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Asthetique Group’s The Y in Moscow is Ready Made for Millennials

Custom wallpaper defines the second floor’s main dining room, with gray chairs by Saba and peach chairs by Kristalia. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

Millennials aren’t just about avocado toast, although the distinctive green, often mixed with peach, is a clear menu favorite around the world. The Y—a new 6,000-square-foot eatery in Moscow featuring a first floor with two open kitchens and 200 seats divided between a casual dining area and coffee shop and formal areas up above—is a textbook example of that generation’s preferred flavor.

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“We took inspiration from how the ‘70s vibe touched on this generation,” a look that’s prevalent throughout the city’s up-and-coming Hamovniki neighborhood, says designer Alina Pimkina of New York City-based Asthetíque Group, who headed up the project with partner Julien Albertini.

The floors of the large private dining room are a checkerboard of white and brown marble and oak; chairs are by ABC and the tables and velvet-covered banquettes are custom. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

The pair also name-checked film director Wes Anderson as a muse; his love of ornament and obsessive symmetry clearly inspired the brass birdcage-like lighting above neat rows of custom chairs in the first-floor dining area. “We pay extreme attention to detail,” says Albertini, “and that makes the place feel very unique, modern, and luxurious.” Rather like the restaurant’s clientele itself.

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In the first-floor dining area, custom brass sconces hang over custom oak tables; the gray-teal chairs are by Poiat. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.
A white marble countertop with a brass sheet metal face defines the open kitchen’s bar, featuring a brass and fluted glass overhang. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov. 
Near the entrance, a cafe layers a custom marble-topped oak counter with a column covered in Midas’s liquid brass and chairs by &tradition. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.
Bahia chairs gather in the small private dining room on the second floor, which also features custom lighting, tables, and curtains. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.
The men’s bathroom on the second floor features a perforated metal and concrete cabinet with custom bronze mirrors and Dornbracht faucets. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov. 
The walls of the women’s bathroom on the first floor are oak or stainless steel, the latter with a gradated polish from opaque to mirror. Photography by Mikhail Loskutov.

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Messana O’Rorke Goes Minimalist for Malin+Goetz’s Century City Shop

Flooring throughout is LV Wood Flooring’s European oak in a herringbone installation. Photography by Eric Laignel.


For more than 20 years Messana O’Rorke has lent its bold minimalism to residences from coast to coast. There’s a good chance that over the decades many of those home owners have stocked their bathrooms and showers with products from Malin+Goetz, the go-to brand for high-design hygiene aficionados. Messana O’Rorke has even designed a few Malin+Goetz shops, including locations on New York’s Madison Avenue and Elizabeth Street, and outposts in Santa Monica and downtown LA.

Raised, backlit stainless-steel letters with LED lighting announce the entrance. Photography by Eric Laignel.

For their latest collaboration, a shop in Century City’s Westfield Mall, they wanted to go back to the beginning. “Our inspiration was the original store in Chelsea,” says co-founder and principal Brian Messana. “We wanted to create two distinct spaces in one, and specific areas for the product lines, which the Chelsea store successfully achieves.”

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An Arabescato marble island houses a sink by Kohler Co. with a Vola faucet. Photography by Eric Laignel.


As does Century City, with a light and bright entrance area finished in diamond plaster and a rear area in wall-to-wall-to-ceiling fumed oak. Finishes of black granite and marble reference the brand’s black-and-white packaging, which surely will look just as fresh in another 20 years.

A dramatic expanse of absolute black granite forms a display in the back of the shop. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Acrylic shelves allow the products to float against the walls. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Near the back, walls and ceilings of fumed 12-inch wide European oak meet walls of polished and waxed diamond plaster. Photography by Eric Laignel.

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Lucy Harris Studio Invests in a Classic Look for a Financial Services Headquarters

The custom reception desk is honed Arabescato Ovulato marble, framed by slats of rift white oak veneer in an ebonized stain. Photography by Garrett Rowland, courtesy of Lucy Harris Studio.


