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    In just a few weeks, my husband and I will be welcoming a new arrival into our home. As we prepare to carve a little space for the baby, we undertook a simple update to a changing table that my parents bought thirty-plus years ago and used for me and each of my three sisters.

    Made of solid wood, the dresser had held up fairly well to three decades of use, but it suffered from being stuck with 1980s brass hardware. I was eager to give it a little facelift, but I wasn't eager to invest a lot of money into the project. When I began to research the cost of updated drawer pulls, I balked.

    A simple DIY was in order.

    Photography by Erin Boyle for Reading My Tea Leaves.

    DIY Braided Leather Drawer Pull, Photograph by Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves | Remodelista

    Materials

    1 roll Natural Flat Lace Leather ($8.99 for 10 yards from Springfield Leather on Etsy)

    Scissors

    Measuring Tape or Ruler

    Instructions

    DIY Braided Leather Drawer Pull, Photograph by Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves | Remodelista

    Step 1: The precise length of your leather strips will depend on the width between the existing holes in your drawer. In my case, the holes were a little more than 2.5 inches apart. I experimented and found that 10-inch strips of leather lacing worked best for me and allowed enough room between the drawer and the pull for a comfortable grip. You'll need three strips to make each handle.

    DIY Braided Leather Drawer Pull, Photograph by Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves | Remodelista

    Step 2: Tie three lengths of lacing together with a simple knot on one end and thread it through the existing hardware hole. Keeping the leather lacing flat, make a simple braid and thread the remaining end back through the second hole.

    DIY Braided Leather Drawer Pull, Photograph by Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves | Remodelista

    Step 3: Pull the leather braid taut so that you have plenty of give and carefully tie another simple knot inside the drawer. If you're worried about being able to easily tie a knot, start with longer strips of lacing so that you have plenty of extra lacing to work with.

    DIY Braided Leather Drawer Pull, Photograph by Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves | Remodelista

    Step 4: Once you've tied the second end, give the leather pull a good yank to reshape it after tying and you're finished!

    The Finished Look

    DIY Braided Leather Drawer Pull, Photograph by Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves | Remodelista

    Above: The whole dresser took me about 30 minutes to finish and cost less than $10 for eight new pulls.

    For another window into my life in Brooklyn, read Expert Advice: 10 Tips for Living in 240 Square Feet and Survival Guide: Life in a Tiny Apartment, Brooklyn Edition. And go to Gardenista to see my garden-related posts, including DIY Projects

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  • 05/22/14--08:00: 12 Summery Mosquito Nets
  • Summer's almost here (and the mosquitoes are already circling), which prompted us to round up our favorite insect-repelling sleeping spaces.

    N.B. We like the 100-percent cotton mosquito nets on offer at Mosquito Nets.

    Mosquito Net Greece | Remodelista

    Above: Paola Navone's home in Serifos, Greece; via Dwell.

    Mosquito Net Canopy by Piet Boon | Remodelista

    Above: A bedroom in one of Piet Boon's Caribbean vacation villas on Bonaire.

    San Giorgio Mykonos Mosquito Net Remodelista

    Above: A mosquito-net draped bed at the San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos (see the rest of the hotel at Bohemian Paradise Found; also don't miss our Steal This Look columns on the San Giorgio's Bathroom and Outdoor Bamboo Canopy).

    Mosquito Net Canopy | Remodelista

    Above: A mosquito netted bed in Sweden via Artilleriet.

    Jerome Galland White Interior Mosquito Net

    Above: A room from the White Interiors portfolio of Jerome Galland, via Interior Design.

    San Giorgio Mykonos bedroom Remodelista

    Above: Another glamorous net draped bed at the San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos.

    Mosquito Net Canopy at Casa Lola | Remodelista

    Above: An open-to-the-elements bedroom in Casa Lola, Jan Eleni's home in Brazil.

    Mosquito Net Canopy at Patricia Larsen's House | Remodelista

    Above: Patricia Larsen's summertime bed in Mexico, with the most beautiful mosquito net we've come across; see Larsen's house at An Artist at Home in Mexico.

    Above: A bedroom at the former Lanthotel Mallorca in Spain.

    Mosquito Net Canopy at River Resort in Tanzania | Remodelista

    Above: A frothy mosquito net at the Tanzania Singita Lodge.

    Above: A rustic bedroom on the Greek island of Sifnos, from Marie Claire Maison via The Style Files.

    Mosquito Net Canopy in Corey's Converted Barn | Remodelista

    Above: Corey's Converted Barn on AT.

    For more inspiration, browse the Bedrooms in our Gallery of Rooms and Spaces. Also don't miss 10 Favorites: The Sleaze-Free Silky Pillowcase and Gardenista's 7 Secrets to Making the Perfect Bed.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 29, 2012.

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    It’s hard to make peace with a dated bathroom. If yours is looking a little tired and a remodel is not in the cards anytime soon, consider springing for a few quick fixes to add a little modernity at home. 

    We were inspired by this simple but sophisticated black urban bath designed by The Brooklyn Home Company, which reminded us that the littlest details often can make the biggest difference. We sourced five elements for recreating the look:

    The Brooklyn Home Company Black Remodeled Bathroom, Remodelista

    Above: The black paneling in our inspiration bath complements the white walls and black moulding in the rest of the apartment. Photo by Emily Gilbert.

    Black and White Striped Towel by Rennes, Remodelista

    Above: Relegate grungy towels to the cleaning bin and opt for a Black & White Stripe Towel instead; 100 percent linen, this one is handmade in Boston by design studio Rennes; $16 for a 17-by-26.5-inch towel.

    Santa Maria Novella, Remodelista

    Above: Santa Maria Novella Potpourri is the (un)official Remodelista room fragrance of choice; made from 100-percent organic herbs and flowers grown in the hills around Florence; $35 for a 3.5-ounce bag.

    Above: Upgrade your hand soap with Savon de Marseille in olive lavender from La Compagnie de Provence of France; $26 on Amazon.

    Above: This Portuguese Cotton Hand-Knotted Mat is woven and has a  pattern created by knots; machine washable, it's $60 for a 19-by-41-inch mat at Bitters Co. in Seattle. (For more, see 5 Envy-Inducing Bath Mats.) 

    Beech Wood and White Bowl from Wind & Willow, Remodelista

    Above: Never underestimate the value of a beautiful vessel for storing your stuff. We like to reappropriate kitchen bowls for corralling goods. The white-dipped Gigantic Family-Size Serving Bowl in beech wood is $215 from Wind & Willow Home.

