Architecture, Design and Style: The Defining Look of the East End –

Aug 19, 2019 10:43 AM

Staff Writer
Driving across the East End, it is easy to take its sea of immaculate homes for granted. But what does it actually take to create one of these beautifully integrated homes, from the inside out?

Interior designer Kelly Behun, landscape architect Edmund Hollander and architect James Merrell know firsthand. On Friday, August 23, the three powerhouses of style and design will pull back the curtain at the Southampton Arts Center and discuss how they merge their design aesthetics, integrate important art collections into the design scheme, and create a unified realization of the hopes and dreams of the most important member of the team: the client.

“We are thrilled to host such an esteemed panel of design experts at SAC,” Artistic Director Amy Kirwin said in a press release. “All three have made such a significant impact on the look and feel of the East End and we are looking forward to allowing the public to hear all about their collaborative process.”

Ms. Behun gained her interior design training on the job as a member of Ian Schrager Hotels’ in-house Design Studio, where she worked under architect Anda Andrei and alongside renowned designers Andree Putman and Philippe Starck.

While there, she was an integral member of the design team that created a number of their most iconic properties, including the Delano in Miami, Mondrian in Los Angeles, and Royalton, Paramount, Morgans and Hudson hotels in New York. She later opened kellybehun|STUDIO, which became known for its comprehensive and highly bespoke approach to interior design projects, and its exclusive line of furniture and home accessories.

Mr. Hollander approaches landscape architecture from a holistic standpoint. “The three ecologies essential to a timeless project,” he said, “are the architectural ecology of the buildings, the natural ecology of the vernacular landscape, and the human ecology of how the clients will inhabit the landscapes we create.”

His award-winning firm is the mastermind behind a 61,000-square-foot, green-roof memorial, as part of architect Steven Holl’s expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the nation’s capital. That ongoing commission is an especially prominent feather in his cap, which includes private landscapes for titans such as theater scion Jonathan M. Tisch, real estate magnate William C. Rudin, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.

Mr. Merrell came to architecture by way of art and the history of ideas, rather than engineering and design. Over the last 30 years, he has designed an impressive collection of decidedly architectural, vibrant and beautifully appointed residences from the firm’s home base in Sag Harbor.

The discussion, moderated by Cristina Cuomo, will begin at 12 p.m. at the Southampton venue, located at 25 Jobs Lane. Admission is $15 and $10 for Friends of SAC. For information, call 631-283-0967 or visit

This $3.3 million office with hammocks, an astroturf bridge and a Viking hut was designed to keep employees creative – Business Insider

This $3.3 million office features hammocks, astroturf and a Viking hut – Business Insider

The wooden ‘Norge Hut’ was brought all the way from Norway to act as a meeting room in the office.
  • Bosch’s startup platform invested $3.3 million into making a space specifically to inspire startups and keep employees inspired.
  • The working space, located in a former warehouse in Ludwigsburg, Germany, includes everything from bespoke furniture to an authentic Norwegian wooden hut.
  • The co-founders of the space worked with architects and artists to produce a unique environment in the hopes of breaking conventional working patterns.
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Finding a parking space through an app; a stay-at-home robot that sends you videos of your pets while you’re away; therapy, but with the help of VR glasses – how do people come up with these ideas? The answer is very simple: creativity.

As the German neuroscientist Gerlad Hüther explained in an interview with Business Insider Deutschland, people can only really be creative when areas in the brain that are not usually connected, link up. This happens when the brain is not occupied such as when you’re going for a walk, having a shower or lying in bed. But in an office, the chances of this happening are often quite low.

Read more: 8 of the most luxurious and exclusive co-working spaces in London, ranked by price.

When Bosch’s startup platform was founded in 2013 to help facilitate fresh and fun business ideas, the current managing director Peter Guse and his two co-founders were faced with a problem: how could they turn a 5,000-square-meter former warehouse into a creative space? Guse revealed to Business Insider Deutschland that Bosch invested $3.3 million into this project.