When a financial services company needed new offices in Greenwich, Connecticut, its executives wanted the design to embody the firm’s focus on developing long-term client relationships. The headquarters’ ambience, they decided, should not only continue to look fresh as those relationships matured, but also include nods to hospitality to make clients in a jittery financial market feel comfortable. 

Roll & Hill’s Circle pendant hangs above a Knoll table and Bernhardt chairs in the conference room. Photography by Garrett Rowland, courtesy of Lucy Harris Studio.

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“The architect, Dan Radman, had developed a layout that fostered a strong connection between reception and the board room and another conference room, which are client-centered spaces,” says Lucy Harris, principal of her eponymous design firm. Her team polished up the 10,850 square feet with investment pieces that include Charlotte Perriand sconces and concrete side tables by Francesco Balzano

The pantry area features Gubi stools and Apparatus pendants. Photography by Garrett Rowland, courtesy of Lucy Harris Studio.

Executive offices line the perimeter, with open workstations within, all in what Harris calls “a high-contrast palette of white walls, dark furniture, and architectural elements as it felt fresh, clean, and dramatic.” And just in case the pantry and conference rooms are full, private lounge areas are carved out by slatted walls next to reception. “They open up and connect spaces by giving views and light,” Harris says, two qualities any client might appreciate.

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A Living Divani sofa and Thomas Hontz Associates tables form the reception seating area, beneath a Serge Mouille chandelier from Studio Twenty Seven. Photography by Garrett Rowland, courtesy of Lucy Harris Studio.
The pantry’s lounge area features Vitra chairs and a Knoll table. Photography by Garrett Rowland, courtesy of Lucy Harris Studio.

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Lori Weitzner x Artistic Tile Collaboration Wows at HD Expo

An example space featuring the Forest pattern in the Whisper colorway. Photography courtesy of Artistic Tile.


Collaboration is the name of the game in today’s design industry. Pairing the inspired sensibilities of a big-name designer with a manufacturer whose technical capabilities can realize their vision has resulted in some stunning products over the years. It’s also highlighted the robust abilities of manufacturers to not only fabricate product, but act as talented design partners in the creative process.

The latest iteration of this trend can be found at HD Expo, where Artistic Tile unveiled two new collections made in collaboration with award-winning textile designer Lori Weitzner. Designed specifically for interior vertical surfaces, the Lori Weitzner x Artistic Tile Collaboration features two organic patterns, River and Forest, that originated at Weitzner’s White Box Sanctuary Studio.

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The River pattern in the Night Shadows colorway. This look is rendered in China Black marble. Photography courtesy of Artistic Tile.


“When Artistic Tile first proposed this collaboration, I knew our studio could bring something to them that they didn’t currently have in their portfolio,” explains Weitzner. “Organic, textural looks are something that our studio does very well. For Forest and River, we created a lot of preliminary looks through painting, drawing, and paper folding. Then we worked with Artistic Tile to narrow down the selection.”

In exchange for her substantial expertise in creating earthy, tactile patterns with textiles, Artistic Tile opened up a whole new world of materials for Weitzner to discover. “I had no idea there were so many different kinds of stones in world—it was an eye-opening experience for me,” says Weitzner. “Because I didn’t have much knowledge of what was actually possible to create with stone, I could really push the envelope in terms of coming up with patterns. The exceptional design team at Artistic Tile would then say ‘Oh we can’t do that, but maybe we could try this.’ Everyone really benefitted from working and exploring together.”

The Forest pattern in the Whisper colorway. This look is rendered in Bianco Carrara marble. Photography courtesy of Artistic Tile.


When it came time to select colorways, Weitzner and Artistic Tile settled on three varieties of marble in black and white tones. “Sometimes people don’t think of whites and blacks as colors but they absolutely are,” says Weitzner. “We selected whites and blacks that create mood and easily serve as backdrops to other colors, but aren’t dead.”

