Home & Garden

MILIEU Summer 2018

In MILIEU, every story captures the look and feel, the mood and character, the style of a place - its milieu. The milieu that defines a great house or garden, the unique character of a design professional, the message conveyed in a thoughtful essay about home life, the creative strategies for accomplishing the look you want for your home - these are the elements of our magazine.

United States
Pierce Publishing
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s say

WHEN WE STARTED OUT as a small team at MILIEU five years ago, we recognized something we wanted to achieve: to create a new magazine that honored and introduced top design talent. With every issue, we continue to grow, with more readers and a wider reach around the world. We delight in discovering, interviewing and highlighting interior and landscape designers, architects, artisans, visual artists, furniture makers, and other personalities who excite us. And along the way, we learn their meaning of success and achievement. While interviewing the legendary Mario Buatta, he told us that he knew he wanted to be an interior decorator (as he prefers to call himself) from the time he was a boy growing up on Staten Island. Mona Caron, a San Francisco–based muralist, responds so strongly to…

2 min.
featured designers

Oro del Negro and Manuel Villanueva Oro del Negro and Manuel Villanueva are the founders of Moredesign, a Mallorca, Spain–based firm whose mission is to foster what the designers refer to as “Mediterranean Architecture”. Their projects reflect a fusion of contemporary design with traditional, vernacular practices and construction methods. Despite maintaining a focus on Mallorca, the duo has completed projects in Sicily, Brazil, Mexico, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and elsewhere. Sandra Chancey During her many years in practice as the founder and managing partner of Chancey Interior Design, in Tampa, Sandra has completed a wide variety of project types, including high-end residences, hotels, and commercial spaces. Sandra’s diverse design vocabulary includes an ability to be “fluent” in both traditional and modern. She cites her influences as being her extensive world travels and her…

1 min.
green with envy

1 min.
pattern painter

Caroline Cecil’s textile designs are all new, though they begin with something old. Cecil, who commutes between her studios in Los Angeles and Portland (Oregon), starts her process by taking out her grandmother’s paint brushes, dipping them in vats of black India ink, and painting designs on to paper or a canvas surface. “My grandmother was a professional watercolor artist and she taught me how to paint from a young age,” says Cecil. “I love carrying on the tradition of female artists in our family.” Using a silkscreening process, Cecil’s clean, minimalist designs are then transferred directly on to heritage linens from Belgium and Ireland, during which she assesses her array of subtle, yet graphically vibrant color waves. “I have a deep appreciation for the artisan-made. Our fabrics celebrate the artisan…

1 min.
a new design in life

Otis Weis looked at the world of textiles and saw something that was missing. “I wanted to create a destination, a place for designers and clients to go, where they would find warm, contemporary textiles,” says the young entrepreneur whose namesake company, Otis Textiles, was established less than two years ago in Los Angeles. As a former London-based investment banker, Weis decided to metaphorically weave a new life for himself, as a maker of textiles, a role inspired by his mother, interior designer Kathryn Ireland. “Although my strongest suits might be finance and business, I do think I have an understanding of the designs people want on a more contemporary scale.” The distinguishing attributes of Weis’s line are his muted solid hues, along with subtle stripes and sheers. “I’ve created a color…

1 min.
form & function