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.
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.
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
Too beautiful not to share ………..
Hand made by a team of 56 clever crochet peeps, The Urchins installation was part of Asia’s leading Sustainable Light Art Festival i Light .
The shadows they cast and their movement in the breeze makes for magical day time viewing, at night they transform again into luminous globes.
Every now and again a special project comes along, without a doubt this is one of those. I was lucky enough to work with some extra- ordinary clients who had a very clear vision and buckets of bravery, digging deeply into my bag of tricks we created something pretty special together.
Hours of deliberation over tiny details, lots of excited clapping (mostly from me), and Harwood Homes amazing team of builders and subcontractors, produced this new build which is oozing with character and intricate detail.
Client brief was to recreate the essence of a traditional Villa with a modern twist.
Inky depths of Resene Nocturnal in the entrance set the mood for the rest of the home, traditional Wainscoting panels were custom made for the entrance hall along with metal screens through which you catch a glimpse of what lays beyond. Crystal chandeliers in the dining room cast delicate shadows on rich Black Marie solid timber flooring. Suspended shelving displays collected treasurers, touches of brass continue through out the Interior adding warmth.
Images by the very talented Amanda Aitken.
Located in South Africa’s Western Cape Bosjes Chapel is nothing short of remarkable. The stunning organic form hovers delicately and weightlessly above an equally majestic landscape.
The crisp white concrete shell appears to be held up by nothing but glass …. how is this possible!!? The roof line swoops and soars and at points dips to almost touch the surface of the refection pool. A cross shaped window frame represents the traditional crucifix, a golden pulpit positioned in front of the window sets the scene for contemplation.
A collaboration between UK based Steyn Studio and South Africa’s TV3 Architects. First seen on Contemporist
I often get asked if people still do feature walls interestingly enough almost every time the question is voiced out loud it’s accompanied with a shame full cringe is if an unwritten rule has been broken and lighting is about to strike.
My reply is always this …….. There aren’t any Interior Design rules, lets face it it’s not a life and death situation! If there were rules and this was one of them and YOU love the idea of a feature wall then lets do it!
At least half of my projects have feature walls or feature rooms, it is a perfect way to add depth, mood, texture and personality.
This recently completed project in Mount Maunganui, is a great example of all of those things.
A harmonious collaboration between myself, JMAC Architecture and Ultimate Homes.
Images via Redfish