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Display Name: Hoyt Clagwell
Member Since: 5/22/08

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...that should be Forms *plus* Surfaces, but once submitted, the "plus" sign disappeared.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Good Questions: How Can My Cabinets and Drawers Open Without Outside Hardware?
7/24/08 11:24 AM

I'd suggest the edge-pulls as well.

Forms Surfaces makes what I consider to be the quintessential version:


(Bottom right in the picture)

Like the Ikea version, the flange mounts on the back surface of the drawer/door front, so only the thin part of the grip actually shows. These are VERY thin, so you'd have no problem with the space between doors/drawers. But they're still very easy to pull open with only the side of a finger.

I ordered these directly from Forms Surfaces for a client a few years ago, and at that time they were only $1.75 each.

As for wax: Briwax, Briwax, Briwax. It's wonderful stuff.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Good Questions: How Can My Cabinets and Drawers Open Without Outside Hardware?
7/24/08 11:23 AM

Have you taken the time to research that particular piano online? Who was the manufacturer? What model was it? It shouldn't be hard to find out if it's a particular desirable and valuable piano or just something from some common old 3rd tier manufacturer.

It would help, too, to know what city you're in.

Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: What Should I Do With This Unplayable Piano?
7/24/08 11:12 AM

I'm a much bigger fan of BriWax

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: Tung Oil for Wood Floors?
7/24/08 10:55 AM

No H.A. Rey? Mike Mulligan was my personal favorite overall, but I spent hours as a kid just admiring the simple and beautifully expressive illustrations of Curious George and the like.

Maurice Sendak, too. My God, the love I had for In the Night Kitchen, because of the beautiful illustrations and the dreamy urban fantasy theme.

When I buy books for my niece and nephews, I always end up tracking down reprints of these sorts of classics, largely because I remember fully well the impact that the quality of the illustrations had on me, and I want the same for them. Really, have there been any childrens' book authors in recent years who create work of such clean, elegant, soul-touching beauty?

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Children's Books That Impacted Your Design Sense
7/22/08 01:20 AM

If someone wants him, they can have him. He's the most derivative, tiresomely imitative designer since Philip Johnson.

Apartment Therapy New York | Rumors: Jonathan Adler Sold to Investors...?
7/22/08 01:04 AM

I would not just stub my toes on that--I would BREAK my toes.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Hot or Not? Lagostudio's Beam Bed
7/22/08 12:55 AM

Do observe that one would also need the accompanying pole hook, since these are to be mounted on the top rail of the upper sash, and usually out of reach.

Apartment Therapy New York | Sash Rings
7/16/08 11:33 AM

I'd love to know where the frames come from. They look like cheap plastic novelty frames from around the 1950's--like something that might have been buried at the bottom of a junk-drawer in my grandma's house. Something too cheap and tacky to actually use, but just a little to charming in spite of itself to actually throw away.

I mean, the artist's work here is very nice, but man I'm coveting those picture frames.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | The Gallery: John Murphy
7/14/08 05:15 PM

Gut reaction says "Now," justified by all the reasons already stated.

The quality of the lighting and photography is too glossy and crisp--it has to be very recent. Overall, the whole setup is just too contrived and on-the-nose. It feels very much like someone's gathered together an assortment of found objects in an effort to create a glamorized vignette of fugly 70's design. It roughly simulates the overall look of a past period, but captures none of the true zeitgeist. It looks like something clipped from a recent issue of Domino magazine.

If this WERE vintage, I'd expect it to be some cruddy project from something like Better Homes & Gardens or Good Housekeeping, circa 1980. One of those magazines or project books that traded in inexpensive projects in an aesthetic that was just a few years out of date by the time of publication. No where else would you have found such a cheap and ugly wood bar cabinet featured so prominently as the anchor piece of so much other cheap ugliness trying very hard to be more glamorous.

But if it were ca. 1980, there'd have to be some rattan in there somewhere. And much bigger plants in the containers--like a whole goddamned ficus. And we'd be looking at a digital scan of a muddy, grainy, inexpensively printed old book or magazine and not a bright, high-resolution image.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Guess the Decade: Sunny Rec Room Bar
7/14/08 05:04 PM

Design excess. Trying waaaay to hard to be clever and interesting. One idea/concept to build around is all you need--it's often a sign of a very young, very greenhorn designer when a project has had fifty unique, breakthrough ideas crammed into it.

