Author: Stef Schwalb

Getting Younger

GREAT LIGHTING IS THE SECRET BEHIND BELIEVABLY MAKING A 40-YEAR-OLD TV CHARACTER APPEAR HALF HER AGE. WRITER STEF SCHWALB FINDS OUT HOW THEY DO IT. On the hit TV Land show Younger, looking youthful plays a critical role. Not only does Liza, the 40-something heroine played by award-winning actress Sutton Foster, have to lie about her age in order to get a job in publishing (after a divorce from her gambling-addict husband leaves her in financial ruin), but she also has to convince everyone she meets that she’s really in her 20s (like her coworkers) and up to speed...

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Opposites Attract

DEVELOPING MODERN AESTHETICS FOR A LEADING TECH COMPANY’S OFFICES IN MANHATTAN WAS MADE MORE CHALLENGING BY THE 87-YEAR-OLD HISTORIC BUILDING’S ARCHITECTURE. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC LAIGNEL Creating a workspace for one of the most renowned technology companies in the world in one of the most famous landmarks in America is no easy feat — especially when that company is LinkedIn and the location is the Empire State Building. IA Interior Architects – a globally recognized design firm with offices that include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C., as well...

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Adding Flavor

ILLUMINATED HIMALAYAN SALT BRICKS ARE ONE OF THE UNIQUE DECORATIVE ACCENTS FOUND AT SEA SALT IN NASHVILLE. Situated in the center of downtown Music City and historic Printers Alley, Sea Salt Nashville opened last spring in a location once occupied by the Boots (“Yakety Sax”) Randolph supper club. At Sea Salt, the décor’s unusual touches – walls made of real pink sea salt bricks and objects of personal relevance from a family farm – are just as praise-worthy as the cuisine. Sea Salt is the first restaurant hospitality veteran Keith Zust has undertaken on his own, with the assistance...

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The Heat is On

HOUSED IN A RENOVATED HISTORIC FIREHOUSE, BATTALION SHOWCASES LIGHTING AND DÉCOR THAT’S ON FIRE WITH ORIGINALITY. Andrew Goodman and Chef Stefan Bowers are “celebrities” on the San Antonio culinary scene in Texas. The team currently has four restaurant/bar concepts under their belt including Rebelle, Feast, Haunt, and their latest endeavor, Battalion, housed in a renovated historic firehouse dating back to 1924. In addition to the original fire station elements such as the stairwells and fire poles, the revamped space is getting attention for its whimsical lighting and décor. Getting his start as an entrepreneur in furniture design, Goodman’s venues...

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Brain Power

THE NEW YORK CITY OFFICE OF OUTBRAIN BOASTS AN ENERGETIC DESIGN AS FRESH AS THE INTERNET CONTENT IT PROMISES TO DELIVER TO CLIENTS. If your business is entrenched in the evolving realm of digital advertising, having office space that resembles the Mad Men era just won’t cut it. For the company’s 24,000-sq.-ft. location with room for 200 employees, executives at Outbrain hired the interior design firm of JIDK in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood to renovate the space to suit the company’s vibe. I sat down with Thomas Juncher, owner of JIDK, to discuss the project at length. His design team...

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