2012 Januar : design elements


Dining Rooms I Love

categories Dining    

photos: 1. Joseph de Leo, 2. Elle Decor Spain, 3. Elle Interior Sweden, 4. my fav tumblr Cabbage Rose


Monday Dreaming

categories Architecture, Houses, Monday dreaming    

Montagsträume… Argentinien, ein Haus in Bariloche, Architektur: Alric Galindez. Einen guten Wochenstart!

Monday dreaming of… Argentina, a mountain house in Bariloche by Alric Galindez Arquitectos. Happy new week!




categories Leftovers    

Fotos von dieser Woche, die ich noch nicht gepostet habe.

Images from this week that didn’t make it into post.

don’t call me betty

desire to inspire


p.s.: This category is inspired by the leftovers of Japanese Trash – one of my favorite blogs.


A Home in Sweden

categories House Tour    

Diese Wohnung in Schweden zieht meine Augen magisch an. Schönes Wochenende!

Loving this home in Sweden. Happy Friday!

photos: Peter Carlsson for hus & hem


A Fashion Designer’s Home

categories House Tour    

Ein Blick nach Madrid in die Wohnung der Modedesignerin Karine Mantoux.

The Madrid home of fashion designer Karine Mantoux captured my heart today.

photos: Belén Imaz for Elle Decor Spain


Wednesday Mix

categories Wednesday Mix    

Robert Redford via



The Goal

categories Inspiration, quotes    

from “The Perfectly Imperfect Home” by Deborah Needleman via interiors porn


Monday Dreaming

categories Hotels, Monday dreaming, Travels    

Montagsträume… Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Mexiko. Einen guten Wochenstart!

Monday dreaming… of Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Mexico. Have a good week!

photos: nicety


Interview with Tom Kundig

categories Architecture, Designer, Interviews    

For me, the site is sacred. I like to spend time walking the site and getting to know it. The goal for the architecture is to help reveal and unfold the site, to frame the site and its aspect…I find inspiration in a lot of things but am particularly influenced by nature and how people to respond to it. I think small structures in big landscapes remind us of our place in the natural order of things…that we are part of a larger system. Small buildings encourage their users to engage with the world at large.

Tom Kundig for Architects + Artisans

Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architecs is one of the most recognized architects in the world. His houses have left an indelible mark on the residential design becoming modern-day classics. Tom Kundig has been awarded a total of thirty-seven AIA awards, and over seventy awards total. He loves mountaineering, rock climbing and sees his work as frame for nature. Enjoy the beautiful frames below and the interview…I sure did.

What was the moment when you knew you would be an architect?

I was raised in a culture of architecture and art. My father was an architect and a close family friend was artist Harold Balazs. As a kid, I worked for Harold in his studio and his approach to work, art and life continues to inspire me today. I didn’t originally want to be an architect. In college, I studied earth sciences and geophysics; I was also interested in art. It was during college that I realized that architecture was the perfect union of science and art…what Glenn Murcutt describes as the intersection of the rational and the poetic.

Is there something that connects all your projects?

I am a firm believer that everything you do…your life experiences…informs what you will do, and so forth.

Looking back at your first project what design knowledge do you wish you had back then?

When you start out as an architect, you don’t know what you don’t know.

What have been the rewards of practicing architecture?

Getting the chance to meet interesting people and work on interesting projects and sites. It helps, too, to have talented teams of people to work with and we are fortunate to have that. Ultimately, the success of our work is determined by those we design for, and whether what we do now holds up over time…that’s true sustainability.

How do you think the role of the architect will change over the next years?

No doubt it will change. I think the role of the architect will become more connected to the craft of building.

To date, you have been awarded a total of thirty-seven AIA awards, and over seventy awards total. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Having clients tell me years after a project was completed that they continue to enjoy their house, and that it is a source of continual discovery, is a huge thrill.

Your favorite books?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig

In Praise of Shadows, by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

The Wisdom of Insecurity, by Alan Watts

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey

A River Runs Through It, by Norman MacLean

What’s your advice to upcoming architects?

Have patience. The practice of architecture is complicated…there is so much to learn.

My signature question – what are the most important design elements?

Aside from the client’s program, the site is super important…the first time I walk a site is the most important…those first impressions inform everything that comes after. I think it is important to make the interaction with architecture meaningful…that can be achieved through the use of materials, by shifts in scale or function, and through the experience of space.


Monday Dreaming: Waterfalls

categories Dream View, Travels    

Plitvice Waterfalls, Croatia – a series of larger and smaller falls that link 16 lakes

The Cascades de Trou de Fer on Reunion Island near Madagascar

Iguaçu Waterfalls, Brazil / Argentina

Victoria Falls on the Zambezi river in southern Africa

The world’s highest waterfall – Angel Falls, Venezuela


Gocta Falls, Peru was ‘discovered’ by the West in 2005

2345ft Kjeragfossen Waterfall, Norway

photos: daily cognition

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