Archive for April, 2009
While renovating the ground floor of this factory, the owners took refuge in the attic. Using found materials like shopping carts and industrial lockers, they transformed the space into an innovative live/work home. Their two kids get to live every child’s dream: they sleep in a tent! Enjoy.
Photography by VERNE/OWI
Battery Park City is fast becoming the green-residence mecca of New York, thanks to a slew of new eco-friendly developments, including The Visionaire. The building is scheduled for U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum LEED Certification, the nations highest – making it not only the greenest luxury building in not only NYC, but the country. We had the chance to take a look at their model apartment, designed by Cheryl Eisen of the Interior Marketing Group with furniture by the Duval Group, and featuring artwork by Bettina Werner “The Salt Queen.”
“We share a message that living green does not mean you have to sacrifice high-end design and livability,” said Russell Albanese, president of The Albanese Organization. “At The Visionaire, our homes offer high-end finishes and the latest in sustainable technologies.”
The Visionaire is the third green Battery Park City development from The Albanese Organization and architect Rafael Pelli of Pelli Clark Pelli Architects. The sustainable interiors at The Visionaire include kitchens that showcase river-washed absolute granite countertops, art glass backsplashes and rift-cut oak wood flooring. Master baths feature rich limestone floors and countertops, glass mosaic tiled walls, Waterworks deep soaking tubs with limestone decks and separate glass-enclosed showers for a personal spa-like sanctuary. Amenities include two rooftop gardens; fitness center and spa; an indoor pool and Jacuzzi; a screening lounge with fireplace and dining area; and a children’
s playroom with a 12-foot salt water reef aquarium.
Photography by Linden Hass
With words like, “In the summer of 1969″ thoughts of Bryan Adams’ famous lyrics might come to mind, but something else was happening in history other than Bryan Adams buying his “first real six-string. . . at the five-and-dime” and playing until his “fingers bled.” Advocated, promoted, and conceptualized by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day was becoming a huge grass roots sensation across the US after the Senator’s seven year effort and first meeting with President Kennedy. Less than a year later on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. Now 39 years later, after internet has become a necessity in our existence and you can google (a new “verb” that we know didn’t exist back in ‘69) to no end about Earth Day, new recycling techniques are part of our daily lives, and now, “green” has actually hit its colloquialism stride, Earth Day is a celebrated and anticipated holiday every year across the nation.
We realize with all the talk of celebrating Earth Day, it can seem a bit daunting about how to “celebrate” or take part in the big day. So here are our top 5 favorite activities (in no particular order) to feel like your taking part or at least recognizing what your Earth means to you:
1) If the weather isn’t very inviting for an outdoor activity, take some time (in your loft or own respective abode) and indulge in the BBC series, Planet Earth. David Attenborough offers great British narration, and after just a couple episodes in the eleven episode series, you’ll be rethinking some aspect of waste and pollution you produce in the world. (Hint: Watch it without the lights on, since you’re already using electricity to actually view the series). It took four years to produce and is the most expensive BBC series to date that has ever been made. And if you’re an animal freak, nature geek, or just want to kick it back on Earth Day, then rent or even buy (it’s worth the investment for sure) the DVD set. It won’t disappoint.
2) It’s the quickest thing you can do: Make the No Coal Call. All you need is this number: 202.224.3121. This will get you in contact with your member in Congress and to demand from them a moratorium on coal-fired power plants.
3) Calculate your ecological footprint, and then more importantly, figure out the changes you can make to decrease this number. Go here to start calculating: Find Out Your Footprint NOW
4) If you’re more into giving away the real “green” then you can find more than plenty charitable causes that will take your green bucks off your hands. Adopt An Acre, Rescue the Reef, or apply for a Nature Conservancy Visa credit card so when you make your first purchase, 10 trees will be planted in the Atlantic Forest and an additional tree will be planted each month afterward.
5) Something so small, can be huge in the end. Such as changing out your light bulbs, switching to totes (there’s still too much plastic being wasted these days), and honestly not turning on your AC as strong or so soon, even if we’re slowly making our way from Spring to Summer. Think ’bout it.
