Celebrating Diversity: #DesignLUX Honors Black History Month Feb. 26th

The Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport.  New York's September 11th Memorial Museum.  Jacqueline Kennedy's bridal gown.  The carbon filament light-bulb. 

At first glance, there doesn't appear to be a common thread between these four seemingly different, yet important designs. Upon closer examination, however, one finds that all four were developed and designed by a member of the African American community. Though Paul R. Williams, Ann Lowe, and Lewis Latimer may not be household names, their contributions as well as those of their colleagues and collaborators are no less influential.  Many paved the way for the design movements and technological innovations we've come to love today.

The month of February being African American History Month here in the United States, the team behind #DesignLUX has decided to dedicate this week's chat to the architecture, interior and product designs imagined by the African American community.  It is our goal to highlight spirit and individuality that these great designers brought to the American design industries.

And too really make this week's #DesignLUX a celebration we've recruited not one but TWO inspired guest hostesses - Angel Robinson of WriteRobinson Couture Stationery and Jeanine Hays, author of Remix and voice of Aphrochic.

Join the conversation this coming Thursday, February 28th at 1pmPT/4pmET for our own special tribute. 

Paul R. Williams at the Los Angeles International Airport; Photo: Julius Shulman Photographic Archive, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute

Paul R. Williams at the Los Angeles International Airport; Photo: Julius Shulman Photographic Archive, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute

Designer Willi Smith; Photo: Johnson Publishing Company

Designer Willi Smith; Photo: Johnson Publishing Company

Ann Lowe, designer of Jacqueline Kennedy's bridal gown; Photo: Unknown

Ann Lowe, designer of Jacqueline Kennedy's bridal gown; Photo: Unknown


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Founder and creative genius at the helm of New Orleans based WriteRobinson Couture Stationery, Angel Robinson has developed a penchant for elegant, detail focused yet technologically friendly stationery designs celebrated by the likes of the Baton Rouge Symphony and Wesleyan University. Coming soon to her repetoire, an inspired book featuring her much lauded "Thoughts of the Day".

Write Robinson Couture Stationery | www.writerobinson.com

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Celebrated Author and Designer Jeanine Hays is well versed in vibrant, livable interior environments.  Her recent design tome Remix - Decorating with Culture, Objects, & Soul (available via Amazon) penned with collaborator Bryan Mason celebrates the creation of culturally identifiable living spaces.

Hardcopies available from Amazon.com Here
Digital Copy available via iTunes here

AprhroChic | www.aphrochic.com

#DesignLUX | Thursday February 26th, 2015 | 1pmPT/4pmET
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At It Again: DCoopMedia is Up For a Microblogger Award

Those of you that follow me on Twitter know that I pretty much don't know how to shut up.

It's true.  Since I joined Twitter in 2011 I've given you something like 50,000 sound bites - the random musings from my brain.  It's hard to imagine that four years has gone by so quickly!

More so, I've encouraged you all to do the same, launching #DesignLUX in August of 2013, prompting almost 400 of you to create some 7,700 tweets since between January 1st and February 21st of 2015 exposing an estimate 1.1 million unique users on Twitter to the #DesignLUX brand.  Call it peer pressure if you will.  Just don't ask for candy... I don't share.

Anyway, apparently what I call a day in the life of Brandon actually means something a bit more to a few of your and, as a result, I've landed myself a JDR Industry Blogger Award nomination in the category of Microblogger.  JDR, or Jackson Design & Remodeling, a San Diego remodeling force, recognizes exemplary bloggers and microbloggers each year with winners in six categories ranging from blogs focused on architecture, green design, and interior design to microbloggers myself who've build a presence in the design marketplace through social media channels. To be nominated to a crowd that includes Todd Vendetouli's Building Blox and Michelle Alfano's Mod Design Guru is an honor itself.

But I was meant to be the star of the show and not simply the opening act.

This is where you come in.... Starting February 23rd and continuing through April 10th, you have the opportunity to make your voice heard and let JDR know that I deserve to see my name in lights.  Please take a moment and shoot over to place your vote for Brandon Smith/D'Scoop/DCoopSD under the category of Microblogger (the badge located at bottom right) and let good karma come your way!

