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Saturday
Sep262009

Winking at SWAD


Something a little different on WINKS this weekend. Our favourite (and most generous) architect Scott Weston sent us photos of his latest project overlooking Sydney Harbour at Point Piper.... the before photos that is ... but what a before! Liberally sprinkled with hints of what's to come I thought a Saturday was just the day to drink in all the details. Once again Scott has included his incredibly detailed models as well as drawings to help us understand the design process even more. WINKS returns in its original form next week but for today take it away Scott!


We have been working on the project since April 2009 and now it's finally at construction stage- it's a bit like going through a pregnancy or long gestation and then seeing it finally come to life. Our Client works in the publishing and media field and purchased this deceased estate 'Art Deco' apartment with beautiful bespoke joinery by cabinet maker 'Paul Kafka'. While looking at the cabinets I came across a name plate inside a door (refer photo) and did some research and found out that his work is on display at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.


During the process of designing the apartment and borrowing on the items that were built-in to the apartment we decided to reference Art Deco but not mimic it. Unfortunately, most of the bespoke joinery which are so beautiful could not provide the functional requirements of the Client's family needs and how the apartment would function in the long term future. The entire apartment had the existing clothing wiring with bakelite fittings and requires a completed re-wiring as does the gas, plumbing to kitchen and bathrooms to bring it up to Australian Standards. So it was with great distress that we had to remove these items (items were taken away by interested parties) and demolish bathrooms that were built back in the 1940's..... to last forever.


Detail shots of the Study Model with individual models to each room detailing the materials and finishes.

It was great to see that these spaces were built to last not like the built-in obsolescence that is most typical on more recent apartments. Rather than waffle on I thought I would attach a visual feast of images of the existing conditions, the model and concepts of each and every room and the materials and finishes we have specified. Essentially each room references 'Art Deco' with selected rich veneers but the twist being when you open up the joinery it contains a solid colour to the internal carcass. So for example the master bedroom is 'Birds Eye Poplar' with internal cabinets in Black Tulip (aubergine) and felt lining. The kitchen is simple chic black and white with mauve internal cabinetry, mini mosaic black and white tiles and linoleum flooring. Bathrooms are exquisite jewels with the Client exclaiming yesterday "she has her perfect princess bathroom" of coral, black and light pink with circular mirror cabinets back lit. We even have the pleasure of placing original Fornasetti cabinet within the apartment to complete the design. Will keep you posted on the work as it progresses and my Client moves in prior to Christmas holidays. Enjoy the images!!!!

Master bedroom study model and sketch options of joinery and bedside drawers.

Dining room study model and sketch options incorporating the original 'Fornasetti' cabinets.

Son's bedroom with bespoke built-in joinery with orange internal carcass and 'Deco Monkey' wallpaper.

It was with great distress that I have to remove this kitchen but we are building something that is beautiful and extremely functional with a mauve twist.

The coral colour glazed tile bathroom that references Art Deco and the 1950's with back lit silver circular mirror.

OMG! I'm floored. An amazing Art Deco time capsule and a stunning re-interpretation. Thanks Scott. Finished pre-Christmas? Can't wait to see the final result.

Friday
Sep252009

A couple random things....

Many of you will probably remember Leila's OTT girly glam loft that we blogged about a few months ago. It seems Leila has an OTT collection of incredible clothing she shot in her OTT loft. She sent along some photos and I had to share a few of them with you all. There's more on her website too. (I looooooooove her totally sexy dresses - I need one of those for my trip to Vegas in November).

A reader named Rose sent along an email that I also had to share: "This past weekend I met this photographer at a Flea market in Brooklyn and couldn't stop looking through his book of Polaroid photographs. His prints look like memories or something. Like someone stopped time for a minute..and the way he prints them (on watercolor paper) give them this surreal aesthetic that looks like a cross between a painting and an old photograph. And with some of his surf shots you can keep the feeling of summer last all year round. As a fellow aficionado of all things creative, thoughtful, and lovely, I thought it wouldn't hurt to pass his site your way as I think you'll be equally obsessed: shehitpausestudios.com". Consider me obsessed! The photographer is Matt Schwartz, and his work is currently for sale at Anthropologie. Like Rose, I too love the vintage vibe of his photos. Do check his site for many more photos and his online shop.

Friday
Sep252009

Jose Picayo

Happy Friday everyone! To send you on your way to hopefully a sunny and relaxing weekend, here is some photography from New York photographer Jose Picayo, whose work has appeared in just about every well known magazine there is.

Friday
Sep252009

Susan Seubert


Portland Oregon based Susan Seubert's photographs just glow. Golden light diffuses through the spaces. We're drawn in to a warm and inviting room, a cool and charming garden. Everything is gorgeous, real, cozy. It's like a lethargic Sunday afternoon and I love her shots. Take the time to drink in her landscape portfolio.

Thursday
Sep242009

Scott Waterman

Scott Waterman is a favourite artist of mine whom I blogged about a little over a year ago. He's also a favourite Flickr contact as I love keeping up to date with his latest works. Well, he emailed the other day with a link to a post about some of Asian-inspired art on the blog Chinoiserie Chic. Since I am not only a huge fan of Scott's, but a huge fan of Chinoiserie, I thought I'd share a glimpse into this facet of his work. (Check out Beth's post for more photos and details).