What are you honestly going to DO? Comment below with your own Earth Day activities and any other suggestions you have to add to our list.
Posted by Kyra Shapurji
The Coachella Music festival graces Palm Springs, CA only but once a year, summoning both hipsters and audiophiles nationwide to brave the desert heat for three days of music listening, star-sighting, and style-flaunting. And, with a lineup of stars such as Morrissey, Jenny Lewis, Fleet Foxes, M.I.A. the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Killers (to name a few), the party doesn’t stop with the final encore. In the words of R. Kelly, “after the show is the after party and, after the party, is the hotel lobby” and, in this case, the coolest hotel lobby in town is definitely The Parker Palm Springs.
Formerly the Gene Autry residence, the Parker occupies thirteen acres of the most beautifully manicured desert landscape and gardens and was designed by none other than famed interior designer, Jonathan Adler. The décor is signature Adler style, merging molded clay sculptures and accessories with retro-regency shapes, as well as slubby textiles and bright poppy colors. Indeed the hotel’s design pays perfect homage to the area’s famed elite, both past and present. Whether staying over night or just visiting Norma’s restaurant for an afternoon snack, the Parker’s interiors are sure to leave a lasting impression on guests that very well may trickle down into their own home design style.
Color and texture is an integral aspect to the Parker’s design, as seen below in the lounge area adjacent to the front desk reception. The contrast of the colored pillows and pseudo-slip covers with the stark white brick and lamps is quintessential Adler.
There are many seating options in the lounge, from the semi-circular sofa to the leather cushions and tufted pillows surrounding the fire pit, but the most outstanding part of this space is the wall divider on the right. Sculpted out of metal, these retro shapes are suspended from the ceiling to separate the lounge from the main lobby hallway.
The rooms get a lot of sun, illuminating the white linens and walls. The Peruvian wall tapestries are a favorite among guests and are an easy way to bring a little Adler flavor to your own home.
Norma’s restaurant has food that is equally as delicious as it’s décor. Could it be coincidental that the chef’s complimentary smoothies often match the colors of the pillows and cushions?
Poolside at the Parker is an easy look to copy for your own backyard or balcony. One outdoor rug + rattan cushions + a cool lantern = Jonathan Adler-esque style at home!
Come celebrate our spring issue, LoftLife’s first national issue, as we honor Earth Day at Blank Canvas @ Eco Loft NYC. This is part one of the Eco Loft series, so check back for details on part two on April 30th!
When: Wednesday, April 22nd
Where: The Visionaire
Address: 70 Little West Street
When: 7:00 – 10:00 PM
RSVP info is below.
Everywhere we look we see white lacquered contemporary furnishings and accessories. Check out our round-up of what we’ve found on the market that’s sure to give your space a sleek, modern, even glamorous update!
(clockwise, starting from upper left)
(clockwise, starting from upper left)
Overlapping-square chair from West Elm; White Lacquer Dashboard Collection from Williams-Sonoma Home ; Oeuf Three Door Dresser from 2modern; Blomster candlesticks from Ikea; Parsons Desk from West Elm
With the release of the HBO film Grey Gardens only days away, anyone who considers themselves a fan of the Bouvier Beale family, or the 1976 Maysles Bros. documentary about them, is likely scouring the Internet for teaser trailers and photos in ravenous anticipation. The documentary, with its real and raw footage of Big and Little Edie Beale’s inner sanctum, has been an excellent resource for inspirational quotes and design ideas for many. (See Rufus Wainwright’s song Grey Gardens or fashions by Laurie Foon) However, the movie delivers a set design that the reality of the documentary could not, jumping back to the heyday of the East Hampton home before its infamous dilapidation.
Production Designer Kalina Ivanov has truly restored Grey Gardens for viewers, reminding fans that this shingle style home wasn’t always in shambles. The rooms truly take on the aristocratic tone and manner once embodied by Big and Little Edie Beale. Although New England traditional in it’s décor, aspects of this room can be incorporated into any home, such as the sleek bar cart and the mixture of prints in the rug and upholstery.
