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The interactive bookshelf collection is a project that emerges from the idea of Köllen Bookshelf, an innovative piece of furniture that can be modified to the user’s will. Köllen Collection offers a set of decorative products inspired in the nordic style and in the same vein as the bookshelf itself.


Köllen Bookshelf is a modular and interactive bookshelf which structure can be adapted to the user’s need. Its structure is created from a modular sistem formed by the repetition of adaptable pieces which have an independent working in matter of position, thus offering a multifunctional and decorative bookshelf which form changes depending on the objects placed


The piece features the typical traits of the Nordic style, either in matter of material or the shapes used. The former is essentially natural and uses light tones with shades of white. Concerning the shapes, the order dominates with the regularity of strips, partly broken by the sinuous border. This latter shape represents the mountains, in a nod to the piece’s originary region, which is repeated in its very name, Köllen, which is Swede for Alps.


The two possible positioning of the strips give the bookshelf a sensation of dynamism. First of all, the vertical positioning allows for the rest of relatively high objects, for the space occupied by the strips is drastically reduced. Furthermore, the strips can be used as hangers while in this positioning. On the other hand, the horizontal disposition is meant for the traditional usage of a bookshelf. The independent working of the strips makes any combination of positioning possible at any moment.


The main material of the bookshelf structure is natural birch plywood originating from Finland of 20 mm in thickness, lacquer in white and with a finishing touch of matt varnish paint. The subjection of the various elements between them is accomplished by using ironwork of stainless steel.


Do you want to decorate your home in a simple wat? Look over Köllen Collection.

Köllen Collection is a parallel collection for Köllen made up of six complementary products that present the trading mark animals already used by the project: the deer, the goat and the bear. Moreover, this accessories are mainly wooden-made and include repetition of geometric figures in a nod to the principal product. 







Köllen bookshelf

Köllen bookshelf

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Köllen unit

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Köllen images for your inspiration



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Köllen Collection

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Köllen team

Adrián Soldado Cid, Paula Terra Bosch, Oriol Campillo Mestres and Núria Jané Ballarín3 shares

Köllen Bookshelf 

Furniture design studio formed by four students from Barcelona: Oriol Campillo Mestres, Núria Jané Ballarín, Adrián Soldado Cid and Paula Terra Bosch. Our way of designing is based on simplicity and functionality, along with dynamism and care in the finishing touches. In addition, we also turn to the use of warm materials and the combination of organic forms and order and regularity.

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Designers Show How Much Interior Design Has Changed Over The Past 600 Years (12 Pics)

If you ever visited your grandparents’ or your great grandparents’ homes, you probably noticed how differently their rooms are decorated when compared to your own place. But have you though how the same rooms might have looked four, five or even six hundred years ago?

The designers at HomeAdvisor, a digital marketplace for home services, have created a unique project that shows how much the interior design trends changed over the past 600 years. From the wooden panels in Renaissance apartments to the funky and abstract furniture in postmodern style homes, check out the interior design trends throughout the years in the gallery below!

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Renaissance (1400 – 1600)

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“Art and culture were reborn as the French Renaissance spread across Europe. Architects found a renewed enthusiasm for ornate decoration and fine detail, inspired by a new sense of humanism and freedom. Arabesque and Asian influences revitalized the decorative arts, and careful attention to symmetry and geometry brought a new sense of harmony to European interiors.

We designed the cabinet in our Renaissance living room image in the shape of a small palazzo (palace) which was common at the time. Its columns and balconies echo the shape of the building, evoking harmony. The Turkish rug is inspired by one seen in a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger, a German painter who lived in Renaissance-era London. Rugs like this were first woven in western Turkey in the 14th century and became very popular in Renaissance Europe.”

Baroque (1590 – 1725)

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“Turkish rugs fell out of fashion during the Baroque period, as more opulent and elaborate architecture required fixtures and fittings to match. The Catholic Church was the first to develop this new sense of affluence as an attempt to impress the uneducated masses with their wealth and power. Hence the frames of the Louis XIV-style suite seem to be dripping with gold.

