Church of living.

You have to see this fantastic project in Utrecht by Zecc Architecten. An old Catholic church is transformed into a stylish family residence and the interior is absolutely stunning !

Zecc sought to preserve the building’s historic façade while transforming the open interior into a cozy modern living space. Zecc’s conversion keeps the classic elements of the church in tact while creating an extremely modern residence within. The gorgeous space could even be converted back into a church in the future !

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A green oasis in Venice beach, California

Photographer Philip Dixon created this Moroccan style retreat almost 20 years ago and it looks likes something out of a dream ! I am especially impressed by the magical garden and the calming water; the incredible river like pool running through the house. The inside/outside features of the house with the different spaces blending in together is another wonderful part of the house.  This sanctuary reflects his unique vision; a finely tuned aesthetic of minimalism, natural beauty and ethnic accents.

It feels worlds away… Have a look for yourselves !

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In the name of PINK

The restaurant Sketch in London was redecorated by the Iranian architect and interior designer India Mahdavi in June 2014 and it’s all about Pink !

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I know it’s not exactly new, but Sketch is such a surprising place that I wanted to share it with you anyway. It it is the paradise for design and art lovers as well as foodies and India Mahdavi has the ability to sprinkle magic where ever she goes…

It is a monochromatic interior, strikingly simple, with powder pink walls and velvet-covered custom-made furniture and an art installation (a backdrop of 239 works) with new works by British artist  David Shrigley. It is a playful contrast between his works and the classical bourgeois side of the restaurant. There is a definite feeling of drama and elegance.

Restaurant Sketch London

Restaurant Sketch London

The work will comprise new ceramic tableware, manufactured by British heritage brand Caverswall featuring Shrigley’s distinctive mordant drawings and texts. Shrigley’s plate design reflects the restaurant’s location in the West End of London.

Restaurant Sketch London

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Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG

Finnish Summer Memories, Part I

I’ve been around in Finland for soon 5 weeks, visiting friends and family, but also expoloring art and design. I will be posting some of the things that I found interesting during my stay here. You will find more updates and pictures on my Instagram account, do follow me if you see the world in the same terms as me !

First out in this serie is Gösta Serlachius Contemporary Art Museum in Mänttä, Finland designed by architectural firm MX_SI. The project is a result of an international architecture competition won by a Mexico + Slovenia team, based in Barcelona. Gösta’s Pavillion is an example of European cooperation, a fantastic spirit of the global times !

 Gösta Serlachius Contemporary Art Museum

The sensitive architecture of the timber-frame extension has won awards both in Finland and abroad. The firm added vertical wooden mullions to the exterior to evoke the trunks of trees in the surrounding park. I personally love the idea of a strong connection with the surrounding landscape.

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“The project is conceptualised as an abstract and dense forest,” said the architects in a statement.

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The winning design for the Helsinki Guggenheim

Helsinki GuggenheimThe Paris architect firm ‘Moreau Kusunaki Architects‘ is the winner of the Guggenheim Helsinki Project. Their proposal, titeled Art in the City is a black lighthouse of a breathtaking design with a strong Finnish character. It is an environmentally-concious building made of locally sourced timber and glass. It will be situated near the Observatory Park, connected to the pavillions and the South harbour.

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This is fantastic news for all people loving art and architecture and it is obviously  a big day for Helsinki and for the whole Scandinavian art market ! The adventure now continues…

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The bold new design of Missoni’s new Paris boutique !

 Missoni parisI have always been a great admirer of the Spanish interior designer Patricia Urquiola, everything she does seems to turn into gold. My biggest dream would be to one day work with her !

She has recently transformed the Missioni boutique in Paris ! I love how she used the textures and the colors in a very glamourous way to fit the spirit of the Missoni house so perfectly. She has used unique Parisian details that have been weaved in with the motifs so present in Missoni’s style like the zigzag, the stripes, chevron and geometrics, to create a bold new design for Missoni. Just fabulous !

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MISSONI, 219 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris

S’Hotelet de Santanyí

If you’re looking for an intimate escape in a luxury hotel with great taste, charm and style, this is the one for you ! S’hotelet de Santanyí is a small boutique hotel in Mallorca, located in the charming village of Santanyí. You have an interesting mix of minimalist design and rustic details that I find fantastic, as well as a private collection of modern art and an atmospheric library.

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 S'Hotelet de Santanyí

 S'Hotelet de Santanyí

 S'Hotelet de Santanyí

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This is definitely on my list for the next trip to Mallorca, it has everything I love !

Chefchaouen, the blue town !

This is my next trip for sure, I have been dreaming about this little Morrocan town for some time now. It just seems to be such an inspirational and spiritual place…

It has a rich history, beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful architecture, but what strikes me the most are the vivid blue walls in its “old town” , the medina.

Wouldn’t you just like to wander around its small and narrow streets, meeting artists and looking up local handicrafts ! Magic is the only word !

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Chefchaouen

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Trees Inside !

Trees inside a house is definitely my thing ! I love the idea of having a big tree (or many) growing inside or in a closed patio. You can easily play on the distinction inside outside and it brings nature in to your home in a completely different way. It is a natural statement and it’s 100% green !

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Trees inside

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