Friday
May252012

Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke, Interior Designer in Santa Monica, California, is well known for creating sophisticated, unique spaces inspired by modern classicism. At once relaxed and timeless, Tim's modern elegance and vintage luxury translates into inspiring sustainable interiors. Tim's signature coastal-influenced aesthetic became highly sought-after by clients who wanted a new interpretation of a modern beach home. These creative rooms encourage freedom and lightness without sacrificing style. Call me crazy but I think Tim's portfolio is a welcome break from the usual Scandinavian and modern approaches to design we feature so often here. And on that note, happy Friday everyone!

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Friday
May252012

Cliffhanger

Hanging from the edge of Signal Hill in Cape Town is a house for the 21st century, Head 1843 Fresnaye. Breath taking views are captured from a luxurious pool terrace. A fantasy for the entertainer with pavilion, pool and alfresco dining area. Perhaps the show stopper is the cantilevered fireplace shelf. No I take that back. The show stopper is the infinity pool with views to ... well, infinity. Antoni Associates have refurbished a SAOTA designed house and taken it to a new level. It's conspicuous wealth but oh my it's sexy in a James Bond parasailing from the pool edge, explosions and pouty Bond girl left pining pool side sort of way.

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Thursday
May242012

Reader's home - Scott's pad in Tel Aviv

I've got a great reader's home for you all today. It belongs to interior designer Scott of Talmon Design, and here are some details:
The apartment is 135 square meters (1435 square feet, give or take). It is on the 9th floor of a building in Tel Aviv. The apartment is mine as is my design. The apartment underwent a renovation, knocking down walls, putting up walls and total reno of the bathroom pictured. The only room that was not renovated is the kitchen. The overall design is modern masculine (I'm partial to mid-century modern design) and layered with some antique pieces. The sofa, arm chair and white console table are my design. The sofa is of course inspired by the Florence Knoll sofa. The two light blue velvet armchairs are a vintage store find from Italy circa 1950. The coffee table is from Crate & Barrel and the white owl lamp is from West Elm. The side table is a Tulip. On the wall is black grass cloth wall paper. The wood and glass cabinet which houses the bar was found at a second hand shop and the lions head above it was a find in an antiques shop in Jerusalem. The room with the orange chair is my studio (I work from home). Master bedroom - the art work above the bed is mine. The bathroom is attached to the master bedroom. The original bathroom was completely torn out as I wanted something sleek and contemporary but still retaining a traditional feel, hence the subway tiles. (Photo credit: Shy Epstein). I love the sophisticated, masculine vibe of Scott's place - and his adorable Frenchie manages to blend with the rug!

Thursday
May242012

Studio Junction

Studio Junction is an architecture firm and woodworking shop based in Toronto and founded by Peter Tan and Christine Ho Ping Kong. I'm really surprised I haven't blogged these folks before. I spotted the first home below a few years ago in Dwell magazine and was mesmerized. You don't see funky outdoor spaces like that in too many Canadian homes. It happens to be the home of Peter and Christine and was one of their first major design projects. And they scored. (I included some bits and pieces from a couple other projects too).  

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Thursday
May242012

Stalking Baroque 'n Roll

A truly heady design mix or is that hedonistic? A little bit baroque, a whole lot OTT and a pinch of kitsch. It's rock and roll, wham bam glam, nightclub meets suburban crash pad. Behind an unassuming St Kilda, Melbourne facade is a three bedroom apartment with identity issues. I'd really want to see this one in the flesh before I passed final judgement as the photography adds to the sense of unreality. Imagine it as a holiday let or a B&B complete with eccentric host. Now that would be cool! Link here while it lasts.

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