I was completely smitten with the work of interior design and architectural salvage firm Retrouvius when I blogged this London team back in ’09. It’s about damn time I blog some of their latest work. Their aesthetic and love of reclamation really tugs at my heartstrings. I want them to father my design children. And I want founders Adam Hills and Maria Speake stashed away in my back pocket so I can make use of their creativity and ability to find the coolest sh*t whenever I please. Realistically though, how about we all just enjoy some of their latest brilliance. Oh – and they have a book that just came out. (P.S. Can someone please tell me the name of those square uneven tiles in the first several kitchens? I’ve loved those for ages and would love to get my hands on some one day).
I miss the retro posts I used to do. Scans of rooms long gone but living still in the musty pages of the retro design books I would find on foraging trips to books fairs and thrift stores. Sadly they came to an end. I had seemingly exhausted Brisbane’s supply of “oh so bad they had to be good” interior design publications from the 50s, 60s, 70s and even the 80s.
Imagine my delight when I found this time capsule for sale Cheltenham, Sydney. The Hawkins Residence designed by Philip Cox and awarded the Wilkinson Award in 1969, the highest accolade of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. A tweak here, a slight change of furniture there and I know many readers would happily move right in. This fabulous piece of Australian domestic architecture could be yours. I wish it was mine. For sale by Modern House Estate Agents, I found it while real estate stalking here.
I thought I’d do a quick post of some really simple, serene vacation homes in Sweden to calm the senses. By architect Mikael Bergquist.
Another day, another daydream, another dream beach house from Martín Gómez Arquitectos. The more I see of Gómez’ vision for Punta del Este the more I need to move to Uruguay. If white and wood and lots of light are key prerequisites for your perfect surf side abode then this house will certainly please. Love the long shaded patios that are so prominent in Gómez’ work. Perfect for long lazy alfresco living.
Down at the water’s edge where the sand meets the grasses, down where the tang of salt hangs in the air and waves pound a melody on the shore, down on the edge of day dreams is a beautifully simple beach house. The main building is pared back and casual with everything you need for life on the beach. A place to check the break at sunrise, gather with friends, relax in the sun or the shade, celebrate the end of a great day on the beach all while the relentless waves keep reminding you that this is indeed paradise and just how lucky you are. And when it is time to turn your back on the water and retire for the night, a separate sleeping hut provides the perfect retreat. Dreams are made of this.
Another amazing home by Martín Gómez Arquitectos in Punta del Este, Uruguay.