New #Luxury Product Spotlight: Week of October 27th

Weekly my inbox fills with notice of great new products being introduced to the market.  And as much as I'd like to devote space in our quarterly magazine theTwentySIX, there just isn't enough space.  The result?  Every week check this spot for the newest product introductions.  And if you'd like to see your product here... make sure to email me the press release and necessary photos.


Chefs EcoWall Garden by EcoWalls from Wheelock Maidique

Chef EcoWall Garden by Wheelock Maidique, image courtesy Wheelock Maidique

Chef EcoWall Garden by Wheelock Maidique, image courtesy Wheelock Maidique

The popularity of not only cooking with fresh, organic ingredients but also the resurgence in the home garden has led chefs, designers, and manufacturers alike to explore new methods in which to incorporate gardens to indoor environments in order to ensure a year round supply of fresh staples.  Living walls, inset troughs, and basic planters are all common solutions.  Chuck Wheelock and Mark Alex Maidique, proprietors of Connecticut kitchen design company Wheelock Maidique are adding one more possibility with the launch of their Chefs EcoWall Garden by EcoWalls.  Blending form & function with the incorporation of luxury finishes and hydroponic planting methods, the EcoWall Garden provides for an architecturally suitable solution to indoor gardening for the architecturally significant kitchen - perfect for the modern home chef.
www.wheelockmaidique.com


Custom Fabrics by Designer April Elizabeth for AzureElizabethDesign

Delft, Image courtesy April Elizabeth

Delft, Image courtesy April Elizabeth

Lime Sorbet, Image courtesy April Elizabeth

Lime Sorbet, Image courtesy April Elizabeth

Antique Teal, Image courtesy April Elizabeth

Antique Teal, Image courtesy April Elizabeth

Black Sillouste, Image courtesy April Elizabeth

Black Sillouste, Image courtesy April Elizabeth

Salt Lake City based interior designer April Elizabeth has always looked to her assemblages for the clients of her firm Azure Elizabeth Design with an artistic eye.  Originally setting out to be an artist before turning to interiors, each of her projects features something special be it a piece of hand-painted art or specially designed fabric.  Through textile mill Spoonflower, her Vintage Love Birds pattern is now available for purchase.  Available in eight stunning colorways (my favorite is "Delft") the inspired design starts at $17.50 per yard for combed cotton to $38.00 per yard for Silk Crepe de Chine.
www.spoonflower.com/profiles/azureelizabethdesign


The Argyle Collection by Gina Lubin for Du Verre, The Hardware Co.

Argyle Collection by Du Verre, image courtesy Du Verre

Argyle Collection by Du Verre, image courtesy Du Verre

Argyle Collection by Du Verre, image courtesy Du Verre

Argyle Collection by Du Verre, image courtesy Du Verre

Argyle Collection by Du Verre, image courtesy Du Verre

Argyle Collection by Du Verre, image courtesy Du Verre

Argyle Collection by Du Verre, image courtesy Du Verre

Argyle Collection by Du Verre, image courtesy Du Verre

Easily one of the world's most beloved patterns having been applied to everything from socks to upholstery to interior tile work, Argyle has once again become center stage providing the decorative element enhancing the Argyle Collection, designed by Gina Lubin for Canadian hardware supplier Du Verre Hardware Company.  Simplified, the pattern offers a strong graphic pattern of small diamonds, reminiscent of a simple basket weave or the leather work of a Gucci handbag.  A choice of three finishes and four sizes of pulls and knobs are available, all featuring Du Verre's environmentally friendly methods of manufacture.
www.duverre.com


Prop Light by Bertjan Pot for Moooi

Prop Light Round, Double for Moooi, image courtesy Moooi

Prop Light Round, Double for Moooi, image courtesy Moooi

Prop Light Round, Single for Moooi, image courtesy Moooi

Prop Light Round, Single for Moooi, image courtesy Moooi

Image courtesy Moooi

Image courtesy Moooi

The widespread implementation of the LED lightsource is quickly leading designers to work new methods of expression in the world of lighting.  Designer Bertjan Pot, known for simple graphic forms and playful expressions, looked to create a bubbly form meant to brighten up just about any environment.  With the current trend leading to spheres and oversized bubbles, Pot's Prop Light for Moooi offers an ethereal quality, using specially developed optics to minimize the typical look of standard LEDs. The Prop Light is available as a pendant or freestanding fixture.
www.moooi.com


Quadro Collection by Marcel Wanders for Bisazza

Image courtesy Bisazza

Image courtesy Bisazza

If there is one designer who could be called a veritable fountain of design youth, that designer would be Marcel Wanders, Dutch genius of industrial design and creative director of Moooi.  Presented during Italy's Cersaie, the Bloem Rosso washbasin vanity and shelf unit, part of the forthcoming Quadro Collection for luxury mosaics brand Bisazza, is designed to awaken the spirit on a cold morning and spark imagination in what could easily be the dullest room in the house.  Available starting January 2015, the Quadro collection will also include a side table for the living room.
www.bisazzabagno.com


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Glamping - #DesignLUX Celebrates Camping the Luxury Way

I'll admit, when it comes to a tents and sleeping bags and the "Great Outdoors" I've never been one to willingly jump on board.  Over the span of my lifetime I've come to enjoy things like hot showers, high-thread count sheets, and room service.  So it should come as no surprise that when the Better Half and I decided to take a week off and head to June Lake, an enclave of just under 700 people located just 20 miles north of Mammoth (the infamous ski town), there was never mention of camping.

