BJØRN STUDIO

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Heath & Artek

Two of my favorite companies have teamed up for a terrific collaboration:  Heath Ceramics and Artek. The collection includes Alvar Alto’s Tea Trolly 900, Stool 60 and other… Read more »

Parchin kari

A charming Southeast Asian couple recently tasked me with designing a parchin kari kitchen backsplash for their Mediterranean-style home in Palo Alto.  Also known as pietra dura (in Italian),… Read more »

Caning

This brilliant restaurant, Loulou Restaurant Paris, recently got me thinking more about the use of caning in interiors.  I love how the technique softens and adds texture to… Read more »

Spring Design

I wasn’t fortunate enough to make plans to attend this years Milan Furniture Week, which just ended. I followed with envy as friends and showrooms posted pretty pictures… Read more »

Beauty

I caught the Cooper Hewitt’s Design Triennial at the San Jose Museum of Art just before it closed.  Titled Beauty, the show explores contrasting themes in contemporary design,… Read more »

Fog Fair

I’ve spent the afternoon being inspired at the  Fog Art+Design show at Fort Mason Center, January 12-15. The fair brings some of the best contemporary furniture dealers and art galleries to San… Read more »

Terrazzo

One of the materials which I have embraced this year is terrazzo. Part of the reason is that terrazzo reminds me of Italy, where it was invented in… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Outside
Richard Schultz lounge chairs

When selecting outdoor furniture, there are so many options. It’s possible to find outdoor furniture that’s stylish and durable for all personalities, whether you want to be hip, retro, practical, modern… Read more »

Snapshot #17
Ricketts Indigo

As the “makers” movement spreads, not only are neighborhoods and jobs created, but traditional crafts are being revitalized. I’m really excited about this. Working on high-end interiors has… Read more »

Therme Vals

I’m getting out of town this weekend for a spa retreat, taking advantage of my twice monthly earned #FreeFridays (brillant employee happiness policy, brought to us by a… Read more »

Églimosé

I have been lucky to work on several projects using the verre églimosé process. Églimosé, from the French term meaning gilded glass, is a process in which the… Read more »

Mexico

Recently I spent a week in Tulum and Playa del Carmen, Mexico, as many of my friends are all to aware from all the travel-porn/travel-bragging I did on Facebook.… Read more »

Books
Codex by Piero Lissoni.

Dealing with storage and clutter are concerns in most of our lives. Dealing with too many clothes, collections, books, and mementos from a life well lived is the… Read more »

Snapshot #14

Recently when I was going through the chores of my work day, I stumbled across hand-made quilts which both amazed and inspired me as a designer. Part of the shock was… Read more »

Design Week

This past week ended Winter Market at the San Francisco Design Center. While it is not the Maison & Objet in Paris, it is a celebration of creative… Read more »

Fireplaces

This time last year I sat around an open fire with my family in Minnesota.  Outside it was cold and the snow was falling, but inside was warm… Read more »

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