huang, the soothing forensic psychiatrist he played for 11 seasons on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” than Song Liling, his stunning Broadway debut as the gender-ambiguous love interest in David Henry Hwang’s 1988 play, “M. Butterfly,” professes “a profound discomfort with throwing things away.”
He saves leather shoelaces, buttons and the thread and fabric swatches you get when you buy new sweaters and suit coats. He also collects yarn, vintage grease cans, 19th-century chiming clocks, yardsticks and old sewing drawers, which he accrues during episodic eBay forays. He likes old plumbing valves and fixtures, vintage hardware and a good deal. He drags furniture in off the street. Things do pile up, he said.
Mr. Wong extracted an aluminum stovetop percolator from a cupboard and rifled around for the coffee to fill it for some time before giving up and phoning his boyfriend, Richert Schnorr, for help. “He’s the coffee maker,” Mr. Wong said later.
EAST FOURTH STREET is Mr. Wong’s third project with Mr. Wettling. The first, a loft on West 55th Street where Mr. Wong lived with his longtime partner, Richie Jackson, a television producer, was also filled with found objects: pieces of Andy Warhol’s Factory, including office doors stenciled with Warhol’s aphorisms, as well as family treasures like a floor border made from his mother’s mah-jongg tiles. The second apartment was a larger loft in Chelsea, bought and renovated for the family Mr. Jackson and Mr. Wong were planning to have.
In 2000, the couple had twin sons with a surrogate mother, born three months prematurely. The older one, Boaz Dov, lived only 90 minutes. His brother, Jackson Foo Wong, now a healthy 12-year-old, battled developmental setbacks and health crises in a neonatal care unit in San Francisco.
The darkly humorous e-mail newsletters that Mr. Wong sent to a widening circle of friends, family and colleagues were collected in a book, “Following Foo (the electronic adventures of the Chestnut Man),” in 2003. In it, Mr. Wong details the helplessness of new parenthood as experienced through the harrowing prism of the neonatal nursery in which Jackson’s milestones — a sponge bath, a bottle feeding, breathing by himself — approach and recede in terrifying episodes.
A year after the book was published, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Wong broke up, their 18-year relationship “the collateral damage,” Mr. Wong said, of losing a child. Yet, he added, although they live apart, they are united in knowing what it means to experience that loss (“this sense of being marked forever,” he said). And in their ongoing role as parents. Jackson lives with both his dads, in an arrangement that sees him uptown with Mr. Jackson and his new partner, Jordan Roth, during the week, and downtown with Mr. Wong on weekends.
As a result, Mr. Wong said: “Our house, this place, has become incredibly important, because I felt the disappointment and shame that my son was the fruit of a broken home. I felt a sense of being broken, and robbing him of a full family experience.”
In 2005, Mr. Wong bought this apartment for $1.25 million (he thanks “Law & Order” for the paychecks that made that possible) from William Sofield, the architect of Tom Ford’s Gucci stores, who had been living there since the mid-1990s.
The two men share a personal trainer, Rob Morea, who is also, conveniently, a real estate broker. They also share a taste for underground, underlighted places like this one.
“I’m basically nocturnal,” Mr. Wong said. “This is not the place for a daylight queen.”
The space had been, variously, a sweatshop, a Yiddish theater and a pornographic theater. When Mr. Sofield moved in, he had excavated the basement room and found carcasses of sewing machines along with old sets, props and scripts. He gave it his own decadent stamp — Mr. Wettling and Mr. Wong described it as a cross between a ’70s disco and a Charivari boutique — with silvered walls, much stainless steel and a quartet of Warhol’s electric chair prints; in 2000, Nan Goldin photographed the apartment for Elle Décor. (Recently, Mr. Sofield recalled the day his mother came to visit and wound up in the Merchant’s House Museum next door. Margaret Gardiner, the museum’s executive director, phoned him to say: “Are you expecting a mother, Bill? Because there is a woman wandering around the museum criticizing the décor. I don’t know how to break it to her that this isn’t where you live.”)
Tags: apartment, Architecture art, design furniture, interior design., interiors lamp, Shay Sabag
This project for an extremely creative loft conversion in an industrial property in the heart of Budapest was undertaken by its owner Shay Sabag. The indefinable style of the interior typifies the term eclectic. The open space with glass paned dividers, making the most of natural light, is filled with a selection of carefully chosen objects.
