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every issue The Letter 12 Newsreel Trend Predictor 17

oh-la-la, French feminism woos us

On The Boards 25

guest curators Domicile Interior Design

On The Town 35

sweet and stylish Kansas City

A Design Affair 136

getting steamy with Ames Ingham

Darling & Daring 144 our parting shot





Perfectionist 134

James outfits the perfect bar

In Search Of 140

Alexandra gets a blissfully flap-free shower

Wear the Room 138

Katherine goes Halloween-chic




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features Live-Work Moderna 50

young professionals work and play under one roof

The Glamorous (Canyon) Life 64

fashion and design meet in this feminine revamp

Around The Table 76

decor and cuisine from around the country

Just Relax 100

weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re back for more at Travaasa in Austin!

What Are You, Chicken? 116 architecture for our feathered friends

Standard Visits 122

Garrsion Brothers bourbon distillery




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the letter I know I’m supposed to say that it’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since we introduced Standard Magazine to the world. In truth though, there is absolutely no way we could’ve done everything we’ve been doing in less than a year. Over the last 363 days we’ve traveled all over the country and discovered tons of awe-inspiring design to share (and we’ve eaten some ridiculously rich foods). We’ve learned who we are, what our voice is and how we fit in to this ever-evolving world of online magazines. Along the way, we’ve been blessed to meet some industry pros who have helped us to shape the future of this publication. You’re seeing the start of that in this issue—most notably our new logo, new cover look and a great new section called A Design Affair (page 136) where I’m excited to be featuring my friend, the talented Ames Ingham. More of my talented friends, Jolene Huitt and Amanda Malson from Domicile Interior Design, join us as this issue’s curators for our On The Boards section (page 25). Jolene, Amanda, Ames and I all met this past spring when we worked together on a new show for HGTV (that’s all I can tell you...the show airs this fall). We had a great time filming and it was a lot of fun to get everyone back together for this issue. Happy Birthday Standard. You rock my world.

Kelly LaPlante Editorial Director and Founder

With Jaclyn Joslin (left) and Amy Cosgrove (right) at Standard’s Kansas City Tastemaker’s Dinner


STANDARD Editorial Director and Founder: Kelly LaPlante

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NEWSREEL trend-predictor fall harvest, 2011

The seasons are shifting, and so are trends. Here we present three noteworthy news items that are sure to aid in your search for new treasures. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for something to add a feminine punch to your space or a cute little buddy to cozy up to as the leaves fall, we have you covered.


newsreel trend fall embrace

we’ve never been more ready Though you may be as tired of hearing about this summer’s heat wave as we are, there’s no denying that it has had a huge impact on our lives. As the summer heat (hopefully) comes to a close, the crisp autumn air will be as refreshing to us as the cool breeze that will soon blow the leaves off of slumbering trees. After enduring 100 degree heats, we are all sure to welcome fall with open arms that are ready to be covered in warm wools (while holding piping mugs of cider!). Bodkin

Fybre Space

Dan Mountford

we predict... Autumnal overload engulfing every aspect of design. Artists will romanticize the fall colors with new fervor and designers will become obsessed with everything soft and warmly welcoming. Prepare to purchase fluffy wool sweaters, rustically cozy accessories and furniture to snuggle into by the fire. Every Eskimo

MASH Studio


newsreel trend french feminism

strong and sexy takes a stand As Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced charges of sexual assault this past spring, a rumble of revolution among French women began to be heard. For too long, many French females have felt as if they’re trying to be quieted by a misogynistic culture where women are hushed by powerful men—but they will be silent no longer. Now that Strauss-Kahn has been dismissed on his charges, we can expect even more of an uprising­—and this is a far cry from the “hide-your-shape-under-a-drape” feminism movement of yesteryear. The femme fatale is about to make a comeback.

BLOOM Lounge Chair

Alexandra Grecco

we predict... that is as in-your-face feminine as the movement! Overt images of femininity and strong-yet-sexy femmes will be everywhere. Classic french style will also make a comeback in the form of an ode to classic french femme fatales like Catherine Deneuve. TrĂŠs chic.



newsreel trend remembering september itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to you new york, new york

In true American spirit, we have been resilient and stayed strong ever since Sept. 11, 2001. One of the most striking results has been a rekindled love for our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prided city, New York. Always adored, we now look onto NYC and its residents with a renewed sense of respect and honor.


My Bearded Pigeon

we predict...

...images of Manhattan subway maps and the oh-so-recognizable shape of the beloved metropolis will be emblazoned on everything from pillows to artwork. The beautiful new 9/11 memorial that is opening on Sept. 12 is sure to inspire artists and designers. The memorial will have a museum to honor those we have lost. Visit the museum store online to purchase Art for Heart: Remembering 9/11. All net proceeds will go to sustain and develop the national September 11 Memorial and Museum.

Karen M. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Leary Graphic design concept based on 9/11 Memorial by Mallory Hamel


on the boards guest curated by domicile interior design

Most designers can only dream of it­—a personal treasury of fabulous flea-market finds. For Amanda Malson and Jolene Huitt of Domicile Interior Design, the dream is a reality. The pair make regular pilgrimages to the best fleas in Southern California, collecting with clients in mind. The result is a inventory that is always at their fingertips for turning what would already be great design into a layered-cake of visual calories. With their fantasticly pedigreed design backgrounds, we couldn’t resist asking this dynamic duo to curate a few boards for us this fall. 25

on the boards



1. Chocolate & Blue Reversible Men’s Belt from Cliff, $100 “Bring a natural element and some texture to your outfit— blue or brown as your mood may strike (or take the belt off and gently strike your boyfriend when he’s naughty!).” 2. Round Table by Avi Meir, $1300 “The sculptural base on this round table makes something we’ve all seen fresh and different...the little details like this give a room interest and intrigue.” 3. Stacking Mugs by Heath Ceramics, $29 each “A mug both you and your man can enjoy! A gorgeous, jewel tone color for you and some ruggedness for him. Share your coffee together in the morning and imagine you made the mugs together á la Ghost!” 4. Hand Printed Fabric by Mociun at Beklina, $45 per half yard “We love the pattern on this handmade fabric...such a modern and captivating print. A little will go a long way­—and would be ideal on a linear surface like a bench.” 5. Scotch Naturals Nail Polish in Flying Scotsman, $14.99 “Jolene’s favorite color! A rich blue like this ‘Flying Scotsman’

is so fun and unexpected.”





