Monday, May 11, 2015
I've run hot and cold with decor that celebrates objects and curiosities. Some houses cry for collectibles on the shelves, while others need the clean, clear expanse of an empty countertop. Many objects in our homes serve as tangible reminders of the past, nostalgia for a moment in time. Nosing around this antique store in Hudson, NY over the weekend, I enjoyed the complex mix of colors and textures, the sleek lines of mid-century furniture juxtaposed against handcrafted sculpture of a head. The effect was a space so cohesively dense that it was seemingly impossible to separate one item from the bunch. Thus I was content to simply snap some pics.
Monday, May 4, 2015
Pearlroth house in Westhampton, NY, facing south.
Entrance into house
Jonathan Pearlroth with a view of the copper roofing
Geometry in the roofline
Built- in bunk beds
Guest blogger Jane Jagger is no stranger to LI architect Andrew Geller's work. Having restored a Geller-designed home with her husband, Steven, in Huntington Bay, NY, Jagger was gracious enough to photograph Geller's Westhampton gem for me-- the Pearlroth house. While celebrating the release of a new book by Jake Gorst, Andrew Geller: Deconstructed, Jagger captured the angles and geometry of this iconic beach house. As luck would have it, Bouler Pfluger Architects has been commissioned to design a beach house right next door. Certainly Dune Road has changed since Geller designed this pure, minimal geometric design; however the spirited architecture remains a tradition.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
BPA-designed kitchens: top, Old Field, NY; bottom, Captree, NY
Friday, March 13, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Many years ago, BPA started its practice in Sayville, NY, so we were quite familiar with Brinkmann's local hardware and paint store. In fact, we still own and use the barbecue grill they recommended to us twenty years ago. Helpful service and high-quality products make it quite easy to support this family-owned business. Combatting an era of impersonal corporate big-box stores, Brinkmann's Hardware Store has grown and is currently working with BPA to create a store that will reflect its values: tradition, community, and environmental responsibility. The 18,000 square foot space will now house hardware, paint, and office space under one solar roof. Yes, 120 KW of photovoltaic panels combined with a geo-thermal system will set this building on the path to net-zero energy, creating an efficient building which will serve as a model for both its consumers and other commercial buildings. With one foot planted in the family tradition and the other in the alternative energy future, it is very exciting for us to chronicle this project from start to finish. Stay tuned!