2011 September : design elements



categories weekend    

Schönes Wochenende!

Have a wonderful weekend!

design traveller


Interview with Kyle Schuneman

categories Designer, Interviews    

“I want people to realize that design is so much more than just neutral walls and timid choices. I’d love to have inspired people to make bold choices that really show off their individuality.”

Kyle Schuneman

LA-based interior designer Kyle Schuneman of Live Well Designs is an incredibly talented young designer. At only 25, he has been named a “Tastemaker” by Los Angeles Magazine and one of House Beautiful Magazine’s “Next 20 Designers to Watch”. Kyle has worked with Microsoft, Lipton, Target, Herman Miller Furniture, Dussault Apparel and designed the television series Creative Juice and DIY Networks. Kyle’s slogan: “Be You. Live You. Live Well.”

How would you describe your own style?

Bold and livable.

Looking back at your first project what decorating knowledge do you wish you had back then designing the interiors?

I basically started not knowing much, self taught, so every little job I would take getting started helped me learn everything I know today. I wish I had the sources and the experience I have now back then but really the only way to get there is to make mistakes and figure things out in the beginning.

Is there a designer that has influenced you?

I like designers that make an iconic style for themselves. I love Jonathan Adler’s humor towards the work and Tom Ford just for his constant style. Frank Gehry is another and so is Chanel. I don’t just find interior design inspiration from other interior designers, in fact I rarely do.

Some designers believe that the first piece for any room is the rug or a painting that sets up the colors palette. What is your first source of inspiration?

I think knowing how the room needs to function should always be first. Yes, a rug or a fabric is great to get an inspired color palette from but unless the room functions correctly, the rest won’t matter.

What is your idea what a beautiful home should feel like?

I think a beautiful room should feel classic and lived in. Not as a designer showcase. I love quirky elements and great design should feel effortless. I’ve been collecting Architectural Digest since I was 13 and when I look back at an old issue, if I can’t figure out when it was designed, I think that is the mark of a beautiful home.

What the biggest mistake people make when they decide to decorate their homes without the guidance of a professional designer?

Scale! People don’t seem to understand scale and proportion when it comes to art, furniture, and pattern size.

How do you achieve a good scale?  Scale is a really interesting and difficult topic.

Like I said from above this is the number one problem I see and why using a professional is good. I think a lot of it is just a sense – its really hard to describe and you kind of “have it or you don’t”. It’s all about balance at the end of the day to create a harmonious or inspiring room.

How do you define elegance?

I’ve never really thought about it and I don’t like to define things because they are ever evolving. If it’s something that comes from the heart and is unique to that person that is what I would call elegant.

What would be your dream project?

I would love to do a boutique hotel.

Your favorite books?

Mine! It will be coming out next year, being published by Clarkson Potter (Random House) so everyone should pick it up. It’s something different that hasn’t been out there yet and I am so excited to share it with everyone!

What does success mean to you?

Happiness. It has nothing to do with money or flash, if you are happy waking up every morning, being surrounded by people you love, then it can’t really get much better than that.

My signature Design Elements question – what are the most important design elements?

Confidence! Have the confidence to try something new, that you haven’t seen before, that is 100% YOU. Spaces should reflect the people who live there, that’s why I got in this business because I was so fascinated about everyone’s different perspective and by trying to conform to trends or standards people aren’t able to share their unique perspective with one another.

photos: Joe Schmelzer for Live Well Designs


Fireplace Obsession

categories Fireplace    

Casa Tres Chic

design: Shelton, Mindel & Associates, photo: Michael Moran for AD via Meta Interiors

Cabbage Rose

Design Traveller

Casa Tres Chic

Japanese Trash


Wednesday Mix

categories Kitchen, Wednesday Mix    

via my fav tumblr Cabbage Rose

photo: Julia Hoersch


Monday Loft

categories House Tour    

Diese Wohnung (57 qm) zieht meine Augen magisch an. Schönen Wochenstart!

This apartment (57 qm) is catching my eye today. Happy Monday!

