Thursday, 31 January 2013

Emerald City

Did you know that Emerald is the Pantone colour of 2013?  I thought it was quite an unexpected colour but then I started noticing it around.  Funny how that happens!  Sometimes green can be a tricky colour to use in interiors; pale minty greens literally make me feel ill and sage green is so 80s country style.  But Emerald is so fresh!  

"Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."

I love this home of stylist Muriel Verbist.  The green here looks totally fresh and I'm loving it mixed with blue too.  Whoever said that 'blue and green should never be seen' were complete liars, obviously!  My latest interiors project features accents of green, turquoise and blue inspired by the clients amazing artwork - it has been a pleasure to work with these colours!

Fibreglass rocker by Charles and Ray Eames. 'Mountain Spot Rug' by Donna Wilson. From Elle Decoration June 2011, styling Suzanne Stankus - photography Paul Raeside 
'Fjord' armchair by Patricia Urquiola by Moroso
LC in Colour by Cassina
Anglepoise mini desk lamp in Forest Green by Kenneth Grange
Minakani Wallpaper 
Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chair 
Found on Pintrest, sorry I don't have the credits for this image but I love it.
Did you see Beyonce singing the American national anthem during the Obama inauguration ceremony? How amazing are those earrings - just stunning!

So this year I'll be keeping an eye out for Emerald!

Monday, 21 January 2013

The Silent Room

Just looking at this space makes me feel relaxed, the lighting is soothing and the limited materials are subtle and restrained.  This is The Silent Room at Selfridges London, it's designed as a retreat from the sensory overload of the shopping experience all around.  Customers are encouraged to sit or lie on the benches and apparently people have been seen meditating and even praying.  It's amazing how interior design can really affect your mood.
This is not the first Silent Room for Selfridges however.  The founder Gordon Selfridge included a Silent Room when the store opened in 1909.  It's interesting that even back then when department stores were quite a new concept, that a space like this was conceived to entice customers to stay longer in the store.  With my experience with retail interior design, I can attest that every inch of the floor plan is precious, and expensive.  So bravo for Selfridges to invest in such a beautiful and thoughtful space for customers to enjoy.

I've recently become a Mum and have spent some time at Chadstone shopping centre recently to escape the hot hot days (along with the other Mums and old people!). So I am proof that with the lovely parents rooms and facilities, I spent more time there and a few hundred dollars on things I didn't really need.  Don't panic - they were on sale!
The Silent Room is built by London studio Alex Cochrane Architects with the idea to take your shoes off, follow the dark passage around with a single globe showing the way and just relax.  It's not intended to be totally silent but I could imagine the space would encourage you to speak softly and unwind.  A good place to just take a breather and then when you enter back into the chaos of the store you'll feel so good that you'll think those gold hi-tops are a great idea.  That's where they get you!

Found on dezeen

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Shipping Container Living

To those of you out there who have studied interior design or architecture, you are probably familiar with shipping container projects, but I just had to share this one with you.  It's the Port-a-Bach holiday home by atelierworkshop - I love it!

At uni we researched shipping containers that were adapted for emergency situations, high density living options like student accommodation and the holiday house. Of course the most 'famous' of them all is the Sean Godsell 'Future Shack' a shipping container adapted for emergency housing, it is such a clever design. But most of the examples I've seen I just wasn't convinced that a converted shipping container is a space I would like to live in.  They were often dark, pokey and I imagine would get quite hot.  Not this one though!

The side folds down to create a porch which is like another outdoor room and a wall of glass louvred doors keep the interior light and airy.  Timber is used throughout the interior which gives continuity with fabric partitions used to divide up smaller spaces.  To me it is actually an interior I would want to spend time in on a holiday, could you imagine all of the beautiful places you could plant this baby? Sand dunes on the beach, a forest, by a lake or heck- why not fly your helicopter and land it on a city rooftop!
atelierworkshop are based in New Zealand, the Port-a-Bach is a prototype was built in Hangzhou, China and shipped to New Zealand.

Found on designboom

Thursday, 10 January 2013

My Top 5 Albums of 2012

Gosh, it's been a while since I visited my little blog here...  I've been kind of busy having a baby and my mind has been a bit preoccupied...

Anyhow, since I've posted my Top 5 Albums for the last 2 years I thought I'd keep it up.  So here goes!

1. MUTEMATH: Odd Soul.  Obsessed with this AMAZING album all through 2012. 

Did you hear me - OBSESSED!!!  They are brilliant.

ALPINE: A is for Alpine.  This album is totally chilled and full of sweet sounds, it totally suits my mood these days.

COSMO JARVIS: Think Bigger.  As well as having the coolest name in the biz, this crazy Englishman sings a bit like a pirate - sounds weird and it is a little.  I like it! 
Check out this totally cute video:

FRANK OCEAN: Channel Orange:  If you were wondering what all the fuss is about this guy - get on board.  It's kind of RnB, there are moments of Price, Stevie Wonder and even Lenny Kravitz.  It's still on repeat at my place.

LANA DEL REY: What can I say about this lady?  Reminds me of summer early 2012, volume up and imagining the people, scenes and atmosphere she creates.

What have I missed?  Do you have a top 5 from 2012?


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