Archive for November, 2008
This Thanksgiving, resist the urge to pull out your collection of turkey paraphernalia or pilgrim themed tableware. Instead, draw some inspiration from these modern takes on a festive thanksgiving tablescape.
In Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood lives Swedish-born photographer Andreas Larsson, who moved to the US more than ten years ago to attend photography school in Miami. Since then, he’s traveled internationally on assignment, but calls his loft in Chicago “home.”
Larsson has a low tolerance for clutter, preferring simple, stark minimalism. He draws inspiration from the “Danish Modern” movement and names Grete Jalk, Arne Jacobsen, and Hans Wegner as favorites.
Slightly more than 1,000-square-feet in size, Larsson chose a few modern pieces to decorate his space, creating a tranquil environment that’s as much about the bones of the loft as it is about the particular items that fill it.
For more on Larsson, visit his website: Andreas Larsson Photography
Thom Filicia has style—clearly. He was the “Design Doctor” on Bravo’s Emmy-winning Queer Eye for five years and the spokesman for Pier 1 Imports; he now leads the Style network’s newest show, Dress My Nest, and the self-described “democratic design snob” is anything but snobbish in his newest book, Thom Filicia Style: Inspired Ideas for Creating Rooms You’ll Love.
“Accessible” is actually the first word that comes to mind when you read Thom Filicia’s newest addition to the shelf of interior style guides. From the fun font that mimics handwriting used in the call-outs to the 10 spreads featuring Filicia’s personal SoHo pad, the book is a refreshing change from the usual stark layouts customary to most decorating books.
Filicia’s self-deprecating humor also lends a welcome tone to the book. For instance, he’s the first to point out that [he] “can hardly spell,” and he admits his clothing style (back in the day) hit a “few bumps in the road.” There’s also a cute timeline of Filicia’s life and career and a dedication (Filicia mentions his favorite [and very fitting] book as a child, Dr. Seuss’s Come over to My House given to him by his mom) that makes you realize the book isn’t a ploy for more press.
The book is divided into two parts: “Process” and “Case Studies.” The first part features “Thom’s Ten Tips,” “Thom’s Ten Moods,” and “Pulling It All Together;” the “Case Studies” feature a spectrum of different spaces and personalities that range from an eco-chic Manhattan residential building to a hip young couple’s urban loft (our favorite of course!) that makes room for a “baby on board.”
Gorgeous and clear-cut examples, a thorough index of go-to vendors, and a little humor that goes a long way makes Thom Filicia Style a book worth purchasing even in these troubled financial times. Check out our next issue for a full Q&A with Filicia, and if there’s anything you want to ask him comment below or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Kyra Shapurji
Since their goal is to “make good design to as many people as possible,” it’s appropriate that the innovative, affordable, and quite funny Blu Dot wants to give you the time. Every minute of the day. Well designed, very cool, and completely for free. We must admit we have fallen in love with the Blu Dot Clock:
“Taking the form of a one-inch square on your computer desktop, the Blu Dot Desktop Clock displays a different image for every minute of the day—720 in all. A mono (hot linked) creation.”
So download it! We have here at LoftLife. It’s never been so fun to watch the clock.
We are always on the look out for articles that promote, confirm, or recognize loft living as the trend we think it to be. So we were thrilled to see the following headline from this past weekend’s edition of The New York Times Real Estate section: The Primal Loft.
The article describes the time period in Manhattan 30 years ago when loft spaces were occupied by struggling artists living in barely converted industrial spaces. Turns out, despite the commercialization of “loft-like” spaces, there are still people living this way, for cheap, out in Brooklyn. The article is worth reading. Here are a couple highlights:
“But it is not a time capsule for just him. Watching this movie during its run here in late summer was a voyage to a distant past for New Yorkers who remember when ‘loft’ meant something quite different from the ‘luxury apartment with huge windows’ that it has come to signify.”
“There was a romance attached to loft living in those days; they seemed bohemian and sexy. But it wasn’t always easy.”
Photography by Christian Hansen for The New York Times
The celebration of our second issue continued on with Aqua, where LoftLife hosted a party on Friday, October 10th following the anniversary party with Space Modern (even more photos still to come!). Guests gathered on the roof and took in the view of midtown Atlanta while sipping on cocktails from Partida Tequila and the Taste Network, served by the Liquid Chefs. The building was a fitting setting as it is also home to football star Gibril Wilson, who was featured in the magazine.
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Atlanta, GA 30309
Posted by Erin Ryder