Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cape Dutch inspired home

 

The moment I came across the article in Architectural Digest, featuring this Cape Dutch house, I could hardly believe that this house was built in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

8Baton Rouge Cape Dutch inspired house, seen by the lake.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

 

Reading the full story (here) I discovered that the owners are well-traveled people, knowing a lot of Dutch architecture and history.

They had fallen in love with Cape Dutch architecture during their travels and commissioned Alabama based Architect Bobby McAlpine of McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and interior designer Ray Booth of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors to build a Cape Dutch inspired house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Bobby McAlpine is absolutely one of my favorite American architects (his book ‘The Home Within Us’ is a never leaving coffee table book). Sensing this house ‘of his hand’, definitely confirmed his architectural skills, his understanding of using authentic building materials. Bobby McAlpine is a competent architect, a connoisseur of different architectural styles.

Cape Dutch architecture is an architectural style found in the Western Cape of South Africa (Dutch colony), primarily built in the 17th century.

Houses in Cape Dutch style have a recognisable design, and are distinguished by a grand, ornately rounded gable, as seen on 17th century Holland townhouses. The Cape Dutch houses have whitewashed walls and reed-thatched roofs. They are usually H-shaped.

9A South African Cape Dutch house   Image source here

Most of these Cape Dutch buildings have been lost, however the design tradition is still to see in some historical South African towns, such as Stellenbosch.

15 Rounded gable townhouses in Amsterdam   Photo credit Klaas Schoof   Image source here

 

Let’s go back to the Baton Rouge house.

The owners paid careful attention to details, bringing in soulful European antiques and art throughout their home.

1The center hall is paved with well-worn black and white marble, has a beamed ceiling and runs from front to back. The room is evoking the atmosphere of a Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) painting.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

 

13‘The Concert’ (1666), painting by Johannes Vermeer.   Source here

 

The center hall of the Baton Rouge house reminds me of an entrance hall of a Belgian home, designed by Axel Vervoordt.14Dutch style entrance hall designed by Axel Vervoordt   Image source here

 

2Hand-troweled plaster walls and custom-made raised oak paneling at the entrance hall. A circa-1740 Baroque painted table and a 17th century portrait.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

18Original 17th century Dutch Baroque table   Source here

 

3The living room is a nearly 50-foot-long space.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

As the owners requested to give their home the look of a an old house, there was opted to add antique-style glass in the windows.

 

11 Dutch spirit 17th century bronze chandelier and wall sconces.  Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

21Original Dutch Baroque chandelier   Source here

19A large late 17th century Dutch brass wall sconce   Source here

 

4I absolutely love the view from the kitchen towards the sitting area.  Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD 

17Fire place mantel  Museum of Appingedam – Holland

 

5Pantry with view towards the sitting area. Notice again the small Dutch chandelier above the table.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

 

6The box beds in the guest room evoke a 17th century bedroom.   Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

16Box bed Museum of Appingedam – Holland

 

10Thatched-roof dining pavilion.  Photography Pieter Estersohn   Source AD

 

To see more pictures of this Cape Dutch House and to read the full story, please click HERE.

 

Congratulations to all the people who were involved with the building of this gorgeous house, the owners and the team of McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors !

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trends in restaurant design by leading European designers

 

Authenticity and sustainable design are becoming major components in the concept of today’s restaurant design. Designers are moving to a more refined and authentic design. There is a trending towards a more crafts-focused artisan aesthetic, we are all hungry for the hand of an artisan after so many years of industrial design.

Customers become more interested in the heritage, culture and values of the restaurant they are eating in. Designers try to tell a story that starts from the moment customers enter the restaurant until they leave. They move away from the domestic style of previous years. With their design aesthetic, designers try to create immersive environments that may have some nostalgia, because eating in a restaurant is about more than food. People want to escape from their usual home dining environment. The restaurant of today is a destination that offers a culinary satisfaction along with a cultural experience.

Sumptuous, glamorous restaurant interiors are created, evoking an atmosphere of grandeur, luxury and decadence.

In restaurant design makeovers we notice that the designers try to preserve authentic elements and materials or they try to bring in new materials referring to the restaurant’s initial establishment, in respect of the historical significance of the building or restaurant’s area, and in respect of the national heritage and the historic environment.

