interior

1989

jens windolf is a german photographer who works as an art director in online & offline media. born in cologne in 1967, he is also a trained architect & graphic designer (see comments below)

this series reminds me of school hostels, doctors waiting rooms and all other manner of institutions from my youth.

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trees please

i’m pretty much sold on any and all houses that have trees incorporated into their design – there’s nothing nicer to me than a huge tree in the middle of a courtyard. or better yet, a tree in the middle of a house.

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janet hill

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i enjoy janet hill‘s still lifes (… still lives? i still don’t know what the plural is)

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wayne pate

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if i ever have a lovely little beach house to decorate, these prints would slipstream right in there – by wayne pate

do you think you pronounce his surname as in plate or as in pâté ? i love pâté…

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chesty before & after

now i know some of you might think it’s sacrilege to paint over a wooden piece, but the fact of the matter is that this particular chest of drawers only cost me R300 (that’s like, US $40) – and it basically just had a shoddy veneer that was chipping in places.

i also took major shortcuts in it’s ‘resoration’ as i had to do everything in my tiny flat in an afternoon. i would have preferred to sand the entire thing down and give it a lighter oak finish, but that would have involved way more admin than i was prepared to go through for my wee chest right now.

so this is what i did step by step:

  • unscrewed all the door knobs
  • i washed this baby down with sugar soap – it was pretty gross (i imagine it stood in some kids room since it was built, it even had old eighties stickers on it)
  • gave the drawers 1 coat of plain old water based acrylic (in white, obviously) – applied with a roller
  • when that dried, i gave it another coat of plascon velvaglo (also white)
  • i gave the frame one quick coat of nova dye woodstain in mahogany (leftover from another project) – applied with a roller sponge. this stuff is amazing, is dries in seconds & you don’t need to varnish afterwards.
  • i took the doorknobs apart, painted the outside black and the inside gold

aaaand… that’s it! it came out pretty okay in the end, no?

inspired by this particular before & after over at penny people designs (which is a far better execution, but probably easier to do if you start with an untreated base)

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