Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Mark D. Sikes' "More Beautiful" Sneak Peek!


I've been a fan of Mark D. Sikes for a long time. I've blogged about him, his home, and his many published rooms crafted for his clients. Yesterday, Mark sent an email to his email list letting us all know that we can pre-order his newest book, MORE BEAUTIFUL, to see even more goodness! 

His first book, BEAUTIFUL, has been the most widely sold interior design book ever published by Rizzoli. 


And I'm sure that MORE BEAUTIFUL is going to be as popular, if not more. If you have a copy of BEAUTIFUL, you know that the book was separated into color stories. Chapters like "NEUTRAL TERRITORY" and "RED MY WAY" had photos from rooms in various projects that fit into these color categories.

His newest book separates his projects into distinct decorating styles, including "TRADITIONAL", "COUNTRY", "COASTAL", and "MEDITERRANEAN".


A special chapter, titled "BEAUTIFUL" provides a look at Mark's personal home in the Hollywood Hills, and his decor changes since it was seen in the pages of his book of the same title.

Tiny images of photos that are published in the book provided a little sneak peek at projects we know we will see in the 272-pages of MORE BEAUTIFUL.

For die-hard MDS fans, you are already familiar with some of these images. For those of you who aren't, I immediately identified 16 of the 24 photos:

Three images in the grid are from Mark's 2018 Kips Bay Decorator's Showhouse Room, "Sleeping Beauty":

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Three images are from Mark's work on the 2017 Coastal Living Showhouse




Four photos are of the newest decor in Mark's own home and garden, which was recently featured in Architectural Digest:





Three more are from a house he designed in Montecito that was featured on the cover of  House Beautiful:



One photo from a house he did in Alabama made the grid, but I'm sure we'll find more of this beauty in the book: 



One is from a project he completed long ago in Santa Monica that has yet to be published, but much was photographed of the renovation project for instagram. You can find those pictures here, and another is a project that he did in what might be the largest, most expensive property on Fernald Point in Montecito. That project was a very hushed, but you can see some photos of the spaces via the architect website here 

8 shots have me wondering what I've missed on IG, and those 8 alone would make it worth buying the book. But Mark has said that this book includes nearly 1,000 photos! Can you imagine? So - if you don't have the first book: 


And you can pre-order MORE BEAUTIFUL here: 


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Follow Me on Instagram

Many of you know that I've been creating for years. First, interiors, then cross bottles, now paintings and drawings. Lately, I've gotten such joy from painting that I've essentially done nothing but paint.

I apologize for those of you who still read the blog, that I haven't had much in the way of new material here. But I do hope that you're following artie.vanderpool on instagram. There you can see all the new stuff that I'm doing, glimpses of the new apartment - which is still unfinished, btw - and keep in touch.

Talk soon!
Artie

Friday, April 24, 2020

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's NEW New York City Digs

Architectural Digest just published the beautifully finished NYC home of designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. A little more than a year ago, I started a story on the sale of their home in California, and found the listing of the new townhouse in NYC. I didn't have enough information at the time, but now with the new pictures from AD we can take a look at the before and after, ala Nate and Jeremiah!



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You can see some changes in the background behind this photo shared to instagram of their daughter, Poppy. Notably the cabinetry which looks to be white French oak, and the addition of custom white oak cabinetry to the right.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Book Review: Alan I W Frank House: The Modernist Masterwork By Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer

©  2019 Alan I W Frank House Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

At the end of 2019, publishing powerhouse Rizzoli published an amazing book - a rare opportunity to explore the largest and most important house ever designed by Walter Gropius, founder of Bauhaus, and Marcel Breuer, a leading architect and furniture designer of the twentieth century - ALAN I W FRANK HOUSE: The Modernist Masterwork By Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. 

Built in 1939, and occupied in 1940 the house is a truly a masterpiece. Gropius and Breuer designed every aspect of the home built for Robert and Cecelia Frank, a third-generation of Pittsburgh industrialists, and their son, Alan. 

Some quick house details: 12,000 square feet on four floors, nine bedrooms, thirteen bathrooms, five terraces, a rooftop dance floor, an indoor swimming pool, and a cantilevered staircase of independent slab risers that Breuer would go on to make a signature of his work. To call it a house is a supreme understatement. It is more akin to a palace, mid-century style.

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Photo by Ezra Stoller, 1940

Robert Frank, an engineer, was very hands on in the process of the construction of the home he and his family would share. Together with his wife Cecelia, the collaboration of designer/architect/homeowner resulted in a beautiful home filled with extremely advanced systems. They incorporated an integral system for cleaning air, and an energy conservation system using the water from the indoor swimming pool as part of the heating and cooling system of the home. 

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Photo by Ezra Stoller, 1940

What is most fascinating though, is that the home remains essentially the same today as it was when it was first built, an unrivaled example of mid-century architecture and design. This is in large part due to Alan Frank, the son of the inspired creators of the home. Alan has preserved the house for more than 50-years, and is the current president of the Alan I W Frank House Foundation, whose mission is to preserve this unique asset in architectural and national history for the education and delight of future generations and to give them a place to connect directly with the work of the master designers who created the look and feel of modern life.  

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Photo by Ezra Stoller, 1940

If so inclined, you may purchase the book via the link below, or on the Alan I W Frank website where you can learn more about the foundation, the book, the house and the incredible visionaries who turned paper and plans into one of the world's most impressive examples of mid-century architecture.