You could be bold or subtle…
use sumptuous material- citrus green always looks good in velvet…try one from pierre frey or boussac
a green bottle or two or three is an easy green addition to an interior
images via pinterest and elle decor
I am loving this mix of citrus and aqua and grey at Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo in Paris
image via yatzer
The lushness of summer in Hong Kong has made me what to embrace all things green. Symbolic of life, green is refreshing and uplifting. Underused in interiors, an easy way to add some green is to include green glass or a plant. I love the simple graphic shape of a glass bottle. Green is also one of those colours where different shades look great together. I think this is because we are used to looking at different shades in nature. The interior of the restaurant, Monsieur Bleu in Paris is a good example of this.
And if you love colours like pink or red, green always looks amazing.
11 June 2013
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image via lefigaro
One of the best stands at this year’s Maison was Rick Owen’s home collection. Reknowed for his dark aesthetic, cuts and amazing fabrics, his interior collection was filled with fur, steel and wood. His clothes are characterised by simple shapes that are comfortable to be , but with understated details.
His home in Paris is no different. The location was formerly an office for Francois Mitterand and has been reimagined in his trademark greys and dark woods. The only colour is the gold accents of some of the decorative pieces. I love the unfinished walls, that contrast with some of the boiserie on the interior wall panels and the ethnic art pieces. I would love to design an interior like this for a cool, hip guy…
28 May 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
it certainly is- even though I am heading off to ski this week… this is an aerial view of the tulip fields. Can you imagine how beautiful it would be to be amongst all that? image via designboom
I think it’s time to pull out those sandals (and get yourself a good pedicure) image via thisisglamorous
if you are not in cushions, add some bright colors with accessories-hang some bunting and be playful. image via amerrymishap
or you can just be sensible and do some cleaning. I love these tools by swedish company irishantverk. I’m thinking of getting them for the store. What do you think? images via iris hantverk
I am not sure what is going on with HK’s weather, but it has a decidedly spring feel. Striding up Lyndhurst terrace today, I had to take off my light jacket- it was positively balmy. At the end of the week, I am heading to Austria so I guess I’ll get my share of winter, but over the next couple of days I am pulling out my spring dresses, pulling on my ankle boots and enjoying the warm weather.
As you can probably surmise, my Austria trip means that the shop will be closed for CNY. If you don’t live in HK or China, you may not know that the countries pretty much close down.
If you do live here & want to shop- save it for the 20th of February, where we will be changing our displays to show more of our new furniture collections as well as herald the arrival of spring with fabulous new spring colors. I think the addition of some soft colors in any interior, through the addition of some new fabrics,
5 February 2013
This interior shows how easy it can be. A combination of a simple palette, furniture choices that use form as its main adornment. The addition of some natural textures- the wooden bowls and marble mixed with some great lighting and of course the addition of some natural light & you have an interior that is stylish and easy to live & with.
Some key pieces that make this interior:vintage Jielde lights, both freestanding and wall mounted. Eames chairs which are simple & sculptural. The Muuto dots hanging in the bedroom & some great graphics. You can look on Etsy for something similar.
All it needs is some rugs to soften the hard lines. I think something in black and white would do the trick or a neutral jute. Check out the rugs in our store. What do you think? Too austere or does this interior have a restrained beauty?
30 December 2012
There’s something remarkable about how a fashionable Parisienne can carry off a bag that has no designer label, is constructed of distressed leather or canvas and is extremely practical, yet make it look oh-so cool. The last few trips to Paris, I saw so many of these understated bags that I had to find out who designed them. The answer is Jerome Dreyfuss ( who is also the partner of fashion designer Isabel Marant).
I don’t own one of these bags (yet) but the butter soft leather and the carelessly unpolished look is looking very appealing. His style translates very nicely into the interior of his new Paris store, which you can see in the video. Again, simplicity and honest materials are used to great effect. Like his bags ( which have many compartments and are extremely practical) displays in the store, swivel, pull out and slide, making for a very flexible space.
Recently, the Coveteur visited Dreyfuss and Marant in their home. Simple yet stylish and filled with possessions curated with care, this interior is fun and comfortable and full of books. You could lose yourself in there. Sigh.
