Span

Thursday, 31 March 2016

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photos via The Modern House

Avid readers of Midcentury will no doubt recognise this Blackheath townhouse from Issue 08, and I couldn't contain my delight when I spotted it up for sale on The Modern House a week or so ago.  Not that I'm in the market for a 'des res' south of the river, but it was such a joy to see even more wonderful images - and a floorplan - of what might just be one of my favourite homes.  Head over to The Modern House for more details on this Grade II-listed Span house, its history and architect Eric Lyons.

Oh, and I hate to disappoint, but this exceptional little house is now 'under offer'.  Hardly surprising.

enlightened

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

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photos via Galerie Kreo

There's just a few days left to savour the delights of Galerie Kreo's latest exhibition - Enlightened 50s: Iconic French Lighting from a Modern Decade - before it comes to an end this Thursday.  The exhibition blurb makes for an interesting read ... and allows one to brush up on the names of those all important French mid-twentieth century lighting designers to boot!

It's all in the detail

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Detail
Photo via Eames Office

This wonderful picture of an aluminum group chair upholstered in Alexander Girard hopsack requires little introduction and no actual words, except perhaps this equally wonderful quote written by Charles and Ray Eames …

"The details are not the details;  they make the product."

In/Berlin

Thursday, 28 January 2016


I thought I'd slip back into blogging and make wild promises about this year being the year in which I publish content consistently and without fail.  But hey, we're day 28 of 2016 so I'm scrapping that latter pledge and getting straight down to business.

Also, hello. How are you?

I spotted these images a while back of a loft apartment and studio somewhere in Berlin and was quite taken with the high ceilings and abundance of natural light flooding in through those enormous windows.  And then there's the furniture - it's always about the furniture.  The Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen always gets a big thumbs up from me, and its curves are a pleasing contrast to the almost saggy lines of the 'Mags Soft' sofa by HAY which, incidentally, is just screaming to be lounged/jumped on big time.  And what the sofa lacks in structured angles is more than made up for by the silhouettes of Poul Kjærholm's PK22 easy chairs.

Add to that the parquet flooring, whitewashed brickwork, moody kitchen and the gold racing bike, and yes, I could quite easily move in … on a fully-furnished bases, obvs.

The Home of Fritz Hansen

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

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Old news admittedly, but I simply adore these images from Fritz Hansen of their showroom in Milan which was transformed during Salone del Mobile into an apartment known as The House of Fritz Hansen.  Admittedly a showcase for the discerning customer to discover the Series 7 in new colours by Danish artist Tal R and the latest designs by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, the styling and set design by Christine Rudolph is second to none.

For more images of The House of Fritz Hansen, click here.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Edit

EDIT : a place for objects that have caught my eye, ideas I'd like to explore, inspiration I'd like to capture …

Someone  p l e a s e  buy me this bronze pendant lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, pretty  p l e a s e
The aged leather and organic shape of the Swan Chair, the angular lines of the Prismatic Table by Isamu Noguchi … perfect
Wall inspiration courtesy of Studiopepe
Because I love meringues and this food styling really made my mouth water!

Modern Living

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

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photos via The Modern House

I'm always trawling through The Modern House - an independent estate agency which specialises in modern architecture - on the off chance they'll have some ramshackle house in need of attention that might bring a little bit of modernism within my financial grasp.  I know that ain't ever going to happen, but it doesn't stop me looking.  It was on one such trawl that I spotted this place.  One of a group of three architect-designed houses designed in the late 1960s by architects Peter Foggo and David Thomas, its steel frame, glass and wood construction is reminiscent of the famous Californian 'Case Study' houses.  And if the architecture isn't enough … designer classics, HELLO.

To buy or not to buy?

Friday, 30 January 2015

Justin Chung

If I had a dedicated work space at home I'd like it to look something like this picture perfect set up à la Justin Chung.  Simple and uncluttered with a black and white colour palette and THAT chair.  Things don't change much around here … see chair, find chair, buy chair.  I narrow down potential candidates based on cost until I find something in the 'cheap as chips' department.  No mean feat when the starting point for one's search contains words like 'Danish' and 'rosewood' but then I like a good challenge.

Unable to find anything by Niels Møller with those arms - let's just take a few moments to admire those arms please - I tried the sans arms approach.  Nothing.  But then a pair of 're-upholstered' chairs by Arne Hovmand-Olsen popped up.  Nothing wrong with 're-upholstered' per se, but beige linen with rasperberry-coloured velvety stripes just doesn't cut the mustard when it's an original woven seat I was after.

Not. To. Worry.  Buy chairs, remove offending upholstery, get weaving.  Sounds like a plan, except I'm no weaver.  But then Modern Chair Restoration.  Ever since reading this post on how to tackle a CH23 chair by Hans Wegner I've wanted to give this weaving thing a go.  I mean, how hard can it be?  Hard.  Do I have the time to start another restoration project?  No.  To buy or not to buy?  Buy.  When will I learn?  Never.

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015


Kitchen Wish List

I'm in the midst of sprucing up the kitchen … it's been an unworkable space for far too long and enough is enough.  I've decided to do away with all the wall cabinets to create an illusion of space and rearrange the existing base units to make for a more cohesive, fitted look. There's still lots to do - painting, faffing, tiling, procrastinating and so forth - and the end is nowhere in sight.  So what better time to waste time thinking about stuff I could buy (but won't buy) once the hard work is out of the way than now ...

The model 265 wall and ceiling lamp by Flos 'cause a girl can dream about directional lighting, right?
This chopping board from Plümo because marble, because hexagon
I like the functionality of this crate by Merci … stackable and foldable, I'm sure I'll be able to put it to good use
A little something from Hay … I'm thinking utensils from a fancy shop may improve my cooking experience and/or my actually cooking!
Because as objects go, this Hario pouring kettle ticks all the aesthetically pleasing boxes

A whole lotta love

Friday, 23 January 2015

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Designed by Brazilian architect Felipe Hess, this bright and spacious apartment is located in a 1960's modernist building in São Paulo.  Yeah yeah the light-filled space, limited colour palette, clean lines and the like … I'm just diggin' all those classics.  I spy Le Corbusier, Hans Wegner and a whole lotta Jean Prouvé;  I just hope all these chairs are loved, enjoyed and, most importantly, sat on.
 

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