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Monday, February 15, 2010

Your thoughts please

Diamond Baratta Design.

32 comments:

my favorite and my best said...

someone is clearly channeling their inner wearstler. i think it sucks.
but if your dream is to live in a 70's space module then awesome for you!!

sherri said...

I love the white chairs, that carpet and "artwork" and pillows are like three bad trips all rolled into one. Happy Monday to ya.

Chic Modern Vintage said...

The whole look together is a little too 70s for me, but I take the artwork for sure. Ok and the chairs.

Turner Pack Rats said...

i love it being a charter member of AAH - Association of Aging Hippies.(also what you say after a drag on a joint). lose the little tables tho - anything i put on them would just slide off. needs a couple of peter max prints to be complete.

nkp said...

You know, I've gone back and forth with their work over the years. Sometimes it's totally amazing and others times is totally wackadoo. I think this one is leaning towards the wacky, but I still appreciate the quality of the details and craftsmanship. They often choose a color palette and then continue it throughout the home and I think that is what puts me off. It's just too done, too perfect, too orchestrated and thought out. I mean to design every last fiber and textile in the house, wow! All that said, some of these pieces are really beautiful and taken out of context (as in donated to me) they would be awesome.

So, long thought short, impeccable workmanship, but I wouldn't want to live there. However, I'd love to be first in line at the estate sale.

ticklishfromadistance said...

Love the white chairs, like the rug. A bit overstimulating. Seems so worked. Not a big winner for me.

Sol Kawage said...

I think that rainbow on the wall is hideous. THe rest is nice, though the pillows clash with the rug.

Awesome Sara said...

no. i feel like austin powers is in the next room giggling into his cookie dough ice cream.

C.J. said...

perhaps it was the LSD...

susieq said...

At least Diamond Baratta has moved away from the Colonial-on-LSD design work! I'm with nkp and I'll stand right behind her in line at the estate sale. Hey -- I love the painting. Isn't it a Stella? I think it's fabulous.

boops said...

too much geometry!!!

The Down East Dilettante said...

LOL, too self consciously ironic, I say....I like Diamond Baretta often, but you can only push the joke so far...

Yet, the room shows real eye...

erin@designcrisis said...

I don't like the pillows, but the rest can come live with me (along with some books, textiles, brass, lamps, more STUFF). I don't know if that is a Stella painting or a knockoff, but me likey.

Raina Cox said...

Turner Pack Rats, C.J., and Boops - Hello to you and welcome to this deliciousness!

NKP - Agree completely with your assessment of Diamond Baratta's work. Their vision is so all-encompassing, I rarely see the homeowner's personality.

Susie and Erin - If you can afford to have Dimaond Baratta do your house, it's a real Stella.

Jamie said...

I saw Mr. Diamond and Mr. Baratta speak last year and they are inspired designers however I feel that most all of their design feels contrived. They custom design everything from the rugs to the fabric, so nothing comes together organically. The art reminds me of something from an airport in the 70s, not sure that is a bad thing though.

griffo68 said...

It's Art Deco on acid!!!

david john said...

frank stela yes. but dont make it compete with the floor and the pillows please.

karly / design-crisis.com said...

I'm with erin on all points

drollgirl said...

laughable!

and i don't know if that is a real stella or a fake stella, but either way I HATE IT. i almost always hate stella. like 99.9% of the time.

Jodi said...

I'm getting dizzy...which is not good.

Julia said...

Looks like kindergarten!

Robin said...

Stick it in the old Saarinen-designed TWA terminal at JFK and maybe it could work....

Although I can't help wondering if the designers were punished as children for coloring outside the lines.

Raina Cox said...

Jodi and Julia - Hello to you both and welcome to this deliciousness!

Ciska said...

I like the blue & white color scheme but with the artwork its too much and hurts my head :(

Design Junkie said...

As usual, I like their work so much better in theory than in practice.

Marija said...

Okay, I'm not kidding, I did a diorama that looked a lot like this in grade school ...

animal print gal said...

I would be very uncomfortable in this room!Too linear and unreal.

Dandy said...

When they do truly traditional work, it is fabulous. Mr. B is a wonderful interior architect and Mr. D truly does have an eye for interior decoration that comes to the fore when the client demands subtlety. I interviewed with them and I have seen them speak. They are nice men, with a huge staff and they appreciate creative input from staff. And yet they seem to be forever stuck on these shades of blue. They are in project after project, year after year. It's a bit much. So many of their designs could be saved by eliminating their over scale and wild carpet designs. In their favor, I would agree that the workmanship is impeccable and they do more custom design than just about any other residential designer. You usually only see their level of custom design in hospitality, where the quantity ordered makes the manufacture financially feasible, so, yes, their clients are very wealthy and willing to spend the money. For me their designs run the gamut from the ridiculous to the sublime.

Raina Cox said...

Dandy - Hello and welcome! Thanks so much for your thoughtful input.

hmstrjam said...

looks like a landing pattern for Peter Max in Swazi land

Sandy K (Aus) said...

I actually like it. Don't know why, just do. I would prefer it with different art work though, but overall I don't mind it.

Mark Lewis said...

They put soooo much work into getting things so terribly wrong. Proving once again that attention to detail won't necessarily get you an attractive room.