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Iconic architecture makes your heart sing in a way like no other. No one forgets those treasured moments spent in buildings and spaces all around the world that enliven the senses, that move and inspire us to travel more, read, eat, dance and take a moment to just take it all in and breath.

In writing a list of places to visit in a lifetime, Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright could be singled out as potentially the most iconic house. Over Christmas, our designer Dominique visited the house for an in-depth tour (which allowed photos to be taken inside the house!) and today we bring to you a small snippet of her own treasured goose-bumpy moments at Fallingwater.

Fallingwater is a house like no other, built over a waterfall in Bear Run in southwest Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Commissioned by the Kaufmann family from Pittsburgh, the house was built between 1936 and 1939 and was owned and used by the Kaufmann family until 1963, when it was entrusted by Edgar Kaufmann, jr., to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. To date (despite conservation works), everything inside the house remains as it was in 1963 despite receiving over 4.5 million visitors.

What perhaps is most enchanting about this house is its synonymous relationship with the environment in which it is found. Despite its assertively modern conception by Wright, it is so beautifully executed as the icon of Wright’s principles of ‘organic architecture’. The landscape of the whole Laurel Highlands is reflected, is celebrated in the house – the sinuous raw winter branches, the buttery yellow of the wheat fields, the orange of the leaves in the fall, the charcoal grey of the rolling hills late afternoon, the intense snowfalls and the long hot summers. It’s raw and it’s rugged, it’s pitching a tent in a storm, it’s seeking shade on a dangerously hot day – it’s the unmistakable sense of adventure that makes this house so truly unforgettable.

The colour palette is that of the landscape injected with the modernism of Wright’s signature Cherokee red for the steel work. Brass window hardware glints in the sun like the stream which runs underneath the building. The spines of locally quarried stacked stone are built as a stylised replication of the striations of the large natural rock shelves behind the house. The bathrooms and bedrooms are modest in scale and decoration yet meticulously detailed for moments of sheer joy such as a half arc cut out in a timber desk which allows a window to swing open (see below), to fireplaces seemingly organically carved up and out of the slate floor as if it was found that way.

It is only natural that we find ourselves captivated by the interiors of the house. Everything from the materials, to the custom designed built-in joinery (Wright’s method for mitigating a furniture fit out by his clients!) to the paint colours create a unified, rigourously yet entirely organic composition.

To our modern standards there is such austerity to the interior at face value yet in the space every single detail, every texture, every material feels so harmonious to the greater context of the building and the landscape. It is one big harmonious symphony of beauty, inspiration and delight and well worth the 3 days out of New York City to get lost in Wright’s masterpiece.

Credits: Photography by Dominique Brammah

OUT/ABOUT: Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Fallingwater’

In/Out - John Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein House

In/Out - John Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein House

In/Out - John Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein House

In/Out - John Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein House

In/Out - John Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein House

In/Out - John Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein House

Modernism Week kicks off its annual celebration of mid-century Modernist architecture, interiors, furniture and lifestyle throughout California from the 13th February. Sarah-Jane will be hotfooting it over to Palm Springs and Los Angeles to visit significant pieces of architecture that have inspired the way we live in an our homes and love them today. Derived from the International and Bauhaus movements of the very same era, American mid-century Modernism evolved into its own style influenced by the environment resulting in less formal and more organic designs.

Pre-empting the start of Modernism Week, we thought we would share with you one of the houses that will be part of Sarah-Jane’s tour. The Sheats-Goldstein House is one of American architect John Lautner’s most famous homes and you may recognise it from several movies and music videos. Lautner, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright was inspired by Wright’s principles of American Organic Architecture and as such the house is conceived from the inside out and is built into the sandstone ledge of the hillside; a cave-like dwelling that opens to embrace nature and view. Like Wright, Lautner designed not only the house, but extensively detailed the interiors, windows, lighting, rugs, furniture, and operable features. The holistic experience of the materiality of the interior elements and the sense of shelter despite the blurred lines between inside and out invoke a harmonious celebration of the senses. The Sheats-Golstein Residence represented an iconic vision for a home that is uniformly of it’s place functioning wholly unto itself in nature and a celebration of the individual accomplishments of mankind.

The Sheats/Goldstein residence continues to be a work in progress for Lautner, with construction beginning in 1963 and continuing today despite his passing in 1994.

Credits: John Lautner Foundation
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Video: Vimeo

JOHN LAUTNER’S SHEATS-GOLDSTEIN HOUSE

In/Out - Out/About: New York City

In/Out - Out/About: New York City
In/Out - Out/About: New York City
In/Out - Out/About: New York City
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In/Out - Out/About: New York City
In/Out - Out/About: New York City
In/Out - Out/About: New York City
In/Out - Out/About: New York City
In/Out - Out/About: New York City
In/Out - Out/About: New York City
In/Out - Out/About: New York City
In/Out - Out/About: New York City
In/Out - Out/About: New York City
New York City in the holiday season is nothing short of dreamlike. Central Park covered in a thick white blanket of snow, West Village windows framed by blue spruce and fairy lights, skating rinks, crispy blue cloudless skies, long afternoons feasting and whimsical Christmas windows. It is something of a childhood dream to experience a white Christmas and NYC certainly did not disappoint.

Arent&Pyke designer Dominique spent a good part of 3 weeks wandering the city over the holidays with a short dalliance from the city to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece ‘Fallingwater’ and the lesser known ‘Kentuck Knob’ in Pennsylvania – stay tuned for more.

Credits: Instagram by Dominique Brammah

OUT/ABOUT: NEW YORK CITY

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There really is nothing finer than sitting down at a table with loved ones and sharing a meal together. Great life events are centred around the table. It is a place to share, to make, to do, to discover and to nurture. In this busy world of ours it is so very essential for our souls to enjoy small gatherings with like-minded individuals.

Kinfolk magazine founded in Portland in 2011 is a publication which celebrates intimate moments, artisan traditions, and the joy of sharing ideas. With a growing international community of artists, writers, designers, photographers, cooks and others who are interested, Kinfolk celebrates the very human need for small gatherings and for finding new things to make and do. The growing Kinfolk family now host an international series of dinners & workshop events with the signature (and highly infectious) Kinfolk aesthetic. It is the honesty and austerity, the simplicity and the humbleness that makes us all want to take a seat at the Kinfolk table.

Earlier this month, Community Director Julie Pointer and Business Manager Katie Searle-Williams came to Australia to host a weekend retreat in Patonga on the Central Coast of NSW and a Kinfolk Dinner Series at the incredible property Glenmore House on the outskirts of Sydney. We were lucky enough take a seat at the table thanks to a very generous invitation from Luisa Brimble who is the photographer behind many of our Chat in a Chairs. Luisa is undoubtedly the greatest ambassador for the Kinfolk community in Australia.

It was an evening of pure joy and we would love to take this opportunity to share the evening with you all through the images of Jonathan Wherrett & Tealily Photography, and of course Luisa Brimble.

Credits:
Image 1: Luisa Brimble
Images 2, 3, 7, 10, 13, 16, 17, 18: Jonathan Wherrett
Images: 4-6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15: Tealily Photography

OUT/ABOUT: KINFOLK DINNER SERIES

In/Out - Out/About: Hotel San Jose

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Arent&Pyke know the benefit of staying in a hotel and feeling truly at home. It is not about replicating home, but it is about nurturing our very human need for rest and relaxation, for adventure and inspiration. There is when holidaying, a supreme hope for calm, for private space, for familiar objects we can relate to. But this must be balanced with stimulation for the senses above and beyond that which we find in our own homes and in our day-to-day existences. In the Arent&Pyke studio we have been dreaming about the very nature of a home away from home…

A place that gets the balance just so is the Hotel San José, a boutique hotel in Austin, Texas. With its honesty, pure austerity, subtle texture and layered materials & surfaces, the San José has well and truly captured our imaginations. The hotel has been designed by San Antonio architecture firm Lake/Flato and is a beautiful example of how to capture the imagination of the guest by celebrating the palette and history of the hotel and its location. The very Texan minimalist style creates a unique voice that is proudly local and of its place. Exposed and sparsely painted hardwood timbers, handmade furniture, saddle leather chairs, vintage mexican style textiles and a variety of quaint mixed floral cottons sit comfortably beside the iconic contemporary mod cons of Malin & Goetz bath products, Tolomeo lamps, guest bicycles, kimono robes and pet-friendly holidaying. It is all about the layering and we love it.

Credits:
Hotel San José

OUT/ABOUT: HOTEL SAN JOSÉ

Melbourne, Chat in a Chair, Interior Design Awards, Arent&Pyke, Sarah-Jane Pyke, Juliette Arent, Arcadia, Cumulus Inc, Da Noi, Monarch cakes, Acland Street, DesignEx

In/Out - Out/About: Melbourne Moments by Jill Schaeffer

In/Out - Out/About: Melbourne Moments by Jill Schaeffer

In/Out - Out/About: Melbourne Moments by Jill Schaeffer

In/Out - Out/About: Melbourne Moments by Jill Schaeffer

In/Out - Out/About: Melbourne Moments by Jill Schaeffer

In/Out - Out/About: Melbourne Moments by Jill Schaeffer

In/Out - Out/About: Melbourne Moments by Jill Schaeffer

In/Out - Out/About: Melbourne Moments by Jill Schaeffer

In/Out - Out/About: Melbourne Moments by Jill Schaeffer

In/Out - Out/About: Melbourne Moments by Jill Schaeffer

Sometimes we get the call to Melbourne. It doesn’t take much convincing really, we love Melbourne a lot – and having some industry business to attend to, such as DesignEx is a deal-sealer.

And so, team Arent&Pyke headed south for a bit of DesignEx breakfast touring, and a bit of Interior Design Awards dinner action. It wouldn’t be right to visit Melbourne without indulging ourselves in Acland Street for rainy afternoon cakes at Monarch, at Cumulus Inc for brunch, at Arcadia for breakfast, and Da Noi for dinner…

But what is more exciting is that with a photographer and a videographer in tow, we did a bit of chatting in chairs with some people that we KNOW you really want to see. Here is a little hint…. We have an artist, an industrial designer, our first pair in a chair and an all-round design wonder woman. Our first of four Melbourne Chat in a Chairs will start this Wednesday… Stay tuned!

Thanks for having us Melbourne!

Credits: Photography by Jill Schaeffer

Out/About: Melbourne Moments

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: DESIGNEX

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: DESIGNEX

Hello Melbourne! We are heading to DesignEx bright and early this morning and tomorrow morning to host a Breakfast tour through all of the exhibits. Tonight is a night of shoulder-rubbing with all our wonderful and inspiring co-nominees at the Interior Design Awards Dinner. We are ever so proud to be nominated for the New York Apartment!

And as a super-duper added bonus we are shooting some of Melbourne’s finest creatives for Chat in a Chair. Stay tuned for some wonderful new chats coming soon!

OUT/ABOUT: DESIGNEX

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In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

In/Out - Out/About: Milan 2013 - Jaime Hayon

Although we didn’t make it to Milan this year for the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile, we greatly enjoyed everyone’s wonderful coverage. Not only via the design press – but also through the immediate and tangible wonder that is Instagram. What particularly caught our eye was the new chair by Jaime Hayón. This certainly appeared to be the people’s choice – and we can see why.

The ‘Ro’ chair by Spanish designer Jaime Hayón for Danish brand Republic of Fritz Hansen is essentially a wingback chair. Ro, meaning “tranquility” in Danish, features a curved seat shell that swoops out on both sides to form armrests and dips inward at the neck to follow the shape of the user’s body. It also features separate rounded cushions for the headrest, back and seat are covered in a slightly different texture to the shell they sit in. The result is a functional and aesthetic chair that does not compromise on either comfort or aesthetics. To use the words of the maker – this is a chair that ‘springs from a desire to create a piece of furniture that offers an opportunity for reflection in our busy, urban lives’. It is at once formal and also relaxed, and no doubt its philosophy resonated with the many weary design professionals at the salon! It is indeed tranquility in its visual expression and its comfortable seating. As touted on their website by Fritz-Hansen, it is an ‘easy’ chair.

What we love about the Ro is its form, its compact footprint, and its relaxed elegance. It looks like it beautifully cradles the body and its curves really look to reflect the curves of the body, in a very womb-like way. It is described as a 1.5-seater, which says a lovely thing about sharing with a child, a book or animal. It speaks of quietness and an intimacy and a softness. Oh, and we do really really like the palette. There are the traditional options (black, grey and taupe), plus three bright colours (violet, blue and yellow) and our favorites – the three soft colours (light pink, sage green and sand). Further – we are really excited to use this piece in a current client project in Woollahra! How lucky are we.

While we are talking all things Jaime Hayon, we should also mention the new collection for BD Barcelona by Jaime Hayon called ‘Gardenias’. Gardenias is a range of outdoor chairs and garden accessories that includes cast aluminium seating in muted colours and terracotta vessels with small hoods. The chairs have padded seats and backs, with aluminum tubes that loop around to form armrests and flick out to create feet. Hayon has described this as “working with aluminium in the way you would work with wood”, and to great effect. Defying the formal conventions of outdoor furniture, ‘gardenias’ offers a softer, more curvaceous appearance – svelte, subtle and feminine. It’s the accessories that we especially love though, with the range including handmade terracotta flower pots in a selection of smooth sculptural shapes and a drop-dead white watering can with two golden handles and a super glam golden spout.

Credits:
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Out/About: Milan 2013 – Jaime Hayon

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In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

In/Out - Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF...

Aesop is that ubiquitous brand that represents understated luxury, and one we are so proud to call Australian. Founded in Melbourne in 1987, the Aesop brand and packaging is almost utilitarian by design, and quite literally frill, fuss and colour free. What makes this brand so successful is the strength of its philosophies, the quality of product, and the experience of shopping in-store.

Each store is subtly different in design, but all so immediately and arrestingly recognisable as Aesop. Shops are a direct extension of the products they sell: highly functional, carefully considered, modest in appearance yet the end result of much thinking. Inspired by the unintentionally appealing aesthetics of a well-ordered 1930s laboratory, adapting traditional materials in an ostensibly simple yet deeply considered design. Aesop believes unequivocally that ‘good design can improve your life’.

Stores feature clean lines, industrially elegant metal with thin, sharp profiles, polished marble, and reclaimed wood. Everything about the Aesop store design is almost painfully restrained, allowing material and order to reveal the inherent beauty of the space. The quasi-clinical nature of the stores is warmed with the natural materials, soft lighting and the less tangible elements of fragrance and ‘calm’.

Twenty-eight years on, Aesop now has more than sixty signature stores internationally across many major cities, including Paris, Tokyo and New York. These are a few of our favourites.

Credits: Images courtesy of Aesop

Friday Musings: AESOP BEST OF…

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In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

In/Out - Out/About: Casas Na Areia

If you are not one for camping, or perhaps not even glamping – but you still want to feel connected to the beauty of your surrounds in a visual and visceral way, then this might be for you. Casas Na Areia is located on the dunes of a small fishing hamlet in Comporta, Portugal. Designed by architect Aires Mateus, this innovative beachside retreat comprises four minimalist thatched-roof huts fashioned out of pre-existing wood-masonry. If you are a box checker – you can tick off ‘eco-friendly’, as this accommodation is green and sustainable, but here is the clincher: the floors are fine, white sand. Even in the living room! Now, before you start picturing sand in your sheets, the bedrooms do have concrete floors. The idea behind this abandonment of traditional flooring is a blurring of natural surrounds and modern architecture, as well as ensuring it is as peaceful as can be.

While the furniture inside is minimal, it is elegant and includes tables by e15, linen-covered sofas, and crisp white linen sheets. Cabins have their own bathrooms and are fully equipped with all the modern technological comforts you would want for.

Surrounded by beauty in every direction, there are rice paddies, umbrella pine forest, stunning sunsets, saltpans, flamingos, dolphins – as well as a pool and four bicycles at the disposal of guests.

It is always so refreshing to see holiday experiences that challenge our boundaries, as well as good design with a green attitude.

Credits: Images courtesy of Casas Na Areia

Out/About: Casas Na Areia

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