Luxury in Contemporary Design

Thoughtful and provoking contemporary design of luxurious private residences in California has been made to look easy by John Finton of Finton Construction. Recently, Brizo sent to me John Finton’s book “California Luxury Living, A Private Tour”  to review.  Without exception, I found it an easy book to summarize as it overflowed cover to cover with drool worthy photography of a selection of the builder’s outstanding residential designs in California. Lucky California!

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John Finton and Finton Construction’s work has been featured in multiple publications, platforms and has received numerous accolades. However, from a designer’s standpoint, the most important accolade(s) that an Interior Designer or Builder can receive are those of his or her client(s) which is quite evident here.  The well written yet brief introductions/chapters give the reader a clear sense of what each project entailed. The construction of these magnificent homes is truly inspirational and worthy of your attention.

What really stood out to me as I perused the colorful pages of this beautiful book, was the remarkable talent displayed in the execution of the full gamut of design/build. From the ultra contemporary to a modernist French Provincial to a beach home and even some historic renovation, the variety is definitely there.  This confirms that talented designers and builders can design and build well, regardless of the style, successfully. It takes vision.

Embedded below is John Finton’s self narrated YouTube video.  Opening shots will help you grasp the enormity of the design/build projects this company takes on.

One thing is for sure, you will have difficulty finding the page numbers listed in the Table of Contents due to the extraordinarily high number of full page photographs. To sum it up in a word, LUXURY. I recommend this book for every avid design lover.

This post sponsored in part by Brizo. The views and opinions expressed here are totally those of Chatti Patti Talks Design.
 
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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Brizo; A Class Act

Invited to Memphis, Tennessee this July by Brizo (division of Delta Faucet Company) as a member of their very distinguished Blogger19  program (September 2011), 86 Interior Designers and Design Bloggers were treated to a VIP tour of the impressive campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Target House.  Being a guest of Brizo accompanied by an opportunity to learn about their new partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was definitely a highlight of my 2013 summer. Brizo donates faucets as well as kitchen and bath accessories for the St. Jude Dream Home Give Away which allows thousands of people a chance to win a new home! Browse some photos of The Blogger19 event at the hospital .

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Our Sponsor of the Event!

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital founded by Danny Thomas is managed by ALSAC – American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities.

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Click on the link for additional information on the amazing Cancer Survival Rates at St. JudeChildren’s Hospital.

Bust of Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Bust of Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Learn more about the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital here.

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A plethora of international flags hang proudly in an Atrium at St. Jude’s representing the countries that their patients come from for treatments. Takes your breath away.

A special day at St. Jude's was planned for the Brizo Group. Special activities were scheduled for the bloggers to interact with the young patients.

A special day at St. Jude’s, Design & Decorate, was planned for the Brizo Blogger19 Group. Special activities were scheduled for the bloggers to interact with the young patients! Sorry, no photos of the patients or their families were allowed for privacy reasons.

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A “Candy-Land” themed play-yard outside the Target House where families of the cancer patients live for free while their child is being treated.

Target themed quilts hang on the hall corridor walls in the Target House.

Target: A St. Jude partner

“Target joined in our fight against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases in 1999 with the opening of Target House. An innovative approach, Target House gives St. Jude patients and their families a warm home-away-from-home during long-term treatment. Target House provides a magnificent community of fully-equipped, two-bedroom apartments in a beautiful setting just minutes from St. Jude. Funded by Target and its vendor and celebrity partner contributors, this unique facility is free-of-charge and enhances the quality of life for St. Jude patients, providing a haven where the St. Jude children and their families derive compassion, comfort and strength. Since its opening, Target House has hosted more than 1,337 families from 42 states and 36 countries, touching children all around the world.”

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Various and plentiful gathering rooms are spread throughout the Target House to appeal to a range of ages and activities.
Comfort for the families during the duration of their stay is a high priority at St. Jude. Apartments fit for a family of four are provided for families of patients free of charge during the entire protocol which can be a few months up to several years.  Families NEVER receive a bill. Never. This is made possible by generous donations and benefactors.
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This particular music room allows patients and families to enjoy creating music in a special room created and sponsored by Amy Grant. many of the specialty rooms have been decorated and sponsored by celebrities as a way to ‘give back’.

Tiger Woods sponsored a decorated living area to relax and visit with friends and family.

Tiger Woods sponsored a decorated living area to relax and visit with friends and family.

Art work by celebrities also find their home in the Target House. This particular one by Ray Romano.

Art work by celebrities also find their home in the Target House. This particular one by Ray Romano.

Artwork by the children living in the Target House also adorn the walls in multiple hallways.

Artwork by the children living in the Target House also adorn the walls in multiple hallways.

This piece depicted what every patient receives when he or she enters the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In a word, Hope.

This piece depicted what every patient receives when he or she enters the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In a word, Hope.

Sincere thanks to Brizo for sponsoring this trip to Memphis.  In addition to the tour of the hospital, the Blogger19 group also received an in-depth tour of the Delta Faucet Factory nearby where we were introduced to the process of creating a beautiful Brizo faucet and I’ll share that with you in my next Brizo post. Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design!

A Tasty Partnership- Brizo in the Kitchen!

You’ve heard of Brizo, right? The Über  technologically progressive and cutting edge of  faucet design company that partners with famed Fashion Designer Jason Wu? Well, Brizo is at it again and this time teaming up in the kitchen with Bon Appetit. I’m excited to share an exclusive video with you (soon to be released to public) featuring  Boston based Chef, Jamie Bissonnette, a former FoodNetwork ‘Chopped!’ contestant and winner! As the chef behind Boston-based restaurants Toro and Copp, Jamie approaches cooking in a similar fashion that the  Brizo industrial design team approaches faucet design. In this short video you will see  Brizo’s lead industrial designer Seth Fritz, (who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in real life) discussing form and function with Chef Jamie.

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design – stay tuned lots of fun to come!