The Whisper palette utilizes Bardiglio Nuvolato and Bianco Carrara marbles. The lightness of these stones creates an ambiance of calm, quiet, and sanctuary. On the opposite end, the Night Shadows palette veers towards a masculine, urban sophistication rendered in China Black marble.

Both River and Forest are available now for specification. 

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Design Trends In Home Furnishings For 2018 Inspired Functionality That Makes A Statement!

 Bohemian chic. Functional fabrics. Mid-century modern. Bold colors. Geometric and floral prints. Look for these design elements—and more—in furniture and accessories to perk up a humdrum home interior with this year’s design trends. The trends are an eclectic mix of Influences that range from Morocco to the United States in the middle of the 20th century.

“It’s a global technological world, and current interior design takes creative initiative from everywhere,” says Debi Danals, buyer and interior designer at Leopold’s Fine Home Furnishings in Brecksville. “People today don’t want just something ordinary. They prefer inspired designs that meet a need. At Leopold’s, you can see all of the top interior design trends on display in our showroom and be inspired to try something new and on trend,” Danals adds.

Bohemian Chic. Look for very colorful geometric patterns and lots of different textures, all with a Moroccan flair. Expect to see patterns on patterns and multiple patterns on the same fabric. “This look has been out there before but has been updated for 2018,” says Danals.

Mid-Century Modern. With this throwback style, metallic is big, especially brushed brass in chandeliers table lamps and other accessories. “Young millennials love mid-century modern,” says Danals. “They don’t remember it, so it’s new to them.” For persons of a certain age, mid-century modern brings back memories they may want to re-create.

Bold/Strong Colors. The top decorating color is blue—peacock, Navy, gray skies—combined with grays and soft whites. “Blue is everywhere,” says Danals, adding that “the color often is combined with white, cream, grays, taupe.” Other color trends are black and whites (sometimes combined with a splash of apple green), ultra violet, blush, and bright oranges and plums. “All of these colors are trending,” says Danals, “because people desire something that stands out and makes a statement.”

Functionality and Performance. It’s not enough today for sofas, chests, and other furniture and accessories to be just decorative, says Danals, adding that people see function as equally important. “People want savvy statement pieces that do more than one thing,” says Danals, adding that people want upholstery fabrics that hold up well for everyday living but also feel soft. That’s why performance fabrics (such as Crypton and Sunbrella) are growing in popularity, says Danals. “Performance fabrics,” Danals notes, “originally were used for outdoor furniture but now are commonly used in places such as great rooms where both beauty and durability are desired.”

Fabrics. In addition to performance fabrics, trends include floral prints, textures, geometric shapes, velvet and faux fur. “Velvet is now being used casually and not just formally,” says Danals. “People are embracing the soft feel of the its thick, short pile.”

Case Goods. These furniture items are anything but bland this year. Look for multiple colors and textures in the same piece, such as a painted back and a textured-wood front; a combination of marble, stone, metal, acrylic and wood; the use of antique mirrors for front panels; and drawer pulls made from agate, acrylic and shaped wood.

Details. “Strong design details are making a big impact on home furnishings,” says Danals. She gives as examples nailhead trim used over fabric tapes with spacing between the nails, unique arm styles (such as Greek key arms on chairs), tufting on upholstery backs and seats, fabric banding, and mitered corners on pillows.

Now that you know what to look for, you’re ready to make your unique design statement for 2018.

For more information about Leopold’s, call 440-526-2400, visit the showroom at 8147 Brecksville Road, or go to http://leopoldsfurniture.com/.

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5 reasons why you should choose marble

Marble is one of the most popular natural stones anywhere in the world, and is known for both beauty and durability. Varieties of marble have been used for eternity and have well and truly stood up to the test of time.

However, design trends reveal marble is being passed over for alternatives such as manmade stone, quartzite or granite. According to Victoria Stone Gallery, marble, being a natural stone, is not a perfect product, but the options are pretty good.

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