Author: studioannetta


Nancy Corzine

Finally found the pictures I was looking for….I think that just goes to show I have too many magazines at home!

Nancy Corzine advertisement in the December 2006 edition of House Beautiful (US).

These images are of the room that Nancy Corzine decorated at the 2006 House Beautiful Showhouse in Miami Beach. See the video tour on House Beautiful (you need to scroll down to find the right one).

The Putman

For those that enjoyed my post yesterday about Andree Putman, here are some images of a project she recently completed in Hong Kong – The Putman – a complex of high end serviced apartments.
Living Room, featuring her signature crescent moon sofas.

Clean modern bedroom.

View of the HK skyline at night from the apartments.

Andree Putman

Andree Putman is definitely one of my favorite designers. She is a living legend, and has a style that is modern, elegant and refined. These photos are of a project she completed in Paris, and were featured in the latest Belle Magazine (from Australia).

I was lucky enough to hear her talk at a design conference here in Hong Kong earlier in the year and despite her age (she’s now in her 80’s – and still creating inspirational interiors and products) she is very witty and charming, and still sports her signature coiffure and red lipstick.

I have had the book ‘Andree Putman’ on my amazon wish list for some time now….and now I’ve realised that another has been released called ‘Putman Style’ – so I’m hoping I can get both of them soom. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did!

Living room, featuring her signature crescent moon sofa’s.
Dining room featuring Putman designed pieces.
Master bedroom.
Daughter’s dressing room (hope she know’s how lucky she is!).
Husband’s office.

Stairwell with Putman designed lighting fixture.

View of kitchen, with custom made range hood and cabinets.

Another view of kitchen.

Master bathroom.

Cool bars of the world…5

Another cool looking bar, one I haven’t been to – but is on my list of to do’s soon, the Glamour Bar in Shanghai is very chic. I love the way they have managed to capture the style of 1930’s Art Deco era in Shanghai – but in a modern way. I don’t have the details of who designed this place, so I will update when I find the info. But I will definitely be checking this place out next time I’m in Shanghai!
(This is my favorite image – love those pink Haines-looking lounge chairs and deco detailing of the lights!)


(The famous cocktails at Glamour Bar, and view of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower at night).

(The fabulous view of the Bund from the Glamour Bar during the day).

Cool bars of the world…4

Finally, a bar I’ve actually been to! This is the ‘MO Bar’ at the new Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. This was designed by renowned hospitality designer Adam Tihany – whom I actually met by chance at a seminar here in Hong Kong. I sat down next to him during the break and had no idea who he was. Very charming and funny guy. Anyway, MO is a fantastic bar, and I love the combination of materials he has used, it has a very luxe deco feel with the macassar ebony and the almost Haines-like arm chairs. They make fantastic vodka cocktails, in fact on a Thursday night they do a girls night and provide free Absolut vodka drinks to girls after 9:00pm. Very dangerous!


Cool bars of the world….3

Here is another one that tickles my fancy, just a shame I didn’t get a chance to visit during my trip in NY. These photos are of the Rose Bar, Jade Bar and private Rooftop (see footage of NY socialite Fabiola Beracasa do a tour of the exclusive rooftop) at the new Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, designed by Julian Schnabel (previously a film maker) for Ian Schrager. Here is an article on him (with more photos) in the NY Times. I love the colours they’ve used, and just how different it is to anything else I’ve seen lately, very new and fresh. And the collection of art is to die for! Check out the photos below, I also recommend checking out the website for photos of the hotel itself, its quite eye catching!







Cool bars of the world…….2

This is another fairly new one, and I particularly like the use of colour and the chinoiserie effect they’ve acheived without it looking tacky or over the top. The Artesian Bar is in London, and was designed by David Collins (who I saw profiled on another blog – Desire to Inspire). I think it looks sophisticated and I’m putting it on my to do list for the next trip to London, whenever that might be…


Cool bars of the world…

I thought I’d share a few favorite hotel/bar/restaurant designs with you all. Here is one that’s new-ish in Melbourne (it opened after I left and I still haven’t had a chance to try it out). It’s called Baroq House, designed by multi-disciplinary firm Playground in Melbourne, Australia – lead by a very young but very talented Fady Hachem. Enjoy!

Binny Hudson’s London Home

I arrived home last night to find a new magazine waiting for me, what joy! I love that, having a new mag waiting for me in the letter box, rather than hunting down a copy, or in this case wedged between the grill on my security door.

Home Journal is a local Hong Kong magazine which I look forward to each month. Its not my favorite, but it does feature local and overseas homes and has great sections on shopping and sourcing products locally which has been very helpful for me.

So the cover feature this month was of the London home of a designer Binny Hudson (I’d never heard of her). I asolutely love the photo of her studio with the huge light filled doors and skylight window. She has great taste, the house is furnished in a mix of styles, mainly ‘old stuff’ and antiques. The colour scheme is very monochromatic, which doesn’t always appeal to me, but I think it works in this case. It has an industrial, provincial, english country look going on that I think is a great blend. Here are some of the images from the magazine..

The living room is a mix of vintage finds, ethnic treasures and family heirlooms.


The Studio, I LOVE this room. I would kill for a space like this at the moment, a great desk and chair with a view of greenery (Almost an impossibility in Hong Kong).


On the right is Binny’s husband’s study – love those biedermeier chairs. Left is an ingenious way of using an old towel radiator – they’ve added glass shelves for a cute little display.

A sideboard in the dining room on the left, and on the right is a view of the spare bathroom.

