the sun never knew..


‘The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building’ Louis Kahn (1901-1974). From the current exhibition at the Design Museum (until 12 October 2014)

We are off on holiday at last, to catch the last of the summer. Happy weekend.

Image: Louis Kahn visual archive by Naquib Hossain


turin blue.

Intense, geometric imagery in bold, saturated colour by photographer and graphic design student Paolo Pettigiani. Taken near Turin, Italy; more on Behance, here.


Blue – without a doubt my favourite hue of all. There’s a fascinating read on the Tate blog of the importance of blue in art’s history, from ultramarine to Yves Klein, and Matisse’s striking blue nudes.

Read it, here  Happy weekend.

happy weekend.


Extraordinary, life-size skeletal rhino by Norfolk-based sculptor Rachael Long. Made from recycled and forged metal, the rhino is on show at Doddington Hall near Lincoln from 2nd August to 7th September 2014.

A rearing horse, an owl in flight, a lurcher, poised… More Rachael Long, here

Photo by owl’s house london using iPhone 5S.



moroccan modern.

The villa is built from locally sourced Ouriko stone, its reddish color associated with nearby Marrakech, the ‘Ochre City’. Internally it is the rawness of the materials that create a wonderful, earthy quality. Raw, but utterly refined. The restraint continues in the palette of finishes. Each of the materials is kept in isolation, so that a bathroom is executed solely in black cement render, another in pale render, yet another in slabs of white marble – pure simplicity. And the detailing is exquisite – nothing is superfluous. A window frame fills the entire wall, its fine frame doing nothing to detract from the view beyond. The overall effect is of absolute calmness and serenity. I could move in tomorrow, what about you?


Beautifully shot images by Daniel Glasser and Philippe Garcia

Villa E, Studio KO, Morocco via

happy weekend.


‘Dialogue Z.’ Tadzio, Lee Ufan, Kamel Mennour, Paris and Pace, New York

Ten works by the South Korean-born, Japan-based artist Lee Ufan have been installed in the gardens of the Chateau of Versailles. The naturalist aesthetic of Mono-ha – the school of conceptual Japanese artists of which Ufan is the most prominent member – creates a wonderful dialogue with the serenely opulent landscapes created by André Le Nôtre for Louis XIV.

Works by Lee Ufan now until Nov. 2 at the Chateau de Versaillesvia

fab four: summer prints.


Because the sun is shining, fab four summer prints:

1. Palmeral in Off-White / Azure from House of Hackney. It comes as wallpaper and fabric. I have     Palmeral fabric cushions in the Midnight / Green colourway, and it looks fabulous – a little bit 70s, and very glam !

2. Pineapple print wallpaper in Sorbet, Hygge and West (via). Apparently pineapples are big news for summer..

3. Flights of Fancy in Eau de Nil Stripe, House of Hackney

4. Inferno in Teal, House of Hackney

Which do you like? More fab four, here.




stockholm modern.

Within such an elegantly ornate interior, the bold mix of contemporary art and Scandinavian design classics creates a tension that feels utterly harmonious in this Stockholm apartment.

In the wood-panelled office, pale, angular furniture with simple, masculine forms counter balance the intensely decorative interior. Textures contrast wildly, too: rich, honey-coloured woodwork and an emerald green marble fireplace neither over-power nor dominate with a contemporary shaggy rug to soften the effect.

Classic furniture pieces feature throughout, including 1930s Artek chairs and a coffee table by Poul Kjaerholm. Other iconic Alvar Aalto pieces can be found in the children’s room; the Artek Chair 66, and Table 90A. I love this room with its collection of snow globes (one of my personal favourite collectibles), and colourful Russian dolls, all vivid reds against the light wood and neutral walls. And there is nothing retiring about the lighting, with 1950s Orrefors chandeliers hanging all about, and the Flos Taccia lamp adding drama to a sideboard vignette.


 More, here and here

Office photograph, Felix Odell. All others, Idha Lindhag