aControlledSubstance online exclusive:
Rick Shultz photographs the London flat he and designer Jimmie Karlsson share with their cats Christy & Phoenix. Then we play a game of “10 Questions with Jimmie.”
aCS: How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Jimmie Karlsson: Fun, unexpected and imperfect. A mix with old and new.
aCS: Is it/is it not particularly English?
JS: I think it is very London. But also quite New York, where we have a lot of clients. Our furniture is defenitly not Swedish, although both Martin and I are Swedish.
aCS: Do you consider yourself a designer, an artist, a furniture maker?
JS: I’m a furniture designer and interior designer. Some people think I am an artist. I paint on furniture, but I don’t really consider myself an artist.
aCS: What motivates you?
JS: Every day life. Positive people and my passion for interiors.
aCS: What is your formal training?
JS: I haven’t a design degree. I studied art in Sweden before moving to London in 1998. It was always a hobby that turned into an unplanned business in 1994. So here we are!
aCS: What bores you?
JS: Arrogance. Copycats. Pretentious people. Negativity.
aCS: The copycats are too busy being beige. You needn’t worry. Yet!
aCS: What is style?
JS: The freedom to express ourselves and shape the life we live.
aCS: An answer after my own heart, Jimmie!
aCS: What is luxury?
JS: To be able to do what you love to do and get paid for it.
aCS: Amen to that brother. Long live SWEA!
aCS: Who/what are your influences?
JS: It comes from every day life. The streets, news, art, people, music, travel…
aCS: What is your favorite object to design/conceive/produce?
JS: My favourite thing is to do an interior design job for a client who gives us free rein to create.
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Under the Radar and Over the Top: In Chicago with Anthony Michael’s sneek peek at history in the making
Prior to this project, I had been working on more contemporary and modern residences of similar size, though my formal training is in the historical type and style exhibited here. Imagine my glee when the client was adamant that the project proceed only if I agreed to design it.
Let me give you an aCS exclusive peek into the process I undertook to create what I call La Residence de Printemps dans l’esprit de Louis XVI. Anthony Michael
THE exterior of this magnificent 30,000 square foot residence was inspired by a private residence just outside the gates of the palace at Versailles. The materials used throughout this project required a whirlwind of excursions to secure both the quality and the highest level of design. The floral, caryatids, and keystones were painstakingly conceived first in clay mockups and then in stone mock ups in Toronto. All architectural components required a study of light and shadow. The carvings above the series of arches are designed to embrace the flora of spring and to soften the regimented appearance of this somewhat imposing residence.
THE garden was inspired by a private residence in Lake Forest, IL and was executed by Craig Bergmann Landscape Designs, responsible for a considerable amount of work at the esteemed Morton Arboretum. More importantly, Bergamann’s aesthetic appealed to me. Along with the client, all three of us worked in the design and execution of the gardens. The fountains alone require a filtration system generally reserved for full fledged swimming pools. The mature plantings were selected in order to instill a sense of permanence and time.
THE extraordinary floor of the foyer was inspired by Pierre Yves Rochon ‘s design for the George V Four Seasons in Paris. The stones I used here include combrune, blue de savioe, juane de siene ( very, very rare) and versailles. I personally examined every inch of space to ensure adherence and consistency in the installation and execution. The stone floors were water jet cut and assembled by the fabricators in France. Epoxy along with specialized netting was fastened to the back of each and every cut and the floors were packed and flat shipped via container and brought directly to the job site. Once installed ten grindings were executed with various “pads/screens” to ensure seamless and uniform installation throughout.
After 18 months and several trips back and forth to Paris and the northern regions near the Pyrenees, I hand selected each and every piece based on consistency of color, movement of veining patterns and depth. The overall goal was to select stone which in all its nuances would create a sumptuous floor pattern that would mesmerize the viewer.
THE client’s request for the kitchen was that we maintain a sense of “coziness” within the grand scale of the space and as well as a sense of tradition. By using different finishes and wood species, we managed to provide a timeless and elegant kitchen which is reminiscent of a bygone era.
The kitchen is actually composed of a series of rooms, each unique for its purpose and the function. For example, a room is dedicated strictly to the high temperature grilling, because the grill is unsightly and somewhat loud. The grill room located beyond the stove/oven space manages to leave the kitchen area less cluttered, emphasizing instead the 21st century appliances.
To the right of the stove/oven space, I designed a kitchen manager’s office. This space is dedicated to meal planning and shopping. It also serves as a message center and provides sweeping views of the rear gardens. Who wouldn’t want to plan an elegant feast in this bespoke room?
