Marchmont Flat

Marchmont Flat

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 Continue reading “Marchmont Flat”

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Truchas House

Truchas House

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It’s the feel and the smell of this house, more than anything else, that I’m proud of. The client (all right, my mother) had been wanting to build an extension on her little adobe house in the mountains of New Mexico for about 30 years, so we finally did it. I did the overall design, then we found a wonderful project architect and local builder to do the new adobe brick structure justice. The thing about adobe is that it’s cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and smells wonderful; and, it’s possible to get fantastic sculptural shapes from it. Continue reading “Truchas House”

Room for Reading

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. Continue reading “Room for Reading”