Interior Design Magazine February

Hello, everyone!

I haven’t done one of these in a while… I’m a bit disappointed in myself for that…. but better late than never, right?

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I really liked the February issue! It was pretty hard to pick my favorite projects out of this one, but here’s what I finally decided!

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This is the PanAtlantic Exploration Company designed by Mayfield and Ragni Studio in Houston, TX. The thing I loved the most about this project is the combination of the organic stump furniture and artwork with the clean, white, contemporary design. The reception desk is meant to mimic a geode rock. The organic components really add a wonderful texture and variation to the space.
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I also love the way the art was selected to add some color to the space, without being overpowering. The ceiling is a fantastic feature as well. The wavy ‘fins’ cover a series of power efficient LEDs. The idea was to give the feeling of being under the ocean, which adds to the organic nature theme of the space.

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Another of my favorite featured projects is the The Chronicles of Catalonia. I can’t get over the way the pool is so seamlessly integrated into the house, and also how the whole set up seems so natural. It belongs in that forest just as much as the trees do! The whole design was done by Sausriballonch Architects, and is located in Santa Pau, Spain. When the homeowners purchased the home, it was a small lava stone structure. The architects dug out under it to add the dinning room and pool.

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One of my favorite things about this house (besides the whole being part of nature thing) is the lighting! Maybe I’m slighting partial to it because I work in a lighting store, but that is beside the point! I’ve always felt the Artemide Castores looked a bit alien, but the way they’ve been used in this house is wonderful! They contrast the natural wood and stone finishes, but in the best way possible.

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I love how the guest bathroom’s shower is completely made up of concrete. It has a great texture! (I’m a big fan of mixing textures if you didn’t notice…)

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One thing that was important to the homeowners was that the architect’s keep the original home’s lava stonewalls in tact. This feature is then seamlessly incorporated into the building’s new design. Once again, I love the natural, organic attribute this adds to the space…. And also the texture! (oh surprise!)

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Alrighty, my final favorite pick for this issue is the Andaz Maui resort in Hawaii by Rockwell Group. I can’t get enough of this staircase! The curve and wood grain are just phenomenal….

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A factor that was important when designing this resort was to make it feel like… well…. Hawaii. What better way to do that than by including a lounge area with sand?? I would love to sit there with my feet in the sand while sipping something tropical. I also enjoy the walnut beams on the ceiling, and all the vertical elements that were included in the design.

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This image is of one of the villas. I really like the textures added with the wool rug and the lighting fixture over the table!

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The pendants in the business center are amazing….

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So are the ones over the kitchen islands in the event center. I also love the large wood grain in the cabinets!

Okay, moving onto my favorite new products!

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1Chiaozzo’s Geometric Shelving:
I’ve been pretty big on geometric patterns lately. I love these shelves! They’re made up of different kinds of painted wood, and come in such fun colors!

2. Restoration Hardware’s Spartan Daybed:
I would like nothing better than sit by the pool all day with a good book in one of these….

3. Tai Ping’s new Chroma Collection:
I’ve been pretty into watercolors lately. I love how messy and abstract they can be while still feeling so light. These rugs are just wonderful.

Well, there you have it! Be sure to check out Interior Design Magazine’s website for more information on any of the things I talked about in this post!

On a completely unrelated note, The Whale’s Endeavor’s has been featured on the wonderful Jillian’s blog, ReFashionista, as a Reader Refash! Her blog was a huge inspiration for me, so I suggest you check her out!

-The Whale

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Interior Design Magazine: May

Hello, hello!

So, I know I’ve been MIA for a week or so… Life gets busy sometimes. Or maybe I just get lazy. Or maybe its a combination of both? We’ll go with that.

What is important is that I’m back, and its time for my Interior Design Magazine post for May!

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As always, I’ll start with my favorite projects from the magazine!

