A Moveable Feast: #DesignLUX Examines the Luxury Pre-Fab Home

The Prefabricated Home.

Mention a prefabricated home to most normal American human beings and you'd more than likely be met with a bit of silence and, quite possibly, a bit of an upturned nose.  Although right around the turn of the 20th Century, the concept that an entire house could be designed, cut, and possibly assembled at another location before being transported to its final resting place was considered innovative at some point, popular sentiment changed and, what was once a technological marvel of sorts, became a symbol of the lower class, a personified example of economic ineptitude.

Image courtesy Karoleena

Image courtesy Karoleena

A prefabricated home under construction in the Karoleena factory | Image courtesy Karoleena

A prefabricated home under construction in the Karoleena factory | Image courtesy Karoleena

The prefabricated Lake|Flato Porch House under construction | Image courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

The prefabricated Lake|Flato Porch House under construction | Image courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

The Lake|Flato Porch House by Lake|Flato Architects | Image courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

The Lake|Flato Porch House by Lake|Flato Architects | Image courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

Modern entertainment projected the prefabricated home as an abode meant only for the have nots, communities of mobile homes and the barely higher-class double wide becoming the setting for countless scenes depicting poverty, violence, and the unsightlyWe see Eminem rapping in front of a series of run down trailers in 8-Mile.  Matthew McConaughey stumbles into his ramshackle prefab for Dallas Buyers ClubKill Bill Vol. 2 sets the clash between The Bride and Elle Driver in their own pre-made residence.

The short truth?  The prefabricated house has gotten an all too bad rap.

But alas!  Builders, architects, and home-owners alike, in the quest for alternatives to the traditional (aka: inefficient) methods used in the construction of the Cut-And-Built-In-Place House, have returned once again to prefabricated practices, employing their use in the design and development of amenity-laden modern homes that, once completed and in place, look no different than their traditional counterparts even though they, at their basis, are more efficient, more sustainable, and more in-tune with the changing residential marketplace.

The popular Breezehouse by Blu Homes overlooks a Healdsburg pool | Image courtesy Blu Homes

The popular Breezehouse by Blu Homes overlooks a Healdsburg pool | Image courtesy Blu Homes

This week #DesignLUX celebrates the prefabricated home, examining the design and construction methods that go into bringing a home to life both off-site and on, the innovators putting forth aesthetically pleasing and luxurious designs to the masses, and the benefits that prefabricated residential construction brings to the traditional marketplace.  And, of course, we'll highlight the uber-Lux prefabricated shelters making the covers of design mags round the world. Join in Thursday, May 28th at 1pmPT/4pmET on Twitter.

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Want a bit of Prefabricated inspiration?  Take a peek at this week's board on Pinterest!
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To Every End There is a Beginning: #DesignLUX Newel Posts

Spending the week researching the content for Staircase Week on the Corinne Gail Interior Design blog has resulted in the uncovering of so many wonderfully spectacular artisans, masters in the craft of producing not simply entire staircase structures but also the individual elements that make up each and every one of them.  As they say, the forest sometimes can be about the trees. And when it comes to the trees, it begins and ends with the Newel Post.

Feeling inspired by these great sculptors of wood and metal, D'Scoop has put together a few of our choice favorite rail terminations. Enjoy!

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Bespoke newel by Carolina Custom Stairworks. South Carolina Residence designed by Stephen Fuller, built by Gabriel Builders | Photo by TJ Getz

Bespoke newel by Carolina Custom Stairworks. South Carolina Residence designed by Stephen Fuller, built by Gabriel Builders | Photo by TJ Getz

Custom iron & carved wood newel by Knickerbocker Group.  Residence designed in collaboration with John Morris Architects | Photo by Brian Vanden Brink

Custom iron & carved wood newel by Knickerbocker Group.  Residence designed in collaboration with John Morris Architects | Photo by Brian Vanden Brink

Mahogany newel post and rail by Master Woodworks | Photo courtesy Master Woodworks

Mahogany newel post and rail by Master Woodworks | Photo courtesy Master Woodworks

Elizabethan staircase by Heartwood Construction & Joinery | Photo courtesy Heartwood Construction & Joinery

