Displaying posts from February, 2024

In Blauvelt, less than 20 miles from New York City, is the Socrates Zaferiou House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Completed in 1961, the 2,500-square-foot Usonian home has been restored by Sarah Magness, including the period kitchen, batten mahogany paneling, and exterior. An escape from the city, the house is representative of Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius and philosophy that the outside is the inside, and vice versa. Likewise, Sarah wanted the interiors to reciprocate the woodsy landscape. The strict linear components, inside and out, required a simplified, peaceful interior to reinforce the character of the architecture. 
Can you imagine scrolling through real estate listings and coming across a Frank Lloyd Wright being sold by its original owners? I’d pass right out. Photos: Adrian Gaut.

As white as snow

Posted on Tue, 20 Feb 2024 by midcenturyjo

You’d be forgiven for thinking this Spanish home was a getaway by the beach. The white on white and pale timbers, the cane and linen. But no it’s in the Spanish town of Becerril de la Sierra in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range an area more acquainted with snow than sand. And the house? Think earthy yet sophisticated, natural yet refined, timeless, bright and calm. Vivienda en Becerril de la Sierra by Helena Martin.

Photography by Montse Garriga.

This full gut renovation in Dallas celebrates the original build while accommodating the needs of contemporary living. With its confident use of colour and an emphasis on deco details, the design draws on its Art Deco roots. Clean lines, period pieces, light pouring in through metal framed windows. It all adds up to a fabulous blend of past and present. Beverly Drive, Highland Park by Avery Cox Design.

Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo.

Extreme bookcase envy

Posted on Mon, 19 Feb 2024 by KiM

I am absolutely head over heels in love with this home (a three-bedroom Grade II-listed terrace house of Georgian architecture in Bristol’s Cotham and Redland Conservation Area, with an 18th-century façade, and spans 2,000 sq ft over five storeys). I cannot imagine having this much book storage. I cannot imagine being able to own this many books. What a dream come true. Though I would be filling some of the shelving with pottery since that is another thing I would love to collect and display in abundance. For sale via Inigo.

Archi-textile in Trieste, Italy

Posted on Mon, 19 Feb 2024 by KiM

The project by Marcante-Testa in Trieste, inside a building from the early 1900s in the city’s historical center, covered the renovation of an apartment of about 180 square meters, which no longer held any traces of the period of original construction (other than the internal doors). In the project by Marcante-Testa the textile element becomes material for architecture and interior design, with fabric panels to divide the spaces – as in the living area, between the dining and sofa zones –, textile wall “belt” in the bedroom to set the perimeter of the space at different heights, passementerie utilized to cover radiators in the living room, and even fabric doors for the custom cabinets of the dressing room. All the fabrics (including the curtains) have been specifically designed for the project by the textile designer Aleksandra Gaca, in collaboration with the architects, and produced at the Textile Museum of Tilburg (Netherlands).
As always this firm’s attention to detail is extraordinary and despite this being so much more subdued than their typical projects it still allows their architectural details to shine. I especially love their modern take on ceiling cornicing/molding. Photos: Carola Ripamonti.