Gosh - it's hard to believe the shortest day has come and gone. Even though, for most of us winter has hardly begun, it already feels good to think about spring and the freshness it brings to our lives.
I can't help feeling that the past few years especially have brought a 'freshness' in terms of our values and approach to our lives and lifestyles - even if by default!
It seems simplicity and integrity have played a much larger part as we have become more creative and frugal - even if under duress!
For us - being able to share our clients' love of architecture and design when it is expressed through the integrity of design and use of building materials - we get very excited.
Being true to natural form and function as far as possible is very fulfilling in the design and build process.
In this newsletter I have found a few bits I hope you will find interesting in terms of how the sympathy and softness of natural materials in good design enriches our environment so positively.
We really love your feedback and thoughts - please send us an email.
Our very best wishes to you in great design and gracious living.
Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design
'...the only place where architecture is produced from the inside out'
This beautiful home is designed by Spanish architect Fernand Marques. I love this not only for the design and flow but also the fact that it's built in sandstone veneer and polished black masonry. Stunning living without the constraints of having to fence the pool!
The design is simple and unassuming with a sense of great 'liveability' - very important in the design brief!! Read more...
BRINGING THE OUTSIDE INSIDE?
We love the textures and tones in the limestone wall, the rug and the leather all in very restful natural tones working so well together.
Even if you're not a blue person - this is so restful in taupe and sky blue - one of my favourite interior combinations.
BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL INTERIORS...
From the Ficus living wall to the curvi- linear laminated timber rafters - this chef's kitchen lounge also by Fernanda Marques - exudes natural form amd botanical elements with the bar cascading down to form a detail in the floor.
Soft, dynamic lines create a very sophisticated and relaxing dining area. See more
THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT PINK!
You know, a pink chair works really well as a stand-alone for any cool scheme or whether you are daring and passionate enough to create an entire pink room.
Pink and brown are a perfect combo. From Unique Fabrics beautiful range of 'Colours to Impress'...
LOVE THE GEOMETRY IN THE WALLPAPER AND...
Yes! ...the dress! Knowing Arte, the dress could be wallpaper too. Beautiful, stunning walls can really only be achieved with amazing wallpaper.
We love the tones, the texture, the uniqueness and sophistication of these papers from Unique Fabrics' Arte range Collection 'Antelope'.
OUR NEWS...MUD BLOCK ARCHITECTURE.
In January this year, we stayed with our former clients now, very special friends - in their breathtaking mud block Hunting Lodge set on 4,000 acres of farm and bush in the Returuke Valley.
Chris designed this Lodge a few years ago as a much needed retreat for our friends as well as a lodge for their overseas visitors. The blocks were hand made in Motueka and delivered to site. It took 18 months to build.
We just love going back to the farm and have shared many special moments with our very special friends here.
This retreat is unbelievably quiet and authentic - it is stunningly peaceful and rejuvenating - not to mention the company...
WELCOMING, WARM HUNTING LODGE
Natural, harmonious and soft interiors effortlessly created by the grandeur and height of the timber ceilings and mud block interiors.
The blocks form 400mm thick reveals, each block weighing 55kgs being a 2-man lift into place. Timber ceilings and heart Rimu floor add richness to the light, restful tones in the interiors designed by our beautiful and clever friend and owner, Jen and husband Warren.
Even the alabaster sconce light fittings are perfect for the block design and tones - you can barely see them! See more photos...
BRICKS TAKING ON EVEN MORE CHARACTER!
This is a work of art I couldn't resist while we are talking about natural materials and how effectively we can use them.
This speaks for itself and needs an artisan to create it let alone dream about it!
Beauty and charm is always best created by the use of natural fabrics, fibres and material and sometimes just a touch of fun and folly...
OH COME ON SPRING...
Whether it's the pearls of melted snow, dew or spring rain that make these Crocus sp. so enthralling - I'm not sure.
But aren't these just beautiful in white and so delicate in form and size - now is the right time to be planting your bulbs for Spring...