BNO Design Blog

I can’t get enough of our Swan Lake windows

Inspired by the ballet Swan Lake we designed this window display for the amazing E.R. Butler & Co.  on Prince Street here in SoHo last year and we still get comments in the neighborhood about it. The lighting fixtures by ABYU  Lighting were custom made for this display, all in feathers of different kind. The third window featured a single white and a single black feather floating in mid air in preparation for the final transformation shown on last window to the right. It was pure magic! The battle of good and evil never looked so beautiful!


As I get older I love when great photographers make me look sexy. Here is an amazing portrait by Barbel Miebach taken a few years ago when I was sporting that weird beard.  The shirt is by Jimmy Star in Ft. Lauderdale. 

Lenny Kravitz aparment at 30 Crosby











For some of you that don’t remember that I designed Lenny Kravitz apartment (along with BrianBoyle, AIA) at 30 Crosby here in New York City (Alina Cho, CNN, for instance), here is a reminder from the New York Times Magazine article in the Fall of 2002.

Now that Lenny has become a decorator, it’s nice to see what we did for him. The first purchase  was the clear acrylic piano, which has become an iconic design element for Lenny. You’re welcome!

And who can forget the whimsical clear acrylic swing, which we later reproduced for Mondrian LA? And the magnificent undulating fireplace wall…

Those were WOW moments, indeed.




Antorcha wall sconce

I designed this wall sconce for the  Steve Fabrikant boutique at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City around 1994 and it has been one of the best sellers for Nessen Lighting ever since. This has also been the best licensing contract that I have ever signed: a handshake with the owner of the company over a nice lunch is all it took.  Now,… that’s class!!! 

Contemporary Modern Living

This is an excerpt from an August 25, 2006 article on the occasion of launching my Metropolitan Home furniture collection. The ideas are still current!

Contemporary Modern Living

I don’t know anyone that walks around in Victorian clothing but I have seen people wearing period accessories mixed with their Armani suit. Nowadays when design has become a common word thanks to television, this comparison shows me that there is no reason to reproduce historical interiors in our homes.

 When talking about contemporary modern living, we really talk about the way we live today, the way we are living while reading this article. I am at home sitting on a comfortable white leather-like covered chaise with my laptop on a pillow over my legs. I have a plasma screen on 24 hours cable news and a newspaper next to me. My coffee is on a small drum that I use as a side table. I look out my window over a white-painted Queen Anne chair with Mongolian lamb fur seat and I see the Empire State Building thru our terrace which in turn has a four-post outdoor bed, table and chairs, lots of plants and a BBQ. This is our country house, a split-second away from our New York apartment.