With an emphasis on biophilia we designed holistic interiors focusing on respite and tranquility for the Citizen360 building, designed by SHoP Architects, This thoughtful abstraction of contextual design embodies the dynamic spirit of evolution in the historic Yorkville neighborhood. A condo building with spa-like amenities has a residential entrance positioned on tree-lined East 89th Street and is poised to become a visual neighborhood amenity. Citizen360 provides residents with open East River and Midtown views through its signature woven window design and glass cantilever.
For me it was a very personal labor of love designing the Mahasukha Spa because the elements of wellness, healing and serenity at the Spa and the Retreat are dear to my heart and a huge part of my own life philosophy. I tried to combine the practical aspects of this spa design with the peace and serenity that the entire Menla Mountain Retreat embodies. The Spa is a place to put away all of our devices, gain total relaxation for our mind and bodies for a few hours or a few days, and I hope that my design has helped all visitors to achieve this perfection! Monday, April 25th, Organic Spa Magazine put together by the NYC Experience Wellness & Travel Media Event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. I met with some of the world's leaders in the spa and wellness community to share Menla's developing programming in Tibetan medicine, R&R weekends, meditation classes, and modern accommodations.
Menla Directors Lynn Schauwecker & Michael Burbank welcome visitors. Clodagh is pictured in center with Rona Berg, Editor in Chief of Organic Spa Magazine.
Our fantastic team at Clodagh Design is happy to welcome Jose Achi as Director of Design Development. Congratulations to Ferratti Valerio for his promotion to Styling Director.
Have you ever heard of PANDAS/PANS, an affliction that sometimes affects young children shortly after they have strep throat? I hadn’t, until it hit my own family. It is one of the most terrifying experiences imaginable for young children and their parents. The good news is that it can be cured if it is diagnosed properly and cared for early. One cannot begin to imagine the horror we experienced last October. The young child was unrecognizable from the moment her parents collected her from school, just six hours after dropping off her usual “happy self.” In the days and weeks that followed, the symptoms were beyond frightening, with OCD rituals, anxieties about places and people; night fears, screaming for hours on end, detached, harmful thoughts and urination up to 50 times a day.
With the proper diagnosis and knowledgeable pediatricians, PANDAS/PANS can be arrested. (Without early detection and diagnosis, sadly some young children have even been admitted to psychiatric institutions.) But first we need your assistance in raising awareness about PANDAS/PANS. I am asking you to spread the word about this little known disease.
Please share this video with everyone you know. It would mean a great deal to me and to my family to know that we have helped other families caught off guard by PANDAS/PAN!
On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, Design Director Nancie Min and I were fortunate enough to attend the event “The World We Make” hosted by Dr. Richard Davidson, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and founder of The Center for the Healthy Mind. I am still coming down from this incredible gathering of humans doing so much good in the world. It was a life long dream of mine to meet the Dalai Lama and I was so happy when it finally happened!
Spotlight on Maja Serdarevic Treasurer of The Thorn Tree Project
I would like to offer kudos to one of our most tireless volunteers, Maja Serdarevic, who serves as Treasurer of The Thorn Tree Project. Maja, who is a native of Sarajevo and is now living in New York City with her husband and son, received her PHD in Physics at University of Chicago, Urbana-Champaign. She has been an enthusiastic advocate for some time for Thorn Tree and has spent time visiting with and helping the children of Thorn Tree on the ground in Kenya. Maja, we so appreciate and thank you for your passionate devotion to the education of our beloved children!
Clodagh's Students from the Samburu Tribe
Like many sponsors for the Thorn Tree Project, I am always so thrilled to hear updates on my students. Both of them continue to grow and excel in school and the community.
Joseph is the only one of his family to ever go to school. His brothers and sisters all help with the herding of animals. When he was a child there was a small nursery school in the manyattas under a shady tree. His parents sent Joseph there and he liked it so much they decided to send him to Ndonyo Wasin Primary School. He was at Ndonyo Wasin Primary School for 6 years and then he went to Sereolipi Primary School because Ndonyo Wasin school did not have a class 8.
Francisca Nteyie Lenanyokie, 15 years old and the 3rd youngest in a family of 9 other children, was born with a neurological deficiency which has given her extreme problems walking for her entire life. This hasn’t stopped or even slowed her down in her academic career – she has just finished Ndonyo Wasin Primary school excelling in English and Maths, and qualified for a high school at Kibirisha Girls. She has recently ditched her crutches and is ready to go to high school and study to become a nurse.
On the right is Francisca and on the left is Joseph with his family.
The Science of Light
Lightbulbs that Save the Planet from Lighting Science
One of my favorite companies is Lighting Science, who sees the light bulb beyond just hue or shape. Lighting Science integrates genetics and the biology of light, from animal communication to the way our bodies sense time. Through scientific knowledge, they have created lighting innovations for NASA astronauts, new parents and even sea turtles!
