Jul 10, 2013

A home renovation project in Brooklyn

This website helps homeowners find architects, designers, and contractors for their home-improvement projects, from large (whole-house renovations) to small (a wall of bookshelves).

Launched last year by Jean Brownhill Lauer, a Bed-Stuy resident who trained as an architect, theSweeten vets and pre-approves all professionals, thoroughly checking their references and quality of work so you don’t have to. She conducts face-to-face interviews, checks licensing and certificates, and monitors client feedback before inviting them to join the network. Design professionals pay for membership; homeowners pay nothing.

One such member is Sarah Zames of General Assembly, an architect who’s just wrapping up a Brooklyn Heights studio renovation she contracted through theSweeten. Her previous project, the subject of this post, was her calling card: a little bit of suburbia in Williamsburg. The home is a 1950s brick single-family across from Cooper Park, with front and rear yards and a parking alley, as well as air rights to build upwards in the future.

The current homeowners, a couple in the arts with a small daughter, hired General Assembly in January 2011, shortly after they bought the house. It had been unoccupied for three years. “It was a disaster,” recalls Zames. “It would definitely have scared most people off. The entire thing had to be completely gutted, re-plumbed, and re-wired, and the HVAC system replaced.” After a lightning-quick four-month renovation, the new owners had a completely remodeled home with a newly efficient floor plan, and were able to move in by Memorial Day.

The house is essentially a split-level, with a ground-floor living room/dining area/kitchen measuring just 300 square feet. Steps lead down to a guest room/art studio on the lower level. There are two bedrooms and a bath on the second floor.

The general contractor was Trevo Contracting, with millwork by Tribeca Design Build. Total cost of the job: under $250K. The house was staged for photography by Sarah Zames.

See lots more photos and read all about it after the jump.

Photos: Joe Fletcher (1st and 2nd floors); Paul Clemence (studio)

The graphic artwork in the stair hall is by Matt Wright, a Brooklyn artist.

When the studio is not in use as work space, a Murphy bed drops down to accommodate out of town guests. Murphy bed hardware from Hafele.


Jul 8, 2013

The Gourmand Measures of Quality

From The Gourmand, it is a photography set by designer Jamie Julien-Brown and photographer Jess Bonham imagined “The Gourmand Measures of Quality”, brilliantly illustrating the talent to appropriate mix of cocktails. Creations taking visual codes from the world of science showing the making of a Margarita or a Martini to discover in images in the future.

Imaginary worlds

By The Polish artist Michal Karcz 

Jul 2, 2013

Richard Prince's Work

Very Convincing to me.
VIa: www.richardprince

Legs & Bathtub

By German photographer Katja Sonnewend latest work has been published in the 4th issue of the beautiful 1814 Magazine

“Bathtub” is a self-portrait series shot in natural light in the bathroom of her apartment in Berlin.

„In my mind polaroid photography is a sort of ritual. I think that our society celebrates the moment less and less.”, says Katja in an interview with C-Heads. Click here to read the whole interview on photography, art and life.

Jul 1, 2013

Unwoven Light by Soo Sunny Park

Unwoven Light by Soo Sunny Park
at Rice University Art Gallery located in Austin, Texas has until 30 August. This colorful creation, composed of 37 parts staging is to discover in video in the future.
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