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    During her varied career, NYC interior designer and sculptor Deborah French has worked for Vogue (as an assistant to legendary fashion editor Polly Mellen) and designed showrooms for Ralph Lauren and interiors for hotelier Ian Schrager. Along the way, she took a detour to Mykonos, where she lived for several years with her then-husband, Vangelis Tsangaris, an Athenian who had spent summers on the island. The couple bought the land from a local farmer and modeled the house after traditional Cycladic structures; it's built from stone from the mountain and has interiors of whitewashed lime plaster.

    Photographs by Paul Ryan via Deborah French Designs.

    Deborah French Mykonos House | Remodelista

    Above: The couple started out with an architect but took over the project themselves, working with local builders, who interpreted a clay model Deborah created. 

    Deborah French Courtyard Mykonos | Remodelista

    Above: A simple outdoor dining area.

    Deborah French Mykonos House/Remodelista

    Above: A wood framed door opens to the patio.

    Deborah French Mykonos Living Room/Remodelista

    Above: The interior features organic shapes and natural decor (dried flowers and branches).

    Deborah French Mykonos House Living Room | Remodelista

    Above: Window frames painted green add a hint of color to the living area.

    Deborah French Mykonos Living Room | Remodelista

    Above: An adjustable chandelier (note the cleat fastener on the wall).

    Deborah French Kitchen Mykonos | Remodelista

    Above: Pots suspended on a collection of pot racks.

    Deborah French Mykonos House/Remodelista

    Above: A cool white passageway.

    Deborah French Mykonos House/Remodelista

    Above: A bedroom opens to the outdoors. 

    Deborah French Mykonos Bedroom/Remodelista

    Above: A floor-to-ceiling cabinet is washed in a pale green; stucco ledges serve as candlestick holders.

    Deborah French Mykonos Bedroom/Remodelista

    Above: A mosquito net adds a gauzy look to a guest bedroom.

    Deborah French Mykonos House/Remodelista

    Above: A tiny chapel perched on a rocky outcrop.

    Like the whitewashed wood floors at this Grecian idyll? See more images of Wood Floors in our Gallery of Rooms and Spaces. Want to whitewash your walls? See DIY: Whitewashed Greek Walls on Gardenista. 

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    When Athenian architect George Zafiriou designed a retreat for himself on the island of Serifos in the Cyclades, he enlisted set designer Manolis Pantelidakis for help with the interior, replete with built-ins. The duo's results skillfully balance the simplicity of island vernacular architecture with a touch of 1970’s glamor—think Studio 54, Greek style, lounging included.

    Photography by Julia Klimi via decoholic.

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: In the living room, molded plastic armchairs echo the simple canvas cover on the sofa. The materials of the house are simple and consistent: stucco walls, concrete floors, and whitewashed beamed ceilings.

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: A traditional Greek wooden desk is paired with a molded clear plastic chair on a metal base that takes its cues from the midcentury Bertoia Wire Chair.

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: Three metal pendants with the silhouettes of photographers' lights hang above the built-in stucco kitchen. 

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: A professional-style gooseneck faucet is paired with a sink carved from gray Aliveri, a marble native to Greece.

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: The Greek version of the Tulip arm chair by Eero Saarinen provides seating around a rough-hewn wood dining table. Throughout the house, narrow windows with interior shutters allow in the right amount of light (while keeping the rooms cool).

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: Just off the dining area, built-in daybeds offer convenient postprandial relaxation.

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: A cousin of the DIY Cinder Block Coffee Table, the house's daybeds couldn't be simpler—and are ideal for sea gazing and reading.

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: Vintage tools decorate a wall. For more examples of tools as sculpture, see 10 Easy Pieces.

    Above: In the master bedroom, stucco is used for the headboard, shelving, and base for the bed.

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: A stucco partition acts as a headboard on one side and a backsplash to the sink on the other. 

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: A bed is built into a cozy nook. 

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: A galvanized metal basin on a stone slab serves as the bathroom sink. 

    House in Serifos Greece, George Zafiriou, Manolis Pantelidakis | Remodelista

    Above: A concrete platform with cushions and pillows becomes an exterior daybed with a perfect view of the Mediterranean.

    Bring a little of the Greek Isles into your life with Palette & Paints: Greek Inspired Cerulean and Aegean Blues. Like the look of the concrete floors in this house? Learn the lowdown in Remodeling 101: Polished Concrete Floors. On Gardenista, visit the island of Antiparos with Landscape Architect Thomas Doxiadis

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    When I think of marble, I think of Greece and Italy: the cold stone of the subway station in Athens, for instance, and a Carrara marble quarry I visited in Tuscany. The word "marble" is derived from the Greek mármaro, and has always been synonymous with luxury.

    The recent marble revival trend has expanded into the world of lighting. Here are eight of our favorite table, floor, and ceiling lamps, most made of marble, others of alabaster and onyx, and all in shapes that are elemental and refined.

    Michael Anastassiades Onyx Marble Light | Remodelista

    Above: London-based Greek designer Michael Anastassiades' Onyx Light is carved from white onyx; it has a black silk flex cord and is about five inches tall; $3,910 from The Future Perfect.

    Ohm Marble Table Lamp from CB2 | Remodelista

    Above: From CB2, the Ohm Marble Table Lamp comes with a 13W CFL light bulb; $59.99 each.

    Benjamin Hubert Marble Lamp Trio | Remodelista

    Above: British designer Benjamin Hubert's Quarry Lamps are made from turned sheets of thin marble. They come in three sizes and have LED lights; available to purchase directly through Benjamin Hubert (contact for pricing and shipping inquiries).

    Marble Pendant Lamp from Graham and Green | Remodelista

    Above: Marble Pendant Lamps from Graham and Green pair marble shades with copper fittings. The Percy Marble Pendant (L) is £75 and the Braxton Marble Pendant (R) is £115.

    Van Den Weghe Marmer Belgian Design Marble Light | Remodelista

    Above: From Belgian stone company Van Den Weghe Marmer, the Lambda Light is made of Carrara marble and measures about 14 by 14 inches; contact Van Den Weghe Marmer for more information.

    Vaen Vintage Marble Table Lamp | Remodelista

    Above: From Vaen Vintage Design Shop, a one-of-kind Marble Table Lamp; €265.

    Nevvorks Material Marble Lamp | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Noergaard and Kechayas for Nevvvorks, the Material Lamp in Marble is part of a series by the designers that presents simple lampshades in a range of materials, including cork, terracotta, and concrete. This lamp has a marble shade and comes with approximately 10 feet of cable for hanging; €399 from Finnish Design Shop.

    Studio Vit Marble Pendant Lamp | Remodelista

    Above: From Swedish design firm Studio Vit, a collection of Marble Pendant Lights are made from cylindrical pieces of marble; to counterbalance the suspended pendant, marble floor weights are available. Contact Studio Vit for pricing and more information.