on the boards






1. Sulis Necklace by Erin Considine at Of A Kind, $128 “This has just the right amount of deco influences and would instantly elevate an outfit.” 2. Set of Lip Balms by Phoenix Botanicals, $16 “We are suckers for clever packaging and strong graphics like you find with these lip balms. And the flavors sound pretty enticing too—little wing anyone? Put it on before you kiss the BF!” 3. River Light Ring by Andy Lifschutz, $290 “A little sculpture for your finger!” 4. Shabd x Baggu Backpack, $58 “The color of this bag is so pretty and the print has such wonderful movement! Fold it up, toss it in your purse, and you’ve got a stylish alternative to the grocery bag!” 5. Embroidery by Jazmin Berakha “We both come from families of artists, so we appreciate evidence of the craft in someone’s work.”


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1. Senna Median Band by Bario-Neal, price upon request “This ring has such an elegant simplicity to it. You could wear just one or stack several together.” 2. Cowboy Print from Rifle Paper Co., $12 “You’re talking to two Midwestern girls, so we have a soft spot for Cowboys! We envision a fantastic children’s room inspired by this print.” 3. Industrial Factory Light Fixture from Dingaling Vintage, $186 ”The green enamel is to die for!” 4. Colorblock Sleeveless Dress by Carrie Parry, $185 “This dress introduces a twist to the color-blocking trend that is so popular right now. Instead of the geometric patterns one so often sees, the curves switch it up. And, we have to say, we love the turban too!” 5. Gameland-Lizard Wallpaper by Aimée Wilder, $150 per roll “This wallpaper is such a kick! Stylish interiors don’t always have to be serious: we adore the retro-whimsical aspect of this print.”


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on the town

kansas city, missouri We went on a covert operation to Kansas City to reveal how fabulous it is and to bring this wonderful city out of the informal shadows. We happened to be throwing a Tastemaker Dinner there (that’s your cue to go to page 142) where our co-host, David Jimenez summed it up: “It’s the little things in life that matter MOST!” We agree— every person we met was remarkable and there is a welcoming style and grace to the city that we found surprising yet fitting.

This metropolis might not be on your style radar (yet), but it should be. Jet on over and don’t forget to swing by these happening spots to get your food and flare. Fall is the perfect time! Need a place to retire after all of the shopping and eating that you are bound to do? Head to Q Hotel and make sure to cozy up next to the fireplace for a night cap in the lounge. Or walk to one of the many nearby pubs for a final digestif before you hit the hay.


on the town prize antiques Prize is exactly the kind of store that you always hope to find in a new cityâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;beautifully curated and chock-full of vintage prizes to swoon over. We especially love the pseudo-nautical, romantic dressing rooms which facilitate Peruvian Connection, an artisan clothing line they share their space with.



on the town

Designer Jaclyn Joslin in her showroom with Simone. Sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

urban dwellings design One only needs to take a glance around Urban Dwelling Design to get a sense of shop-owner Jacyln Joslin and manager Amanda Steinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impeccable sense of style. Handsomely outfitted with classically tailored silhouettes and patterned pillows, the shop is peppered with everything from vintage bird cages to locally-made jewelry.


on the town nufangl Trishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assemblages of well-chosen items bring together industrial and chicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a rare combination in this part of town. Stroll over to Nufangl during your antique-a-thon on West 45th Street to get a unique point of view. 1707 W. 45th Street

christoper filley antiques Christopher Filley is as quirky and surprising as the selection of wares in his antique shopâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a layered puff pastry of riches! Hours could be spent searching the nooks of piled-upon treasures from his travels. (We discovered a wonderfully unusual, two-sided painting that was difficult to leave behind.) 1721 W. 45th Street


on the town room 39 Sit at the bar for breakfast or lunch at this relaxed cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or make an evening of it and take up a table for dinner. If your appetite is bold enough, let Executive Chef Ted Habinger bring you the specials of the day and you will be delighted by the unconventional recipes. We quickly ignored all distractions as we indulged in their house-made chai latte with a shot of Baileys (a new favorite!) followed by goat cheese gnocchi with lobster, oyster mushrooms, swiss chard and a creamy tarragon sauce. Our waiste-lines doth protest!

the farmhouse On a brisk fall evening there could be no better place to enjoy a comforting meal than Farmhouse. The strong bond created by owner/chef, Michael Foust, with local farmers is one of the many ways they are bringing a like-minded community together...and this passion is reflected in the food. Rack of lamb with lamb sausage, over cabbage and smoked mushrooms made us melt into our seats and forget the clock as we enjoyed the memorable course in our three-hour dinner.


on the town

Experienced Time by Matthew Richie

café sebastienne at the kemper museum of contemporary art With all of this amazing art in front of you, it’s hard to imagine running out of topics for conversation. Café Sebastienne has a winning combination of scrumptious food and always-inspiring atmosphere...we can’t help but wonder what it must have taken to put together this perfectly seamed collage wall!