Beneath the gilded finish, the frame of the furniture was often made from tropical wood. Other exotic materials such as ivory were popular, and surfaces such as floors and table-tops were usually marble. Our color scheme here is dramatic and sensual. The play of light around a baroque living room would have been exaggerated to create a sense of movement and enormity.”

Rococo (1700)

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“Towards the end of the Baroque period, a subset of the style briefly stole the limelight. Rococo style (from the French word rocaille, meaning shell ornamentation) was famous for just three decades during the reign of Louis XV. It is lighter, more whimsical, and freer than Baroque. For some, it better suited the intimacy of the family home than the grand church style that came before it.

The shell and floral motifs in our Rococo living room are typical of the style’s more playful influence on home décor. The cabriole legs and scroll feet of the furniture delicately balance high-spirits and elegance. Social gatherings in the home were becoming more common in the early 18th century. The Rococo style allowed homeowners to demonstrate their wealth and taste without appearing showy or stuffy.”

Neoclassical (1780 – 1880)

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“The late Georgian era ushered in a new age of architecture that responded to the Baroque and Rococo periods. The rediscovery of Pompeii contributed to new understandings of Roman and Greek architecture. This inspired a movement towards more ‘tasteful,’ refined, and timeless design principles, free from the pomp and novelty of the Baroque trend.

Notice the straight lines and logical, almost mathematical layout of our Neoclassical living room. These design principles were spread throughout Europe by artists studying at the French Academy in Rome. Note the column-like shape of the fireplace, lamps, and paneling. Colors were mild and undramatic. A plain palate emphasized the stoic, superior sense of form that the Neoclassical embodied.”

Arts and Crafts (1860 – 1910)

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“The Arts and Crafts movement began in England as a reaction against the mechanization of creativity and the economic injustices of the industrial age. It was not so much a style as an approach, putting the responsibility for design and craft back in the hands of skilled workers. However, Arts and Crafts interiors shared an aesthetic of simplicity, quality of material, and a connection to nature.

The ideas and look of the Arts and Crafts movement spread to American living rooms via the influence of touring architect-designers, journals, and society lectures. Gustav Stickley was America’s foremost Arts and Crafts designer. You can see his influence in the chunky, function-led woodwork of the furniture in the image, which makes a feature of exposed joinery. This emphasis on wood, brass, and the artisan’s touch gives Arts and Crafts interiors a dark, earthy, and textured palette.”

Art Nouveau (1890 – 1920)

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“Art Nouveau was a ‘new art’ for a new century. Interior designers paired handcraft with new industrial techniques, which often made for an expensive process. Furniture and fittings were extravagant and modern, exhibiting the influence of Japanese art, which European artists were seeing for the first time near the end of the 19th century.

The vases and lamps in our Art Nouveau living room are inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the celebrated artist and first Design Director at Tiffany’s. His glass-blown forms were a tribute to the natural world, and their lush, iridescent and swirling colors are typical of Art Nouveau.”

Art Deco (1920s to 1960s)

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“If Bauhaus and Modernism were the utilization of 20th-century advances, Art Deco was a glamorous celebration. Interior designers were inspired by the geometry and motion of the machine age, materials, and symbols of ancient cultures, and rebirth in nature. And they weren’t afraid to use them all together.

Designers created a feeling of opulence by using a wide range of materials, including lacquered wood, stained glass, stainless steel, aluminum, jewels, and leather. Bold colors and striking contrasts conjured power and confidence.

Strong, straight lines echo through the fireplace and mirror trim to the skyscrapers in the woodcuts on the wall. Note also how these lines boldly counterpoint the shell-shaped sofa, flowing chairs, and spiky ornaments and houseplant.”

