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Love Music

Who doesn’t love music?  We love music.  All of us here have a belief that music makes everything better.  It inspires our designs as we dream and work on interiors.  During this series over things we love, there was no question music had to be involved.  The question was how to narrow it down.  So many genres, artists, albums and songs came to mind. (John Coltrane, Thievery Corporation, The Beatles, Willie Nelson, Sigur Ros, Frank Sinatra, and De La Soul just to name a few.)  We were finally able to narrow it down to the top artists that have been on our ipods lately.   (Pssst…. Be sure to check out the tracks for each artists)

Left to Rigth: Dakota Sofa, downtown loft, Barcelona Chair

Left to Rigth: Dakota Sofa, downtown loft, Barcelona Chair

Let’s start with A Tribe Called Quest.  They are widely regarded as one of the greatest hip hop bands.  They were pioneers of the alternative hip hop scene, and were referred to “the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990’” by John Bush of Allmusic.  Their beats make you bob your head and take notice, but the end result makes you think as well as dance.  When we think of a space inspired by A Tribe Called Quest we have visions of a downtown loft.  A modern style with bright pops of color weaved into the room.  It’s a fun, urban, eclectic, and global space where people converge to talk, debate, and enjoy their friends.  (The Love)

Left to Right: Milo Baughman Design Classic Lounge Chair, Milo Baughman Design Classic Dining Chair, LZF link pendant

Left to Right: Milo Baughman Design Classic Lounge Chair, Milo Baughman Design Classic Dining Chair, LZF link pendant

We will move onto Mark Farina.  Mark Farina is a Chicago born dj currently residing in San Francisco.  He is known for his acid jazz and downtempo beats.  He coined the phrase Mushroom Jazz, and the compilations are perfect for a late dinner or cocktail party.  His moody mix of classic house and acid jazz calls for sexy organic low light pendants, sleek accessories in greys and whites and touchable fabrics applied to loungy sofas.  Cocktail dresses and French 75’s are also a must. (This Beat)

Left to Right: minimilast dining room wall, minimilast living area, Papa Bear Arm Chair

Left to Right: minimalist dining room wall, minimalist living area, Papa Bear Arm Chair

The XX has been on a constant rotation in our shuffle. They are a young, but brilliant indie pop band that has been critically acclaimed since their first album came out in 2005.  They put their soul into their music, and it comes across as refined, restrained and effortless.  They have a minimalistic approach that is sexy and identifiable.  One Nester said it best , “They have a “clean sound which resonates with clean design and streamline.  Effortless.  But always with an element of surprise.”   (Angels)

Left to Right: acrylic dining chairs w/Thayer Coggin burled walnut credenza, Jazz Sofa, Kaddur Chair

Left to Right: acrylic dining chairs w/Thayer Coggin burled walnut credenza, Jazz Sofa, Kaddur Chair

Kishi Bashi is our next artist.  K Ishibashi is a solo artist who self- recorded and self-produced his album, 151a.  In concert he puts on quite a show as he plays violin, beatboxes, and sings in both English and Japanese.  His sound is moving and radiant and his beautiful voice will transfer you into an alternate reality.  When listening to Kishi Bashi we want to be in a space that is playful and has fun with it’s surroundings, but yet knows beauty and constraint.  It is one that will always delight and amaze.  (Bright Whites)

Left to Right: Ghost Chairs, Vesse Sofa, Eames Molded Plastic Design Classic Dining Chair

Left to Right: Ghost Chairs, Vesse Sofa, Eames Molded Plastic Design Classic Dining Chair

I will end this ode to music with Noah and the Whale.  They  are associated with the “nu-folk” scene that has come about recently, and are considered to be highly influential. Their music spans emotions from whimsy and hopeful to dramatic and deep.  Their sound evokes honesty, youth and sense of fun.  With this imagery we envision a beautiful modern, family home.  This is the house that people live in, and love in.  Filled with warm wood, comfortable seating, and plenty of space to grow.  (5 Years Time)

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