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This One’s on the House: A Tour of Home Bars
I’m serving up more home bar inspiration at Houzz.com today.
Sidenote: Install a mirrored back-splash to your bar to give an illusion of more space.
d*s readers jessica, caroline and stacey asked if i would build a room divider guide asap for some guests they had coming into town. room dividers run the gamut from screens and hanging panels to full on storage units. i’ve chosen my favorites above and below but i always suggest using fabric to create an inexpensive divider panel. you can pick up inexpensive fabric at repro depot, purl soho, ikea and hancock and then use wire or curtain rods to hang them between spaces. have an idea that isn’t listed here? feel free to add it in the comment section below. there are six more slides after the jump so click here for the full post or click “read more” below.
[image above, clockwise from top left: desmond screen by jonathan adler $850, j schatz happening curtain $1250, bamboo stagger by brave space $2350, molo softwall $750+, nomad system by mio $56 per unit]
[image above, clockwise from top left: designer’s eye wall $599+, hultet room divider (i’d spraypaint this white or bright, bold color) $39.99, curva screen $1870, eileen gray screen $5242, coil room divider $398]
[image above: cubits storage system, stack to create room divider- $198 per kit]
[image above, clockwise from top left: algues by the bouroullecs, $30 per pack]
[image above, clockwise from top left: lily yung die-cut panels]
[image above, left to right: mo-bi-le-o’s by kenneth wingard ($89-$92 per pack). hang in panels to create a room divider]
By Carla Jordan | CS magazine
Modern manufacturers are interpreting the centuries-old Japanese art of paper folding with laser-cut slotted sheets of steel that can be bent, folded and locked into place. Or with three-dimensional fabric tiles that can be installed on walls or ceilings to form an endless variety of shapes. We say they’re a sweet twist of fate!
>>Reflex-Angelo Origami modular cabinet, price upon request, reflexangelo.com
>>Jaime Salm’s Origami side table, $185, miocollection.com
>>Polygon cushion, $100, miacullin.com
>>A La Carte Origami three-piece bowl/plate set, $100, rosenthalusa.com
The Modern Murphy Bed Renaissance
Design—and fashion—are circular in nature. Trends come, and go, and then come again. So it is with the Murphy Bed, that bane of 1970s studio apartments. After a 30 year hiatus we are in the midst of a revival of beds that fold down from a wall. Except now a Murphy Bed is as likely to fold down from a ceiling or emerge from the back of a desk. And instead of the ugly wall monstrosity that reveals a lumpy mattress, today’s Murphy Beds are sleek, elegant and comfortable. The difference between modern Murphy Beds and those of yesteryear has lead at least one website to call for these hidden beds to be called something else. “Flying beds” it suggests. Whatever moniker you want to use for them, here are some designs that caught Spot Cool Stuff’s eye:
Like a secrete door in some eccentric mansion, this bed spins out from behind a book case. The Twirl Bed is only 22 inches (56 cm) deep. And nine of those inches are reserved for the shelves! There’s an optional table that folds down from the middle of the shelf system. Available in twin and queen mattress sizes.
“The Tale” Computer Bed
Looking at this modern-minimalist computer desk and you’ll never know that it doubles as a bed. The twin mattress (no other sizes available) folds via gas pistons that dampen the weight as the bed is pulled down and assists with the lifting as you bring it up. We love how the bed can be folded up and down without clearing the items from the desk. Comes in six colors including walnut, cherry and maple.
This bed emerges length-wise from underneath a shelf. When the bed is folded up the space it would occupies is home to a storage unit with two drawers and several shelves. Slide the whole storage unit via it’s railing rollers to snug fit under the desk and—viola—there’s no space for your bed.
How cool is this: A bed that emerges down from the ceiling! This bed is designed to allow some to sleep on it at any height—you can lower it all the way to the floor or use it half way down, bunk bed-like. The installation, of course, is a tricky and expensive business. More installations of the Elevator Bed require adding substantial ceiling and wall reinforcements to your house. The raising and lowering of the bed happens electronically. The mechanism for it can lift up to 900 pounds and is operated by remote control. If you are worried about accidentally smushing your overnight guests (or if you intend to) you’ll be happy (or sad) to know that the remote control includes a two-finger lock; also the bed will not move if it is holding more than 20 pounds (9kg) its empty weight.
