another thing i have been doing a lot of in anticipation of moving soon, apart from browsing etsy, is actually looking for a new place to stay.* which is a frustrating process, at best. so when i get sick of looking at dingy, overpriced flats i start looking for things…
spotted Château de Moissac on Desire to inspire and it made me go uurrrrggghhhhnnnnnnn whhhhyyyyy! what kind of torture is this?? why is this not MY château! damn the world! – etc. Built in a hill-top village, a refuge for lovers of ancient stones…In the early 17th century, the Château de Moissac-Bellevue…
my love for modernist houses is never ending – a trait i share with my brother the architect, whose knowledge of architecture and rad homes eclipses any one i know. he also has an impressive encyclopedic reference for hilarious simpsons quotes, but that’s a story for another time. this house is the…
may i introduce you to my new winter… and summer homes? they are in norway. at least i’m pretty sure they’re in norway, as the architect’s website is in norwegian (i’m guessing) and my google translate won’t activate.
my winter home is pretty rad because it has reindeer antlers on the pitch of the roof (i put them there)
my summer home is awesome because of all the windows, so i can let the light in until 10pm. or whenever it sets in norway. does the sun even set in norway in summer? i’ll soon find out.
you can come visit, i’ll try to find some scandanavian style pull out couches.
as a kid, friends of my parents had the most beautiful mid-century modern house situated on a hilltop that overlooked a valley (all mountains and vineyards and awesomeness). but i didn’t care about the view, i was only interested in the house. it was a single storey design with split levels and low ceilings – made basically entirely out of wood and glass. each room was on a different level and my brother and i used to explore from the bedrooms at the top making our way down through the tv room, kitchen, dining room, formal living room and guest bedrooms at the bottom. it was magic. then they moved, sold the house and it got demolished. i think i cried the day i found out.
if you just read that long story you might understand where my love for mid-century modern houses comes from and why i would love to live in one some day. nothing makes me feel more at home.
this is the beattie residence, designed by ulrich franzen.
i will always love the party, mostly due to the fact that the phrase ‘birdie num num’ is a running joke in my family. second to peter sellers’ antics, the best thing about this film is the house where all the action goes down. as a kid i thought nothing was more glamorous than a house that had a water running through it (am i right?) … i still kind of think that! i also love the way sellers wanders around, completely out of place – i totally empathise with his party awkwardness… obviously the sixties vibe completely appeals to me as well. haven’t seen the party? do it.
just had to share these because they made my jaw drop. gérard michel is a belgian architect and his flickr stream has thousands of sketches that are all drawn on site. they are very impressive and beautiful, but what really amazed me are the panoramics. when i first saw them i thought, no way, these HAD to be done from a photograph. nu uh. he says,
my perspectives are built on site. my pencil is my only tool to take measurements : i count how many “pencils” are necessary to measure 90 degrees, and then i have a standard to build my drawing.
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