Modernism (1880 – 1940)

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“Like the Arts and Crafts movement, Modernism is less of a style than a philosophy. “A house is a machine for living in,” said Swiss architect and designer Le Corbusier, the pioneer of Modernism. The Modernist living room utilized the latest materials and technologies. It was designed to be comfortable, functional, and affordable. Beauty was a bonus, although elegant design solutions were highly valued.

These ‘limits’ proved inspiring to the first generation of professional ‘interior designers.’ The table you see above is inspired by a famous design by Japanese-American designer Isamu Noguchi. It consists only of a plate of glass, two identical wooden supports, and a pivot rod to hold them together. The original Anglepoise lamp was invented by an engineer who was inspired by his work on vehicle suspension – demonstrating the close connection between Modernist interiors and the 20th-century industry.”

Bauhaus (1919 – 1934)

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“The Bauhaus (rhymes with ‘cow-house’) was a hugely influential German school of art and architecture. It existed for just 14 years until the Nazi government closed it down in 1933. Bauhaus design was a radical subset of Modernism, with greater emphasis on the human spirit and the craftsperson. As with Modernism, form followed function. Bauhaus interiors were true to their materials, meaning that they didn’t hide the underlying structure of a furniture piece to make it pretty.

Our Bauhaus rug is inspired by the work of Anni Albers, a graduate and teacher of the Bauhaus school. Albers experimented with shape and color to produce textiles that were equally art and craft. The lamp is modeled after the MT8 or ‘Bauhaus Lamp.’ Its circular, cylindrical, and spherical parts create geometric unity and can be built with minimal time and materials. This type of opaque lampshade had only previously been seen in industrial settings.”

Mid-Century Modern (1930 – today)

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“The Mid-Century Modern movement emerged as a softer, suburban take on Modernism, integrating natural elements. Interior designers introduced rustic elements and freer use of color inspired by Scandinavian and Brazilian furniture trends. Materials such as rattan, bamboo, and wicker felt both natural and modern when brought into the living room in the form of chairs, mirrors, and trim.

Statement lighting remains a simple way to add pizzazz to a well-used family living room. The lampshade and standing lamp in our picture both borrow formal elements from Modernism and Bauhaus but have the playful look of repurposed outdoor tools. The bright mustard of the armchair and vases exemplify the common Mid-Century Modern technique of pairing muted neutrals with a saturated signature color.”

Postmodern (1978 – today)

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“Postmodern design can trace its artistic influences from epoch-defining surrealist, Marcel Duchamp, to Pop Art’s crown jester, Andy Warhol, to the ambiguous Bad Taste of Jeff Koons. It all came together in the 1980s when designers threw off the shackles of Modernism and approached interiors with a sense of humor and the brash confidence we associate with the decade.

In a Postmodern living room, every piece is a talking piece – because each one has a double-meaning or visual joke to unpack. The arches in our image question classical ideals of form, both flattening and unflattening a traditionally austere shape with an optical illusion conjured by their irreverent color palette. The rug’s meaning is simpler. It adds a rock n’ roll feel with its vinyl record shape – a Warhol-like ironic celebration of late 20th-century materialism.”

Contemporary (1980s – today)

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“A cluttered age calls for a pared-back living room. Today’s contemporary style borrows the clean lines of Modernism and the airy, outdoors feel of the Mid-Century Modern home. Interior designers in the late 2010s love to give a nod to Bauhaus by peeling away surfaces to show the materials at work. However, today’s cutting-edge building materials and textiles can sit happily alongside repurposed industrial features from past eras.

The smooth, bare floor and uncluttered walls of our contemporary living room create a typical sense of space and light. Abstract art on the walls prevents the area from feeling empty and draws out the subtle style of the otherwise minimalist surroundings. Observe, too, the use of line to draw your eye around, such as the horizontal central light, which is both extraordinary and very simple – and seems to widen and heighten the room.”

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Ministry of Design Creates User Experiences at Durasport Flagship in Singapore

Between the Climb zone’s circular display cages is Singapore’s first “Freedom Climber,” a non-motorized climbing wall with a rotating surface upon which customers can test shoes. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.