    For more, have a look at our marble series: Exotic Marble in Modern SpacesBeyond Carrara: 12 Splashy Marble Baths, and Remodeling 101: Marble Countertops. On Gardenista, read Michelle's confession: My Dirty Secret, or How I Learned to Live with a Marble Backsplash.

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    Gardenista joined us in the Greek Isles—and learned how horticulturalists triumph in the land of sun and sea. They also came away with a recipe for whitewash. Here are six posts not to miss:

    Antiparos by landscape designer Clive Nichols | Gardenista

    Above: The subject of this week's Landscape Architect Visit: a group of eight houses on Antiparos, built with a minimum impact on the landscape (design by Thomas Doxiadis), and and each with pools and perfect sea views.

    Garden in Crete Elene Psyllaki | Gardenista

    Above: The trick to growing plants in extreme weather conditions? Michelle details 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from the Greeks.

    Mediterranean garden in Mill Valley CA Linsteadt | Gardenista

    Above: How can you grow a Mediterranean garden in your own backyard? Hint: Cypress trees stand sentry in this Mill Valley, California, landscape. Michelle leads us on a visit to a Modern CA Garden Inspired by the Classics.

    San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos Greece | Gardenista

    Above: The key to staying cool: a whitewashed balcony with sun filtering through bamboo poles. Learn how to recreate the look in DIY: Whitewashed Walls and Steal This Look: Greek Bamboo Canopy.

    From Rosemary Field Guide | Gardenista

    Above: Looking for one of the easiest Mediterranean ingredients to grow? "For a plant believed to boost memory, rosemary is hardy enough to be forgotten," writes Amanda in this week's Field Guide

    Go to Gardenista's Greek Isles issue for more.

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    Every few months, Alisa Grifo and Marco Romeny travel to a country to gather compelling everyday objects: "things that generally go unnoticed, products that are the result of local aesthetics and needs." Back home in New York, they unveil their finds at Kiosk, their online shop and its companion tiny gallery, newly relocated to a building on Union Square. 

    In a world in which so much for sale looks familiar, Grifo and Romeny's finds are singular and soul stirring—and they save us from having to fly home from Athens with a must-have tin food safe or enamelware three-burner stove perched on our laps. Have a look at what the two found in Greece (good news: much of the collection is currently marked down). And even if you're not in the market to buy, Kiosk's off-the-cuff product descriptions are not to be missed.

    Sifter from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: Made of wood and metal, this Greek Sifter ($28) has a mysterious 50 emblazoned on it. "I was wondering why we were seeing sifters used in so many contexts in Greece," writes Grifo in the Kiosk catalogue, "and then it dawned on me—archaeological sites, a plethora of them, and what is the most common tool at such, a sifter naturally." 

    Paintbrush from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: A Round Paintbrush ($34): "Indeed! It is a giant paintbrush. Use with a pole; paint the town. I'm turning this brush over and sticking pens in it right now...All those white walls in the Greek islands must be whitened by some clever method. I'm ready to commit to a year of research to find out."

    Rolling pin from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: Greek Rolling Pin, 25-inches-long an 1.5 inches in diameter, marked down from $24 to $16.80. 

    Mountain tea from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: Mountain Tea, wild Sideritis (also known as ironweed), is on sale for $14.70, marked down from $21. The couple write that this herb was the item most requested before they left for Greece. "Tastes a bit like thyme blended with camomile," says Grifo, noting that the Sideritis they sell is harvested in the mountains of the Peloponnese and is a cure for just about everything.

    Candles from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: Greek Beeswax Candles are offered in three sizes, priced from $6 for a set of five of the smallest to $12 for a pair of the large, 15-inch tapers.

    Strainer from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: Our food guru Joan McNamara of Joan's on Third in LA took a recent trip to New York and made a beeline for Kiosk to procure one of these two-toned aluminum Strainers ($24). "Not too big, not too small, and not too heavy" said Joan as she offered us just-washed cherries straight from the strainer.

    Coffee pot from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: This aluminum Coffee Pot is reduced from $16 to $11.20. Here's the Kiosk recipe for Greek coffee, which Grifo points out is akin to Turkish coffee (but never called that in Greece): "Heating water in the pot, or briki, one adds a small teaspoon or two of finely ground coffee with some sugar at the same time. A medium coffee, which is the way I take it, is equal parts coffee to sugar. Take off the heat just as it starts to foam. Generally cooked over a flame today, it can also be found warming in a pan of hot sand, or a hovoli, to mimic the warm ash of a fire, the traditional cooking method."

    Kitchen box from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: Made of steel with screened walls, the Kitchen Box, 15-inches tall, 13.5 inches wide, and 10.5-inches deep, is traditionally used for aging cheeses and meats, and for keeping other foods "out of reach from unwanted munchers." Grifo says that she and Marco plan to put several of them to use as kitchen cabinets hung from ropes or mounted on a wall, "one for glasses, one for plates, one for dried goods."  Originally $110, they're now $77 each.

    Wooden yoke from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: A zevla is a traditional Wooden Collar for goats: "When soaked in water for some time, it becomes quite flexible. Taking it off is another thing." Detailed with burned wood markings, the collar doubles as wall sculpture; $22.50 reduced from $32.

    Animal bells from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: Greek Animal Bells ($26 to $32 each): "The round bronze one is for sheep, the more square one for goats, and the 'golden' one is for posh goats...Poshness aside, each bell has a distinct sound, and this helps the shepherd locate his or her animals."

    Three burner stove from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodeilista

    Above: Perfect for the compact apartment—and an item only Kiosk would take the trouble to import—this brown speckled, enameled steel Stove with Three Burners is $105 marked down from $150. As you might suspect, setting up this contraption takes some doing. "It has a 1/4-inch barb fitting, so BYO (j) G—bring your own (jazzy) gas (and regulator and hose and crlmp)—if we can get it to work, so can you," writes Grifo. "I watched a man cook for an entire outdoor restaurant on one of these."

    Handbroom from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: Greek Handbroom, $36: "This broom comes with no stick. Perhaps it took the wisdom of an ancient civilization to conclude that's there is really no good reason for the stick, unless you happen to be an avid sweeper...If you are like me, a casual sweep, you don't need professional equipment. Also, like me, you may be short on storage space."

    Oinometra cups from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: Oinometra Cups ($14-$23 each) are made of aluminum and used in tavernas, the blue for water, the red for wine, and the golden for olive oil. Have a look at our recent post: Going to the Greek: A DIY Dinner Party to see the pitchers put to use.

    Olive harvester from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: An Olive Harvester, made of plastic and tested out on an olive tree by Grifo; reduced from $14 to $9.80.

