Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Decor - Contemporary Rustic Interior. Living Room in Paris, France

See below a few comments, and observations about this interior design project - a contemporary rustic decor.

Contemporary Rustic Decor - Living Room
Paris, France
Interior Design: Unknown
Interior Design Photo via Fancy

What works and why in this interior design project that creates a contemporary rustic decor:
The white color scheme acts as an excellent background for the play of textures: brick walls, raw planks coffee table, wood floor - which create interest and contrast.

The unadorned windows, the casual pillows on the floor, the slipcovered settee - all of them transmit a cohesive feeling: a very informal atmosphere.

The window grid brings rhythm and 'immerses' the room in natural light.

The abstract artwork enlivens the space by introducing a spot of color.

The wood plant pots are a wonderful detail.

What doesn't work and why: 
The artificial light is deficient. Where the ambient light is coming from? Accent lighting?
Although a very good choice in itself, the only one light that can be noticed is far from being enough for this space.
Also, its position doesn't make sense - it looks like an isolated element that is not grounded by a furniture arrangement or by other elements in the room.

Overall: a simple, informal, warm and cohesive interior.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Decor - Eclectic Glamorous Interior. Living Room in New York, USA

See below a few comments, and observations about this interior design project - an eclectic glamorous decor. 

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Eclectic Glamorous Decor - Living Room
New York, USA
Interior Design: Jackie Astier
Interior Design Photo via Elle Decor

What works and why in this interior design project that creates an eclectic glamorous decor:
The grey-brown color palette on the walls and on the main seating piece (sofa) unifies the space.
The gold in the coffee table, floor cushions, and throw pillows adds contrasting accents.
Although it's a restrained color scheme the great blend of textures creates interest and variety: faux-bois wallpaper, velvet tufted couch, shinny brass coffee table, mirrored screen, burl wood and brass cabinet / end table.

Further variety and unity is introduced through pattern: dots in the artwork on the wall, large diamonds in the rug, and small zig-zag and floral in the throw pillows.

The low back sofa and floor cushions convey a relaxed atmosphere, while the dots artwork bring a whimsical touch.

What doesn't work and why:
Everything works beautifully.

Overall: a glamorous with a theatrical flair space, yet relaxed and comfortable.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Decor - Modern Interior. Living Room in London, England

See below a few comments, and observations about this interior design project - a modern decor.

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Modern Decor - Living Room
London, England
Interior Design: Tim Newbold
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Interior Design Photos via Decoist

What works and why in this interior design project that creates a modern decor:
The large windows that allow for plenty of natural light.

What doesn't work and why:
Where shall I start?

This interior feels like someone is in the process of moving in, and the place reflects a temporary phase when some of the belongings are still packed / unpacked, 
OR
someone is in the process of moving out, and the place reflects a temporary phase when some of the belongings are still packed / unpacked.

With the exception of the furniture layout and the art display is not much to say about this interior, as there is no such a thing like elements and principles of design (existing) in here.

So ... a sofa is positioned against a wall, while an elongated console table is positioned across / against the opposite wall - leaving a huge empty space in the middle of the room.
An isolated chair is positioned in front of the bay window.

For some unknown reason the TV is not placed central but at one end of the room - so people sitting on the sofa could not get a comfortable view.

The ceiling light is hanging in the middle of nowhere, and I don't even say anything about its purpose or its scale.

The art and objects? Some are on the floor, some are on the walls at unpredictable heights, forming unrelated compositions.

Overall: A random selection of objects put together by chance.

Perhaps even some small changes could help though, like:
- bring the chair together with the sofa - in an attempt to create a conversation area;
- bring in a coffee table in front of the sofa - people will have a spot to put their glasses on;
- move the TV in the middle - as simple as that, no other explanation;
- eliminate that clutter on the floor;
- completely rearrange the art on the walls - I would say move them all on the wall above the sofa. They don't look like they have anything in common but if they are displayed together they might create a collection, and at least create a focal point in the room. Because anything else is missing.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Decor - Contemporary Rustic Interior. Bedroom in California, USA

See below a few comments, and observations about this interior design project - a contemporary rustic decor.

