Saturday, November 22, 2014

Barbie Penthouse by Nicole Sassaman

Nicole Sassaman, redesigned this exclusive residence, the 'Barbie Penthouse',  which was formerly owned by the Handler family, who started and owned Mattel Toys. 

 Living Room

Nicole Sassaman has purchased this property from Barbara "Barbie" Segal, the inspiration for the original Barbie doll, and felt it only right to honor such a legend throughout the redesign of the space. 

She has started from scratch and removed every wall and window to give the space a fresh look and feel. The results were equal parts sophistication and fun! 

 Living Room and Dining Area

Every corner that you turn has an unexpected surprise and is layered with the finest materials creating just the right balance of unforgettable details. 

This property will amaze you with its design and the views of the entire city of Los Angeles will leave you speechless!

  Kitchen and Dining Area

  Entryway and Wine Storage

  Master Bedroom
 Master Bathroom and Vanity
 Guest Bedroom
 Kids Bedroom
 Powder Room

All images courtesy of Nicole Sassaman. 
To view all the images of the Barbie Penthouse please visit:

About Nicole Sassaman
Nicole Sassaman is one of the leading tastemakers in the design, real estate and entertainment industries. She is widely known as a top real-estate flipper, designer, and television host who has now released two critically acclaimed books, Design Life, and most recently, 100 Sassy Tips: Renovation.

Nicole has been featured on HGTV, Fine Living, and the Style Network, dishing her favorite 'Sassy' tips and tricks for design ideas at every budget. She is known for her design philosophy that anything is possible and sees every wall as a door. Nicole is a true "Jill-of-all-trades" and is a skilled welder and builder ­ fully equipped with her Gucci tool belt.

She has designed and sold more than 100 residences in Los Angeles, including luxurious high-rise buildings in Century City and high-end homes in the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills and Malibu, including the Greta Garbo Estate. Nicole recently completed a total renovation of the "Barbie" penthouse in Century City and is currently furnishing homes in The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas.

For more information please visit

Friday, November 21, 2014

Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze

From the delicate nested spirals of a sunflower's seeds, to the ridges of a majestic mountain range, to the layout of the universe, mathematical patterns abound in the natural world. Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze is a new permanent exhibit that will expose and explain the patterns that surround us.

MSI "Numbers in Nature" from Leviathan on Vimeo.

As you enter Numbers in Nature, lenticular images and an immersive large-format film reveal these repeating patterns hidden throughout nature: spirals, occurrences of the "golden ratio" (ɸ), Voronoi patterns, and fractal branching.

Photo courtesy of Leviathan.

The exhibit's centerpiece is the 1,800-square-foot mirror maze, where you'll find yourself in a sea of equilateral triangle chambers that repeat in a dizzying array of mirrors. Can you navigate the maze to find the secrets within?

Complete your journey through Numbers in Nature in a gallery of interactive digital displays and stations, where you can discover even more patterns and ratios in nature-including those found in your own body and in centuries of music, art and architecture. You'll never look at the world the same way again.

The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, and contains such magnificent exhibits as an enormous U-505 submarine and a full-scale home of the future. Numbers in Nature, the institution's latest permanent exhibit and newest collaboration with Leviathan, explores the recurrence of patterns and mathematics in our natural world through artful film and interactive installations.

Photo courtesy of Leviathan.

Beginning with an ultra-widescreen theater, we help introduce these phenomena through immersive video content, combining original and existing photography with motion graphics and visual effects. To give guests some hands-on learning, a series of interactive installations (and a mind-bending mirror maze) further explain individual scientific principles touched on in the film. 

Guests can look into a two-way mirror and see their own natural proportions superimposed Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man in real time; or virtually explore 3D spirals, voronoi and other patterns that appear naturally using nothing but the wave of a hand. 

Combining simple analog controls such as knobs, wheels and blocks with cutting-edge technology such as touchscreens, Kinect cameras and Leap Motion sensors, our team designed nearly a dozen dynamic experiences to not only engage children and adults alike but also remain relevant well into the next decade.

About Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

through November 23:
Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas

For more information please visit

About Leviathan
Leviathan is a conceptual design company that creates engaging narrative content and experiences for brands and entertainers worldwide.