Instead, we piloted Maserati's new Ghibli, checked ourselves into the beautiful Heidelberg Inn Resort, a converted 1920's lodge perched just above the sparkling lake waters, and settled in for five days of peace and quiet.  Great whiskey was had, martinis were drank, and handmade elk sausages were consumed.  It was the perfect blend of "roughing it" (no Starbucks for at least 30 miles) and luxury (the resort boasts the world's largest four-sided fireplace). Glamping. Glamourous Camping.

This week, #DesignLUX celebrates the glamorous art of luxury camping with a special hour devoted to the truly best ways to take in the Great Outdoors.  Join us Thursday, October 30th at 1pmPT/4pmET and be ready to share your favorite ways to live the high life while enjoying the best that Mother Nature has to offer.

Thursday October 30th at 1pm PT/ 4pm ET.

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Design Camp: Coming to Atlanta Winter Market in 2015

Whether you're new to the interior design industry or a seasoned professional, if you have never heard of Design Camp it's quite possible that you either live under a rock or maybe just in a place where Al Gore has not yet brought the internet. Hosted by renowned designers Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis, Design Camp is a two-day event geared not only to giving designers a leg up in today's ever changing business climate but also to challenge the way we think about our business practices and how we develop new and beneficial professional opportunities.

Instead of droll lectures from awkward presenters and superficial motivational pep talks from self-proclaimed industry "gurus", Design Camp features stimulating conversations from respected professionals, celebrity talent, and real life experts in their fields covering a vast array of topics - from getting projects published and working with editors, developing your own furnishings and fabrics lines, adopting more efficient social media practices, and in depth analysis of forthcoming design trends.  I personally have been to three Design Camps simply because Bill Indursky's trends forecast is spot on nearly every time and can't be missed. (Want to see what he presented during Design Camp in Las Vegas? See our July recap here)

For 2015, Design Camp is giving designers a head start to building better businesses hosting their first Camp on the Eastern Seaboard compliments of AmericasMart during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, January 10th through the 11th.  Take this as an opportunity to experience firsthand the educational components, cocktail parties and networking opportunities that so many other designers have to love.

Design Camp at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market
January 10 - 11, 2015
www.designcamp.com


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Expert Advice: The Pilates & Yoga Studio at Home with Cassie Piasecki

Health and Wellness have always been at odds with hectic lives of most individuals.  Carving out an hour to meditate, to stretch, or work out often times comes at the sacrifice of something else just as important (100 cupcakes for your oldest's school bake sale for example).  The reality is that oftentimes we simply give up on taking care of our bodies and instead taking care of our to-do lists.

Pilates Studio by Susan Appleton Architecture.  Photo by Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA.

Pilates Studio by Susan Appleton Architecture.  Photo by Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA.

Sunroom studio by G. Steuart Gray, AIA.  Photo by G. Steuart Gray

Sunroom studio by G. Steuart Gray, AIA.  Photo by G. Steuart Gray

The installation of specialized studios at home, designed for everything from Kick-Boxing and Spin exercises to Pilates and Yoga, gives individuals the freedom to no longer have to make the choice between one or the other, giving them a space which works on their own time.  But with such a highly specialized space, just how does one go about ensuring that it is the ultimate in functionality?

Bringing us insight into the Pilates and Yoga Home Studio, we've enlisted the help of Newport Beach based Instructor Cassie Piasecki.  I'm certainly feeling more relaxed already!


DCM: When it comes to incorporating a Pilates or yoga studio into one's home, what are the first considerations to think about?

CP: There are four important things to consider when planning your fitness space - Noise, Light, Space, and a Private Entrance.

NOISE: Ideally the studio should be someplace in the home that is quiet.  If you are in your moment of Zen you don't want to hear the Vitamix!  On the flip side, you also don't want to be the noise maker.  If you put a treadmill in a space that is located above a baby's room, well you get the picture.

LIGHT: There is where big windows play an important part.  Looking out of a picturesque window while meditating is a luxury.  If the space is dark, be careful the location of overhead lighting.  During Pilates and yoga, you spend a good amount of time on your back.  If there is a spotlight shining in your eyes, it is going to be distracting and uncomfortable.

SPACE:  I think that people underestimate just how much space they will need surrounding each piece of equipment and, in the case of Pilates equipment, you also will need a higher ceiling for some of the apparatuses.