Frederick James Brown was commissioned to make these 110 paintings as a tribute to various artists through his interpretations 45

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Donna’s Dress Shop At least half the fun of visiting Donna’s Dress Shop is getting to see what Donna is wearing (how does she manage that beehive?). KC fashionistas know that Donna’s shop is always stocked with gorgeous vintage wares­...we even saw a few pieces from Donna’s at our Tastemaker dinner!



live-work MODE by Lilianne Steckel

Vivienda surpasses just being a street numberâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the strength of its personality is undeniable. It is pronounced and striking compared to the neighboring structures and yet it feels as if it were inserted effortlessly. Photo by Nicole Renee


The inventive style of the Ran Lamps by Mooi Design are wor


ndom Light Floor rth a double take.

he business card speaks well of their intents: “Framework is a set of assumptions, concepts, values and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality.” Founded in 2003 as a complete designbuild firm, Framework Design takes care of every piece of the architectural puzzle for their clients—from invention to unveiling. Their office in Kansas City is conveniently (and handsomely) adjoined with their residences as a creative oasis for the team to work and play.

These live-work digs are suitably titled Vivienda Moderna (or modern dwelling). Principal Lauren Wendlandt was inspired to give her building a name to help it develop the personality and presence to transcend a mere address. Neighbors were wary when the work started, but seeing Lauren’s dedication made it evident that care and attention were being poured into the project. “I was here everyday...that helped,” Lauren recalls. “Some of my neighbors joke that, for the first year, they thought I was a boy because I was working so hard and always wearing overalls.”

An old garage door separates the work stations from the conference table. FLOR tiles canvas the space with color. A wing-back chair is upholstered in Maharam’s Bespoke Stripe by Paul Smith.

Trying to match the proportions of the surrounding homes and buildings, Lauren and her team set their intentions on achieving a powerful curb appeal without disrupting the flow (it is the first subdivision next to downtown Kansas City, after all). The exterior is clad with reclaimed wood from four local barns—the majority sourced from a barn that was going to be burnt to the ground if they were not able to collect every single piece (so you bet they did!). On the second day the owner asked if they wanted to take the foundation as well. “It was a 100-year-old dry limestone, hand-cut foundation!” Lauren exclaimed, “I had to make four trips in my pick-up truck, and it wore us out, but was so worth it!”


The lot was originally occupied by a large mansion which burned down in the 1960s—it had been vacant since. Lauren, along with business partner Layne Richardson, had an original concept for the land—to create a “living laboratory” for Framework and, in essence, a showcase of inspired design techniques. In this dwelling, clients would be able to see the different materials, systems and applications that they could consider for their own house. “Our idea was to reinvent the ‘shopkeeper’ unit, where the owners live upstairs and work downstairs” Lauren told us. The immediate concept was to have to a living space for herself and separate offices for the company. As ideas developed and evolved the perfect solution arose—they would all live and work together inside one beautifully crafted shell! A self-powered elevator was installed so that Lauren’s grandmother (who was also going to share the living space) could access her upstairs room. She passed away around Easter, the week that she had planned to move in with them but a plaque in the garden is a daily reminder of her (as she loved to landscape) and an annual neighborhood Easter egg hunt is held in her honor.

Lauren Wendlandt, Layne Richardson and Sofia Varanka (L to R) chat in their living area.


Their dining table is made of four antique doors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My father is an antique dealer, and he found these beautiful doors at an auction. We took the doors, stained them and cut off the trim to make them into the table,â&#x20AC;? says Lauren. ET2 starburst pendants hang overhead.


Today, nine occupants work and live throughout the house, enjoying the communal fashion of the structure. “There is a whole meld of different people’s lives and it’s been really fun” Lauren says. She and her boyfriend, Mike, live in the front half of the third residence floor. Layne lives in the rear of that floor and uses the suite intended for Lauren’s grandmother as his lounge/ guest room. Sofia Varanka, who shares an office with the Framework crew, is a rep for several furniture, lighting and textile companies, and lives in the building as well. Lauren and Sofia, who have a baking company together called P.S. Sweets, bake the goods in the main kitchen. Lack of commuting is an admirable benefit of residing in a live-work environment but the true delight of the building is in the dynamic relationships between people and spaces. a

A tiny doll resides in the kitchen at all times...a little mascot for P.S. Sweets?


An ideal use of the interior space can be seen in every angle and every room.

Special storage accommodates quilting fabrics in Laurenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room and sun prints from her childhood adorn the walls.


"Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a wonderful mesh of people and ideas!"


the glamorous (canyon)life interior design and story by kelly laplante



ulling into the Marina in San Francisco where a group of (mostly) strangers were meeting to caravan up to Calistoga, I immediately spotted a girl I wanted to befriend. She was dressed in layers—each more chic than the last—and every piece of her jewelry looked as though it had been specially designed to go with that exact outfit. More importantly, she was friendly...which can be an elusive quality in a chic person. That weekend I made a special effort to get to know Robyn Santucci, who I soon learned was a family law attorney and, in her spare time, a jewelry designer. A few years later, we both found ourselves living in Los Angeles and our friendship grew even stronger. When she announced to me that she would be moving from her Beverly Hills apartment into a home in Benedict Canyon, I demanded that she let me help decorate. We joked that the look would “Carrie Bradshaw in the canyon,” in truth, all of the inspiration for rustic-glamour look came right of Robyn’s closet. Drawing from

be but our out her

personal style, classic pieces mixed with bold patterns, favorite blue hues, feminine embellishments and vintage accents helped make the transition from fashion to furnishings easy. Robyn’s primary goal was to have options for entertaining groups of various sizes, while still maintaining private areas for herself. To facilitate this, the living area—a bright, open space located on the top floor of the building—was casually broken up into three sections. A main seating area accommodates a large group of guests and is open to a floor-seating dining area that is Moroccan-inspired in functionality, but 100% Robyn in style. “I wanted that space to be a place where I would sit around with friends and have cocktails and small bites. So I didn’t want it to feel like a big, heavy Mediterranean restaurant—just light and fun and chic!” explained Robyn. Behind an antique screen, Robyn has a table where jewelry projects can be left half-done without the worry that trays of beads and clasps will be seen by guests.

