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a glamorous modernist.

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.

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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.

More wonderful spaces, here

eclectic loft style.

Industrial, eclectic, contemporary, this apartment in Paris is wonderfully open and spacious, yet intimate.

The interior has been stripped back to its shell, and the structure – concrete columns and beams and the odd brick wall – kept in their raw state. The original iron work of the window frames (and a wonderful transparent screen between the bathroom and bedroom, just glimpsed in the photographs) have been painted black, causing them to recede.  There is a lightness of touch – the structure is expressed, but it doesn’t overwhelm. A wide-planked American oak floor has been added for warmth.

The palette and fittings are kept simple with shades of grey, black and white, allowing the fabrics and materials of the found objects – a mix of industrial pieces and flea market finds – to add their own exuberant colour and texture. I spy contemporary design classics too – Eames DSW side chair (on sale, here), Bertoia side chair, Butterfly chair.

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Photography Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer via 

There is an interesting article entitled The Raw Design Movement, here, identifying the use of raw materials as an interior design trend going forward in 2013. This isn’t a new idea, but I’m all for materials left in their natural state. What do you think of the use of natural, unembellished  materials in interiors? Does this eclectic, raw loft space inspire you?

More wonderful spaces, here.

bronze.

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.

Enjoy the bronze edit!

1  tile   /   11 light (see my review, here)   /  111 light    /  1V  stool    /   V  trough    /   V1 mirror

Bronze is at the Royal Academy of Arts in London until December 9.

found objects.

Browsing through some favorite blogs this morning, I came across these beautiful interior images  posted by French By Design. Resting on a simple backdrop of white walls and a pitch black painted floor, these beautiful pieces sit as if in a gallery, but are also part of somebody’s home, and are used and sat upon. I would like to sit and stay awhile…

All images via