Design News -The Covet International Awards

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As many of you know, our content curator is invested not only in presenting gorgeous decorative content, but as well supporting young artists and designers. That’s why we wanted to showcase the Covet International Awards -and spread the word about this international contest.

They are seeking outstanding submissions in the areas of

 

Residential | Hospitality | Commercial | Sustainable Design 

 

The deadline is December 15th, 2018.

 

This exciting award series is honoring the very best in interior design projects allover the world. celebrating and working to elevate creativity in the field, an expression of a commitment to the importance of decorative arts in our world today, as well as nod to the importance of handicraft and quality workmanship, a form of art and craft that may be fading from our lives too soon. Learn more here: https://covetawards.eu

 

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The Covet Awards are Sponsored by the BR HANDS FOUNDATION and COVETED

Leaders in Contemporary Design – Laskasas from Portugal

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Laskasas is a Portuguese furnishings and home décor company distinguished by a sense of modernist style with a twist.

Emphasis on sculptural design, ornate yet refined materials and a depth of texture and color mark the aesthetic of this innovative company. Every space and item has an opulent warmth to it without sacrificing style and originality. Understated rich color and curvilinear forms are ever present.

Laskasas is part of an important contemporary trend in Portugal that takes traditional artistry and merges these techniques inventively if not lushly to create new interpretations of modernist decor and furnishings. Indeed, Portuguese craftsmanship has been increasingly at the forefront of the design world, a tradition of centuries old invention and skill that includes outstanding achievements in areas of decorative arts such as azulejos,ceramics, embroidery, leaf gilding, and woodworking among many other areas.

 

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The company’s founder and CEO Celso Lascasas began the company in a small town near Porto, with the intention of offering high quality and innovative design in every aspect of home décor. The company oversees every aspect from design to production to sales as well and today, Laskasas is well established in its home country, and is now beginning to garner the attention of the design world, lately featured in various important design shows all over Europe including Maison & Objet and Milano Fashion Week.

We are delighted to feature the fine work and design of this innovative new company.

 

 

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Contemporary Design: Innovative Meets Tradition

 Where do you see Portugal in terms of the design world? 

Portugal is a small country of great talents, including the art of making stunning and innovating design pieces. Many brands are now producing their own designs and therefore continuing the legacy of Portuguese craftsmanship therefore creating truly remarkable products capable of adapting to any style of décor. I believe that the main inspiration comes from Italian furniture design but always with a modern twist, prevailing the noble materials and exclusive finishes. And that’s really what puts Portugal on the front row in the design world.

 

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Tell us about your company?

We design, produce and sells all our products and of course, none of this would be possible without Celso Lascasas, the brand’s founder and CEO. As well, Diana Leite our COO guides our brand. All timeless designs are the result of an inspired team coordinated by Pedro Neto.

Tell us about some of your newest and most interesting projects that your creative team is truly excited about.

 

 

The Stewart TV Cabinet is a detailed woodwork piece with crossed leaves of wood as well as metal details on the legs and the door pulls. This inspired vintage design is meant to add a sense of luxury.

The Jean Sofa is a beautiful upholstery piece utilizing a vintage upholstery approach: the Chesterfield buttoned technique. We have also mixed classic and contemporary styles in the wood and metal details.

 

The Pearl Console stole everyone’s heart! This handmade piece includes golden stainless steel and a stunning Port Laurent marble top and structure. With bold materials and finishes, it’s meant to be a statement piece exuding sophistication and luxury.

The Donald Armchair is a contemporary upholstered piece set in a sophisticated golden round stainless-steel foot. The compact and curved appearance gives this armchair the modern look of mid-century.

 

And can you tell us more about your craftspeople, manufacturing process and vision? 

Handmade techniques give a unique touch to all our pieces. Being based in the epicenter of furniture in Portugal allows us to have the best suppliers and materials. Our woodworkers, upholsterers and metalworkers have accumulated, along the years, the experience and know-how to perfectly execute our designs. Complete customization is one of our key strengths and that is the vision and motto.

 

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Learn more about the design vision of Laskasas.

Fabulous Bedrooms

Decorating a bedroom is always a personalized project that should encompass style with comfort and touch of sensuality and character. Focus walls with faux weathered historic looks, great wallpapers, ornate beds, classic sheets and Bloomsbury House style…we love all these amazing looks for your new bedroom…

 

Elegant Black and Gold

 

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Luxxu – an ornate luxury look with a sumptuous contemporary feel.

