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December 12, 2012

Found Object Art and Design: Torlarp Larpjaroensook

Torlarp larpjaroensook

This is a spotlight on one Torlarp larpjaroensook, nicknamed Hern, an amazing Artist whose house is in fact, a canvas/workshop/ livable space/creative zone. The Artist and owner of Gallery See Scape has talent radiating out of the ends of his long dreadlocks. He turns found objects into treasure and uses elements in his environment to create 2D paintings of Oil and Acrylic. When he speaks of his art and his home, he comments,


My art is crazy because my mind is crazy- I put everything in my head into my art and feel peaceful for a moment, until the noise starts again. It helps me get creative.  ~Hern


Torlarp larpjaroensook ITorlarp larpjaroensook II


I look at everyday objects and think about how I use them differently, giving them a new or special function. I get inspiration from all around me.  ~Hern


Torlarp larpjaroensook III


Art is a part of our everyday life – I want to show art in everyday life. I believe everything around us is art.  ~Hern


images and quotes via Habitus.

September 17, 2012

Katsumi Moroi: MRMc Custom Luxury Design

Mid-century Design Remodel

I thought it best to start out your week with the amazing, furniture designer, artist and craftsman Katsumi Moroi of MRMc. This designer creates custom works based on the needs and design aesthetic of the space and surroundings. He has done everything from luxury car showcase pavillion design to an architectural remodel in Joshua Tree to a classic Arne Jacobson Egg chair. Moroi’s company MRMc is a multi-disciplinary design firm that focuses on crafting functional/beautiful spaces and objects using both traditional and advanced manufacturing processes. They strive to achieve beauty, efficiency and sustainability through material selection and fabrication techniques. While the breadth of his portfolio is pleasantly endless, here are some of his recent projects. 

Joshua Tree Exterior Renovation

This remodel was done in collaboration with Michael Rotondi and a crew of interns from Sam Mockbee’s rural studio. The overall remodel  of the house was meant to be seen as a found object in the desert.


Some of Moroi’s services range from architectural design and construction, furniture/product design and fabrication as well as prototyping.

French country tables designed and built for the Chef Ludo Lefebrve. The Material to include reclaimed lumber which creates a more antique like patina/look.

The materials used on this cabinet are considered green and sustainable. The cabinet body is made from a material called Dakota Burl, which is made from sunflower seed husks pressed into a board using eco resins. The door and drawer  faces are made from Kirei board, which is made from agricultural wheat stocks, sorgum plant. The stock which are typically burned after harvest are cut and pressed together to form sheets that have the aesthetic characteristics of a Gustaf Klimpt painting or the cellular structure of a plant leaf under microscope.

 Craftsman testing the structure of his design

classic Arne Jacobson Egg chair

Cabinet design for Mid-century remodel

Toyota/ Lexus Pavilions for the Classic car show and race at Laguna Seca Speedway in Monterrey, California.

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August 20, 2012

Gwathmey: Residence & Studio


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I found this beautiful contemporary home built in 1965 by Architect Charles Gwathmey. I’m sharing it with you because  this cutting edge residence, he built originally for his parents, is still on the high end of style almost 50 years later. The sleek lines and innovative architecture captures the essence of modern. What looks to be a Mondrian inspired home, is a glowing masterpiece when the sun goes down. The home radiates beauty with light spilling out of the tall glass windows and doors. Gwathmey passed in 2009 and it is said that his widow now resides in the Amagansett, New York home. -AD

Photographer Scott Frances via designintell

August 1, 2012

Modular Me: LV home

There are two sides to me when it comes to design and decor, the Ultra clean contemporary and the vintage flare historic. Usually I try to marry the two, but this design needs no pairing. I’ve had my eye on these LV homes for years and am convinced I’ll live in one some day. I love the light, the lines, the style, the space and the green in me, admires the small amount of environmental impact. One of my favorite aspects of the LV is the under statement of architecture mixed with the over statement of style. I’d love a home that appears tiny from the street and opens into a separate world cascading down a hillside.

images via Rocio Romero

June 11, 2012

Piet Mondrian: Design inspiration

I’ve been staring at the house across the street for years and thought you all might like it too. The Beach Bungalow is inspired by one of the most influential, iconic Artist of the 20th Century, Piet Mondrian. Mondrian tested limitations by simplifying color and structure. His radical works forever changed the design and artistic world. This Mondrian inspired beach bungalow, although understated and quaint, creates a wall of impact with it’s modern design.

Personal Mondrian favorite, Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue

More Mondrian Inspired Design

image via Maude and Apartment Therapy

KAS New York Mondrian Inspired Dress $93.00

Decouart handmade iphone Case

June 4, 2012

Luxury Cabanas: bring the beach home

image via Bruno no. 6

Came across this lovely beach cabana, which if you’re not beach front, would be really awesome by the pool or two facing one another in the back yard. I’m keen on putting lovely pieces of furniture in places that don’t necessarily make sense. While they’re meant for the sand, they can be really fabulous somewhere else. Placing them in a grassy knoll with a view will create an interesting space and draw attention to a an otherwise normal piece of artistry.

April 19, 2012

Designer Eco Homes

The best way to LEED an Eco life is with an Eco home. Enjoy these beautifully built earth friendly homes.

Stand Out Cabin Designs

Earth 911


Home Design Imperial

April 1, 2012

Garden Chess

Have you ever seen an image a hundred times and never thought anything of it, then one day, for some reason, that same image sticks. This has happened to me. I saw an image of a black and white floor recently and now I have to incorporate it into my life.

I’ve decided I’m going to put it outside and do the quirky idea you see in the movies, make a chess board out of it. I want to create a functional patio though, not just one for game playing. I’m going to combine the patio surface and the game by painting it. This way the furniture can be placed on top of the board and moved to play. Now I haven’t wasted yard space for a board that will be used, maybe, 10% of the time.

The key to the success of the idea is light weight furniture that has an organic shape. This way, you blend the structure of the board with the natural elements that surround it. Here’s one piece I love.

Woodland Romance Rustic Bent Willow Loveseat

February 16, 2012

Rooftop Oasis

I took a trip couple of days ago to my old stomping ground, Philadelphia. It got me thinking about all of the things I love about the city, namely the parks and rooftop gardens. There is something so romantic about gardens and disappearing in them. Whether you are walking though a busy square or sitting high above all the commotion in a roof retreat, the idea of the beautiful greenery and lush trees in an urban jungle is refreshing. It gives a fresh perspective and helps clear ones thoughts. Here are a couple outdoor spaces I think are functional and fun. Use your imagination with outdoor space. Add color and use every inch of your space.

One garden design idea that I learned from living in Philadelphia is to choose annuals wisely. Every summer I now plant two different types of sweet potato vines, the purple or ‘blackie’ and the lime green or emerald lace. These vines grow rapidly and give a thick lush feeling quickly.  I like to combine the different shaped leaves to give texture and interest. I also put in a pop of red or purple with either a geraniums or petunias. For more gardening tips and ideas visit Petals in Prose.


Furniture ideas for your garden oasis. Good for city or suburban modern patio.


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