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Entries in Architecture (16)

Monday
Jun032013

CONTRAST IN PLAY

There's nothing pretentious about this Swedish farmhouse. The renovation by Jonas Labbé and Johannes Schotanus of LASC Studio is all about experience and simplicity. I do love everything about this Summer retreat, but the stark contrast of the black and white exterior to the bold use of orange and turquoise in the interiors is absolutely clever.

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Wednesday
May012013

A FEAST OF COLOR

As you know, it isn't easy combining different colors in any interior, but the designer of this Portuguese home was audacious enough to push the color boundaries beyond the expected. It helped to have a great foundation to make each color shine on its own, but at the same time making them all complement each other beautifully. It is quite the place to brighten up your days.

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Monday
Apr292013

A SEASIDE HAVEN

Please, don't think I've abandoned your or my blogging duties for that matter. I've been just working tirelessly in a project that has kept me away from the keyboard. But after a week of nonstop running around I'm back in front of my computer set and ready to indulge you with a lot more design fabulosity. And what better way to resume my devoir than by showcasing this amazing villa in The Netherlands. After a much needed renovation by architectural firm Maxwan, this seaside beauty was redesigned into a modern haven with breathtaking views. Besides the vast amount of floor-to-ceiling windows, the coolest feature in the house is the spiral staircase adorned with a lace-like pattern. It adds a touch of whimsy to a rather minimalist space.

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Tuesday
Mar262013

A DELIGHTFUL MIX OF STYLES

The use of materials such as concrete and limestone can make a space look somewhat cold and sterile. But that's not remotely the case in this smashing house designed by Spanish Architectural Studio Ábaton. By incorporating a variety of rich wood textures, leather, metal and pops of red and yellow into the mix, the I-P House feels welcoming and homey. The mix of furnishings and styles is delightful and the architectural features—like the floating staircase and modular fireplace that divides the living and dining areas— add character to the dwelling.

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Sunday
Mar032013

CELEBRATING MODERNISIM

I just came across these wonderful prints inspired by the all-so-iconic Scandinavian aesthetic, and I'm just loving them! It's Liz Lyons' way of paying homage to mid-century, modernist design and designers like Eames, Jacobsen, Saarinen, Cathrineholm, Lindberg among others—and of course some of their most emblematic work. The prints come with a white border, ready for mounting and hand signed by her. You can see her complete collection in her Etsy shop Visual Philosopy. Enjoy!

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Wednesday
Feb132013

A WINDOW FIX

There's nothing like walking around the Big Apple taking in all the wonderful inspiration this city displays. Each neighborhood has its own flavor but still in keeping with that captivating New York vibe we can't get enough of. I know that's why I'm totally crushing on these illustrations by New York based graphic designer Jose Guizar. The Windows of New York project is his way of fostering his obsession with this magical Mecca. In his own words it is “a product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up”. How cool is that? These are not all. You must click over to Jose's cool website to enjoy the rest of these wonderful renderings.

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Wednesday
Sep122012

METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING

I'm a sucker for fun conceptual art. That's why when I spotted this series of sculptures I felt the urge to share them with you and hoped you would love them as much as I do. Created by American artist Michael Jantzen, ‘The House As A Metaphor’ are conceptual sculptures that incorporate a simple symbolic shape of a house in each of the pieces. Some of their names are directly related to its final form (like ‘Heads of the House’ above), but in others the relationship is less obvious. However, in every case the artist's intention was to play with the image of the house and have some fun with it—which I think he definitely did. Which one is your favorite? Mine? Hmmm... I would have to say ‘Dream House’ and ‘House Flipper’.

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Tuesday
Jul312012

MORE THAN ART

One of the things on my must-do list when traveling to a new city, is paying a visit to the local Modern Art Museum. So Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen wasn't going to be an exception. After a 40-minute train ride from Central Station, and a short walk through a beautiful suburban street, we arrived at the most stunning setting I've ever seen for a museum. Absolutely breathtaking. An amazing sculpture park faces the sea and the interaction between art, nature and the museum's architecture is quite unique. One of the largest museums in Scandinavia, its permanent collection includes over 3000 works from artists like Picasso, Giacometti, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol and Rauschenberg, among many others. Luckily, we were also able to see the New Nordic, a super cool exhibit that explores how ‘Nordic’ features are reflected in their architecture. Lousiana is truly a magical place. More than a museum, it's a great destination where we spent a glorious sunny Sunday enjoying art, strolling through splendid grounds, and eating delicious buffet spread with local fares in their Mid-Century decorated cafe. Most definitely, this is a museum you should add to your list of places to visit.

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