A white background and warm parquet floors set the scene. Rich, saturated colours are then added, such as the darkest burgundy used unusually on the ceiling, and the deep green cupboards that are a perfect foil for the beautifully detailed, mirror-finish brass island unit. Other metallic touches – the gleaming stainless range hood, bronze tap and fabulous sputnik chandelier add luxury to the otherwise minimally decorated spaces.
Simple, structural furniture and feature light fittings such as the iconic Artichoke light (more, here) adorn the rooms which have been pared back to reveal beautiful classic details. Simple, luxurious.
A private residence in Stockholm, designed by sandell sandberg arkitekter AB, via. Photos: Pia Ulin
In a series of low-slung, white, modernist buildings set among vineyards is this hotel. The warm, earth-toned interiors are dominated by wood and slate, with timber slat walls dividing the linear spaces according to function. Copper light fittings and bronze sculptural pieces add glamour to the wonderfully textural, bespoke furniture pieces.
This is the first project in Portugal to be certified under BREEAM. BREEAM (BRE – Environmental Assessing Method) is a standardised environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. More about BREEAM, here
So – good looks AND green credentials. I think I’d like to be checking in about now…
L’and Vineyards, Montemor, Portugal by StudioMK27 with Promontorio architects; photography Fernando Guerra.
Bronze is the subject of the eponymous exhibition at the Royal Academy (deemed ‘utterly splendid’ by the marvellous Andrew Graham Dixon, read the review, here). It traces works in bronze from antiquity to now, from Rodin to Henry Moore, Ghiberti to Louise Bourgeois.
It is also something of a current trend in interiors, so this is my homage to the exhibition – the best of interior bronze. But first, the chemistry: it’s an alloy of copper, with tin, zinc and lead in lesser amounts. Inherently tough and resistant but much more malleable than its sculptural rivals, stone and wood, it has been used in household objects as well as sculpture for centuries. It ranges in colour from palest gold to darkest blue-brown, and can be matt finish or polished.