“How do we make a physical store relevant?”

That’s what the team at Ministry of Design asked themselves, says founder and director Colin Seah, when they got the chance to design a Durasport sporting goods flagship in a new mall in Safdie Architect’s Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore. Their answer? Make the space an experience, make furnishings as high-performance as the products themselves, and—like any good athlete—ensure flexibility.

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LED tube lights by Unitrio Trading form an “X” logo across the entrance’s stainless-steel gates, featuring a hairline finish, by Sin Leong Ann Metal Supplies. Photography CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks. 


The result is as much an R&D lab as a shop, with 2,000 square feet divided into four zones of activities incorporating state-of-the-art products (co-curated by Ministry of Design) and futuristic displays that include virtual fitting rooms, foot-powered climbing walls, and bicycles ready for a test-pedal. 

A dynamic display at the entrance sets a mannequin within a ring of steel and LED tubes. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks. 


“The custom display system required lots of design and prototyping,” Seah says, “but it enables a wide range of products which are different in shape, size, and display requirements. Also, each time Durasport brings in new products, they are able to ‘clip in and clip out’ to configure a new shelving display.” All that, plus new visual identities such as mylar shopping bags, silver foil name cards, and acrylic display tags create a true exercise in retail relevancy.

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The Cycling zone includes bikes, helmets, and shoes displayed within a faceted corner of stainless steel. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.
Custom acrylic LED signage announces the Arctic zone, featuring a “Magic Mirror” that allows customers to photograph themselves in simulations of the skiwear. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.
In the Trizone area, as throughout the Durasport store, ceilings are painted in Nippon Paint‘s Stiletto Grey and floors are Unitrio Trading’s Artigo high-performance anti-slip rubber. Photography by CI&A Photography/Edward Hendricks.

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Rottet Studio Makes Design the Star at the Los Angeles Office of Paradigm

LOCATION Los Angeles
FIRM Rottet Studio
SQ. FT. 82,000 SQF

“Light and movement.” That’s what Sam Gores said he wanted to see upon entering his office in Los Angeles. And when the chairman and CEO of Paradigm Talent Agencyasks for something, that is precisely what he gets—particularly when the project is designed by Rottet Studio. Interior Design Hall of Fame member Lauren Rottet’s firm is itself a fixture in the entertainment business, with credits including offices for United Talent Agency and Viacom.

A custom reception desk in folded and welded mirror-polished stainless-steel stands on engineered European white-oak floor planks at Rottet Studio’s Los Angeles office for Paradigm Talent Agency. Photography by Eric Laignel.


A powerhouse with eight locations across the U.S. as well as in Toronto and London, Paradigm “understood that architecture does matter,” Rottet Studio founding principal Richard Riveire begins. “They really get that an agency can leapfrog over competitors by bringing everyone under one roof, giving them a great place to work, and making sure that conversations and impromptu meetings happen.” So, employees from the music, literary, film, and TV divisions, previously at three separate L.A. sites, are now together in Beverly Hills.

Milo Baughman–inspired chairs face a leather-covered sofa in the green room. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Notable for a landmark fountain, a monumental pyramid, standing in the front courtyard, the 1980s building had a storied past as the former home of the agency ICM Partners but had been vacant for seven years. Though Riveire and principal Harout Dedeyan term their intervention there “tenant improvement,” that’s just Rottet Studio’s typically understated manner. We call the project a complete gut job, with only the limestone and granite wall cladding and the skylight retained. The 82,000-square-foot U-shape interior was entirely rebuilt. Plus, the courtyard, which previously “leaked like a sieve,” Riveire says, was repaved and replanted around the pyramid.

Rising from reception’s sitting area, stairs offer additional seating on vinyl-covered cushions. Photography by Eric Laignel.


