Gordon Street Garage is a Coffee Bar & Kitchen at 16 Gordon St in West Perth. The Australian described Gordon Street Garage as a hipster paradise so it was added to my Perth experience list!
Happy Monday ~ I’m looking forward to my cafe latte to start the day…. week.
Photographer Kathrin Koschitzki took these beautiful images. She is a German photographer who loves to eat and to tell stories, and works as a freelance photographer, creating visual ideas and recipes for international magazines and agencies.
This gorgeous small apartment mixes vintage and modern beautifully.
Photography: Stadshem via 79 Ideas
Note: If you’re planning to buy a home in Sweden, you might want to check out Stadshem, a real estate agency based in Göteborg and Stockholm. Like any other agents, they offer apartments and houses for sale.
Dreaming:: Fashion designer Tory Burch in her Southampton estate. I love the blue greyish white tones with red accents combined with eastern motifs.
Tory wearing a white Valentino dress in her dining room
with blue printed walls fashioned by Paris based wallpaper designer Iksel
so they look like Persian Iznik tiles.
This old apartment in central Madrid, Spain is both home and some kind of a showroom of antique objects, furniture and accessories. Pep Cuca Boixader Riera, owners of the firm Antiq-BR, have created the beautiful interiors of this simple and charming home, which is also showroom and workshop.
Pep Cuca Boixader Riera and share four children and a business: Antiq-BR, space devoted to European antiques from the eighteenth and nineteenth-French, Italian and Swedish almost exclusively. In the center of Madrid have their headquarters, which also is his private residence and the place where the female component of this creative tandem has installed its textile workshop.
The spacious floor that focuses all activity is perfect to dedicate to such versatile uses thanks to a magnificent layout and beautiful antique finishes, which provide enabling framework: the pavement is a pine floorboards late eighteenth century in the area dedicated to showroom, and the walls and high ceilings are decorated with plaster moldings. A bright and airy box, ideal for jewelry accommodate furniture, mirrors, decorative objects, some wonderful chandeliers … All of these unique pieces, with charisma, which retain the colors of the time, purchased by antique dealers for their beauty or interest. “We only buy what we like,” says Pep Boixader.
The integration of antiques is not at odds, however, a convenient and simple interior that exudes calm and light thanks to white and light colors chosen as background and stays reiterated element. Simplicity, balance, naturally: the textiles designed by the owner reinforce these concepts. His firm, Ana & Cuca, whose first name is a tribute to the youngest of the family, use fabrics and antique linens, also of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which, after a recovery process completely handmade, reconverted into plaids, cushions, duvet covers, bags … small-scale production to get almost unique pieces. How unique is this house in which we work and create, but above all, we live.
An ‘Otherworld’ is the meaning of Tír na nÓg. This “ jungle” house is inspired by the overgrown outlying ancient temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Designed by Drew Heath, this house in McMahons Point, an old harbour-side suburb in Sydney, has just won the NSW Wilkinson Award for Residential Architecture and was informed by a trip to the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat.
The garden and summer pavilion are covered with plants that create the ‘jungle’ and the property is protected in parts by a dense bamboo fence. The house seems to disappear into the greenery. The NSW AIA jury chair, Sam Crawford, in summing up the jury decision, said: ‘[Drew] was so inspired [by Cambodia], he attempted to create the sublime in his own home, layering building and landscape in a tight urban setting. He set out to achieve something very ambitious, and we think he’s succeeded.’
You enter the house from a tiny street in Sydney’s McMahon’s Point, an inner north-shore harbour suburb. The late 1900s worker’s cottage is now a pavilion of bedrooms and sleeping spaces. From this old house you then walk through to the central garden to the new open-plan summer pavilion, once the old cottage’s back yard, but now a beautiful building housing the large kitchen and reading room. The long central table in the kitchen extends into the central garden, and seats 20.
