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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Construction New York City Upper Eastside Townhouse: Being at the right place at the right time...then taking action.

A bleached wedge wood clad library makes for a fabulous sofa covered in Hermes leather. The rear facade is floor to ceiling glass on every floor with a glass terrace and glass stairs so even the basement level receives ample light on the south facade. 
In a new construction ground up townhouse by Inson Dubois Wood an African mask contrasts perfectly against a fabulous photo by Alberto Rizzo, who is collected by MoMA and the Met. In the living room a fragmented portrait painting by Justin Bower, reminds us of the way in which society loses a little bit of its humanity with each electronic social media device it creates.
Minimalism and elegant modern luxe was the name of the game at this Upper Eastside Townhouse by Inson Dubois Wood. A limestone facade compliments the neighboring townhouses on this classic street which the classic movie starring Jack Lemmon: "How to Murder Your Wife" was filmed 
The basement is incredibly well lit naturally with the help of a glass terrace above which does not obstruct the southern light. 

A custom bed by Inson Dubois Wood has a touch of woven horse hair added to the headboard for elegance. Mid century modern lamps are 1960's Murano hand blown.

Architect and Interior Designer, Inson Wood runs Inson Dubois Wood LLC a turn key hi-end residential design firm that has projects in 5 countries, including Asia, Europe and Australia. The firm has recently been published in a new book on Scandanavian design by TeNeus titled: "Living in Style Scandinavia" as well as Luxe, New York Space, Resident Magazine, Haute Living, and Manhattan Magazine.

The master bathroom has phosphorous glass which makes the stunning views to the opposing religious structure opaque at the touch of a switch for privacy. The inscription on the pediment reads"Unto the Lord I would prepare a perfect people."


The rear terrace was completely reconstructed and lined with hand chased stone lining the entire wall surface. A glass top vanity has a hidden reveal to open the bleached Macassar drawers. 
We had the opportunity to corner the busy designer architect, Inson Wood, of Inson Dubois Wood, a Park Avenue based Internationally Published Turn Key Hi-end Design firm and ask him to give us the background story on how he got to do all the design for the construction and interior design for a ground up Townhouse in Manhattan's prestigious Upper East Side ( the New York City's  most prestigious zip code ) that was published in New York Spaces last month.

Ecomanta: Tell how this extraordinary project came about. 


IDW: " I guess the biggest take away from this project is that it pays to workhard...A few years ago I met a client at a charity function. It turned out he and his wife had attended Harvard as did I - we had a few things in common. We both loved skiing, cycling, and...architecture. 
     Fast forward - a quick consult on a closet modification led to a search for the perfect fixer upper - which in turn led to a ground up new construction townhouse on the Upper Eastside. The townhouse originally meant to be a possible flip ended up being a complete teardown with every detail thought out - from front and rear facade, floor plan layout, lighting, stair design, rear garden, roof terrace, furniture, fabrics, accessories, lighting and even down to art curation and selection of their growing art collection. When finished it so suited the clients taste and lifestyle - they complimented me on my relentless tenacity to stick with my vision and see it to the end.  The collaboration of their good taste melded with my streamlined aesthetic ended up being a true win win.
 

Ecomanta: What was your inspiration or basic premise with the design?

IDW: Most of my projects don't have a specific style. Instead they are like a custom suit or timeless painting - they have to last forever, or at least have that intention in the way they are built.  My goal is always to create spaces and objects so beautiful they will never be thrown away. Not every piece has to be a limited edition design, however as a composition it should really sing so that if one piece is removed you immediately feel that it is missing.  Some projects have been so successful that I get calls from clients who have moved to another state - but are ecstatic that they sold their home with all the furniture in tact to the new owners, that they are interested in continuing the relationship as they really experienced the value added. Conversely, I even get calls from new buyer/owners asking if I can work the same project, but to modify it slightly to accommodate their lifestyle. They love the design, instead of ripping everything out like many new buyers, they want to actually continue with my design concept in the same vein.  This is the ultimate compliment - a new buyer purchases the property because they love the overall design - and then call you to continue the design process with them. The dream of any architect or designer is to create something that will stand the test of time - to be utterly timeless.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Network: Harvard, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Morphew, Rick Owens, Mitzi Perdue, Space Sixteen Soho, Inson Wood and Jim Luce of Huffington Post.


Mitzi Perdue, at her book signing recently held at www.spacesixteensoho.com - Soho's hottest new destination lifestyle boutique.  Daniela Zahradnikova co-founder Space16, Mitzi Perdue, Inson Wood, Sara Herbert-Galloway, Lorraine Cancro-Silvetz, CEO of the Global Stress Initiative. 

Singer performer, Cynthia Basinet, Mitzi Purdue with Jewelry design maven, Lauren Chisholm. 
Six degrees of separation turns into one degree at  Space Sixteen Soho when Lorraine Cancos and Sara Herbert Galloway are involved with event planning. Shown here with Huffington Post - editor and contributor and descendant of Harvard Founding Fathers, Jim Luce. 


