BARCELONA APARTMENT

This amazing apartment caught my eye on Architectural Digest España and I had to share it. There’s so much to admire here, from the patina of those herringbone parquet floors to the overwhelming elegance of this interior, which feels almost gallery-like in the selection of artworks and mid-century furniture, including pieces by Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand, and lighting by Serge Mouille.

And, stating the obvious really, but the artworks, including pieces by Manolo Hugué, Julio González and Joaquín Torres García, have such an impact within this space, as each painting and drawing and sculpture has been placed as part of a carefully considered composition. Very, very beautiful.

See the feature on AD España with photography by Pablo Zamora.

#DESIGNPOPUP AT DOVECOT STUDIOS
Following on from the success of #DesignPopUp in Glasgow back in March, Double S Events has chosen Dovecot Studios as the venue for the Edinburgh edition of this collaborative pop-up exhibition, which will run for almost three weeks from September 24 until October 9. Exhibitors from across the UK and overseas will be using the event to introduce their new design ranges to Scotland’s architecture and design community. 
The exhibition will feature a diverse mix of product ranges and design talent. Domus Tiles will be exhibiting some impressive examples of ink-jet technology applied to porcelain tiles, while bathroom specialists Crosswater will be showcasing their bathroom ranges, including British designer Kelly Hoppen’s new collection, as part of their first foray into the world of #DesignPopUp.[[MORE]] 
Textiles specialist Milliken is launching a new carpet tile collection called Rogue Knit, while Bute Fabrics (a personal favourite) is presenting their new Tutti Frutti Tweeds collection – a 100% pure new wool characterized by its vibrant colours. And Artemide will be  making the trip to Edinburgh with iconic pieces such as their Tolomeo Lamp range (another favourite) and showcasing their architectural range. 
In 2008 Dovecot Studios completed a £12 million refurbishment of Edinburgh’s oldest public baths to create today’s workshop and gallery spaces, so this feels like the perfect venue for this design-led venture. If you’re in or around Edinburgh over the next few weeks, be sure to make #DesignPopUp a date for the diary.
Images © Double S Events 2014.



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#DESIGNPOPUP AT DOVECOT STUDIOS

Following on from the success of #DesignPopUp in Glasgow back in March, Double S Events has chosen Dovecot Studios as the venue for the Edinburgh edition of this collaborative pop-up exhibition, which will run for almost three weeks from September 24 until October 9. Exhibitors from across the UK and overseas will be using the event to introduce their new design ranges to Scotland’s architecture and design community.

The exhibition will feature a diverse mix of product ranges and design talent. Domus Tiles will be exhibiting some impressive examples of ink-jet technology applied to porcelain tiles, while bathroom specialists Crosswater will be showcasing their bathroom ranges, including British designer Kelly Hoppen’s new collection, as part of their first foray into the world of #DesignPopUp.

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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.

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DOMUS LIFE

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.

CABIN 2

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.

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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.

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ST LAZARE

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.

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MELBOURNE TOWNHOUSE

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.

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