gathering evidence

December 10th 2015 Comments: 2

In the midst of this, the holiday season, my thoughts have recently turned to gathering.  Certainly no man is an island; congregation seems to be deeply ingrained in our collective unconscious.  Witness the concentrated power of a group – whether in families, places of worship, protests or recovery meetings – … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Gathering Evidence

one in a hundred

December 3rd 2015 Comments: 7

According to the magazine – “Each of the tastemakers named to this year’s AD100 list has a vision: Some are daredevils, some are classicists, but all are supremely confident. From dynamic decorators recalibrating beloved traditions to enterprising architects shaking up a skyline near you, these 100 thought leaders—among them 19 … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: One in a Hundred

an architect’s playground

November 12th 2015 Comments: 4

After completing our work, we decided to enjoy the unseasonably temperate weather of the beautiful Fall day with an impromptu field trip. Coincidentally, one of the Northeast’s most famous architectural meccas was very nearby. Famous (or infamous – depending upon who you ask) Architect Philip Johnson starting building what would … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: An Architects Playground

the printed works: veranda june/july 2015

November 5th 2015 Comments: 3

A collaboration between two strong talents is always a tricky dance. But architect Bobby McAlpine and decorator Susan Ferrier are like the Astaire and Rogers of the design world. As old pros who have worked together time and again, they make it look as blithe as can be. Consider this … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: The Printed Works

house haunters

October 29th 2015 Comments: 4

I think some of the most provocative architectural and interior designs ever produced can be found in the unfettered imaginations found in film. These settings often become as important to the stories as the characters themselves. In honor of Halloween, I’d like to offer a few (13, apropos) of my … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: House Haunters

dramatic pause

October 22nd 2015 Comments: 4

My client said she didn’t quite understand why we should consider doing this. I enthusiastically replied “It would be so dramatic!” She dryly retorted “My husband and I are not very dramatic people.” I guess this was a clear case of me not knowing my audience. Unlike this client, I … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Dramatic Pause

we’re bringing sexy back

October 15th 2015 Comments: 2

Instilling emotion in a room is an idea I find particularly appealing. It means it’s possible to create something etherial and elusive by orchestrating spaces and objects. One particular emotive quality I’ve often heard applied to some of our interiors is “sexy.”  As a matter of fact, A restaurant we … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Brining Sexy Back

four by four

October 8th 2015 Comments: 4

And like the rarity of the recent blood moon, our hectic schedules seldom coincide.  Bobby McAlpine, Greg Tankersley, Ray Booth and Susan Ferrier will be speaking at the Holly Hunt showroom in New York City’s Decoration & Design Building. The engagement is part of the D & D’s 2015 Fall … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Four by Four

cottage industry

October 1st 2015 Comments: 8

When designers are asked to showcase their work, I’m sure most take the opportunity to impress – drag out the photos of the biggest and most awe-inspiring. It’s natural to want to feed the quintessential bottomless designer ego. I know – I have one at home, too. I’d like to … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Cottage Industry

open house: a gentleman’s farm in tennessee

September 24th 2015 Comments: 7

There seems to be an innate relationship between man and earth. Observe any given little boy digging in the dirt with a stick and that unspoken affair is evident. Alas, a number of these boys grow up, get educated, polished and thrust into concrete jungles to begin their industrious climbs. … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: A Gentlemans Farm
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