The Perfect Black

Elizabeth Bolognino exploring design & environment.


April 2013

There comes a time, every year, where this redheaded left handed southerner turns South and just wishes for a moment she could transport herself Home.

The idea of Home is so transfixing.  It’s the Past, the Future, Smells, Memories, Songs, Feelings.  Tonight I’m thinking of my grandparents, of spanish moss, of pulling crab traps we released off the dock the night before.  I think of flowers, of yellow cake, of walking the suspended bridges over our marshlands.  I miss them so much and can’t believe they’ve been gone for over half my life.

At the end of the day, I’m happiest wrapped in a blanket sitting on a porch somewhere. Depending on time of day, perhaps with an iced tea (half and half to you southern readers) or a vodka lemonade. I’m dedicating this post to my grandparents, front porches & the South. Good Night. xoEB

Spanish Moss like in Daphne, Alabama.
Spanish Moss like in Daphne, Alabama.
Can't you hear the crickets?? :)
Can’t you hear the crickets?? 🙂
I could spend all day under this Tree.
I could spend all day under this Tree.
The Great Blue Heron used to lay it's eggs by the pone on our property.  It was a big deal.
The Great Blue Heron used to lay it’s eggs by the pone on our property. It was a big deal.
Early morning on Mobile Bay Alabama
Early morning on Mobile Bay Alabama
You can learn so much about yourself on nighttime walks with your family.
You can learn so much about yourself on nighttime walks with your family.
Simple and Perfect.  Nothing Fancy.  I can still smell her yellow cake!
Simple and Perfect. Nothing Fancy. I can still smell her yellow cake!
Doesn't get simpler than this.
Doesn’t get simpler than this.

Minimalist Media Unit for a Collector.

I was recently commissioned to design a media unit for a client in Williamsburg.  The homeowners come from two schools of thought:  One works in animation & is an avid record collector, the other is a minimalist who doesn’t like clutter. Let’s intrepret this:  DVDs, toys, records must be properly stowed & easily accessed.   They wanted something chic, contemporary & simple.  NOTE: These are Iphone shots documenting the installation.  Professional photos will be on soon.


The other requirement: a warm fireplace to endure hard NYC winters.  I reached out to Hearth Cabinet, the only ventless fireplace company  that is approved by both NYFD & Department of Buildings.  Hearth Cabinet uses a gel based alcohol that only off-gases H20 & oxygen.  Another huge plus is that Hearth Cabinet makes the firebox custom to any shape or size, right here in New York.


To achieve the experience of “cozying” up by the fire, I integrated a walnut bench into the system & custom built a 3-sided fireplace to sit on the 11′ plinth.  The top is a liner cut Olympic Grey marble, furnished & fabricated by my buddies at Pro Design.


The drawers on the left are custom metal vented shelves for the av equipment.  The remaining drawers were built for the client’s DVD collection.   Below are progress shots sent by my millworker during the build process.





The right side cabinet is open for easy record access.


The left cabinet has an integrated thumb pull with adjustable linear shelving.  Both cabinets are an equal/equal module built for records.

IMG_1055Here I am, post installation & barefoot, ready to cozy up by the fire.  Now that the installation is complete, the clients can add art & their personal touches!  xoEB


Happy Thursday! Check out this great post on how art is influencing fashion today from Out of the Birdcage. xoEB

Emma Stergoulis Design

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One of my favourite periods with respect to artistic movements, was that of the Cubist era.  Artists such as George Braque and Picasso.  Never having been one for a Landscape oil, or painting of the Mona Lisa, I loved the idea of Cubism which argued that painting in the two dimensional does not show you the whole aspect of the object, so bringing you verious angles to the front of the canvas…but that is enough of my very very rusty art history lesson….and I will hand over to show you the photography of Eugenio Recuenco, who has taken some of Picasso’s “ladies”paintings and used these as inspiration for a pretty interesting fashion shoot.







If you have a little time then check out Eugenio’s website, there are some amazing shoots on there… I love this shot….


I love it when someone takes an inspiration of another era and brings it…

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