    Paperclips from Kiosk's Greek collection | Remodelista

    Above: Greek Paperclips, $4 to $6 a box. Foreign paperclips—and lovely classic packaging—are two Kiosk specialities. These presented Grifo with the opportunity to compare the daily outlook of Greeks and Swedes (they also sell Swedish paperclips). She concludes: "although Greece is 'broken' economically, I saw more joy there in one hour than I would see in a week in Stockholm. And so, here I offer you these humble paperclips."

    The Kiosk clubhouse is newly located at 41 Union Square West, #925, in New York, and is currently only open Thursdays and Fridays, from noon to 7 pm.

    Go to our Travel Guide to explore more of our favorite New York haunts. (On Gardenista, check out Best Made Co.). And have a look at all our Tabletop & Dinnerware discoveries.
      

     

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    Seven families with a total of 18 teenagers (many of whom had never met before) at an eco resort without shops, restaurants, nightlife, or WiFi on a remote Greek island for a week: Recipe for disaster or best holiday ever? Read on to discover the answer.

    Thanks to the largesse of a friend who wanted to celebrate a momentous birthday with good friends, two summers ago I spent a week with my family at Onar, an eco resort in a rare protected wetland on the eastern coast of Andros, one of the Greek Cycladic islands, a two-hour ferry ride from Athens.

    My over-scheduled urban teens (and their father, I might add) were apprehensive about what they were going to do all day (no WiFi?). It didn’t take long for them to settle into Onar’s quiet beauty and sleepy pace; time is so slow you forget to check your watch. We spent our days alternating between excursions to the nearby beach with trips to the vathres, small lakes formed by waterfalls, all punctuated by convivial meals in the open-air communal dining room. Paradise found.

    Images via Onar, unless otherwise noted.

    Onar Stone Houses Rental on the Greek Island of Andros | Remodelista

    Above: Onar has nine traditional houses that stretch along the river Achla, blending seamlessly into the surrounding wetlands.

    Onar Stone Houses Rental on the Greek Island of Andros | Remodelista

    Above: The stone, wood, and reeds used to build the houses were sourced from the river itself. Most mornings are beach-centric; from the resort it's a 10-minute walk through a forest of plane trees.

    Onar Stone Houses Rental on the Greek Island of Andros | Remodelista

    Above: The interiors of the houses feature regional construction methods.

    Onar Fireplace Greece | Remodelista

    Above: Furnished with natural materials in neutral tones, the rooms offer a cool respite on hot days.

    Onar Living Room Greece | Remodelista

    Above: The cottages are furnished with a mix of traditional and modern furniture.

    Onar Stone Houses Rental on the Greek Island of Andros | Remodelista

    Above: Wildflowers from the surrounding landscape.

    Onar Stone Houses Rental on the Greek Island of Andros | Remodelista

    Above: Stone floors and ceiling fans help keep the interiors cool.

    Onar Stone Houses Rental on the Greek Island of Andros | Remodelista

    Above: A spartan bedroom with simple bath.

    Onar Stone Houses Rental on the Greek Island of Andros | Remodelista

    Above: An outdoor terrace, with a traditional reed shade.

    Onar Tire Swing Greece | Remodelista

    Above: An outdoor tire swing.

    Onar-Andros-stone-wall-outdoor-dining-room-multi-colored-chairs

    Above: The communal outdoor dining area; the food is fresh and sourced locally, much of it grown at Onar. Photograph by Christine Hanway.

    Go to Onar for more details about the resort. Looking for other places to take a memorable vacation? Browse 1,000+ images of Hotels in our Gallery of Rooms and Spaces. For another retreat in the Cyclades, see A Mykonos House Inspired by Cycladic Design. On Gardenista, don't miss Landscape Architect Visit: Thomas Doxiadis on Antiparos.

    This post is an update; the original story ran on July 16, 2012 as part of our A La Plage issue.

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    What's on our radar? Read on:

    The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives Book Cover | Remodelista

    • In LA next week? Join us at Nickey Kehoe (7221 Beverly Blvd.) on Thursday, May 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm to celebrate Todd Nickey and Kim Ficaro's new book, The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives (it's one of our favorite design books of the year). Hope to see you there; also, see our post on the book here.

     

    Waterworks Kings Road London | Remodelista  

    •  Waterworks recently opened a flagship showroom on Kings Road in London: the basement level features dozens of tile vignettes and installations (including this shower tiled in the Gio Ponti-esque Parramore Mosaic), the main floor is the showroom, and the top floor is a studio space for designers and clients to work.
    • If you're getting out of town for the long weekend, have a look at a foolproof method for packing toiletries.
    • We love a good outdoor shower. Here are five we have our eye on. 

    Minimal Outdoor Fireplaces | Remodelista

    Food Net from Food52 | Remodelista

    DIY Citronella candle | Remodelista

    • Ditch the store-bought citronella candles and make your own. Photograph courtesy of BLDG 25 Blog. 
    • Downtown LA just got its first Scandinavian furniture and clothing store with a Volvo showroom inside. Margot is eager to check out the aptly named Austere

    Love, Nina, by Nina Stibbe | Remodelista

    • Best beach book: Love, Nina.
    • We are thrilled to announce that the 2nd Annual Remodelista Considered Design Awards will launch on June 1st. We've corralled a panel of all-star judges and look forward to submissions by both amateurs and professionals. Check back soon for more details. 
    • We're exploring Modest Modern next week and giving away a limited-edition Heath Ceramics and House Industries collaboration clock. Watch for an announcement of the giveaway on our Facebook page next week.

    Did you miss our sun-soaked Greek week? Catch up here, and don't miss Gardenista's exploration of Mediterranean gardens in their Greek Isles issue. 

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    This weekend, our spotlight is on Studio Bartleby, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, that recently launched Bartleby Objects, a collection of handmade objects and vintage products. The simple ethos, “We ultimately aim to achieve that sense of pleasure from a perfect fit and a nice thing,” says Mary Chan, Studio Bartleby’s principal designer. Here’s our wish list.

    Hand-Turned Candle Sticks

    Chan's hand-turned wood candle sticks can work individually or grouped together.

    Studio Bartleby, Homewares, Candle Holders | Remodelista

    Studio Bartleby, Homewares, Candle Holders | Remodelista

    Studio Bartleby, Homewares, Candle Holders | Remodelista

    Above: An assortment of hand-turned candlestick holders made of whitewashed poplar, oiled cedar, and oiled claro walnut. Each holds standard tapered candles; $50 to $70.

    Handmade Floor Mats

    Chan describes herself as "a knitter and weaver of no formal technique and 25 years of practice." Her floor mat designs are produced in Peru. 