To Vote:
www.JacksonDesignandRemodeling.com/blogger-awards
Until April 10th 2015


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Unique Spaces: The Fish Camp Tackle Shack by Eric Brown

Collections and hobbies have a habit of taking over if one isn't careful in their curation.  But what do you do when a passion is so strong that it becomes the focal point of family vacations and weekend's away?  You build it a room of its own.

For a homeowner in Holmes Beach, Florida, designer Eric Brown did just that, incorporating her immense love of fishing and her desire to involve her entire family in her passion into a uniquely designed recreational hub in their newly built home.  Dubbed the Fish Camp "Tackle Shack", the whimsical space serves not only as a display space for the homeowner's collection of fishing rods and reels but also as a functional area for bringing in and cleaning the day's catch, a place to design and create lures, and a great area for entertaining friends and family with a cold beer and tall tales after a day spent cruising the Gulf of Mexico

The Tackle Shack is a study in contrasts and complements.  A bold blue, evocative of the Gulf's waters just outside the Shack's doors, stands against natural maple cabinetry matching the sandy earth tones of the neighborhood's surrounding beaches and natural vegetation.  A vintage inspired Northstar Retro refrigerator plays off the designer's incorporation of modern technology and electronics. A stand-alone island features a zinc countertop with glass inserts showcasing family photos and trinkets plays off the nearby workbench, its functional cubbies, shelves, and drawers serving as a workspace for the creation of lures and the repair of fishing equipment.

It certainly does not get much more unique than this!  Who else can claim their fishing poles have their own room? 

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Project Details:
Designer: Eric Brown
Location: Holmes Beach, Florida
Products: Brookhaven by Wood-Mode in Heartwood Maple with Natural Finish & Black Glaze, from Epoch Solutions, Inc. | Sinks by Kohler | Refrigerator by Northstar Retro | Custom Zinc Countertops

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Wood-Mode | www.Wood-Mode.com


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New #Luxury Design Product Spotlight: Week of Feb. 16th.

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.


Dark Walnut Cutting Board for the ATTIKA Kitchen Sink by BLANCO

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It should come as no surprise that, over the years, BLANCO has become a D'Scoop favorite.  An unparalleled attention to structural detail and a focus on stellar architectural design that prove the notion that form and function can peacefully co-exist, make BLANCO's sinks and faucets the centerpiece of many a high-end kitchen remodel.  BLANCO's newest sink, the award winning BLANCO ATTIKA, embodies the traditions the design community has come to love from this German manufacturer, made even better with the addition of a Dark Walnut compound cutting board.  Made to rest on the exterior rim, the board is designed to add additional prep-space in the ever shrinking kitchen.  Two new designs are available for both the ATTIKA and PRECISION 16" bowls.
www.BlancoAmerica.com


Limelight Pendant by Boyd Lighting

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One part atomic era, one part industrial jet engine, and one part Hollywood movie set.  Blended together they become the foundation for the Limelight Pendant, the newest collaboration between interior designer and color doyenne Jamie Drake and San Francisco lighting workshop Boyd Lighting.  Perfectly over-scaled and featuring amplified industrial detailing, Limelight is a functional complement to today's stylish living spaces. Limelight's functionality is further complemented with the inclusion of an LED light source.  Available in four standard finishes with polished brass and polished nickel available at an up-charge.
www.BoydLighting.com


Then, Now, & Forever Collection of Historically Accurate Paints from Dunn Edwards

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The DCoopMedia offices being located in a bungalow on the cusp of its 100th birthday, we can attest to the difficulty with which it is to find both historically accurate and visually stimulating color palettes. Dunn-Edwards, an industry leader in commercial and residential paint finishes, has paired with Architectural Resources Group, a historic preservation architecture firm, to develop 142 hues representative of nearly 300 years of American West architecture.  After studying typical Southwest vernacular - from Mission to Victorian to Mid-Century Modern - the west coast centric Then, Now, and Forever paint palette collection both establishes a color history of the Southwest but is also designed to integrate seamlessly into Dunn-Edwards already existing paint collections.
www.DunnEdwards.com


