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Memphis is Having a Moment, Again

Chances are you are familiar with the Memphis style of design, even if you don’t know the name. Think Saved by the Bell or Pee Wee’s Playhouse. It’s a style characterized by colorful and asymmetrical shapes, bold patterning and contrasting colors, often using plastic laminate as a core material. The Memphis Group was an Italian design and architecture collective, founded by Ettore Sottsass in Milan in the early 80’s (big surprise). The ...

Why Gucci-Mania shows no signs of letting up

There’s been a lot of excitement over designer Alessandro Michele’s quirky maximalism at Gucci over the past year. Not since Tom Ford helmed the brand in the late 90's has there been so much hype and enthusiasm over Gucci. And it appears he has no plans to arrest that momentum with his latest venture, the highly-anticipated launch of Gucci decor. Its bold and colorful, featuring lots of flora and fauna imagery mixed ...

get big drama with black decor

I really love  black as a design element, especially in interiors.  Sometimes people shy away from black interiors because they think it will make  a room look small, but it can actually add drama to even small spaces. I painted our teeny NYC bathroom black in our last apartment, and loved it- it was a refreshing change from the sea of white in the rest of the loft. But you don't have ...

The best Colorful Animal Wallpaper

I recently moved apartments and decided to wallpaper my kitchen. I’d always wanted red zebras- Scalamandre’s red Zebra wallpaper to be precise. At work, a couple of offices are done in this paper (one kitchen has silver zebras!)- and I’m obsessed! When I was done, I loved it so much- I decided to do my bathroom with the Albany Flamingos pattern. You can see the results of both rooms in the slideshow ...

What’s Blacker than black?

It's no secret that we New Yorkers love black. Look around any subway car mid-winter and all you'll see is a sea of grumpy black-clad commuters. So when I recently heard about a new type of black- I was fascinated. It's called Vantablack, and it's said to be the blackest substance ever made. My mind raced. If there was a possibility I could be buying boots and coats in a color blacker ...