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With autumn just around the corner, I thought you might enjoy a taste of what’s to come…how about a warm cup of apple cider by a roaring fire?

photos from Birch Coffey and Chas Miller, Pauline and Jerry Harrison, Axel Vervoordt, Bobby McAlpine, Steven Volpe, Tine K Home

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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~ Charles W. Eliot

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Hallberg & Wisely


J. Randall Powers

Jacques Grange

James Huniford

John Minshaw

John Saladino

Juan Pablo Molyneux

Kara Mann

Karin Blake

Lars Bolander

Lauren Gold

Luis Bustamante

Magnus Lundgren

Mary McDonald

Meichi Peng

Michael Smith

Michele Bonan

Miles Redd

Nina Griscom

Richard Shapiro

Robert Couturier

Sheila Harley

Steven Volpe

Suzanne Rheinstein

Ted Tuttle

Thomas Jayne

Thomas O’Brien

Tricia Huntley

Vicente Wolf

William Frawley

Windsor Smith

Yves Saint Laurent

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the art of editing…

chefs, composers, architects, poets, filmmakers, designers, painters…

all who create, edit…it is an integral part of the artistic process…

sometimes it is the silent pause or the blank space that creates a masterpiece

above ~ Antony Todd

above ~ Betsy Brown

above ~ Charles Spada

above ~ C|S Architecture

above ~ Darryl Carter

above ~ Haynes-Roberts

above ~ Henrik Busk

above ~ John Minshaw

above ~ Kara Mann

above ~ Mar Silver

above ~ Meichi Peng

above ~ Stephen Sills

above ~ Steven Volpe

above ~ Studio Ko

above ~ Vicente Wolf

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above, Kara Mann

Today’s post features fifteen of my favorite interiors…they are memorable for many reasons but today, they have one common thread…their artful use of photography…in each space, the designer thoughtfully incorporates photography into the environment…some with a bold gesture, (as with the Kara Mann designed dining room above) others with a small gem, that bring you closer for a more intimate look…whether a virtuosic solo or a large symphonic grouping, these interiors lovingly highlight the beauty of photography…

below, Steven Volpe

below, Windsor Smith

below, Vicente Wolf

below, Steven Gambrel

below, Darryl Carter

below, Thomas O’Brien

below, Meichi Peng

below, Susan Chalom

below, Richard Avedon

below, Todd Romano

below, Jacques Grange

below, Antony Todd

below, John Chrestia

below, Thom Filicia

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roaring fire

there is nothing like a roaring fire on a cold winters day…wishing you a cozy sunday evening filled with love, beauty and laughter…

below, Maria Beatrice Garagnani and Leonardo Ferragamo ~ Villa Le Rose

below, Birch Coffey and Chas Miller ~ Connecticut country home

below, Pauline and Jerry Harrison ~ Sussex farmhouse

below, Susan Chalom ~ Park Avenue Apartment

below, Alex Vervoordt

below, Bobby McAlpine

below, Steven Volpe

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above, Slice Chair drawing by Mathias Bengtsson, 1998 oil pencil on paper

Next time I’m in San Francisco, my first stop will be to Steven Volpe’s gallery Hedge. I was glued to the site yesterday, reading about the brilliant artists and designers represented at his avant-garde gallery. One piece that completely blew me away was Danish designer Mathias Bengtsson’s aluminum Slice Chair. The imagination, innovation and engineering is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Curvaceous and sensual while at the same time futuristic and industrial ~ an organic form for the 21st century.

Material: Aluminium, Date: 1999, H: 750mm W: 890mm L: 750mm

“First drawn by hand and later modelled in clay, the Slice chair combines organic shapes with cutting-edge technology. Slice is constructed as an assemblage of horizontal cross-sections that stack together into a uniquely lateral profile. Laser-cut to a thickness of only 3mm, each individual layer resembles a two-dimensional abstraction more than it does a hi-tech component. Although the process was inspired by rapid prototyping methods, Bengtsson worked with more traditional materials. His starting point was to create a new form by using clay, which he then sliced in horizontal layers and manipulated digitally. The result was a surprising shape that blurred the distinctions between armrests, backrest, legs and frame.” ~ from Bengtsson Design

photos and resources from Hedge and Bengtsson Design

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“The loft was a blank canvas, so I seized the opportunity to experiment. I wanted to juxtapose raw walls with highly detailed and refined antiques.” ~ Steven Volpe

While researching Steven Volpe’s 1916 San Francisco loft, I discovered some older photos from the gorgeous book San Francisco Style: Design, Decor, and Architecture by Diane Dorrans Saeks. It’s a rare privilege to see a home develop over time, consequently I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the artful evolution of this remarkable loft. Filled with 20th century furniture, one of a kind antiques, and of course incredible art, it speaks to the designers love of the “unconventional juxtaposition.” His mastery of scale, color and composition, allow you to truly appreciate his personal collection of furniture, art and design. Thoughtful, respectful, beautiful…

above, The dining room as photographed for the book San Francisco Style ~ here you see his strong passion for 1930s and 1940s furniture influenced by his classical studies while in Paris.

below, The dining room as photographed for C Magazine ~ the interior features the same bookcase (designed by Volpe after a Georgian model) but the rest of the furniture and lighting speaks to his evolving sense of style. A 1950s pendant lamp in glass and brass, by Danish designer Alf Johannsen, hangs above a walnut and steel Hedge Editions dining table surrounded by a set of eight 1930s Russian constructivist chairs.

above, The living room as photographed for the book San Francisco Style ~ a Steven Volpe designed sofa covered with Gretchen Bellinger chocolate velvet, a pair of Maison Jansen forties bergeres covered in Rose Tarlow leather, and gilt bronze forties tables found in Paris.

below, The living room as photographed for C Magazine ~ the interior features Hedge Editions sofa and club chairs, designed by Steven Volpe, an unusual 1950s French concrete and steel cocktail table acquired while in Paris, and a rare brass-trimmed galvanized metal skirted table designed in 1976 by John Dickinson.

below, photo from Steven Volpe ~ I believe this is the most up to date photo of his living room, notice the Forrest Myers designed cube seated next to the blonde leather armchair…also, the floors have been sanded to expose their unfinished beauty.

above and below, I believe this is the same wall, notice the mirror is the only piece that remains the same.

above and below, A trio of contemporary masks by Robert Courtwright from the Jean-Jacques Dutko Gallery in Paris, the pair of forties side chairs in gilded iron were designed by Gilbert Poillerat.

below, A large scale photographic print by Richard Misrach hangs above a modernist oak bench designed by Steven Volpe, the leather upholstered Regence chair is one of the designers favorite pieces.

below, photo from Steven Volpe ~ I believe this might be the same wall as photographed above, notice the Baktrian stone idols dating from circa 2,000 BC, acquired from Axel Vervoordt, are the same but the bench, art and floors have evolved.

above and below, Ron Arad’s Oh Void chair, signed and numbered 6 from a limited edition of only 20, it is crafted in carbon fiber.

below, A white plaster sculpture by Dutch artist Jan Schoonhoven hangs above a 19th century wood block table, both from March.

below, An opaline glass and gilt bronze console table by Marc du Plantier, the brass table lamp is by Maison Jansen.

photos and resources from Steven VolpeC Magazine and The Style Saloniste

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