The greatest challenge was “to figure out new ways of working inside a 30-year-old building,” Riveire continues. “By jamming things together, we could create an exciting design that changes all the time.” The device that “moved the throttle setting toward more common spaces,” he explains, was the insertion of a central stair atrium—obviously the big move. “We had to whack out 1,000 square feet on two of the floors.” 

A Greg Bogin artwork was commissioned for a corridor. Photography by Eric Laignel.

No mere grand staircase, this. It’s not only the people connector between the three levels but also a multitasker. The lower, wider flight can serve as a vertical space for solo work, thanks to the  blocky cushions scattered across the steps, or as a venue for all-hands company meetings, when combined with the reception area and an adjacent conference room.

On three, the reception area features an armless chair by Karim Rashid. Photography by Eric Laignel.


Flights aren’t stacked but slightly rotated inside circular openings that differ in size—difficult to engineer, to say the least. “LED halos accentuate the perimeters,” Dedeyan says. The ensemble presents quite a climb, especially for those with vertigo. A mirrored ceiling produces a dizzying kaleidoscope effect, making the height appear as six stories, not three.

The courtyard’s new granite, concrete, and turf surfaces surround an existing Eric Orr pyramid fountain. Photography by Eric Laignel.


Sharing dramatic creds is the reception desk. Riveire, who’s highly knowledgeable about hospitality projects, too, compares it to “the front desk of a hotel.” He goes on to liken the long, purposely low form in mirror-polished stainless steel to “a squished pickle.” We see inspirations of sculptures by Anish Kapoor. Regardless, it’s an Instagram moment.

Erik Parker’s acrylic collage on canvas punctuates a corridor. Photography by Eric Laignel.


Speaking of art, there’s no shortage of spectacular pieces, some of them commissioned. Initiated by Gores, the program was assembled by a DJ-curator, DB Burkeman, in collaboration with a more conventional art consultant. Standouts include the atrium’s colorful text-based screen prints, kinetic black-and-white photographs of figures in the elevator lobbies, and a corridor’s collage inspired by comic books, hip-hop, and graffiti.

Nylon carpet in a private office. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Surprisingly, knowing Rottet Studio as we do, furnishings are generally not custom. Widely available residential pieces, they could be found in many a stylish living room. Flooring, consistent with that vibe, is white-oak planks in common spaces. “The wood is a contrast to all that stone on the walls,” Riveire explains.

The listening room is acoustically isolated. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Carpeted work spaces follow the customary setup. Glass-fronted private offices for agents face assistants at a benching system. Most offices have sit-stand desks. (Many in the stand position during our visit.) Sprinkled among the offices are casual lounges, up for grabs as needed. What’s unusual is the lack of hierarchy among divisions. No single one ranks above any other.

The stair atrium’s mirror-finished stretched mem­brane ceiling reflects a series of 21 screen prints by Eve Fowler. Photography by Eric Laignel.


Conference and meeting rooms and the “signing rooms” encircle the stair atrium. Really, though, everything is an ad hoc meeting space, including  elevator lobbies fitted out with chic and super-comfy seating. There are also pantries and coffee bars aplenty, the best, no doubt, being the ground level’s coffee lounge opening onto the courtyard. Pull up a stool to the marble counter, or plop down on a sofa or armchairs anchored by a houndstooth rug that blends with the same pattern rendered in floor tile.

Reception’s custom wool-silk rug. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The list of amenities goes on: a screening room with adjacent green room, another room filled with candy. According to Paradigm director of special services and guest relations Rozzana Ramos, clients come just to hang out. Linger long enough, and you might spot Antonio Banderas or Henry Golding reading a script or Chris Martin, Ed Sheeren, or Sia headed to the listening room where, Riveire says, they can “crank it up to 11.” 

