2012 Juli : design elements


Formentera House

categories Architecture, Houses    

Das wunderschöne Steinhaus Can Manuel d’en Corda mit einem 19.060 m2 großen Grundstück auf Formentera. Architektur: Marià Castelló. Einen guten Wochenstart!

The beautiful stone walled Can Manuel d’en Corda house is located on a plot of 19.060 m2 of rustic nature in the west of the island of Formentera. Architecture: Marià Castelló. Happy Monday!

photos: Estudi EPDSE via contemporist


Interview with Christophe Pillet

categories Designer, Interviews    

“Design for me is not only a job. It’s not something that I go to the office at nine in the morning. It’s my life.”

Christophe Pillet for GQ

Christophe Pillet is the Lacoste‘s design director. I’ve been drawn to his work from the first moment I saw it some years ago. Lucidity of expression and the search for simplicity are his key principles. Architecture, objects, furniture, art direction – the scope and the variety of his projects share a common attitude, independent of scale. Lancel, Lacoste, Cappellini, Catherine Malandrino, John Richmond, Hotel Sezz… are among his devotees. Some days ago I had the pleasure of talking with Christophe Pillet. Enjoy the interview. I sure did!

Sezz hotel in St. Tropez

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a designer?

It appeared in my life by sheer chance and I am very happy about it. I have no precise memory having a day wished or dreamed to be a designer.

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

The quality of the first projects is certainly the freshness and the energy guided by a kind of innocence on things. This way, no need of too much knowledge.

Meridiana chair for Driade, Blow for Ycami

Is there something that connects all your projects?

The same brain driving, the same hand holding, the same pencil, whatever.

Can you describe your position as Lacoste design director ?

Lacoste is a big network made of a lot of partnerships (licensees). I’m in charge of researching the consistancy of creations and the harmony of them: the Lacoste style!

boutiques for Catherine Malandrino in New York and Paris

How long does it take for Lacoste to lead the product from idea to market?

Usually between one or two years.

What do you enjoy most in your work?

The “thrilling of the white page”. Being afraid of having to answer demands I am not necessarily an expert for. The curiosity which urges me to take sideways and which often pulls me on unknown grounds.

Lacoste summer collection 2012

In the 1970’s, Lacoste became the first brand to sponsor the French Open at Roland-Garros. Do you play tennis?

I used to play when I was younger. Unfortunately I don’t have much time now to keep in shape…

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

I love daydreaming…

Orbital easy chair and SouthBeachpub chair

Your favourite books?

Books of sciences, journey diaries of the big “discoverers” – Magellan, Christopher Columbus …. and also the contemporary literature.

You have designed almost everything and have been honored with numerous awards. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

I’m never satisfied. I always expect the perfect project to be the next one.

Sezz hotel in St. Tropez

What does success mean to you?

A pleasant return of the public, making me feel that I do not spend my life for nothing!

What’s your advice to upcoming designers?

Do not grow too fast, still leave me some room!!!

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

Simple, chic and happy!

photos: 1 Romain Cabon, 2,7 Manuelle Zublena, 3, 4, 6 designline, 5 vogue


Casa Surf in Portugal

categories House Tour, Surfing    

Gefunden! Das Surfhaus meiner Träume… Design: Pequenina Rodrigues

This surfer shack caught my heart today. Design: Pequenina Rodrigues

photos: Manuel Gomes Da Costa for Elle


Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

categories Hospitality, Hotels, Travels    

Constance Halaveli Resort mit traumhaftem Blick auf den Indischen Ozean… Schönes Wochenende!

Dream view – one of Maldives’ North Ari atoll getaways… Happy weekend!



A Dose of Inspiration

categories Bedroom, Inspiration    

1.design: Bonetti/Kozerski, photo: William Waldron for AD, 2. where is the cool


An Apartment in Sao Paulo

categories House Tour    

Ein Blick nach Sao Paulo in das Haus von Paula Martins. Design: Luiz Fernando Rocco

A look inside the home of Paula Martins designed by Luiz Fernando Rocco.

casa vogue via my fave La Boheme


Birchgrove House in Australia

categories Architecture, Houses    

So sieht ein Haus in der Nähe von Sydney aus. Design: Mark Pearse. Schönes Wochenende!

Beautiful house in the Sydney suburb of Birchgrove. Design: Mark Pearse. Happy weekend!

home dsgn


A Dose of Inspiration

categories Inspiration    

where is the cool


Palm Beach Getaway

categories House Tour    

Ein Blick nach Palm Beach in das tolle Haus von Kelly Klein – Fotografin und Autorin. Einen schönen Mittwoch!

A look inside the beautiful getaway of author and photographer Kelly Klein. Happy 4th to all my friends in the US!

photos: Nikolas Koenig for AD


Book Love

categories Books    

Ein tolles Buch für Eltern – kein “Ratgeber”, eine Lebensphilosophie.

An inspirational book for parents – the architects of the family’s daily lives.