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."
Andi Pepper studied art before becoming an interior designer, sculpture and painting to be precise. It shows. ".... the idea of using space as a clean palette empowered her and allowed her to take a fresh and personalized approach to interior design which she has developed to this day." The look is clean and fresh, modern with a nod to tradition. I've highlighted Andi's residential work but she's known for her hotel design so make sure you check out her hospitality portfolio.