QUIET HOUSE FRANCE BY ARTELABO

QUIET HOUSE FRANCE BY ARTELABO

Quiet House France by Artelabo
Artelabo : Located in a village in the south of France, the project of “quiet villa” meets a very particular context.
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Quiet House France by Artelabo
The land on which it fits, of very small size, is located between a vineyard shed in operation to the West, the parking of a neighbour to the East, surrounded by their access road, a main street to the south. Oriented to the North, it is also subject to a regime of prevailing winds. But it enjoys an exceptional and breathtaking view on the valley.
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Quiet House France by Artelabo
The aim of the project is therefore to create the conditions for an intimacy, an introverted house, hidden from the sight, entirely turned towards the landscape. Its architecture is characterized by a regular, simple and systematic composition, using a banal constructive language and an obvious formal register, which, by disrupting the codes of the usual, gives a singular aesthetic to be seen.
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Using regular measures, the project is based on a grid of 3m in width and 4m in depth. Two units of space correspond to a built volume, the third forms an outer space. The overall geometry of the house is based on a repeated sequence of four volumes, inscribed in a regular pattern, enclosed within a peripheral wall, and organizing four courtyards within the dwelling. Their form, with two slopes of roof, evokes a small house.
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Quiet House France by Artelabo
One the one side, the expression of the project refers directly to the question of domesticity and traditional individual habitat, as well as the constructive means employed, banal and typical of the south of France (masonry, plaster, roof tile) create a contextual, cultural and landscape link between the construction and its site. One the other side, its compositional play and its lack of lateral opening make it a strange architectural object.
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Quiet House France by Artelabo
A large fixed frame opens wide the house on the landscape. Its powerful contrast between its opaque and closed external appearance and the intensity of the light provided by courtyards, gives strength to its interior space. All rooms open on one, two or three courtyards and the panorama, through a single system of aligned glass doors. The same flooring is used throughout the project, which creates confusion between the spaces of the house and those of the courtyards, which are real living rooms and extensions of the interior spaces, allowing to be inside while being outside
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Some signs make its mediterranean lifestyle tangible : a steel grid with reminiscent motifs of « moucharabieh », an entrance opening on a courtyard , a very white coating reflecting light and summer heat … With its great brightness in all seasons, its an animated picture on the landscape in the background, or its changing looks on the sky, the home offers a serene poetic, and intimate living environment. The quiet villa, thus creating its context, its way of life, shows by very simple means, the possible offered by the architecture.
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Quiet House France by Artelabo
Photo Courtesy : Marie-Caroline Lucat

 

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AN INTERVIEW WITH BETHAN GRAY : WINNER OF PRESTIGIOUS BEST BRITISH DESIGNER AWARD

