Preservation of their natural surroundings and composition of natural (locally sourced too) materials set these timber residences above the rest. Located on the Vindö island in the Stockholm archipelago, Sweden is a wooden holiday retreat amongst dramatic topography. The materials are predominately related to local building traditions. It is a dynamic timber residence with a painted black exterior, with natural tones throughout the interior. A timber and glass residence located in The Netherlands, Villa V is semi-positioned within the slope of the hill in which it resides. Only natural materials were used for building composition, including a facade of Waxedwood sustainable timer and veneered plywood for the interior. A viennese boat house right at the waters edge composed of timber and copper, and meant to naturally weather and further complement each other over time. The facade appears to be a single cube when not in use. However, it is dramatically transformed when its doors open, exposing various internal compartments.
Storage is a huge. During a recent move I realized this more than ever, and it put me on the look-out for storage options other than closets. Bring on the shelving, consoles, desks, and more. Bradley Bowers created a beautiful geometric storage system that pushes the boundaries of traditional shelving for storage and display. Now, I am a lover of boxes in all shapes, sizes, and colors for storing odds and ends.I especially love incorporating the boxes into displays, or tucking them away into a console for extra tidy storage. If you need office storage, the Little Mountain Whale desk by Kevin Michael Burns is a mid-century modern gem remixed with a contemporary flare (and color). However, one can never go wrong with a traditional vintage bookshelf for displaying your treasures.
Timber has long been one of my favorite materials used in design, art, and architecture. Granted, I tend to lean more towards the material in furniture, and leave concrete, steel, and glass to architecture. Lately there have been some beautiful architectural designs showcasing timber. Bernard Tschumi Architects created a breathtaking visitor center in the French countryside. The cylindrical building features an ornate herringbone facade. D House by Lode Architecture uses the material as a textured exterior envelope, and for several interior design elements. Swatt Miers Architects designed a stunning modern home in Sausalito, California perfect for taking-in the sun and surrounding landscape. Peninsula house by Watson Architecture + Design is an example of blurring the lines between the exterior and interior. All of these architectural designs showcase timber in all its glory.
I love geometric patterns on furniture, tile, textiles, art, just about everything. Post-Office created a clever glass wall for Dezeen's office.The glass wall framed in various square shapes adds depth and character to the ultra simple design. Another delicious offering from Milan 2013, Austerity Edible Furniture by Lanzavecchia + Wai. The Apartment always has lush looking textiles, and this black + white moroccan rug is one of them. If you prefer tile, architect Nataniel Fuster enhanced and designed new tiles to augment traditional isleno titles. And to add a pop of beautiful color and geometry to your living room, the fishbone table collection by Patricia Urquioa for Moroso is divine.
I love the versatility of wood for both interiors and exteriors. Depending upon the type of wood, if its finished or left untreated, its intended use, the structure, furniture, or product composed it comes to be, wood is one of my favorite materials. And, its a great medium to bring warmth and texture to office design and architecture. Along those lines, plywood has been of special interest recently. I enjoy how for such an informal type of material it can be transformed and dressed up from storage, full wall sliding doors, to exterior siding.
One of my favorite shapes, if not my favorite, are squares. There are endless possibilities of creating forms from this simple shape. Storage is one of my favorite ways to introduce squares in box or cube form into a space. (Alright I cheated with the last image- they're stairs, but too beautiful not to include.)