Mr. Hide Sofa Bed
There are lots of sofas that fold open to make a bed. But how many sofas can fold out into a bunk bed with three mattresses? Only one that we know of: Mr Hide. It even includes a ladder. Available in four luscious colors: cream, sky blue, dark green and Bordeaux.
Dresser Cabinet Bed
If you’ve clicked through the “learn more” links for the above beds you’ll know that most are incredibly expensive (eg. $5,000+). Most also require time or great expense to install. If you needs, or budget, is more modest this handsome cabinet bed may do the trick. The drawer and door handles of this cabinet are for show only. They do, however, look realistic and hide any hint that there’s a bed inside.
Ladies of the light
Artist brings new radiance to vintage mannequins
He added a light bulb. In walked Cindy Funkhouser.
“I have to have that,” said Funkhouser, an antiques dealer. “I don’t care how much it is, I want that. And can you make 10 more?”
The lamps that Clark made for his first show in the back gallery at the Funk House were a smash. Outlandish and topped with vintage accoutrements, the works came to be known as “art lamps,” functional artistic compositions of vintage wares, each with its own theme. The first lamps sold for as much as $2,000. Clark, a Massachusetts native who moved to Las Vegas 18 years ago, was launched as an artist.
Now he’s returned with another series, “So Rare II,” on display at the Fallout Gallery on Commerce Street.
In the sitting room of his 1935 Las Vegas bungalow, a dimly lighted and shadowy environment decked out with the finest rugs and antiques, Clark says he’s blown away by the reaction to his “ladies,” which were inspired by childhood memories of being dragged through department stores.
Built on his Moroccan coffee table surrounded by a 1930s sofa and chairs, the women still wear their original makeup.
They are sultry, sexy, vixenesque and glamorous, but not perfect.
“The chip on her chin. I don’t fix stuff like that,” Clark says. “There is something romantic about the flaws, the dings, the cracks; that all adds to the realness.”
But don’t expect a second-rate work. Clark puts all his love and some household appliances into crafting the sculptures. Like a dress designer who understands the line of a woman’s body, Clark understands his vintage mannequins and adjusts to their forms with strategically placed adornments.
A wedding cake lady lamp features a mannequin with a cake plate topping her head, a veil attached. Twinkling lights, Capodimonte porcelain roses and glass beads wrap around her body.
Another lady wears a Proctor Silex lighted electric coffee brewer atop a plate on her head. Dangling from the turquoise plate are matching coffee cups.
A 1944 telephone serves as the base of another lamp. The receiver, which Clark says still works, stems from her head. A ’50s desk lamp, screwed into the head of the mannequin, lights it from above.
Another wears a brass art deco chandelier with twinkling flamelike red lights.
Sitting amid the lamps last week, Clark played a recording of the lamps’ theme song, “So Rare,” written by John Rufus Sharpe and Jerry Herst, and humorously explained that the ladies sometimes seem to have a relationship with one another. Laughing, his friend Douglas Sargeant, who assists with the lamps, added, “It’s very loud sometimes in here. It’s a real hen house.”
Some come with stories. Many of the hundreds of shells (conch shells, starfish, coral and more) affixed to a lamp that sold at Clark’s last show hold a little piece of paper with a note. The woman who owned the shells received them from men all over the world. For the headpiece, Clark took his bathroom light fixture, mounted it on the mannequin and placed the shell of a large sea urchin, which holds the light bulb, inside.
Clark says his years working with Siegfried & Roy at their show and at the Jungle Palace helped him hone his abilities. He regards the magicians, who gave him advice with props at the show, as mentors, but he credits his childhood and Americana for the inspiration.
“It’s fascinating to pull up some of these memories and create work from them.”