Elizabethan staircase by Heartwood Construction & Joinery | Photo courtesy Heartwood Construction & Joinery

Forged iron newel and rail by Gold Coast MetalWorks | Ralph Lauren Flagship Store, New York, NY | Photo courtesy Gold Coast Metal Works

Forged iron newel and rail by Gold Coast MetalWorks | Ralph Lauren Flagship Store, New York, NY | Photo courtesy Gold Coast Metal Works

Traditional bespoke staircase in a Wyoming residence by Heartwood Carving | Photo courtesy Heartwood Carving

Traditional bespoke staircase in a Wyoming residence by Heartwood Carving | Photo courtesy Heartwood Carving

Black walnut and maple twist together in a floating staircase and newel designed by Nathie Katzoff of NK Woodworking | Photo courtesy NK Woodworking

Black walnut and maple twist together in a floating staircase and newel designed by Nathie Katzoff of NK Woodworking | Photo courtesy NK Woodworking

Sculptural iron rail and newel by David Norrie | Photo courtesy David Norrie

Sculptural iron rail and newel by David Norrie | Photo courtesy David Norrie

Bronze newel designed by John B. Murray Architect in a  Park Avenue Apartment | Photo by Durston Saylor, Inc.

Bronze newel designed by John B. Murray Architect in a  Park Avenue Apartment | Photo by Durston Saylor, Inc.

17th Century inspired oak newel by Arttus Oak Staircases | Photo courtesy Arttus Oak Staircases

17th Century inspired oak newel by Arttus Oak Staircases | Photo courtesy Arttus Oak Staircases

French inspired rail and newel in a Nashville residence by Maynard Studios | Photo courtesy Maynard Studios

French inspired rail and newel in a Nashville residence by Maynard Studios | Photo courtesy Maynard Studios

Art Nouveau rail & newel by sculptor Jury Moshans | Photo courtesy Jury Moshans

Art Nouveau rail & newel by sculptor Jury Moshans | Photo courtesy Jury Moshans

Vineyard inspired rail & newel in a wine cellar by Lankton Metal Design | Photo courtesy Lankton Metal Design

Vineyard inspired rail & newel in a wine cellar by Lankton Metal Design | Photo courtesy Lankton Metal Design

Newel & rail carved by North Road Woodshop | Photo courtesy North Road Woodshop

Newel & rail carved by North Road Woodshop | Photo courtesy North Road Woodshop

North Shore Home by OL+, Greg Lombardi, & Lewis Interiors.  Newel by Payne|Bouchier Fine Builders | Photo by Eric Roth

North Shore Home by OL+, Greg Lombardi, & Lewis Interiors.  Newel by Payne|Bouchier Fine Builders | Photo by Eric Roth

Metalwork by Utah based Cactus Ornamental Welding in a home by Alice Lane Home| Photo by Ashlee Raubach

Metalwork by Utah based Cactus Ornamental Welding in a home by Alice Lane Home| Photo by Ashlee Raubach

Reproduction newel in Pittsburg's Mary Roberts Rinehart House by Wilson & McCracken | Photo courtesy Wilson & McCracken

Reproduction newel in Pittsburg's Mary Roberts Rinehart House by Wilson & McCracken | Photo courtesy Wilson & McCracken

Newel crafted by Stephen Terhune Woodworking in a North Shore Seaside Cottage designed by Carpenter & MacNeille | Photo by Michael J. Lee

Newel crafted by Stephen Terhune Woodworking in a North Shore Seaside Cottage designed by Carpenter & MacNeille | Photo by Michael J. Lee

Patinated steel rail & newel by metalist Seth Tyler  | Photo by George Lottermoser

Patinated steel rail & newel by metalist Seth Tyler  | Photo by George Lottermoser

Lighthouse shaped newel by Paul Flammangj in a Hamptons home designed by Anthony Baratta | Photo courtesy Anthony Baratta

Lighthouse shaped newel by Paul Flammangj in a Hamptons home designed by Anthony Baratta | Photo courtesy Anthony Baratta


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New #Luxury Design Products Spotlight: Week of May 18th

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.