“For inspiration, we brought elements into the building that were unusual, to break up established patterns of thinking and working,” Guse told Business Insider. “An architecture firm and 26 artists helped us design the Grow building. What resulted from this collaboration was something truly unique.” A production hall filled with hundreds of bespoke furniture pieces and six eccentric meeting rooms is proof of this.

Read more: 9 of the Most Amazing Office Spaces On The Planet.

For example, the founders brought in a wooden hut, which was dismantled in Norway and rebuilt in the office space in Ludwigsburg. It has been dubbed the “Norge Hut” meeting room. When you walk into the bustling space, it’s wooden scent and old Viking architecture transports you to another world.

Right next to it, a futuristic, aluminum, diamond-like structure reflects the natural light coming into the office. There’s even a meeting room inside it, appropriately called “Spark”. The name describes not only the aesthetic sparkle reflecting off the unusual structure but also the figurative spark of inspiration which is intended to strike every employee who walks in the room. Has your inspiration light bulb lit up yet?

Once a month, a big office lunch is served in the kitchen so that teams can exchange ideas on what they’re working on

The large kitchen serves as a multi-purpose space.

“At least once a month, meetings are held here in which one or two teams from the building update everyone on what they are doing. This increases the likelihood that new ideas will start emerging. Maybe the problem one team has been working on has already been solved by another. There are also screens in the kitchen where teams can then show off what they’re working on,” says Guse.

“Frame” is a room that can be used either as an individual “focus area” or for a meeting. Its walls are also sound-proof

All meeting rooms have specific names, describing their purpose or style.

The room is fitted with rectangular aluminium elements that can be used for different activities, like adding note cards.

This converted beach chair serves as a telephone box, in which Skype meetings or private phone calls can be held

There are plenty of areas to work individually as well as in a team.

The booth is soundproofed so colleagues around you won’t be disturbed. It is also an example of the unique and bespoke furniture made specifically for the office space.

The “Inner Circle” is another unconventional meeting room: There are no hierarchies here. This wooden cylinder room allows for natural light to come in from the top, allowing for ideas to flow easily

Every meeting room is open, but can also be closed if more private discussions are being held.

Unique spaces allow employees to be inspired by their working environment.

The “Norge Hut” was dismantled in Norway and rebuilt in the office. It’s interior is cozy and authentic, and makes you feel like you’re in a different world

The wooden ‘Norge Hut’ sits above the main hall and is available for anyone to use.

If you look closely, the ‘Spark’ room which is shaped like a diamond, sits just behind the Nordic hut. It bounces off natural light and is supposed to instigate that creative “spark”.

This isn’t just about kicking a ball around the office. A bridge with artificial turf stretches the entire length of the main hall

The more activity you do, the more your brain is stimulated.

Bosch encourages employees to do different activities around the office, to get creative juices flowing.

This unicorn was made out of all post-its used during the making of a project

Quirky decorations light up the work space and make you think.

Decorations such as the unicorn make the office bright and full of color.

Glass surfaces everywhere ensure for an open and productive working environment

The glass walls can also be used as a work prop.

In the foreground, a large chandelier with Bosch spark plugs illuminates the main hall.

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Jasmine Harman Gives London Home A ‘Vegan Makeover’ –

A Place in the Sun presenter Jasmine Harman wanted to give her London home a smart update — but one that was also completely vegan. In order to help her achieve the look she wanted, Jasmine worked closely with online interior design service My Bespoke Room to transform her family space.

After becoming a vegan, Jasmine – who has been working on the much-loved Channel 4 show for 15 years – was eager to find ways she could incorporate vegan decor, accessories and furniture into her own home, while also ensuring it was a welcoming place for the whole family to enjoy.

Jasmine lives in a 1930s house in Carshalton, South London, with her cameraman husband Jon Boast and two young children, five-year-old Joy and Albion, three. ‘I’ve been a vegetarian since the age of six and became fully vegan after I had Joy,’ explains Jasmine. ‘I really wanted to reflect that when it came to our home.

