Back in April I posted about Fluxinteriors, a quirky interior design firm from London. Some of the photos were of the home of director Roland Emmerich. It was featured in the New York Times and it was such a creative and unusual space that I thought it was worthy of another look. The designers were told to make it so that "when the neighbors peek in, they might want to call the police or something." The office desk is made from a wing of a World War II plane. Fluxinteriors had "originally planned to put a life-size waxwork statue of Mr. Emmerich under the stairs. After discussing news coverage of Pope John Paul II's death with Mr. Emmerich, though, he decided it would be much funnier to depict the pope reading his own obituaries." The library coffee table is made of a missile from Iraq. A chair on the terrace was made of Shell oil cans by children in Ghana. Skylights to the living room form the floor. Yep, I'd call that quirky.
There's something about light and its meaning to European photographers that I'm only starting to understand. Here in Australia I'm awash in harsh bright tropical light that I take for granted but in places like Denmark light is celebrated during long summer twilights and remembered in candlelit rituals in dark winters. Danish photographer Lars Ranek captures light so beautifully. In simple rooms, with simple compositions his work encapsulates the soft white northern light and shares the Scandinavian way of life. Visit his artwork portfolio while you're at his website and don't miss the food as well. (Sometimes I think I obsess over food photography as much as shots of beautiful rooms.)
Domestic, it's a lovely word. I conjures up images if home and family and the everyday. I found it interesting that architectural and interior design firm James Mohn Design Studio uses it in their profile. ".... contemporary domestic environments that are beautifully proportioned, integrated with their site and relevant to their context." Not the word residential as so many websites use. Domestic. Yes James Mohn designs truly beautiful contemporary spaces but more importantly they consider their inhabitants, families and real people.
Michael P Johnson's portfolio will wow anyone with an appreciation for great modern architecture. "His buildings are highly interactive. Conventional boundaries of design are reinterpreted in his pursuit of meaningful innovation, frugal comfort, and sophisticated spatial awareness. They engage us with passion, make us move about, look, sometimes frown in curiosity and amazement, but always leave us with an elevated sense of immersion in true architecture." I had to include a few exterior photos of the homes he has designed because they are as incredible as the interiors. Check out his website for much more eye candy.
I imagine this house may have developed from a crazy dream architect Robert Harvey Oshatz had one night. And for some lucky owner in Portland, Oregon this is their home....that FLOATS!!! The creativity one must have to come up with something like this is astounding. Here is the description on Oshatz's website: "The Fennell residence, as a floating house, presented a unique opportunity for design. The imaginative use of curved glue lam beams evoke the poetry of the ripples and contours of a river. The expansive glass facade embraces the river and frames the sunset, and one accesses the deck via an expansive sliding glass door. A master bedroom sits over a study and looks out over the living dining area and out to the river beyond. The curvilinear forms create spacial differentiation that enhance the experience of time as light plays through the daily and seasonal changes."