There’s little that gets me more excited (in a design sense…simma down there…) than a judicious combination of old and new elements. By ‘old’ I basically mean 19th century and older, whereas ‘new’ for me starts with the Bauhaus. Take, for example, this re-imagination of a German castle as a museum: instead of installing some fake ye olde style exhibit aid, the architects visually reinforced what is old and what is new – in my opinion bringing more beauty to both. (That’s 15th century prison-cell graffiti, by the way.)
In a residential setting, for me it’s the play between detail, colour, and patina on the one hand and cleaner, stronger lines on the other that gives the old-new combo its oomph.
Images: Architectural Record, Elle Decor