 

Hollywood Regency Goes Tropical

 

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Dreamy blue….Somewhere between fairytale, mid century modern and art nouveau we jut love this king sized Ariel bed in luxury velvet cloud from Sweetpea and Willow

 

Snow White Classicism

 

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The delicacy and freshness of white…a classic choice with a touch of femininity,  Romantic Ruffles Bed Linen, The French Bedroom Co

Boho Eclectic Style

 

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Eclectic style, art, patterns, Kantha quilts combined with metallics and Block Print Strip Wallpaper, Farrow & Ball

 

Top Creative Interior Design Resources

Top Creative Interior Design Resources – A repost / guest post from the Lladro Blog 

When it comes to finding interior design resources and ideas, we know that online sources are quick and easy ways to see the most visually inspired projects as fast as possible. It is like being able to visit the top designer’s studios in person, see the most bespoke and inventive rooms in a moment. If you are also into seeing designs, objects and interior design leaders’ projects in person and close up, events are an important interior design resource as well.

This is our special gallery of a few of the numerous top design fairs, shows and exhibits allover the world, held almost every month throughout the year. Explore imaginative and beautiful events and sites featuring some of the most interesting interior design resources these days.

 

Interior Design Resource #1 – Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair

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This exciting fair runs from February 7-11, 2017  and has much to offer in interior design resources. One of the most exciting features this year is the must-see Hayon DNA Gallery. In honor of the prolific and exciting Spanish designer Jaime Hayón, this is a site specific and unique installation that includes humor, invention and fantasy. On view are sculptures and functional objects all laid out in themes such as Sculpting Form, Fantasy Play, Craft Heritage, Flora Fauna and Folk Culture.

 

Interior Design Resource # 2 – Maison & Objet, Paris, France

 

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Maison & Objet, Antonio Facco

 

From all the incredible premieres of amazing designs, decorative items, artwork and interiors this annual exhibition is one of the top international interior design resources.

Pictured here is a colourful and captivating vignette showcasing the work of Antonio Facco who was nominated as a rising talent in this year’s Maison & Objet event. This very special show features rising talent, established icons and new technologies among many other design and decorating delights.

Interior Design Resource # 3 – ICFF, NYC 

 

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ICFF, NYC

 

ICFF is a destination interior design resource and fair of the best in international furniture design. This year it will be held on May 20-23, 2018 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC. 

The special NYC show is like an unlimited resource for new design, decor, interior design, industrial design, artistic innovation and more. Artists, designers, decorators and collectors flock to the event to see what’s new in the design world and get inspiring ideas and select the best in luxury design.

Interior Design Resource #4 – IMM in Cologne, Germany

 

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Coming up soon is the famous IMM (International Interiors show) in Cologne Germany. This beautiful grisaille themed room is by Tommy M. Industrial chic meets the most architectonic sculpture sensibility, with layers of luxurious texture and fabrics, a vision of contemporary modernism and regal luxury.

 

Interior Design Resource # 5 – Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy

 

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Salone del Mobile Milano will be on view once again from 17th to 22nd April 2018. This is a destination for anyone looking for the best in design, here you will find the most avant-garde, the most luxurious, experimental and classic contemporary vision imaginable. With an eye on global culture and innovation, there will be more than 2,000 exhibitors this year.

Whatever your style, needs or passion we suggest any of these creatives events as well as trending sites like Dezeen and Archdaily.

And one should not forget both print and online version of top decorating magazines such as House Beautiful,  Elle Decor, or the Swedish version. If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for a home build, do visit this exciting blog by our experts as well.

The Bohemian World of Wisdom & Koenig Interior

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“You should enter another world surrounded by beautiful but also mysterious accents & figures. A place for barefoot elegance.”

Wisdom & Koenig Interior is a Munich based shop and interior design service headed by Kyle and Domi whose eclectic vision of décor and beauty is a colorful and bold style –splendidly exuding a sense of Bohemian chic, exciting, elegant and unusual. The designers love French, North African color and motifs complementing these traditions with keynotes from antique collectibles, modern forms and even touches of post-impressionist art and postmodern design.

It is such a delight to feature photographs from the design duo’s home and beautiful projects, as well as an exclusive interview!

 

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Please tell me a little about your background, education, training -how did you come to be designers and decorators?