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LED halos ringing the stair atrium. Photography by Eric Laignel.
A corridor’s con­struction of album covers with wood and resin by David Ellis. Photography by Eric Laignel.
The lounge on two. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Patricia Urquiola chairs appear in a private office. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Damien Hirst’s deck for Supreme is mounted with other skateboards in an office area. Photography by Eric Laignel.
In the coffee lounge, a focal wall includes artwork by Raymond Pettibon and Ed Ruscha. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Laser-printed photographs by Kenton Parker energize an elevator lobby. Photography by Eric Laignel.
The lacquered logo wall on a granite base. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Project Team: Chris Jones; Theresa Lee; Pegah Koulaeian, Laurence Cartledge: Rottet Studio. Esquared Lighting: Lighting Consultant. Newson Brown Acoustics: Acoustical Consultant. Cybola Systems Corporation: Audio-Visual Consultant. Lendrum Fine Art: Art Consultant. Thornton Tomasetti: Structural Engineer. Arc Engineering: MEP. AMA Project Management: Project Manager. Clune Con­struc­tion Company: General Contractor.

Product Sources: From Front: AM Cabinets: Custom Desk (Recep­tion). Palecek: Coffee Table (Green Room). RH: Chairs, Sofa (Green Room), Sofa (Listening Room). CB2: Console (Green Room), Side Tables (Hall), Sofa, Coffee Table (Lounge), Table (Office), Dining Chairs (Coffee Lounge). Tai Ping Carpets: Custom Rug (Sitting Area). Davis Furniture: Sofas. Holly Hunt: Chairs. West Elm: Side Tables (Lounge, Coffee Lounge, Reception Area). Martin Brattrud: Cushions (Stairway). Blu Dot: Benches (Hall), Stools (Atrium), Credenza (Listening Room), Sofa (Reception Area). Summer Classics: Chairs (Court­Yard). Andreu World: Chairs (Office). Alur: Storefront Sys­tem. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams: Coffee Table (Coffee Lounge). Gus Modern: Sofa. Shaw Hospitality: Rug. Andreu World: Barstools. Thomas O’Brien: Pendant Fixture. Zuo Modern: Chairs (Coffee Lounge), Chairs, Table (Listening Room). Tandus: Rug (Reception Area). Nienkamper: Chair. H.D. Buttercup: Armchairs. West Elm: White Side Table. Bernhardt Design: Bench. Throughout: Monarch Plank: Floor Planks. Bentley: Carpet. Barrisol: Stretched Ceiling Membrane. Benjamin Moore & Co.; Dunn-Edwards Corporation: Paint.

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Why You’re Seeing Brass at Every Trendy Restaurant

Bye, rose gold. The latest accent color we’re seeing at restaurants across the country is brass, and designer Tom Dixon is her to give the lowdown on why it’s popping now.

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This Artist’s Los Angeles House Is Minimalism at Its Coziest


The story of how Emilie Halpern, a conceptual artist living in Los Angeles, came to reimagine her entire house in the Los Feliz neighborhood starts out with a girl crush. “I first met Jessie through our children’s preschool,” says Emilie, referring to Jessie Young of furniture and interior design studio Estudio Persona. “I remember thinking, Who is this cool lady with an accent wearing black leather shorts? I want to be friends with her.

The women clicked, and soon enough Emilie became familiar with Jessie’s work at Estudio Persona, which she cofounded with fellow Uruguayan expat Emiliana González. Seeing the duo’s fresh approach to design and collaborative spirit captivated the artist. “I noticed how Jessie and Emiliana complemented each other, bouncing ideas back and forth very spontaneously,” says Emilie. “It was inspiring to see these two minds coming together and being so expansive—I wanted in.”

As it turns out, Emilie’s home, a post-and-beam construction from 1962, was in dire need of a makeover. The two-story, four-bedroom property looked rather gloomy and dated, with dark walnut slats covering some of the walls, mauve paint covering others, and a handful of old louvered windows that obstructed natural light. “I love beautiful things, but I didn’t have the skills to translate that into furniture and interiors,” she says. “Jessie and Emiliana came in and responded to what each room needed.”