‘It was Jon who suggested My Bespoke Room, and we all worked together to come up with a look which was both beautiful AND vegan-friendly.’

has over 30 qualified interior designers, plus over 1,000 close relationships with household brands to ensure it gives everyone the chance to create their dream home.

My Bespoke Room

‘We’ve created over 1,000 room designs for clients, but a totally vegan makeover was a first for us – and it proved a challenge,’ Diana Greenhalgh, co-founder of My Bespoke Room explains.

‘We had to avoid feather-filled cushions, furniture with bee’s wax, and wool in the likes of wool mix fabrics and rugs, while lots of paint also isn’t vegan, so we had to research that too.

‘It’s very difficult to have a completely vegan interior as there are so many animal products used in things such as the glue that holds lots of furniture together, and it was a fabulous challenge.’

When it came to accessories and furniture, there were some things the design team had to stay away from to ensure Jasmine’s home was as vegan-friendly as possible. From down cushions, sheepskin rugs, leather armchairs, silk bedding and wool carpets, there were many items the team at My Bespoke Room knew they had to find alternatives for.

Some of the vegan-friendly options they found included:

  • Use cotton or synthetic blankets instead of wool
  • Opt for a good-quality synthetic carpet
  • Upcycle items or choose to purchase vintage items instead
  • Choose upholsterED furniture instead of leather
  • Choose cotton or synthetic rugs

‘We were delighted with the result,’ says Jasmine says. ‘There are so many alternative options out there, and working with My Bespoke Room we made it as vegan-friendly as possible.’

Take a look at Jasmine’s finished home below…

My Bespoke Home

My Bespoke Home

My Bespoke Home

My Bespoke Room

My Bespoke Room


1. Cushions: ‘Trying to avoid down is possibly the most difficult challenge as many sofas and armchairs come with pre-stuffed cushions. I wouldn’t use down because many birds are plucked repeatedly whilst alive causing considerable distress.’

2. Rugs: ‘One of the most common materials for rugs is wool or sheepskin. Sheepskin can’t be produced without killing the sheep – it’s their actual skin, not just their wool. I chose beautiful cotton, and synthetic rugs.’

3. Duvets: ‘Finding a duvet that is as warm and light as down and hugs your body in the same way is not easy. But I found a lovely microfibre range from that have the added bonus of being anti-allergy and machine washable, and behaves similarly to down, but more bouncy and less clumpy AND it’s cruelty-free.’

4. Pillows: ‘Down pillows are a no no, and I prefer memory foam, latex and even hollow fibre, all of which are way more comfortable than down. And more hygienic too – I got mine from .’

5. Sofas and armchairs: ‘I’m not a fan of leather-type armchairs although with two small children I can see the benefits of having wipe clean furniture. I prefer fabric upholstered furniture but if you like the leather look you can get “vegan”, “synthetic” or “fake” leather which will probably be cheaper too. I purchased my sofa from .’

6. Upcycling and vintage items:‘ I bought vintage and upcycled items from and .

7. Silk: ‘Avoiding silk was one of the things I’d not really thought of, until my mum mentioned it, but of course silk worms are killed for their silk. It’s perceived as a luxury fabric so non-animal derived alternatives can often be more robust, more affordable and of course kinder.’

8. Carpet: ‘Wool carpets are perceived to be the most luxurious but I chose a good quality synthetic carpet for upstairs and it is more durable and easier to clean as well as cheaper. I purchased my carpet from .’

9. Blankets and throws: ‘Avoiding wool, using cotton or synthetic materials. Synthetic and cotton blankets can be just as cosy and fluffy, but much easier to wash and care for than wool. I chose from a range at both and .’