The bold images they conceive appear on stages and architecture, in themed destinations and on screens of all sizes, accompanying famous faces and household names. Leviathan teams build experiences to enthrall audiences, initiate conversations and keep the crowds coming.

Every day, Leviathan's artists and engineers help transform the worlds of commercial advertising, live events, film, television and environments. 

For more information please visit

MakerBot Launches Exclusive Partnership with Martha Stewart Omnimedia

New Licensing Agreement Brings the Martha Stewart Design Aesthetic to 3D Printing

MakerBot, a world leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. (MSLO), announced an exclusive agreement to distribute 3D printing materials and jointly develop 3D printable designs. 

MakerBot launches exclusive agreement with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to develop and market Martha Stewart for MakerBot® Filament and Martha Stewart for MakerBot Digital Store collections. Three new filament colors and a Trellis Digital Store Collection are available at Photo courtesy of MakerBot.

The collaboration includes Martha Stewart for MakerBot Filament, MakerBot's first-ever co-branded collection of MakerBot Filament, as well as Martha Stewart for MakerBot Digital Store collections, with models to be purchased, downloaded and 3D printed on a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer. Three new Martha Stewart for MakerBot PLA Filament colors and the first Martha Stewart for MakerBot Digital Store collection, the Trellis Collection, are available at and on MakerBot's Digital Store.

"We are big fans of Martha Stewart and her thematic designs," noted Jenny Lawton, acting CEO of MakerBot. "We think her creations and colors are a natural fit for 3D printing. Seeing a renowned lifestyle brand such as MSLO introduce 3D printable merchandise is a true testament to their company's innovative outlook. By working with the MSLO team, we're able to broaden our reach and bring Martha Stewart's design aesthetic to an entirely new audience."

Martha Stewart Trellis Digital Store Collection are available at Photo courtesy of MakerBot.

The MakerBot and MSLO partnership is a relationship that MakerBot describes as a true collaboration. Martha Stewart and her team of designers are working side by side with the MakerBot design teams to produce MakerBot Digital Store collections that allow customers to easily 3D print premium Martha Stewart content in custom Martha Stewart colors. 

MakerBot created the MakerBot Digital Store to sell original, fun and collectible digital content specifically designed for MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. 

The MakerBot Digital Store offers a wide selection of 3D printable models that are verified by MakerBot as easy to print, and the new Martha Stewart designs will add to the store's variety of useful 3D printing options.

"We are thrilled to work with MakerBot to bring our signature color palette and designs to the world of 3D printing," noted Martha Stewart, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of MSLO. "3D printing allows for cost-effective product design without compromising artisanal character. With this partnership, we are able to leverage our expertise and expand our business into the exciting new 3D printing category."

The initial Martha Stewart for MakerBot PLA Filament colors, Lemon Drop, Robin's Egg and Jadeite, are available at MakerBot Retail Stores in New York, Boston and Greenwich, Connecticut, and online at These new Martha Stewart colors join more than 20 other MakerBot PLA Filament colors that are made to add a fun and dynamic element to 3D printing. All MakerBot Filaments are manufactured to produce the highest quality 3D prints. MakerBot PLA Filaments are also the best, purest and most consistent filaments for MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers.

The first Martha Stewart for MakerBot Digital Store collection, the Trellis Collection, allows MakerBot users to download exclusive table accessory designs. This first collection offers a coaster, napkin ring, place card holder and LED votive holder and is available at Individual designs start at $0.99 and the full collection is available for $2.99. 

About MakerBot 
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot sells desktop 3D printers to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit

About Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. is a diversified media and merchandising company, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique lifestyle content and distinctive products. The company reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media platforms each month and has a growing retail presence in thousands of retail locations. MSLO's media brands, available across multiple platforms, include Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings; the company also offers books and utility apps. MSLO's television and video programming includes the "Martha Stewart's Cooking School" and "Martha Bakes" series on PBS, in addition to made-for-the-web video and a vast library of how-to content available online. "Martha Live," a radio show hosted by Martha Stewart, airs every weekday on SiriusXM Channel 109. MSLO also designs high-quality Martha Stewart products in a range of lifestyle categories available through select retailers, including The Home Depot, Macy's, JCPenney, Staples, PetSmart, Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. The MSLO family of brands also includes Chef Emeril Lagasse's media and merchandising properties. Additional information about MSLO is available at