BJØRN STUDIO

OUR PLACE TO EXPLORE IDEAS ON CONTEMPORARY LIVING
Building Art

On my travels this summer, I took as a little light reading Frank Gehry’s biography (haha, only an interior designer or architect would call this light reading!). For… Read more »

Marquina

Connecting and working with talented individuals is one of the highlights of my job.   Local crafts people and artists have a thoughtful perspective on design, and they help create… Read more »

Snapshot 25

Design is about turning fantasy into reality, dreams into inhabitable spaces. The work comes from turning ideas into something that can be built. As summer came, I tasked myself… Read more »

Bloom

This carpet collection by American designer and florist  Jeff Latham for  Tai Ping Carpets strikes notes that resonate with me: artistic, bold and modern. I want to reach out to touch and… Read more »

Oslo Opera

I have big expectations for the new SFMOMA expansion. A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to see first hand the work of the architects when I… Read more »

Cenote Spa

Spending time in the Mayan Caribbean clearly reveals how life and landscape are influenced by geology: limestone bedrock erosion reveals subterranean water, which affects plumbing, foundations, electricity and gas. All… Read more »

Island Life

As you read this I will be lying in a hammock, swinging in the humid breeze of the Mayan Caribbean. A good book, a cool drink and a… Read more »

Light Fantastic

This past week I ran into Leo Villereal’s work at every turn. On a break from work, I saw a great show at Jessica Silverman/fused space gallery. Watching the Super… Read more »

Chalet

Winter in the mountains, to me, is all about the warm glow of a fire and the comfort provide by rustic materials, friends, spirits and a good view. It’s… Read more »

Snapshot 24

A fixture of Bay Area art for decades, David Ireland lived the life he preached, turning his house at 500 Capp Street into a living sculpture. Ideas of impermanence,… Read more »

Paris Match

The City of Lights has been in our thoughts lately. The city that brought us the Eiffel Tower illuminated in lights, the moving picture, and the Age of Enlightenment…Paris has… Read more »

Snapshot 23

I was walking by the new SFMOMA extension the other night, and inside the window you can see the form of Richard Serra‘s Torqued series steel sculptures. I am… Read more »

Cucina

This is the time of year when we entertaining friends and family at home to share the joy of the season. We are celebrating another year together, friendship, accomplishments and losses,… Read more »

Snapshot 22

An installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum plays with our perception of light and space, using colored acrylic panels and ceramic tile in a color gradient to… Read more »

Milan

On my recent trip to Milan, it was hard to decide where to go and what to see simply because there was too much to see: Milan is… Read more »

Snapshot 21

My summer trip to Milan was an immersion in Italian modernism, where detail and decoration animate purer northern forms. Milan’s historic boulevards are alive with new design — from the crisp modern architecture of the 1930’s… Read more »

Italian Design Now

Summer and travel go together, and for me I had an abundant year. Yosemite. Milan. Cape Cod. It was a WASP-y, worldly and rugged summer, and I’m grateful… Read more »

Prada Museum

I had never seen in person a building by OMA, but as a student I was a huge fan of the work, especially the Maison Bordeaux house, which I studied,… Read more »

Trocadero

This apartment in the Trocadero by Rodolphe Parente is seductive. Interesting use of volumes and color, combined with a mix of herringbone parquet floors, bronze and Calacatta marble… Read more »

Snapshot #20

I’m a fan of this commercial carpet from Ege, which shows the full range of possibilities being produced in the commercial carpet world. The advances in technology are… Read more »

Tudor

This Tudor home outside of Boston is a good example of how to update a more traditional home: clean up the detailing, update the kitchen and bathrooms, and add… Read more »

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