AN INTERVIEW WITH BETHAN GRAY : WINNER OF PRESTIGIOUS BEST BRITISH DESIGNER AWARD

An Interview With Bethan Gray : Winner of Prestigious Best British Designer Award
Index Design Series Dubai 2017 : Bethan Gray,  winner  of  the prestigious Best  British  Designer  award,  has  an  extraordinary  background.  Her family  hails  from  an ancient  Rajasthani  clan  that  over  centuries  migrated  across  Arabia  and  Persia  before  settling  in  the  Celtic  heartland  of  Wales.  It’s  a journey and heritage that weaves a rich pattern of influences and inspirations, which draw on craft traditions of both East and West.
To this  Bethan  adds  an  innate  ability  to  translate  and  transform  a  variety of  cultural  references  into  iconic  contemporary  pieces. “Cultural referencing is at heart of my design philosophy. Through my travels and research I’m inspired to create original contemporary pieces that resonate with global, as well as local, audiences. I’m particularly drawn to the graphic nature of Islamic art and craft, says Bethan.  Her work has been exhibited in New York, Paris, Milan, London and Dubai, and her own boutique collections are available globally from leading retailers such as Harrods, Liberty, Le Bon Marche and Lane Crawford.
An Interview With Bethan Gray : Winner of Prestigious Best British Designer Award
TID : How excited are you to be making your debut appearance at INDEX?
BG: I’m really thrilled! I love the excitement of trade fairs, and am particularly intrigued by this year’s INDEX. It’s going to be fascinating to see for the first time all that is on offer across the show, as well as experience the fully-immersive features – I’m intrigued! We’ll be having elements from our Shamsian Collection on display both in the VIP Oasis, which was designed by our close partners Harrods Interiors, as well as on our stand in the Luxury Pavilion. I can’t wait to hear the feedback.  It’s going to be a busy show!
TID : You describe your signature style as incorporating “a love of detail, tactile textures, and luxurious materials such as semi-precious stones, marble, wood, and hand-tooled leather”. INDEX 2017 is all about design for the senses. Do you consider that kind of sensory stimulation a vital part of design and, if so, why?
BG: Being a designer I am of course a very visual person. In my designs I focus on the use of graphic pattern and colour palette, as I think in combination these can have a powerful effect on one’s mood – we all have a very visceral reaction to colour and pattern. Recently I’ve designed a café. The brief was to evoke an emotion of my choice – and I chose “calm”. We created cosy inviting areas, using pink and jade veneer fretwork, with inlayed brass. The result was also very textural, which added a sense of belonging and warmth.  Finally wave music was added to really promote a sense of balance and harmony. It’s been very effective.
An Interview With Bethan Gray : Winner of Prestigious Best British Designer Award
TID : What is your own personal mantra when it comes to any product you design?
BG: I focus on creating pieces that are warm, contemporary, timeless and elegant. I love to use high-quality natural materials, with a focus on craftsmanship – pushing the boundaries where possible.
TID : As a first time visitor to INDEX, where we have more than 800 furniture and product exhibitors, what kind of items on show do you think will really pique your interest?
BG: I’ve been working closely with master craftsmen from the GCC for many years now, from founding the Ruby Tree with Islamic Arts and Crafts Scholar M Abdul Karim Crites to working with renowned Iranian artist Mohamed Reza Shamsian in Oman. I’m really looking forward to seeing other elements of master craftsmen’s work on show that I may not have come across before.
bethan gray
TID : What are some of your favourite 2017 design trends?
BG: For me, 2017 colours such as pink, jade and teal will continue to be popular, especially in combination with warm metallics. Rich patterns and textures will be combined in a new contemporary decorative style. This is a big move away from the Scandinavian pared-back style we’ve seen dominate over the last few years.
The pieces you create have “a rich pattern of influences and inspirations, which draw on craft traditions of both East and West”, with you citing your own Arabian heritage as being a key influence on your work. What similarities do you find between the two design styles, despite their obvious differences? What is your secret to combining the two in a way that seems so natural and organic?
BG: In my work, I focus on the similarities between the craft traditions of the East and West. In fact, the East has been very instrumental in inspiring and informing design styles that are now common place in the West – such as monochrome. It’s my own and my ancestor’s journeys that influence and inspire me to look for these similarities.
At the heart of my design process is cultural referencing – through my travels and research I’m inspired to create original contemporary pieces that resonate with global, as well as local, audiences.
An Interview With Bethan Gray : Winner of Prestigious Best British Designer Award
TID : Where, for you, does the balance lie between style and functionality in both design and interiors?
BG: For me, design itself is about finding the right balance. I like to create an atmosphere that is inclusive and comfortable, featuring symmetry, making it easy on the eye and helping balance the senses.  It’s important to me though that this balance is carried through in terms of usage and practicality of the interiors, and with pragmatism and functionality important in the design of the pieces.
TID : What can you tell us about your latest range?
BG: My latest range is the Shamsian Collection, created in collaboration with Mohamed Reza Shamsian, a highly sought after, masterful Iranian artist, and his team of 70 highly skilled craftsmen based in Muscat, Oman. The collection is inspired by regional architecture, and features intricate marquetry, a traditional Islamic craft dating back to the sixteenth century, on Italian stained birds-eye maple, in stunning combination with solid brass or iridescent mother of pearl. Detailing on the beautiful Nizwa cabinet takes inspiration from the rounded architectural castellation patterning of the Nizwa Fort in Oman whereas detailing on the Dhow takes inspiration from the sails of the regional sailing boats.

