J. Mueller

April 16, 2013
No. 5. Firm: Richard Meier & Partners Architects. Site: Bergamo, Italy. Idea: The iLab headquarters for Italcementi, one of the top concrete manufacturers in the world, is rock­solid but startlingly airy, too. The 250,000­-square­-foot building is constructed with a high­ strength, low­ maintenance reinforced concrete that Italcementi developed specifically for it. Photo: Scott Frances/Otto. From “100 Big Ideas”.
Firm: El Equipo Creativo. Site: Barcelona, Spain. Idea: The 2,700-square-foot interior of Ikibana restaurant references Japanese flower-arranging, using all parts of a plant to emphasize line and form: petal-shape tables, decorative foliage and a canopy of sinuous hardwood “branches.” Photo: Adrià Goula. From “100 Big Ideas”.

Filip Dujardin assembled D’Ville 001 out of 19th-century houses in Deauville, a resort town on France’s northeastern coast. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and the Highlight Gallery. From “Photographic Constructions by Filip Dujardin”.

Firm: Iroje KHM Architects. SIte: Seoul, South Korea. Idea: A clients’ respect for classic Korean architecture conflicted with a strong desire for both high security and the latest in design and technology. To reconcile these opposites, a 3,600-square-foot home encircles a 2,200-square-foot courtyard to maximize light penetration and air circulation. Photo: Sergio Pirrone. From “100 Big Ideas”.

D’Ville 005 transports an inland apartment house onto the beach. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and the Highlight Gallery. From “Photographic Constructions by Filip Dujardin.”

Firm: Ann Hamilton. Site: New York, NY. Idea: As swings dangled from the wrought-iron trusses of the Park Avenue Armory, its drill hall morphed into a playground called “The Event of a Thread.” Photo: James Ewing. From “100 Big Ideas”.

Guimarães 008’s shanties, digitally collaged from shots of assorted walls, stack up beneath a toll bridge in the northern Portuguese city. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and the Highlight Gallery. From “Photographic Constructions by Filip Dujardin”.

Firm: UID Architects. Site: Fukuyama, Japan. Idea: A house set in a suburban development in Fukuyama is constructed so the back of the two-level, 1,350-square-foot structure extends into unspoiled woods. Photo: Sergio Perrone. From “100 Big Ideas”.
 
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No. 5. Firm: Richard Meier & Partners Architects. Site: Bergamo, Italy. Idea: The iLab headquarters for Italcementi, one of the top concrete manufacturers in the world, is rock­solid but startlingly airy, too. The 250,000­-square­-foot building is constructed with a high­ strength, low­ maintenance reinforced concrete that Italcementi developed specifically for it. Photo: Scott Frances/Otto. From “100 Big Ideas”.Irresistible Images: Our March Favorites - 51681fc75422c-idx130301_BigIdea100_ec05.jpg - 2013-04-12 14:52:55 UTC

Firm: El Equipo Creativo. Site: Barcelona, Spain. Idea: The 2,700-square-foot interior of Ikibana restaurant references Japanese flower-arranging, using all parts of a plant to emphasize line and form: petal-shape tables, decorative foliage and a canopy of sinuous hardwood “branches.” Photo: Adrià Goula. From “100 Big Ideas”.

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Filip Dujardin assembled D’Ville 001 out of 19th-century houses in Deauville, a resort town on France’s northeastern coast. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and the Highlight Gallery. From “Photographic Constructions by Filip Dujardin”.

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Firm: Iroje KHM Architects. SIte: Seoul, South Korea. Idea: A clients’ respect for classic Korean architecture conflicted with a strong desire for both high security and the latest in design and technology. To reconcile these opposites, a 3,600-square-foot home encircles a 2,200-square-foot courtyard to maximize light penetration and air circulation. Photo: Sergio Pirrone. From “100 Big Ideas”.

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D’Ville 005 transports an inland apartment house onto the beach. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and the Highlight Gallery. From “Photographic Constructions by Filip Dujardin.”

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Firm: Ann Hamilton. Site: New York, NY. Idea: As swings dangled from the wrought-iron trusses of the Park Avenue Armory, its drill hall morphed into a playground called “The Event of a Thread.” Photo: James Ewing. From “100 Big Ideas”.

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Guimarães 008’s shanties, digitally collaged from shots of assorted walls, stack up beneath a toll bridge in the northern Portuguese city. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and the Highlight Gallery. From “Photographic Constructions by Filip Dujardin”.

