Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Cactus Cool

If indoor plants could have their way, living rooms the world over would be transformed into horticultural atriums. I would choose to live with cacti. They are cool and sharp and a little bit spikey but pretty mushy inside.

1. Anthropologie ikat sofa and cactus pot plant; via anthropologie.com
2. A collection of cacti planters styled by Cleo Scheulderman for Dutch magazine Vtwonen; via www.vtwonen.nl
3. Global basket display; via inspirebohemia.com
4. A gorgeous image from stylist Kim Ficaro; via kimficaro.com
5. Vogue Germany magazine from 1998; via natureandfashion.tumblr.com
6. Planting a cactus garden; via homemoderndesign.com
7. Rectangular white planters provide stark contrast to gnarly cacti from Swedish stylist Lotta Agaton’s blog; via lottaagaton.blogspot.com.au

Cactus paintings by Korean artist Kwangho Lee; via bumbumbum.me

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Check It Out: Crazy Patterns In Black And White

If I was a modern day Biba girl, I would find myself a black and white striped pad to call my own. There would be all sorts of people who would visit my monochrome mansion just to get a geek at how stripes and checks can work together, even in the bathroom.

1. This house is covered in waterproof, fire-retardant wallpapers which are made of a fiberglass fabric, and feature designs created by company founder and fashion photographer Christian Benini for Wall & Deco; via wallanddeco.com
2. French Bull plates photographed by Roger Davies; via elledecor.com
3. Colin Seah from Ministry of Design designed this boutique hotel in Singapore called The Club; theclub.com.sg
4. More from Italian wall coverings manufacturers Wall & Deco. The system allows for any scale graphic mural or artwork to be reproduced and installed on external surfaces protected against all weather types; via wallanddeco.com
5. Black and white decor in Danish apartment of stylist Susanna Vento; via susannavento.fi
6. Morgans Hotel, New York in 1984, decor of monochrome-graphics by Andree Putman; via morganshotel.com
7. Ministry of Design boutique hotel in Singapore called The Club; vis theclub.com.sg
8. Cafeteria La Biennale in Venice was designed by Tobias Rehbeger; via labiennale.org


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Ice Palace

If I lived in an igloo, I would furnish my ice cave with faux furs and fluffy toys. I would make paper cut-outs of pretty doilies, and I would use them as plates when friends came to visit. I would chisel big windows from each side of the igloo so I could see into the lovely woods ... and also know when wolves were around.

1. The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden; via icehotel.com 

2. Interior architecture goes geometric in this loft apartment designed by Gus Wustemann Architects and called The Glacier in Lucerne, Switzerland; via guswustemann.com
3. Architect William O’Brien Jr. created two vacation properties for two brothers and their families in upstate New York; via wojr.org
4. The cool as ice Tumbona sunbed from the Faz collection of furniture; via vondom.com
5. The Poly Chair has been chiselled from polystyrene in just 30 minutes and then coated in less than 10. Super quick design by Max Lamb; via yankodesign.com
6. Learn how to make snowflake lights; via marthastewart.com
7. Not just for loungers outside, the Faz collection also includes sofas. Here is the faz 90; via vondom.com
8. A view for all seasons in this cross-shaped Four-cornered villa in Virrat, Finland, by Avanto Architects (see below); via avan.to


The black and white Four-cornered villa was awarded Finnish Color2011 prize "for it's coherent - even severe" color planning; via avan.to

Friday, 1 March 2013

Planks and Plywood

If I lived in a box, I would live in one made from plywood and planks. I would marvel at the strange and wonderful patterns on my timber grain walls. I would see pictures of fast-running rivers, mountain ranges and shifting sand dunes. I would furnish my box in Nordic style and fill it with wildflowers.

1. Plywood nursery; via findingshibusa.com
2. Full grain feature wall in bedroom; kitkadesigntoronto.com
3. Plank pine window seats; via houseandhome.com
4. Ply headboard by Frida Ottemo Fröberg & Marie-Louise Gustafsson, Northern Lighting courtesy of Sarah.Wandering; via baltares.blogspot.com
5. Herringbone wood wall  with photo by Peter Fehrentz and styling by susanna vento for Brigitte home collection; via susannavento.fi
6. Sunset image of fireplace; via ffffound.com

Extensive use of plywood in a project by the Swiss architectural firm of Andreas Fuhrimann and Gabrielle Hächler, with project leader Carlo Fumarola; Chalet Lanel, Cordon, France; via afgh.ch