Kick Back Cocktail Table by Atocha Design

Courtesy Atocha Design

Courtesy Atocha Design

According to furniture studio Atocha Design, there are two types of people for whom the newest addition to their casual collections: Rock Stars and those who listen to them. For the musically inclined and the musically inspired, the Kick Back Cocktail Table consolidates all of the creature comforts, the necessities of a lifestyle that happens after five o'clock, into a singular graphic design statement.  Integrating a recessed area to house a turntable, housing for an amp, a bin sized to fit over 120 albums, and a solid brass inset for one's choice of libation, Kick Back means never having to leave the divan when it's time to change from Miles Davis to James Dean.  Crafted from natural and dyed Bolivar veneer set on a steel base.  Also available in Walnut and Santos Palisander as well.
www.AtochaDesign.com


Sofa by KODO Concept by Mazda Design

Courtesy Mazda Design

Courtesy Mazda Design

Courtesy Mazda Design

Courtesy Mazda Design

Courtesy Mazda Design

Courtesy Mazda Design

It is quite typical that vehicles are designed for their driver's lifestyles.  What has changed is that automotive manufacturers are transitioning the lifestyles surrounding their vehicles back into elements meant to compliment the home.  During this past Milan Design Week, Japanese brand Mazda Motor Corporation highlighted the talents of the Mazda Design team, showcasing the Sofa by KODO concept.  With a blend of refined sensibilities and Italian craftsmanship, the Sofa by KODO brings to furniture the same details and craftsmanship not unlike that of their new CX-3 as well as embodies the strong stance and design dynamic present in all of Mazda's newest vehicles. There is no word whether the concept will make it to production, however, it certainly gives an eye toward things to come for the popular brand.


Continuum Sink by Matthew Quinn for MTI Baths

Courtesy MTI Baths

Courtesy MTI Baths

Last year purveyor of luxury bathroom fixtures MTI, embraced the evolution of the modern residential bathroom's Less is More aesthetic with the addition of Integrated Counter Sinks to their Boutique Collection (Round Up Nov. 3rd).  Continuing their perfection of contemporary design, Continuum, the result of a partnership with kitchen and bath designer Matthew Quinn, blends an equal balance form and function and a focus on finish and detail into a sophisticated semi-recessed sink.  In an effort to create the illusion that the sink is simply a ring of proprietary Engineered Solid Stone set atop the user's counter-top, the basin is actually cut through the surface leaving 2 inches (4.25" on request) above the surface and an element inside the basin to be fitted with the customer's counter material.  Keeping the environment at the forefront, Continuum is constructed with nearly 65% organic materials including a high-performance eco -esin.
www.MTIBaths.com


Five-Door Refrigerator by KitchenAid

Courtesy KitchenAid

Courtesy KitchenAid

Courtesy KitchenAid

Courtesy KitchenAid

Courtesy KitchenAid

Courtesy KitchenAid

Courtesy KitchenAid

Courtesy KitchenAid

Two heads might be better than one and four hands better than two but when it comes to refrigerators, five doors beats them all.  KitchenAid, encouraging efficient organization and ensuring the preservation of fresh foods, has unveiled their first multi-door, freestanding refrigerator.  An upper portion fitted French Door style with two side by side doors opening to a wide, expansive compartment, stands atop a bottom mount freezer with a three tier design.  In the middle, two external drawers sit side by side - the left offering five preset temperatures from "meat" to "thaw", the right, a Produce Preserver providing optimal humidity controls for fruits and vegetables.  LED lighting and an optional platinum interior provide an elegant alternative to the traditional refer experience.
www.KitchenAid.com


Milagro Copper Sink Crafted by Thompson Traders

Courtesy Thompson Traders

Courtesy Thompson Traders

Courtesy Thompson Traders

Courtesy Thompson Traders

Family owned and managed Thompson Traders may be headquartered in North Carolina but its traditions and craftsmanship are uniquely Mexico, their Santa Clara del Cobre workshops home to copper-smiths keeping alive the time-honored metal-crafting techniques passed down from prior generations.  This respect for tradition brings a personal touch to the hand-hammered Milagro Sink, a new design by founder Alejandra Thompson.  Furthering the personal touch, Alejandra has made the feature of her design the heart, a symbol of her deep connection to the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Salud, a church said to bring miracles to its patrons. Handcrafting means that no two will be alike but, then again, neither are hearts.
www.ThompsonTraders.com


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2015 Design Trends: Indoor Influenced Outdoor Furniture #OutdoorLiving

We're letting our newest contributor Corinne Gail Sadowski, the design genius behind Seattle based Corinne Gail Interior Designs, take the reigns today since the pain killers from my ATV stitches make me it hard to spell simple words.  So without further adieu...

