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Hapeman Hill is a full service interior design service for projects large and small, mixing high and low. Our focus is finding affordable, artisanal products that are unique and make a statement.

 

Collaborating closely with our customers, we create uncluttered but distinctive rooms that are as beautiful as they are liveable. Our style is grounded in a neutral palette and organic textures which are enhanced with touches of colour, resulting in chic, elegant spaces designed for real life.

 

The only thing that is more exciting than creating, is doing it in collaboration.We have vast experience in aesthetic decision making which allows us to guide our customers through each step of the creative process.

 

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October 5, 2017


Around the age of thirteen I started feeling different. Other. I just didn't fit in. Of course, this made me a typical teenager - a fact that one of my high school teachers pointed out, offending me deeply. clearly, she didn't understand my pain. Just as clearly, irony was not my strong suit.

As I got older the feeling of not quite belonging lessened, but never left me. I moved to England from Mexico at sixteen and had the privilege of immersing myself in a completely different culture. This shattered a lot of my social  prejudices and allowed me to discover the beauty of  individuality and self expression. It was a heady and excting thing. I started listening to Indie rock. Robert Smith of the The cure became my hero.I wore Dr. Marten's tall boots and all black torn clothing. I read, visited art galleries and, eventually, landed in art school.

After years of studying Physics and History, art school fe...

August 3, 2017

As part of her job, my sister regularly supervises graduate theses at Columbia university. On several occasions, she has told me that designers are particularly hard to work with in this endeavor. When asked why, she will explain that people of this particular profession tend to dislike starting a large piece of work armed only with only a hypothesis (dictionary description; “a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation”) instead, they will often like to start with a designed vision - meaning they have an end point in sight from the beginning. They know, or kind of know, what they want their conclusions to look like and are not really following a line of investigation to see where it takes them.

This is certainly true for me. It’s just how my brain is wired. I will start any project, especially creative ones, with the vision for the end result, and work my way backwards from there.  I do believe this requires...

July 20, 2017

My family has always been somewhat obsessed with interiors. I have plenty of memories of my parents planning and executing renovations, dreaming about and building new houses. Conversations about paint colors, transforming furniture, dreams and plans for each of our living spaces are common place in our family reunions.

For most of his life, my brother seemed to be the only one who was immune to this affliction.  He begged to be left out of antiquing excursions, and thanked us politely, and a bit blankly, when we offered  a gift to cozy up his home.

So I was somewhat shocked, and completely delighted, when he declared he wanted a new look for his loft in Brooklyn and asked me to help him achieve it.  We are executing the design  a bit at a time. Partly because we want to keep the cost down, so he is doing a lot of the work by himself. I am helping out as much as I can (The chair I was upholstering, and featured in last weeks post, was recently delivered to this space.

He wanted...

June 26, 2017

Isamu Noguchi, The Japanese American artist and Landscape architect created the iconic Akari light sculptures after visiting Gifu City, about 270km west of Tokyo. GIfu Prefecture is known for its traditional crafts, among them, the making of paper lanterns.

The Mayor of Gifu City at the time asked Noguchi how to revive the traditional lantern making industry. Noguchi blended the simplicity of Japanese aesthetics with the principles of modernist  design and created the concept of "light sculpture" which he likened to "the light of the sun filtered through the paper of shoji". Paper and light. He did not intend the Akari lamps to be status symbols, only to "add to the quality of life and fill the world with light"*

Today Akari light sculptures are sold at the Noguchi museum, Vitra, the shop at MOMA and many other upmarket retailers. Prices range between $100.00 and $1,335.00. They are considered iconic mid century designs.

The story of Noguchi and the Akari lights i...

June 15, 2017

A few years ago my sister bought a striped, blue very large roll arm sofa. In doing her pre - buying online research she got so overwhelmed by the amount of mid century style sofas on the market, that in the end she decided to go for the complete opposite. I totally understand. And at the same time, I also see why there are so many square, simple modern sofas in the market. They are nice, look good with everything and don't overwhelm a room.

The same goes for gallery walls. It seems like everyone must have a wall covered in a multitude of photos, art and even a display three dimensional objects. And again, I get why everyone- including myself -  is fascinated with them. They are such a great tool for expression. Through them you can tell the story of who you are, were or want to be. What you want your home to say, what you want or need to be reminded of. Our history, our family,our future and our dreams can all be put in a frame and hang on the wall.

I have grandiose plans for my gallery...

June 12, 2017

It was were suitcases were kept. Furniture that was not in use and, best of all, the tool box and bits and pieces for work to be done around the house. I would spend hours exploring these. There seemed to be so much potential, so many things to be done with the nuts and bolts, pliers and other things that I couldn't name (and probably still can't). A small metal tube would become a charm on a necklace for my Mum. The hooks would go in my doll's closet. the possibilities were endless..

To this day, I get the same feeling when I walk into a hardware store. Somewhere in there there is something wonderful that will inspire a new project. Something I don't yet know about... A trip to Williams is a favorite weekend activity for the entire family.

And then, of course, there are electrical stores. They are even better than hardware stores. Not sure if this is normal or not, but I can tell you the exact location of at least 5 such stores in Manhattan without looking it up. You can actually walk i...

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