Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian Designer Homes

Celebrity Interior Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard has done it again, the client… well none other than Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian. In this month’s issue of Architectural Digest the reality stars show their million dollar homes located in Calabasas California, just around the corner from each other, where Bullard was able to capture each of their different styles and personality’s in a very unique and sophisticated way where the eyes of millions are not watching 24 hours a day. Kourtney the elder of the two, bought an 11,500-square-foot Tuscan-style dwelling from former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson. A month later Khloé snapped up a nearly 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean Revival house from Justin Bieber.

Here are a few photos of both their homes via Photography


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Kourtney in her home office, which is furnished with a vintage Jules Leleu desk and Pierre Jeanneret chairs; the arrangement of art includes a vibrant work on paper by Bridget Riley.

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Caesarstone counters complement the Ann Sacks limestone floor in Kourtney’s kitchen, which is equipped with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Wolf range, andDornbracht sink fittings; the pendant lights and stools are by Alison Berger Glassworks from Holly Hunt, and the photograph of Andy Warhol is by Greg

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Khloé in her vast master closet; the chandelier is by RH, and the ceiling is lined in a Schumacher wallpaper.

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Welcome Grover C. Dear Jr

Join us in welcoming Grover C. Dear Jr. to Academy of Art University! A 45-year veteran of the architectural profession and one of the 20 “World’s Leading Design Names of 2016,” according to the U.K.-based interior design magazine, Design et al, Dear is the new executive director of the School of Interior Architecture & Design, and comes to the Academy from Hong Kong, where he has led ARCHASIA Hong Kong Limited, a global architectural practice, since 1987. Dear will be on site in San Francisco on a full-time basis in time for the Summer Semester.



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Interior Designer and Blogger Katty Schiebeck

Today we fell in love with the style of Barcelona based interior designer/blogger  Katty Schiebeck, her minimalist style and use of geometrical lines caught our attention and we immediately did some research to find more about her and her unique approach to interior architecture.

Her 400 m2 apartment in Barcelona’s Paseo de Gracia has been photographed by numerous magazines like AD, Elle Decoration and Casa Vogue.

Here are some photos of her apartment and a few other projects to get your Tuesday started!



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Monday Morning Photos- Super Bowl Edition

For today’s Monday Morning Photos , we have a look at some of the amazing design we saw during the super bowl. From the incredible set up at the Super Bowl City in San Francisco’s Embarcadero district , to the stage design for Cold Play’s half time show, to Levi’s Pop up shop/ VIP lounge,  have you all covered.

Super Bowl City a, free to the-public fan village designed to celebrate the milestone Super Bowl 50 and serve as the hub of fan activities for Super Bowl 50 was not only a space for football fanatics, we got to see the best of what the Bay Area has to offer- technology, food and wine, music, art and design.

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Levi’s Shipping containers Pop up Shop/VIP Lounge

Cold Play’s Flower set design.

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Super Bowl 50 halftime show

The big stage: It was quite the grandiose production

Halftime show message: “Believe in Love” created by use of different colors by fans.

Union Square San Francisco for the Bud Light experience.

Fans enjoy football-themed activities at Bud Light at Union Square. Bud Light, the beer of the fan and official beer sponsor of the NFL, is in San Francisco to celebrate Super Bowl 50 with unique experiences that speak to the passion and pride fans have for their teams and the game.

Fans enjoy football-themed activities at Bud Light at Union Square. Bud Light, the beer of the fan and official beer sponsor of the NFL, is in San Francisco to celebrate Super Bowl 50 with unique experiences that speak to the passion and pride fans have for their teams and the game.



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Mission District meets Japan

The Mission district in San Francisco continues to grow and develop as destination for food, art and design.

Architect Craig Steely has recently completed a ramen bar that was inspired by the complex mix of street culture found in the Mission District and also the traditional Japanese values found in ramen shops in Japan.

The existing street façade was demolished and pushed 12 ft. into the space, creating an interstitial room or engawa in the space between sidewalk and interior. In this space a carefully selected 4000 lb. Yuba River basalt rock commands the central spot. The new storefront of Sakura wood allows the bar and seating to wind through it—letting diners eat and drink both indoors and out.

The interior is arranged around the open kitchen with ramen soup pots boiling day and night behind floor to ceiling glass walls. Handles and brackets throughout the space are made of elm branches by local craftsman and artist Kenji Hasegawa. The stool seating is a riff on traditional sake barrels while the tables are painted in Japanese tattoo style depicting traditional Japanese myths and Yakuza movie mash-ups along with a dragon made of ramen, with eyes of soft boiled eggs and a tongue of chashu pork, it’s whipping tail spelling “Orenchi” in Hiragana letters.