Domi: Early on I discovered my interest in interiors and furniture and appreciation for design. I received my carpenter diploma after high school and from there studied Interior design. In 1994, I opened my own store in Munich focusing on Moroccan interiors (Ali Baba 1994- 2006).

Kyle: Singer/song writer, performer and fashion model (worldwide for Versace, Valentino, Hilfiger, Yamamoto, etc.) As a musician, you are always experimenting and exploring new ideas, breaking rules and combining colors & moods. As a model, I was introduced and influenced by many different cultures as well as the fashion industry and photography. Dominique gave me the last push by opening my eyes to the world of interior design.

 

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Most interesting project/ decorate project/ client?

Domi: My dream project was decorating a home in southern France. I was given total freedom to express the desired wishes of the client.

Kyle: Having worked directly with such greats as Versace and Valentino, I really benefitted from their freedom of creativity and lack of rules.  I saw firsthand that creation is very personal and the only boundaries are those you create yourself. This transports beautifully to arranging our showroom. Because we have such and eclectic selection the real challenge is bringing it all together so that it looks and feels perfect.

 

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Your home is extraordinary, please tell me about your style of decorating and how you arrange and curate the space?

First of all, having an amazing space to work with is key! Light always plays an important role, as well as the comfort factor. We like the room to be warm and inviting however it should also be exciting to the eye. We want to discover things slowly as we settle in. It’s an eclectic mix of different periods, no rules; making sure to add in just enough of our own personal style, Moroccan with modern. However, in the end it must all fit together in harmony with color, texture and feel.

Favorite modern designer?

Domi: Gabriele Crespi and Jean Prouve.

Kyle: Gert Voorjans, Gio Ponti, Zaha Hadid, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Favorite designer chair or furniture piece?

Domi: Norman Cherner’s Armchair

Kyle: Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair.

Dream project?

Domi: A Boutique Hotel where each room is unique.

Kyle: I would love to put together a very cozy restaurant from top to bottom. Some place I would like to hang out myself!

 

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Learn more about the unique vision of Wisdom and Koenig

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Inspiring Contemporary Design – Em Royston’s Miniature Circuses

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Bone china tabletop items by designer Em Royston charm and amaze, like these Handy Tongs  inspired by the classic fairground vintage pointing hand so often found on signs.

Hong Kong based design firm Maid in China Design  is the invention of British artist and designer Em Royston. The firm specializes in luxurious stylish fair and circus themed house hold items. The inventive artist and entrepreneur studied design and has made items for brands like Suck UK such as Cross Stitch Map which found itself at both the Tate Modern shop and Urban Outfitters.  This is a contemporary approach to artful tea or coffee breaks. So, if you love all things sideshow, circus, and vintage fair -these unique items are for you. It was a great pleasure to interview Em for this feature!

 

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I have always loved the idea of creating miniature worlds in unexpected places and table top seemed a great place to start. It’s quite a hands-on set that is meant to be shared and enjoyed -that should be quite a joyful experience- sharing a special afternoon tea with someone or chatting over a long breakfast.

 

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Toast Rack

What’s your inspiration? Why circus and sideshow themes? 

I love the timelessness of the circus – it has an appeal for all ages and seems so whimsical and magical. For design, I also think it is fascinating as it combines so many different elements and iconic imagery. And the purpose of the circus is entertainment, enjoyment, and surprise – and those are elements that I like my products to embody. I love the vintage posters, fair-ground stalls, amazing huge bell tents – and then it all gets packed away and moves on in these amazing ornate carriages. I think there is so much inspiration to find from that theme, and I’d like to think I’ve just scratched the surface..!

 

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Do you have any designers, artisans, or craftspeople you particularly admire? 

Oh, yes loads! Rebecca Finell has a lovely collection of homeware and fashion accessories – her origami handbags are amazing! I listened to an interview recently and found her story and diverse career really inspiring. Hella Jongerius for her playful work & stitched ceramics. Selletii is a brand that I’ve followed for a while and always enjoy seeing their new collections as they are nicely on that nice fine line between modern art and commercial design.

 

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Mug carousel tea set. Each cup sits in the stand, which spins like a true Merry-Go-Round.

How did you come to begin making table top items? 

It actually all started because I had the idea for the Carousel Tea Set – I loved the idea of making this functional sculpture that could be used as a cup and saucer set, but was also something to have on display that could spin and surprise people.

