ISSUE XVII

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
CUSTOMER SERVICE

We are thankful to have retained repeat clients over the years, and it is our intent to continue to service them with the greatest of care. While we are artists, we see ourselves as service providers first, and that informs how we format our collaborative design process. For example, we often review and collaborate with our clients transparently on Pinterest so we can fully understand their vision and eye. Additionally, we evaluate their existing furniture and often try to incorporate it into the new design where it is in their best interest. After all, one of our most foundational design philosophies is that our clients enjoy a positive experience throughout, and that the end result meets their needs and exceeds their expectations. Repeat business and referrals have been the greatest compliment of my career to date.




TRAVEL TIPS
SAYULITA

Formerly a fishing village turned surfer town in the sixties, one of my favorite beach destinations is Sayulita, Mexico. I have visited many times, as I love that it is brimming with everything from fresh seafood to local cultural flavor. This locale simultaneously embodies authentic small town Mexico while boasting a modern casual flair that I find refreshing. I particularly love the rustic embellished elements in Sayulita’s palette of worn wood, hammered metal, and hand-formed clay, accented by textural produce and woven goods.

STAY || Renting a house is my preferred way to travel and this website is very helpful for this destination: Sayulita Life.

EAT || The food is fresh and delicious, though the service varies. Street food is at its best here, particularly at Tacos El Tal. I often avoid higher-end fare on vacations, but in this case Hectors is a favorite and is an exception to that rule; it never disappoints for an excellently-prepared and beautiful meal. My favorite restaurant in the area is Leda.

SHOP || La Penita is one of the local markets I have shopped. Last time I visited I purchased beautiful blankets from the Yucatán, black pottery, and embroidered pillow shams in neutral colors.





Lascaux cave paintings

MASTERS AT WORK
ART + ARTIFACTS

“For me, archaeologists do not discover the past; they work on what remains. Archaeology is about our relationships with what is left of the past. And what’s more, archaeology is the discipline of things: the history of design, how people get on with the material world… with materiality itself.” – Michael Shanks, archaeologist



IN THE STUDIO
SECOND HOMES

Many of our clients have multiple properties, and as such, the opportunity to work on secondary homes comes up frequently. Whether a warmer locale, a ski property, a rustic escape, or a cosmopolitan landing pad, we are tasked with leading similar discussions around common themes. Those conversations with clients often address questions of how the design will substantively add value to the property, how relaxation and entertaining capacities will be maximized, and how much the style of the space will tie to the proximate location versus how much it might differ from the aesthetic of the primary residence.

While each client has different needs, our primary values remain. We suggest a consideration of quality over quantity, with livability and usability remaining paramount objectives, and longterm needs being weighed over any immediate and transient trends. The biggest risk – and greatest achievement – of a secondary property is the clients’ desire to live there year-round.



DESIGN INSPIRATION
BURLAP SCULPTURES

Here are few personal photos of burlapped landscaping from my time in the Hamptons over the winter. This article in the New York Times describes how this cold weather necessity has also become an unintentional art form and unique local phenom:

Even Ms. Griswold, the landscape historian, concedes… “Look at someone like Antonio Sanches, with the shapes he makes and these tiny, meticulous knots, and it’s really quite beautiful,’’ she said. “If you think about it, he’s sort of the Christo of the Hamptons.”


INTERIOR INSPIRATION
FARMHOUSE CONCEPT

Recently I have been theorizing conceptual projects as a means of stretching my creativity. We have included inspiration for a unique blend of traditional and modern in a farmhouse idea I had, as detailed further below; it is one of my favorite architectural typologies. You can find this, as well as other photos that spark my imagination, by category on our recently expanded Pinterest page.


PHOTO SOURCES | Sayulita beach | cave painting | Hamptons Good Design interiors designed by Lukas Machnik + photographed by Costas Picadas