Hooray for Fridays! The weekend is just about to begin and my mind is turning to getaways. How about a Belgian B&B? Bricks and render and a monotone palette of greys and creams and linen and lush lawns with clipped buxus? We can take tea and relax in the summer house or explore the countryside and be back home in time for work on Monday. OK I’m daydreaming but what a lovely dream. The Little Monastery in Damme, Belgium.
The palette is restrained, black, neutrals, wood tones except for the flashes of yellow and gold. Spaces within the open plan room are defined by ceiling heights and furniture groupings while layers of texture prevent the whole from being sterile. Moody, masculine, urban, polished, Brazilian. Itacolomi Apartment 445 by São Paulo-based architect Diego Revollo.
Voluptuous. It’s the only word I can think of to describe this room. The punctuation of the rug, the curve of blue velvet disguised as a sofa, the mid century chairs and brutalist sconces all toy with the 19th century bones of the room, the ceiling, the gilded plaster, the wrought iron. And to top it all off a ridiculously large and “casually” arranged vase of elephant ears in a vase. Appartement Rue Jean Goujon, Paris by Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, the design duo behind the architectural firm Studio KO.
I am dying a slow death over this total gem of an apartment. It is EVERYTHING a Paris apartment should be. AND MORE. Featured on The Socialite Family you can catch all the juicy details there. If you’re going to take over your grandmother’s apartment and keep the tradition alive THIS is how you do it – by working with all of the jaw-dropping original architecture and adding in vintage mixed with iconic modern elements (with help from architect friend Samantha Hauvette).
The Ploum sofa by the Bouroullec brothers is one of the coolest sofas of all time IMHO.
Up there with the Ploum is the Togo. YAAASSSS!
Also by the Bouroullec brothers are these Flos AIM pendants. I have one in my living room and I want a zillion more.
Can’t have a funky Paris apartment without some tumbling block tile. *SWOON*
Brazilian architect/designer Gisele Taranto went a little cray cray at this year’s Casa Cor design competition. Lab LZ by GT is this space consisting of 3 sectors: lounge, working and library. And all of them are set upon a suspended glass floor filled with mirror shards in the space between the existing subfloor and the glass…thus bringing together the concept of depth and reflection. Now that’s creative. I don’t think I could live with a floor like that but what an interesting concept! (The leather Lego sofa from estudiobola is fantastic!)