Down at the end of the garden is where you would normally find a folly. But how can you call a garden library a folly? Created by Czech firm Mjölk Architects, this fibreglass and wood box provides a reading room, a sleeping floor, a perch to observe your literary kingdom and of course books, glorious books. My head is swimming with possibilities. Just where in my garden will I place mine?
This dark and moody apartment is in Rio de Janeiro may well be the nest of that spiny creature deep within the earth but no, instead it is the creation of Brazilian architectural firm Ouriço (Portuguese for hedgehog). Outside it may be bright and sunny and tropical but inside it is calm and cocooning with graphic punches and vintage finds. Love the hero wall of books, the industrial lights and the warmth of the wood. Like a den, a club, a nest.
The library rules. No not “ssshhh no talking”. I mean this amazing library rules! The house too. The book lined shelves provide transition between the old house and the new extension, screening the open plan living areas from the hallway and front door. Black, white and wood, my favourite combo, are accentuated by the polished concrete floor and occasional burst of colour. By Melbourne based design atelier Techné.
Step inside this black clad house designed by Danish firm Wienberg Architects and you enter a still world, a series of spaces that are calm and zen like. A carefully curated collection of colour and materials, black and white, concrete and wood veneer, strokes the senses. Soft and hard, warm and stark. Beautiful details only emphasis the simplicity.
There is nothing more beautiful than black, white and grey. These stunning photos by Swedish photographer Jenny Grimsgärd are proof.