The Intimacy of a Kitchen

Kitchen | Italian Design

Kitchen | Italian Design

In the spirit of this time of year, where most of us will be celebrating the holidays, seeing one another, or gathering around for celebratory brunches, lunches, or dinners; the design of the above kitchen is just the icing on the cake for such forums.

I could sit gathered around that table all night long. -tM

The Power of One


If you are able to believe in a higher source of power, with faith being at the core of that trust, then why not believe in yourself? There is evidence of your existence, and the proof also lies in your very ability to have moved through life thus far, so why not believe in your own potential? -tM

Repeat After Me…


There is duality in repetition, yes, it can be monotonous, and some believe it to be the death of art, however, it can also be liberating in the long run, especially if you are breaking old habits and creating new brain pathways. The same action can make you feel something completely different by the end. I am a fan of certain practices repetition. -tM

The Making Of A Home

In Residence: Patrizia Moroso

The grand dame of design opens the doors to her personal paradise

Imposing and unexpected amidst the lush greenery of a secluded plot in Udine in northeastern Italy, the home of Patrizia Moroso reveals a vibrant vision in the forest: at once a lived-in family home and a showcase of contemporary design and art gathered from around the globe. 

As the creative director of Moroso, the prolific Italian furniture manufacturer started by her parents in the 1950s, Moroso is one of the grand dames of design, known for spotting and fostering new talent as well as for working with some of the most established names in design.

For years Moroso has lived here with her Senegalese husband, the artist and designer Abdou Salam Gaye, as over the years their three children have grown up and left the enchanted abode. Moroso, however, plans to stay put, glad to be living outside the borders of hectic design hub Milan. “If you are inside a place you don’t really see what is happening. You can see things differently from the outside,” she says. “Here I feel more free to see what is happening in design, and free to make our things according to a sort of independent vision.”

Finding it & Learning it

“If you have a voice: Learn it. Believe it when it shakes. Activate your humanity somewhere between building and repairing trust with it. Emotionally prepare it. Rest it. Grieve old language. Anticipate the loud thunder of new language. Fund it with love. Use it.”

-Melissa M. Tripp

What a process the above has been for me. My voice still shakes sometimes when standing up for myself and my beliefs, but I do it, because there is so much that using my voice is symbolic of: courage, strength, self-acceptance, growth, vulnerability, trust, self-worth, love, healing, intelligence, self-care, & moving forward with the knowledge that there is still work to be done.

I hope that we all find a way to learn and use our own individual voices singularly and collectively to make changes in the world when necessary. Micro or macro, every step is a step. -tM

Design that Simplifies Complications

Just as I gravitate toward simplicity when it comes to my wardrobe, I too am drawn to the less is more concept when it comes to the design of my space, and in particular the design of the washroom. I want the space to feel like and be just as naked as I am, free of clutter making room for the letting go of whatever I am carrying in mind, on body, or that is spiritually weighing me down.

It’s a place where I connect to myself, quietly, or sometimes in song, opening myself up to letting the water soften me, making me flexible once again. -tM

Photography: Unknown

What Guides You?

Photography: Brassai

Photography: Brassai

I have always found it interesting to listen to what guides a person. Some turn to God, others to fortune tellers, dreamers interpret dreams, while others look for signs. Then there are those who go inward, connecting to their intuition.

Destiny and free will are the two major stake holders in what we choose to believe in and in turn how we choose to live our lives. We are endlessly looking for answers, in hope and in solution. -tM

The Art of Letting Go

Photography: Bernard Plossu

Photography: Bernard Plossu

The more I simplify my life, my space, the more I let go of what I thought was important, is the more I come to realize that the world I continue to design and desire is one in which I can connect to myself and not falter in spirit as well as in strength of mind.

Often times simplicity leads to clarity of intellect, allowing for space to see and feel the world for what it is. -tM