Tuesday, November 27

An architectural tour of the Living Room in Cold Spring, New York

Welcome to the Living Room, a space on Main Street in Cold Spring designed for events, performances, retreats, and wild dance parties. Popular Homebodies subjects Philip Nobel and Nathalie Jonas run the operation and live upstairs, as you've seen. Here are pics of the event and the space, designed by architects* Philip and Thomas de Monchaux, along with Nathalie. 

Check out the dance floor, above. Remember Fortbodies? Philip has a thing for slatted wood—it's perfect for sexy nighttime filtered light. The dance floor is at the rear of the ground-floor space. The independent structure, as seen above, reflected in the mirror, is called "the box," and it houses a few rooms. Philip notes in an email to me that the "obsessively sound-proofed" box is floating on an acoustically-isolating foam pad. And then he gets heavily architectural, so here, per Philip:

The box is clad in OSB, also known as "oriented strand board." Also known as god's perfect sheet material. The walls around the dance floor are an integrated lighting, heating, acoustic, electrical-supply and storage solution, realized in god's other most perfect material, and his cheapest, the 1" x 2" and 1"x 3" pine furring strip. Me and TdM build that motherfucker.

Re acoustics: that's also the inspiration for the big prow shape that comes out of the back of the box. We're really proud of the way the room sounds. Every single musician that has played here has complimented the acoustics. It's amazing. We tested it as we went along by clapping once in the middle of the room and listening to the "decay" and then adding/deleting where the "slats" would be. The mirror is tiled from off-the-shelf home depot cheapos. The floor is maple and sprung; it floats on a few thousand rubber pucks under the sub flooring.
Below, DJ Matthew H. Dearborn, and a walk through the space, with Philip showing me the ventilation inside the box; a light installation inside one of the box's rooms by notable local artist Jaanika Peerna (her huband, author David Rothenberg, also DJ'd the party); the entrance lounge; and sexy people having fun:

*"architects" or "architectural designers" or "architecturally educated people who teach/taught at esteemed schools of architecture" or "unlicensed" or/i.e./etc. 

Thursday, November 22

News in the New York Times

Happy Thanksgiving! I have a newsy blurb in the New York Times "Home" section today. It's on the opening of Germantown Variety, a charming store in Upstate New York. It sells mainly American-made goods, and it has an online hardware store with 40,000 items. Go visit! 

Thursday, November 15

My story in Country Living

I have a new story in Country Living about a renovated 1840s house upstate in Athens, New York. There's also a carriage barn (above), which the residents completely overhauled to serve as their arts studio. 

I haven't seen the feature in print, but here's the online slideshow version. I actually went upstate to report this piece, too, so I can attest that while the photography is beautiful (and art directed by my talented friend Jami Supsic), the place is even more charming in person.

Friday, November 9

Friends, prayers, and optimism

Please say prayers for my friend Kevyn Lloyd Aiken, who fell ill a week ago and has been in critical condition since. We're trying to stay positive, and I think he is, too. After all, this is the guy whose Optimism Party I wrote about back in 2009. (I'm not sure who took this photo of him, but I love it.)

I'll be back next week with photos of the Living Room, as I promised last week. Distractions. 

Friday, November 2

Vodka & ice

Next week, I'll post photos of The Living Room, the events space on Main Street that Philip and Nathalie operate. They live upstairs.

Here's a picture I took of the hallway during a dance party at The Living Room. Dark wood, white light. I was running upstairs for vodka and ice.

Thursday, November 1

Kitchen, coffee, and the contributor

Coffee in the kitchen. I was drinking out of a mug that had printing around the lip: "Da Da Da Da." Weird, I thought, for a baby/DaDa design. Then I noticed the serifs on the letters, and I recognized the logo—not DA, but AD, as in Architectural Digest. I guess AD gave them out years ago to contributors, including writer Philip Nobel. This one is a "limited edition" Tiffany & Co. number, made in Japan. 

Philip pointed out that the pretty hourglass Chemex coffee maker is curiously sold at both high prices and low. I bought one soon after—at the low price.