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In This Spectacular Kelly Wearstler Home, Comfort Comes First

Interior Lives

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Inside the home of Lana Gomez, Artist

with Wendy Goodman

 
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+ Sebastian Maniscaloc, Comedian.

In This Spectacular Kelly Wearstler Home

Comfort Comes First

You don’t want it to feel precious. You want people to not be intimidated and to feel comfortable.

Kelly Weastler gutted and decorated a family home for comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, his wife, artist Lana Gomez, and their (now) two children. He confesses to having had some trepidation about the high end decor and young kids, but he soon got over that. Watch the video above to see their beautiful home in Hollywood.

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Kelly Weastler is one of my absolute favorite interior designers, her bold artistic style is genuinely unique, playful, and modern with plenty of curated vintage pieces to keep it grounded. Bold patterns, muted earth tones with highlights of blacks and rich gem tones, work with unexpected textures to create warm and inviting sanctuaries. She always manages to create one of those moments of, “How did all of this come together?” that leave me stunned by her talent. 

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As an avid consumer of beautifully designed objects, often I go through many stages in my decision making process of whether or not I want to bring an article into my home.

Diving a bit deeper into my knowledge of the Bang & Olufsen  brand and heritage. I can say that I have been won over…

When it comes to Bang and Olufsen branding, one thing has always been clear – the company lives for design, innovation, and function. When building their brand, the company knew that they needed to showcase their unique values and purpose in everything they do, which is why every aspect of the B&O identity continues to be so iconic today.

Just look at the unmistakable design of the Bang and Olufsen logo for instance. The sans-serif font gives this almost century-old brand a modern feel, while the grey colour evokes thoughts of luxury, sophistication, and innovation. One particularly effective element in the design is the way the characters are situated. The “B” seems almost upside down, which indicates that this company has turned the audio world around, while the overall “neat” composition of the logo show’s the brand’s devotion to domesticated aesthetics.

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“With the A9 I wanted to make a timeless classic something which is beautiful from all angles in all times. A9 was inspired by sound and by music. The shape is a circle and the reason why choose a circle is because the sound travels in circles. The A9 is made out of very few elements which are used as much as possible and crafted in the best materials; high quality wood high quality plastics high quality aluminium and a very good fabric.”

Øivind Alexander Slaatto, Beoplay A9 Designer ​

CONNECTING genuinely with your CUSTOMER

B&O Beoplay A9

One thing I really enjoy about Bang & Olufsen as a brand is their inclusion of  the non-heteronormative dialogue that has finally been gaining positive momentum in mainstream culture. They are sharing the stories of real life people in very matter of fact way. I love how effortless and genuine their thinking is; there isn’t a big to-do about it, it’s just natural.

Bang & Olufsen approach their marketing in a fresh, modern way of thinking. They bring a common, everyday tone that doesn’t boast anything they aren’t already known for. They also don’t ‘pride’ themselves too much. 

Other major brands and retailers should take note and adopt a similar strategy. Instead of hopping on the gay pride bandwagon (as so many brands have done this year) by slapping on a rainbow on a product or just using its colors for convenient placement. 

I suspect the current fad and trying to cash in on the hype will only last the month of June. Only acknowledging a specific community for one month out of the year is just a bit condescending to me. We are not just a holiday, we are everyday.  

Bang & Olufsen have, whether intentional or not (but my guess it was intentional), have charmingly evoked what might not be a normal lifestyle for most, but is normal for a fair amount of the population. 

By featuring a neutral tone on gender and sexuality, they’ve made it a non-thing, they’ve made it a people thing. They have aimed the focus on style, design, and beauty. It’s inclusive and endearing. 

My only criticism would be to include more people of color. Though being a brand from Denmark, I can only assume this is most likely the reasoning for not doing so.

B&O Beoplay A9

Carolyne and Laura, an international creative couple currently living in New York. They open up their beautiful home, rich in character, with B&O. 

Watch their story “Calm, Cool, Collected” below…
Beoplay A9

Beoplay A9

The A9 is designed and crafted like a beautiful piece of furniture with a careful selection of materials and a great attention to detail. The days of wanting to hide your bulky black stereo are over. No matter where you choose to place the A9, it's going to look beautiful.

Stream wirelessly via AirPlay, Google Cast, DLNA or Bluetooth. Built-in access to streaming services. An incredible 480 watts of powerful sound. Intuitive touch control. Beolink Multiroom technology.

DESIGNER
Øivind Alexander Slaatto.


SPECIFICATIONS

DIMENSIONS
On stand Diameter x height x footprint 70.1 x 90.8 x 41.5 cm 27.6 x 35.8 x 16.3 in;
on wall Diameter x depth 70.1 x 21.3 cm 27.6 x 8.4 in.

WEIGHT
15 kg (incl. legs) 14.2 kg (without legs) 33.1 lbs (incl. legs) 31.5 lbs (without legs).

COLOUR
Smoked Oak

MATERIALS
Wood, Fabric, Aluminium and Plastic.