PRIVATE ENTRANCE: As an instructor that travels to client's homes, it is so nice to have a private entrance to the designated fitness space.  This allows me to enter without having to ring doorbells at 5am and traipse thought the house with a barking dog at my heels.

Yoga Studio by Sogno Design Group.  Photo by Langdon Clay

Yoga Studio by Sogno Design Group.  Photo by Langdon Clay

Seattle based Pilates studio Leitz Pilates.

Seattle based Pilates studio Leitz Pilates.

DCM: How about equipment?  What factors should a homeowner use to determine how they should equip their home studio?

CP: When it comes to furnishing the studio, it is worth investing in gym quality equipment versus equipment made for the home.  "In-Home" equipment is definitely lesser quality and often not able to be repaired.   If you spend a bit more for good pieces, not only will they work better and last longer, but the manufacturers often make replacement parts should anything need to be repaired.

My dream Pilates/yoga/fitness space would start with a small, wood floor area that three people could practice yoga and meditates.  I would purchase a Pilates Reformer/Cadillac combination apparatus as well as a few accessory Pilates pieces. A treadmill, ballet barre hung on a mirrored wall and a rack of dumbbells would complete the area.

The gym at Stockholm's Ett Hem Hotel.  Photo by Maja Sten.

The gym at Stockholm's Ett Hem Hotel.  Photo by Maja Sten.

Pilates Studio in the home of Gweneth Paltrow

Pilates Studio in the home of Gweneth Paltrow

Pilates Studio by Susan Appleton Architecture.  Photo by Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA.

Pilates Studio by Susan Appleton Architecture.  Photo by Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA.

DCM: What are the big No-Nos in Pilates and yoga studio design?  Are there any features or elements that one should avoid entirely?

CP: As I mentioned earlier, overhead lights are a BIG no-no.  I had a client who would get migraines from the lights over her Reformer.  We ultimately worked out in the dark.  It was awful.  Lack of space is also a big no-no.  Bumping into things and not being able to get to full extension while performing exercises because you may hit a wall are never good.

DCM: What are those added extras that really make a home Pilates or Yoga Studio special?

CP: Those big windows to look out of while practicing yoga are pretty LUXE.  Being able to open some big doors to a garden would be magnificent!  A wet bar stocked with water, fruit and the beloved Vitamix for a post-workout smoothie would be heavenly.  One of my favorite clients had a spa connected to her studio.  There was an infrared sauna, steam room, and massage area.  That was High Class!

Pilates Studio in Oxfordshite by 3rdSpace

Pilates Studio in Oxfordshite by 3rdSpace

DCM: And because I have to ask everyone, what is YOUR definition of luxury?

CP: After writing this piece, I'm going to have to say that having a home Pilates Studio with a private trainer is a luxury.  Do you know anyone?

Just in case you're curious as to what a "Reformer" is, take a peek at the following link for great photos.  The Reformer


Cassie Piasecki | www.ItsMeCassie.com
Cassie is simply super woman.  Her early entrepreneurial spirit has resulted in a string of successful endeavors including Orange County's only award winning nail salon The Nail Lounge and Shoparazzi, a business devoted to celebrity inspired shopping maps.  To further her message of fitness, health, and wellness, Cassie went on to receive her Pilates Method Alliance Certification, instructing proper method at Villa Pilates and Yoga as well as teaching indoor bicycling at GRIT Cycle.  Cassie is also planning her 2015 Parisian sabbatical where she'll be guest teaching Pilates at a studio in Saint Germain des Pres.
GRIT Cycle | www.gritcycle.com | 1731 Santa Ana Ave., Costa Mesa, CA
Villa Pilates & Yoga | www.villapilatesandyoga.com | 501 31st Street, Newport Beach, CA

For more Pilates inspiration, check out Cassie's Health & Wellness boards on Pinterest by clicking the Link Here.


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Palm Springs Modernism Show Kicks Off with #DesignLUX

One can't not admit that Modernist Movement is a quintessential California style.  Sure other locations tried to mimic the clean lines, atomic elements, and avant garde embellishments of the ever growing popular style, but it was really in Palm Springs where the Movement came into its own.  Palm Springs, an enclave about an hours drive into the desert outside of Los Angeles, allowed designers, craftspeople, and architects a blank canvas with no limitations.  Freedom of expression was key and boy did they!

Palm Springs continues to be the mecca for those seeking prime examples of the Modernist Movement so much so that the organizers of the Palm Springs Modernism Week events held in February had to expand into Fall.  DCoopMedia is proud to be a continued sponsor of the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale running from October 11th through the 12th and to celebrate its kick off #DesignLUX Thursday October 9th will be a celebration of Palm Springs and the Modernist Style. Join us in a conversation of style, inspiration, and controversy.

October 9th, 1pmPT/4pmET on Twitter

And be sure to check out our Pinterest board featuring a preview of all of the exhibitors.

Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale
October 11 - 12, 2014 | Palm Springs Convention Center
www.palmspringsmodernism.com


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