I am a sucker for the vintage and the industrial, so I was in heaven when I found Get Back Inc. Located in Oakville, CT, this store started in 2000 by cabinet and furniture makers. At Get Back, industrial finds are transformed into functional furniture. Additionally, salvaged pieces are restored and vintage furnishings are also sold. I was practically drooling when I saw pictures of their showroom. So, next time I am in the area I must stop in…the only problem is that I may never want to leave.
The following are some pieces that caught my eye. I love the attention to detail and how new pieces blend perfectly with the old.
Industrial Garment Hanging Rack and Shelving Cart
Bent Plywood Rosewood Stack Chair
Industrial Cast Iron Two Tier Bar Carts
Vintage Laundry Bins
IMAGE CREDITS: Images from Get Back, Inc.
Strolling about in Dupont Circle, I came across Kulturas Secondhand Books. By the by, vintage bookstores are my new favorite thing…the key is to find one with an Architecture section – I could have been there for hours. While perusing the book, From: New Houses in Old Buildings, I happened upon this project by Mark Guard Architects. The firm converted a car repair workshop into a two-bedroom home in Deptford, London. The design element that initially caught my attention was the use of the copper plaster floating wall in the master bedroom (shown above). I love the relationship of the way the copper subtly mixes with the steel and concrete structural elements found in the renovation.
The renovation incorporated removing old roofs, adding a new entrance, and new enclosed garden. Sensitivity towards views and daylight throughout the house was the main objective of the designers. The living room and kitchen are on the first floor to take advantage of the views of St. Paul’s Church and Greenwich. The bedrooms on the ground floor open out to the walled in garden. The overall architectural design is so timelessly modern making it hard to believe that the project was completed in 1996.
For more images and information on this project, check out the website by clicking here.
IMAGE CREDITS: All Images from Guard Tillman Pollock
Wallpaper* is wild about Brazil after moving operations there for several weeks for their Born in Brazil issue. Rather than simply taking a snapshot of the country in the issue, Wallpaper.com will be updated for the coming weeks with more news, video coverage, interviews and more. After checking out the directory of architects, I can see why they want to continue this story. I have included some of my favorites fromthe directory of architects.
Architect: Mareines + Patalano
Project: GLEM Offices
Architect: Humberto Hermeto
Project: Casa JE, Vale dos Cristais
To check out the directory of Brazilian architects on Wallpaper.com, by clicking here.
Check out these custom Maurice Lacroix timepieces designed by three of the world’s most prolific designers. Wallpaper* and Lacroix teamed up to find the designers – French designer Gwenaël Nicolas of CURIOUSITY, multi-platform designer Arik Levy, and fashion designer Neil Barrett. The watches are being auctioned on Wallpaper and the proceeds will go the charities of each designer’s choice. Bidding on each watch starts at €4,250. Click here to go to the article on Wallpaper.com and to bid on one of these beauties.
Raw and Essential
by Arik Levy
by Gwenaël Nicolas
by Neil Barrett
IMAGE CREDITS: All images from Wallpaper
Last weekend, I stopped byD.C. furniture boutique, RCKNDY the source for my “perfect sofa” and spotted several additional items that I love. RCKNDY has a great selection of furnishings from modern stores that are a little difficult to find in stores such as Blu Dot and Gus Modern. I recommend seeing pieces before purchasing, especially seating. I walked in the store and the Gus Modern Rochelle sofa had me questioning my sofa decision. The following images illustrate why I was tempted. The Rochelle, pictured above in ash gray is sleek and the right scale for a D.C. apartment. The image below shows the back which features seductive exposed legs. And the sofa is quite comfortable, although slightly lacking in back support which could be remedied with the right pillows. A flaw that my Paramount Sofa does not possess with it’s fabulous back cushions.
The following were other knock outs that had me wondering if I could find a location at my place or in a project. Additionally I thought that I would share my thoughts about comfort and the designs.
Gus Modern GT Rocker Perfect in scale for a small space but a little uncomfortable and the rocking functionality is not as smooth as I would like. However, the price , the lovely bouclé fabric and the overall design aesthetic may make this worth it!
IMAGE CREDITS: Buttercup Rocker Image from DesignPublic; Others by Design4Men
Is your father a whiskey lover? Whiskey Stones by Teroforma may be the perfect gift for dad. These stones are great for enjoying a dram (1.25 ounce shot) of whiskey. Connoisseurs suggest that whiskey is best served neat (without ice). Freezing these stones adds the cold without diluting your drink. Just don’t mistakenly swallow one. Yikes!
Available at RCKNDY, purchase the Whisky Stones for $20 for 9 stones or the Whisk(e)y Lover set, which includes 6 stones and 2 Avva tumblers for $60.
While reading this old issue of Dwell, I found this gem, Hoagie’s Heroes. Best friends since middle school, Casey Patten and David Mazza opened Taylor Gourmet, a Philadelphia style deli in 2008. In September 2009, Dwell featured their first location on H Street NE between North Capitol and 15th Street NE in Washington, DC. Their goal is to make the best “damn” sandwich in the district. Due to the popularity of their first store, they recently opened a second deli on K Street NW nestled into the City Vista development in Downtown D.C. The friends and now business partners moved to the DC area after graduating from Penn State and worked in real estate and construction for several years before buying the building in 2007. The two decided to place the deli on the ground floor and live in two 850-square-foot, bachelor pads on the second and third floor.
Patten and Mazza hired local architecture and interior design firm, Grupo 7 to realize their space. They were up front with their vision for a blending of industrial and rustic style and of course achieve their goals on a limited budget. The pair challenged the architecture firm to design using cheap materials in innovative ways. Wood from salvaged shipping pallets are used throughout the deli on walls and cladding the cash wrap. Chain-link fence poles serve as vertical supports for the shelving in the market. Another charming and cost-effective solution comes in the bouquet of incandescent lights creating a chandelier in the rear of the deli. The roll-up doors on the facade at Taylor Gourmet is perhaps the most eye-cathcing feature that differentiates this hot spot from other stores in the area. The design of the facade and the interior of the H street store is mimicked in the City Vista location.
A similar palette and sensitivity to rustic and industrial elements carries into the bachelor pad apartments above. The demolition of the existing apartments revealed brick walls which they choose to expose.
The two one-bedroom apartments are basically identical. The two also chose to create similar kitchens created by customizing IKEA kitchen cabinets. The missing element from the homes is a defined dining area which hits home for me. I really have no need for a dining table and chairs at the moment – particularly because I tend to eat while perched on the sofa in front of my flat screen TV. So, I totally understand the omission.
The similar layouts will be certainly help with resale and the NE neighborhood is on the rise. As their business grows, the two can find others to take over their homes.
I must say that I am a bit jealous – it has always been my dream to own a small store and live above it…and I am thrilled to see that their decisions despite having a tight budget were driven by sustainable design and enhancing the neighborhood.
IMAGE CREDITS: Dwell