so there i was going down a google image rabbit hole and i found pictures of this beautiful château filled with flowers, and paintings of flowers, which lead me to French artist Claire Basler – and here we are. she lives and paints in her home Château de Beauvoir, “a natural choice” she explains (i mean, of course). and while her paintings aren’t totally my flavour, the way they compliment the dramatic interiors of this historic castle is very pleasing, impressive and kinda dreamy. also, how cool is that tree growing in the kitchen?!
Sara Berks is a designer based in Brooklyn whose textile brand MINNA began as an exploration in tapestry weaving, and has grown into a fully-fledged range of gorgeous textile goods. she works with artisan collectives in Mexico and Guatemala, combining their master skills with her own contemporary design aesthetic.
above: monstera by seventytree
this year i made my first real art purchase. my friend Amy is the curator of Smith, a gallery in central Cape Town – so i am lucky to have a small glimpse into what’s happening in the contemporary South Africa art world. i would love to expand our art collection, but it’s something that has to come slowly and surely when you are starting out.
Cécile Figuette is a french designer whose company Bien Fait (“Well Done”) makes rad wallpaper. so it’s no surprise that her home in Paris, an old workshop turned loft, is superbly creative and pretty damn inspiring. i still love those Berber shag rugs, even though they are everywhere these days. anyone seen affordable ones in Cape Town? send me leads please! i also like the idea of painting a vintage credenza white, might have to steal that idea.
when i first saw these ceramic shark wall hangings by Lorien Stern i thought, damn – wish i had a kid to buy these for. but then i realised i don’t need to have or even be a child to partake in the joy of a sweet ceramic shark head! i would totally hang these in my home. or maybe a tiger? or perhaps a watermelon cat? yep, a watermelon cat would happily sit on my desk and keep me company on even the most boring work day. check her other goodies out on Etsy.
at first glance i couldn’t quite figure out what Flora was – did they make really cool plastic plants? that would be a novel idea. but no, they make really cool posters of plants. if you have a habit of killing plants or if you want to send someone a gift that won’t wither before it reaches them, then Flora is truly a novel idea.
let me preface this post by saying: imagine having plants covering your entire house. well, this is not a house – but a disused garage turned pavilion. but still! called the Green Box, it was renovated by italian architects ACT Romegialli. it’s a small building on the property of a vacation house in the Rhaetian Alps, and serves the owner as “a room for the gardening tools, an area for cooking and a space for conviviality.”
above image by Jonas Berg
we’re lucky to live in a wonderful apartment in an old art-deco era building. it’s unusually big (a one bedroom that’s the size of a typical 2 bedroom), has wooden parquet floors, and is solidly built – so it’s warm in winter and cool in summer. only thing is, the previous owners remodelled the kitchen… in a style that, erm, i kind of HATE.
remember that time i said i need more floor space for my rug obsession? oh yes, that was yesterday. well of course the internet doesn’t help my addiction. i guess it’s a good thing that i have this here blog with an endless amount of virtual floorspace to display all the rugs i like.