There is also design inspiration to be drawn from the later ramshackle days of Grey Gardens. The women may have not had much and were definitely living in ruin, but they still had a way of brightening their surrounding with little touches, such as memorabilia and flowers. Pictured below, in both the real Edies’ room and the movie version, are collections of family photos, articles and handwritten letters framing the vanity mirror.
It’s hard to imagine that a woman who went from high society aspiring actress to being famous only for her demise was able to see a silver lining. Despite her cracked mirror, Little Edie manages to brighten her surroundings with a bouquet of daffodils.
“[Grey Gardens] is oozing with romance, ghosts, and other things.” – Little Edie
Grey Gardens airs Saturday, April 18th at 8pm on HBO.
Today we bring you unadulterated, mouth watering, eye candy. Which accurately describes the nature of the book: The Mini Loft Bible is a 200+ page volume filled with images of loft interiors from around the world. There is no copy or text, no deep set captions, or sections/chapters of any kind. Rather, the book showcases loft spaces (each home gets 2 spreads of images), noting the location of the loft and designer/architect behind it. It is a feast for the eyes.
We hope you enjoy our sneak peak of these awesome spaces . . . something that here at the office we call “loft porn”!
Check out more sweet lofts in our “Loft Tour” section.
The Ace Hotels are taking the hospitality industry in a new direction. More raw and less refined, these “hipster hotels” as some reviewers have started to categorize them, are starting to expand across the country. Located in Palm Springs, Portland, Seattle, and now New York City, Ace Hotels describes itself as “the low card and the high card” because the rooms are affordable (in the grand scale of hotel prices) but come with “cool” amenities and individually designed rooms. Some rooms come with turn tables and funky wall art, but each room is designed with layers and “takes its cues from the vibrancy of street life, the honesty of materials and the potential of invention.” The details count in the room designs such as in New York Ace, one room has a stocked SMEG refrigerator (think That 70s Show) with local beer from Brooklyn Brewery.
The hotelier, Alex Calderwood, intrusted his New York Ace hotel design with Roman and Williams to outfit the 247 rooms with old records and other accessories like blank sheet music and custom-made unstrung Gibson guitars propped in the corners for a riff on a rock star’s pad. And a nice little additional touch should you feel like picking up the six-string in a moment of creativity, you can buy guitar strings at the front desk.
New York Ace rates start at $179 for bunk beds (with en suite bathrooms) to $1,499 for a palatial loft. Which brings us to our favorite room to make a reservation in. The 700-square-foot loft features all the typical loft details with hardwood floors plus a built-in banquette, vintage furniture, separate living room, and a claw foot tub!
Calderwood left no angle undone as far as guests who find themselves with free time during their stays. The New York Ace as well as a couple of the other hotels carry the Northwest’s favorite cup o’joe, Stumptown, in an adjoined coffee shop and a Rudy’s, an old-school barbershop (also founded by Calderwood), sit on the first floor.
Visit any of the four Ace Hotels to sleep happy in hispterdom and carefully crafted industrial and utilitarian rooms that are clearly all about the aesthetic experience.
Posted by Kyra Shapurji
Apartment 3, the hip boutique, art gallery and all around funhouse, has moved out of its downtown Toy Lofts location to neighboring Los Feliz.
Apartment 3 was one of the first businesses to occupy a street level loft space in the burgeoning downtown LA Toy and Biscuit Loft community, delivering throngs of Los Angeles hipsters and fashionistas ready to shop, drink, and dine at the local establishments.
The store offers men’s and women’s apparel, both vintage and contemporary, featuring wares from mostly local and NY-based indie designers. Perhaps the best use of the loft retail space was the once monthly Dress Right fashion show thrown by owner, Kristin Knauff, yielding crowds of attendees and lines out the door.
These events were not only fun fashion parties in a hip space, but also a major component to the modern and hip loft culture cascading a once desolate downtown locale. And, though their loft location will be missed by both downtown businesses and patrons alike, their new Los Feliz scene will surely promise equally stylish galas.