DALE COHEN DESIGNSTUDIO AND JOHNHOUSHMAND: MONUMENTAL LANTERN AT THE HAMPTON DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE

This summer we have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful designers who have featured the work of JOHNHOUSHMAND in their show house spaces. Working with Dale B. Cohen for dale cohen designstudio’s space at the Hamptons Designer Showhouse was an exciting creative endeavor. What emerged from this collaboration was groundbreaking and innovative!

Dale’s initial concept for her room on the Terrace Level of the Hamptons Designer Showhouse was to create a beautiful space for a collection of art.  Taking this creative approach allowed Dale to work without the constriction by a specific program, like a bedroom or bathroom, affording her the opportunity to make something out of the box.  During the preliminary discussion between John and Dale, John shared his enthusiasm about expanding into the world of lighting.  Dale was looking to create a large and sculptural object to animate her room.  Sitting down together, the collaboration between the two designers was an easy exchange of ideas arriving at the Monumental Lantern, No. 0277.

John looks for his work to bring about an extraordinary way of viewing the physical world. The materials used to design and create are chosen with the utmost care and due diligence in order to achieve a physical creation that evokes a visceral and soul touching experience.

With this project, it was the weaving process that allowed the design intent to come to full fruition. The materials themselves had limits and these constraints defined the work and the ultimate shape of the lantern that was achievable. Woven, razor thin micro slabs of wood, converging with the iridescent cast of frosted acrylic, all held together by an ethereal glow. The Monumental Lantern emerged as a beautiful, elegant form.  And while massive in its actual dimensions, the lantern achieves an air of lightness and floating, especially when lit.

This melding of geometric rigidity and natural looseness is only the preliminary step towards future lighting possibilities at JOHNHOUSHMAND. We are positive that Dale’s room in the ShowHouse will give an extra “glow” to the summer.

The 2013 Hampton Designer Showhouse is located at:
990 Brick Kiln Road, Bridgehampton, New York
(For GPS navigational systems, please use Sag Harbor, NY 11963, or click here.)

Open Daily Monday to Sunday
Sunday, July 21 to Monday, September 2
11AM to 5PM

  • Admission is $35 and includes a Journal.
  • Tickets may be purchased at the door or may be purchased in advance.
  • No admission 30 minutes before closing.
  • No strollers, infants, children under 6, or pets are admitted.
  • House built by Bodenchak Design and Build
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LongHouse Reserve: White Night Summer Benefit

Jack Lenor Larsen and John Houshmand have a shared history of mutual respect, deep admiration and collaboration.  We are honored by the request to have our No. 0222 Cast Aluminum Director’s Chair – clad in a signature Larsen textile – be a featured item at the upcoming auction benefiting Jack’s foundation at LongHouse Reserve.

When founding LongHouse, Jack’s mission was to create a place that exemplifies living amongst art in all its forms.  His collections of ethnographic and handcrafts, gardens, sculpture and programs invite the public to embrace a life as textured and signature as his textiles. Layers of beauty mature and evolve from season to season at LongHouse, never failing to inspire anyone who crosses its bound. This philosophy is deeply inspirational to John and all of us at JOHNHOUSHMAND and motivates our love for nature, natural forms and combined materials.

This Saturday, July 20th marks this year’s benefit auction evening and LongHouse will be honoring architect Richard Meier, artist Ai Weiwei, and in memoriam of Lisa de Kooning. Bids for pieces in the auction can be placed online in advance of the auction at: http://paddle8.com/auctions/longhouse.

LongHouse Benefit Info:

Date: July 20, 2013

Dress: Shades and Shapes of White

6PM: Cocktails in the Garden and Silent Auction

8PM: Dinner and Performances

LongHouse Reserve | 133 Hands Creek Road | East Hampton, New York 11937

For more information call Joanne @ 631.329.3568

Reserve/Purchase tickets here:

https://longhouse.org/longhouse-instore?catid=6&productid=71

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THE DESIGN STUDIO AT HOLIDAY HOUSE HAMPTONS

If you weren’t able to stop by the Holiday House Hamptons over the 4th of July holiday, you still have time! The house will be open until July 21st for you to visit and experience stunning rooms created by top designers.