    Studio Bartleby, Homewares, Kubis Rug | Remodelista

    Studio Bartleby, Homewares, Kubis Rug | Remodelista

    Studio Bartleby, Homewares, Kubis Rug| Remodelista

    Above: The Kubis Floor Mat is a hand-crocheted wool floor mat with rust knots and fringe, 18 by 24 inches; $485.

    Studio Bartleby, Homewares, Kohl Rug | Remodelista

    Studio Bartleby, Homewares, Kohl Rug | Remodelista

    Studio Bartleby, Homewares, Kohl Rug | Remodelista

    Above: The Kohl Floor Mat is a hand-crocheted black wool mat roughly 36 inches in diameter; $515.

    Studio Bartleby, Homewares, Maize Rug | Remodelista

    Above: The Maize Floor Mat is hand-knit in Peru from gray/brown wool and alpaca; the 18-by-24-inch size is $450.

    Studio Bartleby, Homewares, Muslin Rug | Remodelista

    Above: A muslin bathmat. For more information, contact Studio Bartleby

    Leather Door Pulls

    We can't resist a good leather pull and Chan's luggage tag-inspired pulls are especially satisfying to grasp. The leather will soften and acquire its own patina over time.

    Studio Bartleby, Hardware, Leather Door Pullls | Remodelista

    Studio Bartleby, Hardware, Leather Door Pullls | Remodelista

    Studio Bartleby, Hardware, Leather Door Pullls | Remodelista

    Above: The Natural Leather Door Pulls are 6 inches by 1.5 inches, hardware included; $35 each.

    Warren Dresser

    The six-drawer walnut Warren Dresser is a Bartleby collaboration with furniture maker December Box

    Studio Bartleby, Furniture, Wood Dresser with embedded metal handles | Remodelista

    Studio Bartleby, Furniture, Wood Dresser with embedded metal handles | Remodelista

    Above: Blackened brass pulls and brass inlaid into the drawer fronts of the Warren Dresser combine to create a simple yet distinctive detail. Alternate wood and metal finishes are available. The design is 30 inches wide, 18 inches deep,  and 48 inches tall; prices start at $9,500.

    For more leather pull inspirations, see 10 Easy Pieces Leather Cabinet Hardware. And if you want to make your own, check out DIY: Braided Leather Drawer Pulls for $1.25 EachDIY: Knotted Leather Drawer Pulls, and our DIY Video: How to make a $20 pull for $2. Find the perfect finishing touch plants in Gardenista's Ask the Expert: Tips for Starting a Houseplant Collection.

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    Modernism has stood the test of time, and over the years taken many guises, both grand and humble. This week we’re looking at the latter: what we call Modest Modern (small-scale beach houses, the iconic butterfly chair, a new shop in London, and more).

    Modest Modern Remodelista Issue

    Above: The virtues of modesty extend to architecture and interiors. Shown here, the Hatch House, part of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, a group that preserves some of the Cape's most interesting beach houses; watch for Julie's post on Wednesday. Photo by Anna Moller via Kinfolk.

    Monday

    Stone House Malcolm Davis Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: Sea Ranch, the enclave on the Sonoma coast that helped pioneer Northern California modernism, is 50 years old and still growing. In today's Architect Visit, we're touring an exemplar of the Sea Ranch approach, the Stone House by Malcolm Davis Architecture.

    Tuesday

    Airborne Butterfly Chairs | Remodelista

    Above: This week in Object Lessons, Megan Wilson fills us in on the Butterfly Chair, popularly associated with midcentury lounging (but, in fact, a design that goes back to the Crimean War). Shown here, Airborne Butterfly Chairs spotted outside the Isabel Marant boutique in LA; photograph by Julie Carlson.

    Wednesday

    Shells Hatch House | Remodelista

    Above: In House Call, we have a look around Wellfleet's humble modernist Hatch House (Julie grew up going to parties there). Image via Salt Cellar Shop.

    Thursday

    Another Country Pottery | Remodelista

    Above: With a mission to create handmade contemporary classics, UK design studio Another Country keeps striking all the right chords. In today's Shopper's Diary, Christine shows us around the company's just-opened London showroom. 

    Friday

    Richard Ostell Bedroom Westchester | Remodelista

    Above: "I prefer interiors that have a relaxed feel, spaces that look cohesive but don’t look designed or ‘done’, that have a feeling of restraint and quiet," says designer Richard Ostell. A master of modest modernism (have a look at his Westchester House), Ostell shares his philosophy and trade secrets in Friday's Ask the Expert column.

    Saturday

    Schaffer residence by Lautner Park McDonald | Remodelista

    Above: In our new Saturday column, Weekend Spotlight, we visit John Lautner's 1949 open-plan, redwood and glass Shaffer Residence in LA, restored by Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory members Park McDonald. Photograph by Joe Fletcher.

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    We're kicking off our Modest Modern week by marking the 50th birthday of Sea Ranch, California, an innovative planned community situated along 10 miles of rugged coastline in Sonoma County, California. Sea Ranch was developed in 1964 by architect and land planner Al Boeke, who pioneered an environmentally sensitive approach to the development of the land and a distinct architectural style. Built to suit the local topography and weather, and inspired by local agrarian buildings, Sea Ranch's simple shed-like structures marked a departure from the reigning International Style of the thirties, and the start of a distinctly Northern California version of modernism.

    The style and the development have had impressive staying power: in 1991, Sea Ranch received the AIA Twenty-Five Year Award, given to buildings and structures that have stood the test of time for a quarter century. The first structure, a 10-unit condominium unit designed by Berkeley firm MLTW in 1964, with single-pitched roofs and board siding, set the Sea Ranch style and informed the design manual that owners and their architects still refer to (all building plans get submitted to the Sea Ranch Association design committee for approval). Today, approximately three-quarters of the 2,288 lots at Sea Ranch have houses, and most are vacation places that are often available for rent. 

    In the last decade, San Francisco architect Malcolm Davis, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, has designed several Sea Ranch houses, which are exemplary descendants of the original structures. Come take a tour of one of them built in 2005:

    Photographs courtesy of Malcolm Davis Architecture
     

    The Stone House by Malcolm Davis Architecture

    Stone House in Sea Ranch by Malcolm Davis Architecture, Shed like structures | Remodelista

    Above: A house and guest house built for the Stone family, the setup is comprised of three major volumes, all cedar-clad, with single pitched, shed-like roofs. The two larger volumes are connected by an enclosed central porch that serves as an entry and gathering space. 

    Stone House in Sea Ranch by Malcolm Davis Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The entry to the enclosed porch is via the large outdoor deck.

    Stone House in Sea Ranch by Malcolm Davis Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: With a built-in pizza oven, the enclosed porch serves as an outdoor kitchen and the heart of the house.

