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Art Chicago 2010

The world’s leading emerging and established artists will come together April 30- May 3 to participate in an annual international fair of modern art at Art Chicago 2010.  This event will offer curators, collectors, artists and art enthusiasts a comprehensive survey of current and historic work, “from cutting- edge to modern masters in a wide variety of media including: painting, photography, drawings, prints, sculpture, video and special installations.”  An opening VIP preview will be held April 29.

Merchandise Mart with projection by Jenny Holzer

Over 140 galleries will be represented at Art Chicago 2010, among them, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art who will host art by over 20 artists including Olivier Mosset (above) and  Pascal (below). 









I love these horses by Deborah Butterfield that will be represented by the Zolla/ Lieberman Gallery. 




A list of all exhibitors here.

Gorgeous and Green Airport Design

There are a few notable airports around the world who have incoorperated responsible sustainable or green measures in the building or remodeling of their airports.  Beijing installed skylights to reduce need for electricity and faces the southeast to let in the heat of the early morning sun.  Boston has 20 wind turbines that crank out 100,000 kilowatt hours per year meeting 2 percent of electricity needs.  It is the first LEED Certified airport terminal featuring a heat reflecting roof, waterless urinals and storm water filtration.  Toronto is home to 29 Raptors that scare away intruding flocks of birds the natural way.  They have hybrid handling vehicles and an on site composting program.  Vancouver uses 2 Border Collies with Managing officers to scour the 3200 acre grounds for unwanted critters and uses a solar powered heating system.
Visual elements are not spared in the process of incorporating consideration of the environment in most of these designs.  Madrid’s airport, below, is a fine example of this.  As greenarki notes, Architects, Richard Rogers Partnership with Estudio Lamela took pains to make Madrid’s new airports passenger and baggage terminals as environmentally friendly as possible, orienting them in a north-south direction and using passive design features to reduce the need for energy intensive heating and cooling as much as possible.  Note the dramatic use of eco friendly bamboo in the ceiling design.
We are proud to report that our hometown airport in Santa Barbara, CA is working on a remodel that will incorporate the general goals of LEED and will become one of the greenest airport designs in the US.

 SBA Eco Friendly concepts will include:
*Water efficient landscaping
*Innovative waste water technologies
*Water conserving fixtures that maximize water efficiency within the buildings
*Alternative transportation such as an additional bus line, secure bicycle racks, and preferred parking   for carpools, vanpools and a percentage of fuel efficient vehicles
*Energy efficient buildings
*A high ratio of open space to the development footprint to promote Biodiversity
*Photovoltaic systems and other strategies to increase levels of on-site renewable energy
*Building products that incorporate recycled content materials
*Wood based materials that are certified as coming from sustainably-managed forests
*Introduction of daylight and views through a combination of skylights and high windows
*Ventilation systems that enhance air quality performance
Possibly the most environmentally conscious airport in the world will be featured at Zurich.  Enroute profiles the plan to use geothermal energy, solar cells, utilizing rainwater for toilet flushing and an on-site compressed natural gas station..  Even more, awaiting passengers will be able to observe the airports adjoining “safe habitat for over 50 species of flora and fauna”.  Imagine bike paths, bunnies and beaver colonies.  One kilometer swath of land nestled in between the two main runways.

Architects are Riken Yamamoto and Field Shop and work is slated to begin in 2012 and be completed by 2016.
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Tamara Wallop

Eco-Friendly Home Delivered right to your Address

In the US, prefab seems to still have a “trailer park” image, but once you get past that idea, one can see the strenghths of these “off-site” built homes.  Blu Homes, based in Waltham Massachusets recently aquired mkdesigns joining their proprietary technology with Michelle Kaufmann’s  clean, modern and hip designs.  Factory built construction is typically stronger than site built homes and are still appraised against site built custom homes.  The controlled setting of the factory avoids issues like water damage and mold growth in the building process.  These homes are designed to be put up in a day and finished within two weeks.  Blu Homes can be built, shipped and installed for as little as $175, 000, but range all the way up to one million dollars for a MKDesign. My favorite of Blu Homes line is the Origin (below), “full, open and full of potential.”  Other choices include, Balance, Evolution and most recent design, Element.

