Tag Archives: texture

the Desert house

The Klein Residence by Ohlhausen DuBois Architects located on a rugged hillside site in the desert, the design resonates with the sublime, timeless quality of region providing the ideal setting for living with a contemporary art collection. The house was designed around specific works of art including pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, Kiki Smith, Richard Serra and Donald Judd.  A contrast to the panoramic views and...

Lauenen Residence by Studio Seilern

Located in a small Swiss village the brief for the chalet asked to provide two distinct apartments. Studio Seilern set about by splitting the chalet into two interlocking L-shapes, two distinct residences which share one common entrance. The two apartments could also be reconfigured into one large residence, with minimal reconstruction if need be. All materials are kept in their rawest and most natural form,...

Fingal … Coastal Victoria

Located just around the corner from me on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula in Fingal is a house that pays homage to the farms that once occupied the land in Fingal. Once a farming district most of Fingal is now zoned for residential and is popular with holiday makers playing a round of golf or soaking in the local hot springs. This project by Melbourne studio JAM Architects...

the Shoreham beach house

Strung in a row of three connected pavilions on lush rolling lawns, the Shoreham beach house by Alison Dodd Architects enjoys uninterrupted and extensive views of Westernport Bay. The pavilions exude a warm relaxed charm bathed in light filled with a mix of textured and smooth elements both inside and out. The property responds not only to its site, but to a family with older...

Who we are and how we live… Heimtexil – Trends 2013 / 2014

Launched every year at Heimtexil; the largest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, is a trends book which I have been ordering for the past three years. The book is a collabrative effort from six internationally renowned designs studios which together they form ‘Trend Table’. Every year a different member of the Trend Table assumes responsibility for the interpretation of the Heimtexitil Trend...

Summer house Sao Paulo

This summer house situated a few meters from the sea on the north coast of the state of Sao Paulo is known for its dense vegetation and humid climate. In response the the climate and location Andrade Morettin architects were inspired to create a large shelter a "shell" under which the living spaces would be located, giving protection from the harsh sun and intense rain without...

New Zealand forest chic

This little offering by New Zealand based studio Chris Tate, located in a forest near Auckland is literally hugged by mother nature. Framed by floor to ceiling glass walls the breathtaking forest is the undeniable hero. The house is not only sexy but is sensitive to the environment, elevated by poles the dwelling hovers above the vegetation having very little impact on the vegetation below....

Escaping the city …

Escaping from the city was the inspiration behind the this town house by architect Leo Romano in Goiania Brazil, aiming to create spaces with personality the house is like no other. Everything revolves around the huge wooden dining table, flanked by the kitchen joinery and living room. The design was built to enrich very-day living and promote family life. A green element is layered through...

Looking forward in 2013….. D’Acquino Monaco

As we find ourselves waking up to the dawning of optimistic 2013, and I now find myself calling Sydney home, I thought I would look to a firm that excels in creating a dialogue in their designs that represents the best of the New Year. Carl D’Acquino and Francine Monaco, of New York based D’Acquino Monaco, pride themselves on working closely with their clients to...

Revisited, Diane Bergeron … “Spring Fling”

With spring only days away, we can look forward to a season of sunny days, blossom and a jug of Pimms or two. One designer who typifies the breezy, colourful nature of spring is Diane Bergeron, the well known American born, and now Melbourne resident, who is responsible for combining a New England air with contemporary polish, and always with a smack of colour and...