Shades of Grey

Call us "submissive" if you must, but we finally acquiesced to the demands of popular culture and went to see the fettish-driven phenom Fifty Shades of Grey. (BTW it's already grossed $300 Million so apparently we weren't the only ones who gave into temptation). Needless to say, the world's obsession with "Mr. Grey" got us thinking about our own love of all things grey. In our latest "Pinergy" segment, we explore the allure of this composed and sensual shade.

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1. Ed Ruscha, “Idea" (1976) | 2. Flos Superarchimoon Floor Lamp (Architectural Resources) | 3. B&B Italia “Charles” Sofa by Antonio Citterio (Architectural Resources) | 4. Fornasetti Plate (Barneys) | 5. Oyuna “Daya” Throw (Architectural Resources) | 6. B&B Italia “Bunch” Vase (Architectural Resources) | 7. Blamo Toys “Bandit” (Architectural Resources) | 8. Tina Frey Designs Large Champagne Bucket (Architectural Resources) | 9. B&B Italia “Husk” Outdoor Chairs (Architectural Resources) | 10. Poliform “Ubik” Closet System (Architectural Resources)

Why We Heart Poliform

It should come as no surprise that Architectural Resources thanks the design Gods every day for Poliform. Their ingenuity, clean lines, efficient production methods, and adaptability to the modern lifestyle of our clients all serve to make our job that much easier. Poliform began as a small artisan's furniture shop in 1942, and has since evolved into a modern luxury brand offering wall systems, closets and kitchens that make us swoon. In reverence of Poliform's commitment to excellence in quality, Architectural Resources provides clients with "turnkey service" from conception to completion, including material selection, renderings, delivery and installation. And in case that's not enough, we thought we'd share a few more reasons why their kitchens and closets give us that warm and fuzzy feeling...

Photo credit: Poliform USA

Photo credit: Poliform USA

1) Varenna kitchens (like the "Phoenix" above) are customizable according to clients' wishes and tastes.  That means if you absolutely must have that hidden pull-out shelf for your massive candy stash, consider it done.

Photo credit: Poliform USA

Photo credit: Poliform USA

2) Details. No one appeals to our not-so-secret OCD tendencies quite like Poliform.

Photo credit: Poliform USA

Photo credit: Poliform USA

3) Minimal horizontal thickness and maximum surface wideness. Sounds complicated. Looks spectacular.

Photo credit: Poliform USA

Photo credit: Poliform USA

4) Having a kitchen by Poliform/Varenna is a right of passage. It says you care about design and made a commitment to surrounding yourself with the best. It says "I'm a big kid now" in the most understated and sophisticated way possible.

Photo credit: Poliform USA

Photo credit: Poliform USA

5) Two words: Canaletto. Walnut.

Photo credit: Poliform USA

Photo credit: Poliform USA

6) Closet systems like the Senzafine (shown above) are as customizable as a Varenna kitchen. You want a pull-out shoe rack for 10-15 pairs of your favorite Hogans? Sure. You want a different finish? Choose between Oak, Wenge, Canaletto Walnut, and White Melamine. The possibilities are endless.

"Pinergy"

We at Architectural Resources believe in the genius of Synergy. The idea has been around for ages. All of our favorite magazines, stores and websites are designed based on the knowledge that "If you like this thing, odds are you'll like that thing". So occasionally we will cluster up some of our latest favorite finds from the design world and present them to you - "Pin-ergistically". Cheers.

1. B&B Italia Tobi-Ishi Table (Architectural Resources) | 2. Hermes blanket | 3. Tina Frey resin salad servers (Architectural Resources) | 4. Catellani & Smith Post Kristi table lamp (Architectural Resources) | 5. Gandia Blasco Bandas rug (Architectural Resources) | 6. B&B Italia Husk Chair (Architectural Resources) | 7. Rimowa luggage | 8. Ancient Greek Sandals

1. B&B Italia Tobi-Ishi Table (Architectural Resources) | 2. Hermes blanket | 3. Tina Frey resin salad servers (Architectural Resources) | 4. Catellani & Smith Post Kristi table lamp (Architectural Resources) | 5. Gandia Blasco Bandas rug (Architectural Resources) | 6. B&B Italia Husk Chair (Architectural Resources) | 7. Rimowa luggage | 8. Ancient Greek Sandals

Dear Sectional...

Congrats on the promotion. Once a work horse associated only with rugged use, you have officially toiled your way out of the trenches.  You traded in your stains for sexy, your function for fashion. Yes, you're all grown up and wearing your big boy pants... Let's be real though - you probably aren't can't shake that reputation of being impervious to cavorting kids and dirty dog paws.  But we at Architectural Resources still salute your ascent to a higher level of style and sophistication.

Take, for example, these beautiful options from B&B Italia. They can just as easily live in a Family Room as they can a formal room. Accompany them with a baby blanket or an Hermes blanket. A jack in the box or a Jackson Pollock. Because of the brilliant ability of the sectional to combine function AND style, a modern client in a modern world doesn't have to choose one over the other.