This is in Manhattan. How in the holy hell did they ever get a certificate of occupancy with a setup like that? The answer can only be that they didn't. Possibly they did whatever they needed to do to pacify the building inspectors, then tore it out and surreptitiously replaced it with what we see here.

Apartment Therapy New York | Stair Becomes Countertop by I-Beam Design
7/8/08 12:59 PM

...and yeah, I always shower/bathe in HOT water, so I'm totally cringing about how awful that setting is for those poor books.

Plus, how in the hell does one retrieve a volume from the upper shelves without either breaking one's neck or sending the ammonite fossil clattering into the (acrylic) bathtub?

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Guess the Decade: Master Bath with Books
6/27/08 06:02 PM

I'd guess mid-1990's, based on the presence of the Tolomeo lamps and that nearly useless little table by the cheap, hospitality-trade-looking chair. The really thick black top on that table seems like a 90's kind of embellishment. The magnifying mirror on the edge of the tub is something I've more than once in 1990's issues of Elle Decor. If I felt like digging, I could probably name the designer/manufacturer

I know the Tolomeo lamps debuted in the 1980's, but it was in the 90's that they became more omnipresent than even the Tizio.

The tile seems more 90's to me too.

If not for those specific details, I would have been certain that this setting was late 1980's--precisely the kind of thing one would have found featured in House & Garden during its Anna Wintour incarnation as "HG."

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Guess the Decade: Master Bath with Books
6/27/08 05:59 PM

1/4" plywood? Um...it wouldn't matter how well one sealed it, it would be almost guaranteed to buckle and warp in very short term. It wouldn't even take a major spill and leakage--just changes in temperature and condensation of moisture in the atmosphere would be enough to do it.

Apartment Therapy New York | Plywood: The Best Cheap Kitchen Countertop
6/26/08 02:01 PM

I hope, HOPE, there's a sheet of glass or plexiglass or something on the side of that thing by the toilet. In the very least. Otherwise one incident of bad aim, or even just routine minor splattering, would leave so much TP soiled.

Gross. Really kind of gross.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Toilet Paper Room DividerWestern Interiors and Design
6/19/08 11:38 AM

It might be a Robert Sonneman design for George Kovacs Lighting.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Help I.D.: Yellow Floor Lamp
6/17/08 11:59 PM

I'd be inclined to strip it or paint it the same color as the ceiling--but I would make no effort to conceal the fact that it's cinder block. Actually, yeah--I'd clean the cinder block up and leave it as-is, and I'd install a picture rail made of of flat bars of brushed aluminum or stainless steel over the joint between the brick and the block.

Get over the attachment to the notion that having the brick go all the way up would for some reason be more desirable, and learn to appreciate wall for what it is.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: What To Do About The Cinder Blocks?
6/12/08 09:45 AM

Turning that into a permanent sleeping space would actually be kinda illegal. You know--building codes, fire egress...that sort of thing. You'd just be making it all the more of a deathtrap if you put any sort of barrier over the whole opening.

I suspect the building's owners remodeled without permits or inspections, or that the loft's been there for decades. I don't imagine any building & safety inspector would allow such a space to be constructed, just because people such as yourself would be tempted to use it as an additional sleeping space.

If you're hell-bent on using it for anything more than storage, put a desktop up there and use it for a cutesy widdle office.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Good Questions: Help with a Guest Sleep Loft?
6/11/08 05:39 PM

Typically it's most cost-effective to have multiple pieces done at once. I had an entire set of 1960's garden furniture done for a client and they didn't charge much more than they would have for any single piece of the set.

Another great thing about powder coating is that you have a range of textures available as well.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Powder-Coating
5/28/08 12:49 PM

Drill a hole through into the mortar bewteen the bricks. That way you're not damaging the actual bricks, and the hole can be easily and indistinguishably filled in down the road.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: How Can I Hang This Piece of Art?
5/28/08 12:40 PM