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High Quality, eco-friendly products are specified and include non-voc wall paints, NanaWall or Andersen windows and doors, Kohler and Hansgrohe faucets, FSC certified wood and Bamboo by EcotimberOpen floor plans with clean lines give these homes a modern vibe while remaining committed to creating efficient, eco friendly homes while respecting time, budgets and needs.  



Our most recent project (image beleow) on Butterfly Beach In Montecito, Ca is a design collaboration with Michelle Kaufmann and John Maienza. It will be taken to new hieghts to include Platinum LEED certification and will be Net Zero, meaning the house will be producing more energy than it will use.



 Also visit Michelle Kaufmann’s Blog, to see what’s she’s up to lately!


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Tamara Wallop

Tallest Building In The World Opens Today: The Burj Dubai

The New Tallest Building in the world opens today The Burj Dubai. Here’s a link to today’s Wall Street Journal Article about the tower. 
I think it is interesting to compare these two charts the one above uses the former World Trade Center in Manhattan in lieu of the Sears Tower in Chicago. Also, the bottom illustration uses Canary Wharf in London.

Fashion and Glamour: For the Fashionistas…A Great Gift Idea, Valentino The Last Emperor


This fim by Matt Tyrnauer is one of the most unique opportunities to see inside the world of a great fashion designer. Matt is an editor at large for Vanity Fair Magazine covering Architecture and Design and overseeing the magazines annual new establishment list. Matt and I corresponded via email last spring after the publication of the March 2009 Issue of  Vanity Fair (Obama on the cover)  and just a few weeks before the release of his Film, Matt had written an article entitled “Glamour Begins at Home







In the 40s, 50s, and 60s, architect John Elgin Woolf and his partner, lover, and, later, adopted son, designer Robert Koch Woolf, gave the Beverly Hills elite a new kind of home, as glamorous as any movie set. The author traces the star-studded rise of Woolf’s “Hollywood Regency” style, and the unorthodox family he created. (excerpt from article).

As it turned out Gregg and I had just completed one of our projects in Montecito, a huge renovation / restoration of a John Woolf Home. I emailed the photos to Matt and he immediately responded very enthusiastically that he had become a lover of the Hollywood Regency Style and John Woolf’s designs. He said that he had wished he had known about our project prior to the completion of his article. Me too! I wished him luck with the film and we briefly discussed my experience with Mr. Valentino while working in Peter Marino’s office in New York in the late 1980’s and about Gregg’s and my encounter with Valentino while dining in London at the Ivy , he was dining with Joan Collins. At any rate, check out Matt’s film it would make a great holiday gift for any fashionista. 

A Kitchen Design that is Modern, Hip, Glam…Oh and Functional!

    We wanted to create a 21st Century look in this mid century modern house. A professional style kitchen that would be “eat in” intimate but also accommodate a staff for larger catered events as well.
The Floors are Italian Silver Travertine. This gray (silver) and brown marble has exactly the perfect warmth and depth of color to coordinate nicely with the quarter sawn oak cabinets and stainless steel appliances and countertops. We used Italian Statuary marble, white with heavy gray veins to contrast  and offset the other materials in the room. Note that the Statuary countertop on the island is one very large piece and it is book matched with the vertical end panels. 
The elliptical table is 1960’s Milo Baumann and the Oak Chairs are 1950’s Hans Wegner. 1950’s’ Italian blue gray Glassware.  

The Light Fixtures are from Boyd Lighting in San Francisco. The Professional Dual Fuel Double Oven Range is a 48″ Wolf Range with Six Burners and a Griddle.

The kitchen cabinets were built by Henrybuilt in Seattle. We worked closely with Henrybuilt to create a look that blended the modern with the authentic appeal of this mid century home.  We achieved a look for this kitchen that is both sophisticated, modern and technically advanced. We combined horizontal and vertical grained quarter sawn oak panels with stainless steel countertops and appliances. We used linear full length steel pulls that added just the right punctuation. We made custom oak doors with frosted glass panels that concealed the pantries. All built out of oak to be cohesive with the kitchen design. 

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