    Stone House in Sea Ranch by Malcolm Davis Architecture, Indoor/Outdoor Room | Remodelista

    Above: Low Back Directors' Chairs provide casual seating in the porch, which is the architect's favorite part of the house because of its indoor/outdoor connection.

    Stone House in Sea Ranch by Malcolm Davis Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: A stainless steel sink (with integral drying rack) floats in front of the kitchen window as it spans between the cabinets. 

    Stone House in Sea Ranch by Malcolm Davis Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: In the living room, the stair wall's exposed framework has been turned into a floor-to-ceiling bookcase.

    Stone House in Sea Ranch by Malcolm Davis Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: Large-scale windows provide expansive views to the sea.

    Stone House in Sea Ranch by Malcolm Davis Architecture, Shed like structures | Remodelista

    Above: A smaller entrance and high windows at the back of the house create a sense of privacy and protection from the highway.

    Stone House Guest House in Sea Ranch by Malcolm Davis Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: A view of the Stone House guest quarters.

    Condominium 1, the Sea Ranch Original

    Charles Moore, MLTW, Condominium 1, Sea Ranch | Remodelista

    Above: The first structure built at Sea Ranch, Condominium 1 from 1964, is the work of architects Charles W. Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, William Turnbull, Jr., and Richard Whitaker of MLTW. Overlooking the Pacific, the wood-framed structure is cited as one of the most significant architectural designs of the sixties in California. We're still seeing its influence today. Image via Wikipedia.

    See more work by Malcolm Davis in the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory and in our post Ask the Expert: Essential Tips for the Designing the Bathroom. On Gardenista, see some of our favorite sheds in Outbuildings of the Week

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    Margot and I spotted the recently reintroduced Royal System at Design Within Reach in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago and admired its sleek profile, handsome hardware, Danish attention to detail, and its versatility. Designed in 1948 by Danish inventor Poul Cadovius, the Royal System shelving unit is a midcentury classic that's recently been revived by dk3. The winner of the Gold Medal at the Finland Furniture Fair in 1950 and silver at the Milan Triennale, the system is now available at Design Within Reach in the US and Twenty Twenty One in the UK. 

    Royal System Workstation | Remodelista

    Above: Shelves are available in walnut or soaped oak veneer over MDF; the rails are available in solid walnut or soaped oak. The hangers come in raw brass (which is meant to patina over time) or stainless steel. The design is sold in parts and can be configured in myriad ways. Prices start at £397 for a Royal System Desk Shelf at Twenty Twenty One and $1,775 for a Royal System Shelving Unit A at Design Within Reach.

    Royal Gateway Brass Detail | Remodelista

    Above: "Most of us live on the bottom of a cube,"  Cadovius said. "If we put the walls even with the floor, we get a lot of space to live in."

    Royal Gateway Desk Unit | Remodelista

    Above: A detail of a soaped oak shelf with raw brass hanger.

    Royal System Details | Remodelista

    Above: Details of the walnut shelving with raw brass details.

    Looking for more storage options? See our roundup of 10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Shelving Systems.

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    Spotted (and admired) on French photographer Romain Ricard's portfolio: a simple kitchen stocked with some of our favorite accessories. From Iris Hantverk brushes to Reiss enamelware, recreate a similar setting with our sources below.

    Modern Kitchen Photographed by Romain Ricard, Remodelista

    Above: Well-chosen kitchen tools hang from Shaker pegs in this compact white kitchen. Photograph by Romain Ricard.

    The Essentials

    E27 Pendant Light in White from Muuto, Remodelista

    Above: Muuto's E27 Pendant Light is available in red, yellow, white, green, and dark gray; $79 at Design Within Reach.

    Edison Double and Single Bulbs, Remodelista

    Above: Schoolhouse Electric's Single Loop (L) and Double Loop (R) Edison bulbs are $15 each.

    Arne Jacobsen Vola KV1 Mixer Faucet in Nickel | Remodelista

    Above: The Vola KV1 Single Handled Faucet with a double swivel spout (the design worked well in Janet's London kitchen with a moderate sized sink); $997.50 at Faucet Farm.

    Hickory Hardware Drawer Pulls, Remodelista

    Above: Hickory Hardware's Satin Chrome Pull is $3.15 at Lowe's.

    White Painted Peg Rail | Remodelista

    Above: Shaker peg rails are available in a variety of lengths and finishes at Peg and Rail; $24 for an 18 inch rack. The company also offers a version topped with a narrow shelf.

    The Accessories

    Iris Hantverk Swedish Table Brush, Remodelista

    Above: The Table Brush Set, designed by Lovisa Wattman for Iris Hantverk, is made from oil-treated beech and horse hair; $38 CAD from Mjölk.

    Enamelware Colander, Remodelista

    Above: The Riess Enamel Colander is made in Austria and enameled in white; $39.90 from Kaufmann Mercantile.

    Iris Hantverk Swedish Washing-Up Whisk, Remodelista

    Above: The Dish Washing Brush made of broom root from Iris Hantverk is $6 from Ancient Industries. Julie is a convert: see her post Accessories for the Scandi Chef.

    Basket with Red Leather Handles, Remodelista

    Above: The Red Market Handle basket is woven from date palm leave and has leather handles; $39 from Maison de Kristine.

    Japanese All-Purpose Scrub Brush, Remodelista

    Above: The Kamenoko Tawashi Scrubber is a traditional Japanese brush made from palm fiber; $6.50 from Poketo in LA.


    Wooden House Cutting Boards, Remodelista

    Above: House-shaped Cutting Boards in three different sizes: Cutting Board 2 (L) is €54, Cutting Board 1 is €27, and Cutting Board 4 (R) is €58. Each is made from oiled oak and modeled after the skyline seen from Rundetårn in Copenhagen, available at Ferm Living. For more designs by Ferm Living, see Design Sleuth: Cork Trivet.

    Cream Enamelware Tea Pot | Remodelista

    Above: A cream Enamelware Tea Pot is £10.95 from Kitchens Cookshop in the UK. West Elm offers a white Enamel Tea Pot that's currently on sale for $19.99 (down from $29).

    Looking for more scrub brushes to add to your kitchen collection? See our post 7 Favorites: Hardworking Scrubbers with Style. And on Gardenista, have a look at 10 Easy Pieces: Vegetable Brushes and Potting Shed Brushes.

    This post is an update; the original ran on May 7, 2013, in our The Modern Kitchen issue.

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    Inventive lighting stole the show last week at ICFF in New York. Among our favorite finds: London designer Naomi Paul's organic modern pendant lamps that she hand crochets, marrying the tactile with the architectural. The designs are all made to order and range in size from 15 inches tall (tailored to fit Paul's own low-ceilinged flat) to vast sculptural chandeliers that take her months to complete. Bonus: they collapse and pack flat.

    Photographs courtesy of Naomi Paul.

