There is something about a home that is left raw and natural that always gives me heart palpitations. I nearly fell out of my chair when I spotted this apartment that was featured in one of my favourite magazines, Milk Décoration. Formerly a watchmaker’s shop in a building constructed in 1905 in Østerbro, Copenhagen, it is the home of Niels Strøyer Christophersen, co-founder and artistic director of Danish design studio FRAMA. The patina, the history peeking out through peeling paint is perhaps too raw for most, but I think it’s absolutely beautiful. Photos: Nathalie Krag
Here is a prime example of how pattern can have a HUGE impact on a space. BOOM! Pattern expert ELEY KISHIMOTO has unveiled its interior design for the new Southerden Patisserie and Café in central London, in collaboration with long-term creative partner, UK-based design practice Studio MacLean. The newly opened store is situated at 72 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UD. The new Bermondsey Street store was complete at the end of January 2015, in time for its official opening in February 2015. The transformation from run-down hairdressers into a beautifully crafted patisserie store was truly remarkable; EK’s eye-popping graphics (from floor to ceiling in its Venice pattern), coupled with Studio MacLean’s technical lighting solution, have aligned with the beautiful heritage of Bermondsey Street, opposite the Fashion Textile Museum. (Photos: Chris Tubbs)
I regret not titling this post “Lighting porn” as these spaces by French designer Damien Langlois-Meurinne are outfitted with some of the most spectacular lights I have ever seen. And some of them are designed by Damien himself. These rooms are glamorous and luxe, but the lighting takes them to another level. They are pieces of art, making a statement.
This is another one of those scenarios where I apparently have been living under a rather large rock. How have I never come across this super talented design firm, based in Brooklyn NY, founded by an Anglo-French husband and wife team of ex-bankers? The New Design Project is Fanny Abbes and James Davison and their style rocks my world. Exhibit A – I LOVE THIS LOFT!!! A young couple’s urban residence is enriched with bursts of bold color and texture, transforming it into an elegant and modern apartment full of strong and vibrant flavors. Modern pieces have been combined with playful accents and ethnic touches to create a space that is eclectic but undeniably urban, and is cool and relaxed whilst feeling grown-up. The use of simple graphic patterns and vivid colors tones down the existing woodwork and prevents the space from feeling overly rustic. Design by Fanny Abbes, photos by Alan Gastelum.
Just before the holidays I settled on a paint colour for my kitchen. It was not a difficult decision – I wasn’t even going to bother trying a sample on the wall because I was so sure it would be perfect.
When I had received the fan deck from Farrow & Ball and came across Stiffkey Blue and Hague Blue I knew immediately that my kitchen needed to be blue. I went with Stiffkey because the colour just seemed perfect with black and white (and it is less dark and bold than Hague which seems to be much more on the teal/aqua side). Below is a beautiful bedroom painted in Stiffkey Blue.
Here is a before photo of my kitchen. It is all Ikea and very small and very boring. So imagine the walls painted in Stiffkey Blue. *SIGH* I might keep the ceiling white to ensure the space maintains its brightness. The faucet and cabinet handles will be replaced with brass ones. I just noticed in this photo that the dishwasher is just a large panel of stainless steel. Now I am wondering if I should cover it in white somehow. Anyway, even the light fixtures are Ikea (I think) and beyond boring so I will replace those (there is one in the middle of the ceiling too).
I was thinking this Vega 3 chandelier from Schoolhouse Electric would look fab in the middle of the room.
Then for over the sink I love a couple of different lights by Gubi – like this Bestlite pendant BL9
I hope now that I am finally starting to get over the miserable infection(s) I had over the holidays that I can manage to get the painting done this weekend. Fingers crossed! And I hope to gawd the paint is ok – idiot UPS delivery guy left it out on my porch in -20C weather.
I went poking around the internet while I was sick to get some inspiration of kitchens with brass, and I found several that have blue as a feature colour as well.