It has been a while since Jo first featured the work of L.A. and Nashville based designers Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward of Pierce & Ward. This talented duo is still going strong with maximalism and a flourish of colour, pattern and texture. Intriguing layers that make you stop and take in every inch.
This restaurant would catch my eye in an instant if I was walking by. The floor alone would have me walking in and asking for a table 🙂 Sapiens Est Kitchen & Bar in Moscow designed by architectural bureau Golden Heads.
Goals: To create a bright, memorable interior that reinforces the name SAPIENS, which refers to “intelligent man”, for whom communication is important. The space was supposed to allow guests the opportunity to talk peacefully with one another and encourage making new acquaintances.
Solution: The restaurant was divided into 2 rooms. A bar area with a guest table connected to the bar counter was placed in the first. Whitish brick walls, contrasting with a geometric floor pattern and a vivid mural on the ceiling, made the interior bright but neat. The high ceiling made it possible to augment the first room with a balcony for private events. The second room with its soft seats and subdued lighting is closer in functionality to a restaurant. Here, those who want a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere will be comfortably accommodated. We emphasized the name of the establishment with the help of an ironic art piece: five figures decorate the wall along the stairs to the second room demonstrating the gradual development of man – from pithecanthropus to homosapien.
Such a fun and inviting apartment this is! Another great project by Madrid-based architecture, interior design & construction firm BAO. Rustic touches throughout make the space homey and perfect for a family. The frosted glass partitions are a wonderful feature that lets light flow through whilst offering privacy.
Since discovering the work of Dublin & London based architecture and design firm Kingston Lafferty Design about 5 years ago, I have been captivated by each and every one of their projects. Unusual colours used in unusual ways, adding modern to period spaces, and simply being unique in everything they do. This renovation of a large period house in Malahide, Ireland is as gorgeous as I have come to expect from this firm.
Dream home alert!!! I am absolutely head over heels in love with this project by Seattle-based designer Michelle Dirkse. Victorian chic is what I would call this. “We want it to look like a haunted mansion.” Our clients’ request was one that we had never heard before and we were excited to explore it. The historic landmark home needed major work on the second floor. We completely re-developed the floorplan for the existing 6 bedroom 2 bath layout. By relocating walls with the help of a structural engineer and converting one of the bedrooms into an appropriately sized master bathroom, the new floorplan served the clients’ as they needed. With no plans to have others live in the home with them, we were able to convert 2 rooms into a large art studio with a lounge area. Another room was converted to a den, one to a dressing room and the last to the master bathroom. (The bathroom – OMGGGG!!!)
Photos: Aaron Leitz