MilK is a magazine from France for parents. It covers several topics related to children, including family homes. Now, I’m not a parent but damn do they feature some great interiors! Here is a selection of some of my favourite spaces.
Sound a little “stuffy”? How about this…. STUFF, a clever interactive book exploring the inspiration behind the richly layered design work by Carey Maloney and his team at M(Group). The book takes readers through 40 wide ranging “topics” from designers like Eugene Printz and Billy Haines, to Greek marbles and Maoist art and more. A free Digimarc Discover app means you can point your smart phone or tablet at any topics page and disappear down the rabbit hole of design discovery. But you’ll have to wait just a little longer. STUFF is due for release in December. In the meantime explore the STUFF website for just a little taste of what awaits.
I have benches on the brain, as the one from ReOrient that I purchased last weekend was delivered yesterday. I have a random grouping of chairs at my dining table, and some of them I’ve been wanting to get rid of, so I figured I could use the bench on one side and my 2 white Panton S chairs and an Eames shell chair on the other. To my horror, the bench is about a HALF INCH too long. *&^%!!! There has got to be a way to rectify this but so far I haven’t come up with anything yet. Since I’m home sick with an awful cough today I will see what I can do. If there is nothing I can do about it (likely), the bench will reside under my living room window, and act as an end table for the couch, a perch for the cats to bird watch, and a spot to put shoes on/off at the front door. (Only in a 12′ wide house can you have something perform 3 functions just because it’s long). Benches are, in my humble opinion, a very underused piece of furniture. They are great in a living room when you want a good sight-line into the next space but need the seating. Benches are handy at a dining table because they can push under the table (if they’re not too long like in my case!) and not take up space. They are cute at the end of a bed to stash books and extra blankets, and fabulous in an entryway to throw your purse on and sit to put on shoes. How about in a bathroom to toss your clothes on before jumping into the shower? I also love them in a hallway to fill the void since they are typically nice and narrow. Here is a round-up of photos of benches I found in my stash. (P.S. I did a bench post a while back here).
Jessica Zavaglia, an interior architect and designer for Danny Broe Architect, emailed about a fun project they completed in Surry Hills, Sydney. Their task was to create a more functional home that was open and bright. The rear of existing ground floor was completely demolished and the top, fully brick floor has been propped up by the new red frame. In addition, we extended the new kitchen into the existing breezeway and we excavated the backyard to create a car space that is not visible from the kitchen. The car is concealed by the planter box. The owner loves colour so making the beam red was a cool idea, and the bright orange in the kitchen is gorgeous with the wood floor and wall. (architects: Danny Broe & Gaby Brazil, interior designer: Jessica, photographer: Karina Illovska)