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.
‘A 21ST CENTURY HOUSE INSIDE AN OLD STONE STRUCTURE’
There’s so much to admire about this building, where do you start? For me, there are two key images here: the bottom photo, showing Villa CP within its wider context with the views out over the surrounding landscape and the pool, and the second image, which highlights the combination of old and new that defined ZEST Architecture’s vision for this project as the Corten steel frames of the windows and the entrance offer a crisp contrast against the old stone walls. Stunning, right?
Villa CP is located in Spain’s Gavarres mountains and is described by the Barcelona-based practice as a ‘21st century house… created inside an old stone structure’.
THE PAVILION HOUSE
Back in April I posted about Swinging Seventies, a fantastically designed house that had been shortlisted in the Residential Category in this year’s Australian Interior Design Awards, and I’m returning to the AIDA’s rich source of interior goodness with The Pavilion House in New South Wales, which was designed by Arent&Pyke.
The project is described by the design team as such: ‘Our task was to seamlessly integrate the relaxed nature of our clients’ relationship with their home and its surroundings with an intensely detailed design execution that celebrated the architecture, harmonised the clients’ aesthetic and developed a cohesive, joyful, balanced yet effortless home.’
If you noted my previous post, you’ll have clocked the geometric tiling obsession, and that post reminded me of this incredible property located in the heart of Barcelona. There’s geometric tiling, and then there’s geometric tiling – that is, tiles that are used as an integral design element, both in terms of their decoration and, as here, as a means of defining zones within an open plan living space.
The design of the Carrer Avinyó apartment is absolutely fascinating – and don’t just take it from me: this project by David Kohn Architects picked up the prize for World Interior of the Year at the INSIDE Festival of Interiors in 2013.
OBSESSION NO 546: FLOOR TILES
Okay, I’ll admit, the title of this post is a little misleading. It suggests that I have so far posted about 545 other obsessions (which I don’t think I have) but it struck me while looking at this apartment in Barcelona just how many posts on Copperline have made reference to one obsession or another, be it elegant Parisian apartments (as designed by Joseph Dirand here and here) or houses clad in black timber (of which there are now too many examples to mention, but please do dive into the archive and check them out).
Given that most design bloggers are by their nature obsessed by design (hands up everyone), I figure it’s perfectly acceptable to post about another obsession: patterned floor tiles.
Do you ever come across a photo and it just sticks in your mind? I felt this way when I spotted the fourth image above posted by Dustjacket Attic on Tumblr, which led me to the accompanying blog post. There was just something about that combination of parquet flooring (a lasting obsession) and dado panelling, combined with the classic Mies van der Rohe daybed and the rather glamorous drinks trolley, and how this elegant combo is offset by the contemporary abstract painting. It’s a great mix.
And then this Stockholm apartment popped up again on Design Milk. Looking at it again I realised: it’s too good not to share.
When I came across this video interview with Parisian architect Joseph Dirand via Twitter, I can honestly say that watching Dirand discuss his beautiful home in Paris stopped me in my tracks. I already knew of Dirand’s work - I posted about another glorious elegant project of his here - but still, his own home is just exquisite in its refined aesthetic and gorgeous, gorgeous use of materials.
Consider the kitchen with its herringbone parquet floor and chunky marble countertop and matching splashback - though the word ‘splashback’ doesn’t do this feature justice. Look at the compact dining area in the kitchen with its built-in bench seating. Look at that perfectly minimal marble fireplace in the living room. And the way in which the period detailing - detailing that Dirand installed into this property in the city’s 7th Arrondissement - is effortlessly complemented by the elegant, clean-lined furniture.