Contemporary Rustic Decor - Bedroom
Laguna Beach, USA
Interior Design: Schola Architecture
Interior Design Photo via HomeDSGN


What doesn't work and why in this interior design project that creates a contemporary rustic decor:
What do you notice in this interior? Five large surfaces done in five different materials:
- ceiling: dark color wood (and beams);
- walls: concrete (and beams), white (and beams), yellow;
- floor: light color wood.

In other words five completely different surfaces that are not tied by any common element!
In other words plenty of chaotic variety and contrast, but no rhythm and harmony!
In other words everything stands out competing for attention, yet there is no emphasis!

And those beams! They are on the ceiling, they are on the white surface, they are on the concrete surface - at All kind of Levels ...
What I wrote above regarding the use of materials it applies to the use of beams too: they are an element that only jumbles from here to nowhere without any coherence.

The rug, and art work succeed to mix the things up even more.

And the perfectly done bed in some shiny fabric! What is this supposed to be? All I can see is a nonsense - a formal bed in a glossy fabric is the last thing this bedroom needs.

What works and why: 
Nothing works in here.

Overall: 
An interior in which every single element looks disconnected from the rest.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Decor - Traditional Interior. Living Room in New York, USA

See below a few comments, and observations about this interior design project - a traditional decor.

Traditional Decor - Living Room
New York, USA
Interior Design: Michael S. Smith
Interior Design Photo via Architectural Digest


What works and why in this interior design project that creates a traditional decor:
First thing to notice in here is the coffered ceiling - it sets the tone, it creates architectural interest, and it brings an old-time elegance to this interior. It acts as a focal point, and establishes rhythm.

Various patterns - stripes on the armchairs, stylized flowers and geometrical on the rug and on the sofa, and plain fabric on the window treatments are tied by the use of color.

The orange leather Swedish settee introduces contrast in color, texture, and style.

The Regency mirror punctuates the space with its elegance.

The occasional tables introduce further variety through their different styles.

The mirror, bookcase, art above the fireplace keep the eyes moving at the same height, and lead the eyes toward the ceiling.

And the two table lamps bring a layer of accent lighting.

What doesn't work and why:
Everything works beautifully.

Overall:
A beautiful, traditional, warm, comfortable yet elegant interior.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Decor - Traditional Asian Inspired Interior. Living Room in Saint Moritz, Switzerland

See below a few comments, and observations about this interior design project - a traditional, Asian inspired decor.


Traditional Asian Inspired Decor - Living Room
Saint Moritz, Switzerland
Traditional Asian Inspired Decor - Living Room
Saint Moritz, Switzerland
Interior Design Photos via Architectural Digest

Yesterday I was making comments on an interior decorating project that was in a former farm house.
Today's project is in a barn turned living room.

What works and why in this interior design project that creates a traditional Asian inspired decor:
First thing to notice is how, in this space, the barn's height has been 'humanized' (a term that I was using yesterday) by the use of beams.
Notice how the horizontal beams 'lower' the high-ceiling to a human scale, while the vertical beams frame the wall creating a dramatic focal point and rhythm.

Wood (mahogany) is the major component, and its repetition throughout unifies the space.

Mahogany's dark tone and rich texture are punctuated by contrast in texture and color - leather and upholstery (seating pieces), silk (rugs), red and orange (pillows).

What doesn't work and why:
Why the conversation area in front of the fireplace steers away from the evident symmetry and clarity?
Why one rug is emphasizing the symmetry by being placed central, in front of the fireplace, yet a second rug is placed off-center, and the sofa and the coffee table are pushed away?
This area creates symmetry yet asymmetry, one common area yet separation - thus inducing confusion only.

Overall:
A beautiful pure, precise, simple, coherent, yet warm and comfortable aesthetic where the inconsistent elements could be easily fixed.

Regarding the blurred mix of opposites in the furniture layout, perhaps even some small changes could help, like:
- bring that area clearly together - remove the off-center rug, join the two coffee tables in the middle (even if they are not identical), pull the sofa closer. That way you'll get a centered asymmetrical arrangement.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Decor - Contemporary Interior. Bedroom in Provence, France

See below a few comments, and observations about this interior decorating project - a contemporary decor.


