Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Oppenheim Architecture+Design won a recent design competition for a vacant site in our neighborhood by the Williamsburg Bridge. The designers wanted the 440-foot-tall tower to "deliver grace and drama through powerful manipulations of scale, proportion, and materiality." However, there is still much controversy over the large scale developments along the Williamsburg waterfront and many people feel the enormity of scale is an oppressive gesture to the surrounding neighborhood. It will be interesting if this project ever moves from the "competition" realm and onto the planning department's docket.

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Whale Tale

Here is something you don't see most surf sessions. A young female whale washed up on shore in Montauk a few weeks ago. Apparently she sustained a significant predatory wound, perhaps from a shark, and suffered a lot of blood loss. She likely lost her mother after the injury and wound up near shore. I watched the whole ordeal take place atop my board at one of my favorite surf spots: a trailer park in Montauk.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Finished Product

The media unit has been finished and installed! The bent MDF frame has been covered with slate blue metal laminate and permanently affixed to the wall. This is the first piece Barnla Laboratories has produced in collaboration Knol, and we look forward to working together again in the future.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Latest Update

The metal laminate has now been attached. It's almost ready for delivery!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Media Unit in Progress

Our new media unit is in production now! This is our first order for this piece and we cannot wait to see the completed product.

The media unit was originally designed by Ronald Knol . We customized the dimensions and finish to suit our clients' needs.
The bent MDF structure pictured here will soon be finished with a customized metal laminate.

This media unit is a part of our developing metal series collection at Barnla Laboratories. It reflects our concept of creating unique custom millwork with a tasteful design aesthetic. Be sure to check back to find out more about other Barnla Laboratories pieces.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Bocci Revisited

Ahhh, that stunning Bocci chandelier we previewed previously is in, and looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

The rustic table creates a charming effect when paired with the delicate chandelier, don't you think?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Zephyr Hood

This Zephyr white glass hood was recently installed over at our Tribeca project.

The combination of stainless steel and white glass eludes a dramatic yet subtle look which compliments the modern, low-profile nature of the kitchen.

Here is a side view of the hood atop our stone backsplash.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kinetic Sculpture: Metropolis II

After watching this short documentary on artist Chris Burden's kinetic sculpture, that was four years in the making, all I can say is well done. The sculpture is 20' x 30' model city with 1,200 Matchbox-type cars running at 200 scale mph - every little boy's dream world. Very cool.

Friday, June 24, 2011

More Design Discovery

I discovered more interesting design on the Montauk trip!
These large sculptures are playful in form and scale.
The sheep were curious and stopped eating for a moment while I took the picture but they quickly lost interest and resumed eating.

I don't know what these remind me of...They look almost edible. Not bad for iphone photography right?

Favorite dessert in NYC!

After 11 years in New York City, Schiller's Toffee Pudding is still hands down my favorite dessert. The Sticky Toffee Pudding is a warm, yummy cake with a delicious toffee taste. And to top it off, it’s served with a sticky caramel sauce, and the most delicious scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Irresistible!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Today's Milieux

On a shortcut home from Montauk I ran across these funky buildings. Perhaps the buildings proximity to wine country influenced the form and materials of these small structures, which resemble the characteristics of wine barrels.

Newly Completed Recording Studio

Grampa Recording Studio is completed! When the famous Tribeca recording studio, which produces commercial tracks with many major talents, sustained flood damage, we were contacted to dismantle and reassemble this high-tech space. The room pictured is the control room which features custom built-in stations for sound equipment as well as custom sound proofing panels.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sneak Peek: Bocci Chandelier

The Bocci Chandelier has been installed over at our Hudson St. project and it looks great! We can't wait to share more pics - so be sure to check back soon for more photos of this and the matching pendants!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Eye-catching Design

Check out this great coffee table we came across! We love the sleek design of this table, from the clean lines and rounded corners, to the varying thicknesses of the 'floating' shelves, this design is worthy of some appreciation for sure. And even better, this Salontafel 20 Coffee Table is part Ronald Knol's collection, a very talented and passionate furniture designer from the Netherlands with a great business philosophy and attitude.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Thoughts on the AD Home Design Show

We had a great time visiting the 10th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show this past weekend in NYC. It was nice to see so many talented New York and Brooklyn based artists and designers sharing their work. There were many amazing professionals with a lot of really unique pieces, among my favorites were Lindsey Adelman's light fixtures, Peter Harrison's Lavassa line of furniture and Patrick Weder's custom furniture (all pictured clockwise).

