February 23, 2018

Trend of the Week: Cindy Says… OPEN SESAME!

Now you see it, now you don’t! These days, space is tight, right? We are always searching for ways to do more with less…ergo mobile walls, modular furniture, and the return of the Murphy bed. From multipurpose, day-to-night rooms to art concealed as a book, space is VALUABLE… and it’s time to multiply x 100! For more, check out my Instagram, @thecindygram, and be sure to go forth and DESIGN!


It’s 2018 and time to get your life organized, right?! Masters of a chic-and-tidy ship are design pals Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke of Messana O’Rorke who make putting things out of site an art…like in this NYC apartment, where a Murphy bed cleverly hides behind a wall of black walnut. Photography by Eric Laignel

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BarlisWedlick Architects worked with media exec Jonathan Miller to convert the Upstate New York, 1960’s hillside former home of the Dansk founder and lover of gardens, Ted Nierenberg, into a wellness center and private retreat. Pictured here: a room that quadruples as a yoga/Tai Chi/ meditation studio as well as a bedroom! Easily convertible through pocket doors and a pull-down Murphy bed. NAMA-STAY! Photography by Peter Aaron/Otto

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Part of a set called “2,3” by Tauba Auerbach—who uses simple materials like colored paper to form magnificent and explosive shapes that spring out of a very flat form—that at first glance, looks like a book! Compact art!


This 3,600-square-foot New York residence is anything but compact, but firm Dash Marshall keeps even this large-scale space feeling tight-knit and connected through retractable screens. And then there’s that show-stopping staircase, dropping like an anchor through the TriBeCa home…wowza! Seen in the latest issue of @intdeshomes. Photography by Mark Wickens

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“Explore, restore, ignore” was Groupwork + Amin Taha’s mantra when renovating this 1950’s London townhouse, recently featured in our Winter Homes issue. The firm EXPLORED the idea of compartmentalization when re-doing central spaces, like this hidden Murphy bed and the shelving in the kitchen. They also RESTORED original travertine flooring, cherry paneling, and plaster walls and IGNORED much of the building’s history to make room for a new story… one with simpler materials and a hyper-awareness to space, almost as if you were living on a luxuriously modern ship! Photography by Timothy Soar 

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