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Friday
Dec132013

Mews 04

Like a theatre set of brilliant white, this modern extension to a double fronted mews house in Hyde Park, London allows the owners' pieces to take centre stage. Art Deco meets decadence meets minalism with neoclassical whimsy and luxury. Sinuous and sensual and at times stark. Part folly, part living space, part sculpture. I have a vision of an operatic fat lady in vintage Paco Rabanne and house slippers gliding across a minimalist cube towards a Fornasetti milking stool while warbling Wagnerian lieder and sipping Nespresso. And I mean that is the best possible way! Love it. By Andy Martin Architects.

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Thursday
Dec122013

Barcelona lofts

It had been a while since we've heard from Rodrigo Hirsch of Spanish architecture and interior design firm Planell-Hirsch (post here), so I was excited when he emailed with photos of their latest projects - LOFTS! These are 2 lofts in the Poblenou District, Barcelona - presumably in the same building as they're pretty much identical. OMG - those windows! What a dream!!! I can't stop looking at those massive curtains. Interesting that the steel beams have been painted white - not sure I would have done that but they do blend in and keep things light. And I adore the Normann Copenhagen Bell lights over the enormous dining table (I was drooling over them when I paid a visit to my favourite shop a couple of weeks ago). Great job Rodrigo!

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Wednesday
Dec112013

On the porch

It's probably too late in the year. It is probably too cold. Snow may have fallen and the trees are more than likely bare by now but next year ... next year as summer fades and the autumn closes in you'll find me sitting on the porch, perhaps with a fire crackling in the corner, a rug close by. Yes you'll find me rocking quietly, drinking in the view ... in my dreams. By Meyer Davis Studio.

Wednesday
Dec112013

Skyline

Is this the ultimate home cinema? Pass the popcorn and roll the film, I'm moving in. Perched on a ridge line in the Hollywood Hills, the Skyline Residence by Belzberg Architects may incorporate sustainable design practices, may have clean modern lines, expansive rooms with outrageous views through vast walls of glass but what we all will be pinning and filing away for another day will be the outdoor theatre. Genius.

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Tuesday
Dec102013

Lajeunesse Residence

Here is another doozy by _naturehumaine. We were hired by a young couple to do a complete renovation of a house built by the clients grandfather, now housing its third generation of the same family. Their request was that we created something modern and bright. Due to the noisy street at the front of the house, the main living spaces were placed at the back facing north creating the challenge of bringing direct sunlight into these spaces. A double height light-well topped with a skylight, aids in bringing light to the centre of the house. On the ground floor, a wall of translucent sliding panels protects the living spaces from unwanted gazes from the street as well as acting as a vestibule in winter. A plywood handrail wraps around the stair and folds at the base becoming a long bench for the dining table. A simple pallet unifies the custom furniture around the house; folded steel plates, white wooden shelves, and russian plywood. I love the colour scheme - particularly the hints of yellow added throughout the ground floor. 

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