Authentic and impresssive, massive interiors as backdrop to sophisticated materials and refined, personalized, custom made furniture. A space where one can feel a synergie between classic craft and contemporary design. Subtly-chic, understated elegance interior design.

All these characteristics are translated into the choice of materials, color tones and textures, artisanal custom made furniture and lighting fixtures.

Designers move away from minimalist tones to more rich, bright and saturated colors.The use of brass and gold brings a feeling of warmth and a sense of history to a room. Brass is making its comeback in the design world, although this is more of a classic accent rather than a trend.

 

Today I want to share with you some recently designed restaurant interiors, designed by renowned European designers.

These pictures will bring you more insight on the latest design trend of European restaurant interiors.

 

MONSIEUR BLEU

Monsieur Bleu is a restaurant designed by the Paris based architect Joseph Dirand and is located inside Palais de Tokyo, the museum of modern and contemporary art in Paris.

In most of his projects Joseph Dirand prefers to work with a black and white color scheme. Also in this restaurant black and white are basic colors, complemented by shades of green along with gold detailing.

Marble is seen everywhere (floor, fireplace and back of sofas) in this massive, art deco influenced, interior. Warmth is added by using brass and bronze elements, smoky mirrors, and shades of green velvet upholstery.

An interior with clear art deco influences.

1Restaurant Monsieur Bleu in Paris - Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

 

2Restaurant Monsieur Bleu in Paris - Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

 

3Restaurant Monsieur Bleu in Paris - Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

 

THE JANE

The Dutch designer Piet Boon has recently completed the transformation of the church of a former military hospital into The Jane, the restaurant of Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman, located in Antwerp, Belgium.

Contemporary furniture and lighting contrast well to the preserved authentic elements of the church as the original mosaic flooring and weathered ceiling.

Again we notice that earthy green tones, brass and bronze elements complement and complete the black and white basic of this massive interior.

Striking element is the 800 kg chandelier designed by the Beirut-based studio .PSLAB. This studio also designed the other specific lighting fixtures for the restaurant. Notice the beautiful brass uplighters on the wooden separations.

4Restaurant The Jane in Antwerp - Interior design by Piet Boon  Photography Richard Powers  Source here 

 

4Restaurant The Jane in Antwerp - Interior design by Piet Boon  Photography Richard Powers  Source here 

 

5Restaurant The Jane in Antwerp - Interior design by Piet Boon  Photography Richard Powers  Source here 

 

SONG QI

The interior design of Song Qi , a new haute-Chinese restaurant in Monaco is inspired by the 1930s Shanghai style. This restaurant’s interior is designed by Monaco based design firm Humbert & Poyet. Although the decor is contemporary, there is a hint of chinoiserie in the crackled black-lacquer walls and brass accents.

Predominance of black and white (floor and crackled lacquer walls). Touches of brass (lightings and frames). Silky green velvet (banquettes and chairs).

7Restaurant Song Qi in Monaco - Interior design Humbert & Poyet  Photography Matthieu Salvaing  Image source here

 

8Restaurant Song Qi in Monaco - Interior design Humbert & Poyet  Photography Matthieu Salvaing  Image source here

 

9Restaurant Song Qi in Monaco - Interior design Humbert & Poyet  Photography Matthieu Salvaing  Image source here

 

   Ô COCOTTES

The brasserie of Belgian hotel Crown Plaza in Liège, Ô Cocottes. The restaurant’s interior is created by a collaboration between Eric Goffin et Dominic Minguet.

The softness of velvet counterbalances the white walls and black tables. The vivid violet banquettes bring warmth to the restaurant’s interior.

11Brasserie Ô Cocottes - Interior design Eric Coffin et Dominic Minguet   Photo credit Visual Eye  Image source here

 

10Brasserie Ô Cocottes - Interior design Eric Coffin et Dominic Minguet  Photo credit Visual Eye  Image source here

 

12Brasserie Ô Cocottes - Interior design Eric Coffin et Dominic Minguet  Image source here

 

LE FLANDRIN

Le Flandrin is another restaurant revamped by renowned Paris designer Joseph Dirand. Le Flandrin has occupied a historic railway station building since 1932, serving traditional French cuisine to some of the city’s finest clientele. Joseph Dirand succeeded in restoring the restaurant’s decor to its former glory by using materials that evoke classic luxury as rare marbles, dark woods, polished brass, mirrored glass and velvet upholstery and a classic geometric-patterned tile floor.

