BNO Design Blog

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I had the amazing honor to be photographed yesterday by one of the most talented photographers I’ve ever met, Gerardo Vizmanos. He completed the Photoglobal program at the SVA in New York in 2013 and his career has skryrocketed from there. I met him at a poetry reading at Penn and Fletcher featuring the work of Joel Handorff and Jorge Clar, both good friends. Then I followed his work on Instagram and on his website www.gerardovizmanos.com and I fell in love both with his work and his persona. This photo is  the first one that he shot in the sitting, and he hit a homerun. You can only imagine how amazing the other ones are when this was the first! Styled by my husband Steven Wine, jacket: John Varvatos, pants: Ben Sherman, tie: Calvin Klein, shirt Barney’s, glasses: Ralph Lauren,


Grand Hotel Quellenhof eye opening experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In almost 30 years in the interior design business, we’ve never done a design competition.

Against my better judgement, I decided to accept a competition invitation last year to renovate the guestrooms and reception of the Grand Hotel Quellenhof in Bad Ragaz. We not only designed the guestrooms but the entire lobby and even afterwards, as a favor, we redesigned the bar and part of the restaurant. After awarding us the competition and visiting us in New York, the orgnizers decided that we didn’t have enough experience in Europe to produce a luxury hotel and backed out of the deal.

Nice guys but, shouldn’t you do your homework before inviting a designer to compete for a project? 

Cheers!


TV location

With these new all glass towers, it’s very difficult for interior designers to locate a large TV screen where you can see the view plus be able to watch tv. In this apartment on west 15th street, we decided to hide some of the view and place the tv in a corner where all the architectural elements get “strange”. By making a huge curve custom sofa we accomplish great seating. Then we added a round bed closer to the tv for cozy watching. To complete the feeling of being up in a cloud, we covered the ceiling with extremely shinny venetian plaster. Not bad, right?


Renaissance Times Square Revealed

Last night our design for Renaissance Times Square lobby and suites was succesfully revealed! Make sure you take a look while in the area. As soon as we have professional photos we will pose them. Here I am on the “red carpet”. Cheers!


35XV

We just completed our first apartment in the faceted glass tower designed by FXFowle at 35 West 15th street, for which we also did the interiors of the entire buildling. The photo of the apartment located on the 23rd floor, facing south, gives you a quick view of this eclectic interior. More to come!