Saturday, December 31, 2011

Quintessentially Canoe Design

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Well it has been an exciting and exhilarating year. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and readership.  I have truly enjoyed sharing my thoughts, inspiration and ideas with everyone and am looking forward to an even bigger and better 2012!  Looking back on the past year here are links to my five favorite Canoe Design posts from 2011.

Wishing everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best for 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

A Place to Work 2

Following on from my post yesterday here, I have been thinking about interesting places to work and the environments people set-up to inspire them.  Whether the space allows one person or several people to sit, a clean, simple space seems to be a reoccurring theme that draws me in. Here are some great images of working space that inspire me - how about you?



Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Place to Work

I am at my computer most of the day so it is important for me to have a space that acts as a little home office/study.  We have a 'small' Manhattan apartment and therefore I am not lucky enough to have a separate study to work from and so I have had to carve out a nice little working space at our dining table. With all the reference material around me that I could need and a great amount of light coming though the window - something I think is a must if you are going to be sat at a computer all day - I really feel quite cozy and comfortable here. What are your home-office essentials?

Here is the view out of our window. We are on the west side just above mid-town so it is nice to have the morning sun coming in the window and the eastern skyline - we can even see a sliver of the Times Square ball!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A House with a View

I recently re-watched the Canadian movie "Where the Truth Lies" and was mesmerized by its styling and architecture. It is a pretty intense film in terms of plot, but with this being said, one of the main sets is filmed in the Stahl House - Case Study House 22, an architecturally intense setting. 

The house was built in 1959 as part of the case study project - a programme implemented by Art & Architecture Magazine to get renowned architects to design and build inexpensive houses for the American housing boom - by architect Pierre Koenig.  It is a single story house in the Hollywood Hills with incredible views over Los Angeles.  It has walls almost entirely out of glass - both internal and external - and to me is a total piece of paradise!  The house is now used for movies, commercials, parties and visits, and is for sure on my list of must-sees next time we are in the LA area.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Inspired By

New Years! The holidays seen to have gotten the better of me yesterday and I am a day late on my Inspired by post.  New Year is a fun and exciting time of year full of promise and hope for the year to come - not to mention resolutions that we all try to keep.  We have been invited to a party so are looking forward to having a little bubbly and meeting some new friends. I hope everyone has some fun and exciting plans - what are you up to?

For all of you in New York, here is some inspiration for the big party at Times Square - the Swarovski crystal ball!

Now wouldn't this make an amazing venue for a New Year party? It is the Lal Bagh Glasshouse in the Bangalor botanical gardens...amazing!

Reading Guide


I am sorry to have been missing for the last few days. My husband and I drove up to spend Chrismukkah with our families and are now back in NYC.

I would like to send a big thank you to everyone for their support and following of my blog this year. A big mention to Desire to Inspire as Canoe Design has made their 2011 reading list (see post here).

We are getting ready for 2012 and some exciting ideas and projects in the pipeline.

Anna x

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Quintessentially the Holidays

For me the holidays are about spending time with friends, family and those who we hold dear. In the spirit of the season here are some images that, to me, are quintessential of the holidays!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sublime Stairs

In light of my post at the beginning of the week on this amazing stair hall I came across in Nice (see post here), I thought I would continue with this subject and share some of my favorite staircases.

I am fascinated at how architecture and design push something as simple as the transition from one level to another into a work of art.  Whether they are made of plaster, wood, metal, concrete or any other material I love the simplicity of their form and the creativity that design firms use when pushing the boundaries in their execution.


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