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
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Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry
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#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


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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


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New #Luxury Design Products Spotlight: Week of June 1st

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.


ME by Starck, A Bathroom Fittings Line by Philippe Starck for Duravit

Photo courtesy Duravit

Photo courtesy Duravit

Photo courtesy Duravit

Photo courtesy Duravit

At its heart, the un-embellished, overtly simple design aesthetic that is quintessential Philippe Starck, the ME by Starck Series range of bathroom fittings created by the star designer for Duravit, results in a paring down of the standard bathroom fitting to its essentials, leaving behind an appealing, perfectly balanced style that plays up quality of detail and material.  Designed with individualism in mind, ME by Starck includes multiple washbasins, urinals, shower trays, and accessories in a variety of dimensions, all featuring a distinctive slender rim, self contained components, and the ability to function in both residential and commercial environments.
www.Duravit.us


Angles Rug Collection from Jan Kath Carpet Design

Angles 3 by Jan Kath Carpet Design | Photo courtesy Jan Kath Carpet Design

Angles 3 by Jan Kath Carpet Design | Photo courtesy Jan Kath Carpet Design

Angles 4 by Jan Kath Carpet Design | Photo courtesy Jan Kath Carpet Design

Angles 4 by Jan Kath Carpet Design | Photo courtesy Jan Kath Carpet Design

Angles 3 by Jan Kath Carpet Design | Photo courtesy Jan Kath Carpet Design

Angles 3 by Jan Kath Carpet Design | Photo courtesy Jan Kath Carpet Design

Depicted by skilled weavers at a scale of 100 knots per square inch, the hand-made rugs making up the ANGLES Collection from designer Jan Kath are, at once, a testament to the skill and craft of the Katmandu weavers as well as a deeply layered collage of nested cubes, prisms, and rich colors.  Highly reminiscent of Duchamp's well known Cubist work Nude Descending a Staircase, ANGLES blends the present with distant memories, the Tibetan Highland Wool and Chinese Silk blend rugs contrasting pointed corners with heavy fading and a water-color like wash of hues which, being handcrafted, means that no two will be alike, each becoming a true work of functional art.
www.Jan-Kath.com


Metro Stainless Steel Tile Collection from Sygma Group

Metro Collection Stainless Steel subway tile in black | Photo courtesy Sygma-Group

Metro Collection Stainless Steel subway tile in black | Photo courtesy Sygma-Group

Metro Collection Stainless Steel subway tiles in silver | Photo courtesy Sygma-Group

Metro Collection Stainless Steel subway tiles in silver | Photo courtesy Sygma-Group

Finding inspiration in the traditional subway tiles that have decorated the underground stations of the Parisian Metró system since the early 1900's, mosaics producer Sygma-Group has launched a striking collection of stainless steel tiles under their Carrelage-Inox brand.  Rather than simply providing the effect of gleaming steel via glaze or paint, each tile incorporates a plate of stainless steel further finished in silver, mirror, gold, copper, or black giving the series a longer life an furthered resistance to wear and tear as well as making them suitable for wet use. 
www.Sygma-Group.com


Olivera Chaise Longue by Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger

The Mad-Men-esque Olivera Chaise Lounge by Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger | Photo courtesy KGBL

The Mad-Men-esque Olivera Chaise Lounge by Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger | Photo courtesy KGBL

A warm copper base and elegant green leather feature in KGBL's Olivera Chaise Lounge | Photo courtesy KGBL

A warm copper base and elegant green leather feature in KGBL's Olivera Chaise Lounge | Photo courtesy KGBL

Solid copper in a warm, rose finish and supple feel of laden green leather elegantly collide in the expertly crafted Olivera Chaise Lounge, introduced at ICFF by New York furniture designer and interiors architect Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger.  Representing the very best design motifs of the Mid-Century Modern movement and paired with high-end luxury metals and textiles, Olivera is a wonderfully tailored piece of furniture, becoming a striking element within a classically inspired grouping or the stand alone star in the ever popular minimalist space.
www.KGBLNYC.com


The Eden Chandelier by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Daum

The story of Original Sin as depicted in Martyn Lawrence Bullard's Eden Chandelier for Daum | Photo courtesy Daum

The story of Original Sin as depicted in Martyn Lawrence Bullard's Eden Chandelier for Daum | Photo courtesy Daum

For some, British born interior designer to the stars Martyn Lawrence Bullard may be just one of the witty Los Angeles characters from Bravo's Million Dollar Decorator.  To French glassmaker Daum, he's the creative impetus behind the Eden Chandelier, the striking pâte de cristal light fixture inspired by the story of Adam & Eve.  At once irresistible and breathtaking, Bullard's design finds a scarlet orb, an homage to 'original sin' and the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, nestled among lush green foliage depicted in Daum's signature glass casting process, all protected by a burnished bronze serpent coiled above, culminating in a design which Bullard describes as "wildly decorative and deeply sexy". The Eden is a limited edition and is available with our without the serpent.
www.Daum.fr


Silver Mylar Wallpaper Collection from Aimée Wilder

Brain Candy in Silver Mint by Aimée Wilder | Photo courtesy Aimée Wilder

Brain Candy in Silver Mint by Aimée Wilder | Photo courtesy Aimée Wilder

Love Molecules in Silver Azzuro by Aimée Wilder | Photo courtesy Aimée Wilder

Love Molecules in Silver Azzuro by Aimée Wilder | Photo courtesy Aimée Wilder

Mamma in Silvercloud by Aimée Wilder | Photo courtesy Aimée Wilder

Mamma in Silvercloud by Aimée Wilder | Photo courtesy Aimée Wilder

Star Tiger in Silver Neon by Aimée Wilder | Photo courtesy Aimée Wilder

Star Tiger in Silver Neon by Aimée Wilder | Photo courtesy Aimée Wilder

Some of wallcoverings designer Aimée Wilder's most popular collections haven taken on a decidedly Studio 56 vibe, this year's ICFF seeing the introduction of a Silver Mylar background.  Printed on the highly reflective material, Wilder's iconic patterns and graphics including Love Molecules, Mamma, Star Tiger, and Brain Candy are invigorated with light, providing to any room in which they're installed a refreshing level of energy not to mention a sense that the party has only just begun.
http://aimeewilder.com


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