Stylist, art director, interior designer, creative. Many hats, one man – Stef Bakker of the Amsterdam based Studio Bakker. Moody greys, industrial elements, vintage, warm wood and patina. It’s a tactile, stimulating and inspiring.
Cool bookcase from Brooklyn based architects and designers Workstead. A ladder that reaches to an operable skylight forms part of the bookcase structure.
It is sooooooo hot in my part of the world at the moment. Most of the country is experiencing a heatwave. Day after day of unrelenting high temperatures, the threat of bushfires and smoke curling into everything. Oh to be sitting at the table in this house, a large pitcher of iced tea making rings on the wood, waiting for the sea breeze to roll in and annoy the pages of the Saturday papers spread in disarray before me. In my fantasy the fire of course is not lit! What a lovely beachy home perched above the trees. Books, vintage furniture and tapa cloth. Perfect. What a great way to start the real estate stalking year. Link here while it lasts.
Newly built terraced house still in raw state fell into the hands of Poznań based architects from mode:lina just in time because it turned out that:
“These structural concrete elements are just beautiful!” and the lack of any walls immediately gave future users an overview on ground floor space.
“We love open space but is has to be cosy. We also like raw materials but they need to get some warm natural accents because of our small child. Do you think there’s still room for some furniture we inherited from our parents?”
Architect’s recipe for a cosy open space was to create different zones for different functions by changing material both on the floor as well as on the ceiling.
In order to bring more nature into this urban house, floor in the living room was covered with cow hide and bathroom sliding door are raw MDF with old plank print. The owner was really enthusiastic about the idea of making a tree branch chandelier:
“It can not be just any branch! I will bring one from the place where I used to spend my childhood holidays.” Even purely functional aspects are matching the overall atmosphere of the house:
(He) “We have a growing collection of books. The collection of clothes grows too (fast!)
(She) “Yes, I want my wardrobe in my bedroom and it needs to be very special.” The wardrobe gets closer to nature too as it looks like a mysterious forrest with hidden doorway (the mirror).
“This house feels like a forester close to the city centre.”
European style meets Hollywood Regency. The transformation of this Madrid space from what was once shabby offices (and before that the headquarters of a religious order) to a sophisticated and glamorous family homes is nothing short of stunning. From the restoration of fine architectural details to the pure exuberance of the decoration it is the work of interior designer Soledad Suárez de Lezo. Can you believe she was once a lawyer before following her heart and training as a designer? Soledad emailed us to share her success at being published in one of Spain’s hottest interior design magazines Nuevo Estilo. These are some of the images from the 16 page spread they did called Luminous Beauty. Congratulations Soledad – both on the feature and the amazing transformation. Luminous beauty indeed!