P'7350 Kitchen Architecture by Poggenpohl in Collaboration with Porsche Design Studio

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In its most recent collaboration with Porsche Design Studio, Poggenpohl is remaking the definition of "Fast Food".  Introduced during this year's Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, the P'7350 brings together the stately, masculine details of today's modern Porsche and the functionality of a well organized kitchen architecture.  Highly engineered, P'7350 features an innovative industrial mitering technique which allows the front to merge with cabinet body.  Further Porsche details include solid, vertical design trims of stainless steel effect brushed aluminum and neutral-color gloss lacquer finish alongside an elegant walnut veneer. The P'7350 collection will be available later this year from Poggenpohl Studios.
www.Poggenpohl.com


Design Local Carpet Collection - Nashville, Philadelphia, & Seattle - by Mannington Commercial

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Armed only with a camera and $200 cash, six designers were sent out into the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, Nashville, and Seattle with only one mission - to capture their inspiration.  The result, a myriad of color, pattern, and texture which together characterizes the spirit of each of these famously unique cities, became the foundation for Mannington Commercial's Design Local Collection of commercial grade carpets. Available in modular format only, the subdued patterns at at once whimsical and emblematic of the static cultures encompassing each of the cities these carpets represent.  Don't be fooled, although the collection has been designed for commercial use, its solution dyed Antron nylon fibers and loop surface make it perfect for heavy duty residential applications as well.
www.Mannington.com


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The Scene - Miya Ando Exhibits "Evenings", a Collection of Light Inspired Works

In art as in interior decoration, the exploration of natural light, its ever changing intersections and brilliant spectrum as the blazen sun announces its arrival each morning before making a slow trek across the afternoon sky before finally falling quietly into the horizon, continues to remain the subject of many a curious artist, each making ever more glorious attempts to capture fleeting moments in time - a split second flash of light.

Miya Ando, a youthful New York artist furthers the transitions of light through a single day with her current exhibit "Evenings", showcasing a relationship between both the organic, natural subjects she captures and the metal slabs that are her canvases.  A descendant of Bizen sword makers, Ando re imagines the traditional paint brush, using applied heat, sandpaper, acids, and patinas, forever altering stainless steel raw material leaving behind hyper-minimalist landscapes of graduated color and a perceived duality of hard/cold and soft/warm.

It isn't important the viewer's literal interpretation of each landscape and seascape. And it isn't the duality and distinct tension that coexists between the cold, hard steel backdrop and the soft, warm qualities of her works' subjects.  Instead, the foundation of Evenings is that Ando's ethereal displays of light generate within the viewer an awareness of the present before it becomes the past, letting their luster infuse with the viewer's current psychological state and emotional well-being before offering a quiet space for reflectance and contemplation. 

Ever the sculptor, Ando pushes her light and philosophy inspired exhibit further, stepping away from her traditional worked-metal and chemically laden methods, isolating puffy cloud formations within a crystal clear glass moment in time and working silver leaf into crisp linen and pigment for an at once texturally interesting and visually stimulating play on light. More so, Japanese Bodhi leaves, hand-dyed and delicately strung from translucent fibers, aren't simply a wispy representation of Miya's heritage, her having been raised among Buddhist priests in an Okayama temple.  Their twilight hues and pierced skeletons are also a mindful study in light's play on the natural environment, at once capturing and reflecting rays of illumination in, around, and through the simple leaf forms.

My interest is in the idea of impermanence; the works in the Evenings exhibition are inspired by the language of light as something which has a fleeting quality.
— Miya Ando

In a day when modern quick-shot photography paired with the all-encompassing social and editing programs available within arms reach via today's smart phones have removed people from the simple fleeting experience that is mother nature's changing light scape, Miya Ando reconnects humanity with those moments that might otherwise escape unnoticed.

Miya Ando | www.MiyaAndo.com

Madison Gallery | www.madisongalleries.com
Miya Ando's Evenings can be seen until February 28th, 2015.  Contact the gallery for additional details and viewing hours.


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