tote bags are soft to the touch and are painted with the most gorgeous colours
the subtle variations in tone are beautiful
each tote has a removable pouch- so handy for shopping
great for a afternoon of shopping
images via eclectic cool
handpainted in her studio in germany, the brand uses natural dyes- each piece the dye is painted on layering to create an ombre effect
images via selvedge
This year at Maison et Objet, Margarete Hausler’s cushion designs were featured in this year’s ‘Trend” section. Now we aren’t about trends here at Eclectic Cool, preferring to stick with designs that are tried and true but with a bit of a twist. However, I think her cushions are here to stay. Simply made, Margarete’s design have subtle details that give them a unique twist. The soft linen is washed with natural dye, creating an ombre effect.
I love the natural quality of the pillows, which look great en mass but also look good slotted into more formal settings, giving a rustic edge both pleasing to the eye and fingers. I am also totally in love with the large shopper totes. I have been staring at them for a couple of days in the store and I still can’t decide which colour I want. Classic and edgy black or bright yellow? Hmmm…to be continued….
11 April 2013
the iconic cantilevered exterior of fallingwater
image via mcgill
the sitting area of fallingwater
image via home-designing
the base of the fireplace incorporates the natural boulders
image via home-designing
note the beni ouarain rug- it was architects that frank lloyd wright that popularised these moroccan rugs. if anyone tells you that these types of rugs are a fad- they are wrong!!!
image via home-designing
the fictional vandamm house in North by Northwest 1959
the interior of the vandamm house- note the common elements- the windows and the fireplace surround, however the furniture is much more formal.
images via hooked on houses
btw don’t forget…
Designed and built between 1936 and 1939, Fallingwater is by the American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. The cantilevered design was a masterpiece of engineering at the time- the building seemingly hanging over a waterfall.
Though the exterior is awe inspiring, especially seen in the context of its time, the interior is just as iconic and still influences contemporary interior design.
The open plan layout and the low seating creates a casual atmosphere very unusual for 30s contemporary life. Note the warm palette and the banquette seating. These were pieces that were designed to lounge upon casually. The windows are large and take advantage of the beautiful setting.
The stonework echoes the dramatic waterfall outside. It has a cave-like but cosy feeling, though the interior opens to the exterior, the warm furnishings create a restful ambience. The dramatic hearth incorporates some of the boulders that form the cliff that the house is built on. This was one of the first interiors that celebrated the roughness and raw beauty of natural materials, and celebrated the rustic beauty of nature.
The layout of the house encouraged communal living and the outdoors. Bedrooms were designed to be small, so that its inhabitants focused on the beautiful surroundings with each other.
This iconic house inspired the fictional Vandamm house in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 film, North by Northwest. Hitchcock was a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, but the movie budget did not swing to hiring the world famous architect, so a realistic interpretation was built.
Fallingwater’s natural style, layout and connection with the outdoors still influences the design of contemporary interiors.
7 March 2013
The essential elements: (1) a floral arrangement (2) books (3) tray & some personal items- you can’t go wrong!
A group of plants, a tray and a pile of books are all essentials for a coffee table to look great!
We’re getting busy here at Eclectic Cool. I thought it would be great to introduce a fellow interior lover to the blog, Beks. Here are her tips on styling a coffee table. Thanks, Beks!
Recently, a visit to a client inspired us to blog about styling a coffee table.
This essential piece of furniture, often ignored and unfortunately prone to clutter, is a key piece in all living areas.
Instead of using it as a collection place for a multitude of remote controls or a place to rest your plate or feet while watching tv- why not use it to add interest and beauty to your interior space .
Whether small or large; square, round or rectangular, all coffee tables deserve to be styled in a way that reflects your personal taste, displaying objects you love.
With our simple formula, you can easily achieve a stylish look that is both functional and which adds character to your room.
Start with something natural (1) – the most obvious choice here being a floral arrangement. We love using a one type of flowers in a simple vase- or a pot of orchids for something a bit long lasting. However, if flowers aren’t your thing then another natural element such as a piece of driftwood or even flowering branches may be more to your taste.
Add piles of books(2): coffee table books that are in proportion to the size of your table. Choose beautiful books on subjects that interest you, with bold covers, interesting colours and pile them in small groups of three (largest at the bottom). The number of piles is up to you but I like an even number if the table is round or square and odd numbers if the table is rectangular.
In HK, Page One has the best collection of coffee table books and we stock quite a few design books too.
Place a tray or jar on your table (3). This is a place to collect smaller objects such as remote controls, keys, coasters etc. Trays not only look stylish but they keep things tidy too! Try one in an interesting material such as lucite or something more traditional such as mirrored glass, metal or wood.
Lastly add an object of interest or a personal touch to your arrangement (3). This piece will create a statement about your style. It could be a quirky object that has meaning to you or something more sculptural.
Follow these simple rules and you will soon have a table you will be proud of!
Check out more coffee table styling images here.
28 February 2013
the lignet roset table can be lifted to be used as a dining table
under bed storage is very important in a small space, but it is very bad feng shui
some great use of space under the stair area
This project used the existing lofty ceilings to maximise the use of space and to increase the amount of light in the apartment as you can see from the architect’s rendering.
images via cococozy
a typical tong lau in sham shui po, kowloon
image via 52suburbs (by the way this is a great blog)
the exterior of 226 hollywood road designed by ilse crawford
Hong Kong spaces are nothing if not small. One thing that you have to understand that the listed size of an apartment may not actually be the correct size: when renting or buying an apartment make sure that you ask what is the ‘saleable’ size, rather than the gross size. The saleable size takes out the common amenities and actually indicates space.