Contemporary Decor - Bedroom
Provence, France
Project done by the owners
Interior Photo via Cote Maison

What doesn't work and why in this interior decorating project that creates a contemporary decor: 
There are two very noticeable things in this interior:
- the overwhelming ceiling height;
- the striking (read Enormous!) art display which is a very disturbing focal point.

The art display also adds to the 'top heavy' imbalance.

In regard to the the first point I mentioned (the space's height) - not much could have been done as this interior is located in a former farm building. 
But! - this space should have been 'humanized', meaning it should have been 'brought down' to a human scale, and some sense of intimacy ought to be created.
Among other factors, even only a proper art display, and appropriate furnishings could have helped a lot.

Overall:
A simple bedroom in an enormous space that overlooks proportions and scale, and where you almost feel that you are 'crushed' under the heaviness of the ceiling and the wall.

Perhaps even some small changes could help though, like:
- first, lower the art just above the headboard, and keep two of them only (placed either next to each other, or above each other) - bring things down to a human scale;
- find more substantial side tables - again, a matter of proportions.

New Design and Design Finds

Here are few things that have caught my attention. Each of them has such a personality.
Enjoy!

Goodnight Day by JamesPlumb
Chair
By London designer James Plumb


Could you guess how this chair is made?
By inserting a concrete cast seat between the carved frame of a reclaimed amchair!

Photo [via]

Giselle Lounge Table by Anna Neklesa
Occasional Table
Designed by Anna Neklesa for Kerozene Design (Giselle Collection)

A darling occasional table inspired by the ballet. The 'tutu skirt' provides storage.

Photo [via]

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Indoor - Outdoor Sofa
By Kenneth Cobonpue (Cabaret Collection)

Low seat, high back, and Woven - this feels elegant, stylish, dramatic, yet ... casual and relaxed.

Photo [via]
Wardrobe by Richard Riemerschmid
Cabinet
By Richard Riemerschmid
Germany, cca 1908

Simple construction, massive dimensions recalling a medieval time.

Photo [via]

'Leopardo' Chest of Drawers
Chest of Drawers
By Piero Fornasetti
Italy, cca 1953

Showing the whimsical and original creativity of great Fornasetti.

Photo [via]

Monday, February 20, 2012

Decor - Black and White Interior. Living Room in Amman, Jordan

See below a few comments, and observations about this interior design project - a black and white decor.

Black & White Decor - Living Room
Amman, Jordan
Interior Design: Symbiosis Designs


Black & White Decor - Living Room
Amman, Jordan
Interior Design: Symbiosis Designs

Interior Design Photos via HomeDSGN

Here is an interior done in black and white.

Before anything else, I was trying to figure out what's the purpose of the black floor-to-ceiling section of the wall.
- It's supposed to be a focal point? What are its merits to be emphasized? 
- It's supposed to lead the eyes all the way up / to show the impressive height of the space? One can feel the height very well without having to look at the black thing.

The walls in this space are like this: left - half wall in black; in front - floor-to-ceiling black wall; right - glass wall. The walls have no continuity at all, it's a chaotic combination of black, white, and glass.

The furniture arrangement is absolutely random too.
First, we have two identical sofas facing each other - creating one conversation area.
Then, we have a day-bed, and two chairs positioned at a 90 degree angle - creating another conversation area.
Then, we have two stools placed right in the middle. What was the intention of placing them right there it's hard to say. It was the idea of 'uniting' the two conversation areas? Because they don't / it doesn't work that way.
And the two sets of coffee tables - why are they not placed in the same direction, to have some clear repetition at least?

In a black and white interior (like in an all white one, or a monochromatic one for example), variations in texture are essential.
What do we see in here? Leather (the seating pieces) and wood (the floor)? 

Not to mention that this interior is so impersonal, it makes you feel like you are in a hotel lobby, not that you are in a home at all.

Overall: 
A generous space that has a lot of potential but it seems it was put together by accident.

