A beautiful sun drenched living room as featured on Casa de Valentna. I admire the artful way the owner, Nathália Favaro, has put together the rug, sofa, cushions etc in such a casual but effortlessly chic way. The textures and colours of all the interior bits and pieces really play well off each other. For more photos of this pretty flat, see - Casa de Valentina.
I recently watched a very interesting documentary/ movie about the creative powerhouse couple Charles and Ray Eames. It was called Eames: the Architect and the Painter. It covered their relationship, the creation of their design studio, the relationship with their staff/ creative team, their clients and their private life together. I actually blogged about this movie when it first came out in 2011, and now finally, I've actually watched it! What an interesting couple they were - and influential. All their iconic chairs shown in the documentary I've seen a zillion times out and about in cafes, waiting rooms, libraries, foyers etc as I'm sure you have too. In addition to furniture design, they worked at re-branding and creating advertising campaigns for huge companies like IBM, and America itself at world trade fairs and the like. Anyway, it was very interesting and I feel a bit more in the loop about who and what they did after having seen this compressive documentary. I highly recommend it! And if you're near or in London there's a gigantic exhibition dedicated to Charles and Ray Eames that has just opened at the Barbican Art Gallery that I'm sure is very worthwhile seeing.
The three photos above are the interior and exterior of the Eames' home (from here).
Architectural Digest isn't just about buildings and interiors! They have a section where they showcase photos of gardens from around the world. There are all sorts of gardens shown from very trad topiaried gardens with box hedges to wild and scruffy grass gardens. I think my favourites are somewhere in between. I am also very partial to an avenue of trees or a walkway surrounded with foliage. What about you? What are your favourite garden designs?
This deluxe architect designed residence caught my eye. It is very retro modern, but unmistakably 21st century. It was designed by architect David Jameson and is in Maryland, USA. You can see more interior and exterior photos of this masterpiece here at The Contemporist.