2012 Oktober : design elements


Interview with Sarah Lavoine

categories Designer, Interviews    

It is my pleasure to welcome Sarah Lavoine – Polish princess and French interior designer – extremely talented and natural at what she does. Sarah is designer extraordinaire of perfectly imperfect interiors. I love the way she combines different styles in a way that feels effortless. The first 3 photos below are of Sarah’s art-filled Paris flat where she lives with her 3 children Roman, Yasmine and Milo and her husband, the French pop star Marc Lavoine. Enjoy!

How would you describe your style?

I think my style is contemporary, but warm and timeless at the same time.

What inspired you to get into design?

My father… He was the editor of French Vogue for 15 years, so I was always going to all the fashion shows with him as a child. My mother was also an interior designer herself, so I think she gave me a good feel for this profession.

Some designers believe that the first piece for any room is the rug or a painting that sets up the colors palette. What is your first source of inspiration?

I look at the volumes and the light straight away, at what I can change, transform, get rid of and readjust. But an interior is a whole, there is not really one single thing for me that I start on.

What do you enjoy most in your work?

The fact it’s a challenge, because you must constantly try out new ideas, invent and imagine new spaces, and include new materials. Once I had decided to become an interior designer, I immediately felt like it was exactly what I was meant to do.

What is the biggest mistake people make when they decide to decorate their own homes without the guidance of a designer?

They try to get the ‘total look’. I avoid the total look at all costs. People are not very daring – you shouldn’t be afraid to try out new colours and bold combinations.

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

When I’m not designing, I love to relax by going for a nice walk in the wonderful gardens.

Who are your favorite artists?

I love going to see the art work at the gallery Kamel Mennour. I really like the Japanese artists Moriyama and Araki, and the work of Camille Henrot.

Your favorite books?

My favorite book is Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen.

Your favorite places in France?

I have so many favourite places in France, but I especially love Cap Ferret.

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

Comfort, space and above all, light.

photos: Sarah Lavoine


Beach House in Brazil

categories Houses    

Strandhaus in Brasilien mit traumhaftem Blick auf den Atlantik. Architektur: Silvio Sant’Anna & Ana Vidal

Wooden beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Architecture: Silvio Sant’Anna & Ana Vidal

photos: Eduardo Pozella for casa abril


House on the Mexican Pacific Coast

categories Architecture, Houses    

So sieht ein Haus in Mexico aus. Architektur: Cadaval & Sola-Morales. Schönen Wochenstart!

House by Spanish architects Cadaval & Sola-Morales overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Happy Monday!



Happy Weekend

categories weekend    

vtwonen, casa abril


Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria

categories Travels    

Auf dem Weg zum höchsten Wasserfall der Balkanhalbinsel – Raisko Praskalo, Fallhöhe 124 Meter. Ich werde die nächsten Monate hauptsächlich in Bulgarien wohnen. Ich freue mich riesig. Die ganze Schwarzmeerküste und die bulgarischen Gebirge sind außergewöhnlich. Mit dem Bloggen bleibt alles so wie es ist – Fotos von Bulgarien inklusive.

I’m in the Balkan Mountains trying to reach the highest Bulgarian waterfall Raisko Praskalo – 124 meters high. I’ll be living mainly in Bulgaria the next months. I love being in Bulgaria. I love walking in nature there. The whole Black Sea coast and the Bulgarian mountains are exceptional. The blog will be on a regular routine. Be back on Monday…

Balkan Mountains via my iPhone


Jonathan Ive: Why Simple is Good

categories Designer, quotes    

“Why do we assume that simple is good? Because with physical products, we have to feel we can dominate them. As you bring order to complexity, you find a way to make the product defer to you. Simplicity isn’t just a visual style. It’s not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep. For example, to have no screws on something, you can end up having a product that is so convoluted and so complex. The better way is to go deeper with the simplicity, to understand everything about it and how it’s manufactured. You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential.”

Jonathan Ive, from the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


Devetashkata Cave, Bulgaria

categories Travels    

Ich habe am Sonntag die Devetashkata Höhle gesehen. Sie war auf meiner Bucket List. Unglaublich schön!

Last weekend I visited the Devetashkata Cave near Lovech, Bulgaria. It was on my bucket list. Amazing!

via my iPhone


Bedroom I Love

categories Bedroom    

design addicts


Happy Weekend

categories Living room, Outdoor    

photos: Roger Davies for AD


Insights into the Design Mind of Philippe Starck

categories Designer, quotes    

“The only style of tomorrow is freedom.”

Philippe Starck

Insights into the design mind of Philippe Starck: “Pressure is not an issue. I am pressure proof. It is impossible to put pressure on me. I am the freest person in the world…”  You can see all the insights on Freshome.

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