Robyn Santucci in her Benedict Canyon home


Robyn relaxes with her friend and realtor, Jennifer Etienne Ekert.

An interior garden with succulents from Anawalt defines a mid-century-inspired floor seating arrangement. The area rug is from Anthropologie; the vintage table is from Wertz Brothers in Santa Monica. The banana leaf stools are available through Ikea. A painting by Donna Hart, (affectionately named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vivianâ&#x20AC;? by Robyn) presides over the space.


To add a charm factor to the kitchen, the upper cabinet doors were removed and their interiors finished in a custom-tinted Martha Stewart paint. Knobs from Anthropologie were added to the lower cabinets and a vintage lamp brightens a dark corner.

Challenges were prevalent in the kitchen with both spaces desperately in need of and bathroomâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;costly renovations were a face lift, the only answer was to playout of the question unless the house up the canyon charm. becomes Robynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to own one day. So, Canister lights from the 80s were removed and replaced with sleek pendants from Ikea, re-wired to work with dimmer switches so that lighting levels and energy-use could be controlled. Cabinet doors in disrepair were removed and shelves were left exposed after being painted in bright colors that lend a retro-feel to the spaces. Carefully selected objects d'arte were brought in to complete the look, including a flea market lamp, painted apple green to add more dimension and light to the kitchen.


Downstairs, a tiny bedroom with a built-in bed recessed into the wall left few options for furniture placement. Beginning just above headboard height, an even deeper recessed area seemed to beg for custom-designed shelves. The wall was outfitted with a full-height mirror and then shelves were installed and adorned with some of Robyn’s favorite books, vases and art. Special care was taken to leave plenty of negative space so that the mirror would have ample opportunity to reflect light from the patio opposite the bed. Items normally placed on bedside tables are now housed on the cozy shelving cove, just about the pillows.

A bright patterned rug and light blue bedding from West Elm aided in making the small space appear cheerful and open. The vintage chandelier (a gift from a friend), along with the antique chair that Robyn inherited from her mother, tie the space back to the upstairs, where a vintage-vibe takes center stage. “It all feels more and more like home every day“ says Robyn. "There were about three weeks—when paint seemed to be everywhere and I was living out of boxes—that I wondered if I made the right decision. But seeing the vision come together makes me so happy!” a

Robyn and I watch a deer in the canyon outside her bedroom

A custom cabinet with a mirrored back was built to make use of the deep recessed space behind the bed. The Andalusia rug and organic Pintuck Bedding from West Elm compliment the antique chair that Robyn inherited from her mother


Classic pieces mixed with bold patterns, favorite blue hues, feminine embellishments and vintage accents helped make the transition from fashion to furnishings easy


around the


when it comes to dining, two things simply must be stellarâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the food and the ambiance.

77 Bess Bistro, photographed by Spencer Selvidge


wise man once stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.â&#x20AC;? While some may agree with Socrates, when it comes to fine dining we have to admit that we relate more to the latter. Dining is an everevolving form of art that is not only a ritual in our culture, but also an entertaining pastime. There are many components that go into creating a successful dining experience, but two are key: food (well this one was obvious) and interior ambiance. These critical aspects have helped lead us a long way from our utensil-less ancestors. Today, restaurants are pushing the limits by pairing the cuisine of visionary chefs who have a maturing notion of fresh, creative and tantalizing food, with beautifully lit, impeccably designed and inviting dining areas. Diners are now invited to have this grand, romantic liaison with food whenever they desire. Imagine sauntering into a bustling restaurant, feeling the instant escape from the car-strewn streets behind you. Your eye wanders around the inventive decor, soft music plays and you sink into a cozy booth.

You are content and feel the enchanting spirit surging around you. As you read the menu, alluring descriptions awaken memories of previous meals and tempt you with new and exiting flavor combinations. The conversation becomes jovial as your palate anxiously awaits your designated item from the menu with hopes that it is beyond what you imaginedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;then it comes, and it is. Your group hushes with the shared silence of satisfaction, relishing each bite. After this edible escapade, you might very well be hooked on the experience indefinitely. With all of the choices on where to eat and what to order, the best options are places and cuisines that take you away from your usual routine and into a new, exciting realm of hunger with complementing interiors that are unique and interesting. We have brought together a small grouping of established restaurants that wowed us with both interior design and zealous menus. An evening spent at any of these will leave you feeling delightfully satisfied in spirit and appetite.

Gather Restaurant, photographed by Carmen Troesser


ubuntu Nestled on Main Street in Napa, California is Ubuntu, a restaurant and yoga studio. Through her work in South Africa, owner Sandy Lawrence discovered “ubuntu” and developed the name and concept for her restaurant. “We aspire to the philosophy of ‘ubuntu,’ which means that we practice humanity in all of our relationships—with employees, management, customers and vendors—so that everyone benefits.” The focus is not on the individual, but on the individual as a part of the group. It is a classic idea of community and awareness of the larger circle. Sandy and Executive Chef Aaron London tell us about the essence of the community they have created.

the table’s transformation as they come in, dine and have a great memory. Inspiration comes from the living things around you and from being a part of the bigger picture.” The historic 19th century building was transformed into a model of design by Apparatus Architecture and was accented by local artisans who turned reclaimed wood into beautiful flooring and wooden furnishings in the dining room. A bustling community table, where locals often meet to catch up over a glass of wine, is the focal point of the dining room. It was created with wood milled from two windfall trees—one redwood and one fir—that were blown over in a storm in 2002 in the town of Occidental, California. Outside, a comfortable garden patio is outfitted with chairs from the 1940s. Says Sandy, “It’s the perfect setting for a relaxed lunch or dinner à deux.”

