The DesignPhiladelphia Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary October 9th through 17th, and it has packed over 120 events, exhibits, demonstrations, and panels into just nine days. We’ve scoured through the schedule to find the best picks from every day of the festival.
We love this condo, of course. Parc is lovely. The amenities (24-hour doorman; pool; gym; etc.) are terrific. The views are great. The location couldn’t be better. This unit features customized closets, a Sub Zero refrigerator and wine refrigerator, a Nest thermostat system, a Juliet balcony with French doors… You get the picture (or you will after the see the gallery). There’s even a parking spot for just $168 per month, which for indoor parking near the Square, is pretty good.
To the new owner: Seeing as you’re paying $1.8 million or thereabouts, perhaps you’re also buying a new sofa? Or bringing one you like? In which case, I’m sure you don’t mind donating this sofa to a needy real estate editor, whose IKEA leather sofa and Pier One circa-2001 couch are no longer making the grade…
Photo via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International
Reading, Pa. native Danny Seo is a male, environmentally conscious Martha Stewart — if Martha Stewart were busier than she is and not an ex-felon. He’s a published book author. He has a syndicated column called “Do Just One Thing.” He has a line of home products is sold at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods. He’s a Today show regular. He makes organic wines, and sells his bath products and fragrances on the Home Shopping Network. He’s a spokesperson for a couple companies. And now he’s a magazine publisher, with the first issue of Naturally, Danny Seo out this month.
As an introduction to Seo, the magazine features his Bucks County “glass house,” which is a mid-century modern-style beauty — a little Kahn-inspired jewel in the woods. An interview with him about the house does more to explain its appeal than any listing could. A few excerpts:
At first, Sally Weisman did not want to move. She’d been living in Princeton, New Jersey for 13 years in a beautiful home. She was reluctant to downsize because she loves to have friends and family over. But she was ready for a smaller space. She considered going back to New York. Then she found a townhouse in New Hope. The clincher was the available lot next door.
Her interior designer, Helen Walton, first suggested that Weisman buy the available lot. When her builder agreed that it was a great idea, things started to take shape. Weisman moved in November and the garden was finished last month.
“I really couldn’t live without a garden or some outside space,” Weisman said.
You probably know the Eames chair. But there was more to Charles and Ray Eames than that. This TED talk, given by Charles and Ray’s grandson, is helpful and revealing when it sticks to the subject of their design history — and not uninteresting in other moments. Worth a watch:
Photographer Dominic Episcopo and his wife, Dawn, a makeup artist, have lived in their Fishtown home for 10 years — though calling it a “home” doesn’t do it justice. The former church is vast — much larger than the kind of home Dominic had in mind, even though he was searching for a live-work environment. “It was too much space,” he said, “but it was less [expensive] than most properties that I was looking at, and it had three to four times the space.” He’d only been to Fishtown a few times before he bought there, but the church sealed the deal.
Dominic describes his home’s style as eclectic.
“The building gives off a goth vibe and we painted the woodwork and molding black. I’m a collector so we have everything from animal hides to Persian rugs, 50s modern furniture and industrial objects and antiques. We have great art, mostly photography. I also have a pretty big record collection and vintage rock posters and art.”
His favorite rooms are his studio — “it’s pretty awesome” — and the bedroom.
IKEA calls itself the Life Improvement Store, and it’s now expanding its services to make good on that moniker. Taking a page from the book of home-makeover shows that have become so popular, the Swedes have launched the “grassroots” IKEA Home Tour, which will send a team of experts to different cities to work with desperate homeowners (design-desperate, that is. This ain’t no Extreme Makeover).
The IKEA “Home Tour Squad” is composed of five IKEA employees (pictured, left) who are leaving their store-bound jobs and going on the road to provide two makeovers in each city they visit. So far the cities on that list include Atlanta, Charlotte, Baltimore/D.C., New York and Philadelphia.
This week Web Urbanist published “Flintstones Furniture: 15 Designs Made of Stone and Lava,” and while I can’t be sure they were thinking of the late Dick Clark’s unbelievable Flintstones house, each of these designs is a lovely complement to his home’s interior. In fact, the gallery offers prospective buyers some decor ideas, should they be overwhelmed by the possibilities.
My favorite pick is the Livingstones, which I’ve long been obsessed with because I’m basically a cat and I just want to sleep all the time. In fact, I love all of Stéphanie Marin‘s work because so much of it caters to the high-end beanbag audience — and you know who you are. Below, a slideshow of Marin’s “stone” work, which would soften the hard edges of Clark’s home, both inside and out.
Name/Occupation: Kevin Clerkin, founder of Walk On Socks, and fashion writer/editor Laura Camerlengo, who works with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Costume and Textiles collection
Neighborhood: Fairmount/Art Museum
Why did you choose to call this neighborhood home?
Kevin: “We love this neighborhood because it’s laid back and walkable, and it has a lot of great restaurants. Plus, it’s close to Laura’s job, and to Center City.”
How would you describe your home’s style?
Laura: “It’s probably best described as ‘bringing the past into the present.’ Our building dates to 1940, and some of the things that attracted us to this apartment were the original details, like the built-in cabinets in the kitchen and the parquet floors throughout. When we were decorating, we tried to find items from that same period, like the Art Deco ceiling panels from Provenance in our dining room. We mixed these items with new purchases, hand-me-downs from our friends and family, and a few DIY pieces.”
According to the folks at Houzz.com (imagine every page marked “home decor” on Pinterest plus steroids), wood grain is making a comeback. We’re not talking about your grandparents’ paneled basement. Think: butcher block countertops and upcycled or creatively reused wood furniture. Which ties nicely into the other big trend for 2014: sustainability.
Below, a slideshow of local examples to help you get in on the trend before 2015.