Clean, spare, sculptural these modern spaces designed by Gabellini Sheppard are more like functional backdrops for the simple beauty contained within whether classic furniture, a crisp bed of linen or in the case of their retail work for the the likes of Jil Sander, a stage for a product. It's a spatial thing but bathed in the simplicity of light and defined by crisp lines. Minimalism at its purist.
Colleen of Milwaukee emailed the other day with her design dilemma: "I'm a long time reader currently moving into my first 1 bedroom apartment. It's the first time I'll be able to decorate just the way I like it. I've been out of college for a year and finally financially able to put a little more quality into my decor. I like a clean, comfy aesthetic, but while I've found a few pieces I am currently purchasing (including this Ikea chaise) I'm struggling to decorate. I'd like to find a way to incorporate both my passions: music & travel. I love photography, especially black and whites, and the majority of the prints I have taken or collected are of concerts, musicians & various places I've traveled. I've looked, but I can't seem to find rooms centered on these ideas for inspiration that aren't strictly 'modern' (which is visually harsh to me). Do you have any suggestions?" Colleen, I think you've got it easier than you think. Black and white photography goes with anything, and I think this is true regardless of the subject. I think a vintage/boho look would be cool with your photography (which I'd love to see by the way), with a couple funky knick knacks/pillows here and there to relate to the photos. A wall painted black with a bunch of your photos framed in black (maybe with white mats) would be fabulous (if you own and can go that drastic). I also like the idea of the photos contrasting with the decor, like hung against a vintage granny floral wallpaper, with a retro leather couch or Victorian style settee below. I collected some photos that might help, and hopefully show you that the sky is the limit...
|Antony Todd||New York Social Diary|
|Jen Fong||Elle Deco|
|Hans Zeegers||Living Etc.|
|House Beautiful||Hans Zeegers|
|Apartment Therapy||Apartment Therapy|
|House to Home||Boligtorvet|
|Domino||Homes & Gardens|
With a pedigree that includes working in the offices of Michael Graves after graduating from Princeton, it's no surprise that Julie Dowling and Morissa Kimm the creative force behind Dowling Kimm would go on to design these stunning clean and modern spaces. Theirs is a holistic approach encompassing architecture, interior design and furniture . Love the rich texture, natural materials and light.
I was searching through thousands of photos looking for a little sunshine yellow inspiration for a project I'm cooking up when I came upon this room by Robert Passal. Kim featured him way back here. (Have we really been blogging that long?) Love the yellow, the vintage portraits and the quirky accessories. I just want to curl up in that tufted green dream of a chair and ponder where on earth did those hoofed ottomans come from! Anyway just had to share.
The photography of Ann Lindberg is nothing short of spectacular. Not only is the lighting perfect and the composition creative, but the spaces are bright and eclectic and fabulously boho. I think I need a moment to compose myself.