Architecture

Most Beautiful Room I Didn't See

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When I lived in Paris (that sounded snooty), I made a point to try to  visit every museum I possibly could.  So how did I miss this!!!

Georges Fouquet's jewelry shop was designed in 1901 by Alphonse Mucha and was located at 6 rue Royale.  It was later moved to the Musée Carnavalet

I was going to try to point out some of the design elements, but it turned into a list of every component of the room.  Just look at the peacocks!  And the stained glass!  And the tiled floor!  And the...everything.   

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Mucha is an Art Nouveau kingpin, but he is better known for his work in advertisements.  You might be familiar with some of these posters: 

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Fouquet and Mucha also collaborated on some spectacular jewelry:

Pendant “Cascade“, c. 1900. Gold, enamel, opals, diamonds and Baroque pearls

Pendant “Cascade“, c. 1900. Gold, enamel, opals, diamonds and Baroque pearls

Brooch, ca. 1900

Brooch, ca. 1900

Snake bracelet and ring designed for Sarah Bernhardt ca.1899

Snake bracelet and ring designed for Sarah Bernhardt ca.1899

Necklace 1905

Necklace 1905

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Mad Men at the Dresden

Once again, The Dresden, a restaurant in Los Felize (Los Angeles), pops up in a TV show.  I posted about this location when it appeared in The Spoils of Babylon, and now Mad Men.  The mid-century room is stunning, although the food was pretty lack luster.

And I am so excited that this season of Mad Men spends more time in Los Angeles!

Mad Men: Season 7, Episode 1 - The Dresden Restaurant

Mad Men: Season 7, Episode 1 - The Dresden Restaurant

Pivot Doors

In Los Angeles, indoor/outdoor flow is important.  Outside temperatures circle room temperature, and we have few bugs, so people want to leave their doors and windows open.  I am a big fan of french doors/garage doors/pocket doors/etc, but now I have my eye on pivot doors. Fabulous!

 Brown residence designed by  Lake | Flato Architects

 Brown residence designed by Lake | Flato Architects

Notice how the floor material inside extends to the outdoors, creating an easy indoor/outdoor flow.  This is one of the design elements that will be incorporated in my dream house.

Heidi Weber Museum Center Le Corbusier

Heidi Weber Museum Center Le Corbusier

Front door, built by Samuelson Cabinets of Kalispell,

Front door, built by Samuelson Cabinets of Kalispell,

Sherlock at the Wedding

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Sherlock (Season 1, Episode 2) takes place at John Watson's wedding.  The reception hall is a bright sunny yellow with a painted mural of vines and birds all around.

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When the mural is investigated closer, I like it a little less.  It is more contemporary than I expected, but as a space it is stunning. 

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The venue reminded me of this image that has been hanging out on my Pinterest page for years.

The Spoils of the Dresden

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I just watched the first two episodes of The Spoils of Babylon, a faux 70's mini serious, and found it strangely captivating.  Will Ferrell plays Eric Jonrosh, writer/director/narcassist, and presents each episode of his "masterpiece".  

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I noticed they filmed this scene at The Dresden, which has a beautiful mid-century dining room from 1964 (didn't have a great food experience though).   The picture doesn't do it justice.   The slated wood dividers make the banquettes feel intimate, but also highlight the height of the ceiling.  So elegant.  

Ryan Murphy loves California

I have been thinking about Ryan Murphy's home (creator of Glee, American Horror Story, etc.) since it was pointed out to me on the celebrity home tour I took in May.  The home is located blocks from the Beverly Hills Hotel, in the flats of Beverly Hills.

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What got me was the cacti.  It just looked so lush, while obviously being the opposite.  My preoccupation led me to the Hollywood Reporter article about the home.  

It turns out that the cactus theme carries over to the back of the house, and looks just as lush. 

Ryan Murphy with husband, David Miller, and their two dogs, Sara (left) and Owen. 

Ryan Murphy with husband, David Miller, and their two dogs, Sara (left) and Owen. 

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Ryan is a lover of Spanish Colonial architecture and a serious collector of 1920s and 1930s California-made Monterey Spanish furniture.  He purchased the home from Diane Keaton for $10 million.  

Before reading the article I had no idea that Keaton was considered an authority on Spanish Colonial architecture.  She ever wrote a book about it: California Romantica.

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I also learned that when Ryan created the show, The New Normal, he wanted the sets to be in the style he loves.  This is a funny coincidence because I talked about the bedroom set of the show in a previous post.  I guess I know what I like.

The New Normal - living room

The New Normal - living room

The New Normal - bedroom

The New Normal - bedroom

Frankfurt Kitchen

A few weeks ago I visited the MAK design museum in Vienna, and tucked away in a back corner was a Frankfurt Kitchen.  I had never heard of a Frankfurt Kitchen before, but it quickly became clear that it was a massively influential piece of design. 