Above is a view of the bedroom, a study in whites and creams. Below is the entrance hall – the walls are finished in Moroccan-style tadelakt plaster.


The kitchen has a vaulted ceiling and white varnished floors. Very serene. Love it!

Doors of the world

I’ve been inspired by some door postings on other blogs lately (see Absolutely Beautiful Things and Orange Beautiful), so I thought I would post some of the photos I’ve taken of doors in my travels. I must say, I am a bit of a fan of a good door. Not only is a great architectural element, but I also find them quite symbolic -most probably because of the old adage ‘one door closes, as another one opens’.
The photos below are photos of doorways that I took during a trip to France last year. I have a bit of a collection so far – but they are on CD somewhere and will need to fish them out for the next installent.
Above are both doors in Avignon – the one on the right is the home we stayed in when the hotel we booked turned out to be full when we arrived….The lady who lives here was lovely, but as I don’t speak a word of french I was relying on my husband to translate the whole time!

These are also both in Avignon.
These doors are in Carcasonne – further south of France.
Top left is in Lyon, and right in Perpignon.
Both doors above are in Perpignon. I adore the one on the left, if you look closely you’ll see that the brass knocker is actually in the shape of a hand.
I hope to add another installment soon!

Quote of the day

Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve just been checking out the Anthropologie website which has been updated since the last time I looked. I was in there store while in New York and could have just about bought one of everything in there, I love that place! So I thought I’d share a quote for the day from their website that I liked.

“Imagination needs moodling – long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering”.
– Brenda Ueland.

Also, I thought I’d share this image from their spring home collection as I’m really loving lime and violet at the moment. Maybe I’ll try and find some more images over the weekend to share…

Nancy Corzine

I thought I might profile a few of my favorite designers / style icons. Someone who’s style I admire greatly is Nancy Corzine, the furniture, textile and lighting maven. I had a chance to visit her showroom in the D & D Building in New York. Her range of furniture, lighting and textiles are beautiful and sumptuous. I found an interview with her today that I thought was interesting and wanted to share, so please enjoy. I’ve been searching through my magazines for some pics of a showhouse she did recently, but to no avail….might have to wait til the weekend when I have a bit more time.

The big apple

So, just wanted to rave a bit more about how much I loved New York….
Design-wise, it has to still be the capital of the universe for sure. I had so much fun just wandering the streets and checking out shops that are not available outside the US including
Distant Origin (stockist of Chair Couture), Kate Spade and Anthropologie (where I bought a dress by Corey Lynn Calter – so cute! – see the photo of me wearing it) as well as heaps of fabulous book stores like Barnes and Noble, Strand (tones of 2nd hand as well as end of runs, great bargains to be had, and I’ve just discovered they ship overseas..) and Potterton Books (in the foyer of the D&D Building – specializing in rare and hard to find design books).

I picked up a few great finds, a great book on Andre Arbus that I purchased through an Amazon vendor and had delivered to my friends apartment (they won’t ship outside the US). What an amazing designer he was. His pieces are so timeless and graceful in proportions. The book is written in French (I’ll have to get my husband to translate it for me!) but the photos are amazing, and have inspired me to change the décor of our apartment…You can click on this link to see some of the designs that are currently in reproduction, or see 1stDibs for a selection of originals.

Speaking of the D & D (Decoration and Design) Building in New York, I spent an afternoon there, which I thought would be plenty of time, but with 18 floors of showrooms (a decorators paradise) I barely got through half! I did manage to check out some of the fabric and furniture showrooms including Clarence House, Quadrille, F. Schumacher (I checked out the Kelly Wearstler and new Jamie Drake collections up close), Brunschwig & Fils, Ralph Lauren, Holland Sherry, Donghia, Nancy Corzine, Kravet, Patterson, Flynn & Martin/Rosecore (for Kelly Wearstler’s rug collection, which is much more beautiful in the flesh), as well as the furniture collections of Maxine Snider and Jan Showers at Tui Pranich & Assoc.

All in all it was a fantastic trip, and I’m now counting down the days til we can go back again….

I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps….

New York! New York! What a great city it is. My husband and I totally fell in love with the city and are looking forward to going back soon. Thanks again to our friends Deb and Ades for putting us up, and putting up with us!

I have heaps to post about the trip and all that I saw, but in the mean time I thought I’d post some images of another fabulous New York apartment, this time the Manhattan abode of fabulous fashion designers Badgley Mischka. These images are from a Harpers Bazaar issue from late last year. I love the simple colour combinations they’ve used, its ultra stylish and ultra cool, and looks very livable.


Loro Piana

A few weeks back I had the honour of being the first designer in Hong Kong to view the newly launched uber luxe interior textiles collection from Loro Piana. For anyone who isn’t familar with this textile house, the family owned Italian company produces the world’s finest cashmere fabrics, along with other world renowned natural fibre fabrics. The new interiors collection consists of fabrics made from the finest cashmeres, wools, linens, cottons, silks etc. They are absolutely beautiful and sooo luxurious, and they’ve inspired me to post some photos that were in Elle Decor (US) a few months back, of the NY based fashion designer Zang Toi‘s apartment. He has used the Loro Piana cashmere on his sofa, trimmed with mink. I can’t think of anything more beautiful and indulgent to live with. I love this apartment, its so fresh and so light, and very Parisienne.

I won’t be able to post again for a few weeks as I’m off to NY myself, and hoping to have some great photos or samples to show all on my return.