I saw the home of Australian architect Brian Zulaikha in the latest issue of Dwell and was so enthralled by it I had to go poking around his firm's website. Tonkin Zuliakha Greer Architects "has always preferred buildings to be made of materials which are unfinished and direct. Natural materials such as stone and timber, now becoming luxuries, are strategically related to areas of high occupancy. Brick and concrete are used as a thick or solid matrix which holds the building together. Steel, with its demanding grammar of connection and exciting delicacy, is celebrated for its sculptural richness. Thin cladding is used only where necessary, preferably in unfinished durable metal – copper, stainless steel, zinc." Such a natural and organic feel to the spaces, which insist on uncomplicated decor so as not to distract from the beauty of the architectural details.
Cynthia sent us photos of her Australian pad I'd like to share. I looooove the black swan chairs, and the symmetry of them with the windows on either side of the marble/granite fireplace. I'm also diggin' the large artwork, dining chairs and buddha head thingy. Fantastic pad Cynthia - thanks for sharing!!
Katia from Finland wrote this morning with the following: "Your recent post about the kittens in the sink inspired me to send you one of my favourite photos of my cats. Here two -of my five darlings- lounging on my daybed in front of Ikea Billy bookcases. And if you look closely, in the lower right corner you can also see what these darlings do to furniture..." WOW - someone with almost as many cats as I have! And Katia, your poor furniture - I always say they're lucky they're so cute...
Eclectic modern mixing high end with more realistic pieces Liz Levin designs spaces that are all about her client's lifestyle and collections. It's about beauty and function while keeping it real. Inspiration for today's world. Plus who could resist that adorable kitty on the bed? I promise I had this post ready before Kim's kitty cats below. It's all about those curtains. Gorgeous!
We here at DTI occasionally post photos of cute animals on furniture - because we love animals, and we love furniture. I just received an email from Katrina who had this to say: "Here is something you might like. I foster kittens for my local rescue - the Anti-Cruelty Society. I was cleaning the kittens room and put them in our tiny little apartment bathroom to keep them away from the vacuum. This is where they decided they were most comfortable. Enjoy!" I think fostering animals in need is a selfless wonderful thing and I want to thank Katrina for opening her home to rescued kittens. And who says a sink isn't a piece of furniture? ;)