Luxury, elegance, global modernism, sexy and extremely expensive. These are words to describe the amazing work of architect and interior designer James Magni. Named one of Architectural Digest's "Top 100" designers his work is sinuous, sophisticated and sleek marrying his wealthy clients' art work with antiques and his own exquisitely crafted furniture. That spiral staircase makes my interior designer's heart skip a beat. One can but dream.
I received an email from Kersti Ericsson of HZL by Henzel, a Swedish company that produces these stunning and unique rugs. HZL by Henzel is built upon a foundation of creativity and a desire to make rugs a key element of interior design. They call their handmade rugs bespoke tailoring for you floor. Around 40 percent of their rugs are made to order, mostly in collaboration with interior designers and architects, although special and wonderful requests from the general public include portraits and reproductions of children’s drawings. Definitely out of the ordinary, definitely gorgeous!
The photography of Kristian Septimius Krogh is absolutely mesmerizing. I adore white Scandinavian-style spaces, and all of these (except one) are the epitomy of Scandinavian beauty. The beautiful lighting highlights the white and gives such a calming feeling. *sigh*
The other day we received an email from Aja with a request:
I'm about to start redesigning my tiny apartment (I should say designing it for the first time) and I'm going to be using a commissioned painting from a friend as the basis for the entire redesign. Kim, I was inspired by your fireplace post the other day and all the amazing paintings featured over the mantles, and I was wondering if you guys could do a post featuring rooms designed around artwork as the central theme! The only direction I've really given my artist friend (who's amazing - she's fresh out of art school and doesn't have a website I can link you to yet but she will one day and it will be fabulous!) is that she should have fun with the painting, and the surreal, braindrain style that's all hers - and maybe indulge my love of orange.
This proved to be a bit of a tough request, having not seen Aja's painting (it's still in the works). I found some photos with art that had orange in it and included some with other colours as well (since the selection was minimal). Hope this helps you Aja, and please send us a photo of your painting when it's completed!
|Image Interiors||Kelly Wearstler|
|Alison Spear||Betty Wasserman|
|Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz||Met Home|
|Elle Decor||Homes & Gardens|
Australian photographer Amanda Prior has a gorgeous portfolio of interiors. I love that not only does she make these spaces look as special as they are she also conveys their "humanness". Her work appears in two of my most favourite Australian shelter magazines, Inside Out and Real Living. Don't miss her personal work, ordinary people in ordinary rooms.
P.S. This post could be subtitled "Kitchen inspiration for Kim".