Southern Exposure – Art & Design in Miami Beach

Southern Exposure – Art & Design in Miami Beach

Like great herds of migrating wildebeest, the art world makes its annual journey to Miami Beach during the first week of December. In search of their own form of sustenance – cutting edge art – the packs descend on Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) where the most exclusive galleries display one of the world’s greatest assemblages of modern and contemporary...
Frank’s Modern Christmas

Frank’s Modern Christmas

Like many people, I harbor warm, fuzzy feelings toward Christmases past, but I prefer to celebrate mine squarely in the present. Although I wouldn’t call myself a minimalist, I’m wary of a lot of traditional holiday décor, which can make a room feel as overstuffed as Santa’s sleigh. When it comes to decking my halls, I like to keep it light and bright and – as you’ll see – snowy...
Shanghaied

Shanghaied

A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections. — Chinese proverb Despite the guidebooks’ warnings, the stars were aligned for me to venture to Shanghai in late August. Thanks to 95 degree heat and 100% humidity, I can assure you that “Summer in Shanghai” will never get the same play as “Springtime in Paris.” Nevertheless, what the city lacked in climactic comforts, it more than made up for in endless...
A Cottage by the Sea

A Cottage by the Sea

As fleeting as the days of summer may be, childhood memories of days at the shore can last a lifetime. Whether it’s frolicking in the pounding, salty surf or counting fireflies in clear, star-filled skies, the impressions are indelible ones, which yesterday’s children inevitably want to share with today’s. When clients of ours sought to recreate this experience for their own growing family, we eagerly applied our sun block and headed to the beach for some good design...
Can’t Stand the Heat?

Can’t Stand the Heat?

Photo: Art Gray Despite the age-old adage, the kitchen is often a welcome refuge from summer’s scorching heat. Where better to cut open a big, juicy watermelon, squeeze some fresh lemonade or cool your heels by walking barefoot on some beautiful tile or stone? No matter what’s cooking, we designed these sunny kitchens so they always manage to keep their...