Perhaps even some small changes could help though, like: 
- paint in white the black wall portion on the left - it only creates confusion at the moment,
AND
- take the art away from that wall, of course - the three artworks look lost on it;

- keep the floor-to-ceiling black wall, and fill it with a collection of art similarly framed - this way you'll create a focal point, and repetition of a theme;

- rearrange the furniture. For example, by placing the two sofas back-to-back in the middle of the room you create a clear separation between the conversations area.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Decor - Eclectic Interior. Dining Room in Los Angeles, California

See below a few comments, and observations about this interior design project - an eclectic decor.

Eclectic Decor - Dining Room
Los Angeles, California
Interior Design: Waldo Fernandez
Interior Design Photo via Architectural Digest

What works and why in this interior design project that creates an eclectic decor:
The variety and contrast in texture - glass and metal (the table), metal and mohair (the four chairs), rosewood (the two armchairs), wood floor topped with a soft carpet are perfectly unified through the use of a monochromatic color scheme in various tones.

The vintage light fixture against the contemporary furniture pieces and art provide a bold contrast.

The white walls allow the the elements in the room to take the center stage.

What doesn't work and why:
The most evident element in here is the artworks arrangement - one small art to the left versus one big art to the right. 
Beside the fact that the arrangement itself doesn't work being out of balance, the right side is even more thrown out of balance, the lack of equilibrium emphasized even more through the position of greenery on the same side of the table.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Decor - Contemporary Rustic Interior. Living Room in Sao Paolo, Brazil

See below a few comments, and observations about this interior design project - a contemporary rustic decor.

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Contemporary Rustic Decor - Living Room
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Interior Design: Fabio Galeazzo
Interior Design Photo via Contemporist


This living space is set amid dense vegetation, in an old abandoned hose that has been retrofitted.

What works and why in this interior design project that creates a contemporary rustic decor:
The explosion of color in the form of large irregular shapes in different bright colors make one think about an XX-Large modern abstract art, and transform the walls into a focal point.
Also, the repetition throughout the entire space provides unity, and rhythm.

The rustic character of the house is retained  through the extensive use of organic textures - the ceilings beams, the flooring, the bed-nest.

The circular window surrounded by a round bookshelf and the circular rug bring excellent contrast in shape, braking out the expanse of angles and lines.

Another contrast: while the organic textures say rustic, the gold chandelier and the wall treatment says contemporary.

The giant bed-shaped nest positioned in the center of the room is an unexpected and whimsical choice.

What doesn't work and why:
Everything works.

Overall: 
A delightful project, a great rustic meets contemporary blend that pulsates with energy.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Decor - Classic & Glamour Interior - Living Room

See below a few comments, and observations about this interior design project - a classic & glamour decor.

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Classic & Glamour Decor - Living Room
Interior Design: Kelly Behun Studio
Interior Design Photo via Freshome

Let's have a look at this interior:


What works and why in this interior design project that creates a classic & glamour decor:
The art display makes the wall into a focal point, and the repetition of the art framed identically provides a very nice rhythm.
The pattern in the zebra print cow hide adds another great visual interest.
Contrast - the modern classic daybed design against the classic Directoire chair design, and unified aesthetic effect - the pieces' white upholstery.
Beautiful ornament and repetition - the chair rail.
The reclaimed wood flooring in a chevron pattern brings warmth, character, and a deep feeling of authenticity.
Excellent sheer window treatment choice - they blend-in.
Great color accent in the fresh flowers.

What doesn't work and why:
There is no accent lighting.

Overall: 
An airy interior, where the past meets the present, and that feels elegant in a self-assured, subtle manner.

Interior Design Project - Eclectic Nook

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior design project.

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Interior Design Project, Corner nook
By Kelly Behun Studio
Interior Photo via Freshome

Let's have a look at this interior:

Great Focal point - the impressive city view 'speaks out';
There is Unity - the transparent material in the crystal floor lamp, the clear bubble chair, the unadorned floor to ceiling windows;
There is Variety & Contrast - the glamorous floor lamp versus the contemporary chair, the warm cozy texture in the carpet against the bare walls, punctuated by the accent of color in the simple, casual fresh flower bouquet.

