Posts Tagged ‘colorful interiors’
July 2nd, 2013 – Under the canopy of an old warehouse, interior architect Grégoire De Lafforest used a dash of imagination to reinvent a Parisian loft, with a new design inspired by nature. Lafforest, who has previously lent a creative hand to brands such as Hermes, Cartier, and Veuve Clicquot, describes the gutted out space as “a warehouse floor with the boiler of the building in the middle.” The architect took one look at the 1,100 square foot loft and re-imagined the space as “a village of six small houses that helped gain volume and life to the space.”
Lafforest, a creative man accustomed to working with such high profile brands on high budgets, had to use some of his low-budget instincts to create the eclectic aesthetics for the Rue Voltaire Loft. The designer decided to mix the old with the new, expensive with the inexpensive, and pops of bright color with muted tones to achieve a playful and sophisticated ambiance.
The two bedroom apartment is comprised of a master suite, children’s suite, a large living-slash-dining room, a kitchen, and bathroom. The kitchen and living room area are located under an A-frame glass ceiling. To highlight this greenhouse effect, Lafforest erected a build-it-yourself greenhouse kit, painted it black, then specified a black Ikea kitchen inside.
In the living room, sits a maritime pine tree. With nature as an inspiration for the design, Lefforest cut and dried the branches, then attached plastic needles to the tree trunk. The architect’s DIY methods of creating interest and beauty in a space proves that a small budget is a mere hurdle that creativity can surely jump.
An eclectic choice of furniture fills the common areas. In the living room, an Ikea sofa sits directly across from Ligne Roset’s stylish Facett Sofa. Lining the walls of the common area is a three foot high wall ledge with framed paintings and illustrations resting on it. Under the ledge are a series of Ikea storage units that have been retrofitted and secured to the wall to function as book shelves.
Gold polka-dots become an exciting feature wall in the children’s room and are paired with minimalistic children’s furniture from Ikea. In the hallway, Lafforest resorted to Ikea again for a basic console table, then added a luxurious slab of Carrara Marble to stylize the otherwise yawn-worthy casement piece. Droog candlesticks and Lafforest’s own “Olab” Lamp sit on top the marble, with an all too intriguing spotted wallcovering as the backdrop.
Photography Courtesy of Grégoire De Lafforest
April 10th, 2013 – Australia’s QT Hotels are gaining a reputation for their laid back, vibrant beach side vibe that has been arranged by Nic Graham, creative director of g+a. Graham designed contributed his colorful brilliance to the whole hotel, but recently completed the last phase of the project – SpaQ. The spa is outfitted with light tones of wood, then complemented with unique lighting fixtures, one of a kind furniture pieces, and local spun accent pieces. Bright colors and patterns offset smooth timber finishes for a cluster of designs and ideas that is vivid but not overdone. Each of the treatment rooms are designed to suit different personalities, guests are able to choose which rooms they best relate too. The spa even has a wet zone featuring a unisex hammam and ice fountain.
Photographs Courtesy of QT Hotels
Fabio Novembre says “drawing a rainbow to connect Heaven and Earth in that constant state of human balance we maintain with our feet in the mud and head up in the stars.” Novembre’s quote is the defining concept for his new exhibition at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum. The “rainbow” is an artistic metaphor for an “intangible pathway ” from Heaven to Earth, which is represented in the colorful exhibition. Novembre explained that creating the exhibition “involved exhibiting something absolutely new compared to previous editions, a selection of carefully chosen items confirming the theory that there is only one Italian school of graphics,” continuing on to explain “even though it has no proper structure, hardly surprising since the same could be said about everything connected with our dear old unpredictable country.”
Novembre was asked to add a third dimension to graphics – which are almost always two dimensional. The third dimension came in the form of a built space: full of color and divided into nine sections consisting of books, letters, magazines, culture and politics, packaging, advertising, visual identity, video and signposting. The clever designer imagined the space as a blank book, then decided to introduce the color spectrum to the empty white pages. “using color as an authentic graphic hypertext to support material, which, nevertheless, require more complex codes in order to be fully interpreted.” There’s some food for thought for ya!
(Photography: Fabio Novembre)
A cheerful and quirky new hair salon is now gracing the streets of South Korea. The Permy Salon, designed by local firm M4 uses sky blue accents, translucent upside down trash cans over the ceiling lights, and cartoon graphics to make this friendly establishment the next go-to hair salon. The tiny 36 square meter shop has a simple layout; the main salon is in the front of the store, while three small private treatment rooms retreat to the back.
Leading designers, Young-sub Yun and Kwang-hyun Han of M4, created a translucent facade which incorporates a glass door in order to attract people from the street and showcase their fresh design. With only two main colors, sky blue and white, the shop is able to remain exciting in its own simplicity because of the added design features such as the trash can light ceiling and the cartoonish graphics on the exterior and interior.
(Photography by Lee Pyo-joon)