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Firm: UID Architects. Site: Fukuyama, Japan. Idea: A house set in a suburban development in Fukuyama is constructed so the back of the two-level, 1,350-square-foot structure extends into unspoiled woods. Photo: Sergio Perrone. From “100 Big Ideas”.

 

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October 30, 2012

STUNNING HOME LIBRARIES

Whether it holds a few shelves of favorite reads or floor-to-ceiling first editions, a home library is a window into the mind—and style—of its owner. We’ve rounded up more than a dozen book-filled rooms from the pages of AD that are studies in perfection

October 30, 2012

A NORTH CAROLINA HOME GETS A STYLISH AND SUBTLE MAKEOVER

Using graphic prints, muted colors, and a Warhol or two, architect Russell Groves gives a baroquely appointed spec house a new look for a cosmetics executive and her family

Melisse Shaban, left, and Jane Elizabeth Phillips asked architect and designer Russell Groves to recast a Raleigh, North Carolina, house to suit their taste.

BEFORE

The living room.

AFTER

Groves removed the living room’s ornate chandelier and replaced the mantel with a streamlined marble piece flanked by Liz O’Brien Editions armchairs in aLee Jofa linen.
In the dining room, a Phillip Jeffries hemp wall covering provides a vibrant backdrop for a pair of Donald Sultan “Smoke Rings” photographs and a painting by Cynthia Pimentel Council; the rock-crystal pendant light is by CL Sterling & Son, the vintage Edward Wormley dining chairs are covered in a Jim Thompson silk, and the rug is by Patterson, Flynn & Martin.

BEFORE

The kitchen.

AFTER

Shaban and Phillips were not fans of the kitchen’s original finishes and details, so Groves lacquered the cabinetry and the panels of the Sub-Zerorefrigerator in glossy white and installed thick Carrara-marble counters with straight edges, as well as industrial-style Restoration Hardware light fixtures and sleek Walker Zabriskie Furniture stools.
The guest bed, dressed in Restoration Hardware matelassé linens, is paired with a vintage Eames-style desk; the throw is by Anichini.
January 22, 2012

Into the Wild

Architects Bernardes + Jacobsen devise a breezy tropical getaway that honors Brazilian traditions Published January 2011
Read more: at Architectural Digest
Thiago Bernardes of Rio de Janeiro designed a rustic beach house for the Fernandes family on the Brazilian fjord of Saco do Mamanguá. The area is so remote that the family can only reach its house by boat or helicopter.
A view into the double-height living room from the veranda. Pivoting doors allow sea breezes to pass through the house.
The family room, with a ceiling of woven straw, is a secluded alternative to the open living area beyond.

Friends moor their boats right off the beach when they visit. The plantation chairs and other outdoor furniture, all made of tropical hardwoods, are from Bali and Brazil.

Wood steps lead up from the garden onto the broad veranda, which integrates the house and the surrounding landscape.

Like a rope bridge in the jungle, a walkway with eucalyptus railings spans from the master bedroom on one side of the living room across to the children’s rooms.

view of the ground-floor veranda
The walls and ceiling of the master bedroom are covered in woven-straw panels, the work of artisans in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
January 17, 2012

Charming Carribean Inspired Home by RMI

Here is project, I helped work on in Buffalo, NY. For other projects visit Robin Muto Interiors

As you walk in to the house you come across the formal living room. It is a soothing feminine palette inspired by Barbara Barry.

This is a detail shot of a piece on the room. The painting is done by the designer’s husband Rick Muto.

We took a very traditional looking fireplace and added created a feminine classic contemporary hearth.

The formal dining room is connected with the living room. All the built-ins and screens were custom-designed for the space. We refinished the clients existing dining room table.

In the back of the hose is the family room. We used the clients’ love of the Caribean by using bright turquoise.

This desk/entertainment stand was custom made for the client. We used contrasting maple and walnut. The turquoise lamp is from Jan Showers.

Here is another angle of the family room. In the distance you can see the custom bar that coordinates with the entertainment center.

January 11, 2012

Brightly Colored Indian Interior

This is a client’s house I helped work on at my job at Robin Muto Interiors. The house was for an Indian couple with small children. The house is a newer build, and the couple had an appreciation for modern classics.

Family Room

The table is a Saarinen Tulip Table and we matched it with translucent orange chairs from Gordon International. This made the family room flow nicely with the kitchen. Light Fixture, Le Klint Pendant.

The formal living room uses multiple faux silks which relate very nicely to the homeowner’s original artwork from India. Floor lamps from Holtkotter. Bench from Charles Stewart.

Detail Shot of Chairs from Stewart Furniture. Sofas from Stewart Furniture. Tables from Hickory Chair.