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The small green bust in the window beyond is of Eliel. The lamps and mirror on the dressing table in the window were designed by Eliel. The spacious master bedroom features another seating area as well as one of Eliel’s most well known furniture designs -the tea height table with ample storage. The cocktail table with an integrated globe was one of the more popular items of furniture, although hard to capture in the lighting. One enters into a small stairhall where portieres (curtains at interior doorways) provide privacy between living spaces. From busy and crowded beaches in the north, ideal for partying and concerts to untouched, serene beaches in the south for privacy and the quiet; honeymooners can be spoilt for choice. Emily is a natural choice to speak on art deco as she wrote the excellent book Regency Redux. You can choose a “U” or “L” shape, but then you must add other natural elements (such as trees, a fountain, or a garden) to the border to close the open side. By doing so, you can make the folder mimic the master list functionality. This has been created by GSA Content Generator DEMO!

It would be a building that you can call home and live with ease having the blessing of sunlight. The first floor was a busy, working space much like the White House or any university President’s house -not a private home! The table, designed by Eliel naturally, expands to seat 14. I loved the light fixtures a throughout the house which provide great ambient/indirect lighting. The ceiling again features a telescoping design with Eliel’s version of recessed lighting. This is crucial to keep in mind since you need the design to be the one which is quick to respond. The house is an art-deco gem; one expects Fred Astaire to come dancing into the room at any minute! As academy president Saarinen would have hosted academy functions at the house and even taught architecture classes in the studio which I’ll show a bit later. It was rather a gloomy day unfortunately but the snapshots capture the circa 1930 house well (I’ll blog more on the rest of Cranbrook Academy later this week). The modern art deco interiors would have been unlike anything Detroit natives had seen in 1930 (perhaps with the exception of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work). The room is as big as the bedroom and features separate his and her vanities, a separate water closet for the toilet, separate shower (seen above), and a large soaking tub in the center of the room.

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Up the staircase seen earlier in the post is the private family quarters. And this is not a trip to the Legoland or the Butlins but to the historical villages or coastal towns that offer spectacular views of the sandy beaches and deep blue oceans, surely a complete entertainment for the whole family. Godrej 24 Manyata is going to offer 2 and 3 BHK luxury units stretched over vast acres of landscapes. The wall paneling and recessed niches had all been covered over with drywall until recently but luckily sat undisturbed and in original condition down to the niche’s red paint! I think it melds in pretty well with the original building. I think something is really charming about guest bedrooms with pairs of twin beds; I’ll file this away for inspiration. Twin beds are decorated with 30s era ruffled linens. Tours are given daily but limited in size. Given how small bathrooms of the time period generally were I was surprised to see such a large space.

They could all be pushed aside, the drawings stored in built-in cupboards, and the room quickly prepared for large events and parties. The large and bright space would have been filled with drafting tables and such by day. Design runs in the family: the architect’s wife was artist and weaver Loja Saarinen (who also taught at the academy) and their son would become well known industrial designer Eero Saarinen ( of the ubiquitous tables and chairs). Also keep in mind to prefer skill, as age is just a number and there are a good number of young residential architects who display really unique talent in their field of work. There are lots of knits in her collections – always traditionally made – combined with woven fabrics. They are among the best rated in reviews. I grabbed a delightful lunch at Le Boudoir in the Colonnade – one of the best Salad Nicoise I’ve had in a long time, I would highly recommend this cafe!