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The Patio is a’ Changin!

The continued evolution of the Outdoor Space in today’s market means that home owners and designers are no longer content with the traditional outdoor furniture of yore.  You know, flimsy plastic numbers that fade and crack. Instead, they’re turning to décor details more often found inside the house, turning to designers who are, at once, producing highly functional pieces of furniture that make use of those style details found indoors – Cabriole legs, carved detailing, wing-backs, and even Mid-Century Eames-esque components – constructing them from materials designed to withstand the elements of the Great Outdoors.

Being that it’s Spring and all, Corinne Gail Interior Design has scoured the interwebs in search of our favorite Inside-Outdoor examples, perfect for adding to your lanai, patio, or verandah.

Tell us, which one is your favorite?

Courtesy Sutherland Furniture

Courtesy Sutherland Furniture

Régence Wing Chair & Hampton Wing Chair by John Hutton for Sutherland
Louis style French details meet weathered teak & Perennials upholstery fabric.
Sutherland – www.SutherlandFurniture.com

Courtesy George Smith

Courtesy George Smith

Outdoor Chesterfield, Part of the George Smith Outdoor Collection
Smith’s iconic Chesterfield design comes outdoors with sustainable timber construction, and non-mold forming upholstery.  Perfect for the pool-side English pub.
George Smith – www.GeorgeSmith.com/Outdoor

Courtesy Herman Miller

Courtesy Herman Miller

Outdoor Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair & Ottoman from Herman Miller
One of the design community’s most iconic chairs, the product of Charles and Ray Eames has been reinvented with a powder-coated aluminum base and mesh upholstery.
Herman Miller – www.HermanMiller.com

Courtesy Ligne Roset

Courtesy Ligne Roset

Fifty Armchair by Dögg & Arnved Design Studio for Ligne Roset
In place of the solid panels of the traditional wing chair, 350 meters of rope combine ergonomic flexibility and casual comfort with the unexpected feeling of privacy. 
Ligne Roset – www.Ligne-Roset-USA.com

Courtesy Kettal

Courtesy Kettal

Bob Club Armchair by Hella Jongerius for Kettal
Designed as a reinterpretation of the traditional garden chair, the aluminum frame, visible stitching, and winded yarn detailed armrests will turn any outdoor “room” into an outdoor study.
Kettal – www.Kettal.com

Courtesy Design Within Reach

Courtesy Design Within Reach

Medici Outdoor Chair by Konstantin Grcic for Herman Miller through Design Within Reach
Semi-reclined & low-slung, the Medici finds its roots in the classic Adirondack, reinterpreting the American classic in the modern sense.  Hand Oiled Ash ensures this perch remains deckside for years to come.
Design Within Reach – www.DWR.com

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Internationally recognized for her residential and office projects, Corinne Gail Sadowski, CAPS,  is suitably positioned to anticipate the needs and desires of her clients as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). An active member of the Seattle design community, a member of the MBA Pierce Master Builders, the Design Professionals Council, and the NAHB, Corinne has served since 2010 as an adjunct instructor at Academy of Art University School of Interior Architecture & Design, putting the tools of the trade into future generations of architects and designers. You can find Corinne blowing up her side of the internet at www.CorinneGail.com or on Twitter at @CorinneGail1.

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New #Luxury Design Product Spotlight: Week of May 4th

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.


