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In/Out - Thomas Brown 'Case Da Abitare - Hacienda'

In/Out - Thomas Brown 'Case Da Abitare - Hacienda'

In/Out - Thomas Brown 'Case Da Abitare - Hacienda'

In/Out - Thomas Brown 'Case Da Abitare - Hacienda'

In/Out - Thomas Brown 'Case Da Abitare - Hacienda'

In/Out - Thomas Brown 'Case Da Abitare - Hacienda'

In/Out - Thomas Brown 'Case Da Abitare - Hacienda'

Here’s a little bit of bold and mod eye candy from London-based photographer, Thomas Brown. Shot for Italian magazine ‘Case Da Abitare’ and aptly named ‘Hacienda’, this graphic set is a nod to the famous Manchester nightclub. We love the use of the Lichtenstein-esque primary colours and strong black lines in the street-signage-style screens. It is superhuman comic book colours, highly saturated and full of confidence. Thomas Brown means business, living large style of the 1980s with a contemporary hit of new iconic pieces from the likes of Mooi, Established&Sons, Gubi and E15.

Credits: Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown ‘Hacienda’ for Case Da Abitare

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT:  Villa Lena

Villa Lena is an Italian paradise like no other. Set in the Tuscan hills, this unique guesthouse promotes nothing but the good life. Not only does it offer a variety of accommodation but also has an in-house artist residency that fosters multidisciplinary creative talent.

The trio behind this picturesque hotel has varied but complimentary backgrounds. Lena Evstafieva is a contemporary art consultant; Jerome Hadey has a Parisian band ‘Outlines’, and Lionel Bensemoun set up Paris night club, ‘Le Baron’. As they note, “together, they wanted to bring in one place their experiences in music, art, entertainment, film, fashion and other creative fields and create a unique retreat.”

The estate is made up of a combination of buildings all clustered around the main villa, which was built by a local family, the Ferrini Del Frate, in the 18th century. The central idea being that everyone gets together on long lazy Tuscan nights for an aperitif, music and dancing. All set against the backdrop of Mediterranean hills and rolling fields.

The Villa caters to the lone ranger, lovers, friends and families with the choice of single rooms, apartments or whole villas. And then of course there is the artist’s residence where Sophie Buhai created her architectural jewellery pieces seen on In/Out not so very long ago.

The rooms, designed by Parisian Clarisse Demory, are sparse and wistful, as soft and pure as the Tuscan sunlight that pours through their windows. Minimalist, honest vintage furniture are accompanied by a fanfare of hero pieces such as the cane rocking horse or Ettore Sottsass’s ‘Tahiti’ table lamp sitting on Superstudio’s ‘Quaderna’ table from Zanotta. Floral arrangements sourced from the property’s garden complete the picture.

Everything seems to come full circle in this paradise. The grounds boast their own veggie garden and what isn’t grown on-site is locally sourced. The rooms are decorated with past resident-artists’ works. The Villa has a shop that promotes it’s in-house artistic collaborations along with a carefully curated selection of local crafts, the estate’s homemade olive oil and wine. It’s a tender project with heart and soul captured beautifully by photographers Coke Bartrina and Frederik Vercruysse.

Credits: Coke Batrina & Frederik Vercruysse for Villa Lena

OUT/ABOUT: Villa Lena

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

In/Out: The Avenue by Arent&Pyke

‘The Avenue’ is an Arent&Pyke project very dear to our hearts. We have won a number of national awards with this project and it continues to be shortlisted for many more national and international awards! The Avenue was featured in Vogue Living earlier this year and it is most certainly time to share this home in its entirety!

This 1880’s terrace in Randwick called for an update that would respect its grand heritage and uplift the spaces, revealing its beauty and creating new moments of joy. Respecting the original architecture, the success of this project relied on our ability to marry a modern family life lived within old walls with a timeless style executed in a contemporary fashion.

Once a boarding house, some rooms were stripped back to their original forms, while others were repurposed to provide a study, master robe, ensuite and bathroom. Our collaboration with the architect led to the design of new openings in the kitchen extension, and the important integration of new exterior forms with the existing envelope.

