"If you, for example, buy a home that's 20 years old, 50 years old, even 10 years old, 5, it typically comes with the standard typologies of kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and so on. That defines how we live, which
to me is a dated logic. So what we're doing is going back to, 'What do I really need?'. I think in New York I need peace, I need quiet, I need calm. I also want education and I need sustenance and food, and when you start balancing these things, that's what brought us to our concept".
Todd continues, "The materiality of this house is also connected to the concept of 'essential'. We wanted to
work with material that's monolithic, but natural and warm and engaging that we really wanted to touch. Thus the wood all around is Douglas fir, which is very rich and very noble and expansive, and at the same time with the Sleek Concrete Caesarstone, we wanted a surface that's real, that felt solid - also in contrast to the warm, softer wood".
"We wanted to make it feel solid and sturdy and considering all the functionality we've planned for this surface, from eating, to telling stories, to playing, to building. Whatever happens here, we needed a surface that can be strong enough to support that".
We closed the interview by asking Todd about his personal design inspirations.
"For me design and inspiration comes from really the human element. I fight to find what are really the most meaningful signals about our world. It sounds kind of abstract, but it's true, and I think we need to uncover what those really human, meaningful associations are that we have with these things around us. My job is to share them, expose them, preserve them in a way that's not fashion, or trend, or style but something really timeless. And I think that's how we live in a richer, more appreciative way with our environment".