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ten favourites

my brother the architect (mentioned in this post) has 444 folders with 5,700 pictures on his computer sorted by name & date of rad architects, houses & buildings. i forced him to give me a copy (not really, he gave it to me out of the goodness of his heart) and now i’m going to share ten of my favourites.

if you like this kind of stuff make sure to explore the modernist architecture tag

ben rose home aka ferris bueller house in chicago by a. james speyer, 1953

kaufmann desert house in palm srings, california by richard neutra, 1946

katzenstein house in los angeles, california by ray kappe, 1974

villa mairea in noormarkku, finland by alvar aalto, 1939

aarhus town hall in denmark by arne jacobsen, 1942

house walton in arkansas by e. fay jones, 1958

irwin miller house in indiana by eero saarinen, 1957

gehry house in santa monica by frank gehry, 1977

hanna house in stanford, california by frank lloyd wright, 1937

bruynzeel house in stellenbosch by aardt bijl, 1962

this is an incredibly well-known house in my hometown of stellenbosch that’s in the same neighbourhood as my parent’s place. i always see the angled roof sticking up out of the trees when i drive around there. there are many houses in this neighbourhood that have the same modernist feel (albeit not such a dramatic design) – lots of wood inside, with cleverly designed built-in cupboards and bookshelves that separate open plan living areas. basically my dream homes! unfortunately new people who move into the area are starting to tear these houses down and building generic tuscan style pieces of poo in their place.

on a side note – we are always highly amused by famous architects who wear those glasses.

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trays

serving trays are pretty much the last thing i thought i’d ever blog about, because they are the most boring of the kitchen paraphernalia right? we could make a list i guess. anyway, these ones from svenskt tenn with original designs by architect josef frank are rad. i’m happy to know there are some seriously cool trays out there because i love using them myself – especially when making tea, let’s get our sophistication on. plus sometimes i just get tired of carrying three to four cups in my hands and nimbly avoiding bumping into things that are likely to cause a spill of precious brew.

ps: their textiles are as amazing.

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roman & williams

want to step away from the usual white-walled inspirations, try to expand my interior horizons. these rooms by renowned design firm roman & williams = just the trick. their portfolio of work is simply amazing.

(i know that’s a white wall. i know.)

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oh, perfect swedish homes (tra la la)

have a sneaking suspicion that the apartments for sale at alvhem are cleverly furnished, styled and photographed by mega smart swedish real estate agents – duping us all into believing that we are inferior beings with inferior apartments.

i’d like to imagine that these are real homes, though. and then i ask myself… but why would you sell?

(they even have prop cats)

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thoughts on furniture

i don’t own much in the ways of furniture. besides bedroom basics and one (mega) couch, the rest of our apartment is filled with my flatmates’ stuff (gratefully so, thanks for being grown ups guys.) so i tend to daydream about fantasy furniture to fill my fantasy home with some day. daydreaming = internetting. obviously.

i could see this as a casual kitchen / work / study table

i had a drawing table once, but it wasn’t nearly as cool as this one.

what does one do with stools, anyway? i’d probably use these as end tables.

these chairs are beautiful. what else is there to say.

could be don draper’s desk… should be my desk.

this rocking chair looks like retro patio furniture, but more fun.

and i like the way these chairs are arranged (plus the chairs themselves, naturally)

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may i come live with you?

take a look at this ridiculous, just ridiculous house seen via desire to inspire. the funny thing is that it’s not 100% my style, but as a complete package it makes my eyes go please sir, may i have some more?

this house seen via destined to design

always perving over the brick house

and speaking of interiors, there’s a new book coming out soon called nesting which focuses on 26 swedish homes photographed over a period of 7 years – the “swedish version of the selby”. um, yes please.

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