Into The Woods

May 20, 2019

To the beach…up North…or, to the shore. What does getting away this holiday weekend mean to you? To me, it’s simply enjoying a bit of peace and quiet. And, what could be more peaceful and quiet than this little black box of a retreat tucked neatly into the woods? Minimalist charred exterior, natural wood interior and every room with a view. Lovely.

Photos via: Remash tumblr by Leonardo Finotti

 

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Movin’ on Out

April 29, 2019

Nothing says Spring and Summer like moving yourself outdoors. From starting your day with a deep cleansing breath of fresh air and your morning cup to lingering over dinner and drinks at the end of the day, you’ll need a place to sit. Enter Blu Dot’s minimalist Skiff Collection…lounge and dining seating, tables and benches of powder coated aluminum with Batyline Textile mesh in Carbon or white.

 

Photos: https://www.bludot.com/skiff-collection.html

 

and, the unexpected early release of Heath Ceramics Summer Seasonal Collection. In Spring greens ranging from bright speckled Canary to glossy vibrant emerald, you’ll be sure to find just the right piece to jump-start the season. I’m always partial to the trio of bud vases and the tall modern cup, but the Coupe Serving Platter, Dessert and Vegetable Bowls and Plaza Tray Set in this collection  look like they’re ready to step into service now, serving up the best offerings of Spring and Summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photos via Heath. https://www.heathceramics.com/collections/summer-seasonal

 

 

Cleared For Take-Off

February 22, 2019

Picture it…1966…the height of the glamorous age of jet travel. Arriving and departing through the Jetson-esque TWA terminal designed by Eero Saarinen. It was the modern future. And, it was stunning. Now all of that MidCentury style has been recaptured in the new TWA Hotel in New York. The original iconic terminal structure is the centerpiece piece of a complex that includes not only the new hotel towers, but a fitness center, meeting spaces, a restaurant and a vintage 1956 Lockheed Constellation put into new service as a cocktail lounge. The guest rooms have been fitted with Knoll Classic furnishings including Saarinen designed pieces like the classic Womb Chair for relaxing  and his Executive chair at the desk. Set to open its doors in May, room reservations are being taken now, online. Wow.

Photos: https://www.twahotel.com/

 

Start Small

February 18, 2019

While it’s been increasingly difficult to find that perfect piece of vintage classic Mid Century furniture you’ve been lusting after, now’s the perfect time to just cut to the chase. Take advantage of the annual Knoll Classics sale running until February 26th and buy yourself that perfect piece and save a little time and money in the process. You don’t have to go for broke…get your feet wet with a side table, stool or pull up chair and work your way up to something more grand. A small statement can speak volumes. And, who’s doesn’t love free delivery?

Top to bottom, some of my simplequietmodern favorites.

The Saarinen 20″ side table, the newly re-issued Bertoia Molded Side Chair, The Platner Side Table in Bronze, The Saarinen Tulip Stool, The Richard Schultz Petal Side Table in White and Teak, and finally, the Saarinen Executive Side Chair with Walnut legs. All Photos:  https://www.knoll.com/shop/by-category/knoll-classics

 

 

 

 

Shifting the Conversation

January 10, 2019

While Washington argues concrete walls and steel barriers, let’s take a look at how both materials can be put to great simplequietmodern effect closer to home. The Lake House, by Suyama Peterson Deguchi, ticks all the right boxes. It’s always good to start the New Year with a fresh outlook and a little inspiration, isn’t it?

 

Photos: Kevin Scott… found here: http://remash.tumblr.com/post/181222239869/the-lake-house-suyama-peterson-deguchi-photos

 

Down to the Wire

December 17, 2018

There’s still time for some small last minute gifts. Here are a few sqm ideas to help you tick those last few boxes on that list.

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From Heath Ceramics Classic Red Collection: the Tall Modern Cup in Ruby Red and Suede Red. It would be particularly special if it was filled with fresh flowers once a month for a year. photo: https://www.heathceramics.com/products/tall-modern-cup-ruby-red-suede-red

Memo blocks by Ito Bindery. Photo: https://www.odetothings.com/products/ito-bindery-memo-block?variant=5444084498463

Some homemade sweet treats are always appreciated… especially by those who are cooking and baking challenged. Use the search bar right at the top to access simplequietmodern recipes for Shortbreads, Maple Glazed Walnuts or Bourbon Balls for starters. Photo: gp

These Italian woven paper bags by UASHMAMA feel like leather. They can be the gift or become a special gifts modern reusable wrapping. Photo: https://www.purlsoho.com/uashmama-paper-bag.html

Potted white Helebores bring an unexpected freshness that will charm now, on the Solstice, Christmas and through to the New Year. Being able to plant it in the garden once winter breaks is an added bonus. Photo: gp

The holiday fragrance of cinnamon and fir poured into a reusable Heath Red Suede Cup. Once the candle is gone this gift keeps on giving…as a teacup or small vase. Photo: https://www. a .com/products/candle-large-modern-cup-ruby-red-suede-red