There is something incredibly theatrical yet very peaceful about this ‘home’ in northern Croatia designed by DVA Arhitekta. The main buildings located at the summit of the site to maximize on the views are the owners house, the guest house and the summer house. These square and very angular buildings are softened by their medieval building material, the use of white plaster and pale mortar and the green lawn and landscaping, all working in harmony to accentuate the softness of the ‘boxes’. I am taken by the visual continuity of the walls meeting the stone ground and drifting off into other parts of the landscape or meeting the next building to unify the compound. It’s almost as if these shapes have risen out of a river of stone. The white plaster frames around the windows are almost cartoon-ish; not aligned, seemingly random. But perhaps this is just encouragement not to take things too seriously – rather like my interpretation of the architecture…
I am so excited to have stumbled across Stuart Scott Associates. Their first collection was launched at Decorex in London this year so I’m not too far behind the eight ball! In my mind this is exceptional design. The proportions of the upholstered pieces are perfect and classic, but they’re not a re-hashed design or anything close to a re-hash – they’re unique and extraordinary. These pieces could sit comfortably in a condo or a castle and because they can be upholstered in Client’s own fabric, they’ll take on any scheme. Every piece is hand made in England using traditional upholstery techniques and the collection is drawn from Stuart Scott’s 20 years in the business. What’s more, just to emphasize the cool, each piece is signed and numbered so they are set to become future antiques and heirlooms.
Diane Von Furstenberg, queen of the wrap dress and bold graphic prints has turned her attention to home ware and the result is divine. If I was still frolicking around London I would have already hit Selfridges for the Dancing Knots Duvet. It fulfills my great passions du jour: 1. geometric and graphic prints 2. the navy blue and white combo and 3. it’s ropey and knotty (totally have a thing for that right now…). This would have been right at home in our timber paneled London bedroom.
Very cleverly DVF has categorized her range as ‘foundations’, ‘statement collections’ and ‘finishing touches’, eluding to the fact that when put together they make a huge stylish impact but if purchased individually they will work with your Briscoes sheets too… And the ‘foundations’ sheet sets would be rather beautiful against a simple white duvet cover or bedspread. Yum.