The Big Cold

Before I started BurningSettlersCabin, Bill Drenttel asked me if I would do an article for Design Observer on refrigerators. Bill specifically wanted to see designer’s refrigerators. So I sent notes to a bunch of friends and asked them to send me images of their refrigerators. Immediately, Marian Bantjes sent me her photos. Thank you Marian. Then, nothing. I asked again, and everyone said, “no problem.” But nothing ever arrived. It seemed that I had asked for something too private to share. I have no idea what others keep in the fridge that is so shocking. We found a stack of frozen Big Macs in my dad’s refrigerator. Maybe famous designers are doing the same, but can’t reveal that.

I love my refrigerator, and have no issue showing it. It’s a Sub Zero Pro 48. When I have guests, they invariably ask, “Sean, just how do you keep your refrigerator so neat?” The secret is plastic bins. Keep all the mustards in one, and all the miscellaneous condiments in the others. Anything oddly shaped is kept separate. I worry that my refrigerator is too big, but we have 7/8 sized refrigerator at work, so it evens out. My advice to everyone is not to use plastic bins in the fridge (although you should), but to look into every designer’s fridge when you visit. Just what is so shocking and terrible that everyone runs when asked?

Wallpaper Your World

Sailing Wallpaper A few months ago, I decided I needed some nautical wallpaper for one of my bathrooms. I couldn’t find any that fit the bill and had some semblance of being eco-friendly. So, we decided to make our own. Now we're in the process of designing and researching manufacturing. Once I finished designing the bathroom wallpaper, I moved on to the kitchen and living room options. There is a scene from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever that I’ve considered as we designed these. Barbra Streisand has nightgowns that match her sheets, and wall-paper, which matches the sheets. It’s all very matchy. But I’ve always wondered, does she have multiples of the nightgown in the sheet or wallpaper patterns? Does she ever wash it? What if she needs a new one and can’t find a match? Hopefully when we actually make this, we won't make matching pajamas and nightgowns.

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Pots and Pans Wallpaper

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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever