Do You Design Extraordinary Homes
(with Beautiful Wood Floors)? Then this newsletter is for you.
Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials.
— Frank Lloyd Wright
Need to Select Hardwood Flooring for
Your Most Demanding Client?
Here are 5 Ideas for the ...
1. Most Expensive
From South and Central America and Mexico, Bocote Darkens gracefully as it ages.
2. Most Hard
Actually, Bamboo really isn't "Wood", but it is Darned Hard at 5,000 Janka...
The hardest "real" wood: Patagonian Rosewood 3,840 Janka
3. Most Colorful
Almost too beautiful: Lovoa trichilioides is now considered "vulnerable" by the IUCN.
4. Most Oldest
Native to New Zealand, these huge logs have been buried in swamps for almost 50,000 years, perfectly preserved by the moist peat.
This one is only 1,200 years old, a mere child in Kauri tree years.
5. Most Hopeful
"Once, their creamy June bloom so festooned the eastern hardwood forests that they looked from afar like a sea with white combers plowing across its surface,” but by the 1950's they were all but lost to a blight; billions reduced to a few dozen pre-blight survivors like these.
Finding this rare wood can be an adventure in itself. For a renovation in the Fabled Dakota Building CNR searched and finally discovered pristine boards of pre-blight American Chestnut in a garage on Long Island. (Stay tuned for photos!)
But now, with the help of the American Chestnut Foundation, scientists are working on the "Restoration Chestnut", a hybrid 15/16ths American and 1/16th blight resistant Chinese Chestnut, which just completed it's first full growing season. A long road ahead.
A final note:
A tree never hits an automobile except in self-defense.
Do You Design Extraordinary Homes (with Wine Cellars)? Then this newsletter is for you.
"Great wine requires
a mad man to grow the vine,
a wise man to watch over it,
a lucid poet to make it,
and a lover to drink it." — Salvador Dali
Whether in the Penthouse...
...or in the Cellar
Good wine needs to be protected.
Here are 7 Ways to Protect and Preserve
That Precious Vintage.
"I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food."
— W.C. Fields
Too hot and your wine is cooked. Too cold isn't healthy either. Keeping your wine about 55°F is optimal; within the acceptable range of 52° to 58°. But be careful to keep the temperature constant. Even a few degrees swing, repeated as the wine ages, can be very damaging.
"His lips drink water, but his heart drinks wine."— e.e. cummings
Keep the relative humidity between 60% and 80%. Less and you'll wind up with dry, cracking corks. More and you may find mildew on your cellar walls and, even more frightening, on the labels.
"Wine is sunlight held together by water." — Galileo
Darkness is wine's friend. UV rays are the enemy that can break down your wine, causing it to age before its time. Avoid direct sunlight. and use incandescent bulbs.
"Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
While that wonderful Italian red may pair brilliantly with your famous Penne Puttanesca, the strong odors of onions and garlic can sneak behind the cork. Use your wine room to store bottles, not bulbs. A sealed ventilation system is best.
"Drink freely the wine life offers you and don't worry how much you spill."
— Marty Rubin
Unlike OO7's favorite cocktail, a fine wine should never be shaken (or stirred). The vibrations in New York are normally too mild to pose a problem, but proximity to large machines like washers or dryers may cause damage to delicate vintages. The swaying of the new "skinny towers" may also have a potential impact. Locating the wine room away from any machinery and padding the racks with molded foam will help neutralize vibrations.
"Always carry a corkscrew
and the wine shall provide itself."
— Basil Bunting
Toddlers, Teens or Tipsy Guests?
Preventing theft, damage, or mishandling is critical with collectible vintages. While a lock is absolutely required there's no need to carry a key anymore. Think about an security system with a coded keypad or biometric scanning.
7. Enjoy Today!
"I shall drink no wine before its time. OK, it's time."
— Groucho Marx
Saving a wine until the perfect moment risks missing the wine's perfect moment. Solution: a convenient Wine Fridge for those wines best drunk young or the perfect vintage for this weekend's celebration. It avoids unnecessary trips to the wine room where the open door can change the controlled atmosphere.
Do You Design Extraordinary Homes With Amazing Art? Then this newsletter is for you.
Architecture appears for the first time when the sunlight hits a wall. The sunlight did not know what it was before it hit a wall.
– Louis Kahn
Here Comes The Sun! With Summer Solstice approaching, it's time to
relish the rejuvenating power of natural sunlight
(think Vitamin D and Happy Smiles).
Great for body and mind,
but not so good for the art hanging on your walls.
But fear not, for we have some ways to help...
Whether an old master, a modern masterpiece, or that precious finger-painting by your now off-to-college offspring, art is valuable and sensitive. One of the most destructive forces to protect against is light, more specifically UV Radiation. Here are
5 Ways to Protect Your Priceless Art
1. Look to the windows
Plain glass significantly blocks UV B and UV C, but NOTUV A. To protect your treasures (including fabrics and floors) use UV Blocking Glass or add UV film* to the windows.
(*UV film coating on windows will age and should be changed every 10 years, especially if protecting museum quality works.)
2. Protect the paper
Oil on canvas is the most resistant to UV. Paper or work incorporating paper is the most sensitive. Always put paper (watercolors, photos, prints, etc.) behind UV blocking glass or plexi.
3. Block out the sun
Filtering shades vary in UV blocking, with the most blockage also bringing the most darkness to the room.
4. Dim the Spotlight
Lower levels of light using incandescent or LED bulbs,
55 lumens or less, generate lower levels of UV radiation.
5. Nothing’s Perfect
UV Blocking does not mean UV Proof. Damage can slowly, imperceptibly build over years from low levels of radiation.
Stay out of the light. You don’t have to hide the masterpieces in a dark cavern, but carefully planned placement avoiding sunlight is still the best way to prevent damage.
Keep it cool! Humidity and temperature controls are not only critical for your wine storage but also for your prized art collection. Heat can ruin a fine painting or rare cabernet.
Speaking of Light, do you remember Roy G. Biv?
It's the mnemonic for Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
That's the original Color Spectrum laid out by Sir Isaac Newton in 1704 and for almost 300 years we heard about good old Roy.
Recently, science kicked poor Indigo to the curb. We're left with R-O-Y-G-B-V and no good mnemonic to memorize.
So, the CNR Team is having a contest for the best New Mnemonic Expression. So far all we've been able to come up with is
"Real Orangutans Yell "Go Baby Villas"!
You can definitely do better. Please send your ideas to Contest. The Winner of a Special Prize will be announced before the Equinox.
See more of these art filled projects on CNR's Portfolio Pages.