2012 Januar : design elements


Bohemian Apartment in Paris

categories House Tour, Living room    

Ein Blick nach Paris in die Wohnung der Modedesignerin Vanessa Bruno.

A look inside the Paris apartment of fashion designer Vanessa Bruno.

photos: Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer/Sisters Agency for Interiormagasinet Norway via design attractor


Langkawi Sky Bridge

categories Architecture, Travels    

Langkawi Sky Bridge in Malaysia, located 700 m (2,300 ft) above sea level via knstrct


Interview with Joseph Dirand

categories Designer, Interviews    

“What really matters to me, a lot more than the interior, is light. Light is what makes architecture alive. Whereever I go, especially my studio, my apartment, the places I used to live, I have to see the sky!”

Joseph Dirand

I can barely contain my enthusiasm for the work of the Parisian architect and designer Joseph Dirand. Stunning, simple, beautiful… Recently I had the great pleasure of talking with Joseph Dirand. Enjoy the interview. I sure did!

Quai Anatole, Paris

How would you describe your own style?

I keep trying to find my style but it’s very difficult. I hope I will never find it.

When did you first realize that you wanted to be an architect / designer?

For the birthday of my five years, when I got my first Playmobil castle.

Looking back at your first project what knowledge do you wish you had back then designing the interiors?

I don’t have any regret because all my mistakes teach me how to make progress.

Outdoor area of Habita Monterrey – Design Awards 2010, Best New Hotel, Wallpaper

Your monochromatic palette of black and white is amazing. How do you do all this?

Just by using the black and white, but I don’t invent anything.

You said: “Lighting has more importance than the interior itself”. What’s your one best piece of advice on lighting?

Don’t buy a place with a boring natural light.

How do you achieve a good scale? Scale is a really interesting and difficult topic.

I think all my work is on the contrast and the contrast in the scale is essential. I like to play with the perception of scale, using réflexion, shadow and light.

Distrito Capital, Mexico – Best Business Hotel Awards, Wallpaper & Fortune Mag

What do you love to do when you are not designing?

Thinking of what I would design then.

What are your favorite books?

« Le petit prince » de St Exupéry.

What does success mean to you?

Stress and I try to protect myself of the stress.

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

A pen.

photos: Freunde von Freunden, Joseph Dirand


Wednesday Inspiration

categories quotes    


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