more ampersand.

I first wrote about Ampersand House, a home and gallery featuring classic design pieces and objet d’art, here

The House has just reopened in a new premises within central Brussels, in another classical, light filled interior. Again the eclectic mix of 20th century furniture create a fascinating, constantly evolving, living museum. The mix is vintage, contemporary, prototype and commissioned work, and almost everything is available for sale.

Kho Liang Ie Artifort coffee table © Ampersand House 2014ampersand-house-mad_ohl.ampersand-house_ohl.Salon2 Brussels_ohl.Tenreiro © Ampersand House 2014

Ampersand House, 33 rue de Suisse, Brussels 1060, Belgium

Back in London, and we are looking forward to Modern Shows pop up in Fulham this weekend, and hoping to find that illusive armchair and console for the new abode… Modern Shows Fulham pop-up, details here

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.