Couture visionary Maggie Norris displayed her fashion runway pieces - Maggie Norris has done red carpet Gala Gowns for Vogue and notables such as Nicole Kidman, Beyonce, Rhianna, Naomi Watts, and several presidential First Ladies.

An honor to have the former design director for Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Maggie Norris, and her incredible creations at Space Sixteen Soho. 

The radiant author and Harvard alum, Mitzi Purdue,  and her support team leader - Sara Galloway.

Mastermind Daniela Zahradnikova, founder of Space Sixteen Southampton and Space Sixteen Soho ( www.spacesixteensoho.com.  Photos by Steve Mack


Interior designer of Space 16, Inson Wood, with Philanthropist Jane Pontarelli. Photos by Steve Mack
Philanthropist Sara Herbert-Galloway and creative director /designer / architect of space 16, Inson Dubois Wood. Steve Mack 




Daniela Zharadnikova, boutique founder and anti-poverty champion for the homeless,  being interviewed about her new store, www.spacesixteensoho.com and collaboration with art gallery Unix and collectible ceramics house - Lladro  ( note: Lladro's black and white Guests by Jaime Hayon - loom in the backround next to an orange Fairchild and Baldwin hand Bag. Vintage Bags by Louis Vuitton, Celine and Hermes.  Photos by  Steve Mack

Holistic Health and Yoga specialist and founder of Super Role Models and champion in the fight against Drug Addiction, Asia Janina Dyrkacz.  Photo by Steve Mack


Asia and Daniela in front of a wall unit designed by Architect/ Interior Designer, Inson Dubois Wood. A spherical handbag by Michael McElroy in Gold next to an art piece featuring Louis Vuitton as a pill/drug/ prophalactic. - Photo by Steve Mack
Inson Wood, Internationally published Architect/ Interior Designer with artist, King Saladeen at Space Sixteen in Soho, NY

A new fashion boutique, Space16 in Soho, New York, founded by an influential group of entrepreneurs, recently hosted a book signing by Mitzi Purdue.  A modular wall unit designed by Inson Wood served as a chic backdrop and elegant example of furniture that can be re-purposed forever. This simple modular bookcase/ desk/ hutch comes apart and fits into an SUV for compact and easy moves. An array of beautiful fashion elements, bags, jewelry, skin care products, cashmere and silk scarves, and even some couture and vintage fashion pieces, were efficiently and beautifully displayed.  Daniela Zahradnikova is a long standing member of the Soho Partnership and Ace Foundation - which made Space 16 possible.  A portion of the profits from Space16 goes to support several charitable causes.  As do proceeds from the sale of Mitzi Perdue's bestselling book, Tough Man, Tender Chicken, which unveils the uncompromising search for excellence her husband, Frank Purdue, sought and achieved in the food industry.  In the end it was a night of giving.  Pay it forward - and you will eventually get paid...even in a tough town like New York City. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel and the work of Genius street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat under the mentoring of Andy Warhol



Although there was a time when MOMA rejected Basquiat's work deciding not to collect his work ( and to this day do not own any ) - Jean Michel Bastiat will one day be rembered to be a more pivotal and creative artist then his mentor Andy Warhol or other contemporary pop artists such as Keith Haring or Takashi Murakami. The reality of the problem of Basquiat is that he remains the single artist of African descent that anyone knows - an irony by the pure fact that he is indeed the most creative and enigmatic of all the artists of his period. Basquiat truly captured the  Warholian era of the lower Eastside, Soho, Tribeca cub scene of Madonna and other maverick artists like Mapplethorpe and not unlike Michelangelo became the hottest thing in town - both for the aesthetics he portrayed and created as well as the aesthetics of the raw intensity of an artist who had actually lived on the streets for a time. Basquiat's rise to fame  (with the help of Peggy Guggenheim and Warhol ) and fall into the abyss - was more intense than the tragedy of Icarus himself. In time Basquiats pure originality, ability to critique the same people and society who cultivated and promoted his career, will show that he was indeed more of an independent thinker than the great Michelangelo himself. As one of the highest selling artists at Sothebys and Christies


Andy Warhol mentored Jean-Michel Basquiat - until the student surpassed the master. 

Inson Dubois Wood is promoting and collecting  a series of luxury / Street art inspired artists that are now selling at prices in the 5 digit level and above. 

auction in any category, Jean-Michel Basquiat has defined himself as the reigning king less than 20 years since he has left this earth and ascended into immortalality in the heavens - long live the king, of pop.



Basquiat is the leading pop artist from the Street Hip Hop generation that came out of the 1980's 

Andy Warhol - seeking to keep his brand fresh collaborated on pieces with Basquiat - entering into a world he experimented little with on his own - that of the creative composition of freehand painting and freedom of thought using controversial and quasi political texts dealing with race, oppression and social status of minorities. 