We are so pleased The Design Studio embraced us in their vision for their elegant outdoor area.  They chose to incorporate our cast acrylic low table, No. 0221, in their graceful interpretation of an alfresco entertaining area. This harmonious seating arrangement plays hide and seek amidst the billowing curtains creating an atmosphere of airy contentment.  Plush chairs invite guests to relax and sip on refreshments while gazing upon our piece that wonderfully transitions here from indoor to outdoor.  The No. 0221 seamlessly marries with the color palette of its given surroundings.  In this particular setting, the translucence of the cast acrylic accentuates the supple tones of pink and mauve suffusing the ambience with a gently rolling, effervescent air.

And for a bit of an inside scoop… be on the look out for the No. 0221 on an upcoming episode of The Real Housewives of New York who took a seat in The Design Studio’s space to dish their latest thoughts and tidbits.

HOLIDAY HOUSE HAMPTONS INFORMATION

Location:

4 Fair Hills Lane, Bridgehampton

Open to the Public:

Sunday, June 23 – Sunday, July 21

Fridays – Mondays 11AM – 5PM

Thursdays 11AM – 8PM

Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Contact: info@holidayhousehamptons.com

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

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MARSHALL WATSON INTERIORS AT HOLIDAY HOUSE HAMPTONS


In need for some design inspiration for your holiday weekend?  Head over to the Hamptons!

Come kick start your summer by visiting the Holiday Hampton House in Bridgehampton to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation!

We are happy to be featured by the ingenious design talents of Marshall Watson Interiors for their stunning room in the Hampton Holiday Show House. Their sensational bedroom was themed after “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The room’s warm, golden light evokes the soft, luminous dreaminess of a balmy summer night, while the delicate cream and charcoal accents create a tranquil place of repose.

Amongst the highlighted pieces is a pair of our very own No. 0116! Juxtaposed on either side of the sofa sits our “Z” tables in cherry wood and starfire glass. The supple red and amber tones of the cherry grain add to the summery glow of the bedroom, while the starfire glass blends perfectly with the ethereal ambiance.

Come take a walk through this enchanting bedroom and see what you can dream up.

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July Holiday!

HOLIDAY HOUSE HAMPTONS INFORMATION

Location:

4 Fair Hills Lane, Bridgehampton

Open to the Public:

Sunday, June 23 – Sunday, July 21

Fridays – Mondays 11AM – 5PM

Thursdays 11AM – 8PM

Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Contact: info@holidayhousehamptons.com

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

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CUSTOM DREAMSCAPE

Sometimes, the most intriguing features are created by the simplest forms.

Little round discs clinging innocuously to the side of a tree; this colony of fungi takes hold of a tree and weaves their roots into its core. In a process called spalting, these deep roots develop atypical markings throughout the grain, unique to each tree. Although it is what ultimately kills the tree, the black, brown, and amber ribbons entwine and crisscross their way through the tree’s fibrous tissue, leaving splendid coloration in their wake.

At JOHNHOUSHMAND we believe creativity is born through many iterations. A 16″ block would normally be perceived as a mundane object. But, when John began playing around with groups of beautifully spalted maple blocks, the idea for “Dreamscape Sculptures” began to take shape. These functional sculptures, No. 0274.1 and No. 02741.2 , are available in other compositions and can be arranged in a customized design to fit within the client’s space. The individuality of each block adds to the original nature of each of our custom dreamscapes.

Lots of creative block here.



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BRONZE BEAUTY

Wood, glass and bronze! Oh my!

Wall treatments have always been a specialty in the world of JOHNHOUSHMAND. We strive to create striking pieces that resonate in the hearts of our clients and break the mold of conventional design.

With this in mind, the same clients that commissioned us to create their silently expanding banquet table No. 0216, wanted us to create a statement piece for their refined master suite bathroom, designed by Alene Workman. (Read all about our collaboration with Alene and her amazing team in our earlier post).

They longed for something that was elegant while engaging the airy, bright space.

JOHNHOUSHMAND’s solution was No. 0214, a serpentine sculptural screen mimicking the flow of the passing tides of the Atlantic. The 2.5” bronze curves are backed with frosted glass creating the ethereal lighting that gives way to a peaceful oasis, setting the tone for the room.

At a massive 8 feet by 5 feet, this bronze beauty transports the soul to a place of tranquility.

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MAGIC SLAB

Abracadabra! Look at the rabbit we’ve pulled out of our hat this time!

We are ecstatic to reveal our most innovative design yet, No. 0262.1.

This groundbreaking table is pure enchantment and will bewitch the eyes. The clear 2” acrylic slab suspends a razor thin black walnut microslab flush with the surface. All of this floats weightlessly in the air above two live edge black walnut legs. A marriage between two materials never looked so fascinating.

