In the previous post I guided you to a New York concept loft, Witness Apartment that is utilised in various creative ways. Today – as promised earlier – I would like to show you another wonderful concept loft. The talented team of The Playing Circle is constantly on the hunt for exceptional artists and craftsmen to bring their finest creations to a unique loft space in the Dutch capital. Tomorrow is a big day for them, as they are opening the forth edition of The Loft – again with a carefully curated, refined furnishing. The Loft will be open from the 14th till the 22nd of January 2017, so for those lucky ones of you who are based in Amsterdam or visiting the city these days, I highly recommend to check out this inspiring space at Vijzelstraat 77 III, 1017 HG Amsterdam. (You can see more information about the event on Facebook.)
A few years ago, in 2011 Australian couple Karina and Craig Waters decided to buy a new home, a perfect property for their family in France. After viewing many places – and almost about to give up the hunt – one beautiful day of 2013 the couple’s son spotted on the internet a neglected, falling-down Château situated in a deep valley in the Midi-Pyrénées, in the tiny town of Chateau Verdun. It was exactly what they were looking for: a little bit shabby, rustic, chic chateau. Right at the first visit they fell in love with this absolutely unique property so it soon became theirs. They didn’t know it would change their lives forever.
Obviously, the entire renovation of the abandoned and ruined Château was inevitable as it was not habitable at all, there was no power, plumbing, water, not to mention the terrible condition of the walls in every room. All these challenges could not discourage Karina and her family, in fact they had a very strong desire to bring this once magnificent home back to life.
I stumbled upon the fantastic oeuvres of well-known French artist, Claire Basler a few years ago in an Elle Decor magazine displaying her previous home&studio and some of her paintings. Back at that time she lived in a former schoolhouse converted to a home&studio in Les Ormes, right outside of Paris. I fell in love with her delightful floral paintings as well as the interior itself. I haven’t foreseen she can further enhance the visual joy in her new home but she could, definitely. When I saw the lovely and creative walls of Hotel Henriette in the previous post I thought about Claire’s wonderful murals and decided to show you over her current home today.
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