What is it about Brazilian design that makes it so hot?! It’s bold and brash, brave and beautiful. It’s never precious but always fun. This is the portfolio of São Paulo architect Vitor Penha. The texture, the mix of modern and midcentury, wood and brick cheek and jowl with plastic and metal. It looks found and thrown together but it is very clever design. Hot? It sizzles! P.S. Please design gods may I have that first staircase and that double height wall of steel and glass? Hang it can I just have that first apartment. (Thanks Sandro for the link!)
A big thanks to reader Sheyla for sending along the link to her favourite Spanish shelter magazine called Nuevo Estilo (she lives in Holland and has found it in stores there). Their website is phenomenal, with tons of huge photos. I had a hard time narrowing down my favs for this post, but here most of them are…
… is a very special place. Where fantasy and folly meet greenery and stone. Old sits with new made old and cool breezes ruffle scented foliage. In the heat of the day blue water beckons and secret garden rooms are filled with forgotten treasures. Michael Trapp travels the world to find antiques and architectural fragments to weave his magic at the bottom of a very special garden.
Vince Squillace, Patrick Nicholas and the rest of the team at Squillace Nicholas Architects are some talented folks. This Australian firm “believes the experience of architecture is heightened through a building’s engagement with landscape and climate, the interplay of light, and the sensuality of materials.” Amazing attention to detail while keeping clean, simple looks. Lovely!
Amy Samelson has an eye for calm, refined modern spaces. Her designs use rich textures and beautifully subtle colours. It’s a modern, clean lined look but at the same time almost sumptuous with the layering of textures, softened with the draping of fabric. It’s an easy elegance but a look that is just right for the everyday and perfect for small space living.