bibliophile: rock the shack

“the expanding small house movement serves as a direct reaction against the excessive consumption and superfluousness of the past- a cultural striptease that becomes more enticing the more it takes off.”

the quote above really struck a chord with us while reading the awe inspiring book we discovered over the holidays, rock the shack: the architecture of cabins, cocoons, and hideouts. although we love luxury, this book has us thinking about going off the grid! if you’re in need of amazing getaway inspiration look no further, rock the shack has 240 pages of dwellings that connect people back with nature, from intricately detailed cabins to sparse tree houses. we chose a couple of our favorite hideouts below, including hut on sleds by crosson clarke carnachan architects, polyhedron habitable by manuel villa architects, and villa asserbo by eentileen with facit homes. every project in the book is unique and intriguing, while promoting the idea of sustainable living.

 

 

bibliophile: menagerie

in the words of walt whitman, “i think i could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained, i stand and look at them long and long.” this poignant quote opens sharon montrose’s most recent book, menagerie. melding her passion for photography with her love of animals, award winning artist, and friend,  sharon montrose’s definitive photographic style has made her one of the most sought-after commercial photographers specializing in animals for over a decade. here at kp we love to shop her amazing online store, the animal print shop. prints from the animal print shop, specifically her series’ babies and little darlings can be seen adorning some of the most perfect nurseries and children’s bedrooms. being long time friends, we love seeing sharon’s new work, and even have a little top secret project we are currently working on together! stay tuned for more animal prints and of course darling nurseries.

via the animal print shop

bibliophile: conservatory style

this weekend we were especially inspired by nature (and home additions) so we decided to revisit the beautiful book ‘conservatory style’ by jackum brown. this book covers conservatories in all forms; from greenhouses, to sunrooms, to glass houses. they have transformed immensely over the years and can now be found in every shape and size in every climate, thanks to modern day engineering!

the first ‘orangeries’ were built of stone and wood in the 16th century in the netherlands. at this time, exotic plants and herbs were being discovered overseas and they needed to find a way to protect them from harsh winters. these orangeries developed into greenhouses, but were difficult to catch on during the 17th century due to the expense. greenhouses were built exclusively by royalty and those of extreme wealth until the 19th century, when the mass production of sheet glass began. the mid 1800s saw the beginning of of new architecture in private and public greenhouses alike. wrought and cast iron frames made it possible to create curved structures with domed roofs. this, of course, was followed by the famous crystal palace in london designed by joseph paxton.

the 1800s saw a boom of domestic conservatories added onto the homes of middle and upper class families. it is at this time that greenhouses transformed into what most of us know them as, ‘sunrooms’. people began placing plants around the perimeter of the room allowing space for dining and socializing in the room. thus, making it a sun filled room to enjoy all the beauty of nature without the bother of bugs or the threat of rain!

the early 1900s saw war and recession, bringing the conservatory boom to a halt until the 1970s when the trend came back once and for all! perhaps this is why our parents and grandparents had far more fascination with having a sunroom in their home. something they grew up knowing as a luxury, we have never known life without!

well, now that you know the history of ‘conservatory style’, we want to share some of our favorites from jackum brown’s beautiful book!

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hot off the press: 1st dibs

1st dibs asked several designers to share their ‘required reading: end of summer beach reads‘  with their audience, and included kishani!  inspired by a recent trip to st. barts, kishani shared her pick for a day of lounging at the sea!

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bibliophile: seas without a shore

we are always on the lookout for a great new book, whether it be the latest fictional series or a great coffee table book. who doesn’t enjoy the escape? so when our good friend emily deschanel tweeted about this dark and mysterious photography based book, we just had to pass on the find! seas without a shore is by swedish photographer chris anthony and features writings of edgar allan poe. with 150 year old lenses or a collodion wet plate technique, masks, costumes, and sculptures, anthony pulls us head first into his dark, and quite creepy, imagination. his placement of the eccentric beings in everyday settings forces your mind to wander deep into his bizarre world, contemplating the reality of such existence. ‘expiscorari’ in particular gives you the feeling of these beings spontaneously emerging from the ocean on a cold, stormy day. and while still in the same dark and moody tone, he mixes in simple photographs of sea horse skeletons which are beautiful in their delicate and detailed appearance. we agree with the huffington post when they referred to this book as ‘a sepia-tinged trip through a vintage science lab’ and we think all of you need to take this journey! we will definitely have this book on our coffee table for our guests to wander into.

expiscorari

aegyptius americanum v

wings #1

hippocampus #2

hippocampus #8

lady bird

october rust

self #2

bibliophile: tropical fishes of the east indies, theodore w. pietsch

it’s been a while since we shared a fave book with you! i recently received this book as a gift and i am so very glad i did because i truly love it! taschen’s tropical fishes of the east indies book sold me with its cover. now before you start with the whole “don’t judge a book” deal…i have to admit that i just couldn’t help it with this one! this book is filled with colorful illustrations of marine fauna found in the indian ocean near the island of ambon which were drawn by samuel fallours in the early 1700s. as with all vintage fauna and flora illustrations, i find myself moved by the beautiful depictions of wildlife drawn before our time. as a designer, i constantly find inspiration in all different mediums and this book really is no exception. i love stocking our office full of interesting and inspiring books which we reference often for various projects.  pick up a copy for yourself and prepare to be mesmerized by the beauty that is in the oceans that surround us.

fishes3 via taschen

bibliophile: literary tech

it’s no secret that we love reading (as mentioned in some of our previous blog posts). so it’s no surprise that we are totally on board with the tech book cover trend. we can’t get enough of these great iphone and ipad covers that look like antique books, some even work for kindles too! and since we happen to be suckers for anything old looking, we just can’t resist getting our hands on one (or a few) of these! we’ve gathered our favorite unique ipad and iphone covers below for all you fellow bookworms out there. enjoy!

 

iphone & ipod covers via bookbook

ipad covers via outofprintclothing.com

ipad & kindle covers via klevercase

 

bibliophile: tony duquette, wendy goodman & hutton wilkinson

where to start…tony duquette is and always will be such an inspiring figure in my interior design career. he was a fearless and eclectic innovator who’s over the top lavish style defines so much of what i admire. the man behind “more is more” never shied away from making a bold statement whether in his design of interiors, movie sets, costumes, or even jewelry. i had the privilege of visiting duquette’s home here in los angeles, dawnridge, and it was such a thrill! needless to say, his, is one of my all time favorite design books.

 

book available via amazon

photos above via tony duquette by wendy goodman & hutton wilkinson, 2007

the man, the legend, tony duquette via tonyduquette.com

here are some photos i took at tony duquette’s home in dawnridge, be still my heart.

via kishani perera inc.