Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sophistication and Serenity

Feature Architect/Designer/Real Estate DeveloperJANNA BULLOCK

Janna Bullock is the Founder and Chief Executive of RIGroup, a real estate development company that focuses on residential, commercial, and hotel properties in the United States, Europe, and Russia.

Bullock arranged the “Russian House,” which displays modern Russian art and 19th-century furniture loaned by the Hermitage Museum. And the “Eco-House” by Alhadeff showcases river-stone walls in the bathrooms and cork dining chairs by the French designer Martin Szekely.

“Janna introduces a different concept of luxury, “Right now, luxury means a pompous style with a lot of gilt, bronze and decoration. We think being environment friendly is the most important: building with wood and stone, using recycled water and trying to use alternative energy sources even though it’s not easy in our climate.”

Ms. Bullock completed graduate work in comparative philosophy at St. Petersburg State University and received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

A native of Moscow, Bullock founded her company in 2003 and has become an advocate for sustainable design and energy-efficient technologies in her building projects. Bullock is known for her commitment to excellence in the preservation and restoration of landmark architecture. One of few female real estate developers in New York City, Bullock has restored a number of historic townhouses in the City’s Upper East Side and the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, an important Russian monastery located outside Moscow and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bullock is also recognized for her support of contemporary design, both as an avid collector and committed patron of the arts, but also for innovative projects like the 2007 Russian Design Show at Ecoestate Pavlovskaya sloboda, a sustainable community in Russia featuring exemplary homes furnished with objects designed by David Adjaye, Frank Gehry, Gio Ponti, the Campana Brothers, Aranda & Lasch and others.

A passionate art collector, Ms. Bullock has assembled more than 4000 works by Russian artists from the late 19th century to the present day. Additionally, her collection includes 400 works by Western contemporary artists.

"Name Dropping"

December 6, 2007 -- THE Art Basel convention in Miami has drawn planeloads of hard-partying New Yorkers. Condé Nast and jeans company 7 for All Mankind co-host an event at the Ice House, while Cartier serves dinner at the Botanical Gardens and Jimmy Choo pours for the fashionistas at the Raleigh. Dennis Hopper will be at the Russia Miami exhibit organized by Jana Bullock and Hugo Boss. Tomorrow, Vanity Fair and MoMA hold a bash at the Shore Club, while Linda Evangelista hosts a dance party with Visionaire at the Florida Room. On Saturday, the event's closing night, Russell Simmons and Allison Weiss Brady throw a benefit for the Rush Philanthropic Organization at Intermix, as Adidas stages a Y3 event in the design district. But the big invites are the private dinners at Paul Wilmot's home and the soiree for Julian Schnabel and Lou Reed's flick "Berlin" at Set.

Recipient, 2008 Design Commendation, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards
Trustee, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Chairwoman, Jaze Art Foundation
International Leadership Chairwoman, Russian National Orchestra�s New York gala

Sophistication and Serenity is Janna's signature style for design, how appropriate for me to introduce her to you on my design site.

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