If you’re stuck going in to the office on a Sunday, it would be no sweat if it was as cool as the Oakland, CA office of Black Girls CODE (an inspiring organization trying to increase the number of women of color in the digital technology space by introducing girls 7-17 to CS – which I LOVE. 20 years ago when I was in the computer science program at a local college, I was one of maybe 5 women, and that included my twin sister. And we 5 were white or Asian). Designer Kīyonda Powell used such stunning, jewel tones in this space, and lots of fun patterns in fabrics and wallpaper.
Photos: Sen Creative Photography
The family friendly, dynamic and spirited vibe of this home is not quite what you’d expect when the exterior is a conventional Colonial home. I LOVE the unexpected!!! When the homeowners moved into this 1920’s center hall colonial in Essex Fells, New Jersey, they envisioned a comfortable, livable home where family and friends can kick off their shoes and unwind. The brief: Repurposed rooms, reinvented family heirlooms and a riot of color and pattern equal an unfussy environment that embraces the craziness of life with three young children. Perfectly Imperfect. Designed by Toledo Geller.
Brazilian designer Sig Bergamin is taking maximalism to a place where colour is IN YOUR FACE and art is KEY and patterns are BOLD and abundant. This cottage he designed has an energy that is inimitable.
London designer Clare Gaskin used unexpected colours and really maximized space with great storage solutions in this terrace home. We designed this Victorian terrace in two phases. Firstly we tackled the dated floorplan and dingy look with renovation work which stripped the property back to its shell. More recently, we made the property work as a family home, finding ways to reflect the personalities of this young family whilst providing much needed storage, so often requested for projects of this type. The client wanted a contemporary, light, modern and airy space. During the first phase we opened the ground floor up. Positioning the kitchen at the louder (street) end of the property and with the dining area in the middle. At the rear of the property, benefitting from a side extension, the lounge is situated. We made the lounge feel more spacious by digging down to increase the ceiling height and feel lighter with a large skylight and glazed french doors opening onto the garden. The brief was for a lot of colour, as well as a flow and continuity through the property to ground it and make sense of the pockets of colour and pattern. This project was filled with fun specifications of finishes as well as a lot of time spent on how to create storage wherever we could.
This apartment was given a makeover with bold colour combinations and lots of drama care of Moscow’s The Art Group by Daria Vasilkova. Customers did not want to start from scratch, it was only necessary to add the fresh energy to the old walls. We were to make it full of vibrance, free and open, but meaningful and welcoming at the same time. This is a space for a family of young, beautiful, creative people with children. Ethnic motifs, antiques, natural wood, innovative, offbeat ideas in furniture design, whimsical lamps – everything turned out to be close in spirit to our customers.