It’s always a tricky thing, negotiating a contemporary brief with an existing heritage space. While many designers might obsessively refashion a square peg for a round hole, revealing as little evidence of this process as possible, Spanish architect Francisco Javier Eguiluz takes the opposite approach. Instead, he expresses some of the incongruous quirks that result from this process. Dog legged floor finishes, new rooms that straddle over two existing rooms and the deliberate expression of demolished walls. This is a space that does not try to paper over its past.
Well, well, well. Isn’t this apartment just a liiiiittle bit amazeballs? Damn straight. With every single detail chosen with utmost care and existing in perfect harmony with the interior, it comes as no surprise this is a home of someone creative – in this case, a Stockholm based prop stylist Joanna Laven. Pulling together what could’ve been a challenging mix of modern, mid-century and traditional pieces, Laven and her husband have created an effortlessly beautiful and elegant space.
Elwood House is a light filled Edwardian home that has been masterfully transformed by Melbourne practice Robson Rak Architects. This contemporary renovation and extension was completed in collaboration with Susie Cohen from Made by Cohen and stylist Danika Rehfisch from Joan and Veda. The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed this house featured in our recent round up of the Houses Awards Shortlist for 2014. Not only that, this beautiful home also made the Residential Design Shortlist for 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards.
Writing about this house is a bit like chucking in my two cents about Meryl Streep. Occupying a realm beyond mere fame, the scene-stealer of countless movies, you all have an informed and long-developed opinion, and nothing I have to say will surprise you very much. I have, however, had the good fortune to have recently been inside this house. It is highly unlikely I will ever be able to say the same about Meryl Streep.
Beautiful Parisian loft of Berlin-born photographer Cora Büttenbender, who was inspired by the sophisticated palette of the French capital.
A home tour of architect Joseph Dirand’s luxuriously minimal Paris apartment where he discusses his preference for function over form in decoration.