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.
‘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.