10. Paint: ‘Avoiding red tones in case they come from the Cochineal insect, we used a blue paint.’

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British interior design duo Fettle brings refined, yet rustic flair, to the U.S. – The Architect’s Newspaper

By • August 16, 2019

A detail from the Draycott’s brasserie-inspired dinning room. (Frank Wonho)

Combining decades of experience in the British architecture and interior decor industries, designers Andy Goodwin and Tom Parker joined forces in 2013 to form Fettle. The London and Los Angeles interior design firm primarily develops hospitality projects for a range of independent, start-up, and blue-chip clients on both sides of the Atlantic; in London, Rome, Los Angeles, Portland, and New York. Major clients have included Somerston Capital, Ennismore, Metropolitian Restaurants, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, La Brasseria, Yard Sale Pizza, The Oxford Blue, Andeva Gastronomy, Bel-Air, and Mike Robinson.

Pulling from their respective expertise, Goodwin and Parker offer a full spectrum of services; everything from space planning and project feasibility studies to the design of bespoke furnishings and finishes. The duo’s holistic approach ensures a seamless process from start to finish. While London-based Goodwin places emphasis on detailing, furniture and architectural ornamentation, his Los Angeles-based counterpart recognizes the importance of context; the value of using local materials and stylistic references to better situate an interior. AN Interior editor Adrian Madlener spoke to Parker about three recent U.S. projects and Fettle’s particular methodology; one predicated on remitting honest, direct, functional, and site-specific results. 

Read the full interview with Andy Goodwin and Tom Parker on our interiors and design site,

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Hølte opens Hackney design studio for customising IKEA kitchens – Dezeen

Hølte, a company that offers bespoke fronts for IKEA kitchens, has unveiled a new design studio and showroom in London’s Hackney.

Studio founders Tom and Fi Ginnett have combined bold colours and geometric forms with simple, well-crafted details in the interior of their new workspace, located on Broadway Market in east London.

It showcases Hølte’s range of hand-finished cabinet fronts, handles and worktops, but it also functions as a space where the designers can meet clients and host events, like design workshops or wine tasting.

“Above all, we wanted it to feel open, relaxed, welcoming and about as far from a typical high-street kitchen showroom as possible,” explained Fi.

“We wanted everything to have a purpose and ensure that nothing was purely for display,” she told Dezeen.

“The working kitchen and big dining table are used day-to-day for team lunches and client meetings, but are also there to be used for pop-ups, supper clubs and other events.”

Hølte is one of several new companies that offer custom fronts for IKEA’s modular Metod kitchen carcasses, along with more well-known examples like Danish brand Reform and Swedish studio Superfront.

Tom and Fi – who started their careers in architecture and fashion, respectively – launched Hølte as a spin-off of their more conventional kitchen design business, Witlof.

“Hølte’s style is a continuation of the design language that has evolved organically through our experience designing bespoke kitchens as Witlof,” said Fi.

“It is confident and forward-thinking with a respect for traditional techniques and processes.”

Rather than dividing the studio up into different zones, the space takes the form of a single large kitchen and dining space, even though it showcases a variety of different fronts, handles and surfaces.

Black outlines and insets add definition to different units, while a vibrant blue wall creates a colour-blocking effect with two sets of cabinets.

Other details include a tiled backdrop offset with blue grouting, a wine rack and a pantry cupboard. These are paired with lighting by London studio Hand & Eye and a striking terrazzo-like surface of recycled marble by Altrock.

“The studio is a celebration of all the things we love: beautiful materials, colour and craftsmanship,” said Fi.

“We chose black edges to frame the boldly coloured doors, creating a graphic style which is accentuated by the grid of the tiled splashback,” she continued.

“Pairing this with quite traditional and sumptuous real wood veneers added character to the space, and collaborations with Altrock and Hand & Eye lighting added texture and introduced beautiful and long-lasting materials, such as marble and terracotta.”

Behind the large dining table, a consultation area creates a space for one-to-one conversations, with a glass-block wall as a backdrop.

A number of designers have hacked IKEA kitchens, the latest being David Thulstrup, Note Design Studio and Muller Van Severen who teamed up with Danish brand Reform to put their own spin on the Swedish company’s standard-issue kitchens.

Danish architecture studios BIG, Norm and Henning Larsen also took up the challenge and came up with a series of pared-back neutral kitchen units.

Photography is by Nicholas Worley.