And as a bonus: the sun casts beautiful natural shadows on the floor and on the walls.

Overall: A nook of contrasts that shows a love for a glamorous city life.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Interior Design in Mexico City, Mexico

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior.

Interior Design Project
Mexico City, Mexico
By Architecture firm Parque Humano
Interior Design Photo via Fancy Cribs

Looking at this interior it makes me think: why someone would reverse the ceiling with the flooring?
I mean why anyone would create a space that is upside down - why put a heavy color on ceiling, and a light color under the feet? For the sake of novelty?
There are millions of way of creating interest on the ceiling, without turning the interior into a tunnel like space.

Here is how it works: keep the heavy things on the bottom, and the light things on the top.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Interior Design Project - Dining Room in Paris, France

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior design project.

Interior Design Project. Dining Room
Paris, France
Designers Jamie Creel & Marco Scarani

Interior Design Photo via Elle Decor

This interior is about shape, color, and color contrast.
We don't get to see rooms in a round shape too often - so this image captured my attention.

The blue-grey color on the wall is quite unusual, and dramatic. Yet the room doesn't feel cloudy, rather somehow mysterious.
The wall color is balanced out by the grey shiny fabric in the window treatment, the natural wood tone in the flooring, and the white ceiling, and everything comes together in a cohesive color scheme.

And the wall color acts as a perfect backdrop for the coral light fixtures - the color contrast is striking, and it has a great impact in the room.

The lighting fixtures' contemporary design versus the chairs' neoclassical design bring another contrast.

The radial pattern on the floor, and the round table mimic the round shape of the room, while the wall decorative panels and the wall art framed identically introduce variety, rhythm and shape contrast.

The crown and floor molding, the chair rail - are other details that show that nothing has been overlooked in this interior.

The high ceiling gives a grand feeling to this contemporary meets classic dining room.

Overall: a daring, restrained elegance decor transmitting mixed feelings (love it, hate it, puzzled).

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Interior Design: Dinning Room Project

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior design project.

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Interior Design Project
By John Cullen Lighting
Interior Design Photo via Freshome

If in the previous interior I made comments on it was all about the wall treatment, in today's interior it's all about the architectural lighting and the ceiling's architecture.

Layers of light call attention to themselves, and create a captivating atmosphere in this dinning room by sending myriads of patterns of shadows and lights on the walls and ceiling.
The room's focal point - the ceiling's architecture, is greatly emphasized by the use of downlights.
The wall sconces provide an additional layer of lighting in the form of ambient lighting.

There is an excellent contrast in textures: the warm feeling of the wood tone in the dining table, the tactile feeling of the plushy rich color velvet in the dining chairs, the coldness of the bare stone floor.

The clean lines in the dinning set are repeated in the console table's design that seems to float against the wall, while the console's lightness and the material (glass) connect the space with the floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Overall: a restrained design scheme where light and shadow, and play of textures prevail, and everything comes together beautifully.

Interior Design Project in Berlin, Germany

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior design project.

Interior Design Project. Living Area
Berlin, Germany
By Christian Boros & Karen Lohmann
Interior Design Project. Living Area
Berlin, Germany
By Christian Boros & Karen Lohmann
Interior Photos via Elle Decor 

This living space is in an old five-story bunker built in 1942 as an air-raid shelter, and that underwent various other conversions, and identities since then: a prison, a warehouse, a nightclub, a nonprofit organization, an exhibition hall.
The roof of the building was transformed into this penthouse apartment.


With a story like this, this apartment is not short in personality.
But, even though it exhibits a large art and objects collection, and it has floor to ceiling windows for the entire length of the room that allow plenty of natural light, this space feels very cold, and depressing, rather reminiscent of its previous uses: bunker, prison.

The large fur throw / blanket and throw pillows attempt to convey some warmth through their texture yet their size is not enough to balance out the cold texture of all the other surfaces: concrete ceiling and walls, and limestone floors.

And the dominant grey color scheme with a single accent of red color in the painting, doesn't help inducing a more optimistic feeling either.

The art pieces on opposite walls are very provoking choices - as they provide maximum contrast both in proportion: small versus large, as well in theme: religious image versus contemporary fashion image.