Seeing so many local designers made me think about our job process here at Artistic License Interiors, and I am proud to say that a large majority, about 95%, of the work completed for our jobs is done locally, right here in the borough of Brooklyn. It pretty cool to be able to say that and feels good to be supporting the creative industry surrounding us.

Today's Milieux

Photo by Marilyn Szabo : a very talented photographer

Friday, March 4, 2011

More Custom Millwork Goes In

The custom bed frame and bench unit have been installed in the client's teenage boys room at our Tribeca project. The room features custom built, modular furniture throughout with lots of storage. The bench pictured here will be fitted with an upholstered cushion to match the Ball Chair which is also going in the room.

Friday, February 25, 2011

One Very Innovative Kitchen Cabinet

Custom crafted cabinets make way for smart storage in our Tribeca kitchen pantry. The stained cabinets are made using rift cuts, these cuts highlight the woods long, vertical grain lines in order to keep with the clean and simple look of the kitchen.

A matching door pull in the same stain keeps a sense of unity within the piece and really brings a custom feel to the cabinet, seen here.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bringing in the Big Guys

It was an early morning for our guys - 5:30 a.m. to be more specific - since some large items for our Tribeca project needed to be craned into the apartment through the window because they wouldn't fit up the stairs!

Here the over sized Restoration Hardware mirror is loaded for take off...

And safely in the apartment, whew!

The huge kitchen island stone was among the other big pieces being carted up...

And in.

Now the stone waits to be installed and fitted onto its base.

And after a hard days work, craning, working, and installing - the beautiful counters are in!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Feild Trip to the Wood Shop

We visited the mill-work shop today to make some final decisions on some custom pieces for the entryway of our ongoing Tribeca project.

The custom pieces include an entry cabinet and bench, which are designed to carry on the design of a custom made light fixture, also for the entryway, rendered here.

The entryway cabinet features a "cat door" to a hidden litter box, seen here on the right side; as well as storage, on the left side.

Paul measures and draws on the precise locations of the metal inlays, which house raised handles in spots and will run horizontally along the piece in balanced but interesting places.

A close up of the corner detail highlights the simple but intricate design of the metal inlays which mimic the lights lines in both style and dimension.

Here Sasha and Paul work together to measure out the placement of handles for the bottom drawers of the bench unit.

A full view of the entryway bench lends to its clean lines. The piece will be completed with the metal inlays as well along with a cushioned bench top. We can't wait to see the finished product!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Kitchen Installation

The kitchen cabinets are being installed at our Tribeca kitchen. The space is really starting to take shape. If you remember those cool Bocci pendant lights we featured before, those can be seen here- installed and covered for protection.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Punch List!

We're getting into the punch list phase over at our Hudson St project.

Custom closet interiors are being installed throughout.

The laundry room cabinets are in, as well as appliances.

And the mudroom cabinet unit is in and ready for its finishing touches.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Molding Additions

Changes are happening everyday over at Hudson St.

Detail work, such as crown moldings are being installed in rooms such as the living room, while completed work is covered and protected.

Here is an even better picture highlighting the craftsmanship of the large moldings.

Today's Milieux

Friday, January 28, 2011

Floors go in... Floors get covered

Our wood floors are finally getting installed throughout! For this project we chose to go with a gray washed wooden flooring, something you don't see everyday.

The wide variety of tones within the flooring comes together for a stunning look, providing interest and depth.

Today's Milieux