2013 Januar : design elements

30
Jan

House in Bulgaria

categories Architecture, Houses    

Das Solar Equinox Passivhaus befindet sich in der Nähe einer meiner Lieblingsplätze in Bulgarien: Thracian Cliffs und Kap Kaliakra. Der Architekt ist Borislav Ignatov – Gewinner des bulgarischen Architekturpreises 2012, der in Varna und New York lebt und arbeitet.

The Solar Equinox Passiv House is located on one of my favorite places on Earth – Thracian Cliffs near the Cape of Caliacra at the Black Sea. It’s designed by Borislav Ignatov – Grand Prize winner of the Biannale of the Union of Bulgarian Architects 2012 who lives and workes in Varna and New York.

photos: rosen donev, last photo: der reisegolfer

28
Jan

Delicious

categories Kitchen    

the beautiful kitchen of Carol d’Avila of Duas Designers, photo: Carin Mandelli via desire to inspire

24
Jan

Interview with Ben de Lisi

categories Designer, Interviews    

“Keep it hard working without it looking overworked. Keep it sexy without it being vulgar. Keep it pure and simple without it being boring and put your entire heart into it and make it look effortless.”

Ben de Lisi

Ben de Lisi is down to earth and an absolute pleasure to interview. The American fashion designer has been showing at London Fashion Week since 1994, won many British Fashion Council awards and created incredible evening dresses (Kate Winslet 2002 Oscars red dress, Helena Bonham Carter and Anjelica Huston among others). Ben de Lisi is also known for his collections with Debenhams and as a judge on Project Catwalk. Below are photos of his home. Ben loves cooking, painting, travelling and all of Truman Capote‘s books.

In a nutshell, what’s your philosophy?

Never overwork a design, keep it pure immaculate and modern. Always always think of the wearer.


What inspired you to get into fashion and design?

Not being able to afford a pair of trousers that I wanted, so my grandmother told me to just make them. The rest is history .


What was the first thing you ever designed?

That would have to be a pair of olive green corduroy drawstring trousers that I thought I desperately needed.


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

I wish I had more patience. I am a very impatient man and I want everything done yesterday pushing yourself like that makes you sometimes loose sight of whats really important.


What is good taste to you?

Well that is a completely subjective question. For me it is really, really being true to yourself and doing whatever that might be with conviction joy and a smile .

How do you transform the ordinary into the extraordinary?

Multiples and great lighting.


What is your idea what the perfect home should feel like?

A haven that protects, nourishes, inspires and keeps you safe.


What’s the most interesting house you have ever seen?

That would be the glass house in Highgate in London… totally extraordinary .


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

Walk my dogs, paint, cook, travel, seek out 1950′s ceramics which I collect and spend time at my house in Ibiza.


A common misperception of you is…

…that I am not approachable and a snob ……….so far off the mark!!!

Your dream project?

Apart from designing for Julianne Moore it would be designing and building another house for my partner and I … but this time from the ground up.


Your favorite books?

I love all of Truman Capote ‘s books.


What does success mean to you?

It means being able to share and give without impediments.


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

Keep it hard working without it looking overworked. Keep it sexy without it being vulgar. Keep it pure and simple without it being boring and put your entire heart into it and make it look effortless.

photos: Paul Massey, James Royall

23
Jan

Home in New York

categories House Tour    

So sieht eine Wohnung in Brooklyn aus.

A look inside a lovely home in Brooklyn.

photos: Ragnar Ómarsson for skona hem via planete deco

23
Jan

Book Love

categories Books    

22
Jan

Delicious

categories Kitchen    

japanese trash

21
Jan

Home Office I Love

categories Workspace    

micasa

17
Jan

Interview with Rafael Patalano

categories Architecture, Designer, Interviews    

“The most important design elements are lightness and weight.”

Rafael Patalano

The house on the beach with a flowering roof like a big tropical banana leaf. Open plan with light and space inspired by the Brazil’s Indian architecture. I’m sure many of you are aware of the photos below. Casa Folha or The Leaf House has been designed by Mareines + Patalano. Rafael Patalano is one of the both Brazilian architects behind the incredible home located close to Rio de Janeiro in Angra dos Reis. Rafael shares his views on Design Elements today. Enjoy!

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

When small, instead of playing football as all the boys from Brazil, I was already playing house.


Is there something that connects all your projects?

We work with organic shapes, trying not to impose but listening what the land ask.

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

I wish I had more clear knowledge about the responsibility of the architect in relation with the environment.


What do you enjoy most in your work?

The diversity.

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

I like to travel and get to know new cultures (in a way I’m always designing).


Your favorite artists?

Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor, Jesus Rafael Soto, Abrahan Palatnick, Miró, Picasso…and many others.

Your favorite books?

All of Jorge Luíz Borges in especially Ficciones and Ética de Spinoza.


Your favorite places in Brazil?

Rio de Janeiro, Salvador na Bahia, Ouro Preto em Minas, Pantanal & Amazonia.

What does success mean to you?

Success has something to do with utopia.


What’s your advice to upcoming architects?

Be whole. Work with the wolrd that surrounds you, but always look inside. This way we will have more diversity in the architectual world.


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

Lightness and weight.


photos: Mareines + Patalano, Leonardo Finotti


16
Jan

My Article in Nash Dom

categories Magazines    

Mein Interview mit Marc Newson wurde in der Januar Ausgabe von Nasch Dom veröffentlicht.

My interview with Marc Newson was published yesterday in the January issue of Nash Dom.

photos via my iPhone

15
Jan

Living Room I Love

categories Living room    

delikatissen

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