Tag Archives: Inspiration

On a recent day in New York, I carved out time for what I call “sightseeing.” The Cooper Hewitt always has remarkable new exhibits, and when there, l love to revisit the decorative arts collections of the Hewitt sisters. If you are tech inclined, this is is definitely the place to go. Admittedly, I take the more conventional (old-fashioned) approach to gallery exhibits, which is to read the descriptions and take photos as opposed to trying to manipulate and play with the screens.

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On my recent trip to San Francisco to celebrate the opening of our new Waterworks showroom, I decided to take a little extra time to visit SFMoMA and experience their new 10-story building and galleries designed by the international architecture firm of Snohetta.

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I recently stayed the the newly opened Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in Chicago (a Roman and Williams design). Upon walking in the door, I was completely mesmerized by the original mosaics on the floor. They were breathtaking; great colors, bold patterns, exquisite execution. And, they were in perfect condition. I realized that I have photographed great mosaics in various places over time and thought I would inspire you with a look back at some of my favorites.

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I know that many of you saw this bath featured in World of Interiors. I would be remiss if I did not comment on this completely original Art Deco design: it is perfection.  The New York City apartment, a penthouse with 30 rooms on Gracie Square with views in several directions, was owned by Conde Nast. The design elements of the bath and the entire apartment fall well within the decorative arts framework made popular in the 1920s and 1930s in France. The influences were informed by contemporary design themes from LeCorbusier and Walter Gropius, historical excesses and exuberant wrought iron floral designs of Edgar Brandt, organic forms from Hector Guimard and crisp angularities from Charles Rennie Mackintosh are evident in the etched glass.

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