From the Carousel, it seemed a great chance to develop a collection to be used with that, and the Tiger Toast Rack was my next design. From the stacking circus mugs to the sugar pot disguised as a ticket booth, I’d eventually like to have a whole set that can be used together to create a miniature world, but is also a totally functional tea/ breakfast set.

You live In Hong Kong, tell me why and how you decided to move there, and what artistic culture is like there!!

Yes, I moved here last year! Hong Kong is very geared toward entrepreneurship and I’ve met so many people in the process of working for themselves or starting a company- that’s really pushed me on. The artistic community is fairly small but growing and it feels like an exciting place to be. This coming month I’m exhibiting at a handicraft market and can’t wait to see what else is available from the other innovative designer makers.

 

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Learn more about Em and her designs at Maid in China Design, or follow her on Instagram.

Muuto -Leading Talent in Contemporary Design

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One can spend hours looking at the sculptural pieces by the fine designers of Muuto, an innovative and visionary Scandinavian design company offering furniture and decorative accessories that are distinguished by a graceful beauty.

 

Imagine the unfurled leaf shiny surface down, creating a well of space, like a human palm, the matte color of this underside subtle and full of shadow, color rich yet tonal, the quiet of a forest floor.

 

This is how the organic shape of many of Muuto’s pieces seem to evolve, texture and form orchestrated to become functional, understated, light weight, and sculptural. So many of the pieces seem a marriage of manmade architectural beauty and biomorphic shaping….coming together to create form  that one cannot help but respond to….

 

It is with great pleasure that I share my short interview with Christian Grosen, Director of Design at Muuto.

 

Christian, the Muuto designs have an architectural sensibility to them, particularly the furniture, and yet almost every piece is distinguished by an attention to texture, can you tell me how these elements are woven so beautifully together? Is there a certain process to make functional items so usable and so beautiful? 

Christian Grosen…It’s the result of a close dialogue between Muuto’s creative team and the external designers. From the very beginning of a project we are aware of balancing the contemporary and the lasting qualities of a given design. A design must live up to our design values which also touches upon an architectural appearance and attention to detail and material.

 

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Who do you find to be the most inspiring in terms of historic designers? 

I’m a great fan of Jean Prouvé. He somehow managed to create his own unique and absolutely stunning design universe. The Danish designer Poul Kjærholm is also one of my idols. I had the pleasure of working on his designs together with his widow Hanne Kjærholm when I was at Fritz Hansen. She taught me how to achieve beauty and logic in a design through understanding the character of materials.

In what ways do natural materials inform your aesthetic? 

Each material has its own character. I think it’s important to understand the material and to use it in the right way where aesthetics, function, quality and price become a coherent whole.

 

 

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Most interesting series or project? 

I’m very proud of the Workshop Chair by Cecilie Manz. It’s an archetypical wooden chair – cool, contemporary and attractive, yet lasting in its appearance. I’m sure it will be in the collection for decades due to it’s high level of craftmanship and inherent lasting qualities.

 

 

 

 

And as for yourself Christian — may I ask -did you always make things or design -when you were a child for example -what was your first creative memory? 

Always…I remember building all kinds of stuff in the workshop in my parents basement. I grew up on a large brewery which was a great playground and inspiration for a kid. I remember I found scrap metal and wood in the brewery’s containers and build my own imaginary machines and constructions. There were always an aesthetic hierarchy in the way I used the materials – indirectly I guess it’s more or less the same I do today.

 

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Stacked Storage System, Oslo Designers Julien De Smedt and Anderssen & Voll

 

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  The Visu stool designed by Mika Tolvanen

 

See more of these lovely designs, the stories and process behind Muuto HERE.

Fall Design Trends – Go Gold with Boca do Lobo

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Metamorphosis Dining by Boca do Lobo

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High polish, gold paired with gorgeous geometry…and a taste for the bold…

Artistic and imaginative, one of my favorite design interiors lines include Boca do Lobo, in all its modern-baroque glory…check out these fantastic fairy tale furnishings…..perfect for your fall upgrade….

 

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Monet Center Table…

 

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We love the gold Tortuga table.. for something truly daring ….diamond chocolate sideboard piece in your space..an absolute show stopper, this cubist creation is luxury artistry!

 

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The metropolis table combines the elegance of art nouveau with modernist geometries…what a fantastic focal piece for your holiday interiors….

