My home needs work. I’ve been living in it for six years and it needs work. Houses and apartments take maintenance and at the moment I’m embarrassed by how run-down and sad it is. In light of this, I’ve imagined a lump-sum lotto win and an opportunity to renovate the parts of my home that yearn for a spruce up – i.e everything. Inspired by this ‘ultimate renovation’, I’ve naturally turned to the Scands. Studio Joanna Laajisto, headed up by the eponymous lass herself, is a Helsinki-based boutique design agency with a focus on functionality, quality and infinitely beautiful aesthetic. Founded in 2010, and scoping commercial, retail, hospitality and office design, each project is a masterpiece.
Although well over 250 years old, Edinburgh’s New Town – a UNESCO Heritage Site – is a beautiful, if austere, collection of sturdy and uniform ranks of Georgian buildings. Rows of terraces and mansions clad in local grey sandstone are a physical embodiment of the Scottish Reformation. Refurbished by NYC-based architecture firm Grzywinski+Pons, Eden Locke is a new 72-room hotel with a café and bar that’s received a complete renovation and comprehensive fit-out. Celebrating its heritage details, the 18th-century Georgian mansion and its 20th-century extension was whittled down to its respective bones – and the chic new hotel created from there.
Working out of The Magic Factory, a 15 000-square-foot think tank in San Francisco, Ken Fulk specialises in interior design, special events, and architecture. His reputation is a fantastic one: He is a fantasy; an inventor and creator who pulls off simply the most imaginative sets. Whether he is creating staggering homes, throwing the opening party of a museum show, or planning large-scale events, Fulk’s work is always remarkable and stylish and over the top and I just love it. At Hirst Bar in San Francisco, a space designed by Fulk, the drinks are free – you’ve just got to be invited.
Founded in Paris by Luis Laplace and Christophe Comoy, Laplace is a high-end interior design and architecture studio with a focus on modern simplicity and elegance. In this Parisian apartment, an art collector’s main residence, use of space, light and structured design create a comfortable, yet infinitely chic, interior.
I’ve always been a dormant francophile, significantly less dormant in the last few weeks. In an attempt to make household chores more ‘fun’, I started playing French music, and so went down the Parisian rabbit hole – and have yet to come out. Longing for a return to Paris, I’ve been living vicariously through French design, French music, and French film. And lusting at Paris’ most beautiful French hotels.
Unusual and theatrical designer Vincent Darré, famous for his baroque creations, just put his house and all its furnishings up for auction. Full of fantasy, flirting with surrealism and eccentricity, he is character personified in the world of decor and design.
Our lives are a throng of activity. Roads are busier, days are overloaded from 9 till 5, inboxes are flooded. For too long I’ve tried to do everything. But it’s not working for me anymore. I’m performing at a sub-optimal level. If I look at my diary on a Monday morning and the schedule is too busy and there’s too much on, I feel anxious, and anxiety doesn’t work for me either. In honour of this new revelation, I am pursuing the art of minimalism.
I’ve been quite pathetic about my home’s interiors. I moved in four years ago with the greatest plans, but there are still unframed prints that need to be hung (and framed), dead plants and too much cat hair. I’m challenging myself to Get. Shit. Done. It needs attention. And Douglas and Bec is my inspiration.
I discovered this space on Pinterest: a simple, chic interior with pops of colour and metallic accents. I did some research, and it serves as both a home and a showroom for Hong Kong-based design studio Lim + Lu. Located in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, it’s both modern and quirky; an inspiring space using unconventional colours.
M-3 Architectural&Construction Group is a Ukraine-based firm with a foundation in minimalist and functional design. I came across this bachelor pad whilst compiling a Design Find for House & Garden. It came in a week where I’d had numerous ‘a ha’ moments, and felt the definitive pull to become a minimalist (more on this later). It is quite possibly the most beautiful and sophisticated space I have ever seen.