A Brand New Day!

If you haven't already noticed by now we've been a little quiet over here on the website in the past week. 

And for those who really know me, you know just how unlike me that really is....

Well kiddies... it's all for good cause I promise! The past few weeks we've taken the opportunity to undertake a re-brand of our own to celebrate the two year anniversary of #DesignLUX and DCoopMedia.  So just what is coming about?

A new Logo and Brand Standard designed in collaboration with New Orleans' graphics partnership Grey Buddha.  DCoopMedia, #DesignLUX, and theTwentySIX will each have their own fabulous identity!

A relaunch of a re-formatted and re-freshed theTwentySIX.  At month's end a reimagined journal will hit the digital and...wait for it...print newstands. Watch for our announcement this coming week.

An expanded and more informative website.  DCoopMedia has made big changes in the last two years and our newly designed website will reflect just what we've been up to (as well as incorporate a few new features into the mix).

The announcement of three new DCoopMedia features including:
- The #DesignLUX Diplomat pilot program
- The #DesignLUX Approved series
- Our Content Developer Database

I promise you all.... the sleepless nights will be worth it!  Just wait and see!

- Your Fearless Editor
Brandon

Traditional Design in the 21st Century: #DesignLUX Examines Classically Inspired Design for the Modern Household

Hepplewhite.  Chippendale.  William & Mary.

Even as contemporary and transitional design aesthetics continue their rise in popularity among homeowners and designers alike, environments deeply rooted in tradition and regional heritage remain at the foundation of good taste and truly great design.  Be it the primitive and grassroots-influenced Spanish & Mission styles beckoning to California’s newborn years or the highly ornate and English inspired Federalist and Regency styles made popular during the start of this great nation, traditional design reigns supreme, continually reinventing itself through the innovations of designers, architects, and craftspeople as well as the outside influence of technology, method, and region.

Connors & DeLia Kitchen with cabinetry from Wood-Mode | Photo by Sandra Kicman

Connors & DeLia Kitchen with cabinetry from Wood-Mode | Photo by Sandra Kicman

I like to be buttoned onto tradition. The thing is to improve it, twist it, and mold it; to make something new of it; not to deny it. The riches of history can be plucked at any point.
— Philip Johnson
Steed Residence by Aidan Design | Photo courtesy Aidan Design

Steed Residence by Aidan Design | Photo courtesy Aidan Design

With an emphasis on bringing traditionally inspired design into the 21st Century, with will examine today's classic design aesthetic, sharing insight into the innovations and modifications being made that keep it functional and fresh.  We'll chat about our own personal definitions of tradition as well as discover the regionalism that defines traditional aesthetics while Wood Mode takes us behind the scenes of their own design studios sharing insight into how they too are keeping their traditional collections relevant for the modern family.

#DesignLUX | June 18th, 2015 | 1pmPT/4pmET
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This episode of #DesignLux is
brought to you by:

Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry
www.Wood-Mode.com
 


DCoopMedia was compensated for this post as part of a partnership agreement with Wood-Mode.  Images copyright DCoopMedia unless otherwise noted and may not be used without permission. All Rights Reserved.

#IAmBlantons Celebrate National Bourbon Day with #DesignLUX & Blanton's Bourbon Giveaway

You may remember that last week we alluded to a bit of a special giveaway #DesignLUX had planned in celebration of National Bourbon Day.  And you may already know just how DCoopMedia liked to enjoy their Blanton's (remember the Rolls Royce Phantom back in December?)

Well it's finally here, the giveaway we know that you've been waiting for.  The time has come for YOU to show us how you are Blanton's as part of our Celebrate National Bourbon Day with #DesignLUX & Blanton's Bourbon Giveaway. 

We've got a great basket of goodies to giveaway to the Bourbon aficionado.  Follow the instructions below and it could possibly be you!

Between now and June 18th (11:59pmPT), enter here or via our Facebook page for your chance to celebrate National Bourbon Day the way it should be celebrated - with a Gift Basket of Goodies from Blanton's Bourbon including:

The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book by Joy Perrine & Susan Reigler
A Set of Soapstone Glacier Rocks from True

A Set of Sphere Ice Molds from Tovolo
Bourbon Infused Spices and Sugars Set
Two Got Bourbon? Snifter Glasses
Two Bourbon Doubles Glasses

GOOD LUCK!

Click HERE for Official Rules & Conditions


This Giveaway is
brought to you by:

Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon
www.BlantonsBourbon.com

The World's First Single Barrel Bourbon
Proudly Distilled in Kentucky


DCoopMedia received compensation for this post under a sponsorship agreement with Blanton's Bourbon.  Images copyright DCoopMedia unless otherwise noted and may not be used without permission.

America the Beautiful: Finding Originality in American Luxury with Blanton's Bourbon

It was 1776 when the very first design of American origin was signed into order.  Since its inception, it has set a standard for similar documents to which other countries strive to reach.  Being at the forefront of technology, the arts, music, and industrial design, the United States did not let the Declaration of Independence be the last of the cultural innovations to come from American thinkers.  Influenced by Jazz and the Blues, it was from the electric guitar of songwriter Chuck Berry that Rock and Roll came to be.  From a garage in New Mexico came the very first personal computer, the MITS Atair 8800 (Bill Gates was not the first).  Abstract Impressionism, an artistic style meant to physically represent what was within the artist, found its birth on US soils before gaining widespread international influence.  It was from Major William Le Baron Jenney in the great city of Chicago that the modern skyscraper finds its roots.