 

 

Natural Modernism -An Interview with the Australian Designer Kate Walker

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Kate Walker is an Australian designer who takes her cue from the vibrant and elemental colors, forms, and patterns of the natural world. Her commitment to well made materials and a lovingly designed space means that every project is just stand out gorgeous. Through a process of curated selections of unusual textures and fine hard surface materials, Kate beautifully combines historic detail with contemporary design to make livable and bright spaces.

It was super fun to interview Kate and learn about her process and dedication to craft and well made things the home. Enjoy Kate’s story, the beautiful pictures of her various projects, and learn about her very special approach.

 

 

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You grew up in a family that lived, worked and breathed design and artistry. Tell me about some of your favourite memories of this special upbringing. 

My mum created an amazing home. With seven children, home was always really busy.  We lived in very old 1900s Victorian house. It was a big original Homestead in Geelong called Chesterfield. So whilst my brother was climbing the Norfolk Pines at the front of our property, and mum was busy trying to make sure he didn’t fall and kill himself, she would leave my sisters and I alone. We would redesign our whole bedroom, and it would take us all day.  We’d move our antique iron beds, change doona covers, swap furniture around and hang things on the walls.  Sometimes the layouts worked and sometimes they didn’t but mum just let us do it. I think she enjoyed the quiet.

So she’s still one of your main inspirations? 

The pieces my mum has in her home all remind me of my childhood.  There’s such a difference between a house and a home, and that’s what mum gets. Inspiration came from my mum and our family. What she did enable us to do was to put looks together, often on a shoestring. As little kids we would be given jobs to keep the house tidy, but anyone could walk into our house at any time and it would always look beautiful. And I have kept that tradition in my own home.

In the 1980s when three colored cornicing was in, mum would have painted them green, pink and blue and then she would decide it wasn’t quite right and we’d come home and she would have changed it to shades of pink or shades of blue.

Even if mum didn’t have a lot of money to spend, she would spend what she could on making our home beautiful. Her house was on the cover of House and Garden years ago when stenciling was in.

 

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And she was one of the first people I knew to use the color blue in her interiors. Blue is my favorite interiors color now too.  I don’t know how she did it with so many kids but she always kept an amazingly beautiful home.  We were always told to go and play outside, so I developed a love for our garden.

 

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Do you have a favorite historic designer or architect? 

The Australian architect Marcus Martin without a doubt, 1930s architecture. His windows, his proportions, his staircases, and the entry ways. Really, Marcus Martin for me is heaven, so it’s no surprise that I bought a 1930s home.

 

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Let’s talk texture, great contemporary design often has a way of combining unexpected textures, and many of your projects exhibit this sensibility, there is such care and precision in the pairings. Tell me a bit about this process, how it’s determined by the design vision, the client and some of your inspirations? 

A lot of people are afraid to use color, so texture is a great way to bring interest into a beige color scheme.  We’ll often use tonal colors to create a lot of interest and depth.  I have become very adept at using texture because clients haven’t been adventurous.

I will always encourage clients to use natural materials where possible, because natural materials don’t date. Anything natural adds charm which modern finishes just don’t have.

 

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You can’t really clash natural materials. You can put a beige travertine with a grey Carrara and it works. Mother Nature just works. On my Instagram feed you’ll find lots of landscapes and seascapes because I see so much beauty in nature. It might be a photo of lichen on a granite rock, with greys next to the electric green and I’ll be inspired to use grey and green as a colour palette.  Browns, greys and greens work so well together.

 

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The Wright Project – this historic front with a modern back exterior is such a gem, I love the entire house, and wondered why we are seeing this kind of “renovation” more and more. It’s wonderful and reminds me so much of the best of the classic American mid-century homes, those who look out to greenery from the rear of the house. I grieve the demolition of these houses here, and celebrate the way this tradition is expanded in places like your Wright Project. 

In Australia there are lots of regulations to maintain the heritage of properties, but heritage doesn’t come with livability.  Today we need open plan living, and we need light.  Many of the old houses have small windows because there was no cooling or heating, so windows were kept small to minimise the loss of heat or keep in the cool.  Houses were generally dark and they weren’t designed for orientation, whereas today we always try to orient toward the north to make the most of natural light and get the best solar ratings.

 

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The Wright House

As a result we are seeing a juxtaposition of historical meeting modern to pay homage to the property’s origins whilst maximizing livability.  Residential land sizes in the city are so small that the best way to bring the outside in is by building a glass block on the back.

