Thursday, October 31, 2013

Across the Pond, Low on Space

Before I go any further, I should qualify the title by saying that by most New Yorkers' standards, 1500 square feet with a back yard isn't too shabby. That being said, the homeowner, and Remodelista blogger, Christine Chang and her family make the most of their ground-floor London home. We all the know that the tighter the space, the more creative we have to get with our storage strategy. Incidentally, we particularly admire Chang's no-fear embrace of Metro shelving in the living area. A deftly curated assortment of linen and tabletop finds round out the decidedly well curated interior. See the original profile of her home, and its subsequent renovation, here and here. Photos by Kristin Perers for Remodelista.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Shadow House

Inspired by the 1933 essay In Praise of Shadows, an exploration of Japanese aesthetics by Junichiro Tanizaki, UK firm Liddicoat & Goldhill created The Shadow House in North London. Bare wood and black brick define the space, designed with an keen eye toward simplicity of materials and utilitarian living. Discovered on Remodelista. For more, visit Liddicoat & Goldhill. Photos by Keith Collie.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wrong Colour

For Rotterdam studio of Minale-Maeda introduced their Wrong Colour Furniture System at this years Dutch Design Week. Its anodized aluminum skeleton and perforated plywood skin combine to create something artfully utilitarian. The color-coded aluminum both aids in assembly while also bringing in a graphic element. As you might expect, the components can we mixed to create a variety of different size cases, and its available direct from the designers. For more, visit Dezeen.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Joanna Laajisto for Lundia

Designed for Finnish furniture brand Lundia as a trade show booth, this kitchen from designer Joanna Laajisto is a great example of the potential in black finishes. While it takes the right context to balance out the dark, black finishes are a decidedly undervalued design feature. Laajisto plays off the lightness of the plywood walls, but her design would suit a nice white, light-filled space too. Black could even be brought in to break up the look of wall cabinets, paired with brighter base cabinet color. For more, be sure to check out Emma's.

Friday, October 18, 2013

New English Out West

Spotted on Remodelista, we're stuck on this kitchen remodel by LA architect Barbara Bestor. Replacing an 80's era kitchen with one truer to the home's 1940's roots, Bestor and the owners sought out classic New England elements to remind them of their past lives as east coasters. Steel frame windows and Carrera marble give the space a clean, timeless feel. For more, visit Barbara Bestor
Photography by Jessica Comingore

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Raw Comfort

More from Bo Reudler: the Raw Comfort chair. Reminiscent of the scale mock-ups I remember from art school, Raw Comfort exudes an honesty of process (if perhaps a borderline Frankenstein-esque one). There is a definite charm and playfulness to its asymmetry, thinly veiled behind black and brass. For more, visit Bo Reudler. Via Design Boom.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New Bamboo

Set to debut at this year Dutch Design Week, new works in bamboo from the studios of Bo Reudler and Olav Bruin. An elaboration of the Reudler's Haute Bamboo series, the new additions are striking in their truly unique treatment of bamboo. As long-time users and advocates of bamboo panels, it is inspiring to find innovation is such a familiar material, where its versatility is really explored. For more, visit Bo Reudler. Via Design Boom

Friday, October 11, 2013

Amagansett Hybrid

There is  shared sense of understatement between the old and the new within this Amagansett home from Bagchee Architects. The unadorned shingles of the original house and the similarly no-frills zinc roof of the addition are a perfect juxtaposition of rural Long Island conservative and contemporary Scandinavian aesthetics. This merging of themes is also conveniently neutral backdrop for the owners furniture collection. Via desire to inspire