Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Andre Kikoski Architect Designs $45 Million Oceanfront Home for Hampton’s Premiere Developer Jay Bialsky

Andre Kikoski, renowned for his work at the Guggenheim Museum, announced his newest project, a contemporary oceanfront home for Hamptons real estate magnate Jay Bialsky. 

Bialsky has built some of the most exceptional homes seen on Long Island’s East End for some of the Hamptons’ most discerning clientele. He turned to AIA Institute Honor Award-winning architect Kikoski for a residence that celebrates the stunning natural landscape, storied beauty, and expansive ocean views that are the best of the Hamptons.

"We wanted to create harmony among house, land and sea, something that took advantage of this unique oceanfront positioning, a contemporary design where you can almost feel the sand beneath your feet from any spot in the house," said Kikoski. "We’ve worked on NYC trophy penthouses where it was all about the views, but this home really takes the cake."

With an outstanding oceanfront location and deeded ocean access to a private section of Bridgehampton’s sought after beaches, this state-of-the-art home takes the indoor/outdoor living concept to the next level, with 10,000SF +/- of interior space complemented by over 12,000SF +/- of exterior space. The expansive exterior space features multiple outdoor living areas including a covered kitchen and dining area, rooftop deck with landscaping/garden, numerous outdoor lounges, custom infinity-edge pool, fire pit and outdoor shower. 

The combined 22,000 SF+/- of interior and exterior living space is afforded by the properties large and optimal building envelope being set in an AE Zone, which is rarely found in oceanfront properties. The superb location is captured by entire walls of glass that provide sweeping panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from nearly every room in the house, while sunset vistas over stunning Mecox Bay can be enjoyed from the rooftop deck.

With a keen eye for any parcel's maximum potential, Bialsky is responsible for some of the most magnificent homes and developments on the East End, many of which have unparalleled views. Bialsky's exacting standards keep his homes in constant demand, "I don't buy any property or build any home I wouldn't want to live in myself," he says. 

The property is listed for $44.9M with Zachary and Cody Vichinsky of Bespoke Real Estate. Bespoke is a Hamptons based firm that only represents $10M and above properties . Kikoski is currently working on 75 Kenmare, a 90,000 SF residential development which recently broke ground in Nolita, with DHA Capital and the Kravitz Design Group. He is also the interior architect on the 325,000 SF tower by the Related Companies slated to open this summer at Hudson Yards. And AKA launched a line of home accessories with Swarovski Crystal at Salone de Mobile in Milan, Italy last April.

The design blends 10,000 square feet of interior living space over two levels with an equal area outside -- spread between three floors of invitingly landscaped decks and terraces. Interior and exterior lie side by side, gently joined together by 60-foot long expanses of automated structural sliding glass panels that disappear into exterior walls. The open-plan living and entertaining spaces, as well as the master suite, enjoy magnificent direct views of the Atlantic Ocean, Mecox Bay and the landscape beyond in every direction from the second level. A triple height glass atrium organizes vertical circulation within the house, filling the interior with the fabled natural light of the Hamptons at every moment of the day. A folded metal plate staircase connects this level to a spectacular rooftop entertaining garden.

Equally bold is the focal point of the first level – an expansive outdoor deck, poised above the grassy dunes and offering direct ocean views from the trellised open-air dining pavilion, bar and kitchen, as well as a fire pit with seating area and multiple landscaped lounging areas. The spectacular oceanfront infinity edge pool and spa, unique in being just steps from the beach, is however the centerpiece and star. These dramatic exterior spaces flow into informal indoor entertaining rooms, including a generous family room and high tech home theatre which also feature automated structural sliding glass wall panels. Six additional bedrooms, a home office, wine cellar, sauna, and six car garage round out the program. The residence is set amidst one and a half expertly landscaped acres with ample manicured lawns designed by award-winning landscape architect Edmund Hollander.

In addition to elegantly composed glass facades, with playfully proportioned window patterns, the exterior of the house is clad in simple honest materials such as cerused stucco and a randomly staggered horizontal screen of three different sizes of Brazilian Ipe wood components. The screen is inspired by Kikoski’s prior collaboration with artist Liam Gillick for a site-specific installation, and complements the clean lines of the exterior with an inviting dappling of shade and shadow.