    Naomi Paul lights | Remodelista

    Above: A graduate of the Chelsea College of Art and Design in constructed textile design, Paul crochets her shades around a powder-coated framework using special mercerized cotton cord that she developed (the material is sourced from an Italian mill and knit into cable yarn in Yorkshire). She describes her pendants as "quietly opulent"; the design shown here is the Monika light.

    Naomi Paul lights | Remodelista

    Above: Though most of Paul's pieces are scaled to large rooms, the Vex, with "tessellating 20 degree angled edges," doesn't require height. All of her lights are available in a range of colors and come with woven cotton electrical cording (also in choice of colors). Each is labor intensive: the simplest design takes two and a half days to make. Prices are available on request.

    Naomi Paul lights | Remodelista

    Above: A trio of Glück pendants. Paul's lights are designed to work with Plumen low-energy bulbs. Every element is sourced within the UK (aside from the yarn) and the entire production is UK based.

    Naomi Paul lights | Remodelista

    Above: The V2 Glück, one of Paul's just-introduced pieces, has an open shade. When lit, she notes, "the characteristic openwork of the crocheted surface gives the entire shade an effervescent glow ideal for dining tables and overhead lighting." The interior of the shades are crocheted (to conceal the framework and bolster the construction) and can be finished in a color that contrast with the exterior.

    Naomi Paul lights | Remodelista

    Above: Paul's shade designs are mathematically complex but she uses nothing more than a bamboo crochet hook to make them.

    Naomi Paul Gluck light| Remodelista

    Above: A Glück pendant in navy.

    Naomi Paul Triangle rug and Macaroon floor cushions | Remodelista

    Above: Paul also makes other designs on commission. Shown here, her Steamer Chair with knit mohair cushions, and knit and crocheted Macaroon floor cushions, and Triangle Rug. For more information, go to Naomi Paul.

    Go to our Gallery of Rooms and Spaces for more Lighting ideas, including designs from Standard Socket, a Seattle lighting collective that works with emerging talent. And if you're looking for Outdoor Lighting, Gardenista has some ideas for you.

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    The Ratio Coffee Brewer came about when Mark Hellwig, founder of Clive Coffee (Portland's best source for coffee-making tools and beans) saw a need in the market for a coffee maker of high quality and elegant design. "After listening to customers complain about flimsy plastic parts, complicated programming steps, and overall inelegance, I decided to build a new company devoted entirely to coffee machines of unmatched beauty and quality," he says. His first product, the Ratio Coffee Brewer, offers the precision of a pour-over with the ease of a one-button operation.

    Images via Ratio Coffee.

    Ratio Coffee Brewer, Remodelista

    Above: Handmade in Portland, Oregon, the first batch of Ratio Coffee Brewers sold out in early 2014. Orders are now being taken for the next batch of 500 machines that will ship in July of 2014; $480 through Clive Coffee.  

    Ratio Coffee Brewer, Remodelista

    Above: The Ratio Coffee Brewer is made with only four materials: nickel-plated aluminum (base and top), Oregon black walnut (support arms), borosicilate glass (water tank, supply lines, and carafe), and cork (base and carafe bottom lining and the carafe stopper). 

    Ratio Coffee Brewer, Remodelista

    Above: The engineering of the machine is simplified to a one-button operation. It has a three-step brew cycle—bloom, brew, and ready—indicated by subtle white lights on the base. "You shouldn't have to be a trained barista to make great coffee and you shouldn't have to be an engineer to clean your coffee maker," says Hellwig.

    Ratio Coffee Brewer, Remodelista

     Above: Hot water poured over coffee causes a bubbly interaction called a “bloom.” The Ratio's control board allows the bloom to settle down before delivering the rest of the hot water. 

    Ratio Coffee Brewer, Remodelista

    Above: The Ratio Coffee Brewer's brew cycle is precisely controlled to deliver water at the ideal temperature (200 degrees) over the ideal time span (six minutes). The water shower head is designed to uniformly saturate the coffee grounds, similar to the manual brewing of pour-over kettles.

    Ratio Coffee Brewer Glass, Remodelista

    Above: The supply lines are made of borosicilate glass.

    Ratio Coffee Brewer Walnut Arm, Remodelista

    Above: Cantilevered support arms are made from Oregon black walnut.

    Able Kone Coffee Filter, Remodelista

    Above: The Ratio Coffee Brewer uses either Chemex Pre-Folded Paper Filters ($8 for a box of 100) or the Able Kone Coffee Filter, made of laser-welded stainless steel ($60) at Clive Coffee. (For a limited time, a Ratio Coffee Brewer purchase includes a custom Able Kone filter.)

    Prefer to brew a single cup? Alexa found 10 Artful Coffee Drippers, while Sarah looked across the Pacific for Pour Over Coffee—Aussie Style. And don't miss 7 Secrets: Tips to Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee on Gardenista.

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    Over the last five years, we've watched Another Country evolve from a three-legged stool to a full furniture and housewares collection, and, now, a Marylebone, London shopfront. It’s easy to see why the UK company has been such a success. Founded by Paul de Zwart, whose list of design credentials includes collaborations with Tyler Brûlé (de Zwart was the cofounder of Wallpaper magazine), Ilse Crawford, and Alasdhair Willis, Another Country designs strike a chord with those looking for well-made modern classics—the venture started when de Zwart went on a quest for the archetypal stool and ended up deciding to make his own. One piece led to the next, and a mission to create archetypal designs that "call on the familiar and unpretentious forms of British Country kitchen style, Shaker, traditional Scandinavian, and Japanese woodwork for inspiration."

    Up until last month, prospective buyers were limited to viewing Another Country collections online and at design fairs. Now, at the company's first shop in Marylebone, the line is displayed in room settings filled with ideas worth bringing home.

    Photographs courtesy of Another Country

    Another Country, Marylebone, London | Remodelista

    Above: A selection of Another Country's simple and functional wares in a neo-cottage setting.

    Another Country, Marylebone, London | Remodelista

    Above: The three-legged Stool One, the first piece in the Another Country collection, stands next to the larger Kid's Stool One, along the wall; £185 and £165.

    Another Country, Marylebone, London | Remodelista

    Above: Another Country's wooden designs are made from certified solid woods in the UK and Europe. Shown here: Sofa One, £3880, Coffee Table One Round, £485, and the Workstead Floor Lamp, £650. Another Country is the sole UK representative of Workstead lighting, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory

    Another Country, Marylebone, London | Remodelista

    Above: Another Country furniture is designed to work in any room. Here, Desk One£945, is used in an office setup.

    Another Country, Marylebone, London | Remodelista

    Above: The Another Desktop Series is a handsome way to organize office detritus; £95 for a set.

