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Heal the Ocean: Design, Celebrities and Awareness

Gregg and I went to “new depths” as  this year’s  co-chairs of the annual Heal the Ocean Blow Out Fundraiser held at the Four Season’s  La Pacifica Ballroom at the Coral Casino in Montecito, CA. Our theme was “Undersea Kelp Beds.

We kept the kelp theme consistent throughout the decor of the event with the help of  inspired artist Susan Venable’s beautiful graphic design coordination; the programs and menus became an integral part of the decor of each table.

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With the help of Jessica Risko-Smith and Shannon Venable we designed a “tide pool” centerpiece arrangement made from succulents and Protea blossoms.

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Gregg Wilson and John Maienza, HTO event co-chairs and editors of
The evening was one of those perfect Santa Barbara indian summer nights,  complete with a beautiful sunset. The cocktail hour did not want to end; people just wanted to continue to party! It was hard to call 450 people to dinner and then  to leave this beautiful terrace by the sea.

“Haute Interior Design” by Alberto Pinto

Internationally acclaimed Interior Designer, Alberto Pinto, caught my eye while flipping through the current issue of Interiors Magazine today. The issue features the design of a Boeing 737.  A plane that typically shuttles 120 passengers has been generously designed for just 13 passengers with luxurious details in every element including furniture, bathrooms and galleys.   But Pinto’s interior designs include everything from villas to apartments to hotels, and even yachts and are a grand “mixture of genders from more than Baroque to less than bare,” as quoted on his website.  Early-childhood cultural influences, an open mind welcoming challenges and  eclecticism,  and an insatiable quest for perfection have allowed him to discover the best international artisans with whom he regularly surrounds himself.  His high-end clientele all agree he has brought interior design up to the status of “Haute Interior Design.”

From Castles in England
to a Palace in Ryad
A Riad in Tanger
Or an Office Building in River Quest
A Private Boeing 737
Or a Private Yahct
He also has his own line of signed Furnishings
and a line of Tableware
There are many books showcasing his designs on Bedrooms, Modernism, Orientalism, Corporate, Classics and Table Settings.

See more of the many extraordinary villas, castles, planes and yachts on his website

Wine Lovers Sustainable Flooring Solutions- Recycled Wine Barrels & Corks

There are some really interesting new materials being used for flooring these days.  If you liked the post on

class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, serif;”> Sustainable Wineries you will probably also be interested in the Vintage Wine Barrel Flooring by Fontenay Wood.  Whether you’re a wine enthusiast, or just like clever design ideas…this recycled flooring idea is really fun.  I personally like the random and casual effect that retooling oak wine barrels has when they are installed as flooring. 

The “Cooperage” displays authentic stamps and markings from barrel heads.
“Wine Infusion” is a rich colored material that is naturally stained by the wine inside the barrel.
“Stave” material is from the outer sides incorporating the distinct markings from the hoops around the barrel. If you love wine, but prefer something other than wood, maybe Recycled Wine Cork by Jelinek Corkis  is more your thing..

Tiles are made in a similar way to traditional tile. The corks are layed on paper sheets and glued, grouted and sealed.  The resulting product is durable, fire and dust resistant, softer to the step and much more sustainable.  Once installed it is not obviously cork at first glance.

Our New Video “Modernism & Glamour – Filmed in Montecito, California”

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Modernism & Glamour from John Maienza & Gregg Wilson on Vimeo.
This is our new Video “Modernism & Glamour” This video shows the result of our extensive rebuild / renovation of  a mid century, Hollywood Regency Style Estate, originally designed by the famed designer John Elgin Woof who’s  career spanned five decades from the  1930’s -1970’s. Woolf’s client list was a virtual who’s who of Hollywood. Here’s a great link to an interesting article written by Vanity Fair editor at large Matt Tyrnauer “Glamour Begins at Home” written about Woolf, his work and his unique legacy.

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Previous Post : Fashion and Glamour, “Valentino the Last Emperor”

Video Music:
Zero 7 – Song: Polaris
From the Album “Simple Things” released June 12, 2001
No copyright infringement is intended and Music can be purchased here on iTunes.

Greener Gadget Awards 2010

The Green Gadget awards are taking place February 25 at the Greener Gadget Conference.  Tackling all issues surrounding energy efficiency and sustainable design, innovative packaging and product manufacturing to end of life manufacturing solutions.  It highlights ways electricity makes a major impact by utalizing renewable energy. 
      Photo Courtesy Popsci

One of the finalists is the Orange Power Solar Powered Tent.  It will charge your cell phone and computer so you can stay connected even in the wildest of locations and glows orange so you can find your way home in the dark.  Brilliant!
Voting is unfortunately closed but take a look at all the finalists and start imagining thier use in making your ecological footprint lighter or if you are the entrepreneurial type, you may want to set a deadline for your invention and enter next years contest.

Post Author for Globally Gorgeous:
Tamara Wallop

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. 

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