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First up is this fantastic mausoleum in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Designed by HGA Architects & Engineers, this lovely building features a granite facade along with marble, bronze, mahogany, and onyx. I love how the rough granite texture works with the shiny gloss of the marble. Texture is one of my favorite things to play with!
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This mausoleum was built to hold up to 10,000 remains, and also has a chapel, and a lounge. To top it all off, it was built surrounded with 4 acres of beautiful landscaping!

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Next up is a temporary pop up shop for one of my favorite fashion designers Louis Vuitton! The shop was designed to feature a new line and collaboration with Japanese octogenarian multimedia artist and certified iconoclast Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi is well known for her pumpkin sculptures and polka-dot paintings, so the installment, done by Marc Fornes & the Very Many, features carbon fiber ‘pumpkins’ and water jet cut polka-dots.
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I love the unique and artisticness of this shop!

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My final favorite from this issue is the new Adobe offices! This building, located in Utah, was a design collaboration of architecture firm WRNS Studio, and interior design firm Rapt Studio. The idea was to create a space that would promote the flow of creative juices, while featuring not the Adobe products themselves, but what could be created with Adobe products.
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The structure was built with a wing going straight across an interstate! They view this as an effective advertisement solution. Genius really. Check out more information and photos of this awesome building here!

Okay, on to my highlighted products!
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One:
Emma J. Shipley with Camira Fabrics. I love this gorilla jungle upholstery fabric titled ‘Tangled’!
Two:
Aceray chairs. I an a huge fan of the new line of seating offered by Aceray! I enjoy the shapes of these chairs a whole lot.
Three:
Shaw Contract Group: Hexagon. The idea of carpet squares being anything but square is a great thing to me!

Well, I do believe that wraps it up for this month! Check out more from Interior Design Magazine here!
I promise to try to not disappear again for a while… but life is busy! :]

-The Whale

Interior Design March

Hello hello!

It’s about time for my second monthly Interior Design Magazine post! I got the March issue a few weeks ago and have finally found time to do the research and editing required for this sort of thing! So with out further delay:
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I’ll start by highlighting some of my favorite projects in the magazine!

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First up is this little house located in Lisbon, Portugal. RA Architectural & Design teamed up with ADN Garden Design to create this fantastic piece of work. The whole building is like a garden!

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There is also a pool on top and the building makes use of solar panels to help with the water heater.

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Second up is this fast food joint called Yohinoya in Hong Kong by As Design Service. I’m not usually a huge fan of orange, but this design caught my eye.

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I like the orange and wood combination and the interesting textures they put together! Plus check out the nifty little menu area!

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Now this project is by far my absolute favorite from this issue! It’s a penthouse located in Paris, France. The penthouse was previously the home of Auguste Perret, one of France’s greatest 20th-century architects. Perret had constructed the building and then created his own apartment on the top level. The penthouse had been unoccupied for decades before Felix Claus of Claus en Kaan Architects decided to move in. Felix paid three years worth of rent in advance in order to be able to renovate the apartment and bring it back to its former glory.
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I absolutely love the french doors and the concrete columns! It all makes sense since Perret was a specialist in reinforced concrete construction.
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Its such a lovely place with great details! I’m in love with it.

Okay, now for my favorite products in this issue!
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One:
Bocci 28: “Arbel developed a method that has loose parameters built into it, which produces a different shape in every iteration of the fabrication procedure. Thus, every 28 series pendant made is formally different from any other in existence.” I love that these are all unique and made from a complex glass blowing technique.

Two:
Foscarini: Caboche:
“Suspension lamp composed by spheres of polymetylmetacrylate, transparent or gold yellow. A screen in white satinized blown glass guarantees maximum diffusion of light and prevents glare.” I have been in love with the Caboche by Foscarini ever since the moment I saw it a few years ago!

Three:
Volare Collection by Elitis: ““The weight of the feather”Nature offers us its most sophisticated for an exceptional wall décor that lacks no spirit! Time to fly at each new season, free minded.” These wall coverings are probably my favorite ones I have ever come across.

Four:
Rex Ray Infused Veneer: B+N Industries teamed up with artist Rex Ray to create an infused wood veneer collection. I just love the colors and patterns!

