Tuesday, January 31, 2012

seaside house

 Its only fitting with the sound of waves in the distance to post a seaside house today. This house by A2 Architects in Ireland, is framed by sets of parallel walls, focusing views towards the sea and allowing for the best quality of light. Set on a concrete podium above the beach and clad in untreated douglas fir timber, its understated form keeps this design in line with the scale of the surrounding context.

found here

Monday, January 30, 2012

happy monday

We always celebrate the end of the week, but here's to the beginning of a new week in which to get a lot done and tick things off the (very long) to-do list.  I found this post via kool, and it has me inspired for the week ahead.  I especially like the mix of chairs that have been used in this apartment, as well as the contrast of tan, navy, wood, stripes and white floors. 

Photos by Line Klein

Sunday, January 29, 2012

well worn

We walk on it, sit and lie down at times there too, but not enough attention is given to what a floor surface really does for a place. I love floors, well interesting floors that really give presence and full bodied character to a space. I took the photos below on a trip last year to Istanbul. The floor within Hagia Sophia is well worn to a beautiful shiny patina with all the centuries of travellers foot falls across it. It hints at the age and history of this mosque and holds its own stories of what has gone before.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

found it

In my next life I'm going to come back as a stylist.  It''s when I see images like these that I want to rush off and buy a whole lot of goodies and arrange them into a visual feast.  Looking through them, there are so many great pieces in each still.   Its like playing a childrens game trying to identify each one, I love the ball of yarn, numbers, typewriter, lamps, filing cabinets and trunks most.   All found here, by Jereoen van der Spek.

knit one...

I love the tactile nature of combining different knits.  Found via Noe, photos by Jeroen van der spek

Friday, January 27, 2012

what a week

It's been another busy one, and whilst on the plane I managed to catch-up on a long overdue magazine reading session.  I still love paging through good old fashioned hardcopy design magazines.  Here are some of my favourites of what was featured...

JA! fourtune teller via Sona

Rawbots via Elle

smoked mooi chair via moooi

Villa GM

Sleek and cool, striking in its simplicity, bold horizontals and floating planes are folded to enclose the spaces within this house.  Taking influence from the case study houses, and the barcelona pavillion in my mind, the  designers limited their pallet of materials  to steel, wood, glass and concrete floors.  Located in the Mediterranean, apparently you can see all the way to Malta on a clear day.   

Found via here
Architrend Architects
Photos by Moreno Maggi

swellendam house

During the december holidays we escaped to the fairest Cape. During a visit to Swellendam, my husband and I teased about one day retiring to Swellendam which we love ,to paint, write, fish (thats his love), eat, drink good coffee and wake up to the mountains every day. In my mind I imagined it would be in an old house, done up with a super contamporary interior, not forgetting the compulsory white flooring and stained black floorboards. That was until I came across thse photos of a house just out side the town by Gass Architects. Maybe I should see if thy would want to sell in about 30 years time?

Found here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

for you

The best part of being away from home is that it makes you really appreciate what you have there and where you live all the more.  The best feeling is getting home after a work trip, kicking off your shoes and being greeted by the cats and a favourite person with a cup of often missed well-made tea.  This picture is loved by a love of mine.  Fun and playful, thats both the person and the drawing.  Art by Stephanie Simpson, via handsome things

just a few more

More from Mikkel Moretensen ...

more on that topic

Maybe its just my mood at the moment, the one where I still wish I could paint my house white and furnish it in various shades on grey, but I seem to keep coming across monochrome palettes which have yet to loose their appeal.  I'm the kind of person that gets bored with some designs very easily, which means that I have to be careful what I settle on if its to last.  Bring on the black and white.  These photos by Mikkel Mortensen were found via here


I need to brush-up on my Norwegian, as sadly I can't give you any background on this project.  What I do know is that the monochrome pallet of black and white is offset by industrial objects, typology, and an eclectic mix of well used furniture restored to life by a design savvy creative.  Ánother gold star on the chart of Scandanavian design.  Found via Residence, photos by Magdalena Bjornsdotter.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Swedish ski

On a warm day like we have had today, I can't help but be grateful for the sun and good weather.  Far from the cold and snow of places like Sweden, seen below.  Here are a few pictures of the interior of a ski chalet that would happily warm the body after a day on the slopes.  Contrasting black floors and white walls offset each other, providing a clean backdrop for simple white furniture.  The interior is far more interesting than the exterior of the chalet, but I suppose that covered in snow there would not be a lot of it visible anyway (so I have left those out here). 

via here

photos by Peder Sunstorm