Patricia Urquiola has designed a new line for Spanish textile brand Gan. Introduced at maison-objet 2013 in Paris, these modular components are all you need to create a flexible room setting. Simple in concept, these handmade tapestry designs in a lovely nubby textural palette of pinks, grays and yellow, can be used on any or all surfaces of a room. Woven of the same cloth, whether a wall hung tapestry, upholstery for the fabulous Pouff’s, or a floor mat, each dynamic element can be configured to interact and play off one another. To me, it suggests redesign. A system of interchangeable parts arranged to suit the activity of the moment. The opportunity to design a room everyday? Doesn’t get any better than that.
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February 7, 2013
Wallpaper is all the rage in today’s trendiest homes, but it can take days (weeks?) to remove it once you’ve grown tired of the pattern. And with the cost of wallpaper steadily rising, it’s an investment that leaves many homeowners nervous about making the leap. Enter printed paint rollers, a genius idea discovered from this Etsy seller on a visit to Romania (and originally spotted on Apartment Therapy).
February 6, 2013
Take a gorgeous video tour of the Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura and his studio NAP. Truly experiential, exploring all of the senses while solving for the homeowners space needs. The home is located in the heart of the city on a busy highway. The custom Optical Glass Block wall on the front facade provides acoustic separation from the noise of the city, while maintaining a visual connection to the lively and active urban streetscape. It seems to me a relaxing and meditative environment, the manipulation of light and water creating pattern and texture dancing on the walls, an art installation if you will, changing with the shifting sun. The Optical Glass House project is getting some well deserved attention in the press. An architectural expression, not just of shelter, but also realizing the power of transformation. A once undesirable lot becomes an oasis of calm from the activity of the day to day just outside the door.
Video sourced at http://www.dezeen.com
February 6, 2013
Don’t you love little details in homes? A bit of though here and there can really make a huge different in your space. One small detail that can definitely add some design style is your hardware. From drawer pulls to lightswitches – your hardware is something that can easily and affordably be updated in your home. And it’s also something you can do if you rent – yes!
Blogger, Peonies + Brass, pulled together this “brass bling” as she was making over her own rental. I love the selection which includes not only different styles but sizes. Another cool thing to consider – if you love a knob but it’s not in the brass finish you desire, consider a spraypaint makeover to turn any ole’ knob into high design.
(Image via Peonies + Brass)
February 5, 2013
… embrace pattern to the max?
In the above photo, there are no less than three classic patterns competing: polka dots, leopard print and a modern cross-stitch interpretation. So why does it work?