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New York Design Spotlight: Michael Aram

Michael Aram Home Brings Modern Energy and Timeless Tradition to NYC’s Luxury Real Estate Interiors

In Hindi, “aram” literally translates as “ease”. Hindi speakers use the word to connote gentle movement with peace, love and care. This is exactly the ethos award-winning artist Michael Aram evokes in his timeless metal-ware, home-ware and fine jewelry designs. Read more…

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Remembering Zaha Hadid

Remembering Zaha Hadid Cultural Center, Baku Azerbaijian by Zaha Hadid - Photo: iStockphoto/Asurobson

“People think that the most appropriate building is a rectangle, because that’s typically the best way of using space. But is that to say that landscape is a waste of space? The world is not a rectangle.” – Dame Zaha Hadid

Recently, when I learned the sad news of Dame Zaha Hadid’s passing, I was reminded of the moment in 2015 when Read more…

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Fall’s Most Buzzed About Real Estate Conversions

Empire Stores DUMBO Rendering

Rendering: Midtown Equities’ retail and office conversion Empire Stores located in DUMBO in the Brooklyn Bridge; http://www.empirestoresdumbo.com/

With little space to build new properties in hyper-dense New York City, it’s no surprise that developers are eager to give makeovers to pre-existing buildings not living up to their potential. Whether they are being redone with an eye towards retail or commercial occupation, there are a slew of exciting renovations slated to open in the next few months all around the city. Check out a few of the most buzzed about below:

  1. Dumbo’s Empire Stores: Dumbo has long been one of Brooklyn’s chicest neighborhoods, with residents like style-setter Olivia Palermo upping the style factor on this quiet waterfront oasis of calm. The neighborhood is about to get a fresh injection of fashion and fun with the 19th century warehouse Empire Stores opening the end of this year. Expect stunning views over the city, and
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NY & Fashion: Why Do People Come To New York?

This wonderful documentary feature “The Eye Has to Travel” on revered Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue Editor, Diana Vreeland is a beautiful look back at one of New York’s and the fashion world’s trailblazers. I believe one of the reasons New York continues to attract the world’s best innovators, is that this city offers people the opportunity to implement their vision and be inspired by their proximity to the greatest minds of all – past, present and future. You can not help but be inspired in New York. Read more…

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Design Find: The Architect & The Painter – Charles and Ray Eames Documentary by PBS

We have all heard of the “Eames Chair” and know of his designs.  Eames impacted mid-century design in many ways. I love all those who challenge conventional thinking, be it in design, fashion, the arts or architecture – or simply life. It is those who think outside of the box who move make the unimagined real. Think Steve Jobs of Apple.  I found a link to this video trailer. Can’t wait to buy the Charles & Ray Eames documentary “The Architect & The Painter” DVD from PBS and watch it.  Here is the trailer:

Watch Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter on PBS. See more from American Masters.

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