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1stdibs Introspective – Required Reading – Architecture in Times of Need: Make It Right – Rebuilding the New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.

Audi Design Grand Piano

Audi went from tickling the blacktop with their smooth rides to tickling the ivories with their Audi Design Grand Piano built by the 182-year old Bosendorfer company of Vienna, Austria. This slick musical machine features a lid that wraps down to the base, giving the piano an almost aerodynamic shape. This grandest of grands debuts for many grand: $140,000 to be exact.

"Spoondelier" by Cake LightingWith a name like “Cake” you know there must be something tasty in store. That’s the case with Cake Lighting Company’s $1,500.00 “Spoondelier!”

Vintage silver-plate flatware adorns the three-tier chandelier infusing a classic lighting design with an innovative twist. The “Spoondelier” lends itself to word-of-mouth and is sure to be a great conversation piece in the any home. Now we know where all of grandma’s fine silverware went!

Cinda Baxter, creator of the 3/50 Project  puts in simple terms how we can help stimulate the economy in a relatively painless way: “The idea is to commit $50 each month to locally owned businesses, total. Maybe that means rethinking where you currently invest your money, opting to pick up that birthday card or pair of jeans in a locally owned business instead of the big box you’ve been going to. Or maybe it means eating out once a month because you realize slamming the breaks on all spending stalls economic recovery. It’s just that simple.” We encourage everyone to check out the 3/50 Project website to learn more on how we all can help! Brilliant idea Cinda!

Remodeling TV 2009 Kitchen & Bath Show Highlights: CabinetsRemodeling TV shows us some popular new cabinet trends and styles from the 2009 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. We’ve included a link to their video highlights to see what’s cookin in the kitchen! Just click anywhere on this text to be directed to the video highlights. Enjoy!

Interesting story by HILLEL ITALIE  of the Associated Press regarding multi-talented Barbra Steisand and her new book documenting the 5-year process of building of her dream home and many of her other residences. Along with exploring her love of architecture and interior design we may also get a glimspe of the behind-the-scenes life of one of America’s greatest greatest talents.

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand has finished building her dream house and started to think about her life.

Barbra StreisandThe singer, director and actress has reached an agreement with Viking for “A Passion for Design,” an illustrated book scheduled for fall 2010 that includes photos of the Malibu, Calif., oceanfront compound she worked on for more than five years, and of other residences, back to her early years in New York.

In writing about where she lives (the book is expected to have up to 50,000 words of text), she has been writing about herself “because I’m spurred on by the writing process,” Streisand said Wednesday during a brief telephone interview with The Associated Press.

Long reluctant to discuss her private life, the 67-year-old Streisand said she has been working on chapters, in longhand, for a separate book. But she hasn’t made up her mind whether she will complete the memoir and publish it.

“I go back and forth,” said Streisand, who has received numerous show business honors, including Academy Awards, Grammys and Emmys. “Do I really want to write about my life? Do I really want to relive my life? I’m not sure.”

But she is deeply committed to her current project, calling it the culmination of a lifelong passion for American architecture and design. She spoke of visiting landmarks around the country, from the Monticello estate of Thomas Jefferson in Virginia to Edith Wharton’s house in Lenox, Mass. — The Mount, which Streisand explored with camera and tape measure.

She sees the book as answering questions she has often asked herself: Why is she so fascinated by furniture, gardens and how homes are constructed? Why was she buying antique clothing as a teenager? Why, in the basement of her new house, did she reproduce a city street? Why did she even write a script about her home?

“As a filmmaker even, I got very involved in set production and design and colors,” said Streisand, a known perfectionist whose directing credits include “Yentl” and “The Prince of Tides.”

The deal with Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was negotiated by Robert Barnett, better known as the literary representative for political leaders, including President Obama and former President George W. Bush. Barnett says he met Streisand through mutual friends and Barnett clients — former President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Viking President Clare Ferraro, who declined to say how much the publisher paid, said she visited Streisand’s home in April, a planned two-hour stop that lasted 4 1/2 hours and didn’t begin to cover all that Streisand had done.

“Everything is perfect, down to the flowers, to the metal plates on the doorknobs,” Ferraro said. “I remember her living room. The color scheme was in pink and burgundy and green and if you looked out the window you saw there were roses in the same color. And throughout the house, the outside matched what was inside.

“It’s just breathtaking, her whole house. I went home and ripped the flower bed out of my porch because the flowers didn’t match my porch furniture.”

Ferraro said Streisand will “get pretty personal” in the book, saying that she likely will offer childhood experiences and stories about her career. “She discovers a lot about herself through her passion for design and fashion,” Ferraro said.

Married to actor James Brolin, her second husband, Streisand said she wants to get back into filmmaking after setting her career aside to work on her house. She is hoping to obtain rights to Larry Kramer’s play “A Normal Heart,” a story she has been interested in for years, and has recruited some “interesting cast members” whom she declined to identify.

“This house has taken a lot out of me,” she said. “It was a project. Instead of directing a movie, I built a house. And it’s so much more complex than doing a movie.”

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Tivoli Tower of Babel-Milan 2009Tivoli Audio is our favorite sound source for decor areas that need incredible sound, stunning design, tier-one engineering in a compact footprint. We specify Tivoli Audio for many of our clients on a regular basis to great satisfaction.

Tivoli’s peerless products fit neatly at bedside, kitchens, dens, libraries and the like. We couldn’t help but marvel at their creative efforts to merge art, technnology and design and the most recent Mil

Demonstrating innovation at its best, the latest NetWorks design line was unveiled during the Milan Design Week expo in beautifully constructed wood finishes and artistic fashion colors that create living art into home decorating form and function. To further demonstrate the museum quality of the Tivoli Audio brand, a “Tower of Babel” was constructed in the SuperStudioPiù designer space, born under the concept of a “Temporary Museum for New Design,” a main attraction at the Milan furniture expo.

Conceived by the well-known Italian designer Ilaria Marelli in collaboration with Tom DeVesto, the tower in a 16.4 foot high installation, is reminiscent of the ancient Biblical city in which an enormous tower was constructed and people spoke in a multitude of tongues. The sculptural piece makes use of a vast collection of Tivoli Audio radios interspersed with its newest NetWorks Global Audio Systems performing in languages from around the world playing in real time. 

This video shows the construction of the “Tower of Babel” from Tivoli Audio in Milan, Italy. Take a short moment to watch the space transformation…amazing!

Stir MagazineJust read an eye-popping article in Sherwin-Williams great Stir Magazine called Classical Color to learn that anicent statuary is not plain white marble by nature.  Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, a lecturer in classics at the University of Ediinburgh  reveals that ancient statues were often painted bright, vivid colors. Over the centuries the color faded leaving the other-worldly, white and translucent tone of the marble statues we see today.

German archeologist, Vinzenz Brinkman has spent the past 25 years recovering the ancients’ vibrant hues and patterns by using ultra-violet light and other techniques. A traveling exhibit entitled “Gods in Color” has stunned museum goers and scholars around the world!

Benjamin Moore | Natura Zeo-VOC PaintExcitng news from one of our favorite paint manufactures as Benjamin Moore launches “Natura,” a new line of zero-VOC interior paint that’s available in an incredible 3,500 colors including a primer!  We’ve tested them in two rooms of our studio/showroom and can vouch or their  zero-VOC claim and they look great. The new paints come in three sheens: flat, eggshell and semi-gloss.