 

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STE. MARIE DESIGN’S BOTANIST RESTAURANT OPENED IN VANCOUVER CANADA

STE. MARIE DESIGN’S BOTANIST RESTAURANT OPENED IN VANCOUVER CANADA

Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design : Botanist, Vancouver’s highly anticipated new restaurant inside Fairmont Pacific Rim, officially opened yesterday on Monday, April 24, 2017, beginning with breakfastservice.
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Designed by award-winning Ste. Marie Design with brand and identity developed by Glasfurd & Walker, the collection of venues begins with the Champagne Lounge.  Overlooking The Lobby Lounge on the second floor, it’s surrounded by glass and planters filled with greenery indigenous to British Columbia.  The Champagne Lounge is open daily from 4:00pm and offers global sparkling wines and exclusive and rare offerings from both Champagne and internationally, complemented by a menu of small plates including oysters, caviar, seasonal crudités, and local artisanal cheese platters.
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
In contrast the Cocktail Bar, with a dark palette of Italian Terrazzo and dramatic curved glass, is dedicated to the creative science of cocktails. Led by Grant Sceney, the hotel’s creative beverage director, and David Wolowidnyk, Botanist head bartender, the international award-winning duo created a list of whimsical yet sophisticated cocktails. The elevated beverage experience is enhanced by the Cocktail Lab with commercial kitchen elements such as a centrifuge, band saw, and roto-vaporizer.  Select libations give a nod to its chemistry inspired roots and botanical background. The Deep Cove for example uses Island Gin, sea buckthorn, and blue algae and is served in a bespoke glass molded onto a log of driftwood.
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
The adjacent Garden invites guests to linger in a glass-walled space filled with greenery, a trellis and more than 50 different types of plant species that include rare fruit bushes, and edible species such as green tea camellia, cardamom and ginger.
Ste. Marie Design's Botanist Restaurant Opened in Vancouver Canada
Botanist Restaurant
The sensory experience culminates in the Dining Room, a place intended to be active and engaging morning to night. A mixture of various limestone, whitewashed woods and ornate metalwork sets its foundation with pops of plant material found throughout. The layout invites guests to engage with one another, best illustrated by a series of tables that connect via a flowing ‘S’ curve banquette. The private dining room, with seating for 20 maintains interplay with the main room through its glass doors.
Botanist Restaurant
Photo Courtesy : Ian Lanterman

 

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PIERRE-PERRET SCHOOL’S EXTERIOR IN FRANCE IS DESIGNED LIKE AN UFO

PIERRE-PERRET SCHOOL’S EXTERIOR IN FRANCE IS DESIGNED LIKE AN UFO

Ameller, Dubois & Associés  : The early childhood school complex designed by Philippe Ameller and Jacques Dubois in the suburban town of Serris, east of Paris, does not seem to be particularly alien or extravagant. But the urban context makes the new building a real UFO, as the Pierre-Perret school is located near Disneyland Paris.
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Since its inauguration in 1992, the notorious amusement park has been a true engine of economic development. But it also provides its peculiar aesthetic direction, somewhere between The Truman Show and an impersonation of Parisian late XIXth century style. In this artificial area, the architects challenged the local mainstream tastes with their new school.
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
“We did think of this school project as an opportunity – and almost a duty – to place there a hint, a clue about what a pleasant life may be away from the Disneyland influences. A humble piece of genuine architecture of the early XXIst century seemed to be what the inhabitants of Serris needed most, for their youngest children to grow aware of their time.”
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO
Fortunately, a recent awards jury shared this point of view, and liked the wooden touch of the design (totally alien to Serris until then). “No one felt insulted”, says Jacques Dubois, “as we certainly did not make fun of the existing town. We just felt it deserved to switch to something a little more genuine, step by step. This is the first step, and the population seems to appreciate it.”
Pierre-Perret School's Exterior in France is Designed Like an UFO

 

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IS IT TIME TO CHANGE YOUR PILLOW ?

IS IT TIME TO CHANGE YOUR PILLOW ?

