2015 "Ones to Watch" Announced Ahead of Design Chicago

Creativity, originality, and overall great design are the three most important facets when it comes to selecting the interior designers nominated to be one of the Ones to Watch, an honor developed as part of the yearly Design Chicago.  Nominated by Design Center at The Merchandise Mart showrooms, the designers bestowed this honor stay true to classic forms, keep up to date with trends, and ensure their clients end a project smiling. 

For 2015, three of Chicago's rising stars have been added to the list, all demonstrating a commitment to the creation of innovative interiors and dedicated to excellence in the craft.  Who are the designers selected? Brynn Olson of Brynn Olson Group LLC, Stephen Young of Stephen Young Design, and Jillian Richey of Jillian Richey Interior Design. 

Keep reading to learn about the three Chicago up-and-comers.

DEBUT: Rolls-Royce Releases Bespoke Wraith Model - "History of Rugby"

The Rules Are Meant to Be Broken

It is in this common thread that the team behind the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Studio has found the inspiration for their most recent creation - the "Wraith - History of Rugby". With the challenge of not simply showcasing the unique talents of the Rolls-Royce design and manufacturing teams but also in reflecting the individual lifestyles of their varied customers, the one-off Wraith celebrates England's attraction to what can only be described as a "spirited" game through the subtle reworking of the coupé's design details.

For When Lincoln Logs Won't Do: Six Luxury Log Homes

Once upon a time the traditional log structure consisted of one, maybe two rooms, more than enough to serve the needs of the colonial family.  Imagination, innovation, and unimaginable sums of money have changed that.  Inspired by the upcoming #DesignLUX focused on the New American Log Home, we let our mouse do the walking, gathering six of the most over the top, most luxurious, and most unique log homes on the market today.

Forget roughing it.  At least not as long as these jaw-dropping homes are around.

Curated listings courtesy TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

New #Luxury Design Products Spotlight: Week of Sept. 14th

New Luxury Product Introductions Including:

Domenica & Mono Pendants from Global Lighting
Chatham & Astoria Vanities in Modern Grey from Hardware Resources
Dimensioni Collection from New Ravenna
Arc Furniture Collection in HI-MACS by OS ∆ OOS
Robert Allen Fall 2015 Color Library

SMC Design: Confirmed Design Group for Cunard's Queen Mary 2

Since 1840, the ships of luxury operator Cunard have held a virtual throne among the cruise ship industry, Cunard's royal family of transatlantic liners, each bearing the name of long-standing British monarch, setting the standard for impeccable service and classically designed, refined interior architecture not to mention bringing some of the world's largest water going vessels to market.  

The Queen Mary 2 sits at the pinnacle of Cunard's fleet and is the culmination of 175 years of maritime history.  Launching the next chapter in her particularly famous career, Cunard has announced that she'll undergo a major architectural refit in 2016, tasking London-based hospitality design firm SMC Design with the redevelopment of QM2's interior spaces.

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

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.

#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.

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.

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

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

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

New Luxury Product Spotlight Featuring:

ME by Starck for Duravit
Angles Rug Collection from Jan Kath Carpet Design
Metro Stainless Steel Tile Collection from Sygma Group
Olivera Chaise Longue by Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger
The Eden Chandelier by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Daum
Silver Mylar Wallpaper Collection from Aimée Wilder