POWER CONSUMPTION
Typical 23 watts Standby 0.4 watts

FREQUENCY
33.1 - 25.000 Hz

POWER AMPLIFIERS
1 x 160 watt class D for bass
2 x 80 watt class D for midrange
2 x 80 watt class D for treble

DRIVER UNITS
1 x 8' woofer
2 x 3" midrange
2 x 3/4" tweeters.
1 x USB iPod/iPhone/iPad connector
1 x Line-in
1 x Ethernet.
WLAN - 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz)

STREAMING SERVICES
Apple AirPlay
DLNA wireless streaming
Bluetooth 4.0
Google Chromecast


Bang & Olufsen has never been one to shy away from intriguing design, and the Beoplay A9 is no different. This AirPlay-capable speaker stands out among other speakers with its unique circular shape that also doubles as a volume control, and TrustedReviews calls the A9's design "minimalist in styling yet attention grabbing in its shape." Its round form houses five speakers that create a sound t-break refers to as "mesmerizing," with TrustedReviews being pleased with "the quality of its sound reproduction." The Beoplay A9 avoids the 'form over function' cliché by not only looking modern and interesting, but by also providing an enjoyable audio experience

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Bang & Olufsen A/S is a Denmark-based company engaged in the design, development and marketing of audio and video equipment. The Company supplies primarily music systems, loudspeakers, television sets and multimedia products. Its activities are divided into two business areas: Business-to-Consumer (B2C) and Business-to-Business (B2B). The B2C area includes two segments: audiovisual (AV), offering audio and video products sold under the Bang & Olufsen brand; and B&O PLAY, which delivers stand-alone, portable products. The B2B business area also consists of Automotive segment, which comprises development, production and sale of sound systems for a range of cars, such as Aston Martin, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Furthermore, the Company is parent of Bang & Olufsen Group, which operates worldwide.

Life Imitating Art

Model #
USC-0056055A
USC-0056015A

Designed in 1967
Manufactured in Italy
Injection-molded ABS Resin
Colors Orange or White
Base Diameter 8 in
Fixture Height 13 in
Shade Diameter 21 in

ODE TO NESSO

Sometimes I wonder how the process works. How things get formulated into ideas and then ideas become brain storms and dots begin connecting, until our labors pay off and idea has become reality. To take what is essentially nothing and make it into a tangible, functioning, helpful, life-changing something… It’s truly inspiring to think this way of all the great (and unsung) minds that have gotten our society to where we are today.

N-E-S-S-O

MOD might be what they call you

and call you, they do

same style and form as the day you were born

definition of classic and traditional

still in the books, still in the guides

on how design standards rise

above the rest, true to the test

you’re the best of the best

minimal, that’s 1 not 2

you’re on the pedestal

 

I’m not a poet, I wrote that really quick to be cute. Did it work?

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about patterns, behaviors, and shifts that have happened in my life. I’ve been putting work into me, trying to work out issues I have with myself and the issues that keep me from having sustaining and rewarding relationships.

With this post, I’m attempting to try to take things a bit deeper. More personal, learning myself again, while blending it with my everyday. I realized that I’ve become a different person, as most do over the years, but what I realized is that I was treating myself as that younger self and the current version writing this very entry as though he were a ghost. A faint memory fading from any sort of presence. Allowing myself to think of tomorrow as though it wasn’t already on its way. I was allowing myself to not care.

A two for one sort of deal. When my anxiety starts rising and I’m aware of it in time to shut it down before it shuts me down, I try to use some techniques I’ve learned. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure where I learned them, probably online somewhere. So please, don’t try this at home, I am not a doctor.

My commentary with a little background on The Nesso Table Lamp. It’s a precursory to examining the creative process. As a creative individual, self-labeled, I have come to a place in my life where I seek to explore my own processes, down to a neurological level. Many factors in my personal life have lead to this, of which at this juncture are irrelevant to this article. 

Nesso Table Lamp
By Giancarlo Mattioli
from Artemide

photography by Justin w John

Designed by Giancarlo Mattioli and Gruppo Architetti Urbanisti Città Nuova, in the glamorous 60’s era, Nesso is an international icon of futuristic, democratic design. Part of the “Modern Classics” reissued line, it was a marvel of ABS thermoplastic injection-molding when first introduced in 1967 thus bringing industrial materials and methods to the home and office environments.

A dash of color and a design inspired from nature, Nesso stems from the visionary identity of Artemide. Its’ iconic curves wind into a true collectible, an expressive statement piece of internationally acclaimed calibre and fame. An iconic piece having staged its presence in various landmarks, Nesso is considered a valuable piece of art. An “icon” of design, part of the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art.

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Probably the most quintessential piece of design to represent the 1960s, its dramatic shape and scale is like that of a gentle giant.

Effortlessly fluid curves, clean color, and luminous glow never impede upon its environment or surroundings. Demanding attention in a coy manner. The dimpled shade, supposedly modeled after a woman’s navel,
also views as a mushroom shape from the side.

INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM
  • 1st Award Concorso Studio Artemide/Domus, 1965 Milan.
  • The Twentieth Century Design Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
  • The Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Permanent exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, Colorado.
  • Represented in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem Permanent exhibit at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Montreal.
  • Permanent exhibit at the Museo del Design Italiano, Milan Triennale.

With headquarters in Italy, Artemide Lighting has been bringing a relaxing mood and harmonious ambiance to contemporary home living through their timeless lighting solutions since 1960. Artemide Lighting has a mission to create the perfect expression of sustainable design by blending old-world wisdom and next-generation technology to illuminate the future with high style lighting. Popular worldwide, Artemide Lighting offers an exclusive, high-end collection of ceiling, wall, and floor lamps to illuminate luxury in the modern home.

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