Design Dream Team: Ashe + Leandro
Over the past few years I feel like I have been slowly weaning myself out of the culture of celebrity / Hollywood worship. About two years ago, I gave up reality TV cold turkey (only to rediscover it this summer where yes, I was immediately sucked back in) and I canceled all our weekly magazine subscriptions. I stopped watching all the celebrity news channels and I really made a point not to care about who was having a baby with whom, and such. For some reason I had just had enough and I sort of walked away.
With all this celebrity-free time on my hands, I quickly discovered a replacement and at some point interior designers / and design bloggers became my "celebrities" and I now sort of worship them in the same way that I used to worship <insert beautiful celebrity here>. Instagram has become my reality TV and blogs and websites about blogs have become my main gossip outlet / inspiration source. Fashion and tabloid magazines have morphed into design ones and Pinterest, well Pinterest is just Pinterest.
I'm not here to say one is better than the other, nor am I here to cast any judgement on anyone's hobbies. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I think I just love reading / writing / shooting / dreaming about design so much that now it's become my main (only) outlet, in the same way that reading about celebrities was when I was an attorney. I know I'm not the only one since design is pretty much the topic of a lot of conversations but it's just interesting to see how much one can absorb into their hobby. (aka I will never stop being appreciative for the Internet).
Okay, so what's my point.... If my "world" were Hollywood, and this were the Oscars, then without question the Brad and Angie of my little party would be the duo Ariel Ash and Reinaldo Leandro. They are the team that designed Naomi Watts and Live Schreiber's stunning New York apartment and their other work consists of projects that I'm sure many of you have come across over the years. As far as I'm concerned, they are as A-list as designer / architects can get (and actually look the part). Even though their fame has risen over the years, their designs have managed to keep the same fresh feel which isn't always the case. Often, as designers get "hot" they tend to throw all the bells and whistles into their designs to make their work seem groundbreaking, but these two have retained the same perfectly edited style and I can only hope we see more from them in the coming years.
Here are a few of my favorite images from their portfolio. Their work is bold, clean, well thought out, and edited. I find some designers do "minimal" well" or "West Coast" or "Traditional" and these two seem to be able to combine all three perfectly and the end result looks so effortless, I really am in total awe of their talent.
Their feed on Instagram is as beautiful as their designs. If you haven't been following them, you absolutely should check them out! Xx