Friday, January 28, 2011

Dean Yoder; A Modern Design

In Tribeca, New York City, Dean Yoder was commissioned to decorate an apartment overlooking the Hudson River and showcase a collection of  an artist's photo montage as well as figural sculpture. A gallery shelf and lighting hung from custom back-lit Anagre panels on the ceiling make what was once a sterile hall into an exciting exhibition space. Chemically treated copper panels are clad to walls and doors at the end of the hall to create interest and dimension.

A low slung custom designed bed by Dean was specified to make morning wake-ups accessible to twin toddlers.  The parents love to play with their children in the morning.  Dean designed a wall treatment behind the bed, made from woven blocks of mahogany and down-lit them to accentuate shadows, making it a sculpture all unto itself.  Period Noguchi lanterns were hung as a collection in the room to add interest and surprise.  The Japanese kneeling bench around the bed makes comfortable meditation and perches for children possible.  Upholstered in orange leather, they are kid-friendly and practical.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Dean Yoder and Jonathan Grimm Make a Dream Come True

Dean had always wanted a room like the ones he had created for so many of his clients. He coveted Louis XV period furnishing and lighting as well as comfortable soft upholstery. With Jonathan's help and a concerted team effort, the two made the dream come true.  (Sofa pillow fabric by Lee Jofa, two ottomans fabric by Old World Weavers, rug by Stark Carpet)

Boserie, Butterfly Roman shades,and  a period, signed, Louis XVI writing desk go a long way in making the room, a 30 year dream, come to life.
A signed Roybet, graces the Louis XV Rococo marble mantle. Louis XV gilt chenets have watched guard over the many holiday season fires shared with friends. (Balmer Architectural Plaster mouldings were used on ceiling and wall ornamentation.)

A signed painting by Jaquin with pastoral sheep adds quiet to the voluptuous Louis XV gilt ormolu mounted commode circa 1870's, in the manner of Charles Cressant.  The original resides in the Wallace Collection, London, England. 

Dean, after playing the piano for some 30 years, purchased his dream piano, a concert grand Steinway C. The gilt and porcelain lamp came from the estate of the founders of General Motors Corporation in Detroit Michigan, Dean's home state. The Louis XV "x" bench was a gift from Jonathan's family estate and was reupholstered in Scalamandre fabric as a birthday present to Jonathan.

Dean and Jonathan's Gardens (part 2)

These are the new gardens that are about two and a half years old, which makes it a very young garden. Red Darwin Tulips greet spring visitors. The red was selected to complement the roof of the Gold Coast home Dean and Jonathan are creating together.

Dean Yoder is out in the garden before church services taking in the Red Darwin tulip display he planted the previous fall.

 After the tulips have receded, Iris and Sweet William start to give their annual show.

Gardens can be complete in a single pot, Sedum Glaucophylum and Irish Moss create interest and beauty on the patio.

The mixed perennial border gives the green Kentucky Blue Grass lawn ornamentation like good jewelry with a beautiful dress. Japanese Poppies, Creeping Jenny, German Iris and Knock Out Roses create a riot of color.

The great lawn is a favorite place for friend to collect to sip cold drinks and take naps in the vintage Salterini chaise lounges which date from the 1930s.

The Asian garden is entered by crossing a Chinese bridge illuminated by a candle lite pagoda.  Crushed Bluestone,  with the help of metal landscape edging, create the wandering path to the Chicken-coop Pagoda House.

The Chinese Pagoda was built by both Dean Yoder and Jonathan Grimm and  is the home to their five laying hens. "Chicken coops should all be of Chinese influence," says Dean. "Chicken are originally of Chinese linage and were introduced to the rest of the world hundred if not thousands of years ago." The moon gate door splits in two and becomes a dutch door allowing visitors to observe the "ladies" while keeping them safely penned.

Dean and Jonathan's Gardens (Part 1)

 The proud owners Dean (left) and Jonathan (right) in front of their 1941 Cape Cod revival in Long Island, New York.  Selecting Columbine with red petals and pink throats was taken into account to accentuate the burgundy trim on shutters and doors.

To lead the eye to the point of entry, the lawn and beds are strategically placed.  A combination of Pacific Blue Hostas and red Columbine make a beautiful combination.

 Verigated Hosta and tropical plants such as the Sabre Ficus are moved from the greenhouse in early Summer to add interest amongst the perennial plantings.  A Colonial lantern and fishermans' bait basket used as a mailbox are whimsical notes that add interest to the Colonial architecture.

 A Porte Cachere was added to the side of the house to add balance and connect the gardens and architecture.  New Dawn Roses were planted to soften the trellis and a terra-cotta sculpture was placed in the perennial border as a focal point from the side of the house.

Old-fashioned Purple-Bearded Iris are dug up and replanted each Fall with the anticipation of their beautiful blooms in Spring.  A purple ornamental Plum was planted at the far end of this garden to give interest amongst all the green foliage.
Roseum Elegans Rhododendron is the star in this quiet corner of the garden, punctuated with Japanese Painted Fern and Jack-In-The-Pulpit.

Classical Orangerie Boxes were built in our workshop and placed in the borders to accomodate climbing plantings.  Sterile Purple Loosestrife (Robert) crowds the back corner as Arborvites tower overhead.

 A pair of early-19th Century French ornamental gates frame the entry to the back lawn while Arborvite act as structural columns in the distant background.

A large terracotta Fu Dog stands under Golden Shower Hybrid Tea Roses and the combination of giant purple Allium are pleasing to the eye.

Pets are always welcome in the garden.  Max takes a nap.

Gert turned out to be a male Silver Spangled Hamburg Rooster after all.
Nestled in to the perennial border is where our chicken coop was sited.  It's a magnet for interest of all kinds.  Children and adults both love chickens.

A mature specimen of Roseum Elegans Rhododendron in the foreground frames the combination garage and greenhouse located at the back of the property.
The greenhouse utilizes the garage and a back wall as a heat sink to maintain temperature in the cold winter months.

Phalaenopsis, Burro's Tail and Kangaroo Paw Fern bring Summer into the garden during the cold Winter months inside the greenhouse.  Songbirds also bring Spring into the bleak cold season.

Early June



Potted fibrous Begonia accentuate the burgundy trim of the house.

A Victorian urn fountain creates another focal point from the house.

Dean's old Jag.