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Living Room This is a sketchup model of a flat I inhabited in Marchmont (Edinburgh) for a few years. It incorporated some of the furniture I knew my partner would not be willing to live without and imagined ways of mitigating them… I did a bit of work on it, but alas I had to move out before I could finish the job. So the model has to suffice.  Living Room Read More

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Whenever I pass through Charles de Gaulle airport I love looking up at the wood ceilings. (Though too bad you generally either don’t have time to look because you’re frantically trying to get through eight layers of security OR you have far too much time because you’ve missed your plane. Gripe, gripe. And what’s with the food – you would expect much better quality in Paris…) But anyway – I digress; when I saw this photo of a restaurant in Copenhagen by Norm Architects, I was struck by how the same material in a similar position could look and feel so completely different. CDG is slick and shiny and modern, whereas this is rustic and nostalgic. Cool.

 

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Was down in London last week and had an extremely alcoholic evening with a friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years, ending up at the Delaunay. What an atmosphere! Sharp but friendly, luxurious but somehow not too precious. And great cocktails. I wasn’t conscious enough at the time to notice the superb ceiling, but next time I’m in town I definitely want to go back.

I am a passionate reader. ‘Addict’ is probably a more apt description; I can stay up all night, telling myself I’ll only read one more chapter. And, as a designer, I love the way books add character to a room. So it was with mixed feelings that I received a Kindle for Christmas this year. Don’t get me wrong: the idea that I never have to be without something interesting to read ever again fills me with glee. And if I’d had one while traveling around India, I would probably suffer less from back pain now.

But the idea that I’m unlikely to buy physical books any more is a strange one. Read More

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