It’s always a privilege to listen to International Industry Experts, while it can make you feel like a pretty small fish in the big sea of the Design World, at the same time its incredibly inspiring and motivating to learn first hand about the jaw dropping projects that are going on around the world.
Recently Tauranga was fortunate enough to host Kai-Uwe Bergmann, a partner at Bjarke Ingles Group BIG Kai-Uwe heads up the business development arm of the architectural practice that operates in over 20 countries around the world. The presentation covered a range of recent BIG projects, from a tiny cabin in the forest to underground gymnasiums, LEGO and GOOGLE head quarters, a new form of public transport in Dubai – non friction transport tubes and the ongoing investigation into creating living pods for Mars!! What!!
The Urban Rigger project was one that really resonated with me. Don’t get me wrong my mind was blown with all the projects but the Urban Rigger seemed to have a local Tauranga sense of scale.
The idea was a solution to a lack of student accommodation in Copenhagen.
9 shipping containers were stacked in a circle creating 12 studio spaces with a central communal space and garden. Floating on pontoons the containers were designed to be buoyant, once constructed they are moved to the harbor in the heart of the city.
Simple right? The pods were designed to connect together forming communities … with million dollar views!
These floating studio apartments were made even more appealing with the inherent paired back sophisticated Danish style.
Many new build plans are now including Guest Powder Rooms. They are a fantastic opportunity to go a little wild.
You can forget all the practical restrictions that the main bathroom and ensuite will command, no steam to worry about, limited storage will be required … basically it just has to be pretty! As a space you nip in and out of you won’t tire of a bold statement decision. How do I achieve all that I hear you ask, the answer is simple ……..WALLPAPER.
The Powder Room is a tiny space that should pack a big punch, think about not only the vanity but the mirror, and the lighting. Surprise and delight your guests with pattern and colour, are you bright and cheerful or dark and moody..
I have found these little beauties on Pinterest, saved to my bathroom board for further info.
Spring seems to be here at last, I have to say I’m definitely a summer girl and eagerly look forward to longer days and warmer temperatures. With summer on the horizon there is a subconscious shift in our decision making when it comes to Interiors.
While the Eurpoean fabric houses focus on their Winter collections we are ready to take on their tested Summer collections.
If you have been following my blog for a while you will know I love to use colour and that Designers Guild has been a reliable source of inspiration for many years.
The Jaipur Rose collection will not disappoint, printed on linen, cotton and lustrous velvet the collection is based on the work of 19th century explorers and naturalist. Boasting elegant timeless prints of exotic new lands vibrant colour sits along side peaceful soothing tones.
Traditional Japanese Art was the inspiration for Palace Flower Grande. Digitally printed on tumbled linen the soft pastel shades are super user friendly with the dove grey base cloth.
Above left the exotic Kashmiri fabric is also a digital print on linen, muted watercolour floral softens the sharp geometric hexagons. Vibrant Kashmiri Magenta or for a softer scheme Kashmiri Orchre with the textural hexagonal velvet Manipur Orchre below is an elegant option.
A wee while ago I discovered Ikon’s stunning Black Stainless Steel sink inserts, so very beautiful when combined with black stone bench tops!!
They have now released iKolor which allows the freedom of specifying any colour with out compromising the durability of Stainless Steel.
One more decision I know but it could be a deal breaker!
Late last year Clarke & Clarke collaborated with designer Emma J Shipley releasing the stunning Animalia fabric and wallpaper collection … I have to admit pawing over the samples for the first time resulting in foot tapping excitement oh my goodness how I LOVE this!
Inspired by a recent trip to the Amazon Jungle the collection features the foliage and creatures Emma observed whilst there. Mixing creature sketches, a fascination with mathematical symmetry and the human skeleton Animila explores the link between all living things. Printed on super soft tactile velvet’s and flat 100% cottons the detail in the upholstery weight fabric is stunning.
BUT wait it doesn’t stop there, Clarke & Clarke have launched a range of upholstered furniture showcasing the Animilia collection.
Villa Textiles are the New Zealand agents for Clarke & Clarke.
Its always exciting to discover a new resource, my first few hours wandering around the super user friendly Patternsnap site has been like opening Pandora’s box! To share all of the new discoveries at once would risk sensory overload so you will need to stay tuned as I drip feed the goodies.
First up my favorite discovery is Timorous Beasties the multi award winning studio of Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons based in Glasgow offers a stunning collection of fabric, wallcoverings, furniture, lampshades and ceramics.
The collections are diverse, ranging from designs based on traditional copperplate engraving techniques to designs that playfully combine time honored motifs of plants and animals with a modern spin …. and a scrumptious colour pallet.
From the intricate repeat pattern of White Moth Allover Fabric.
To the pure colour explosion of Chic Blotch fabric
Kaleido Bee Custom Velvet Fabric on this foot stool is incrediable
Superwide Iguana Wallpaper is a crazy combination of birds, thistles, iguanas, and bugs
I love the tiny details that stop you in your tracks and force you to take another look.
Madrid based Mayice Studio have created the beautiful Filamento hand crafted sculptural light. The image speaks for itself.. love it.
First seen on Contemporist
Photography by Pablo Gomez Ogando
Working on show homes is a perfect opportunity to try something a little bit different. The challenge to the Architect, JMAC Architecture, the Designer – me and the Builder Ultimate Homes is to stretch the imagination of the savvy show home punters by presenting something just outside the visitors comfort zone, something not see before but at the same time a home that is very livable.
Feedback to date on Ultimate Homes show home at The Coast Papamoa has ticked these boxes, it has become a memorable talking point in a sea of beige show homes.
The cathedral ceilings of the living area are enhanced by Dulux Rangatiki River a deliciously deep stormy blue green, daylight floods the open plan living space and the pure White ceilings compensate for the dark paint choice.
I’m a long time fan of the work of Sydney Design Studio Arent & Pyke, I love their clean aesthetic, eye for detail and their use of colour.
Barcom Terrace project is a sympathetic modernization of an 1800’s boarding house all of the images are gorgeous but the 3 that catch my eye are below…
The unexpected use of concrete to create bench seating that then cleverly flows into the fire hearth grounds the room, the squab and cushion combination on the bench seat is again thoughtful. Default decision (as discussed on my previous blog) would be to have the squab full length with a multitude of cushions … I love the thoughtful detail of the short squab and the combination of cushion shapes the over-sized wall mounted lamp adds an intimacy to the space.
The kitchen sits majestically at the other end of this open-plan space, the steel framed joinery housing the Scullery not only visually separates the space but entices you into a space that is traditionally hidden
The industrial mix of the concrete plinth and black fittings with elegant wispy white fabric and marble ……
Superbly Photographed by Tom Ferguson
Tenfifiyfive web site has me on the first page “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” William Morris’s quote is one of my favorites and definitely the basis of my own design ethos.
There is lots to admire in the studios gallery of work, I particularly like the combination of materials and attention to detail in the Park House project, rustic red bricks, warm timber, harsh raw concrete with super fine back steel and elegant Statuario marble all wrapped up in a family home.
I’m a bit obsessed with window seats at the moment I like to communal gathering space they offer, love the depth of this window seat and how the joinery wraps around the window, the depth detail is nicely repeated in the desk area.
As creatures of habit we make auto pilot decisions without considering alternatives, glass shower screens are always designed to disappear right? Think again ….. glass framed in super fine black joinery is stunning. Auto pilot #2 cabinetry stops at the window .. not necessarily!
Layer upon layer of texture and detail … love it
Park House images by Christine Francis, first seen on Contemporist