Today I'm stalking the streets of Fitzroy, an inner city suburb of Melbourne (and perhaps my favourite area in that city). This is the architect's own home. Which architect the real estate agent neglects to tell us but we are informed it has 4 bedrooms, open plan living, indoor outdoor living and intelligent design. I love the sense of continuity between the living areas and the garden so important in Australian houses. It's a normal working day here in Australia but I know that the States are celebrating Thanksgiving (not a holiday we have here). I hope you all have a wonderful time with your family today but if you're a Thanksgiving orphan or all "familied" out then pop on over and join me later for a virtual drink in this backyard. (Images from realestate.com.au.)
Aussie wonder architect Scott Weston sent us a little gift box via email. Oh Scott you shouldn't have! You're spoiling us. (Just pop Scott's name in the search box on the left to see how generous he has been already.) Here's what he had to say...
"We end up doing the most intriguing commissions for our Clients. Australia's Harper's Bazaar wanted a unique selling tool that targeted their advertisers for an upcoming magazine. They had heard we do intricate Concept Boxes and came to us to devise twin boxes that could be taken to advertisers as a seductive selling tool. In each box we have replicated a runway of the Bazaar Collections and have models representing the various luxury brands Hermes, Burberry etc. For each specific presentation the model is magnetised and can be fitted into the box and when the box is opened the focus is on that particular brand. All models are located in a separate magnetised box a bit like the Chinese terracotta soldiers awaiting their turn on the catwalk. On completion of the presentation it elegantly folds away leaving them wanting more!"
Scott, you and your team produce the most amazing presentation tools I've ever seen. Your boxes and models are a treat. Just when I didn't think your could top your Nagata Salon model you create this treasure. It's like grown up paper dolls!
Blue. It's the colour of paradise. I never knew that until this morning when I was turning the pages of a magazine and drinking coffee. I saw an ad for one of the Great Barrier Reef's latest resorts Qualia, world-class luxury, situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island. With winter setting in in the Northern Hemisphere I dedicate these blue soaked shots of paradise to all the northern readers watching the thermometer plunge. Wicked of me to tease you.
Ondine Karady is most likely a familiar name to many of you. She was on season 2 of Top Design, and was a set decorator on Sex and the City, which she left to open her own boutique design firm in Soho. Her style is funky and eclectic, and her portfolio is full of wonderful spaces filled with bold patterns, mid century and vintage furnishings and fun colours.