MARCH 3 2011
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Posted . March 3 2011

    S E T  T O  H O L L Y W O O D

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Photography By: Kevin Winter
While watching the Oscars Sunday evening with all the trendy fashions and styles, my thoughts moved away from what people were wearing to the influence of film and interior design.My first love in film is old movies and for many reasons: the suave and glamorous actors and actresses, the intricate costumes, and of course the scintillating dialog. But interior design is my passion and many times my focus turn towards the character’s home rather than the story.The movie sets of the 1930s and 40s always stop me in my tracks, but great design is great design and other generations have also provided inspiration and enhanced my approach.
In the 1934 comedy “Dinner at Eight” Jean Harlow’s bedroom is way over the top yet it works perfectly for her character.2
A 2007 Architectural Digest article on set design in movies featured the 2003 Romantic Comedy “Something’s Gotta Give”In the film Beth Rubino was commissioned by Director Nancy Myers to create a substantial Hamptons house for Diane Keaton that needed to reflect Keaton’s character, a successful and accomplished New York playwright in her mid-50s.Read More About this Article >> www.architecturaldigest.comHelp us keep the conversation going. Let us know about some of your favorite interior design choices in film.

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Posted . March 3 2011
W A L L  T R E N D I N G
Sir Elton John & David Furnish
Sir Elton John and his partner, filmmaker David Furnish, asked Martyn Lawrence-Bullard to design their Los Angeles residence. “Our goal for this apartment was neither entertaining nor having house guests—it’s about function, about us,” says Furnish. “Though Elton’s definitely a maximalist, I, a more clean-line minimalist, we both wanted something very L.A., very ‘70s, à la the building’s architecture. Immediately I thought: Boogie Nights.” The living room’s onyx-and-chrome low tables are by Lawrence-Bullard, & the carpet is by The Rug CompanyPhoto: Tim Street-Porter
Gerard Butler
In Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, actor Gerard Butler worked with architect Alexander Gorlin and film designer Elvis Restaino on his 3,300-square-foot open loft in a converted manufacturing warehouse. “I wanted something elegant and gorgeous and at the same time rather masculine and raw,” says the actor. “I guess I would describe the apartment as bohemian old-world rustic château with a taste of baroque. ” The living space, shown, is centered around arched, brick-framed windows that look out at the Empire State Building. The chandelier and leather chairs and ottoman are fromABC Carpet & HomePhoto: Durston Saylor
Sting & Trudie Styler
Sting and his wife, actress and producer Trudie Styler, tapped Lee F. Mindel, of Shelton, Mindel & Associates, and restoration architectAnthony Close-Smith to renovate their early-18th-century London townhouse. Styler requested light, and Mindel delivered. In the living room, where Matisse prints and a Picasso grace the walls, the silk-and-wool rug acts like a photographer’s reflector, spreading light from the windows evenly throughout the space. The low tables are by Yves Klein, the side table is by Diego Giacometti, and the sofa fabric is byHolland & SherryPhoto: Derry Moore
Sheryl & Rob Lowe
With the help of architect Don Nulty and interior designer David Phoenix, actor Rob Lowe and his wife, Sheryl, built their dream house on the California coast, nestled on four acres near Santa Barbara. “I’ve always been drawn to a historic, East Coast American esthetic,” says Lowe, a Virginia native, who looked to George Washington’s Mount Vernon for inspiration. Adds Phoenix, “Sheryl loves beautiful things and is definitely a collector. She has a very clean vision. ” Pictured: An English dog painting is set over the living room fireplace, while a photograph by Lyndie Benson is above the Dutch secretary; the sisal rug is by StarkPhoto: Mary E. NicholsTO READ MORE About this Article visit:
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Posted . March 3 2011
   C A S T – I R O N   C O M E  B A C K
Time-honored fixture material gets modern design treatments


A skillet hidden away in a cabinet, or some other small piece of cookware – that’s about all the cast iron you’ll find in most modern homes. In the early 1900s, iron was a material of choice not just for cookware, but for many other essential items throughout the house: A skillet on the stovetop, sinks and bathtubs, and fences that decorated and defined the front yard. Even some buildings were made of iron. But as lighter, rust-resistant materials became available, iron fell by the wayside as a material in homes.Fast forward to today, and a new generation of design-savvy homeowners is rediscovering the beauty, durability and usefulness of cast iron in kitchens and bathrooms. A handful of enterprising manufacturers are reinventing the look, design and appeal of cast iron.
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Cast iron cookware isn’t the only use for cast iron in the kitchen. Cast iron sinks marry beauty, durability and usefulness in kitchen settings.BAthroom_Castiron 3
 A whole new generation of homeowners is discovering the beauty and durability of cast iron in the bathroom.
If the concept of cast iron in kitchen and bath fixtures is new to you, consider the material’s advantages:* Durable. Enameled cast iron is especially durable, combining the longevity and dent-resistance of cast iron with the rust-proof beauty of enamel.* Customizable. Cast-iron sinks and bathtubs add instant elegance to a space. And with more than 20 colors to choose from, it’s easy to create a customized look to reflect personal style.* Eco-friendly. Some cast-iron products, like those made by bath design pioneer Kohler, have a “green” side. Kohler manufactures its cast iron from 83 percent recycled materials.These three cast-iron fixtures have regained popularity – and reclaimed cast iron’s reputation as a material of choice – in American homes:
1. Kitchen sinks
The kitchen sink plays host to a handful of hardworking activities in the heart of the home – whether it’s cleaning up from holiday feasts or serving as a baby bathing spot.Today’s Kohler’s Lawnfield  and Wheatland cast iron kitchen sinks emphasize design with an ideal balance between form and function at an attractive price. Single-basin sinks reflect historical design, and double basin cast iron sinks offer a modern convenience. You’ll find a variety of color choices, as well as under-counter and self-rimming options.

2. Bathroom sinks
Whether it’s the focal point in a petite powder room or coupled in a master suite’s double vanity, bathroom sinks have a tall bill to fill – homeowners require good looks and durability, which today’s enameled cast-iron bathroom sinks can provide.
Enameling technology makes it possible to have a cast-iron sink in an array of vibrant new colors beyond your grandparents’ classic white claw-foot tub. Kohler’s Tides bathroom sink comes in over 20 colors, and its self-rimming design makes it easy to install. With a cost well below $200, it’s price-competitive with sinks constructed from acrylic or fiberglass.
3. Bathtubs
The first cast-iron baths were free-standing models – a design so ubiquitous that many Americans still associate it with cast iron. When Kohler introduced the built-in bathtub in the early 1900s, the style quickly became the design of choice for American homeowners and remains the most popular style today.Now, you can find cast iron bathtubs  that offer the convenience and functionality of the built-in style, along with the elegance and durability of enameled cast iron. For those who crave design variety, drop in/undermount and freestanding styles are also available in cast iron. You can even find styles that offer massaging water jets and bubbles.You may fondly recall your grandparents’ cast iron, but modern design and a vibrant array of colors have today’s homeowners falling in love with cast iron’s durability and convenience all over again and enjoying it for years to come – just as other homeowners have before them.
For help or inspiration in designing with cast iron the design team atCWI is here to help.SOURCE: ARA
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