Oh, can I live here? Frank Lloyd Wright

September 27, 2012 § 3 Comments

How great would it be to live in an historic home? Could you handle the responsibility?! And can you handle ‘the move’???!

The Bachman Wilson House in Millstone, New Jersey, is on the market and looking for new ownership…And a new location! You see… the home has had some flooding issues. The current owners, architects and fans of Frank Lloyd Wright, painstakingly repaired the  flood damage each and every time but feel the house would be best served (and preserved) if it were moved.

Not only would you own an original Frank Lloyd Wright home, but you would get to choose where to place it, how to integrate it into its surroundings and what the views would be from inside! All things that make Wright’s homes so special and unique to him.

Yikes… Major responsibility!


Bubble Diagram

June 11, 2012 § 7 Comments

If you’re a designer or an architect, you know what bubble diagrams are and how they can be very helpful in arranging various groups, departments or spaces within a larger envelope.

This is not that kind of bubble diagram.

But pretty cool nonetheless.

Trail Blazing

April 9, 2012 § 7 Comments

I saw this house last year and it’s never really left my mind. Designed by Swedish architect Elding Oscarson, it’s unlike any townhouse I’ve ever seen. The stark contrast between it and the rest of the street really amazed me.

It reminded me of a residential project I worked on several years back where the home owner wanted the same sort of thing: a super contemporary house in a very traditional neighbourhood. I’m not sure what the process was like for this house but my client’s neighbours were not happy neighbours! They fought him every step of the way. In the end, his house was practically designed by committee. The end result… a more traditional façade (albeit, a modern take on the traditional). Ironically, four years after the fact, several of the homes on his street have decided to go modern! I guess it’s never easy being the trail blazer.

Here’s to those who take risks, stand out from the crowd and push the envelope.

To read the architect’s notes about this house, click here.

Inspired: NORM Architects

March 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

Beautiful white interiors… I love how clean and simple these spaces are. I think I need to start a category for ‘simple’ because I seem to use the word in almost every one of my posts. For me… simplicity is the hardest thing to come by (in life and in design). And when it’s done well… it’s amazing.

I’m loving…

  • natural wood grain
  • white washed wood grain
  • sleek white millwork
  • inconspicuous hardware
  • midcentury modern icons
  • wooden lids on porcelain containers

NORM Architects masters architecture, interiors and industrial design. And all of it is dreamy in my opinion. This is a small selection of their portfolio of work. The Danish design firm excels at making spaces that are full of airiness, naturalness and simplicity. Unpretentious simplicity. Have I said ‘amazing’ yet?

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