“I get inspiration from the vegetables that are freshly picked and that radiate energy when you’re holding them in your hand,” Aaron tells us. “It comes from anticipating human interactions and watching people taste your dishes; being part of not just the vegetables’ transformation, but also

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inspiration comes from the living things around you and from being a part of the bigger pictureâ&#x20AC;?


Sculptures by Mark Chatterly create a unique divider inside of Ubuntu.


Photography by Elijah Wollery

abc kitchen If you’ve spent time in the well-known furniture and decor shopping haven ABC Carpet and Home in New York, you probably know that it has a very stylish café under its roof. Designed by Paulette Cole—CEO and Creative Director of ABC Home—and her team, the artistic vision of the store has been effortlessly and elegantly translated into this jewel box of an eatery.

giddy when we opened the boxes!” they told us. Of course, it’s not all about the space. Chef and co-creator, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, believes creating new menu items is an inspirational activity that is embraced by all. “We typically start the process with a new product, whether it’s produce at the market, cheese from a farm or a fish that just started coming in. From there we think about what else is growing and what works well together.”

True to the design-centric nature of the ABC team, a favorite memory while creating the space was receiving the beautiful Mauviel pots and pans. “We had three huge pallets in the dining room that needed to be unpacked, we were all

Stools by Design WorkShop surround tables designed by Jim Denney


Steelwood chairs surround the tables at ABC Kitchen.

Photography by Elena Lyakir 87

gather the look and feel of spaces. They hired Nicole Sillapere, a talented San Francisco designer, to help source innovative materials and coordinate the design, bringing in a warm, natural feel to what was formerly a very cold, empty space by using wood, salvaged bottles for lighting, farm clay plaster on the “Gather refers to the gathering of people walls and jars of pickles for color. around the table and the gathering of local foods that we cook in the kitchen,” explains For the menu, Sean’s inspiration comes from Eric. “It also refers to the gathering of materials the artisans behind the food—the farmers, that we used to build the restaurant; like ranchers and cheesemakers—and the the 600 leather belts we collected to make hard work they put into their craft. “Their the banquette cushions and the old pickle ingredients are what make our dishes come to life,” he shares. “My conversations with barrels we used to build our cabinetry.” farmers like Linda Butler, of Lindencroft Before Gather opened, they were given a few Farms, about what she is planting and sacred rice seeds from Tibet by a good friend. harvesting are the reason that our menu These seeds are often put inside homes as a remains exciting.” symbol of protection and welcoming. “While our concrete floors were being poured, Eric loves for first-time diners at Gather to we placed a few of these seeds in the wet enjoy the vegan “charcuterie”, a platter concrete at the entrance of the restaurant with a number of composed vegetable so everyone walks over them as they enter,” and mushroom dishes that has become a says Eric. signature at Gather. “It really shows the innovation coming out of our kitchen.” The interior design was a great collaboration of many people. Both Eric and his business partner, Ari Derfel enjoy getting involved in Rally friends together in Berkeley to enjoy the thoughtfully prepared and seasonal bounty at Gather. Owner, Eric Fenster, and Executive Chef, Sean Baker, share some of their vision and a few stories that make us appreciate their mission all the more.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vegan charcuterie... really shows the innovation coming out of our kitchenâ&#x20AC;? 89

91 Photography by Carmen Troesser

pourtal Enomatic wine machines are just the tip of the barrel at Pourtal in Santa Monica, California. Enjoy a self-made tasting tour with the ease of having as much or as little of each wine that you desire, thanks to Pourtal’s gadgets. Couple your nectar of the gods with their menu of tapas-style plates that compliment each wine journey. Owner, Stephen Abronson, and Architect, Sat Garg, speak with us about their wine escape.

The venue, a former retail space, required a complete teardown of the interior and had to be re-built from scratch. Buried under layers of drywall and finishes, the team found steel columns that they decided to expose and make part of the new design. The name of the wine bar, of course, comes from a play on the words “pour” and “portal”. Taken from the concept of a self-service wine bar, where you pour your own wine, each spout becomes a “Pourtal” into the world of wine. “We specialize in offering the broadest selection of artisanal wine from small producers all over the world,” says Stephen. “It’s a place for exploration, education and fun.”

“I wanted to create an urban setting that had a different spin from a traditional wine bar,” explains Sat. “I wanted the interior to be inspirational and democratic, without being trendy.” The limited space and the limited palette resulted in a surprisingly intimate area with warm and modern materials at play, thanks to a design team that included Chris Jones, Sean Morris and Kayleigh Ditchburn.

Digital Artwork for custom lighting designed by Sean Morris


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bess bistro Bess Bistro is a basement level, vintageinspired treat for fine dining in Austin, Texas where one could easily disappear for hours, given their enticing menu and sultry Creole aura.

elegance, cheeky ease and European flair. Originally the Stratford Apartments, built in 1918, the vintage building had an old back vault which is now Bess’s kitchen– a treasury of great food. The cake topper, if you will, is the photo of “Bess” on the The name Bess came from the title of mantle. It is a print from E. J. Bellocq’s a famous opera “Porgy & Bess”, first photos of “Ladies of the Evening,” taken in performed in 1935. The character named New Orleans, circa 1912. Bess was a strong woman living in the 1920s and the bistro was built the way the The pewter bar is an original from l’Etainier owner thought she would have wanted it. Tourangeau, in Montbazon France. It was installed by Giles Cheramy and an Inside, Bess is a unique blend of casual apprentice, who flew in from Montbazon. It came in four pieces and was put back together so beautifully that we challenge visitors to try to find the seams! It’s not easy for guests to choose a favorite from the vast array of tantalizing treats on the menu...but the Smoked Bacon Mussels are distinctly Bess! “Every other place has the same lemon butter garlic sauce,” the chef tells us. “Not ours, no ma’am! We use smoky pancetta, red pepper flakes and a tomato puree that elevates the sauce to something sublime. So sublime that we have members of the staff at Bess who request orders of the sauce alone!” a

“Every other place has the same lemon butter garlic sauce. Not ours, no ma’am!”


