Successful trip to Maison Objet, Paris. Always much to inspire, many great purchases for out next project
Mmmm its Friday, a day that marks the end of a weeks worth of drawing, researching, doodling, designing. These past months have been hectic, 7 day weeks and loads of deadlines to meet, this weekend is going to be all mine, time to spend time in my art studio and create for me !!
One of the most enjoyble parts of designing interiors is choosing the pieces to give spaces that certain something. Whether it be a pair of huge 6′ urns, a bronze sculpture ( stags recently!) or prized objects created by artisans and destined for huge acrylic display cases. Tin robots in a variety of colours and shapes and sizes is another appealng theme that has caught my eye recently too. Displaying mono coloured themes also, all shapes, sizes and themes all bought together by colour is another way to make a statement.
Have a good weekend everyone
I am needing to create a scheme for an apartment in a beautiful georgian buildiing, high cceilings, beautifully proportioned windows, light, sunny with views across swathes of gren parkland. Want to keep this light airy feeling and have been inspired by this image of a bedroom, it belongs to the style editor of Domino magazine, a stateside interiors mag and appears in the book “Domino “
As you can imagine over the years I have amassed a huge collection of books and magazines, cuttings and clippings, my bookshelves are groaning but there is nothing I love more than taking a book at random, making a cup of coffee and sitting outside in my favourite chair and perusing the pages. Always, always find something that sparks off an idea. Just like this image today
Today I found an image I compiled from a photograph taken at Maison Objet last year. Think it was on the Asiatides stand. A beautiful piece of coral against a backdrop of a chinese glazed tile. Have been waiting for just the right interior to use it, framed up will look great. In fact there is a whole series, so I can have a wall group of nine images in total.
Maison Objet is a very inspiring interiors trade show in Paris, alas this year I wont be able to go in January because of the foot, but hopefully will manage the one in September. Used to go twice a year, but its not worth it, they are much the same except that in September there are more fabrics, but this isnt why I go, I like to source new furniture ideas, note trends, and in general just absorb ideas like a huge sponge……………. and of course any excuse to get on that train to Paris !
Roof terraces have been on our mind recently, a large expanse with an amazing view across green rolling hills. Amazing diversity of what one can do, whilst researching came across some really interesting use of space, both horizontally and vertically……..
Take a look at these Stateside architects who have been doing great things in New York http://www.goodegreennyc.com/
Recently our thoughts here at IDC have been on swimming pools, designing spa areas, and realising how one sites the pool is really a make or break decision, between the ordinary and the extraordingary. Here is one that is “wild” and most definitely extraordinary. The Marina Bay Sands, Sky Park, Singapore, reputed to be the worlds most expensive hotel to be built at a cost of $5 billion . Architects http://www.msafdie.com/
Allthough I love colour and paint very colourful artworks, for interior spaces, especially the wall finishes I like a far more understated affair. I like to use colour that has no sense of time, does not denote a fashion “trend” but one that instills a sense of calmness, unseen, just “there” . You could liken it to blank canvas but that really demotes it I feel, I like to think it enhances the symmetry of the architecture, like putting on a tailored jacket to enhance your “shape”.
Its important for me that each piece of the “jigsaw” has integrity, it has a purpose, and that purpose for me is to create a sense of emotional wellbeing, this is where I source my designs from, happiness, feeling comfortable, feeling secure, and of course excitement.
Greys, Charcoal to silver, always have been a favourite, using the tonal values, rich, dark, and dramatic, to a much lighter airy feel. These images inspire me, they demonstrate what I feel, they are tear sheets from numerous media sources, elle decoracion and various american mags. Always on the look out for inspiration, not only from the media, but from nature, food and paintings, more on this later
I came across this image of a french toile. These have to be an all time classic and one of my favourite fabrics. The way this one has been used puts me in mind of Fornasetti, take a look at his website, so inspirational.
These images are truly inspiring to me, the sumptous embroidery on the sleeves, an image I can draw upon when designing bespoke fabrics
Love the pleated affect of the fabric here, so architectural, structural, feels like I could do some wonderfully large paper sculptures using these forms in paper