Elmslie Osler Architects encore

Posted on Fri, 19 Mar 2010 by KiM

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.

That staircase is beautiful — interesting but simple. I just finished restaining and repainting my stairs this week, so I’ve been paying attention to stairs lately. Maybe I’m not done after all. Now I think I may need to add a stripe or two!

Emma says:

Is that cow hide wallpaper on those cabinets? very interesting, i’ve never seen anything like it!

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