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Roman and Williams

Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors (based in New York City) are my new favourite design duo. I absolutely love every photo in their portfolio. TO DIE FOR. They rock all sorts of styles - there's a bit of mid-century, vintage industrial, Moroccan, contemporary country,'s all freaking gorgeous and looks so effortless, and timeless. I'm taking many notes and saving many photos.


Elmslie Osler Architects encore

"Shall we be cultured aesthetes and dilly dally with our jobs or put on our dungarees and learn the significance of architecture by laying stone and brick for awhile, mixing mortar and sawing wood. Learn of the strength and durability of materials; know of society and its myriad needs and aspirations. Read fairy stories; read Keats, Shelley and Whitman. Absorb a sound and understanding knowledge of the incredible inventions of our day and go to it. There are no fixed formulas; no dry standards; no such thing as composition. There is only one thing to achieve and that is an architectural organism. Composition is dead; an organization is alive... vivid... responsive to conditions; and eloquent of the spiritual association of function and form. Travel the frank and courageous road whereon may be seen the real contributions to ages gleaming in the sunshine."
   - George Grant Elmslie

Elmslie Osler Architects was blogged by Jo back in '07 but I happened upon their website recently and found quite a few more inspirational photos to share with you. Several of them are just the bones of a space, but WOW, what bones they are. It's all the inspiration you need. And that lovely quote above just adds to the serenity below.



(***Those wondering where Monday's pet post is will have to wait until next week. My vacation sadly ends today and I'll be spending the day on airplanes, but I had this 'regular' post ready in my absence.)

Design firm workshop/apd is based in New York City and Nantucket, Massachusetts specializing in high-end residential renovations, new home construction and commercial development with an emphasis on sustainability. "Our approach to design looks beyond the singularity found within current architectural trends and takes advantage of the multiple perspectives that make up our society. This allows for a more intriguing and less predictable relationship between design and its context. Conventional boundaries between adjacent spaces are often transgressed, allowing activities to transition naturally across fluid thresholds. This results in performative spaces that collapse the form of function into the function of form." Their portfolio includes modern, contemporary and downright funky, ecelctic spaces. I had a hard time picking out my favourites, but this about sums it up:




I was scoping out the portfolio of architecture and interior design firm West Chin the other day to see if there were more photos I could showcase here that Jo hadn't already done in her post back in June. I came across a swanky pad that I thought was worthy of it's own post. This flat is modern but not too harsh, with funky bits here and there (including a couple sets of boobs and a pair of diaper chairs), and even some cute spaces for the kids (the parents must lock them in their rooms for fear of dirty hands on the furniture). FAB!



Extreme gingerbread

As I promised yesterday, here is another project by Priscilla Glover and Ivan Spaller of Urban Nature Inc., thanks to Tammy, their realtor. This time it's a Victorian home built in 1890 that was moved from Marlin, Texas to the heart of Austin - which explains why Tammy calls it "extreme gingerbread". The entire home was restored and updated in just over a year, maintaining much of the classical architecture while adding modern touches. I'm completely smitten with the exterior. Who cares what the inside looks like - I'd be sold on it while pulling up out front. (See more photos here and check out more of their work here).