No. 0262.1 was commissioned by a Seattle family, deeply involved in the culture and preservation of trees, and the emerging art of the Pacific Northwest. They were looking for a special piece around which to share their close-knit family dinners. No. 0262.1 fulfills those desires with the beauty and warmth of the character grade black walnut, and the visionary design of the Magic Slab.

A passion piece of magic.

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ENGINEERED TO PERFECTION

Grab the spring issue of Florida Design Magazine on shelves now and be blown away with some of the best in architecture and interior design that Florida has to offer. Among the cream of the crop you will find an amazing private penthouse in Miami, specially designed by our friend Alene Workman. This residence was specially engineered to withstand hurricanes, while also providing an entertaining showplace high above the sands and lapis lazuli waters of Miami Beach.

Alene Workman created the vast social space in a 360-degree arc, surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. At the center of this, friends gather around an oversized JOHNHOUSHMAND dining table, No. 0216, to take in the breath-taking vistas of the south Atlantic.

No. 0216 was engineered to perfection to accommodate some very special requirements of this castle in the sky. The client wanted the option of expanding the dining table for especially large dinner parties. The starting length measures 10 feet but can expand to a stunning 22 feet. We engineered a custom system that silently slides the extra table leaves into place. And remarkably, there are no wheels or bearings in the engineering… Having made it with rollers first, these were ditched in place of UHMB sliding strips, as the rollers were too noisy. Additionally, the leaves were hollowed out and aircraft grade aluminum honeycomb was placed inside to make them light enough to lift and place with ease.

Overall a masterpiece of design and engineering, to perfectly match a masterpiece of special design!

Check out the video below to see No. 0216 in action!

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RACHEL LAXER’S VISION AT THE DESIGN SHOWHOUSE OF WESTCHESTER

It is always a privilege when a designer embraces our work in their distinctive vision. We are honored that the incredible talent, Rachel Laxer, chose our No. 0094 to be featured in her room design for this year’s Designer Showhouse of Westchester.

Rachel explains in her own words how she decided that JOHNHOUSHMAND was the right fit for her canvas.

“The concept of “relaxed elegance” is how I think about design. I am always drawn to spaces with light, so the JOHNHOUSHMAND coffee table seemed to be the perfect anchor for the sunroom. His use of amazing woods juxtaposed with the clarity and strength of the glass, is unique. This is a room to drink coffee in the morning and, at the end of the day, kick off your shoes and go barefoot for an evening martini. It is all about understated luxury and the use of organic, natural materials.”

Experience this amazing room in person, while also benefiting Cerebral Palsy of Westchester! Take a short trip to Scarsdale, NY and be inspired by the Rachel Laxer and JOHNHOUSHMAND collaboration!

The Designer Showhouse of Westchester

Location:
2 Cooper Road
Scarsdale, New York

Open Daily:
Thursday, May 2nd – Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Showhouse Tours:
Tuesdays- Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturdays: 10 am – 5pm
Sundays: 11 am – 5pm

CLOSED MONDAYS

$30 per person – Includes Showhouse Journal

Children under 6, infants, strollers and pets are not admitted.

For Information and Directions: http://www.cpwestchester.org/designerevent.htm

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SOUNDS OF BRAZIL

Who cooler than Cortney and Robert Novogratz to bring the vibrancy of Brazil to life through their newest product launch at CB2! Last week’s opening of the “Brasil Collection” features the colors, energy and spirit inspired by their home in the rainforest.

But what about the sounds of Brazil? The Novogratz commissioned SOUNDWALL, the John Houshmand and Ed Potokar partnership, that brings music into the 4th dimension. A dramatic 10- foot ficus tree was installed in the storefront window. Nestled in the serpentine curves and vine ladened crevices of the tree are protruding branches that are individually programed joysticks. When manipulated they chime out with the music of marimba and bomba drums, flutes, along with clarinet and oboe-like reeds! The perimeter is constructed as if one was standing on a deck suspended in the canopy. Each post is topped with river-smoothed stones that also facilitate the melodic instruments of this musical culture.

Come stop in the CB2 SoHo store and be teleported to the lush Brazilian rainforest as you peruse the vibrant textures and patterns of the Novogratz’s new collection.

Now if only you had a caipirnha in hand!

CB2 SoHo
451 Broadway between Canal and Grand
New York, New York 10013

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