The two identical leather and wood chairs counterbalance well the arm of the sofa on the opposite side.
The third chair seems absolutely lost in the decor (it would have looked a little bit better if its position would have been anchored by a side table at least).

The coffee table is way to small (disproportionate) compared with the size of the seating area, and this is the only occasional table for such a large number of seaters!
And no one sitting here has a table within arm reach which, which from a practical point of view, it's very inconvenient.

Overall: an interesting space showing the interest of the owners for exhibiting their art collection, yet cold, gloomy, and lacking functional thinking.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Interior Design: Project (Guest room) in Florida

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior design project.

Interior Design Project
Guest Room, Florida
Designer Tom Scheerer
Interior Photo via Elle Decor
It's all about the wall treatment in this interior.
The fabric wallpaper takes the center stage with its large blue floral pattern.
And this bold choice works - considering that this is a guest room, and on a seaside town in Florida, and it's a restrained blue-and-white color palette (in no particular order of importance).

The smaller scale repetition of a floral pattern in the pillows brings design unity.
Contrast and variety are achieved trough the organic texture in the bamboo chair and stool, the slick tile floor, the white window shutters, the white table lamp - these choices punctuate the space, and at the same time merge in harmoniously.

Overall: although bold, everything that's required is there, and nothing more. And it's beautiful, and relaxing - how a seaside guest room should be.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Interior Design: Project in Sao Paolo, Brazil

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior design project.

At Home with Jorge Elias in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Interior Design Project
Sao Paolo, Brazil
By Jorge Elias
Interior Design Photo via Architectural Digest

Here we are: yesterday I choose an austere and depressing space, and today (once again) I go to the opposite end of the spectrum.

Well, it's a lot going on here. I mean really a lot.
Definitely the owner is a collector, and he/she has beautiful pieces.
But displaying all of them at once ... it's not about designing any longer, it's more about showing off the accumulated things.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Interior Design: Project in Zaragoza, Spain

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior design project.

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Interior Design Project
Zaragoza, Spain
By Alberto Campo Baeza


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Interior Design Project
Zaragoza, Spain
By Alberto Campo Baeza
Interior Photos via Contemporist

Where shall I start? How I shall start?

I really don't know how to take it. It's painful to look at it.
It's an austere, hospital like space. It's not a space for living in, it's a space for dying in.

It feels ridiculous to look at it from the fundamentals of design point of view. As this space is devoid of anything.

In an all-white room, variations in texture are essential for variety.

Ignoring everything, any principles, any rules that guide us in creating beauty leads to lousy projects like this one.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Interior Design: Project in San Antonio, Texas

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior design project.

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Interior Design Project. San Antonio, Texas
By Poteet Architects
Interior Photo via Contemporist

The fireplace - placed away from the wall! - acts as an excellent focal point in this bright, spacious place, and its minimal design is perfectly integrated with the rest of the room.

The repetition of various shiny textures - in the form of the floor, the arched lamp, the side tables - brings unity, and their texture is in great contrast with the softness of the sofa and chair.

Another more subtle contrasts are present between the glamorous reflective surface of the floor and the rough texture of the ceiling, and between the floor lamp and the industrial overhead lighting.

The vibrant yellow art punctuates the space by creating a strong contrast, while the edited art pieces add more interest to the preponderant white color scheme, and minimalist interior.

Even though the furniture is grouped within the implied 'borders' of the fireplace, perhaps the seating area would look more unified if it would be defined by the physical borders of a rug.

Overall: an open, urban, airy, edited, well done interior.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New Design and Design Finds

Have a look at my recent finds: from super glamorous, to intricate, or salvaged.

Fashion and Glamour all over! These mosaic lamps are bold and captivating.

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Mosaic Lamp Sculpture
By Sicis


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Mosaic Lamp Sculpture
By Sicis
Photos [via]

Modern, intricate, decorative partition screens.

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Partition Screens
By Razortooth Design

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Partition Screens
By Razortooth Design
Photos [via]

Here is another unexpected shape for a lamp: taking the form of an ocean character.

