In the two previous interiors I showed you over, my favorite details were the iconic Eames chairs. I cannot give you a rational reason why these design classic pieces are so close to my heart, but they are, indeed. Charles and Ray Eames, a truly great husband-and-wife design team – maybe the best ever – designed dozens of fantastic pieces in the 40’s and 50’s. They contributed remarkably to the field of architecture, exhibition design, graphic design, toy design, and films as well, but people identify them mostly with their outstanding, unmistakable furnitures.
In the previous blog post you could see the high-end home of French architect Joseph Dirand (designer of glamorous boutiques around the world, such as Chloé in Paris, Alexander Wang in Beijing, and Pucci in New York, just to name a few). As I promised, today I show you over another masterpiece of this talented interior designer: Monsieur Bleu, a restaurant in Palais de Tokyo in Paris where one can not only enrich with a culinary but also an artistic experience. Just like in most of his works, Dirand combined in this project of 2013 too minimalist details with luxurious materials, classical elements with contemporary ones; and created a heady mix on a grand scale. The result is low-key, intangible, cool and minimal; open and particular, lively and intimate at the same time. This cosmopolitan restaurant was named after a fictional character, M. Bleu, who had been imagined as a cultivated, elegant, mysterious and suave bourgeois gentleman. This fictional character ‘guided’ Diran when designing the grandiose interior of the restaurant. He managed to create an absolutely timeless, offbeat and elegant ambiance.
Finnish American Eero Saarinen (1910- 1961) is one of the most famous architects and industrial designers of the 20th century. The simple, sweeping, arching structural curves characterizing his pieces cannot be mistaken for anything else. Even though he was a great architect as well, Saarinen is mostly known for his iconic furnitures. The most popular ones were “Womb” chair and ottoman (from 1948), the “Womb” settee (from 1950), side- and armchairs (from 1948–1950), and of course the “Tulip” or “Pedestal” group (from 1956), which featured side- and armchairs, dining, coffee and side tables, as well as stool. All of his chairs are produced by Knoll furniture company, founded by Hans Knoll (who married by the way Saarinen family friend Florence (Schust) Knoll).
When I found those nice Saarinen redo-s on Chairloom’s website while writing the previous post (see the image below) I knew I would dedicate this post to him, because I admire his oeuvre so much.
Hanne and Søren Berzant’s home near Copenhagen has always been a perfect example of Nordic aesthetics. Their 280 m2 turn-of-the-century apartment was refined, simple yet luxorious, bright and airy, the dominant colours, textures and materials were all natural. All the rooms were tastefully decorated with a Scandinavian touch of course. She and her family has recently moved to a villa in the north of Copenhagen and even though you can feel it is not 100% ready yet, the designer’s excellent taste has already appeared in every corner. Hanne is a designer and owner of a gorgeous Danish brand By Nord so no surprise we can always find quite some strategically placed By Nord products around their house.
As I explained it on the ‘About Page‘, the very first post on this blog will be about the stunning Soho loft of the internationally acclaimed artist Michele Oka Doner.
Her artistic production – encompassing sculpture, public art, furniture, jewelry and functional objects – is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world, from which she derives her formal vocabulary. She has always tried to speak the language of the cosmos hence being a sculptural interpreter of nature’s vast lexicon. Michele is not only a beautiful and uniquely mysterious artist, but she can also be called a loft pioneer as she and her family moved to their massive industrial space in the Soho almost thirty-five years ago – at a time when lofts were still uncharted territory. This grandiose and extraordinary property provided enough space for her work as well as for her family (she is a mother of two). The natural colors, materials and shapes used in the apartment are in perfect harmony with her pieces of art inlaid all around in the space. The pictures show clearly that Michele has a lot of talent in blurring boundaries between art, design and architecture. Continue Reading