In homage to the timelessness of the existing architecture, our materials palette for the built elements was intentionally restrained. This allowed us to layer colour and texture in the decorative phase of the project. We undertook an intensively detailed curatorial design process to celebrate the grandiose architecture, harmonise the clients’ varying aesthetic and develop an eclectic yet cohesive; balanced yet unexpected; collection of spaces. When designing the spaces we worked with a range of materials, and details which complement each other to create a character for the home which is both cohesive and eclectic.

We approached the rear extension kitchen with a timeless application of classic materials and iconic pieces. White joinery, a stainless steel workbench, basalt benchtop, accents of American oak are complimented by iconic lighting from Artek to resonate with the strong black steel framed doors. Clean and uncluttered, the bold colour palette was developed in response to the clients’ much loved Enzo Mari “Apple” print.

In the formal living spaces and master bedroom, deep hues of blue and sea-green anchor the decorative schemes. Responding to the opulent scale of the bedroom, the custom-designed bed, ottoman, and antique armoire are all overly-scaled elements. Highly detailed Fornasetti wallpaper wraps through the master dressing room and ensuite, reducing the scale in these more intimate spaces with its hand-drawn appeal and whimsical cloud motif. Window treatments with accents of silk and the decorative lighting call the eye to the vast ceiling heights.

There is a recurrent preoccupation in our practice with creating spaces that are unique, individually tailored and decorative yet not over decorated. The Avenue reveals the very nature of our design process of ‘curating’ and ‘creating’, a careful balancing act. The idea of creating spaces and using finishes that could withstand the next two hundred years was importantly at the front of our minds.

‘The Avenue’ was the kind of project we always dreamt of, a unique and inspiring synergy between client, architect Tom Ferguson of TFAD and Arent&Pyke.

Credits: Photography by Anson Smart, Shoot styling by Megan Morton

THE AVENUE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

In/Out- Toino Abel

Nuno Henriques, the driving force behind Toino Abel has returned to his family’s village, Castanheira, in Portugal. Going back to his roots, Henriques ensures that these enchanting traditional baskets founded by his great grandfather, José Custódio Barreiro, are kept alive in this modern world.

Toino Abel’s manufacturing is headed up by Henriques’s great aunt. She oversees six employees who have been making the baskets for decades. ‘Every step of the process is done by hand: The women cut the reed sticks into bunches of equal size, clean and dry them and clear their colour in a process of burning sulphur. Afterwards they colour the remaining darker pieces with colour pigments and weave them on a hand loom in a variety of patterns. The finished parts are being stitched together in the form of a bag. The handles of the baskets are made of willow branches that are bound and fastened onto the baskets.’

Toino Abel baskets speak of long lazy days full of romantic picnics, good food and wine, and fantastic company. Summer is on its way…

Credits: Toino Abel

TOINO ABEL

In/Out - FREDERICK VERCRUYSSE ‘PORTRAIT OF A HOUSE’

In/Out - FREDERICK VERCRUYSSE ‘PORTRAIT OF A HOUSE’

In/Out - FREDERICK VERCRUYSSE ‘PORTRAIT OF A HOUSE’

In/Out - FREDERICK VERCRUYSSE ‘PORTRAIT OF A HOUSE’

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In/Out - FREDERICK VERCRUYSSE ‘PORTRAIT OF A HOUSE’

In/Out - FREDERICK VERCRUYSSE ‘PORTRAIT OF A HOUSE’

In/Out - FREDERICK VERCRUYSSE ‘PORTRAIT OF A HOUSE’

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In/Out - FREDERICK VERCRUYSSE ‘PORTRAIT OF A HOUSE’

In/Out - FREDERICK VERCRUYSSE ‘PORTRAIT OF A HOUSE’

In/Out - FREDERICK VERCRUYSSE ‘PORTRAIT OF A HOUSE’

‘Portrait of a House’ by Belgium photographer Frederik Vercruysse, is a deliciously pure and a theatrically unique documentation of a home designed by Buyse Seghers Architects. Also from Belgium, Buyse Seghers have bravely brought a fabulous old dame of a house out of retirement and it is with the soft yet dramatic eye of Frederik Vercurysse that the rich architectural poetry of the home is visualised.

Everything has context in this shoot, fueling the particularly pure characteristics and spaces of this fine home. The sublime interiors with its sage walls, wide oak floorboards, snow white backdrops and brilliantly rich red crazed marble kitchen is a perfect milieu for this carefully orchestrated play. Time and place are irrelevant in this dreamscape.

Credits: Frederik Vercruysse

Portrait of a House

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

With spring just around the corner we thought who better sit down with in their favourite chair than Richard Unsworth, Creative Director of Garden Life. It’s hard not to feel relaxed in Richard’s company – his sunny disposition and open-hearted smile are immediately appealing. It’s always a welcome reprieve to enter his lush shop of foliage on Cleveland Street, Redfern. The serenity of all that thriving greenery has an immediate soothing effect. Richard has ensured that Garden Life is not only a shop full of healthy plants and exceptional pots but that it also offers full garden design services and ongoing maintenance.

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

Since 1998, Richard has been striving to bring mother nature into the homes of the inner city dweller. As his reputation for creative landscape design solutions travelled he soon found that the demand for his green thumbs outgrew his humble Darlinghurst shop. He moved to his current shop and showroom in Redfern with a café devoted to the other one of his loves, food. Richard has a team of warm natured loyal staff that are a credit to his direction.

Richard is the go-to for all that’s green in our built environment. His vast choice of plants are always exceptionally happy and his variety of vessels and decorative elements are joyfully eclectic. He understands the individual looking for a friendly fern, or the homeowner wanting their Eden realised. It is a true passion that extends past the commercial into community garden projects. Open in mind and spirit, when we caught up with Richard on a sunny day out the side of Garden Life he had a 16 year old local painting a large mural behind him. It was a super lively vibe. It’s this approachable professional personality that has seen us working with Richard on numerous projects.

Richard’s chair is a one of those unique treasures that seems to have found him, as much as he has it. With origins somewhere in West Africa it’s full of personality. The sturdy latticed base, stretched leather seat and the addition of the sheepskin just enhances the tribal craftsmanship. It’s where Richard seats his dinner guests “I’ll cook and they will tell all from the chair of truth!” oh the stories that chair has heard in its lifetime! Who built it, who brought it across the seas to end up in a little second hand shop – Dust – in Darlinghurst? It’s a seasoned seat that is a reflection of Richard’s curious nature to find the road less travelled.

Richard shares his years of experience with us in a new book ‘Garden Life’. It’s a picturesque journey full of specialist advice from the small apartment sanctuary to manicured manors. Each project is a beautiful reflection of the client and designer collaboration.

Feeling buoyant from this achievement Richard is enjoying life. He is one of those lucky people who have found their passion and is living and breathing it. Thank you Richard for taking the time out to chat with us in your chair!

Tell us about your chair? What is its story?
It’s West African, I think from Ghana or Nigeria. I found it years ago at Dust in Liverpool Street, just down the road from the old shop in Darlinghurst – I love fossicking around in there. It usually sits in my kitchen and mostly gets used when friends come round for dinner. I’ll cook and they will tell all from the chair of truth!

Proudest moment in your career?
The book thing is really, really exciting, and seeing it finally coming to fruition is definitely a high point so far (although I think it’s also my mums proudest moment, the whole of Yorkshire will soon know about it). When I first started out by myself and opened the little shop in Darlinghurst – I remember being so chuffed with that.

Your most prized possession?
It’s too hard to think of one stand out prized possession – I am a bit of a hoarder. I have a collection of old pots and planters at home that have been given to me, or that I have collected over the years – a cast iron smelting pot, French 1950’s hourglass planters, and old timber piece from Turkish travels. Winnie my old faithful dog, she is a total character and although not a prized possession is totally part of the family.

Why plants?
Each time I revisit a garden we have created after about a year or so – when there is loads of new growth and it’s starting to mature – to see plants thriving and starting to own the space around them – I always get a big kick out of that. Plants are forever changing, an integral part of life, an essential part of our existence. One of my earliest memories is sowing radish seeds with my father. As a kid we had to mow lawns and clip hedges for pocket money and I think something just stuck with me. For the fact I can make a living out of it, I have much gratitude.

King Gees or Jeans?
Jeans for sure. Can we please have Uniqlo in Sydney? Their jeans are the best, and the service is superb.

The most amazing plant ever seen is?
HUGE baobab trees recently in Botswana – some are over 1000 years old. I think its mind-blowing to think of what the tree may have seen, the events come to pass around it.

Describe your ideal studio soundtrack
Often it’s Radio National! or Something dreamy by Kate Bush/Ennio Morricone

What is the most treasured tool of your trade?
My secateurs – which I seem to use less and less… These days I can find myself sitting too much behind a desk. My hands and my eyes – where would we all be without them?

Describe your day
They are so varied, which helps keep me sane. I have taken up cycling this year, so it may be a morning ride to La Perouse or a dog walk before work, usually being at the desk by 730am. In the day I could be seeing new clients on site, discussing new products with Ebo in the store, working on current design jobs with Nick in the office. I could be re-arranging the shop, unpacking the dishwasher or jumping on a plane to go and find new adventures!

What I know about people who love plants is…
They can be a bit nutty and unique – especially people who work with them! Nurserymen are often wonderful eccentrics and I think prefer plants to people. C’mon we all love plants don’t we? We couldn’t be human beings if we didn’t.

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

To celebrate the launch of Richard’s new book Garden Life we are asking our readers and likers to get creative with their own #gardenlife. Take a creative snap of your own garden life – the very best sunny spot in your garden, your prized collection of succulents, your little rooftop terrace, your fruitful planter of veggies, a perfectly grown fragrant rose…

Thanks to Richard and Penguin Books we have 5 copies of ‘Garden Life’ to giveaway to our best entries. The competition will be judged by Richard Unsworth & Arent&Pyke.

Tag your instagram photos with @arentpyke_inout @gardenlife_syd and #chatinachair

THE RULES
1. You must follow @arentpyke_inout @gardenlife_syd on Instagram
2. You must tag your entry with @arentpyke_inout @gardenlife_syd
3. You must hashtag your entry with #chatinachair
& #gardenlife
4. Competition opens 6am AEDST on Wednesday 27th August 2014 and closes at midnight AEDST on Tuesday 3rd September
5. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 4th October 2014 via In/Out design blog & Instagram. The judges’ decision is final.
6. Delivery of the book is only available Australia wide.
7. Full T&C’s are available here

Credits: Photography by Ben Pyke

CHAT IN A CHAIR: RICHARD UNSWORTH

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

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In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

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In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

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Hotel Hotel is a collaboration between designers, artists, artisans and fantasists… We love hotels, not for their swank but for reminding us of our transience and the importance of romance… We like textures and patinas that remind us of the bush, big trees, well-worn t-shirts and old wise faces that in every line reflect the enormity and joy of a life well lived… We treasure simple human interactions and making every day experiences interesting and special.

Canberra’s newest boutique Hotel Hotel is no ordinary guesthouse, but more a visionary platform for social interaction. Brothers Nector and Johnothan Efkarpidis have embarked on this ambitious project with fervour with architect Fender Katsalidis, who has orchestrated the master planning and the architectural bones of this brutalist-inspired, and March Studio who introduce the visitor to the hotel through the lobby and stair.

The hotel celebrates that inevitable extra layer of warmth we seek in the nation’s capital, a moody experience of raw materials and rich natural textures all dimly lit by very deliberate shafts of light. Hotel Hotel is a monumental roll call of Australian creatives across all disciplines and celebrates the collaborative crafts of it’s doers, curators, makers and artists.

Everywhere you go in Hotel Hotel you are met by delightful surprises. From the moment you walk into the entry foyer, which houses a small, but engaging library of loanable books on art, architecture and design your arrival to an environment that is richly curious, yet snug and welcoming is felt. Throughout the hotel, vintage pieces courtesy of Ken Neale sit side by side with vintage-inspired custom lighting silhouettes, custom-commissioned art (ranging from contemporary photographer Lee Grant to the late ceramist Gerard Havekes, whose vintage mosaic tiles were lovingly collected and curated by his daughter Anna-Maryke), boxy linen uniforms and unconventional floral arrangements.

The guest rooms read as a richly developed theatre set and it is no surprise that the revivalist approach was orchestrated by music video and advertising director Don Cameron. Each room has its own heartbeat. It’s raw, it’s rich and it’s original with anything that was not in existence dreamt up by Cameron and fabricated as editions by craftsman and artisan companies. It’s the theatrical experience you want to stay in for days on end. It seduces your sense of curiosity, beckoning you to discover all the dark recesses of its secrets.

As Efkarpidis says ‘ultimately you want the business guest, student, locals and someone travelling from the outskirts of Canberra staying with family and friends to sit down beside each other and have a conversation’. Canberra after all, is all about this collision of different identities and a good hotel is all about human interactions. We whole-heartedly felt both of these experiences at Hotel Hotel.

Credits: Hotel Hotel

OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Hotel

In/Out : Omar Sosa

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

Studio Omar Sosa is a Barcelona-based graphic studio headed by the man himself, Omar Sosa.

Sosa’s ‘Still Life’ series credit the everyday objects that decorate our daily life. White porcelain identities, timber tempos, glass starbursts, marble graphics, wax cities, bread acrobats, tape totems and brick highrises – we are once again reminded of how grouping of like can change the ordinary to the inspiring.

Sosa is one of the makers of the remarkable ‘everyday life interiors magazine’ Apartamento which celebrates living spaces made from living, not decorating. It is no wonder that he has a head for all that is honest and humble yet visually invigorating.

Credits: Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa ‘Still Life’

In/Out : Swedish Ninja

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In/Out : Swedish Ninja
In/Out : Swedish Ninja
In/Out : Swedish Ninja

In/Out : Swedish Ninja
In/Out : Swedish Ninja

In/Out : Swedish Ninja

It’s hard not to fall head over heels in love with Maria Gustavsson, the delightfully distinctive designer behind Swedish Ninja, who launched her Chaotic Love Collection – an ode to daily life – at this year’s Salone Satellite in Milan. Working from her studio in the old Kockums Shipyard in Malmo Sweden (sounds nice!) these witty yet fully functional furniture pieces are total head turners!

Take one part Swedish craftsmanship with one part Italian Memphis Movement, put a super creatively observant lady at the helm and you end up with pieces such as: My Socks Table – marbled topped table with bulbous feet whose legs stop just short to reveal striped ankles (this is a reference to her kids always outgrowing their clothes); Little Darling – a two headed table lamp on a plate of marble with a perforated leather grab sleeve; and Rufus Walter Sideboard – an asymmetrical two toned green cabinet with a marbled top, pink bar handle with a beige perforated leather sleeve (swoon).

Great colour palette TICK, great form TICK, great function TICK. Want to pep up your abode? Get a Swedish Ninja in!

Credits: Swedish Ninja

 

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With brilliantly billowing and voluminous bursts of radiance, these fellow explorers of colour and movement are a match truly made. Today’s This&That features the work of Kim Keever, a seasoned New York artist who began his practice back in the 70’s and Belgrade-born fashion designer Roksanda Ilinčić who, since starting her fashion label in 2003, has dressed some of the best.

Kim Keever’s sensuous images have been called “a hydroponic Jackson Pollock”. Having studied engineering and interning at NASA, Keever who was living in the East Village – think Andy Warhol, Grandmaster Flash and subway graffiti – ditched it all for a fishtank and a camera. These sublime images are tiny instances caught on a large format camera, the captured moments as pigment hits water, dispersing in tiny sparks and swelling plumes of colours.

About this very time Roksanda Ilinčić was born, and following her mother’s obsession with Yves Saint Laurent, she found herself – after an appropriate education at Central Saint Martins – dressing the likes of Tilda Swinton, Michelle Obama and our very own Cate Blanchett. Sculptural shapes and innovative fabrics, Ilinčić’s play on the interactions of colour in blocks, in patchworks, in facets and in confettied pixelations are  truly captivating.

Credits: Kim Keever, style.com

This & That: Roksanda & Kim Keever

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