I poured over 5 years of my life into designing every detail of this commission of a lifetime. I logged well over 300 hours per month in the creation of an extraordinary home which takes up 7 contiguous city lots in one of Chicago’s most elite neighborhoods and includes staff quarters, a 5000 plus wine cellar, 12 plus baths and a separate catering kitchen designed to accommodate 500 dinner guests. In terms of dollar per square foot, it is currently unmatched by any residence in the USA. Not since the institution of the income tax in 1921 has anyone designed and built a residence such as this one. I am honored to be an integral part of this beautiful project.
Anthony Michael is the principal and founder of Anthony Michael Interior Design in Chicago. See more of his work at AnthonyMichaelInteriorDesign.com You can see his design for a Trump Tower pied-a-terre in the current issue of Modern Luxury’s Interiors Magazine.
“It works with people. It works with cars. Aggression in its most elegant form.”
This is a brilliant post-feminist car commercial. When did you ever think you would see that?
You’ve seen plenty of commercials implicating women’s sexual desire with a man’s desire to “drive.” You’ve seen all the models at car shows used as bright shiny objects to bring the boys “into the showroom.” You’ve even seen the grounbreaking ads with Martina Navratilova and Subaru.
What you probably haven’t seen is a car ad pitched to men that shows a good deal of respect for women. Especially one that acknowledges that aggression and femininity are not mutually exclusive; that power and beauty–and the desire for them- is as unproblematically inherent to women as it is to men.
I call it a post feminist commercial because a purely feminist commercial would feature Ashleigh McIvor , the member of the Canadian national ski cross team and the first gold medal winner of women’s ski cross at the 2010 Winter Olympics, solely on the slopes, equating her aggression with her style of skiing and not her style in an evening gown. That said–and given the times we live in where world class male athletes like David Beckham and Rafael Nadal unproblematically trade on their sexuality and good looks for Emporio Armani, for instance— this is still a very smart and thoughtful ad.
I’ve long called CB2 the happiest place on earth. Just walking into the original concept store many years ago would put a smile on my face and eventually a dent in my wallet. The CB2 aesthetic is bright, colorful and thoroughly contemporary design. Taken as a whole, you can think of the look as “my first apartment chic,”and while light years away from that, I can still find pieces there that mix in well with what I already have (eclectic mid century modern). Last summer I decided to “redecorate” by moving most of the artwork in my home to other rooms. WOW.
Smartest and cheapest thing I’ve ever done. But it left some “holes” I needed to fill in the furniture department and almost everything I bought to do that came from CB2.
If you live in a condo with a limited outdoor area, like I do, the “tie-1-on” grouping of sectional pieces is the perfect solution. And as it happens, it’s THE hot look right now in Milan. Overscaled squooshy bean bag chair in over the top red ties together in ever-changing social arrangements. Tie two chairs for a loveseat, three for a sofa. Super weather-friendly cover in heavy-gauge, water-resistant polyester with protective PVC lining. Tie on optional tie-1-on ottoman, and voilà, a stretch lounge…or how about an ottoman “table” tied between two chairs?
Did I mention that the pieces store easily and are portable enough for a weekend excursion to your favorite nearby beach getaway?
One of the great joys in my line of work is meeting talented people whose artistic vision I respect. David at Bochic is such a person.
Here is an exclusive short film featuring his new designs, inspired by the cultural cross-roads of 1930’s Shanghai. The production captures the zeitgeist of a city whose eclectic styles easily mixed east and west.
Just let the film and the jewelry transport you. No need to complain about the prices. One does not go to a museum to complain about prices, now does one?
And with today’s political landscape who knows if you too may be coveting the Erickson Beamon earrings I bring to your first magazine cover shoot only to find yourself wearing Bochic at your first State Dinner as First Lady. Could happen. Just ask me.
If you need me to hook you up, I’ll be more than happy to do so.
Click on the image below to start the film.
The Beauty of McQueen
See inside Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, courtesy of New York Magazine slideshow, an exhibition celebrating the extraordinary creations of the late fashion designer, set to open at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute May 2, 2011.
Not be missed by anyone serious about art.
To coincide with the museum opening, reports Page Six, “style queen [Daphne] Guinness and Barneys are collaborating on a six-week exhibition, “Fashion as Art,” where Guinness will conduct several performances — one of which will be the fashion muse prepping for the gala in full view of shoppers and passersby. The installation will also include items from Guinness’ wardrobe, including pieces acquired from style icon Isabella Blow, and a short documentary on Guinness.”
Not to be missed by anyone serious about public relations.