The Frankfurt Kitchen was designed in 1926 by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky to be used in a new housing development in Frankfurt, Germany.  Housing was in short supply after WWI, so the kitchen was designed to be highly efficient and space saving.  The design was so successful that 10,000 of these kitchens were built in the late 1920s.  

The kitchen incorporated modern technology so the user would find everything they need within arms reach.  For example, the over head light is on a track so it can be repositioned depending on need.     

Frankfurt Kitchen Cuboard - $1250 on Etsy

Frankfurt Kitchen Cuboard - $1250 on Etsy

A 1989-90 replica of the Frankfurt Kitchen at the  MAK

A 1989-90 replica of the Frankfurt Kitchen at the MAK

The Fallout: 

The kitchen went from being a multi-use room where people cooked, congregated, and even slept to a focused work space.  

It was optimal for one person, and cramped for two, so chores because the sole responsibility of the housewife.  Even though the kitchen was designed to help the housewife, it ended up isolating her.   

The Demise:  

Most of the kitchens were replaced in the 1960s and 1970s by "modern" kitchens.  There are very few originals that still exist.   

In 2005 a kitchen sold for 22,680 €, and another for 34,200€.  Even the aluminum drawers fetch a pretty penny.  My brief Etsy/Ebay search demonstrated that I can't afford them. 

Buildings & Trees

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Across from the Hilton Vienna (where I live) there is a buildings with a long concrete cantilevered roof and tree growing through it.  There is a good chance the building is part of the design college complex that is in the area.   

Clearly this was a design choice, and I like it.  It feels good to be in a space that tips it's hat to nature--be it a mighty ol' oak or something planted after the construction.  There is something about seeing a tree, that is as an obvious tare-down, be spared.  

KENNETH M. WYNER PHOTOGRAPHY, INC.   

KENNETH M. WYNER PHOTOGRAPHY, INC.

 
Mexico

Mexico

Tokyo,  OnDesign

Tokyo, OnDesign

dental office designed by Hironaka Ogawa in Gunma, Japan

dental office designed by Hironaka Ogawa in Gunma, Japan

But then again, there is nothing like building around something majestic:

Japanese architectural firm Tezuka Architects

Japanese architectural firm Tezuka Architects

Built as an additional space for Fuji Kindergarten in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan

Built as an additional space for Fuji Kindergarten in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan

Figueira Rubaiyat ,   Rua Haddock Lobo 1738  ,   Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo  ,   Brazil

Figueira RubaiyatRua Haddock Lobo 1738Sao Paulo, State of Sao PauloBrazil

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And then there is this... 

The Castle

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As you might already know, I am currently working on a TV show which films at a castle outside of Vienna, Austria.  What is interesting about this castle is that it was built in the 19th century on the ruins of a demolished medieval castle.  The current structure is sort of frankensteined from authentic looking castle bits, purchased all over Europe.  

This makes it amazing as a filming location.  It look great, but it isn't a protected historical site.  Film crews are like a stampede that leave a trail of destruction and water bottles.  Hopeful our crew will be a little kinder to the environment than most (fingers crossed).

 

Façades of the Stars

This past weekend I went on a Starline Movie Star Homes Tour.  I know it's tacky, and I could claim that I did it because I had an out of town guest, but in reality, I was super excited to go.  I left the tour with a ton of pictures of privacy gates, and the glow that you get when you look at a lot of high-end real estate.  

Here are some of the highlights:

Gene Kelly was just so tasteful.  His home could be a film set where the happiest family in the world live.

Gene Kelly was just so tasteful.  His home could be a film set where the happiest family in the world live.

Of course Marilyn Monroe's house is cute and pink.  This is exactly the house I would have dreamed up for her.

Of course Marilyn Monroe's house is cute and pink.  This is exactly the house I would have dreamed up for her.

Ryan Murphy (creator of Glee) landscapes with cacti, but somehow it feels green and lush.  I don't think I have ever seen cacti done so well.  

Ryan Murphy (creator of Glee) landscapes with cacti, but somehow it feels green and lush.  I don't think I have ever seen cacti done so well.  

Jason Statham is a classic badass who lives in a classically badass house 

Jason Statham is a classic badass who lives in a classically badass house 

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdales home looks expensive!  I felt like a paparazzo taking this picture.

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdales home looks expensive!  I felt like a paparazzo taking this picture.

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball

This was the Beverly Hills compound that Michael Jackson was renting at the end of his life.

This was the Beverly Hills compound that Michael Jackson was renting at the end of his life.

Sasha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher live in such taste

Sasha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher live in such taste

Christina Aguilera lives in the home which was previously owned by the Osbournes while they were filming their reality show.  A little too pink for my taste.

Christina Aguilera lives in the home which was previously owned by the Osbournes while they were filming their reality show.  A little too pink for my taste.

A celebrity doesn't live here, unless you consider someone who gets to have this epic roof a celebrity.  I know I do.  

A celebrity doesn't live here, unless you consider someone who gets to have this epic roof a celebrity.  I know I do.