'Cirrata' Lamp
Markus Johansson design
Photo [via]

And here is a piece made in 1950's. Crafted of a shipwreck wood.

Bench, cca 1950's, USA
Artist James Sawtelle


Photo [via]

Interior Design: Project in Saigon, Vietnam

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior design project.

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Interior Design Project. Saigon, Vietnam
By Vo Trong Nghia Co. Ltd

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Interior Design Project. Saigon, Vietnam
By Vo Trong Nghia Co. Ltd
Interior Design Photos via Freshome

Well ... here is a modern residence. 
The first feeling when looking at this living room is sadness. 

I don't know, maybe the intention was to create a tranquil space? - but all I can see is a dark, narrow, empty, depressing space.

With some vague and confused variations, similar type of material / texture is repeated all over on the walls and flooring.
If no other variety or contrast are incorporated in this 'design' scheme, at least it should be some relevant variety in texture.

How bad - all the furniture is placed against the wall! Is this a train station type of home?
No layers of lighting.
Empty shelves.
Not a single personal touch - in the from of any kind of object that could transmits some emotion.

There is no contrast. There is no variety. There is no pattern. There is no rhythm. There is no emphasis. Nothing. 
And the heavy ceiling is overwhelming. 

Positive: the walls of greenery on both sides of the room. They bring in some life. 

Overall: an ugly, depressing, sterile space.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Interior Design: Office nook in Manhattan, USA

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior design project.

Interior Design Project: Office area
Manhattan, USA
Designer Sara Story
Interior Design Photo via Elle Decor

Notice what a tiny space this is, yet it doesn't feel cramped at all. In fact, exactly the opposite is true: instead of feeling squeezed, you feel a peaceful intimacy.

This is mainly due to the great wall treatment choice which acts as a focal point - the shimmering fish wallpaper enlivens the small nook, and you feel the space expands, like being immersed in an ocean.

The white color in the Parsons desk, chair, and in the desk lamp provides unity, and it makes the pieces merge and almost disappear.
Nice contrast: the white, and clean lines of the desk against the traditional, warm color wood floor.
The rug brings another unexpected, and great contrast in style, color, texture, while introducing pattern too.
A spot of color in the flowers breaks out the monotony of the wall(paper).

Overall: unexpected, light, whimsical, clean, and great.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Interior Design: Project in Barcelona, Spain

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior design project.

Barcelona Apartment by YLAB Arquitectos
Decor - Living Room
Barcelona, Spain
By YLAB Arquitectos
Interior Photo via Design Milk

I was saying yesterday that 'so many interiors look so generic'.
The image I choose today reflects exactly this statement (unfortunately).

Who is the person who lives in here? What is his/her personality reflected in?

What I see is a space devoid of personality: white walls and two white large sofas with brown accents in the throw pillows and the rug. Calm? Yes. But Safe and Boring too.

Positive: the ceiling beans, the arched windows with shutters, and the arched wall opening - they provide rhythm and character.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Interior Decorating: Project in Manhattan, USA

See below some of my comments, observations on this interior decorating project.

Interior Decorating Project
Manhattan, USA
Interior Photo via Elle Decor

So many interiors look so generic - even if some are 'correctly' done more often than not there is nothing individualized in them, the essence of the inhabitants' soul fails to be captured.

Well, it's not the case in the interior I choose today. This interior is ... overflowing with personality.

The eyes keep moving around from one object to another, to another. The variety is stunning, and the unifying theme is the variety (the collection of objects) itself.

In contrast with the many metal objects, and sharp edges comes the carved-wood daybed upholstered in burlap, the sitting niche in organic textiles, and the fragile ceiling light fixture.

The almost bare, yellow painted floor it's a(nother) daring choice, and it offers a great 'floor-ground' for the furniture pieces and objects display.

I imagine the light fixture of handblown glass bubble was deliberately placed off-center, yet I wish it would have been positioned above the coffee table - the room has such a strong asymmetrical design scheme that a bit of 'order' would counterbalance the asymmetry well.

Overall: over-the-edge, industrial, collected, unconventional pairings for an unconventional, big personality space.