Project Spotlight: Santiago Calatrava
A project we completed for world-renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava, was recently featured in the May 6, 2013 issue of New York Magazine. The townhouse has three identical floors - each consisting of an open space with a focus on the “big wooden box” in the center that houses the bathroom, kitchen, closets and elevator. The "box" can be closed-off from the rest of the space with a series of folding wood panel compartments. An enormous bookcase at the front swings effortlessly and silently on its hinge to conceal the office behind the wall of bleached oak that covers all surfaces of the “cube.” We are proud to have an ongoing relationship with this wonderful project through our Service & Small Projects division.
Living Color: A Designer Works Majic with Traditional Interiors
We are excited to share that Pointed Leaf Press will be releasing this much anticipated book by Interior Designer, Gary McBournie, in July of 2013. We have had the pleasure of working with the Designer on several projects, one of which will be featured in this book. This project was an interior renovation of a 5,300 SF duplex penthouse in the Flatiron District of NYC. We included information about this residence in our December 2012 Newsletter and are excited to let everyone in on this update. Stay tuned for more information about the release of this book and the long awaited photos of this project!
The Leaders of Design Conference 2013 - Berlin
The snow on the ground and cold weather did little to dampen the excitement at the 2013 Leaders of Design Conference in Berlin, Germany this April. As major sponsors of the event, we could not have been more happy with the turnout; one hundred and sixty participants, representing all parts of the United States including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Miami and New York, came together at the Hotel de Rome. The hotel was located near the iconic Brandenburg Gate and the Tiergarten in central Berlin.
This year’s leaders and presenters outdid themselves with interesting, thought provoking presentations. Some of the presenters included Tom Andrews, President of SY Partners in New York, who led a workshop entitled Leadership Through Storytelling, Alan Webber of Fast Company Magazine and Chris Hacker of Johnson & Johnson. Lidewij Edelkoort and Jurgen Mayer Architect rounded out the two days of presentations.
Tim Campbell of Studio Tim Campbell in LA, Newell Turner, Editor in Chief of Hearst Design Group, Ankie Barnes and Tom Callaway shared personal stories during the segment of the conference called the “Reveal" and surprised everyone with his personal tale of his childhood obsession with the Wild West and his circuitous journey of realizing that dream by appearing in a Western movie.
Time away from the conference was filled with optional tours of the city including the Berlin Wall, modernist housing and iconic buildings within the city. The city's outstanding museums provided “more than could be consumed” diversions for the attendees as well. Have you seen the bust of Nefertiti? If not, you can check it out here at the world-famous Pergamon Museum.
The final day of the conference culminated with a beautiful dinner in the Courtyard of the Deutches Historisches Museum and a live performance by Grammy winner, Patti Austin. Dining, dancing and bonding with friends and colleagues, old and new, was the universal take-away from the event. And a fitting close to the conference was our Saturday excursion to Frederick the Great's summer residence, Sanssouci. Our cup runneth over!
We send a big congratulations to Keith Granet, Meg Touborg and the supporters of the LDC for a truly wonderful event.
MELJAC Lights Up the 2013 AD Show
We are excited to share the MELJAC line of high-end electrical equipment, which was recently exhibited at the 2013 Architectural Digest show in NYC. Our Alliance Partner, LVL, is the exclusive distributor of MELJAC in North America. MELJAC, for those of you who are not yet familiar with their product, is a French company that designs and manufactures one-of-a-kind, high-end electrical equipment. The AD show was a huge success and garnered lots of buzz in support of MELJAC’s initial introduction into the United States marketplace.
The booth, which was fabricated by I-Grace’s custom millwork shop, drew large crowds and many compliments from architects and designers with a high-level of interest. MELJAC offers the finest quality, the widest range of finishes and the capability to create a myriad of custom options for any client. The switches are beautifully crafted, completely customizable and can be used as the front-end for new and existing low voltage dimming, audio-visual and motorized blinds system(s). Keep an eye out for upcoming articles in Architectural Digest and Elle Decor about MELJAC's beautiful line of products.
Legends of La Cienega 2013: Time Capsule
We are excited to be part of the upcoming 5th Annual Legends of La Cienega event in Los Angeles. This 3-day celebration of design which takes place from May 8th – May 10th combines a unique variety of educational forums and entertainment for those who attend. Designers from all areas of the globe meet here to celebrate the fusion of art, fashion, design and culture. This year, I-Grace and Traditional Home are co-sponsoring the Tribute Party, which celebrates Legend’s Window Designers, Sponsors and Panelists, that will take place on May 9th. The party will be hosted by Ann Maine, Editor in Chief of Traditional Home, at the Lee Stanton space on La Cienega.
Ann Sacks Showroom
We recently completed a project in the Ann Sacks showroom in Los Angeles. This high-end, luxury tile supply company commissioned us to completely remodel one-third of their showroom space while remaining open for business. The project involved full installations of twenty floor pads and seven bathroom vignettes. During the demo process, we removed the previous sinks and donated them to Habitat for Humanity. All of the work, which was performed in-house and included fully operating fixtures, was completed within three months.
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