Is it time to change your Pillow ?
Home Decor : When it comes to mattresses and pillows, not many homeowners know when they should really be changing it. This is also partly because it’s not clear why they should be changed in the first place since these items seldom break apart literally. However, a good mattress and pillow is essential to ensuring that you get the proper space for a good night’s rest. For mattresses, they should be changed every 10 years (regardless of the type of filling – spring coil, latex foam, memory foam, etc).
If a pillow isn’t not broken, why change it?
You’ve probably heard this tons of times: older pillows are less supportive, and can lead to back and neck aches. But that’s not our central concern today.
According to the Sleep Council in the UK (how one gets on that council is another worthy topic altogether), up to a third of your pillow’s weight could be made up of bugs, dead skin cells, dust mites and their carcasses and faeces.
Is it time to change your Pillow ?
Your pillow is basically a sponge that absorbs your bodily fluids, and kept at an ideal temperature by your warm body lying on top to allow said pests to multiply – it’s as good a breeding ground as it gets!
A dirty pillow can cause acne, infections, or trigger allergic reactions or asthma. Even if you change your pillowcases regularly – as these nightmarish buggers are still living in your pillow.
Pillowcases should be washed every week – that’s pretty much common knowledge – but your pillow itself should be washed at least once every 3 months. And as much as we understand the emotional attachment we all grow to have towards our pillows, unfortunately, experts recommend that they should be replaced every 2-3 years. A good way to tell when your pillow needs changing would be to fold it in half, and if it doesn’t flatten out again, then it’s time to get a new one. However, this may be difficult to test with thick memory foam pillows. The best way to tell if your pillow needs to be changed, would be when your neck begins to experience aches when you wake up in the mornings. That means your pillow is no longer providing the same level of support as it used to.
Is it time to change your Pillow ?
Buying a new pillow
Get the right fit 
Your pillow should fill the gap between your head and shoulders when you lie down.
This also means your sleeping position matters. For instance, if you sleep on your back, get a pillow fluffy enough to lift your head and chin for easy breathing; if you sleep flat on your tummy, get a soft, flat pillow to keep your head level.
Choose a suitable stuffing 
Down pillows are the fluffiest and most plush to sleep on, but if you need firmer support, you might want to opt for foam pillows instead.
Different types of stuffing also have different lifespans, which is something you might want to factor in when considering cost.

 

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MODEST WAYS TO MAKE YOUR GUEST ROOM LOOK LUXURIOUS

MODEST WAYS TO MAKE YOUR GUEST ROOM LOOK LUXURIOUS

Modest Ways to Make Your Guest Room Look Luxurious

Guests during this festival season are always welcome. The idea is to be the perfect host and make them feel or rather experience the luxe life. Here are easy ways to prepare a guest room.

Modest Ways to Make Your Guest Room Look Luxurious

1. Don’t Use the Room for Storage. We all have extra stuff in our homes. And it’s always so tempting to dump all that clutter in the guest room. If we are able to change this habit and ensure the space remains decluttered of all those extra boxes andclothes, we have already won half the battle. This will ensure that you are ready for a guest at all times and don’t have to hassle much during the festival season.

Modest Ways to Make Your Guest Room Look Luxurious

2. Give it a Design Style. I agree that most of us don’t spend a fortune designing a guest room. The furniture from the master bedroom retires to a guest room. Don’t just dump the furniture there. Get it repaired and polished before arranging this space. Let it also not be a mismatch of furniture pieces. Continuity and uniformity is a must for the room to make it appreciable by the visitors.

Modest Ways to Make Your Guest Room Look Luxurious

3. Neutral Palette. Neutral colors are relaxing to everyone. If you wish to experiment with bold colors, keep them to your bedroom. Neutral colors promise an instant lavish feel with the addition of a few accent pieces. Neutral shades also provide for a more relaxing atmosphere.

Modest Ways to Make Your Guest Room Look Luxurious

4. Make A Statement. Having a wall gallery with some statement art pieces is a great way of adding style and luxe. A corner next to the window can have a lounge sofa with a coffee table for adding comfort as well as bring a natural element into the room. A throw on this seating can really add a glamourous look.

Modest Ways to Make Your Guest Room Look Luxurious

5. Avoid Mismatched Bedding. Even if you have decided to shift your old bed to the guest room, use new beddings and linen. Well washed and ironed new pair of bedcover and sheets along with some cushions in bright colors can play the trick. Mismatching linen in the room can be the biggest mistake. Use only matching materials.

Modest Ways to Make Your Guest Room Look Luxurious

6. Add Lighting Style. The glamour in a room can be a dramatic effect of lamps and kind of light they emit. Lights should always be soothing. The side table lamps can bring a unique look to the otherwise dull room. Add floor lamp or table lamp depending on the floor space available.

These were some very simple, time-efficient ways of making your guest room look attractive and appealing to your guest.

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FINISHING TOUCHES TO HOME INTERIORS

Title - Wall Paper in Bed HaedBoard Wall

The very first requisite for any interior decor project is to find a suitable place, where you would like to start your project; and then working accordingly, like finding a Focal Point of your room decor. The second big step that comes into play is to look for the perfect furniture as per our theme. Now, with this step don’t think that your job is over and everything would fall into place automatically. The time has come for finishing touches. Let’s rephrase this as a final layer step. The place is now ready for some accessorizing which depicts our true personality. This is your own place so don’t set any rules. Just follow what your heart desires. The only limitation to your thoughts is your decor theme. Whatever accessory you bring in, just don’t deviate from your overall design theme. This would enhance the look and feel of your interiors multi fold.

