When a designer is willing to concern themselves wholeheartedly with the details, no matter how simplistic or ornate, I am going to pay close attention. I came across the 1920’s Palos Verdes, California Spanish cottage of designer Mandy Graham and quickly became an admirer of her work. The arched doorways throughout and the kitchen are blowing my mind. The diversity of her projects share a design philosophy that defines a cohesive balance of texture, light and form. The use of such restraint communicates an aesthetic that is both timeless and sophisticated. Respect.
Photos: Jasper Carlberg
“Copper-clad and streaming with light, a new townhouse by Fox Johnston Architects offers a blueprint for compact multi-level living. On an exposed corner site in the leafy back streets of Bondi, it deftly balances natural light, garden outlooks and privacy, while leaving one or two tricks up its sleeve. Fox Johnston used the site topography to carve three distinct levels, modulating materials and form to give the building strength, character and privacy. On a site of just 153 square metres, they engineered a house of 212 square metres, fringed with landscape spaces for the owners to cultivate.”
Statement and sanctuary Bondi House by Sydney-based architectural firm Fox Johnston.
Photography by Dave Wheeler & Brett Boardman
It’s not often I would call a minimalist scheme sensuous and dramatic. What typically springs to mind is cold and stark but in this Toorak house by Melbourne-based interior design firm Larritt-Evans the simple lines are enhanced by luxurious fabrics and sinuous lines. Those dark blue drapes are like looking into a midnight sky while the sweep of the staircase is more theatre than a means of transitioning a space.
Photography by Eve Wilson
Jo shared the 17th century, 3,300 sq ft Milan palazzo of designer Vincenzo De Cotiis a few years ago and I recently stumbled upon it again and because it truly is one of the most exquisite homes I have ever seen I wanted to share it again. This is what taking the time to peel back years and years of layers can get you. And when you leave it raw and untreated, it is absolutely magical and something to be revered for years to come. (You can read more about it here and here)
Photos: Simon Watson, Joachim Wichmann