    Another Country, Marylebone, London | Remodelista  

    Above: Another Chair in red works as a dining chair or an office meeting chair; £485.

    Another Country, Marylebone, London | Remodelista

    Above: Simple but strong materials, such as black hexagonal floor tiles, white subway tiles, and a wood ceiling, work well with the Another Country aesthetic. The oiled ash and brass Bucket£590, was inspired by Finnish sauna buckets and Japanese rice barrels. The sink's copper pipe faucet adds an element of surprise. 

    Another Country, Marylebone, London | Remodelista  

    Above: Another Country is on 18 Crawford Street, Marylebone, London. See map below. 

    Several of Another Country's iconic furniture pieces can be seen in Living Small in an Architectural Landmark, Brooklyn Edition, designed by Workstead, and The Designer is In: An Optimist at Home in Notting Hill on Charles Mellersh. On Gardenista, see Design Sleuth: Stepladder as Planter.

    Below: Location of Another Country in Marylebone, London:

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    Popularly associated with midcentury modernist lounging, the Butterfly Chair began life as a wood-framed folding chair used during the Crimean and Boer wars and was patented by the British in 1877. Fifty or so years later, three Argentine architects—Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy, Antonio Bonet, and Juan Kurchan—replaced the wood with a single length of steel and exhibited the chair at a furniture fair in Buenos Aires. It caught the eye of MoMA's industrial design curator Edgar Kaufmann Jr., who bought one for the museum and one for his parent's new country house, Fallingwater, designed by their friend Frank Lloyd Wright. Knoll acquired the US production rights in 1947, and about 5 million chairs were sold during the 1950s alone.

    The popularity of the Butterfly Chair continues apace and today it is made by a range of manufacturers worldwide, including French company Airborne, which has been producing the chairs since 1951 and has come out with a couple of variations on the theme (it's also faithfully reproduced in the US by Circa50, and will soon be available at Steele Canvas).

    Above: The AA Airborne chair is made in France and is available for €783 in leather. Bodie & Fou offers the AA Airborne Chair with a black or white canvas cover for $729. Photo of the Isabel Marant store in LA by Julie Carlson.

    Airborne Stitching Detail | Remodelista

    Above: There is something very appealing about canvas paired with white stitching. 

    Roost Estancia Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The Estancia Chair with linen cover from Roost is $675 from Modish Store. CB2 has just begun offering its own version of the Butterfly Chair for $399 in black or brown leather, and $249 in kilim pattern by Aelfie Oudghiri.

    Above: One of the two butterfly chairs bought by Edgar Kaufmann Jr. in 1938. This is in Fallingwater, the other is at the Museum of Modern Art. Photograph by Christopher Little.

     Above: The Hotel Jan José in Austin uses white canvas butterfly chairs outdoors and black leather butterfly chairs indoors. Image via Apartment34.com.

    Object Lessons columnist Megan Wilson is the owner of Ancient Industries and curator of the Remodelista 100 presented in the Remodelista book. Watch for her column every Tuesday, and have a look at her past lessons on the Atlas Pepper Mill, IBM Wall ClockSheila Maid Clothes Drying Rack, and Hudson's Bay Point Blanket.

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    With summer on the horizon, we're freeing our sofas and armchairs from their sheepskins and on the lookout for ideal warm-weather seating. Our pick of late: elevated versions of the classic lawn chair in woven leather or cotton with frames of thin steel or pale wood.  Here are 10 favorites—some classics, some brand new, and all ideal for the next heat wave.

    Eric Trine Leather Woven Armchair | Remodelista

    Above: Designer Eric Trine is a master of the form, from woven leather steel armchairs to stackable chairs with undulating oak frames. The Rod + Weave Chair, shown here, is made to order in Trine's LA workshop; it's available with a black or white metal frame and vegetable-tanned leather for $1,200. See variations of the chair on Gardenista.

    Jasper Morrison Tagliatelle Side Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Jasper Morrison's Tagliatelle Chair is a reinterpretation of Giandomenico Belotti's Spaghetti Chair. It's made enameled steel woven with belts of elastic fabric, and is available in a stackable or armchair model. Contact Suite NY for more information and pricing.

    Carl Hansen Cuba Lounge Chair in White | Remodelista

    Above: Designed in 1997 by Morten Gøttler for Carl Hansen & Søn, the Cuba Lounge Chair has hand-woven cotton straps on a Danish oak frame with brass hinge mechanisms (it folds for easy storage and an accompanying wall hook is sold separately); $760 at Design Within Reach.

    Nadine Lounge Chair with Woven Seat from Phloem Studio | Remodelista

    Above: Designers (and siblings) Benjamin and Jessica Klebba of Phloem Studio in Portland, Oregon, offer their Nadine Lounge in a range of domestic hardwoods woven with leather straps (shown) or seat belt webbing. Contact Phloem Studio for pricing and availability.

    Alvar Aalto Artek Woven Back Lounge Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The classic Armchair 406 designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek is made of sustainable birch with linen webbing. Shown here in black, it's also available in natural, blue, brown, white, and red; $1,490 at Matter in New York.

    Mark Albrecht Woven Leather Stackable Side Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Mark Albrecht's Woven Side Chair is made in the US from loosely woven vegetable-tanned leather stretched over a black steel frame; $1,475 at Suite NY.

    Jens Risom Lounge Chair in Black | Remodelista

    Above: Jens Risom's Lounge Chair was first designed in 1941 for Knoll and has woven cotton or nylon webbing over a maple or walnut wood frame. The chair has mortise and tenon joints and the seat is attached with invisible screws; $938 from Hive Modern.

    Pacific Wonderland Woven Leather Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The Black Leather Palapa Chair is designed by husband and wife team, Steve Nasker and Charlotte Stone (he makes wooden furniture, she makes leather sandals) of Pacific Wonderland. Made in LA of birch plywood and black leather, the design ships flat with instructions for assembly; $1,050 from Sunroom or Pacific Wonderland.

    Normann Copenhagen Leather Woven Camping Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Inspired by the classic camping chair, the Normann Copenhagen Camping Chair has a beech frame with a seat woven from khaki-colored canvas or vegetable-tanned leather (shown); $2,450 for the canvas and $3,500 for the leather from Normann Copenhagen.

    Casamidy Altavista Side Chair with Woven Leather Back | Remodelista

    Above: Casamidy's Altavista has an antiqued wrought-iron frame (in lacquer or silver leaf) and a seat woven in saddle (shown), brown, black, or raw leather. Contact Casamidy directly for more information and pricing.

    Shopping for seating? Have a look at our previous 10 Easy Pieces posts on the best Folding Camp-Style Chairs and Dining Chairs Under $150. On Gardenista, see the Adirondack Chair Reimagined

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