IN CONVERSATION WITH RACHEL HAZELL
For most of us, paper is an everyday essential; something we have way too much of cluttering up our desks or our offices; something we’re told we should be able to function without - does anyone really have a paper free office? - but which is as necessary as, well, caffeine. Or it’s the paper that fills our books or magazines. Essential paper, but paper that, if we’re honest, we probably take for granted.
But speak to paper artist Rachel Hazell and it quickly becomes clear that the humble sheet of paper is much more than a disposable everyday essential. In Rachel’s hands, it is crafted into a beautiful and unique piece of art. Her work ranges from exhibitions and solo shows to workshops - including forthcoming workshops in Paris, the Shetlands, and Venice - through to site-specific installations that are minimalist and sculptural.
So, I’ve posted about this on Instagram and Facebook, but realised that I hadn’t mentioned it here, and given that this is where Copperline exists, well, it seemed right to share it. I was surprised (pretty gobsmacked, actually) to be asked by Domus Nova to be featured in the Autumn/Winter edition of their magazine Domus Life. It’s a cracking publication, full of lustworthy properties and gorgeous interiors and architecture. And this, above, is the feature about Copperline, and a little bit about me. As a journalist, I spend my life interviewing people for newspapers and magazines, so it was interesting - in a good way! - to experience this process from the other side.
With thanks to Domus Nova for this fantastic opportunity. You can find the Autumn/Winter edition of Domus Life here.
I’ve been meaning to post about this fantastic project since I laid eyes on it - when I spotted Cabin 2 on the 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards shortlist for Residential Design. If you’ve been following Copperline for a while you’ll already be aware of how much I admire Australian architecture and interiors, and the AIDA list is like a goldmine of great design.
Situated at Blairgowrie in Victoria, Cabin 2 is the work of Maddison Architects, who added a 105 sq/m extension to an existing 1960s log cabin set on a sloping site. This self-contained retreat includes living spaces and storage, with a bedroom and en-suite upstairs.
DID SOMEONE SAY MOODBOARD?
A Tumblr blog may not seem like the most obvious place to be sharing news of Pinterest, but why not? Most of us use various forms of social networking and content sharing platforms. Personally, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter are my Big Four. I have three Tumblr blogs, one chunky Pinterest account (11,000+ pins and counting…), three Instagram accounts (if you include The World According to Harris, which technically is my dachshund’s account…) and three Twitter accounts (again, Harris holds responsibility for one of those). That’s a whole lot of content sharing. And that’s not even counting Facebook. Need I say more.
ART & HUE
If you’ve ever wondered, what’s a good way to pitch an idea to a blogger… Well, one way is to pitch it creatively. I first clocked Art & Hue thanks to a great feature on one of my favourite blogs Home Arty Home, when the bright graphics caught my eye, as did the fact that Art & Hue had just launched a Kickstarter campaign with the aim of raising funding for a new collection of graphic pop art. The campaign was launched at the beginning of August, coinciding with Home Arty Home’s feature (where you’ll find more photos), and has a deadline of Friday August 29, by which stage the project will be funded if at least £2,500 has been pledged.
When I spotted this kitchen featured on Desire to Inspire, well, I had to share it. It’s simple and crisp. It has a pleasing blend of materials with warm grey oak wall cabinets and matte white base cabinets set against custom European white oak floors. It’s calm. The white glass splasback catches the light and then there’s that sculptural swirl of a pendant suspended over the island. That single fluid touch feels so right here, offsetting the linear lines elsewhere and echoing, in a sense, the curve of the original arched windows.
Let’s blame the summery weather here in the UK for my current obsession with houses that open up to the great outdoors, where the design is about the indoor-outdoor flow of space and an interior that feels, well, dare I say cool, both physically in terms of the finishes used and also aesthetically.
Which is why this townhouse in Melbourne caught my eye on Homelife. This interior was designed by Miriam Fanning of Mim Design - you’ll find more photos of the project here.
ON THE EDGE
When I first saw this house feature on Elle Décor Italia it stopped me my tracks. I mean, look at this house. Look at this jawdropping location, perched on top of a cliff 50 metres above sea level, with expansive ocean views. What a setting to call home.
Tunquen House is located in the Chilean region of Valparaíso about 160 km from the city of Santiago, and is used as a holiday home. The building was designed in 2012 by Nicolás Lipthay Allen/L2C. The linear house is divided into three zones: the open plan living room, dining area and kitchen, with the main bedroom at one end of the building and the family and guest bedrooms at the other.
AT HOME WITH GREGORY PHILLIPS
“If you have a lot of glass, you need a fantastic view,” architect Gregory Phillips reflects, and there’s no denying that his own home in London’s Muswell Hill includes both these features.
From the front, the semi-detached house appears traditional, but move to the rear of the property and you’ll discover an incredible open plan living space incorporating seating, dining and kitchen areas, with an entire wall of glazing pulling in the views to the rear garden.
And what a garden. Designed as a series of external rooms, the garden was an integral element of the overall design and has been an ongoing project since 2007 – the year after Gregory and his wife Sara bought this 1930s house. At the time, Gregory didn’t realize that his family home would become a laboratory for ideas that he would go on to use in client projects. Gregory Phillips Architects has won national and international awards for both interior design and architecture, and clients include leaders in the fields of finance, technology, property and sport, as well as entrepreneurs.