It’s Saturday and in between coffee dates with friends, grocery shopping and a few hours pottering in the garden I’ve been real estate stalking as I tend to do. I love to see what is waiting behind a firmly closed door or a conservative facade. Like this Federation era townhouse in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton North just a stone’s throw from the city centre. All Edwardian propriety on the outside. All light, bright, modern family fun on the inside. Fuschia pink kitchen anyone? Link here while it lasts.
It’s like I always say (except not too much lately), if you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it looks great. Today’s workspace is a first for DTI. Part pastel Haussmannian, part post modernist homage meets contemporary bespoke, all with attention to medical precision it’s a plastic surgeon’s practice by French interior designers Agence Véronique Cotrel.
Interior designer Nuria Alia calls it a Sensory Alarm Clock (it was her design for Casa Decor 2017). A super fun, super sunshiny (is that a word?) place to start your day. Pastel pops and pattern play, shiny metals and sleek velvet all with a nod to Art Deco. What a way to up the energy levels.
This renovated 200 sq m apartment by Note Design Studio could not be more beautiful. Here is its story…
An office space – an apartment without either bathrooms, kitchen or storage – the former head office of a fashion brand in the center of Stockholm and a client that hoped to transform it into a home. Traces of the old 19th century splendour were there – worn wooden floors and ornaments in the form of stucco and carpentry as well as three old tiled ovens – but the beautiful, old characteristics were painted in thick layers of white color and modern spotlights in the ceilings that reinforced the feeling of an impersonal office.
We noted the colours of the three tiled ovens; green, pink and a yellowish white. Behind a wall that was torn down to access the old piping, we found original 19th century paint on a door frame, suddenly illuminating the entire white space with its powerful mustard yellow tint. We added tones to the original color scale, which worked as a bridge between the powerful original hues, finally ending up with an 8-tone palette that originated from the hidden traces of the old apartment.
Since we aimed to disturb the original features of the apartment as little as possible, all new elements were placed in the spaces between the old ornaments. All cabinets designed for the apartment hover on the walls between base boards and stucco, or are free-standing on the floors. Two new walls were added and they inherited the same markings as the cabinets – a veneered surface with crossing lines in squares taken from the most beautiful pattern in the apartment; an original parquet in one of the corner rooms.
A color palette based on original colours, three expressive tiled ovens, decorations in ceilings and carpentry and an original pattern from a floor – these old traits and peculiarities were the clues we needed to take a white office space into a contemporary direction. The result is a harmonious but rich color experience – inspired by the original splendour – and a new home for our client and his children.
Kim has sung the praises of Géraldine Prieur of Rouge Absolu before and I just had to share a few more of her intense colour schemes. Brave, bold and brilliant. (If you check Kim’s post you’ll notice that the first pink room was once eau de nil and purple. I’m torn but I think I like this pink version better.)