Talk about an item/items in your home that you love most and why.
Rock Collection : I grew up on Lake Michigan, and would walk the beaches a lot to uncover special rocks which I would later present in a market of sorts with my friends. Right before the trading would take place, I would dip the rocks in water to enhance their coloring.
My deep fondness for rocks has me collecting all over the place. Some of my faves come from my friend Eliza's family house on the Long Island sound. Very early in my courtship with Frank, I had my mind set on bringing him back a rock from Old Field but in doing so I put waaay too much pressure on myself, and the rock. I was freaking and Eliza was trying to help me and, after some time and with a mix of faith and exasperation, I reached into the sand and found the wildest looking specimen -- smooth, green, with all kinds of white perfect circles. It was so handsome, I didn't even need to wet it.
I later learned that John Cage was a big collector of rocks, and that made so much sense to me. I have an orange one I carry with me at all times. I call it the Magic Rock and it has brought great luck to some. I rub it on planes so that the cosmos don't send us crashing from the sky. Rocks are powerful!
Record Collection : The home as an intimate place and a container is quite ideal for acoustic experiments. A dynamic collection of music, and in this case records, is indispensable in exploring the physical and poetic character of your house. We love our collection more with each passing day for the freedom, beauty, and inspiration it provides us.
Czech Modern Children's Table Set : This was one of the first, and only, fine pieces of furniture I've approached and purchased as more of a collector. I love its childlike design, its strange balances and mysterious sophistication and grace.
Blue Head : A wonderful old couple brought me in off the street in Cobble Hill, New York promising me records and then sent me away with a blue sculpture of a woman's head that the matriarch had made years ago. It's a rare thing to be invited into a stranger's home and leave with a piece of their art. I feel the head has been very "now" for a long time... now.
What is your favorite source/sources for interior design inspiration? or Where do you find inspiration for your home?
The internet is the ultimate place to mediate your fantasies these days, but as we referenced earlier, we get a lot of obscure energy from music. Particularly, the way that music, as a both an occupant and suggestion of atmosphere, can become a score for interior design.
Alvar + Aino Aalto's residence / studio in Helsinki --> we went there on our honeymoon
Czech Modernism : It often feels torqued on the axis of classicism and something more eccentric . . . true love.
John Cage --> plants / rocks / music / food / playfulness
Film : Eric Rohmer! We will never stop . . .
Spaces of friends : tangible + intangible
What is your favorite room and why?
Our L shaped living room / dining room
The light is amazing and changes softly throughout the day. We're also just beginning to understand what it means "to live the L," its central pivot offers at least two different programmatic axes towards the stereo/bookcase and the dining table. There is actually a third as well when you consider the fireplace and everything it includes as an experience and practice. There's enough space for 10+ people to visit, share cheer and devastation, practice yoga . . . plus, a view of a booming birch tree with a placenta nourishing it below; also, a portal piece by @toreyerin !