Well, that concludes my March edition of Interior Design!

-The Whale

Interior Design February

Hello Everyone!

So, I have been putting a lot of thought into this blog and what I would like the future to hold for it. Of course I’ve also been thinking about my own future. I’ve decided that since this blog is a kind of reflection of my life, I really ought to include more posts to do with Interior Design (it being my college major and hopeful career). For awhile, I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to incorporate this part of my life into The Whale’s Endeavors.

Well, I get the Interior Design Magazine in the mail every month, and I am always inspired when I read through it. My resulting idea was that I should share with you all my favorite new things in the magazine every month when I get it! Its a perfect way to share my love for interior design!

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Ok. So basically I sat down with the magazine and a home made latte! (Don’t worry I’m going to post how to make lattes at home with out anything fancy soon!) First I’d like to talk about some of what I thought were the best new finished projects the magazine featured.

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First to make my favorites list is this fantastic home by RCH Studios in Los Angeles, CA. I absolutely love the vertical beams outside the windows in the bedroom and the fireplace! It even can be rotated to warm different areas! Fancy.

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Second on the list is the home of architect Nancy Copley. It’s inspiration was drawn from the wooded setting it was built in in Accord, NY.

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My favorite features from this home include the staircase, a combination of warm maple wood and steel rods, the angled windows, and the complimenting, 1950s Swedish, purple chairs that tie it all together.

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My final choice from this month’s issue is Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, a hospitality complex located in New York. This fantastic work was completed by Rockwell Group.

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The first photo is showcasing a lovely view from the restaurant. Wouldn’t it be great to eat with a view like that?!?
The second photo is from one of the building’s guest rooms. I LOVE the concrete ceiling and beams as well as the acrylic tub! This is definitely a place I feel I would enjoy spending a vacation at.

Another part of this new monthly series I want to feature is my favorite new products from the magazine! Here’s this months!

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1. The art of Timothy Paul Myers
“Myers showcases contradicting components in arrangements of extraordinarily organized grids, most of which are encased within pristine plexiglass display cases.” I love the interesting combinations this guy comes up with!

2. Patty Madden Upholstry
I have been a fan of Patty Madden for a few years now. Mainly focusing on wall coverings, she has always had an edgy and unique feel in her designs. I also love the advertisements for her products!

3. Knoll Textiles Wallcovering, Vibe Collection
Knoll is a very popular textile and wall covering company. I love the color combinations and patterns in the Vibe wall covering collection!

Okay, I’m almost done, I promise! I just couldn’t end this post without including this fantastic art installation by Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher!

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Amazing right? The whole installation is inspired by Symphony in D Minor, which is inspired by thunderstorms. So, I suppose you could just say the whole thing is inspired by thunderstorms. The giant tubes hanging from the ceiling are acrylic and were designed using AutoCAD. The end of each tube has a design resembling storm drains, and the whole place has projected images of storms taken from an iPhone. Check it out!

Now I’m done. I hope hope you guys enjoyed this post! I certainly enjoyed creating it and discovering new inspirations and loves! I look forward for next month’s magazine to come in the mail!

-The Whale

NeoCon and Chicago.

Hello hello!

So its been about a week since I posted last. The reason behind this is because I’ve been visiting Chicago! Yep, the windy city (which I learned allll about believe me). Anyways, I was visiting Chicago to attend this three day event called NeoCon. Basically NeoCon is huge event for Interior Designers and Architects showcasing new products. You can also attend seminars and learn all sorts of new things. NeoCon was a new experience for me and it was an enjoyable one. I wish I had taken some pictures, but unfortunately for me, I managed to forget my camera at home for this week! The only photos I do have are from my mother’s camera.

We did a lot of things in Chicago. Some of my favorites were the “Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, and also visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio in Oak Park. Like I said, I didn’t get a lot of photos, but here are the one’s from my mother’s camera:

Hope everyone is having a good summer! It’s been ridiculously hot here in Muncie, IN. I’m definitely glad my apartment complex has a pool! How are keeping cool these warmer months?

-The Whale