Kim and I are completely immersed in the search for fabulous photographers. Rooms may be well designed and buildings be cutting edge in say their approach to environmental sustainability or spatial planning but whatever their claim to fame unless you are actually there the only way their innovation or beauty can be conveyed to the ordinary person is via the talents of exceptional photographers. Warren Smith specialises in interior and architectural photography. He brings to life what are basically walls enclosing a space. He takes a designer's creativity and weaves the spell that makes a magazine reader go "OMG I love that". Do not miss his landscapes portfolio. Breathtaking!
I've been saying for ages now that I'd love to learn how to take better photos. Well, doing research for this blog and coming across so many fantastic photographers' websites isn't helping. My spare time is down to almost nothing - so taking a photography course is not in my near future. In the meantime I'll drool over portfolios such as Nick Bowers and dream some more.
Keith Scott Morton has been a commercially renowned photographer for more than 2 decades. He specialises in interiors and home furnishings. his is a truly inspiring portfolio. With work found in the pages of Country Living, House Beautiful and British House and Garden I was first introduced to his work for Christine Churchill's The Collector's Eye: Decorating with the Objects You Love. (My copy has suffered a little from over use.) Don't just stop at his commercial work on his website. Take the time to stop by his private work and read the fascinating history behind this stunning work.
Scott Weston unfolded his concept and now he's delivered on his promise to reveal the "real" room. A chill out space for Sony at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. A place to preen an be seen. Great space Scott and it's hard to believe that the whole thing will disappear in a matter of days!
Here's what Scott had to say. "The finished room as requested. We thought you might like to see the real deal - just like the model only bigger. Fashion Week launched Monday 28th April & our client Sony thought our idea was so innovative that they asked us to do a mini- version at their main store in the city (Sony Central). We have a topiary space with architect designed printed carpet, curtains & glowing pots with peacocks & cranes studded with fresh flowers. We then took the idea further & designed cotton voile scarves in purpose designed boxes wrapped in tissue paper to give to the main fashion editors- Vogue, Harpers Bazaar & the A-listers. We have a team of florists coming in daily to look after our topiary family, keeping them young & beautiful!" Some one get me an invite and a glass of champagne!
Tate has decided to become a cherished member of the desire to inspire sponsor family, so I'd like to introduce you to his blog, Strange Closets, and welcome him with a great big kiss...but he'll just have to settle for this post.
I love Tate's "About Me" section on his blog so I think it's a perfect introduction: "I'm a native Chicago thirtysomething guy (more Timothy Busfield than Ken Olin, unfortunately). In my dreams, I'm a world-renown taste-maker, sought after for public appearances and too busy with my successful blog to take on any new clients. In real life, I discovered my passion for design while rehabbing a 2 flat in Chicago. For some reason, whether adding a staircase or expanding the kitchen, the result always seems to be Strange Closets."
Here's a bit about Tate's blog in his own words: "It's Chicago-based but I'm looking for photos of readers ideas, room makeovers, favorite stores, etc. from around the world. I'd like to maintain a Chicago focus for the readers here but to open it up a bit and let other readers introduce Chicagoans to the great design they or their community have to offer."
I just spent way too long on his blog, and LOVE to see the progress on his home. So do go check it out. And because we are all about photos on this blog, I thought I'd share a few from Tate's blog of some of his home renovations, which blew me away.