It’s like I say week in week out. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. Advertising company Wieden & Kennedy by Red Deer.
Loving the casual and warm vibe of this Newport Beach, CA home that looks a bit mid-century but reads more contemporary farmhouse. Lots of pale wood, stone, tile, marble add lots of texture and the neutral colour palette really allows these features to take centre stage. The to-die-for views are a welcome distraction. Designed by Denise Morrison.
Photos: Shade Degges and Anna Gex
And so the new year at Desire to Inspire begins and what better way to jump-start your design year than with a jolt of saturated colour. Yes, I know that all the interiors at the moment seem to be white upon white and beige between beige but I am loving this deep blue kitchen by Blakes London. Add in pops of red and all I can say is “oui oui chérie.”
“The Cable House transforms a small, dark workers’ cottage into a contemporary family home, finding elegant solutions to the challenges posed by the dense urban environment, narrow south-facing site and heritage context.”
Light is drawn into the space through tall windows and skylights while the sensitive roofline sits sympathetically with the neighbours. Vines trail lazily over steel cables inside and out softening the structure over time. By Tom Roberston Architects.
“The McNamara House is a new addition to a heritage Federation-era home in Malvern East. Sitting discreetly behind the original, the new pavilion is at once subservient and subversive to the existing building. Where the new is contemporary and welcoming, the old is formal and stately. Through the contrast between the grandeur of the old and the pared-back elegance of the new, a sense of order and refinement is created.”
When good design is subservient design. Adjunct as opposed to distraction. It’s not always about the “Look at me” upstart. Sometimes it’s about turning the expected on its head, about simple being disruptive. By Tom Roberston Architects.