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  • Stylist and editor Jackie Astier

    Stylist and editor Jackie Astier brings her rock-and-roll spirit and a passion for high style to her family’s Upper East Side apartment

    “Be audacious, but with taste,” advised legendary French antique dealer and decorator Madeleine Castaing. It didn’t get any bolder than her severe red lipliner, exuberant false eyelashes, and pageboy wig secured with a black chin strap—a look that has become as much a part of her legacy as the inimitable interiors she designed. That Jackie Astier, a fashion editor and stylist with a theatrical streak, fell under Castaing’s spell isn’t surprising. “I’ve had a design crush on her for forever,” says Astier, whose edgy fashion choices are well documented on Manhattan’s social circuit. “She personified individual style, which is the only kind I go for. I’ve always been obsessed with her outré colour combinations—and the way she used them.”

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  • Designer Antonio Citterio

    Milan-based designer and architect Antonio Citterio in known for his cool, sleek modern Italian design. Citterio was born in 1950 and opened his design office in 1972. A few years later, in 1975, he graduated from the Milan Polytechnic school.

    The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce of London, honoured him with the title of Royal Designer for Industry in 2008.

    In 2011, Citterio was interviewed about his design philosophy during the London Design Festival, which took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The occasion marked the 10th anniversary of the partnership between Citterio and design company B&B Italia. Author and curator Lucy Bullivant sat down with Citterio for a brief discussion.

    Citterio creates designs for many Italian and international furniture companies such Arclinea, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Fusital, Hermès, Iittala, Kartell, Maxalto and Vitra.

    At HFOC, we frequently get consignments of B&B Italia furniture including the always popular Harry, Charles and Arne sofas. Search our current stock to find out what we have currently available.

    Antonio Citterio speaks at the Victoria & Albert Museum on the occasion of London Design Festival 2011.

    Watch the interview with Lucy Bullivant here

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  • Modernism Stands the Test of Time

    In a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Domain, Jenny Brown deliberated on how modernism is still popular after decades.

    Having persisted for almost two decades, the market appeal of all things modernist shows no signs of abating.

    According to most historians of interior design, the early age of modernism began with the opening of the Bauhaus School of Design in Germany in 1919.

    Principals of modernism were to build spaces meant for purpose of the modern needs of living. Many disparate new design philosophies were combined at the beginning of the 20th century stemming from a distaste for the excessively ornate Victorian style of the late 19th century.

    Trailblazers of Modernist design at the Bauhaus School, such as Walter Gropius, Mies Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier, incorporated principals of Arts and Crafts and the open living spaces of Japanese homes into the new movement which was much celebrated later in the century.

    Houses, gardens, furniture, fabric. Under such stimulus, the circle of mid-century lifestyle accoutrements has naturally widened to encompass the decor of modernism which works perfectly in the ideally lean 21st-century apartment life situation.

    At HFOC we love modern design and only those top-quality designers will do.

    Read the entire article at Domain here.

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  • Inspiring Australian Architecture

    The documentary, Life Architecturally, is a story of inspiring Australian architecture and design. The film follows internationally acclaimed husband and wife team Robert McBride and Debbie Ryan to discover what inspires their innovative concepts. It observes the complex procedures when designing multi-story buildings, schools, and even the ongoing construction of the duo's family home. The unfortunate part–the construction of their own space–is put on the back burner because of their busy schedules of family and career. The down-to-earth parents are considered leaders in the modern architectural movement.

    Many designers and architects will relate to their ongoing struggle to create bold new designs and get each project off the ground. Their designs are changing the look of Melbourne and creating a worldwide buzz about Australian architecture. Their spiral shaped "Klein Bottle house" received the prestigious World Architecture Festival Award for the best residential house in the world in 2009. Many of their acclaimed projects include a copper dome-shaped house fitted like a jigsaw puzzle and a house extension that resembles a cloud (see above).

    The one hour and twenty-minute documentary that follows the architects over a period of one year, introducing viewers into their lives, working relationships, and vast inspiration.

    View the film trailer for Life Architecturally here.

    You can view more projects by visiting the website of McBride Charles Ryan.

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  • Expressing Your Eclectic Side

    One of our favourite Pinterest pin boards is our eclectic spaces board. There are Eclectic style is a term used when several interior design styles or elements that are from different periods and origins are used in one space. Often it is a beautiful mish-mash of creatively curated pieces that connects a person to a space. It can combine styles like mid-century modern, contemporary, Colonial, Art Deco, Moroccan, Scandinavian, and more. Many people who create eclectic spaces have a deep love and understanding of each element they bring to the room. Perhaps they purchased a piece of furniture on holiday, received it when a loved one had passed, or they simply know the story of the piece and how it came to be. Their reasons to bring each piece to their space helps to create a room that they love.thousands of creative eclectic spaces to be found for interior design inspiration.

    When creating an eclectic space, keep these key points in mind:

    • Combine pieces that have a likeness, but do not match
    • Consider furniture from different eras, origins and materials
    • Add colourful accents like art or textiles to tie in larger pieces
    • Fill up your space - eclectic design is based on the idea that more is more
    • Play with different textures, from glass and metal to wallpaper and fabrics
    • Include great lighting to highlight your space
    • Have fun with it and love every piece

    Eclectic Design

    Many people only consider a room to be a design success when it is perfectly coordinated, when furniture is accurately to scale, and if the pieces are all logically connected to the period of the room. Where mainstream design is thought to be a melting pot of elements, perfecting combining all ingredients, eclectic design is a tossed salad, combining tastes and textures that work in perfect harmony. Eclectic style is appealing to the eye and that is why it is such a great success.

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  • 'Charles' Modular Sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia

    The Charles modular sofa was designed by Antoni Citterio for B&B Italia in 1997 and has since that time become a modern classic. Citterio revisited his design in 2003 and made the Charles deeper to allow you to lay comfortably on the sofa. The sofa has two seat cushions and a series of three cushions placed on the backrest.

    The modular 'Charles' is available in many sizes and configurations and in a wide variety of fabrics and leathers.

    The Charles has a decidedly modern taste which is enhanced by the pure lines of the aluminium die cast feet. This is an ageless sofa that looks smart in any contemporary home or apartment.

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