And in a warehouse in Kentucky came Blanton's, the worlds first single barrel Bourbon.

Auburn Model 851 Supercharged Speedster | Photo by DCoopMedia

Auburn Model 851 Supercharged Speedster | Photo by DCoopMedia

Kettle with Bird Whistle by Michael Graves for Alessi | Photo by DCoopMedia

Kettle with Bird Whistle by Michael Graves for Alessi | Photo by DCoopMedia

Cole's French Dipped, an LA institution since 1908 | Photo by DCoopMedia

Cole's French Dipped, an LA institution since 1908 | Photo by DCoopMedia

Originality and initiative are what I ask for my country.
— Robert Frost
Grand Dining Room at Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel designed by husband & wife design team Ackerman & Pope | Photo by DCoopmedia

Grand Dining Room at Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel designed by husband & wife design team Ackerman & Pope | Photo by DCoopmedia

A Gas Flame Lantern from New Orleans' Bevolo | Photo by DCoopMedia

A Gas Flame Lantern from New Orleans' Bevolo | Photo by DCoopMedia

Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon, distilled in Kentucky | Photo by DCoopMedia

Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon, distilled in Kentucky | Photo by DCoopMedia

Route 66 - Connecting the East and West Coasts | Photo by DCoopMedia

Route 66 - Connecting the East and West Coasts | Photo by DCoopMedia

To celebrate National Bourbon Day, what DCoopMedia believes should be considered a bank holiday, #DesignLUX along with Blanton's Bourbon will leave our passports at home and take a cross country journey, exploring the originality of craftsmen, artists, and inventors responsible for the most innovative of American thought.  We'll wax nostalgic, examining the Luxury products, designs, and ideas that make the people of the United States so special while looking into the inspiration behind the Made in America movement.  Not to mention, we'll touch on just how to encourage and keep American cultural innovations alive for future generations.  Join us this Thursday, June 11th at 1pmPT/4pmET.

Stay tuned early this week for our special Bourbon centric giveaway announcement!

#DesignLUX | June 11th, 2015 | 1pmPT/4pmET
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This episode of #DesignLux is
brought to you by:

Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon
www.BlantonsBourbon.com

The World's First Single Barrel Bourbon
Proudly Distilled in Kentucky

 


DCoopMedia received product in exchange for this post.  No other compensation was received. Images copyright DCoopMedia unless otherwise noted and may not be used without permission.

#DesignLUX Wants to See How YOU are Bringing Traditional Design into the 21st Century

HELLO Designers & Architects! 

We have a bit of a favor to ask of you all.  You see, during Neocon 2015 in Chicago this year, #DesignLUX and the team at DCoopMedia is exploring the changing tides of traditional design - be it from an architectural standpoint of classically inspired structures or from an interior designer's point of view, updating the traditional design aesthetic for the modern day functional family.  Be if the primitive and grassroots influenced Spanish & Mission styles beckoning to California's newborn years or the highly ornate Federalist and Regency styles made popular at the start of the Colonies, environments deeply rooted in tradition and regional heritage continue to remain at the foundation of good taste and classic design

This is where you come in.  Classically inspired design continues to reinvent itself through the innovations of craftspeople, the imaginations of interior designers, and the insight of architects not to mention the influence of technology, methods, and region.  We want to see how YOU and your firm or studio has found inspiration from the design classics, bringing to life projects which are at once traditional in style but still fresh, stylish, and ready for the demands of the 21st century.

Tweet, Instagram, or Facebook a photo of your 21st Century Design Classic Project or Product
Tag your photo with the #DesignLUX hashtag.

#DesignLUX favorites will be on display during #Neocon2015 in Chicago as well as shared during a special 21st Century Traditional chat on June 19th.  And the best?  They'll be included (with your permission of course!) in a lookbook to be distributed to media outlets around the world.

If you'll be in Chicago this year for Neocon, shoot us a message as we're planning an extra special event at the Wood-Mode Lifestyle Design Center.

The Master Suite of the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House designed by Saxony Design Build | Photo copyright DCoopMedia

The Master Suite of the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House designed by Saxony Design Build | Photo copyright DCoopMedia

Belgian Cross Huntboard & L'Acrobat Open Air Shelf from Stanley Furniture's European Farmhouse Collection | Photo copyright DCoopMedia

Belgian Cross Huntboard & L'Acrobat Open Air Shelf from Stanley Furniture's European Farmhouse Collection | Photo copyright DCoopMedia

Outdoor terrace at the 2015 Coastal Living Showcase House in Coronado | Photo copyright DCoopMedia

Outdoor terrace at the 2015 Coastal Living Showcase House in Coronado | Photo copyright DCoopMedia

An Italian Chair with mother of pearl inlay juxtaposed against a striking modern art piece, both from Joannes Lucas | Photo copyright DCoopMedia

An Italian Chair with mother of pearl inlay juxtaposed against a striking modern art piece, both from Joannes Lucas | Photo copyright DCoopMedia

A La Cornue Island created especially for the display features against a wall covered in Scalamandre's Zebra | Photo copyright DCoopMedia

A La Cornue Island created especially for the display features against a wall covered in Scalamandre's Zebra | Photo copyright DCoopMedia


DCoopMedia was compensated for this post as part of a partnership agreement with Wood-Mode.  Images copyright DCoopMedia unless otherwise noted and may not be used without permission. All Rights Reserved.