Open Kitchen, Open Opportunity

by Kendall Herman

In the 1950s, the advent of the open-plan kitchen put women at the very center of suburban home life. It was a time when suburban homeownership was the American Dream, and the media propagated the woman’s role as housewife. In our Nantucket House, the Kitchen opens up not only to the dining area but to the livi... Read More


Cheers: A Collection of Beautiful Bars

by Samantha Herzog

“For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.”  Friedrich NietzscheIn the spirit of National Beer day, I'm offering up a *craft* list of my favorite bars - as much for the richness of their design as for their a... Read More


No Reservations, Hawaiian Style

by John Ike

Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations may have ended a couple years back, but I like to think I continue the legacy, without the camera crew, limitless budget and group of chef friends. We are similarly passionate about our dining: the man had as much gusto for fine restaurants as he did for the best hole-in-the-wall joint.B... Read More


Ike Kligerman Barkley Celebrates Oktoberfest

by Ike Kligerman Barkley

This past weekend the staff of Ike Kligerman Barkley celebrated the annual fall picnic by marking Oktoberfest at the Pilsener Haus Biergarten. Employees came by plane (at least the San Francisco staff), train, boat and bus to mark another year at Ike Kligerman Barkley. There were plenty of familiar faces, a few new babies t... Read More


Lost Paradise

by Ross Padluck

Ross Padluck, Associate at Ike Kligerman Barkley, guest blogs this week. He is the author of Catskill Resorts: Lost Architecture of Paradise.I’ve long been fascinated by the beauty and mystery of abandoned buildings. They’ve become a hobby of mine, and I've photographed and written extensively about them. One place that... Read More


Comfort Food in CA

by John Ike

Work on the West Coast has been bringing me to coastal California. Lately, when flying into the SFO, I find myself skipping a stop in San Francisco and driving right over the Bay Bridge into Oakland, arriving at the door of a soul food mecca just east of the 805. Brown Sugar Kitchen is run by Tanya Holland, a Connectic... Read More


Newton Bar

by John Ike

We’re not talking about the cakey cookie with fig filling, but rather the ultra chic Berlin bar named after Helmut Newton, the Berlin born photographer, whose erotic fetishistic black and white fashion photos for Vogue perfectly embody what you expect from Berlin.Last week, while visiting Berlin for the Leaders of Design ... Read More


Patty's Cakes

by John Ike

As Fall approaches our summer interns will be returning to school.  Patty Cassidy, who's been with us four summers, is incredible.  She'll be a great Interior Designer one day, but one of the talents we'll miss most are her cakes.  They're full of wit, humor and are just plain beautiful! Check them out and re... Read More


Martini Spoken Here

by Thomas A. Kligerman

—or nearly anywhere as far as I’m concerned.  The simplest, noblest and most elegant of cocktails, the martini literally stands above all others—Fred Astaire among dancers.  Allegedly invented in 1911 by Knickerbocker Hotel bartender Martini di Arma di Taggia, the martini has undergone refinement upon refine... Read More


Good Eats

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Boiled peanuts, dark chocolate mousse cake and New England clam chowder are just some of the things you can grab while on a site visit to one of our projects.  A satisfying benefit of working all across the US of A has nothing to do with architecture, but with ways to recharge by taking a few minutes for some great gru... Read More


Workmanlike Kitchens

by Joel Barkley

Next time you watch Rosemary's Baby, note some product placement:   in Mia Farrow's Dakota apartment lurks the same red and orange cookbook that bewitched me and bedeviled my mother, the Life Picture Cookbook (below.)  Mom didn't cook from it, but complained about always stepping over it.  The book never stay... Read More


Jules Wabbes

by John Ike

If you're in SoHo east of Broadway, before you head to Torrisi Italian Specialties at 250 Mulberry to sample their incomparable eggplant parmigiana, check out E.R. Butler Company, the hardware showroom at 55 Prince Street, just east of Lafayette. In addition to their impressive selection of hardware, their windows are curre... Read More