Watch this video from our friends at Lighting Science here.
Books I'm Reading
Clodagh Shares her Current Reads
by Gao Xingjuan.
Embark on a quiet introspective revealing journey through China which few travelers will ever experience.
The Little Red Chairs
by Edna O'Brien
Famed Irish author Edna O'Brien's latest tome, The Little Red Chairs, is her masterpiece. It is daring, turbulent and fearless and one of the most remarkable novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading!
Located on Bowery, a street that dates back to the 17th century, Vandal is the latest restaurant lounge by the TAO Group and Chef Chris Santos. Vandal celebrates the art, architecture, and food of global street culture from New York to Vietnam to Barcelona and beyond, as well as the history and culture of the restaurant’s Lower East Side location. The two-level space includes a bar/lounge, restaurant, garden dining area, private dining room, and cellar bar/lounge.
VANDAL 199 Bowery, New York,NY 10002 | (212) 400-0199 view more info here
Elegant, organic, local, seasonal, compassionate, green, step inside, and discover a world of sustainable beauty in food and drink! And such wonderful staff, including stellar manager Benay Vynerib who always greets me with such hospitality.
Molten Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis
Here are recipes for some of my special favorites from the Candle 79 cook book!
3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed if frozen 1 cup unrefined sugar 2 cups water 2/3 cup plain unsweetened soy milk 1/2 cup safflower oil 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 tablespoons unrefined sugar 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda Pinch of sea salt 3/4 cup vegan semisweet chocolate chips Confectioners’ sugar, to dust
To prepare the coulis, combine the raspberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture into a bowl and let cool in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Oil 6 cups of a standard muffin tin. Combine ½ cup of the soy milk, the oil, maple syrup, sugar, and vinegar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour and cocoa powder and beat until incorporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the remaining soy milk, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat until incorporated.
Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups so they are all three-quarters full. Put 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips into the center of each cake and gently press them down with your fingers, until they are covered by the batter. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the batter is puffed but the center is not set. To serve, flip the muffin pan upside down onto a board to unmold the cakes. Transfer the cakes to dessert plates, dust with confectioners’ sugar, and drizzle with the raspberry coulis. Serve warm. Any leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
6 seitan cutlets (about 11⁄2 pounds; page 109) Whole wheat flour, for dredging 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1⁄4 cup minced shallots 1⁄4 cup finely sliced leek, white and pale green parts 1 teaspoon sea salt 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour 3⁄4 cup white wine 1⁄4 cup capers, drained 2 cups vegetable stock or water 1 bay leaf 1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish (optional) 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves 1⁄8 teaspoon ground turmeric 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice Caper berries, for garnish 1 lemon, thinly sliced, for garnish (optional)
Dredge the cutlets in the whole wheat flour, shaking off any excess. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Add the cutlets and cook until crisp and golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Place the cutlets on individual plates or a platter. Heat the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil in another sauté pan over medium heat. Add the shallots, leek, salt, and pepper and sauté until soft and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the all-purpose flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, to make a roux. Add the wine to deglaze the pan and stir well to incorporate the flour. Add the capers, stock, bay leaf, minced parsley, thyme, turmeric, and lemon juice and cook over medium heat until the sauce becomes slightly glossy, about 10 minutes. Spoon the sauce onto serving plates and place the cutlets atop the sauce. Garnish with the caper berries and the optional chopped parsley and lemon slices. Serve at once. Serves 6.
Spending weekends upstate in Beacon, New York is one of my great pleasures. DIA Beacon is just a twenty-minute walk from the property that my brilliant husband Daniel Aubry helped me find several years ago. The most difficult client that I have ever had is myself, so I am thrilled and relieved that he stuck around to help develop the case study house that I’m now building in Beacon! See below the images of the fabulous DIA Beacon and Daniel can be reached via email@example.com.
It can be hard to develop trust in a higher power when you aren't entirely sure who or what you are talking to. In this lecture, Bill gives an in depth look at how to get the best out of spirit communication and how to get the most growth out of it. As always, there will be a Q&A session following the lecture where Bill will answer questions.
I'm so excited to be a part of the EAST Hotel project and congratulate the team of Quinto La Huella on the grand opening! Reservations are now being accepted for May 23, 2016 onward and Quinto La Huella’s website and reservation platform is now open to the public.
Seeing this humorous anecdote at Periwinkles in Rhinebeck, NYC reminded me how important animals are to me. Not only is the new studio completely dog friendly, but we also embrace the plethora of delicious vegan options in the neighborhood by catering exclusively vegan cuisine for guests and visitors. Say hello to our newest Director of Catering Maggie and Director of Security, Emma!