Mega Pulls, Cabinetry Hardware from Atlas Homewares

Courtesy Atlas Homewares

Courtesy Atlas Homewares

Let's be honest, there are definitely times when bigger certainly is better.  And with today's trend in kitchens to the simple, elegant look of a flat panel door and streamlined hardware, the Mega Pulls Collection from Atlas Homewares are the go to great lengths to ensure a contemporary design statement. Long and lean, Mega Pulls are available in both 2- and 3- foot lengths, 2 modern styles, and an arsenal of five finishes ranging from polished and matte chrome to matte black and stainless steel.   The Mega Pulls collection retails from $69 (T-Bar) and $119 (3-Part Rail).
www.AtlasHomewares.com


DIAMOND Super Single Undermount Sink from BLANCO

Courtesy BLANCO America

Courtesy BLANCO America

The well-crafted and finely detailed kitchen fittings produced by global leader BLANCO have become a constant staple here on D'Scoop.  It's no surprise, of course, considering the full spectrum of well-designed, luxury faucets, sinks, and basins made part of their extensive catalog as well as their constant desire to meet the changing needs of their clientele.  That being said, the expansion of their DIAMOND Series of sinks came at the request of specifiers and fabricators, both looking for a true undermount sink integrating the simple installation and great look of BLANCO's popular series.  Featuring their patented SILGRANIT II material and available in 8 striking colors, the DIAMOND Super Single TRUE Undermount sink brings an added element of functionality to the collection.
www.BlancoAmerica.com


Opera & Carousel Light Fixtures by Michael Graves for ILEX

Carousel, Courtesy ILEX

Carousel, Courtesy ILEX

Opera, Courtesy ILEX

Opera, Courtesy ILEX

Though the design community lost architect and advocate Michael Graves earlier this year, the whimsey and charm of his unique aesthetic continue to live on through the collections of manufacturers worldwide.  His last designs for architectural lighting company ILEX, the floral inspired Carousel flush mount fixture and fluid Opera sconce, join the ILEX Portfolio Series alongside four other designs previously created by Graves.  With its clear glass diffuser over inner white glass, the Carousel fixture, available with both incandescent and LED light sources, embodies Grave's love of whimsy, taking cues from stylized floral patterns and merry-go-rounds.  The Opera sconce, an elegant glass shade balanced on a brushed or polished nickel base, is more classic, reminiscent of Graves' architectural works. both are available immediately, through the trade.
www.IlexLight.com
www.MichaelGraves.com


HUSK by Marc Thorpe Design for Moroso

Courtesy Moroso

Courtesy Moroso

Courtesy Moroso

Courtesy Moroso

Courtesy Moroso

Courtesy Moroso

It was a field of corn punctuating the Northern Italian landscape that inspired American architect and designer Marc Thorpe in the development of his seating collection for Italian design house Moroso.  An opportunity to translate the natural architecture present in a single ear of corn, the high yet loosely woven skewed backs of HUSK embodies at once elements of fragility and presence while also commenting on the ideas of public and private space. Manufactured in Dakar, Senegal, the HUSK collection is available with both high and low backs, as well as for outdoor use under the Moroso M'Afrique label.
www.Moroso.it
www.MarcThorpeDesign.com


European Cottage & Villa Couture Collections from Stanley Furniture

European Cottage, Courtesy Stanley Furniture

European Cottage, Courtesy Stanley Furniture

European Cottage, Courtesy Stanley Furniture

European Cottage, Courtesy Stanley Furniture

Villa Couture, Courtesy Stanley Furniture

Villa Couture, Courtesy Stanley Furniture

Villa Couture, Courtesy Stanley Furniture

Villa Couture, Courtesy Stanley Furniture

Since 1924, upscale furniture manufacturer Stanley Furniture Company has produced furniture collections that embody an iconic blend of heritage, traditional sensibility, and modern function, resulting in truly timeless design with a strong following.  For the 2015 High Point Spring Market, Stanley Furniture Company's spirit continues with the introduction of the 66-piece Villa Couture Collection and the expansion of the already popular European Cottage Collection.  With a relaxed, vintage aesthetic, the European Cottage collection sees the addition of 12 new pieces including a dining table, chairs, and buffet as well as a media console, desk, and series of occasional tables.  More geometric in style, the Villa Couture collection takes stylistic cues from Italian designs while displaying a more layered appearance, the collection's American walnut veneers, oxidized metal hardware, and lush upholstery bringing a fashion forward sensibility to today's casual environments. Available through select showrooms.
www.StanleyFurniture.com


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