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ompetitive to the nth degree, it is hard to pinpoint what could possibly make one spa-resort stand out amongst so many. After all, superior services and gorgeous grounds (not to mention beds that feel like clouds lifting you up to heaven as you drift off to sleep) come standard at any resort worth visiting. At Travaasa in Austin, it is the expansive summer-camp-like grounds that set the tone for an experience that truly makes them unique. Standard Magazine explored the amazing activities that they offer in Camp Standard (Summer Abroad,

2011)...but ropes courses and archery are only part of the equation. Taking inspiration from the expansive acreage into the interior design was also key to Travaasaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. There is a special magic that comes from (seemingly) effortless design...when everything looks like it was just casually put together and, at the same time, so perfectly executed. This mĂŠlange can be attributed, at least in part, to Hatch + Ulland Owen Architects who designed the main components and structures.


In The Spur—an on-site bar and lounge­­—guests are invited to linger over a game of chess in wellworn leather chairs


In Jean’s Kitchen (the dining hall), there is a familiarity—a mess-hall-like casualty— that is paired with just enough elegance to remind you of all that is good about being an adult. Modern lighting fixtures made from 3form hang from the ceiling, iridescent tiled feature walls dance with light as the sun goes down and a seating area of comfortable sofas encourages mingling with other guests during happy hour. Guests at Travaasa have the opportunity to indulge without guilt. Chef Ben Baker (yep, that’s his real name) has created an everchanging menu of decadence but has kept in mind, always, the likelihood that his guests are going to be interested in healthconscious choices. “I love that, as a culture, we are getting away from heavy, traditional foods,” he shares. Possibly one of the most interesting things about Ben’s kitchen is his possession of a 167-year-old sourdough starter. He and his staff use it to make everything from the crostini under his eggplant bruschetta to the too-good-to-pass-up scones that come as an “appetizer” before breakfast.

Lighting fixtures made from 3form hang in the vaulted ceiling above Jean’s Kitchen. Below, Chef Ben’s Polenta French Toast



The Live Oak Center features meeting rooms of various sizes, each of them warm and inviting with fireplaces and original art. In the main hall, a mosaic created by a local artist adorns the center of the floor.


In the spa, fountains made of pre-cast concrete compliment the Venetian Plaster hues of green and blues

As guests enter the spa, they are greeted warmly,—usually by Frankie whose smile makes everyone feel instantly at home in the grand space. Dramatic pops of color make appearances in select niches and the peaceful space is defined by corridors that lead to picturesque views. Courtyards, landscape and big Texas sky are seen through the generously proportioned windows. At first glance, spa services are what one might expect—massages, facials and the like. But Travaasa adds an interesting twist with themes like “The Rose” massage. Janis Joplin croons as the guest is anointed with rose tallow oil (which is more energetic and awakening than standard rose oil). After the massage, guests are presented with a bowl of papier-mâché hearts, made by a local artist, and invited to select a parting gift. a 113

At the end of a long corridor a casual seating arrangement of rocking chairs surrounds an antique carved table .



hy did the chicken cross the road? To admire the coop on the other side, of course!

Just as with people, the homes of our furry, finned and feathered friends are chosen for specific reasons. Alongside form and function, a well-loved abode must have the characteristics suited to individual personalities. And if you’re a chicken-— intelligent, organized and incredibly sweet when cuddled—you have a lot of personality, and a lot of must-haves for a happy home! After getting our hands on a third-edition printing of Minnie Rose Lovgreen’s Recipe For Raising Chickens—dedicated to raising and homing these marvelous creatures— we were inspired to visit some creative, present-day coop-builders and inquire about the brains behind the brood. Our first stop on our Tour-de-Coop takes us to Holland where Frederik Roije has created the ultimate “Breed Retreat”. Built from fused and stacked pieces of clean material, the various levels of height simulate the natural pecking order that takes place inside. Solar panels on the roof provide interior lighting that keeps these happy birds laying, even during the winter! And what does the design team have to say about their modern coopentry? They wish that parks in big cities, such as Vondelpark in Amsterdam, and Central Park in NYC, would have Breed Retreats available for city chickens—the ultimate urban upload!

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Photography by Emit Singh

Onward to Portland, Oregon where we talk chicken with John Wright of Modern Coops. Being an architect, John delved into the world of coop construction through a rather natural process. His wife brought home some chickens...check. He had some designs that just wouldn’t work for humans...check. Combine the two and what do you get? Modern Coops—smart, efficient, and attractive. The structure has multiple, well-placed doors and

windows and can even include a garden-top roof! Added bonus? The entire coop is mobile, meaning that there is always new ground for fresh scratching, pecking and bathing (in the dust, of course). John adds that “lots of space and plenty of worms” will fetch you the prettiest, protein-packed eggs.

Over in Seattle, we visited Kippen House to talk with Traci about her creative coops. She first discovered her knack for designing such structures through a situational progression. When the economy turned, Traci and her brood started doing things a bit differently. This included such things as coupon-cutting, walking instead of driving, focusing on the garden and....chickens! An architect by trade, Traci wasn’t going to have just any ‘ole coop

in her yard—the design had to be up to snuff and chicken-approved. Traci’s coops have 10” deep garden beds for roofs which means that these buildings are entirely devoted to fostering the natural organisms within. Wanting to keep it simple, clean and functional, Traci has a coop-building style all her own. 119


Out in Santa Barbara, California, we spoke with Sydney Baumgartner about designing coops that are intrinsically linked to the property on which they are built. Sydney, who practices landscape architecture, has been raising chickens for 20 years—after having learned from a former neighbor who she refers to as the “Chicken Fairy.” Her current coop, which houses 10-15 chickens, is made from reclaimed lumber and includes sandstone walls. The nesting boxes are constructed from old, plastic milk crates lined with newspaper.