19Restaurant Le Flandrin – Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

 

21Restaurant Le Flandrin – Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

 

20Restaurant Le Flandrin – Interior design by Joseph Dirand  Photography Adrien Dirand  Image source here

 

CHRISTOPHER’S

The restaurant houses in a grade II listed building with an interesting past of its own, including a period as a papier mâché factory and opening in 1870 as London’s first licensed casino. Originally opened in 1991 in the heart of Covent Garden, Christopher’s has established itself as one of London’s prime American restaurants.

The restaurant re-opened las year after the refurbishing of the bar, dining room and club room, recalling the heady-glamour of the Modern American era.

London based architect and designer De Matos Ryan was commissioned to redesign and refurbish the spaces.

The restaurant is decorated in muted, heritage grey and a splash of gold velvet. A classic contemporary two-tone grey panelling and a silver gilded ceiling cornice. Antique mirrored panels. The accents of gold velvet counterbalance the rather cold backdrop of grey panelled walls and grey leather upholstery.

16Restaurant Christopher’s - Interior design De Matos Ryan Image source here

 

17Restaurant Christopher’s - Interior design De Matos Ryan Image source here

 

18Restaurant Christopher’s - Interior design De Matos Ryan Image source here

 

RESTAURANT FRU K

Fru K is the restaurant of the hotel The Thief in Oslo, Norway. Interior design by Oslo based firm Mellbye Architects.

The designers played with a mixture of black, bronze and gold, creating an ultra chic look. Again we notice dark woods, velvet upholstery, brass light fixtures.

24Restaurant Fru K - Interior design Mellbye Architects  Image source here

 

15Restaurant Fru K - Interior design  Image source here

 

22Restaurant Fru K - Interior design Mellbye Architects  Image source here

 

The Ritz Hotel in Paris closed for renovations, on 1 August 2012. The reopening was originally scheduled for Summer 2014, but it’s now been pushed back to early 2015.

I can’t wait to see this legendary hotel’s new look! I am very curious about the restaurant L’Espadon new interior. And I am wondering who the designer might be! Somewhere on the internet is to read that New York based designer Thierry W. Despont might be commissioned to the hotel’s new interior.

Hotel-Ritz-Paris-Espadon-RestaurantRestaurant L’Espadon before closure in 2012   Image source here

 

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bathroom inspiration

 

I would love to share with you today bathrooms with special materials and textures.

11Combination of travertino chiaro and wood. Design Bonetti&Kozerski for Donna Karan   Source here


 

4Stunning bathroom design. Beautiful materials.  Hotel San Pietro, Matero, Italy   Photo credit Piermario Ruggeri   Source here

 

3Soft color palette.   Source Pinterest

 

5Exceptional bathroom designed by Lionel Jadot.   Photo credit Jean-Luc Laloux   Source here

 

2Simplicity   Source Pinterest

 

15Notice the ceramic floor tiles, giving the impression of a rug.   Source here

 

16Morrocan style bathroom   Source here

 

14Wabi Sabi style master bathroom of the Greenwich Hotel’s Tribeca Penthouse. Design by Axel Vervoordt.   Photo credit Nikolas Koenig   Source here

 

13Design by Axel Vervoordt . Love the freestanding bathtub on the concrete floor.   Source Axel Vervoordt

 

In a lot of the bathrooms shown here today, you will notice special techniques used. If you like these, I would recommend you to visit the website of Belgian company ODILON CREATIONS. The Odilon team has a passion for all ancient techniques, which they reinterprete and transport into a current context to personalize your project.

Discover their different techniques, all made out of natural products :  Tadelakt, Pastellone, Graniglia, eARTh,…

Odilon Creations TadelaktTadelakt by Odilon Creations (source website Odilon Creations)

 

Exclusive handmade technique Odilon CreationsExclusive handmade technique by Odilon Creations (source website Odilon Creations)

 

For more information :

http://www.odiloncreations.be/

 

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