Unlike his predecessors - Basquiats style was not built on the works of previous artists - his originality of color, from and style set him apart from almost all other artists. Basquiat truly reinvented the wheel - with his ability to paint and draw - and write through paint - all a powerful message about the state of mankind both internally and externally - a true shaman, Basquiat could see the future and the past simultaneously. 

One of the first pop artists to grapple with the question of race inequality. 


Like Michelangelo - Basquiat was a master of color and composition - although in a very different exploration of spatial relationships. 

Color combinations of Basquiat took painting to an entirely different level and like Michelangelo - told a story of human suffering and oppression, of mental anguish and the true state of humanities follies and tragedies. 

Michelangelo explores depth of space, color, proportion and the topic human tragedy. 


Michelangelo - master of the Papel court and master of color. 

Originally labeled as being "Naive Art" - Basquiat was more masterful both intellectually and artistically than many masters. 

Temptation, greed and inequality are often topics in both Basquiat and Michelangelos work, although expressed in very different ways. Both explore human tragedy and tell the story of the fragility of man. 




MICHEL BASQUIAT SYNOPSIS
Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged from the "Punk" scene in New York as a gritty, street-smart graffiti artist who successfully crossed over from his "downtown" origins to the international art gallery circuit. In a few fast-paced years, Basquiat swiftly rose to become one of the most celebrated, and possibly most commercially exploited American "naif" painters of the widely celebrated Neo-Expressionism art movement.
Basquiat's work is one of the few examples of how an early 1980s American Punk, or graffiti-based and counter-cultural practice could become a fully recognized, critically embraced and popularly celebrated artistic phenomenon, indeed not unlike the rise of American Hip Hop during the same era.
Despite his work's "unstudied" appearance, Basquiat very skillfully and purposefully brought together in his art a host of disparate traditions, practices, and styles to create a unique kind of visual collage, one deriving, in part, from his urban origins, and in another a more distant, African-Caribbean heritage.
For some critics, Basquiat's swift rise to fame and equally swift and tragic death by drug overdose epitomizes and personifies the overly commercial, hyped up international art scene of the mid 1980s, a cultural phenomenon that for many observers was symptomatic of the largely artificial bubble economy of the era.
Basquiat's work is an example of how American artists of the 1980s could reintroduce the human figure in their work after the wide success of Minimalism and Conceptualism, thus establishing a dialogue with the more distant tradition of 1950s Abstract Expressionism.

Childhood

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1960. His mother was of Puerto Rican heritage, and his father a Haitian immigrant, the combination of which eventually led to the young Jean-Michel's fluency in French, Spanish, and English (indeed, early readings of French symbolist poetry would come to influence Basquiat's later work). Basquiat displayed a talent for art in early childhood, learning to draw and paint with his mother's encouragement. Together they attended New York City museum exhibitions, and by the age of six, Jean-Michel found himself already enrolled as a Junior Member of the Brooklyn Museum.
After being hit by a car as a young child, Basquiat underwent surgery for the removal of his spleen, an event that led to his reading the famous medical and artistic treatise, Gray's Anatomy. The sinewy bio-mechanical images of this text, along with those equally linear personages that Basquiat enjoyed in popular graphic novels, would one day come to inform his mature, graffiti-inscribed canvases.
After his parents' divorce, Basquiat lived alone with his father, his mother having been determined unfit to care for him owing to mental instability. Claiming physical and emotional abuse, Basquiat eventually ran away from home and was adopted by a friend's family. Although he attended school sporadically in New York and Puerto Rico, he finally dropped out of Edward R. Murrow High School, in Brooklyn, in September 1978, at the age of 18.
A product of the hyped-up 1980s, Basquiat and his work continue to serve for many observers as a metaphor for the dangers of artistic and social excess. Like a superhero of a graphic novel, Basquiat seemed to rocket to fame and riches, and then, just as speedily, fall back to Earth, the victim of drug abuse and eventual overdose.
Manhattan based tastemaker architect interior designer advises clients on high end bluechip and secondary art purchases as well as investing in emerging artists who he sees have huge growth potential.
The recipient of posthumous retrospectives at the Brooklyn Museum (2005) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (1992), as well as the subject of numerous biographies and documentaries, including Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010; Tamra Davis, Dir.), and Julian Schnabel's feature film, Basquiat (1996; starring former friend David Bowie as Andy Warhol), Basquiat and his counter-cultural example persist. His art remains a constant source of inspiration for contemporary artists, his short, but seemingly epic life a constant source of intrigue for a global art-loving public. 


A trip to the Mediterranean - Modern Architecture in Cyprus

Architecture in Cyprus 

 











The architecture of Sierepeklis Architects hints to an age of contemporary modernism.