Whether I agree with such a stark juxtaposition or not, my job is to blend the old and the new internally by creating a seamless flow.  It may be having the same flooring throughout or connecting the look by using modern brass fittings in the extension to reflect the old brass fittings in the original house. Trying to use as many natural materials as possible is important to pay homage to the building’s origins, be it using old bluestone or reclaimed timber flooring or Shaker style kitchen doors to make it more traditional.  I am always advising clients to keep the historical elements of their home.

 

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Mathoura, absolutely gorgeous -tell me more about this palatial looking building! 

Mathoura holds a special place in my heart because my family actually lived in the classic Victorian house that was originally on that land.  We moved out and the property was sold to a developer (Kokoda Property Group who I have worked a lot with over the years) who built these amazing apartments.

They engaged Stuart Rattle to do the interiors.  He is a very well-known interior designer who was tragically murdered shortly after completing the build so it was a privilege for me to work with him on one of his last projects.  He did all of the internal finishes and it was my job to source the incredible natural stone which we imported from Turkey specifically for this project for all the bathrooms. And we sourced the bluestone for the paving.  I felt honored to be able to work with such an incredibly talented designer.

Favorite project? 

My favorite project changes all the time.  My current is an incredible, eclectic property where the brief is ‘Regency on Safari.’  The property is in Brighton (Melbourne) and is owned by a South African family.  The owner is an artist and she is amazing, and  so enthusiastic about using color and texture.  I’ve never had a client who is so excited about all the different elements we have featured in the design. We have a peacock-blue kitchen with chartreuse velvet banquette seating and animal print wallpaper with black and white marble flooring.

There’s multi-green scalloped handmade wall tiles and wallpaper with mountain-scapes by Pierre Frey.  And we’re also featuring Cole & Son wallpapers.  We’re using the most incredible quartzite bench tops which will be backlit. We have Scandinavian timbers and brass grills in the kitchen and a handmade brass and stainless steel range hood with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. There’s fluted glass in the bathrooms with slab marble and brass taps. The timber flooring is representative of zebra skin. For the outdoor loggia she has allowed us to use stone we are importing from Egypt. We’re doing cobblestones. Every single thing that I love in design is going into this home.

 

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Learn more about the wonderful vision of this Australian designer, special hard finish products and beautiful spaces by Kate Walker Design on her website or via Facebook | Instagram 

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The Pairing of Modernist leitmotifs with Handwork

Contemporary furniture by artists, architect & designers continues the historic tradition of mastery in handcrafting….

So, here are some of my most beloved contemporary & historic examples….

 

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Peter Hvidt & Orla Moelgaard Nielsen, 1950s, Denmark (theapartment.dk)

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1950 Wishbone Chairs, Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. (http://www.egetrom.no/dansk-visitt-carl-hansens-stollek/)

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Riva 1920 J+I ZIG + ZAG Low stackable solid wood stool,  by Sakura Adachi (http://www.archiproducts.com/)

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I have long admired the artist Kana Nakanishi & love this piece (http://www.kananakanishi.com)

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Beautifully unusual & graceful, admire this designer very much…Muller Van Severen, Blue Green Chaise Lounge, Contemporary, Belgium (theapartment.dk)

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Bar stools by Nuevoliving pictured in a room by Gaile Guevara, Vancover, BC (http://www.gaileguevara.com/)

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Photograph by Todd Quakenbush (https://unsplash.com/toddquackenbush)

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Josef Hofmann No. 670 (Sitzmaschine), 1905 The Vitra Design Museum Fin de siècle Vienna architect & designer Josef Hofmann created this bent beechwood and sycamore panel chair. The chair was was one of many of the artist’s refined geometric designs for the Purkersdorf Sanatorium, Vienna. It’s one of my favorites, although it was invented for a place that treated terminal tuberculosis and “nervous ailments” with electrotherapy and etc. A little dark perhaps, but I do tend to like ghoulish neo-Victorians things as well as butter yellow baby blankets and the such. The Vitra Design Museum website has a beautiful & informative descriptive essay about the work as part of their 100 Masterpieces Series. This picture is from their gorgeous collection. http://www.design-museum.de

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And for good measure, here is a very strange design item, a Victorian Opium Bed -for sale at Christie’s, do you need one? (christies.com) …And don’t worry for all of those who say they are Austen & Dickens fans, but really secretly like Penny Dreadful & True Blood …well..I will have something for you shortly.