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peter’s house.

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I uncovered the beautiful interior of this converted garage whilst researching materials for the transformation of an agricultural building into a residence.

As with all good design, inspiration comes from the context and fabric of the original building, in this case raw brick and blackened steel. A narrow site and desire for natural light has prompted a glass walled atrium to be cut through the three floors. The clever placement of dark mirrors throughout has created a striking effect; not light and bright but spacious and theatrical.

The beautifully considered material palette includes concrete used on vertical as well as horizontal planes, clean, white and grey terrazzo forming the kitchen island and bathroom fittings and walls, and super-wide Dinesen oak floorboards used three ways – as a floor, as a wall, and as a ceiling lining. The blackened steel is used as both perforated panels flanking the stair, and as a wall lining in the double-height kitchen.

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Downstairs, furnishings and curtains are strong of form and bold of hue – deep purples, bright reds and vivid yellows show to great effect the form of such classic furniture as the Pierre Paulin Groovy chair and the Rietveld designed Utrecht armchair.

By contrast, the bedroom and study are softened with full height curtains, in a perfect shade of nude blush.

Peter’s House, Copenhagen by Studio David Thulstrup, via

Photographer: Peter Krasilnikoff

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More inspiring design from Belgium; this time Ampersand House, a gallery of art and design located in the centre of Brussels. It is also a home, which the owners define as a living gallery, a constantly changing place depending on what is on show. They curate the gallery as an ever evolving environment mixing vintage, contemporary and prototype work to inspire a dialogue with and between collectors and creatives. Almost everything is available for sale.

The style is an eclectic mixture of pieces of different periods, from strict modernism to French opulence, with the only rule being the pieces need to be connected either by texture, material, colour or shape, for a cohesive overall aesthetic. I love the influences the owners cite, from the work of the architect and Brazilian designer Isay Weinfeld, to the mid-twentieth century furniture of Sergio Rodrigues to Australian architect Glenn Murcutt and French designer Pierre Paulin. What a fabulous design sourcebook.

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http://www.ampersandhouse.com

Ampersand House via  Photos: Karel Balas

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a parisian delight.

The classical symmetry of a staircase running up from the centre to the left and to the right is re-interpreted in this otherwise utterly modern, tiny loft apartment in Paris. White, suspended boxes housing the bedroom and bathroom are then positioned left and right. Beneath, the living space on one side, and the kitchen on the other. The staircase of folded metal creates a bold, geometric statement.

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The palette of white walls, black metal and oak floor is punctuated by shots of bold colour and form. In the main salon are fabulous classic furniture pieces from the 60s and 70s – the marvelous, resin Taraxacum S2 suspension light takes centre stage, the Tre Pezzi armchair (in white Mongolian goat hair, no less), Pierre Paulin’s voluptuous Pumpkin sofa. Muuto chairs in this season’s palest pink and mint, a dark yellow wall. Oak pocket cupboard doors are simply decorated with diagonal strips of oak (a clever detail that – the diagonal used as a symbol in architectural drawing to indicate whether the door is left or right opening). The full-height doors open to reveal the kitchen units, finished in matt black.

Un Espace en Suspension, Paris, via AD Magazine

Photographs: Vincent Leroux

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