Elle Decor Japan


Interview with Dickie Bannenberg

categories Designer, Interviews, Yachts    

“It starts with one person’s imagination…”

Bannenberg & Rowell

Recently I had the great pleasure to have a cyber sit down with Dickie Bannenberg – managing director of Bannenberg & Rowell – the superyacht design company with a magnificent portfolio of more than 200 mega yachts founded by his father Jon in the beginning of the 60’s. “Before Bannenberg, yacht design did not really exist as a distinct occupation. Naval architects designed what they hoped were efficient and good-looking hulls and left the shipyard to complete the interior.” Do you hear the waves and smell the sea water coming from your desktop? Enjoy!

How did you first get in touch with yacht design?

Growing up with my father meant that I was aware of yachts and the world of design from a very early age. My parents would take me to shipyards, launches and sometimes on board a friend’s yacht. My dad would often work in his study at home so I would see him at his drawing board. I only actually joined my father’s firm in the late 1980s.

You attended the best “yacht design school” in the world – The Jon Bannenberg school. How had your father Jon influenced you?

My father’s enthusiasm and drive was very powerful. I can’t pretend to be just like him (no one will ever be) but I hope I have some of his qualities. He never let anyone forget that no one actually needs a yacht and that we are all only in business thanks to people making these huge investments. So the process of building a yacht has got to be not only pain-free but something hugely exciting for the yacht owner. My dad got on with everyone. I hope I am the same in that respect.

How does a world-leading designer go about creating the marvels we see on the water?

Well, we take a brief from the client and go from there. Sometimes that brief is clear and detailed. Sometimes there’s hardly anything to go on. Either way, you’ve got to create an identity from which to build on.

What are the biggest challenges in yacht interior design?

I think they are related to your earlier question: it still amazes me the number of times we have someone – client, broker, shipyard – talk about modern classic, or classic modern. What does this mean? It’s a incredibly elastic definition of style which is actually useless. But it is often trotted out and the hard bit is not only to try and ascertain what is actually meant, but also to make sure that it doesn’t also mean some kind of ultra-safe middle ground where there are no risks and no excitement. All other challenges – technical, regulatory and budgetary can be overcome, some with more pain and stress than others!

The SuperYacht World chose 9 Bannenberg yachts including the outright winner in the “50 Most Beautiful Yachts Ever”. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

The SuperYacht world list was in relation to exteriors so all are, by definition, my Dad’s. I still think Carinthia VI (now The One) was fantastically ground-breaking. I hesitate to use the word iconic now as it has become rather overused. When she appeared, it was with the same sense of shock and awe as perhaps Rising Sun did before my father died. She was truly radical yet now is regarded with great affection as a subtle and elegant yacht. But I think the sheer variety of designs, all recognisably off the Bannenberg drawing board, were his greatest achievement.

What do you love to do when you are not designing?

I have my wonderful wife and two kids aged 18 and 15. So life revolves around them. Remaining time is split between rowing for my club (Tideway Scullers School) in all types of boat and trying to improve my saxophone playing.

What are your favorite books?

I have a small stack of books in various stages of completion. I need a bit more discipline. Something on the History of the British Empire, a book about the Vietnam war, and half-way through a biography of Herbert von Karajan.

What would the yacht you would design for yourself looks like?

I wouldn’t want anything big! I thought the 39m Feadship SL Kathleen Anne gave you everything you could possible want in terms of space. And I would want anti-bling. Anti-glitz. Set up for living in shorts and bare feet.

What are the most important yacht design elements?

Excitement, cohesion, elegance, identity, practicality.

photos: Bannenberg & Rowell Design


Timeless Apartment by Ramisa Projects

categories House Tour, Living room    

Wieder ein Blick nach Frankreich in diese wundervolle Wohnung der 70er Jahre, die von den Innenarchitekten Isabel und Ramiro (Design Studio Ramisa Projects and Fun) neu umgestaltet wurde.

Interior designers Isabel and Ramiro of the Spanish design studio Ramisa Projects and Fun transformed a 1970s apartment into a timeless interior.

photos: Journal de la maison


Kitchen Inspiration

categories Kitchen    

Bridge House Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects via home dsgn

photo: Scott Frances for Elle Decor

photo: Per Magnus Persson found via Automatism

Journal de la maison, photo: Gilles Trillard


Home in Sainte-Marie-de-Ré

categories House Tour    

Dieses Haus an der französischen Atlantikküste zieht meine Augen heute an.

This house on the Atlantic coast in France is catching my eye today.

photo: marie claire maison



categories Wednesday Mix    

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