Pine shavings provide a nice floor cover for the cluckers and when it’s time to change the bedding, the shavings (along with chicken waste) become an integral part of the tea composting system that Sydney employs. She also works with other folks to design, set-up and manage their own coopmunities. And she enjoys sending poultry magazines as Christmas presents!

Last but certainly not least, we spoke with Bonnie Manion, who has taken a onceforsaken children’s playhouse and converted it into a darling chickenry! After uncovering the old, weathered structure in her backyard, Bonnie realized that with some renovation it would make the perfect poultry palace. Knowing that chickens need a safe haven, she got to work adding a front door (with lock), covering the windows with wire mesh and installing shudders that can be opened for daylight and closed when the sun goes down. She also planted colorful flowers and vines along the perimeter to give the coop

even more livelihood. Deemed “Coop de Manion” and filled with happy chickens, it has officially become the nicest house (for clucking residents) on the block! In return, Bonnie receives bounties of fresh eggs from her entertaining tenants. Ready for your own backyard coop, complete with feathered friends? Just start pecking around in your own community and you’ll surely find all of the resources you need for the manifestation of your own coop & co.! a


standard visits WE TREK OUT TO GARRISON BROTHERS DISTILLERY IN HYE, TEXAS WITH SIX OF OUR FAVORITE FELLOWS TO LEARN ABOUT THE FINE ART OF BOURBON MAKING. Turning up the long drive to Garrison Brothers Distillery, we immediately feel that we’re miles away from civilization—though, in reality, we’re only an hour outside of Austin. Here, bourbon is a way of life; fine ingredients come from the surrounding farmland and the handcrafted buildings are made from local cedar. Only a few years old, Garrison Brothers (the first certified organic bourbon distillery in the country) is already taking on Kentucky’s big guns. To qualify as straight bourbon, the precious liquid must rest in barrels for two full years. In an experiment of taste, however,

owner Dan Garrison released the “Young Gun,” a one-year-old bourbon. Surprising everyone (including Kentucky), it sold out in 24 hours. The 2,000 bottles never even hit the shelves. What makes it so special? It’s strong but sweet, with hints of cinnamon, almond and black cherry. It’s a true taste of Texas! Joining us on a private tour of the distillery are the best of the best in Austin’s building industry. These six gentlemen give new meaning to the term “raising the bar”. To thank them, we’re treating them to an evening tasting tour. Sit back, enjoy a taste of bourbon and get to know these fine gents.

Adam wears the Native V-Neck Tee by Vuori

Tracen wears the String Theory Tee by Vuori

Evan wears the Paladin shirt by Vuori

Jesse wears the Patagonia Buckshot Flannel over an Alchemy Design Tee.

Wayne wears the Patagonia Wildwash Shirt.

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Left to right... Shiftbuild’s owner, Jesse Hartman is a maverick reclamation master who captures discarded materials and turns them into beautiful designs–whether it be a complete structure or a furniture piece. “Anarchitecture” is their appropriately coined word for Shiftbuild’s unique approach to design.

Evan Loomis is co-founder of Tree House, a new breed of home-improvement store where consumers can learn ways to improve the efficiency, health and sustainability of their homes. This major supply store is set to open its doors in October 2011.

Brian Beadle is a principal of Land Interactive, specializing in landscape architecture with an emphasis on creating a seamless design between each project and the environment.

Owner of Reclaimed Space, Tracen Gardner, and his team have been building rustic and modern homes for several years. Each structure is delivered complete to your door and fully capable for off-grid living. The materials are

never the same and capture an individualized history for each dwelling. Adam Lucas, owner of A. R. Lucas Construction, is the modern day version of the classic renaissance manâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;involved in every aspect of his boutique build firm. He and his multi-talented crew believe client satisfaction is key to the success of any project and continuously pay extra attention to details and fine craftsmanship.

Wayne Jeansonne is the owner of Solluna Builders. This true Texan gentleman has been in the game for quite some time and has a wealth of knowledge to share. From custom homes to remodels of any size, Solluna Builders has been on the forefront of new concepts and materials for almost a decade.


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All in the details... At Garrison Brothers, every effort has been made to bring out the beauty in all elementsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from the barrels themselves, to the equipment


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Bourbon making is onepart art and one-part science (as the surgeonlike tools suggest).

The gents take a step-by-step tour learning about the fine craft of bourbon-making at Garrison, where everything is made by hand.


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Evan (L) and Adam (C) wear the Riding Jacket and Tracen (R) wears the Populus Blazer. All jackets by Nau.

A gift to Hospitality Manager Stephanie Whitworth (to help her cart around visitors touring the property), is now more of a tribute than a tool.

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Our friends at Garrison Brothers treat us to a special tasting of their one and two-year-old bourbons as the sun sets over hill country.



outfittingthe perfect bar

(it’s easier than you think) Gustavo Olivieri Antiques

JAMES SAAVEDRA My great-grandmother had a tarnished silver tray that was home to her sparkling crystal decanter filled with “special water”. Though I was never allowed to sample this refreshment, I was often called upon to fetch her a glass or two... that was all right with me because her water smelled awfully strange. This all made perfect sense when I later learned that I was presenting my dear grandma-ma with straight, drugstore vodka—the sort everyone says will grow hair on your chest.

home and mix up the perfect martini (extra dirty please) or pour a great scotch on the rocks, I tip my glass to the fabulous old broad. Keeping a home bar isn’t even mildly difficult. From a generous rattan tray, to a vintage steamer trunk (or even that tiny cubby your realtor pointed to and cooed- “look at this fabulous linen closet”). With a multitude of options, you’ll be raising your glass and knocking back a stiff one in a New York minute.