A glass wall, the full height and width of the kitchen wall, is able to be opened, as one would a large garage door, completely transforming the kitchen into a larger living room/garden space. I asked Mr Heath to give us his comments on the house and the inspiration behind its peculiar, breathtaking design:
‘It’s a community house in that it presents greenery to the suburb, but I also wanted to remove myself from the suburb. I want to live within the suburb in the little village, but I don’t necessarily want to see the things that go on outside it. I don’t mind hearing it and you hear the hum of the city and the traffic going by, but I actually wanted to live in a place where I felt I had complete control of the aesthetic and the materials and so I have used the landscape around us, be it as fencing or a green back-drop, so I see no other architecture.’
‘A lot of the things I do have no definition, so when we presented this roof garden/terrace deck to council, I just claimed it as outdoor landscape space, whether it is on the ground or not, and push it through as that so the building is a simple form. I have tried to make it almost terrace-like from the exterior, [but] it’s a building that’s not walled in, that appears as a green landscaped building where the back façade is completely covered in vine. There is no architectural façade there, there’s no grand architectural statement, there is just a gift of things growing, which is probably better than an architectural façade. We have young twins [nearly two years old] and the children develop their own barriers very quickly. The bamboo that surrounds the house is a fast growing screen and wall, it becomes so dense it just becomes the fence and the barrier, so over time bamboo is impenetrable. Why make a fence when you can grow a fence.’
‘My major architectural challenge was not the summer pavilion, but renovating the old worker’s cottage. I liked the idea of having a contrast between the old and new. It obviously made sense for us to sleep back in the house, in a series of rooms, so there are various little nooks and crannies throughout the building. The whole house is designed to sleep 10–12 people. There’s a winter bathroom [in the old house] and a summer bathroom [in the central garden], which is an outdoor bathroom, really a bath house. It’s open on two sides to the bamboo and the landscape and the shower is underneath an open skylight. This whole area is a hose-out area, so it doesn’t matter how wet it gets, how intense the rain is.’
‘When it gets cold we use the winter bathroom, which is really just a little room on the side of the old house. It’s only 800mm wide, and about 4 metres long. Sometimes I have referred to it as a metre box attached to the side of the house. It was the minimum size I thought we could do. Things like the basin are recessed back into the old chimney, so everything is tucked into whatever space it can be. [Yes] the window in the bathroom looks from the shower over the neighbour’s garden, but there is no privacy issue here, the window steams up and that becomes the curtain. No-one believed it would work, but it does perfectly.
After seeing this amazing Berlin apartment, I was inspired by the simplicity of design and line that showcases the art and life of these contemporary collectors.
After looking for a singular space in Berlin, both for living and exhibiting their vast contemporary-art collection, Christian Boros and his wife, Karen Lohmann discovered an old five-story bunker in the central neighborhood of Mitte, Berlin. They were looking for something big and really interesting from a historical point of view. And they found it!
The bunker had been built in 1942 as an air-raid shelter for residents of the area and in 1945, the building was converted into a prison. After the war, it became a warehouse, first for textiles and then for produce.
Since then, the property had undergone various reincarnations: a nightclub, a nonprofit organization, and an exhibition hall—until the couple bought it in 2003.
For the renovation they took their cues from the nearby New National Gallery, designed in the 1960s by Mies van der Rohe. They transformed the building’s roof into a penthouse apartment for themselves, leaving the rest of the floors for exhibition space. “We were inspired by the early works of the Japanese architect Tadao Ando,” Lohmann explains. “He uses smooth concrete with visible shuttering marks to create planes that capture light. We opted for this for the walls, but contrasted the coldness of the concrete with limestone floors.”
From the start, they wanted an ample, open living area for large dinners and get-togethers with friends and fellow art collectors. Boros and Lohmann visited antiques dealers and auction houses, slowly putting together an array of furnishings that would serve as a framework for their art, which includes pieces by Wolfgang Tillmans and Franz Ackermann. Their penthouse alone holds more than 100 works, an eccentric and personal collection that reflects its owners’ spirited and passionate point of view.
Story by Cyril Foiret
Photography by Ailine Liefeld
Architect Agency: www.cmk-architects.com
Saraille by Designers Guild :: A stunning design, shading from intense colour through to white from bottom to top, or top to bottom. It looks as though you have had a special effects painter in to create a bespoke wall that has been dipped.