In Sheung Wan, where the stop is located, even over the last 3 months that we have been here, I have seen the quick gentrification of the area, where locals who have lived here for years are being pushed out by high rents. I guess it is not the first city where this has happened. Now, you often see expat faces, climbing the stairs of traditional tong laus. We are increasingly getting a lot of work from clients who are looking to redecorate these small spaces. Some forward thinking types have managed to buy whole buildings and are turning them into multi level homes.
The project at 226 Hollywood Road, designed by Ilse Crawford, gives some indication of the possibility of these spaces. From the glossy charcoal grey tiles to the lush walnut cabinetry that takes advantage of the view of the park (in HK called an ‘outdoor seating area’) opposite. Something like this project, does seduce you with the idea of downsizing your life and moving to a smaller and more central, space.
8 February 2013
Her book, Life and Work- you can get it here from Amazon. It is very hard to get and Amazon lists it as USD474 (ouch- but worth every penny after the initial shock). Could possibly be my favorite book.
Elle Decoration UK recently covered Malene Birger’s Palma home. Arco lamps, beni ouarain rugs, fearless mix of brown and black, with a dash of (mostly) black and white art on a dark floor with white walls. Perfection. Love the ledges too.
Oh to have a workspace like this. I wish I could be neater. And I’m painting the base of my wooden table glossy black now.
Danish fashion designer, Malene Birger, is one of my all time favorite design icons. Her clothing is interesting without being too fashionable ( you can wear her pieces for years) but I think her interiors are even better. Peruse her book, Malene Birger- Life and Work- and you get not only a tour of her houses around the world but her workspaces as well.
Her house in Palma is amazing. Of course, you can’t really go wrong with a structure like this. Don’t you love the oversized GUBI Bestlites (9XL in black) over the table ( I would have hung them a bit lower- the cord is really nice). We have them in our store.
7 February 2013
Normann Copenhagen glass, side table and ceramics
Normann Copenhagen Dropit hooks
images via a merry mishap
At Maison&Objet last week, I fell in love with Normann Copenhagen’s new collections. I’ve put in the order and will go into more detail later but I wanted to share with you two beautiful images of their new collection of products including the fabulous new bedlinen and their new ceramics. Gorgeous….
30 January 2013
image via gemfields
I love the green of malachite as well
image via lonny
I might have to add more emerald green to my wardrobe this year
image via garance dore
We love green here at Eclectic Cool as you know. So we were thrilled to hear that PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013. Described as “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”
I have a partiality to emerald green- it is my birthstone & I am married to an Irishman of course- so I guess it is in my blood. Every colour looks good against a splash of green- it is 2013′s neutral. It symbolises life and growth & nothing is more rejuvenating than looking out onto a vista of green fields and taking in the scent of foliage.
2 January 2013
A client was telling me this week that they love blue and white but don’t know how to use it without seeming too traditional. Yes, a room filled with blue and white porcelain smacks of unoriginality. Now I love the odd vintage blue and white plate but I have to confess that I have only ever designed childrens’ rooms in the traditional hue.
The key to making blue look contemporary is to choose a shade that is less traditional. These moodboards by the excellent designtraveller use natural blues such the skin of blueberries and figs as their inspiration. Mix in a few unpredictable colours, orangey red, bright yellow and the look is instantly contemporary & original. Even the paler hues look fab mixed with silver and rich browns. Make sure you only use blue and white as an accent. Whatever you do in HK don’t group them together. What works in Delft ends up looking like a cheap porcelain store here.
6 October 2012
If you read this blog often, you would know that I have a major admiration for Zaha Hadid Architects, ever since I did a project inspired by her during my interior architecture student days.
So flicking through her website, I was taken aback by the image of the RIBA Stirling award winning project.
The Evelyn Grace Academy, is situated in Brixton, an area once known for its crime and poverty but over the last 10 years has increasingly improved. Having once been a teacher, this project also resonated with me because of its conceptual basis. It was conceived as a ‘school within schools’, where four different schools are housed within the campus, creating a more intimate relationship between the school, its teachers and students.
As you can see in the images, the teaching spaces are light and bright, with a lot of flexibility. The spaces are also available to the community to use, contributing to the continuing regeneration of Brixton.
This is a project that shows exactly how architecture can change a community and the lives of the people that live within it.
18 September 2012
men’s tailoring store, Joe Black-Melbourne, Australia
Australian designer, Suzie Stanford, has been fascinated by the stuff that other people throw away as long as she can remember. Last week, she visited Hong Kong as a guest of Lane Crawford for Fashion’s Night Out event. While we stitched away on a tapestry design that Suzie drew for me, we had a great chat about her designs and design process.
Suzie is most known for her tapestry and tea towel chairs. All the components of her designs are made up of found objects, rescued and revived and then made new and fresh. Suzie does all the work herself by hand- from the stitching of the tapestries to the upholstery of the chairs. She gets up early each morning to scour the markets and auction houses to pull together the components of her designs. Luck seems to play a great part in her designs- if she wants a particular piece, eventually she will find it!
Her new collection of upholstery pieces. entitled ‘Hide and Seek’ is a combination of traditional tapestry imagery mixed with a more sedate fabrics- so that you can change the look and feel of the piece at will and according to your mood: serious times call for the grey to be exposed, or if you are feeling more playful- you can show off the wild combinations of hunting scenes and flowers.
I love the brass lamps which are completely constructed with found pieces. Suzie was once a jeweler so welding and metal construction are second nature to her. Even the lampshade is lined with gold foil, creating a glittering effect even when the lamp is switched off.
More photos coming up soon…and, of course, a pic of my finished tapestry piece!!!
16 September 2012