Andre Kikoski, renowned for his work at the Guggenheim Museum, is an award-winning Manhattan-based architect, with more than 100 completed projects. His firm AKA has been featured in more than 700 publications across 27 countries, and has won over 30 design awards for interior design, architecture and product design. Andre is a Trustee of the Van Alen Institute and Alumni Council Emeritus at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Monday, May 29, 2017

FURL Lighting Collection by MARZ Designs + CHRISTEL H. Design Studio

A minimalist lighting collection designed in collaboration with Christel Hadiwibawa of CHRISTEL H. Design Studio

A unified collection of three, origami inspired, wall lights will be unveiled at DENFAIR this year in June. 

The ‘FURL’ collection is the result of a collaboration between MARZ Designs + CHRISTEL H. Design Studio who joined forces to create a set of signature indoor-outdoor wall lights, having noticed a gap in the market for elegant and contemporary wall lights that offered alternative display configurations to appeal to both residential and contract lighting specifiers.
The FURL lighting range explores simplicity and material experimentation in its purest form. Inspired by expressing common materials in unusual ways, the light imitates the softness of a paper fold through the manipulation of a hard material. The design accommodates an energy efficient LED light source in the fold of the material, visible through a small aperture which creates a soft ambient light and a sense of curiousness.

The FURL fixtures are made from folded sheets of metal rolled over to imitate the softness of paper. The lights emit diffused light from their open edges and through a laser cut incision that references the original shape of the metal sheet. The result is a fixture that not only creates an ambient light, but is also an eye-catching wall feature that becomes a considered element in an interior or exterior design scheme.

Derived from three classic shapes – Square, Triangle and Circle, the lights can be installed in a number of configurations: as a single stand-alone wall light; as a unified formation using a single shape or as combination of all three.

The collection is available in White or natural brushed Brass, with custom finishes also available on request.

Suited to both interior and exterior applications.


Designer - Coco Reynolds and Christel Hadiwibawa
Made in - Sydney, Australia
Material - Aluminium or Brushed Brass
Maximum Voltage and Wattage: DC12V / 10W
Lighting: LED Tube Strip with heat sink housing, PVC diffuser and end caps - Globe included
Overall Dimensions: 380mm x 190mm x 70mm (H x L x D)
Weight: 1.5kgs
Warranty: 12 months


Designer - Coco Reynolds and Christel Hadiwibawa 
Made in - Sydney, Australia  
Material - Aluminium or Brushed Brass 
Maximum Voltage and Wattage: DC12V / 10W 
Lighting: LED Tube Strip with heat sink housing, PVC diffuser and end caps - Globe included 
Overall Dimensions: 380mm x 165mm x 70mm (H x L x D) 
Weight: 1.5kgs 
Warranty: 12 months 


Designer - Coco Reynolds and Christel Hadiwibawa 
Made in - Sydney, Australia  
Material - Aluminium or Brushed Brass 
Maximum Voltage and Wattage: DC12V / 10W 
Lighting: LED Tube Strip with heat sink housing, PVC diffuser and end caps - Globe included 
Overall Dimensions: 490mm x 210mm x 70mm (H x L x D) 
Weight: 1.5kgs 
Warranty: 12 months 

Marz is an Australian industrial design studio that develops premium lighting and accessories. Founded in 2010, the Marz aesthetic is inspired by the beauty of raw materials and simplicity of natural lines and geometric shapes. Our philosophy is contemporary in aesthetic, underpinned with a respect for traditional techniques and an assurance of quality and functionality. Taking cues from mid-century design and modernist keynotes, Marz is committed to producing timeless yet contemporary pieces that live and grow with you.

Australian designed, Australian made.

Founded by Coco Reynolds.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017



Defining the Essential Trends

In our world of over communication, excessive information and endless connectivity, we have become option saturated. Distilling the complex universe of color concepts into eight distinctively designed palettes, PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2018 will help you stay well ahead.

With Pantone’s desire to inspire and ensure you are on the right color path, Pantone’s key color stories for 2018 break free from traditional thinking: colors are revitalized, hues are mixed in novel combinations, and new color directions express a fresh approach that satisfies the consumers’ need for newness.

This book is paired with 75 forecasted Pantone cotton standards for soft home applications.

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2018 offers inspiration, key color direction and suggested color harmonies targeted towards interior design and home furnishings, including housewares, decorative accessories, bedding, bath, toys, ooring, indoor and outdoor furniture, paint, oral and food design.

