Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

There are so many things to consider when designing a room-much less an entire home. How to navigate through that process is the subject of this article. It is always good to understand and acknowledge as completely as possible what you have to work with--for better and for worse. This should be done through photography …

Setting the Table

Gracious dining includes many elements; sterling silver, crystal, linen, flowers, candlelight, wonderful food and wine and great company. My favorite silversmiths are Jean Puiforcat and Georg Jensen. Both of their firms offer sterling and silver plate. While it is not possible to see the difference, it is possible to feel the difference. The weight of …

Jack Lenor Larsen… A Conversation

Interview by: Michael M Merrill, ASID, CID Jack Lenor Larsen is, quite simply, the single most important textile designer who has ever lived–period. I was recently granted the rare privilege of interviewing Mr. Larsen for SF Design Magazine. His comments were charming, insightful and inspiring. Mr. Larsen was born in 1927 in Seattle, Washington. Initially, …

The Power of Beauty – Rainer Maria Rilke

The brilliant German poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote the Sonnets to Orpheus and The Duino Elegies concurrently. In The First Elegy (of ten) Rilke writes, “beauty is the beginning of terror and why we adore it so, is because it serenely disdains to destroy us." For me, this is a powerful affirmation about the power …

MMDS’s iPad Design Catalog

About ten years ago, we began assembling a database of design ideas. These are images of other professional work spanning a range of topics: kitchens, living rooms, staircases and art presentation are a few of the 50 categories that we have assembled. Our database currently hold approximately 10,000 images, all of which are sorted and …