This was my introduction to the importance of In the spirit of, well, spirits, here is my take on what makes the perfect bar. Salute! having a home bar. Now, every time I come


Cheeky Chic Vintage


the bar I think the best bars are straight forward and, of course, utterly chic. The Lexington Cabinet that I designed for JAK is perfectly proportioned, exudes sex appeal and drama. Crafted from walnut, it is pretty enough from every angle to even float in a room. With an interior that accommodates a mini fridge, full size bottles and drawers for storage, it’s a winner. coasters Every bar needs a little punch and variety. These wool felt coasters from Teroforma are classic in color but not in form. Inspired by the foliage in Berlin’s famous Tiergarten, each point represents a different species of tree. glassware Your glassware should feel great in your hands and be handsome as well. These vintage ombre glasses from Cheeky Chic are just that. (Something tells me they may have seen a few Martini Lunches!)

Linea Carta

Cocktail Napkins I praise napkins in all their sizes and think everyone needs at least one drawer filled with a napkin for every occasion—in linen and pressed, of course. I love these foxes from Linea Carta. whiskey stones If the name and packaging don’t get you, the story of the craftsmen who make Whiskey Disks will (so go check out their website already!). Besides, these are much more chic than those silly plastic cubes! ice bucket Don’t ever put forth ice in a plastic bowl—period. Shiny brass meets uber sexy and simple from Gustavo Olivieri. This would be perfect beside a tray, on a cart —hell, anywhere!



a design affair

designer Ames Ingham tells us all the steamy details Ames Ingham peers inside â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Originalâ&#x20AC;?

Farrow and Ball color: Down Pipe

Lotus Sconce by Ames Ingham

We adore Ames Ingham for her interiors—and her collection of lighting fixtures—that always strike just the right balance between classic and whimsical. Wanna know what Ames adores? So do we... color obsession? Right now I am really into Farrow & Ball’s “Down Pipe”. It is a really dark grey that is just so luscious and dramatic.  ultimate treasure?  A classic 60s convertible Aston Martin.    always seeking...  Cool lighting. ideal time period to live in? London in the 60s would have been a blast. I love the eccentric style of David Hicks but it is a toss up because I also would love to sink my head into a Parisian, silk-infused canopy bed during Louis XVI...but dealing with all of the diseases would have been a drag. inspiring you this very moment? I am on the bandwagon with grey, green and yellow. Using modern furniture mixed with reclaimed wood accents and cement tops on recycled metal bases, like my "Bruno side table". My new client will be seeing these in her new living room. first serious piece of furniture you purchased just for you? A 1970s Boris Tabakoff smoked glass and chrome round pedestal table.

Aston Martin rendering by Mallory Hamel


wear the room

a little bit costumed

Shiftbuild Design

katherine brown Sometimes a little spook can really get the blood moving in your veins! This room by Shiftbuild inspired me with the complexity of the details within the pheasantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feathers. Why not make those details translate into something chic for the Halloween holiday? Class it up with an earth toned dress and top it off with glass accessories inspired by this amazing bottle mosaic wall.

THE TRANSFORMATION INTO WEARABLE STYLE Short Sleeved Wrap Dress by Edun from Juno and Jove Stunning Pheasant Feather Cocktail Hat from Designs by Annalisa Bangles in Sage by Smart Glass Jewelry



a blissful, flap-freeshower

ALEXANDRA ROBBINS Up until last week, if you had asked me what was the most annoying item in my home, I would have answered, “The shower curtain”. A shower to me connotes relaxation, a brief luxurious respite that both calms and recharges—but not our shower. An extralong bathtub and an extra-high curtain rod left us very few options in the non-toxic, non-PVC shower curtain category. For years, I’ve made do with two average-size PEVA curtains, which were decent but a terrible fit. I hated those curtains. The minute I turned on the water, they would flip upward, curling at my legs relentlessly. They billowed at me, flapping, tripping and poking until, neither calm nor relaxed, I conceded defeat. For years I put up with them because I’d rather be whapped repeatedly by a non-toxic curtain than take peaceful showers with a toxic one. For most people, fabric shower curtains would be a good option, however those materials require regular washing to prevent mildew, and, who am I kidding, regular shower curtain washing would not happen in my home. Those interlocking shower hooks were difficult enough to get on the first time. Last week, my savior came in the most unlikely of places: Target.

It turns out that Target sells curtains made of 100% EVA. They are chlorine-free, BPA-free, PVC-free and as I learned when I opened the package, also free of that new-curtain smell. The interDesign curtain is waterproof and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. I found the “Clear/Frost,” transparent enough to let light in, but not so much to expose my exquisite shampoo stylings. Best of all, it’s extra-long, guaranteeing me showers that will be blissfully flap-free. Found! Alexandra’s Standard: interDesign Hitchcock Shower Curtain at

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event on the town Our second Tastemaker Dinner—with twenty amazing individuals from Kansas City— was an intimate, after hours feté at Urban Dwellings Design, co-hosted by designer David Jimenez. We shared bubbly, cider and dinner...the Tastemakers shared industry secrets (check in on our Photo Journal, online, to see what they told us)!

Jaclyn Joslin and David Jimenez

Ingrid Sidie and Ryan Gale

Dan Nilson and Luis Taveras

Jaclyn Joslin introduces Standard's Editorial Director Kelly LaPlante to the guests

Jaclyn Joslin, Jesse Artigue and Amanda Steiner

Patricia Shakelford with Merrily Jackson and Amy Jo Cosgrove


darling & daring

Christopher Filley tries to play coy with us at his antique shop in Kansas City.

Standard Issue 7, Fall Harvest 2011  

Celebrating our first birthday, the Standard team brings you the best of Kansas City, a charming Benedict Canyon home, our favorite restaura...