Looking at color as the catalyst that can de ne the space and create the magic and the mood, PANTONEVIEW home + interiors is segmented by color trend with each story broken out in the following way:

1) Introduction
Each palette is introduced with a written overview of the trend and a supporting visual that sets the tone and highlights some of the key colors in the trend palette.

2) Inspiration Photos
Then follows four pages of photos which visually display the lifestyle concept or inspiration from which the trend story evolved and developed, as well as visuals of products and end-uses where the trend colors are applied. Color harmonies are displayed within these photos as are key palette descriptors.

3) Harmonies
Located within the photo pages is a printed color card of the trend palette along with the individual palette rationale, key color directives and color harmonies. Color harmonies show which colors should be mixed together and in what proportion or measure.

4) Summary Page
Highlighting additional insight and directions, a summary page concludes the forecast with a comprehensive color overview and a look at other factors in uencing the forecast.

5) 2018 Colors by Color Family
Printed color card displayed by color family provides a quick color overview.

6) 2018 Key Color Direction – NEW FEATURE
Written and visual overview highlighting key colors and concepts to take forward for product, interior design and visual merchandising.


  • 12” x 18” oblong format; soft-cover, wire-bound book
  • 75 Forecasted Pantone cotton standards separated into palettes
  • Printed color card highlighting color direction by color family
  • Forecast imagery, separated by palette and color family, available via download
  • Includes PANTONE Color Manager Software


  • Overarching forecast theme
  • Eight individual palettes supported by trend story, inspirational imagery, color harmonies and palette key words
  • Each trend palette contains four to five color harmony options
  • Topline look at key finishes, textures, and patterns
  • Printed color card displays forecast colors by family
  • Written and visual overview highlights key color concepts
  • CMYK values for each of the 75 forecasted colors

For those designing in plastic:

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2018/ Plastic Standards additionally includes large PANTONE Plastic Standards Chips of each of the 75 forecasted colors in a carousel organiser.

This PANTONEVIEW home + Interiors format comes with 75 forecasted plastic standards in a spinning carousel arranged by palette.

PANTONE® and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC. PANTONE Colors may not match PANTONE-identi ed standards. Consult current PANTONE Color Publications for accurate color. All trend information © Pantone -

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kasthall’s Rug Collection: Arrival of Origin

Kasthall’s Design Studio Refines Design Legacy and Creates Momentum Going Forward

For the 2017 collection, Kasthall’s design studio has put particular emphasis on future development with the company’s design legacy as its point of departure. The theme of the 2017 collection is "Arrival of Origin". One of the news is within hand tufted rugs. Kasthall combines LOOP-technology with a new three-dimensional technique for tufting, using the best of traditional craftsmanship. Showcasing the new technology are the first two releases of the collection – the hand-tufted Field and Madison rugs.

Since the start in 1889, Kasthall has been an innovative design company that creates trends rather than following them. The idea behind this year’s collection is to highlight Kasthall’s design origins as well as its ability to look ahead and develop new crafting techniques. Kasthall has been developing the LOOP technique for some years now, making a more three-dimensional expression in tufted rugs possible in the 2017 collection. 

In this collection, Kasthall experiments with creating patterns by applying different heights of bouclé, showcased in the two new releases: the Field and Madison rugs. The surface in the higher bouclé adds a new expression, creating shadows that subtly enhance the three-dimensional look and feel. The rugs are framed with a cut edge, adding a stylish and playful touch.

Prior to the color selection, Kasthall looked into its existing color archive of weaving yarn consisting of 116 different shades of color. Weaving yarn is thicker than traditional tuft yarn and gives a more robust impression. 

The color choices for the 2107 collection were inspired by pure material such as paper, clay and chalk. The Field collection blends Paris Blue, Rouge, Almond, Porcelain Pink and Blond.

All images courtesy of Kasthall.

About Kasthall
The historic company Kasthall designs and manufactures exclusive rugs for private and public environments. Since it was founded in 1889, the company has had its own manufacturing facility in Kinna, western Sweden. Over the years, Kasthall has become one of the leading international design companies in textile flooring and today, most of its sales are outside of Sweden. Kasthall continues to develop its products with an extraordinary understanding of design and innovation, invaluable craftsmanship, a focus on sustainability, and by always delivering unique rugs of the highest quality to the global interior design world. 

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