heART and Design: Love Affair With the Panton Chair

I had once heard that the heart wants what it wants. If that assumption were true, would it be applicable to my love affair for the Panton Chair?

Truth be told, I have never adored a single piece of furniture (/ART ) as much as I love the this one. In fact, six years ago, I told myself this piece of history would be my first luxury purchase. For the time being, I have cushioned myself on it countless times (in various stores and public spaces) and I never tire of doing so.

In technical terms, Panton chair is formed after the human body and has a cantilevered base. The iconic Verner Panton designed it in the late 1960s- with the assistance of Vitra. Also, it is the first “fully plastic chair made from a single section.”

For the market, it is safe to say, Panton chair’s success is due to its cunning + stunning appeal together with its relentless versatility. From the modern 60s look, to the contemporary eclectic era of the 21st century, it is comparable to a chameleon morphing its way into every scenario it faces. A handful of which portrayed below:

The ultimate example would be its appearance at Bartholomew Church in Eastern bohemia by Maxim Velcovsky.

What more can we ask for from a single piece of furniture?

….What about the kids, you ask?

 

This was set to production almost twelve years ago. Talk about being ahead of the trends.

I guess communities of people are having this love affair along with me after all.

For the mean time, I’d have to satiate my longing with visuals, so I have created a pin board entirely dedicated to this piece of art (and since imitation is a form of flattery, there are some unoriginals included within the board). Enjoy! xx

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Inspiring Interiors: Hotels, Hotels!

How would you see the best of the best hotels without leaving your home? The internet! (Happy (belated) Internaut Day!) To be more precise, please click here -and while you’re at it, why not vote for your favorites? I did!

This will be a quick post, but it won’t leave you hanging for nothing. Below are a few eye-popping interiors to inspire you for the rest of the week(end). Don’t forget to read the description bar on the website to know more details how these thoughtful designs came to be.

Beauties like these seem too good to be true, does it not? ❤

Four Seasons Hotel, Guangzhou, China - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Four Seasons Hotel, Guangzhou, China – Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China – Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China – Hirsch Bedner Associates

South Place Hotel, London - Conrad + Partners

South Place Hotel, London – Conrad + Partners

Macalister Mansion, Malaysia - Ministry of Design

Macalister Mansion, Malaysia – Ministry of Design

Jumeirah Vittaveli Hotel, Maldives - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jumeirah Vittaveli Hotel, Maldives – Hirsch Bedner Associates

The Churchill Bar, London - Bespoke London

The Churchill Bar, London – Bespoke London

Happy Saturday! (Vote now!) 🙂

Inspiring Interiors: Van Alen Bookstore

Yellow, in color psychology, is mostly known for being the “happy color,” but beyond that, yellow is also a color of stimulation. It aids in improving the enveloped users’ memory, sound thinking, and decision making. This is why informed designers would practically be utilizing any tone of yellow for a study area, den or library. And that precisely is what’s done with the 400sqft. space of Van Alen Bookstore in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York.

Van Alen Institute  is an independent, non-profit organization which aims to educate the mass-“public realm”- about the significance of architecture and interior design. Their bookstore veers the same path.

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It is the first of its kind- a bookstore that holds only architecture and design books- in New York City back in 2011.

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As living in tiny spaces, working/shopping, and especially designing a small space brings about the same amount of challenges. Yet, at the same time, it also draws out as much creativity and the guaranteed coziness.

Located in the busiest city, it is painted a bright, sunshine yellow (Does it not just remind you of their iconic cabs?) and furnished with as much recyclables as possible. Take for example this staircase which is made of seventy pieces of stacked wooden doors donated by Build It Green! NYC.

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These panels are held by bolts that hang from the ceiling, while the cables serve to protect people from falling off the “art installation.”

While the glowing, bursting yellow encapsulate the space, it is juxtaposed with a concrete gray which mellows the space down and beget a stereotyped New York ambiance. It is such a simple color coordination which brings so many back stories and memories. One of which, for myself, is the series How I Met Your Mother which is set in this city 95%.

Here in the gallery-type bookstore, you could spend as much time as you want browsing and lounging by the innovative staircase which took advantage of its structurally high ceiling. You could pretend to be in the library choosing which book you are taking home for the week. It just brings back good old days of being in university.

Watch a design file video here.

Disclaimer: Click on images for source.

Inspiring Interiors: Kips Bay Show House 2013

Two days late is never that late when it comes to sharing good designs. Apparently, the 41st Kips Bay Show House ended two days ago, June 4th. This is an annual event where esteemed and privileged designers all around the globe design a luxury Manhattan home and showcase it to over 20,000 visiting admirers. The proceeds thereafter go to the after school and enrichment programs for NYC children. Every year they would choose a lucky canvass, and this year it is on the Upper East Side addressed: 161 East 64th Street, New York, NY

Other than being a charitable event, Kips Bay Show House is also recognized because it stages the platform for the interior design trends (which actually, as opposed to fashion, takes its sweet leisurely time). So in this case, your $35 would go a very long way, for yourself and for the NYC children you would be helping.

Among this year’s designer list are: Andrew Suvalsky Designs, Barbara Ostrom Associates, Christopher Peacock, Dineen Architecture + Design PC, Eve Robinson Associates, Felicia Zwebner Design, Garcia / Maldonado, Inc., Gomez Associates, Huniford Design Studio, Jack Levy Design, Judy King Interiors, Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles & Design, Kristen McGinnis Design Inc., Monica Rich Kosann Photography, Nievera Williams Design, Robert Brown Interior Design, Sara Story Design, Stephen Mooney Interiors, West Chin Architects & Interior Designers.

Sad to have missed seeing this –virtually, that is- while it was still ongoing. Oh well, who knows I might be blessed enough to be sent to New York for this next year! That said, here are a top favorites nipped from Elle. (Click image for credit and expanded info)

By PATRIK LÖNN DESIGN INC.

By LYNNE SCALO DESIGN

By DAVID SCOTT INTERIORS

Leaving you more links:

Enjoy! 🙂

Delightful Habytation: Tamzin Greenhill’s NY Apartment

In fashion, they are saying it does not matter how much your outfit cost, the important thing is to be able to pull them off; so more and more bloggers and vloggers are coming out now with their fascination to thrifting. What about on home furnishings (/interior design) then? As much as we need more affordable clothing, we also need reasonably priced bed to lie on, an inexpensive but durable dining table, and so on. I am quite pleased that one who is considered “elite” is not ashamed of divulging that her apartment houses an item from the flea market.

The most common recurrence in her house seems to be ikat patterns, lithograph artworks, and the art deco vs. 20th century theme on a tug of war. This room is a special favorite… because of the Panton chair.

Up close now, the color coordinated drawings trick the eye of symmetry but the odd blend of chairs quickly drive you to its miscellany. I am guessing the Ryan McGinley is the focal point and the pieces that surround are to complement, which really makes sense as you give attention to the accessories, all seem to be dancing in harmony with the photo silhouette.

Her den might look like your usual designed space thanks to the overflow of Ikea items and Chinese knock-offs all around the world, but designers would know this single angle of the room alone contains hundreds and thousands of dollars off the window. Despite its wide eclectic range, this living room looks cohesive as a strictly “zen” clutter-free space.

Here now is the “thrifted” study desk. Found on a London Flea Market, I should think this study desk cost only a fraction of the original price. It was probably refurbished and re-stained, but a Paul McCobb is still a Paul McCobb. And the faux bois wallpapered background gives a subtle but luxurious background.

While the study area above is with a masculine artwork, it still remained feminine framed by the sophisticated and delicate vase held florals, the Dining Room however is on the androgynous side with the neutral browns, and wood elements that spread across the room. And while we have a burly B&W lithograph, the accent of yellows brings a burst of a bubbly cheerleader.

Another common theme is the surprising rupture of clustered primary colors which is almost always given as the focal point. In this instance, it is minute but still very notable.

Here in the corridor, it is more in-your-face and standing confidently tall. I’m surprised to see the pink roses complement than clash.

This is a small part of her showcase worthy house which she decorated herself. With such a prestigious career in modeling, she chose to go back to her true passion- Interior Design. And she is one to appreciate her long wait, she says she is not regretting the time she spent modeling as it allowed her to travel and broaden her sense of aesthetics. This she (and we) cannot deny as evident from her perfectly decorated eclectic apartment in NYC.

Read more here. And visit her website here.

heART and Design: At Home in Greece

Fact # 1: Greece has been on top of my Europe (wish list) itinerary, primarily for the wonderful sea view. But when I think about their architecture and interior, I always thought I do not relate to them well, as did I with Greek mythology.

Fact # 2: I have always been a heavy sleeper, and bedrooms gave me the ideal of ultimate privacy and sanctuary. On top of innumerable reasons, bedrooms have always been a favorite place of mine- to lounge in and to design.

Fact # 3: I never expected the aforementioned bits could be even more lovelier… together. In her book “At Home in Greece,” Julia Klimi gives us a deeper appreciation for Greece- the scenery, the architecture and of course, interior design.  Purchase the book here for HK readers, and here for international readers.

These are some of my favorite images (focusing on traditional Greek beds):

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It is largely part of my immobility once I hit the bed, but I have always wanted a platform bed- this way, I don’t fall off and my items don’t fall too far down. With this U-shaped platform bed (which I think is meant for sharing), I can literally stay in bed all daaaayyy.

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 With this one, I can even afford to entertain guest in a more “formal” manner.

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Once in my life, I have been a fan of minimalism. At that point, this would have been more than enough to make it to my bedroom wish list.

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Although not a platform bed, this bed still captivates me with its ethereal, flowy cocoon.  And with a cool color tone, I’m amused to say this room looks really warm. 😉

Seeing these invigorated my desire to visit Greece, but now that I have discovered another spectacular destination/recreation, I should make a mental note to not sleep in and enjoy what I originally went for. (That said, of course I will scour the internet for a hole-in-the-wall  B&B!)

Ps. Hi Hong Kong, in case you haven’t already known of this site fishpond.com, they sells books at competitive prices, some even almost 50% off. Most books would be shipped from straight from UK. I just recently purchased a book from them. I’ll see how it goes.

Delightful Habytation: Sneak Peek

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Sneak peek! Hope this would be one of the images that enthrall you for today. This is one of my most recent and present favorite built project- and currently the only interior I designed in Hong Kong. I am proud of it for too many “whys”! 🙂 (Although, I must say, I should quit talking about getting a tripod and buy myself one sooner than later. It was only after wrapping up and propping to edit that I saw how dire the shots were. 😦 )

Ps. I do freelance designing apart from my full-time job, so if you live in Hong Kong (or even overseas! 😉 ) and are in need of a designer, please drop me an email at habyt.lifestyle@gmail.com.

Pps. The artwork was stolen from Google, please feel free to drop me a line if this is your work. I am so sorry to have used it without permission, it’s irresistible. :p