A strong industrial element is evident through the exposed metal pipework and extractor tubing, a stripped back heating system against a background of raw concrete and unplastered brickwork. Distressed surfaces on which vintage and modern objects exist harmoniously contrast with an unexpected country island kitchen which adds a touch of homeliness. The warm rich hues of the wooden ceiling and the elegant chandeliers contribute a strong note of elegance to the equation.
Tags: architecture area, decor, innovative, Office, studios, Vintage, warhouse
The warehouse was originally built in 1895 and used to process lima beans. Today it’s a collaborative office space that we’ve dubbed, SND CYN Studios.
SND CYN studios is a unique collaborative workspace for independent creative proffessionals. Located in old town Irvine, California, this 125 year old lima bean factory is now home to artists, designers, photographers, producers and developers.
Tags: designer, interior design., Loft, Marie Olsson Nylander, Old, unique pieces, Vintage
Located in Arild, Sweden, this 1970′s villa hadn’t been used for over 30 years. When the designer Marie Olsson Nylander and her husband saw it they weren’t very sure they wanted it for themselves. It took them three visits to be able to make a decision.
After they purchased the placed, they immediately started to work. They had to make some changes in order to transform this place and to turn it into their home.First they needed to tear down the old parquet flooring and to replace it with a new one. Also they wanted to open up the ceiling. They further had to renovate the bathrooms and to knock out a wall in order to build a new porch. It wasn’t easy but they managed to create a whole new place that they can now call home.
As for the interior design, it’s obvious that the two are on the same page, they like the same things and what the both like is unusual and unique pieces. Instead of choosing modern, new pieces of furniture, they preferred to use old, worn out items that had their own story to tell. They used a circular worn iron staircase to connect the two floors and opted for dining room table from Egypt and a bench that was previously an old gymnastics terminal. Moreover, everything that you see in this house has a story and the owners can tell you all about it.
Tags: antiques, bathroom, master-bath, retro, Rustic, Vintage, vintage style bathroom
Tags: antique, appliances, houses., kitchen, Rustic, Vintage
In his restoration of Château de Sailhant, architect Joseph Pell Lombardi installed a La Cornue range to update the 19th-century kitchen, which is outfitted with period copper cookware and kerosene lamps. The floor is paved with six-inch-thick volcanic stone, which references the volcanic Auvergne region of central France, where the home is located.
Photo: Jaime Ardiles-Arce.
The walls and ceiling in the kitchen of a log cabin–style home in the foothills of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains are clad with salvaged wood. Interior designer Suzanne Kasler decorated the space with a pair of 18th-century French still lifes and a 19th-century English-oak rack.
Photo: Jeff Herr.
Designer Russell Groves converted a 19th-century barn that had been moved from Canada to Connecticut into a 15-room house. The kitchen’s modern appliances and zinc-and-marble countertops contrast with the barn’s original wood beams, posts, and flooring.
Photo: Scott Frances.
Architect Gordon Pierce conceived an informal ranch house for a couple in Colorado; Elissa Cullman designed the interiors. A muted color scheme is used in the kitchen, where wood finishes dominate.
Photo: David O. Marlow.
Antique beams crisscross a Nantucket kitchen designed by Karin Blake and the Nantucket Architecture Group. Painted diamonds span the wood floor, and the counters are butcher block.
Photo: David O. Marlow.
In a 200-year-old barn that she transported to coastal Rhode Island, designer Ellen Denisevich-Grickis created an eclectic kitchen setting: Rustic beams mix with a vibrant Shaker-style island, Murano-glass chandelier, and Viking stainless-steel appliances. The concrete floors are embedded with chips of mirror, mother-of-pearl, abalone shell, and sea glass.
Photo: Richard Mandelkorn.
Architect Howard J. Backen built a dream home in Napa Valley for the owners of Diamond Mountain Vineyard. The spacious kitchen is at one end of a vaulted pavilion flanked by covered porches with sliding glass doors. The kitchen is separated from the living area by an antique baking table from Ireland.
Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer.