OUT/ABOUT: Geoffrey Bawa’s House, Colombo Sri Lanka

In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo

In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo

In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo
In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo

In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo
In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo
In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo

In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo

In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo
In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo

In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo
In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo
In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo
In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo
In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo
In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo
In/Out: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Colombo

Number 11, Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa’s private residence in Colombo, is an eclectic lesson in refined taste. At once architecturally cultured and almost primitively executed, it is peppered with unexpected follies and exotic moments of the outside brought in.

Elegant and raw, tactile rendered walls meet glossy epoxied floors and heavy thick arched walls provide cool comfort. Intricate traditional carved timber doors and columns represent the abundant local craftsmanship. Peppered around the house are Bawa’s own furniture designs, prototypes for the pieces he designed for hotels and homes around the country and the world, a delicate combination of new vision and traditional materials. Meticulous attention to decorative detail are present in Bawa designed glass and brass wall sconce and sinuous cast wrought iron balustrade, which snakes from the ground floor up the tower to the roof terrace.

Sensitive to his tropical surroundings Bawa’s house is abundant in air and light. Areas are separated by gardens and courtyards so short courtyard exterior vistas are always present. Rustic stones inlaid in the floor or an impromptu stone bench are constant reminders of the relationship between the built environment and nature. It’s this perfect interior/exterior balance that creates such an idyllic tranquil gallery-esque home.

Alive with culture, his highly curated interiors include textile masterpieces by Ena de Silva and hand-painted doors by Australian artist Donald Friend (the originals of which can be found in the Art Gallery of New South Wales). Skillful at uniting the unlikely, religious artefacts preside over contemporary sculpture in a pastiche of exotic, vernacular, tribal and modern influences.

Recently visited by Arent&Pyke designer Dominique, the exotic enchantment and timelessness of Bawa’s own home is undeniably captivating. Bawa’s mix of Asian soul and European education is clearly expressed in his architectural and interior genius.

The doors of Bawa home are thrown open to visitors for accommodation and house tours.

Photography by: Dominique Brammah

ALEX PROBA ‘A POSTER A DAY’

In/Out - Alex Proba

In/Out - Alex Proba

In/Out - Alex Proba

In/Out - Alex Proba

In/Out - Alex Proba

In/Out - Alex Proba

In/Out - Alex Proba

In/Out - Alex Proba

In/Out - Alex Proba

In/Out - Alex Proba

For German-born New-York based Alex Proba, ‘A Poster A Day’ project, is a daily exercise. An impulsive personal visual journal in poster format, her theme although abstract to most is clear as written word to her.

Currently working as the Art Director for Kickstarter, Alex found herself at a loss one day, and instead of her usual escapades into inspiration she started graphically doodling. Realising how much she was enjoying the process of creating freely, with no preconceived thought pattern, she decided to dedicate 30 minutes a day to expressing her instinctual intellect through collaging. As Proba puts it “there are many days when abstraction guides my design, and for some it may be hard to imagine what my day looked liked based on purely graphical posters. But for me, it’s the alignment of occurrences that make me explore symmetry, geometric shapes, and patterns.…….. Previously, I wasn’t even able to remember what I ate the day before. The posters restore my past, and that’s magical and beautiful.”

Having exhibited her first year at Space Ninety 8 in Williamsburg, New York, she is now looking forward to the next year of ‘Yours-A Poster A Day’. Shifting attention from herself to other peoples stories Alex is calling for submissions to interpret into her astute graphic dialect in 2015.

Credits: Studio Proba

‘WINTER BLOOM’ BY STUDIOPEPE

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In/Out: Winter Bloom - Studio Pepe

In/Out: Winter Bloom - Studio Pepe

In/Out: Winter Bloom - Studio Pepe

In/Out: Winter Bloom - Studio Pepe

In/Out: Winter Bloom - Studio Pepe

In/Out: Winter Bloom - Studio Pepe

In/Out: Winter Bloom - Studio Pepe

Milano-based Studiopepe does it once again with their ‘Winter Bloom’ dressing for Milan furniture showroom Spotti. Setting a vibrant domestic scene, Studiopepe did away with cosy colours embracing the full spectrum of vivid blues creating energetic styled montages.

The monochromatic stage is highly textured with rough rendered walls in battleship grey and peacock blue. Scenes are layered with quilted circular fabric backdrops and uniform rugs (both plush and distressed) sitting on jet black floorboards. Cole&Sons ‘Royal Garden’ wallpaper, with its berries and birds, is the one exception to this minimalist pattern party.

This story is distinctly Studiopepe with their good-natured, restrained epitome of style. Their own hands-on-hips ‘Kora vase’, along with Flos Lighting’s ‘Snoopy’ lamp sits cockily atop Superstudio’s ‘Quaderna’ table. George Nelson ‘Bubble’ pendants are reflected above Marsotto’s sublime ‘Topkapi’ console, while Lamp Gras’s ‘N°214’ surveys the scene. Finn Juhl’s ‘Chieftain Chair’ keeps company with Maxalto’s ‘Febo’ bed, the only room where a touch of pink has been allowed.

With a smorgasboard of design classics and contemporaries at hand, Studiopepe’s ‘Winter Bloom’ is a carefully curated vision of the modern European winter den.

Credits: Trendland

Marina Stanimirovic ‘Pearls are always Grey’

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In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

In/Out - Marina Stanimirovic - Pearls Are Always Grey

French-born London-based Marina Stanimirovic ‘Pearls Are Always Grey’ collection of jewellery is effortlessly chic. Thin planes of Corian are embellished with 9ct gold, creating a new vision for ornamentation.

‘Pearl’ in ‘Pearls Are Always Grey’ is a reference to the Corian colour Stanimirovic uses in her pieces, a soft shade of grey with the inherent warmth of the material creating a tactile object, both peaceful and astute. Designed in pairs, each piece has a companion, a negative space where the touch of gold is found in the corresponding place on its mate. They are jewels made for lovers perhaps.. with the exception of the ‘Lonely Bracelet’, that has gold bands to the interior and exterior circumference, and the ‘U Necklace’, too bold to need another.

More and more we’re seeing this combination of the precious the utilitarian materials, echoes of which can be seen in the recent collections our local heroes Elke Kramer, and Dinosaur Designs. Architectural and malleable, material components, complement and redefine our traditional ideas of jewels. It’s a refreshing and contemporary approach to adornment, as Stanimirovic puts it “… I am trying to show the public another type of jewlery – another door has to be opened”.

Credits: Marina Stanimirovic

OUT/ABOUT: SCULPTOR BARBER

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Sculptor Barber

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Sculptor Barber

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Sculptor Barber

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Sculptor Barber

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Sculptor Barber

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Sculptor Barber

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Sculptor Barber

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Sculptor Barber

‘Sculptor Barber’ in Taiwan perfectly marries the nostalgic with minimalism. For the well-heeled gentlemen it is a sanctuary of serenity where men preen for the benefit of us all. Hats off to them!

Gallery-esque bones and walls of windows allow generous light to flood in creating a zen base. Lean-to panes of mirror and neon font offset saddle leather, dark timbers, and the classic comfort of traditional barber chairs. The added touch of banana palms and ficus fig trees give the space a punch of colour and organic energy, while Rubn ‘Vox’ pendants in brass and etched glass add just the right amount of masculine adornment.

Thumbs up to ‘Union Atelier’ for creating a well-rounded grooming salon for the 21st century man!

Credits: Union Atelier

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