A custom bench—simply pieces of maple topped with a thin leather cushion—sits in the master bedroom. Above it is an untitled graphite artwork by Ridley Howard. The designers used a bunch of jute rugs throughout the house. “They add warmth and texture and they’re low maintenance; she has a young boy,” Emiliana notes.

Photo: Laure Joliet

While respecting the home’s midcentury style (those interior walnut slats stayed), the designers worked to create a lighter, more contemporary feel. They painted every non-paneled wall white, replaced a few windows, and paired custom pieces with items from their existing furniture collection, which is largely inspired by avant-garde sculptors and painters. The result is an effortlessly chic atmosphere where muted colors, natural materials, and sculptural shapes come together in a kind of earthy minimalism. “There was this very strong retro look that needed to be softened,” explains cofounder Emiliana. “We used a lot of blond wood and textures like jute to create a sense of calm and warmth.”

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Estudio Persona’s pared-down esthetic was an ideal fit for Emilie, whose own sculptures, prints, and installations have a minimalist sensibility. “Now that the house is done, I miss them,” she says. “I actually still see them all the time, but I miss sitting there dreaming about what could be, and then watching it happen.”

Custom furnishings changed things up

Thanks to a few key pieces from Estudio Persona’s furniture line—matched with carefully selected artworks and accents—the living room and entrance went from midcentury to 21st century.

To lighten up the house’s walnut-paneled wall, the designers hung lithographs with white backgrounds by artist Jonas Wood. A white “Cloud” sofa from RH further softens the room. Because the ceilings are on the low side, the designers went with low-slung forms. The minimalist white oak coffee table and alder console, which holds part of Emilie’s vast vinyl collection, are custom. Estudio Persona’s egg-shaped Nido chairs, made of timber and black leather, and Puru side table, made of stainless steel and white oak, complete the look.

Photo: Laure Joliet

The designers wanted to make a unique statement in the entrance. Their solution: a multipurpose piece called Totem. (It was inspired by Brancusi sculptures and a Richard Serra drawing called Weight and Measure.) Now part of Estudio Persona’s collection, Totem consists of two stackable wooden stools and a tray on a concrete base, which fit together into a single column. A Kim Fisher aluminum artwork hangs on the wall; around the corner is a Rich Brilliant Willing floor lamp.

Photo: Laure Joliet

Minimalism is a calming force throughout

Several rooms in the house have a distinctly Japanese austerity, owing not only to Emilie’s taste but also to her lineage. “Her grandfather was a Japanese artist, so it was important to bring that heritage into her home,” Emiliana explains.

This “Cloud” platform bed from RH really is quite reminiscent of the fluffy puffs in the sky. It sits nearly by itself in the master bedroom, joined only by a slim reading lamp from Atelier de Troupe, a smaller version of Estudio Persona’s Totem, and a tiny drawing by Andrew Cameron titled Tear. A floating credenza, original to the home, provides ample storage without dominating the floor space.

Photo: Laure Joliet

Emilie’s lucky six-year-old son gets to sleep in this light-filled room, which features a custom platform bed in maple wood and a matching side table, both designed by Estudio Persona. The walls were left bare for the ultimate serene vibe—even the wall sconce by Rich Brilliant Willing is barely perceptible. The perforated brass table lamp is by Atelier de Troupe.

Photo: Laure Joliet

The master bathroom’s Japanese-style soaking tub is a piece of art in and of itself. The two rugs are from Cold Picnic.

Photo: Laure Joliet

Emilie’s series of chromogenic prints, No End, are on display in the dining room and match the colors of the foliage outside. The red oak dining table and maple chairs by Estudio Persona boast clean, sculptural lines that don’t distract from the view.

Photo: Laure Joliet

Speaking of that dining table, it’s fittingly named Linea because of the deep slit running through it with almost imperceptible joinery. The chair design, called Una, features a horseshoe-shaped seat and a cylindrical backrest upholstered in tan leather. Isamu Noguchi’s Akari pendant light hangs overhead. Open to the dining area, the kitchen was renovated by the previous owner and left as is.

