There is something that makes you stop and gasp when you find a great photographer's website. I had googled Denise Bonenti after seeing an attribution in a recent Elle Decoration. When I clicked across to Denise's website I knew I had hit pay dirt. What a portfolio! What a talent! Love the sense of colour, the lighting, the composition, the sense of humour. Love it all!
Lots of goodies in the email inbox this week. Favourite Australian designer Scott Weston has sent us a taste of his latest project.
"We are currently designing a hair salon in Sydney based on the theatrical flair of a french salon once owned by Madame Pompadour & referencing madame pompadour pink. There are two distinct zones the cool monastic washing/reception zone & the witty french salon as cutting room. Clients arrive & sit within a pastel pink suede banquette where they are greeted with a cup of tea in a porcelain teacup & mini cupcakes by staff ....
.... we have re-interpreted the typical french apartment salon & have created 3 metre high graphically printed panels to cocoon the space. A large bevelled mirror & console is located at each cutting station with furniture by Maletti. A suspended ceiling of ornate plaster cornices & rosettes house 4 large non-random lights by moooi. A solid timber herringbone floor with a huge pastel pink velvet curtain softens the architecturally graphic interior. The salon is screened of by an 8 metre linear cabinet finished in embossed silver with a filigree motif & houses the storage, office & kitchen facilities. The ritual room is a white glowing box where the client has their hair washed & coloured. The space is internally cocooned in a graphic laminate ivy print. Dotted strategically throughout the salon are quirky porcelain references to our beloved madame. Opens in September 2008."
I love scale models. They convey design ideas so efficiently and stylishly to the client. Not everyone can translate a 2-D technical drawing into a 3-D vision in their mind's eye. Scott's models are exceptional though! Time to book in for a cut and colour. Can't wait to see the final space Scott!
Love it when readers want to share their homes on Desire to Inspire. Pamie from Singapore sent in a link to her apartment which she has just finished renovating. Wow Pamie it's a great space. Love the tiles on the floor (and I'm not just saying that because I hate carpet). Love the clean minimalist lines. Love the red splashback in the kitchen. Did everyone notice the oriental decal on the Eames rocker? How cool is that! I want your screen as well. Thanks for letting us into your home.
Period is an interior design firm based in New York, and headed by Richard Livingston. "He is a master at orchestrating colors, textures, forms and materials, yet he has no signature style or all-purpose design playbook. Tired labels like "traditional" and "modern" don't apply to his work. Livingston celebrates the plurality of contemporary taste: he draws on the past to enrich the present and anticipate the future." Timeless neutral spaces, with stunning, substantial furnishings. Glorious.