You can find Jerome Dreyfuss at 1 Rue Jacob in the 6th. A new store recently opened in New York at 473-5 Broome Street in Soho. For us HKer’s we have to be happy with a small selection at Harvey Nichols in Pacific Place.
5 August 2012
Heirloom Eatery is one of the most hip places to have a casual brunch in HK and I have to say those fish tacos are to die for. But almost better than the food is the interior design by local creative, Candace Campos.
We share a contractor who hastened to introduce us- saying our styles are so similar that we were sure to like one another ! I am happy to say this is true. Like me, she likes to dabble in everything- creative direction, interiors, styling, jewellery (sound familiar?).
Heirloom is situated with a frontage on Hollywood Road, opposite an outdoor sitting area ( as they call a built up park in HK) and is part of the very cool Ilse Crawford designed TwoTwoSix building.
Heirloom’s interior fits very nicely with the exterior design- the brightness of the interior contrasts with the dark tile lining the exterior walls. Pale woods have been chosen, mixed with carrara marble and white tiles. The foliant balustrade emphasizes the freshness of the ingredients and leads you to the upper level where the wall colour echoes the greenery of the park opposite.
The effect is of a very sophisticated & charming tropical environment- that is HK to me, down to a tee!
I will be interviewing Candace as soon as she will let me take a pic of her! Watch this space…
226 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
5 July 2012
As I enjoy taking the odd photo, I have turned my hand to interiors and it is a lot harder that you think.
I love the hazy, gentle light of images and the generally monochromatic arrangements with the slightest bit of colour. These are relaxed and subdued interiors and the images show that really an effective interior design is made out of a standout chair, some piled books, a sculptural light and some texture: be it in a rug, artwork or even a piece of wood stacked against a wall.
You can see more of her work on her website. Note…all the greats of contemporary Danish design are represented: GUBI, HAY, Georg Jensen and Menu to name a few.
28 June 2012
One of my most vivid interior memories when I was a teenager was staying with a Dutch friend of mine whose mother lived in an all white house. Great expanses of smooth white ceramic tile, white leather sofas and chairs- my teenage self found it very intimidating and overwhelming. You can’t put your feet up on the sofa, you have to take your shoes off and god help if you spill red wine/tomato sauce/ chocolate on anything. Needless to say I spent my holiday being very careful indeed.
We cite practicality and lack of liveliness as being stumbling blocks in embracing all white. In fact, an all white interior can seem inviting, if there is an emphasis on the warmth of the light. For me, I think white looks best when mixed with texture and more forgiving shapes, rather than cold, hard planes.
In Hong Kong, if you rent, most of us are faced with a white box of an apartment or house which we feel compelled to fill with colour. A brave solution would be to embrace all that white- I’d love to see someone here that did just that, in a living room-not just a kitchen or a bathroom. If you have an all white interior- let me know, otherwise, here’s some inspiration.
28 May 2012
image via venini
image via vogue living blog
more interior images of the Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi – note the profusion of renaissance detailing: no expense was spared in the creation of this 19th century interior
images via eclectic cool
last year for their 90th birthday, Venini filled the Palazzo with glass designed by studio job
image via domus
Two of my favourites, the Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi and Venini come together again to present their new collection. The Palazzo is located in the centre of Milan in the Via Santo Sprito near the main shopping district. Built in the 19th century by 2 brothers, the Palazzo is a amalgamation of the Renaissance and the 19th Century. It was turned into a museum in 1994 and has been used by Venetian glass manufacturers, Venini, to show off their wares for the past few years. Clearly the luxe appointments of the Bagatti Valsecchi is a fitting backdrop to the rich colours of Venini’s Murano glass creations.
This year, the Italian designer Fabio Novembre has created stacked vases for renowned italian glass manufacturer Venini.
To create the vases, the incalmo glass technique is used — a complex technique where different sections of blown glass are placed one on the other. After the first piece is made, the second must be placed directly on the edge while still hot, fitting perfectly and fusing so there is no overlap.
I seem to recall that Jonathan Adler did something similar a few years ago, but I am loving the colours and the chemical composition of the pieces.
BAGATTI VALSECCHI MUSEUM
22 April 2012