Photo: Laure Joliet

It’s all in the details

Small alterations make a big difference when it comes to lightening a room. The designers replaced a series of old louvered windows in the guest bedroom and playroom, which not only looked dated but also blocked sunlight, leaving the rooms dim and unwelcoming. Throughout the home, built-ins save the day when it comes to keeping things neat. Lastly, Studio Persona painted the formerly mauve walls a bright white.

A Jonas Wood print adds one of only a few touches of color in the home to the guest bedroom. The stump side table is from Kalon Studios and the brass table is lamp from Atelier de Troupe. Naturally wrinkly linen sheets mean no ironing is necessary before friends arrive.

Photo: Laure Joliet

The house’s playroom is super organized thanks to a wall-to-wall closet, which hides hundreds of toys, and Estudio Persona’s custom console. On either side of the piece are two deep drawers. In the middle, what looks to be the base of the furniture is actually a set of detachable stools. The unfinished maple bed is from Kalon Studios and the sconce is from Atelier de Troupe. Halpern’s vibrant blue artworks, a series of cyanotypes called Sunset, hang on the wall.

Photo: Laure Joliet

Off the master bedroom, Emilie’s office is the tidiest we’ve ever seen. “She has boxes for everything; she loves visual serenity,” says Emiliana. An inset bookshelf right behind the custom desk helps keep the surface uncluttered. The table lamp is by Os & Oos. Emilie’s own vases line the floating shelf.

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With the Public Hotel, Ian Schrager is Reinventing Luxury Hospitality. Again.

Metropolis asks the legendary hotelier and architect Ascan Mergenthaler of Herzog & de Meuron to break down the details of their new tough luxe hotel in New York.

Public Hotel Interior Design

Ian Schrager is an ideas man.

The hospitality mogul’s sprawling West Village office embodies his frenetic genius: Renderings and design experiments from his projects are tacked onto the walls, hanging alongside well-wishes from celebrity associates over the years. Schrager has written down and laminated some of his epiphanies about innovation, which he references excitedly as he discusses his latest developments.

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Intense color is the theme for this year’s roofing trends, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), and homeowners aren’t shying away from vivid reds, bright whites, and deep blues. MRA also predicts that more homeowners will be drawn to bright titanium or stainless steel options, as well as the multi-tone hues of copper as it patinas over time.

“In years past, the tendency has been towards earth tones and subtle colors that blend in. This year, homeowners are seeking out bolder shades that draw attention and make their home distinctive,” says Renee Ramey, MRA executive director. “People are getting creative and they are finding that the latest shades of metal roofing options allow them to do just that.”

Bold color statements seem to be consistent across most 2018 predictions, as with Pantone’s Ultra Violet color of the year, MRA says. The organization, which represents metal roofing manufacturers across the U.S. and Canada, cautions homeowners to be careful with their roof selection and comfortable with its color for the long run, however, as metal roofs can last for 50-plus years.

MRA offers five tips for choosing a unique and on-trend style. First, homeowners should view their option in different weather and at different times of day, since the color will change in appearance depending on lighting. Homeowners should also consider the practicality of the option for their climate. For example, white metal roofs, or “cool roofs,” can be 50 to 60 degrees cooler than black asphalt shingle roofs, MRA says, offering greater energy savings.

MRA encourages homeowners to make sure their roof selection fits with the style of the home and surrounding neighborhood, and to opt for high-quality finishes and metals that will age well. Finally, the organization suggests trying out different color and style options with an online visualizer prior to making a purchase.

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Navigating design terms can be as confusing as assembling a home entertainment system by hand. But to plan interior design that suits your highly specific, oh-so-original tastes and home, you need the language to talk about the nuances of certain styles.

If all you know about minimalist and Scandinavian design is that IKEA sells a lot of it, let us hand you the metaphorical power drill. Here’s everything you need to know about the two aesthetics.


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