FRIDAY MUSINGS – Carl Kleiner & Omar Sosa: FLOS Architectural

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Architectural light fittings by Flos take on a new life under the lens of Swedish photographer Carl Kleiner in this striking geometric puzzle with plenty of personality. This is the result of a collaboration between Spanish art director Omar Sosa and Kleiner, one of the finest commercial photographers of our era.

Whether deconstructed or whole, these fittings stare inquisitively at us or peek off frame with almost robotic qualities. Each component is carefully and lovingly placed within its composition. Materiality, colour, depth of field and relief giving a sense of respectful sincerity that these perfectly engineered industrial products deserve.

Credits: Carl Kleiner

Out/About: Fontevraud L’Hotel

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Abbaye de Fontevraud

Fontevraud L’Hotel is a perfect example of a pure concept realised. Patrick Jouin (industrial designer) and Jouin Manku (architect) from French studio Jouin Manku are responsible for this exquisitely refined hotel and restaurant. Located in the picturesque grounds of the Abbaye de Fontevraud, a UNESCO world heritage site in Anjou, the hotel has a wonderful sense of contemporary solace.

The regal architectural bones of each of the guest rooms are a subdued but hearty canvas. Quietly respectful of their forefathers in design, the spacious and pared-back furniture pieces are thoughtfully detailed. Clever follies of elastic banded fabric panels hold documents, the bedhead peels off the wall to allow the bedsides to run behind, and the lamps and artwork hang off refined black wall-mounted rails. It’s a beautifully detailed moment of measured consideration for the space and it’s history. The serene and contemporary palette harmonises with the ancient building fabric with its beiges, taupey greys, natural whites and timber accented with mustards, black and petrol grey blue.

The tranquil palette carries through to the common areas. Exquisite joinery in the restaurant is in dove and storm greys and caramel browns with a robust timber element in the bar. Grey browns and warm charcoals reside over the meeting room’s candle fuelled table. Additional folding chairs line the wall of the meeting room all comfortably sitting in their allocated pew. Solemn high-backed banquets are blessed by oversized copper lined timber pendants. Waiters stations curve out of walls and light radiates from the back of breakfast room loveseats.

This is an incredible example of restrained French chic. The perfect place to sip champagne, nibble on a buttery croissant, bite into a crusty baguette and sink back into the cloud that is Fontevraud L’Hotel.

Credits: Nicolas Mathéus

OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp ‘Eucalypt’

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Peter Sharp 'Eucalypt'

Sydney based artist Peter Sharp’s current exhibition ‘Eucalypt’ is rich in colour and material. Expressive and poetic, Sharp translates the Australian landscape into emotional abstractions.

Always starting with paper sketches, Sharp then translates to drawings, then to paintings, and then finally to sculptures. It’s so beautiful to see the whole process unfold in this show. The micro celebrations of our environmental fabric, Sharp focuses on the miniscule in his landscapes rather than our very vast horizons.

His earthy tones are highlighted with lilac, dirty pinks and sky blue. Chalky and milky in texture they are wonderful compositions of biomorphic forms. You get a sense of his intense love for this country through his work. Abstracted moments capturing flora on paper, canvas, and totem, ‘Eucalypt’ is a beautiful reminder of this extraordinarily abundant island that we camp on.

Peter Sharp ‘Eucalypt’
Liverpool Street Gallery
2 Liverpool Street East Sydney 2010
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Until 30th October 2014

Credits: Courtesy of the artist & Liverpool Street Gallery

House of Finn Juhl

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Finn Juhl's House

Furniture and houses are of course always designed in a context. I have rarely built a house where I didn’t also design the furniture. It is of course fundamental that the furniture is practical. Chairs are not designed to look at but to sit on, but of course it makes you happy, if they are also worth looking at – Finn Juhl, 1982

Danish architect Finn Juhl is now perhaps more renowned for his furniture than his architecture. Juhl worked closely with cabinetmaker and craftsman Niels Vodder to create such icons as the ‘Pelican Chair’ and the ‘Chieftains Chair’.

Juhl’s house, on the outskirts of Copenhagen is a modest abode, now open as a museum for the public to sense first hand the impact of Denmark’s design history and its significant contribution to the Scandivanian Modern period.

Inside the home, the spaces have a wonderful sense of connectivity, each one enticing and beckoning you with a promise of divine discovery. They are warm and sociable spaces that are lovingly curated. Embracing a theory he called “from the inside and out”, Juhl’s idea was that the inception of a building began with envisaging and planning its furniture. A fully furnished space could then start to determine both the spatial envelope required and thus the overall character of the architecture.

Heavily influenced by the artists of his time, Finn Juhl felt that a good designer should also build a collection that is visually eclectic but complementary. This ethos is apparent in his house where everything comes together with such harmony from the furniture pieces to the art, carpets, books, trinkets and treasures, and paint treatments. It’s a creative den, a visual feast of inspiration.

Juhl’s ‘Poet Sofa’, with its welcoming embrace is a hero piece in this picturesque home. Sitting in perfect harmony with the ‘Chieftains Chair’, both true icons conversationally face each other over a sculptural fireplace – the true heart of this home.

Credits: Finn Juhl

HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY BELLE!

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When Belle Magazine turned 40 this month, Arent&Pyke were honored to be part of the celebrations. We were asked to design a cover to mark this extraordinary milestone.

Take a look at our design in the November 2014 issue of Belle.

Congratulations to the amazing team at Belle and a very happy 40th birthday!
PS. You know 40 is the new 30, right?

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