It's the light. The relationship between the dark and shade, the bright sun slanting through a window. It's a crispness that matches the crisp fresh rooms. Can you almost smell the bath salts, the flowers in the vase? It's the earthy rich smell of polished wood and leather, the silence of a darkened room. Can you hear the wind in the fir trees? Feel the sun on your skin? All this from a simple image. All this from the work of photographer Trent Bell.
Caryn Grossman of CG Creative Interiors emailed us recently with photos of her absolutely incredible home and design studio in Atlanta that I am SO EXCITED to share. It's located in an old telephone factory listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. I love what Caryn had to say about it in her email: "What I love most about the spaces in the building is that they are left raw -- old concrete floors, peeling walls, columns and beams -- so that every artist in the building can create their own imprint. Mine is like an ever-evolving installation, a kind of bohemian Paris apartment. To me, home is a place where my mind, and my hands, just wander free. And I love it." I LOVE IT TOO!!! She constantly changes things around, and a friend of hers calls it a lab because she's always experimenting with just about anything. It's so funky, dramatic, creative, feminine and, well, HOT. So here we go, a tour of Caryn's pad. (I can feel the pangs of jealousy from y'all already, and mine have yet to subside.)
... or is it the fever? I have only just dragged myself out of bed where I have been moaning and whining about the flu that has kept me there for the last day. (I'm ugly when I'm sick!) Thankfully I have a well stocked file of fabulous houses I have been stalking for just such an emergency. My brain hurts too much to do this house justice but let's just say I love it, from the white walls to that green cabinet and the artist's attic. Sigh. I'm going back to bed. (Paddington, Sydney - link while it lasts.)
New Zealand's Belinda George Architects is a firm that "strives to achieve simple, functional, sustainable and, above all, beautiful solutions". Simple, yes, which draws your attention to the details, like the views from the perfectly positioned windows. I LOVE huge sliding windows that blend the outdoors and indoors. Makes me hate (even more) that I live so far north where you would only be able to make use of such features for a few months out of the year.
Imagine having lived in seven countries on four continents. Imagine being trained in arts and design but finding your creative outlet through a camera's lens. Imagine taking pleasure in the simple things, in form and function but also in the joy of chaos. Imagine you had the talent and the eye to take these very strong images of equally strong spaces. Clean, crisp, uncompromising. Taipei based photographer Marc Gerritsen doesn't have to imagine. This is his portfolio.