All photos © Craig Steely Architecture

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Les Dada East, Paris

Architect Joshua Florquin was in charge of the overall design of Les Dada East hair salon in Paris. The space is quite simple and very minimal, but he decided to create a focal point through the layered plywood hexagon panels on the ceiling. His design concept derives from the idea of a forest of a sunny day.  In hope of replicating this environment within an inner-city building, he created the three-layered birch plywood hexagonal ceiling with integrated lighting, intended to represent piercing sunbeams.

“This hexagonal overlapping grid reminds us of the alveolar pattern bees make while making honey,” said Florquin. “The structural pillars, coated with birch plywood, represent the tree trunks.”

Joshua Florquin adds hexagonal-patterend ceiling to Les Dada East hair salon in Paris

Joshua Florquin adds hexagonal-patterend ceiling to Les Dada East hair salon in Paris

“The concept continues to the exterior,” said Florquin. “The facade is painted indigo black in order to create a contrast with the birch forest ceiling and its custom furniture elements in the interior.”

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IIDA Charette 2016

IIDA Local Charrette 2016! This is going to be held at Nicholsbooth Architects on Feb. 20th at 8am. Students will be given a design problem to solve and participate in 4-5 groups for a day long competition. At the end of the day, students will present in groups their design solutions to a Jury of professionals, the winning team will go on to participate in the 2016 Regional Charrette in Seattle, Washington.
Students please RSVP: by Feb. 17th. Space will be limited to around 30 students total. 

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Monday Morning Photo(s) Back to School Edition

For today’s Monday Morning Photos Back to School Edition we have the winners of the Design Milk competition.

Last Fall the IAD retail design class taught by instructor Serena Zanello had the opportunity to participate in a design competition on how students would envision the office space of the future. The client being Design Milk- a blog featuring interior design ideas, architecture, modern furniture, home decor, art, style, and technology, founded by Jaime Derringer. The innovative blog currently does not have an office space and the idea of creating a space for a non-existing office was the biggest challenge that students had to deal with.

After a several months of hard work students, submitted their final designs to the IAD department and to Design Milk’s founder Jamie Deringer.

The first place was given to MFA IAD student Wei Luo, the two runner up were Chantal Yakou and Katheen Dayoun. 

1st place winner Wei Luo on the project:

Design Milk is an online design magazine dedicated to what’s innovative, fresh, and new in the world of design, designers, design students and those who are interested in design are benefited from this. Milk box is an important brand identity of design milk, the milk box can be folded, be reassemble and be taken apart, which will meet the demand of flexibility, dynamism and innovation of the space. In addition, facet is an important element of the milk box, it will be emphasized in the space in order to create a sense of future.



Kathleen Mae Dayon says of her design:

A simple set of building blocks can create wonders. Creativity the key in using this blocks. just like the block, Design Milk is like an art and design hub where in it ignites people’s creativity.

The concept is combining both modularity and functionality to create a space where in dynamic for the users needs and activities. Users interaction is and important consideration in this concept. It will also reflect in the spaces as well. Squares and cubes are used around the space with accents of circles which breaks the rigidness of an angular shape. The color palette consists of neutral shades with accents of bright colors. Just like the building blocks, bright colors are use to attract attention and make the space more fun.



MFA student in Interior Architecture and Design, Chantal Yakou, says about the “Layers” design:

The concept of this design is “Layers.” As designers we are always editing, trying to make our work as efficient as possible. It’s a vicious cycle between adding and taking away and its not until we reach the sweet spot, the balance between too many layers and not enough that we truly produce sophisticated design.

This design interlaces different materials layered with complimentary textures to create subtle contrast throughout the space. I incorporate layers of lighting to create a visual effect that is both dynamic and gives comfort to the eye. The goal is to keep the it pretty simple in attempt to create an environment that is not distracting to the everyday user, can easily be changed to fit the needs of the moment, but is still stimulating, interactive, and fun





To read more about the project visit Design Milk’s post here

Rendering courtesy of the students

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XVIII Century Apartment in Paris

An old apartment from the early eighteenth century, which is approximately 94 square meters and located in the district of Les Marais in Paris, seems bigger that it is, thanks to the furniture used in the space, the generous amount of natural light that comes in through the large windows. It is home to jewelry designer Virginie Dreyer, her husband Stéphane and their two daughters, aged 11 and 14 years, seen in the paintings hanging in the dining room.

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IIDA Student Honor Awards


IIDA Student Honor Awards 2016 (1)

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