Bedroom Art Work Console Table Decor in Living Room

 

Dining Room in Kitchen Art Is The Best Start

Beautiful artwork brings lot of life to the place. Even a good art work can be a focal point of your room as we have discussed this in “Finding a Focal Point of your Decor article series”. You may take color cues from the art work only and design a room around it. Make sure your art work is displayed at an eye level, which should be crossing about 5.5 feet from the ground level so even an average heighted person can see and appreciate it fully. Try and put some accent cabinet or chest of drawers under the wall along the wall. This would enhance value of the art work and visual appeal too. Get a good focus lighting arranged for the art work before you display. The focus lighting plays an important role in enhancing the value of art work.

Remember, you have chosen to make an impact through your displayed art so don’t let it downgrade by bad wall texture. Prior to displaying your art, do a careful inspection of your wall and then take a right step. Remove all the patches, holes etc. before the art comes on to the wall. You may also make it a gallery style by combining various art pieces together if you have. It is quite an attention grabbing way. Guests would not be able to stop themselves from coming near to this wall and envying your possessions.

Dining Table in Kitchen Eclectic Cushions in Living Room Sofa

 

Hanging Tips

Frame Work

Interior Designers use frames of various sizes and shapes to bring some eclectic patterns to the room decor. Frames don’t need to match, they can complement each other or highlight each other by being small to gigantic. Not all frames should have some pictures or art work, you can even be creative enough to use beautifully painted frames without any pictures. Try and bring a balance between the frames and texture which you use, unless you are going for eclectic decor theme. Harmony between textures and accessory pieces like empty frames is quite necessary to bring balance in your room decor.

Floor Planning Of Your Art Work

Sounds Bizarre when you hear it first. But floor planning of your art work is actually, creating the proposed wall layout of your art work, before being put up on the wall. Carefully arrange the layout and spend some time in doing and redoing the same. Once you are absolutely clear of the look and feel of the same layout, then only execute the same. This would also give you an idea about the perfect place to hand this art work within your house.

Kitchen Cabinets in White Color Kitchen Counter Top in Granite

 

Craft Paper Wall Layout

If you think that your art work is precious or fragile, which cannot be experimented with, on the floor. Then, the best way is to make the small size configurations of the same art work. Cut out the templates and arrange them to get the best layout ideas. It is one “Wall Friendly Advise” from theinteriordirectory.com.

Eye Flow

Universally, it is accepted that art works should be displayed about 5.5 feet to 5.8 feet in height from the ground. This gives the best eye view of your art work, unless it is gigantic in stature. Try and also place a chest of drawers or other accent furniture piece underneath the art work to highlight the art work, but maintain about six inches all gap between the edges of the furniture and art work to ensure that art work is your focal point.

Living Room Interior Decor Wall Paper in Bedroom

 

Balanced Wall Space For Art

If you are blessed with beautiful long wall space, then create imaginary sections on the wall. You may draw imaginary sections and lines of your wall and all placements of art works, accent pieces, frames and decorative wall hangings should be in accordance to those sections. This process would bring lot of balance to your wall decor and nothing would feel out of place on the wall. Same ways if you have a vacant vertical space near your window, door and entrance, then create an imaginary square on the wall and arrange your art works inside the same. Nothing would feel out-balanced.

Lighting As Per Mood

Ceiling lights like recessed and decorative fixtures are a great help for lighting up the place, but you would also find them very impersonal as their effect is quite intense. If we would like our home decor to be more inviting then we need to go soft in our lighting elements. We may install dimmers on lights, or rely solely on some milky or beige lighting when you want to entertain or relax. Their warm glow will create a cozy ambience and guests would feel relaxed and soak into those mellow lighting effects.

The designers and home owners should also consider that it is upto us to showcase our style and decor. We may add lamps, designer lights, dimmers, sconce which suits our style. It should complement your color story and design theme. You may bring in some candle lights as well to bring that softening glow to your theme. Candles always brings warmth to decor style.

Wahite Tile Work in Bathroom Shower Cubicle & White Ceramic Wash Basin in Bathroom

 

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