Why doesn’t it work? Maybe the photos don’t do it justice, but for a super expensive building this interior comes across as a mash-up between a car sales room and Ikea. The intention seems to have been to create a distinct feeling between what’s inside and what’s outside, but when that subtle line between nature and manufactured isn’t blurred, the furniture responds by looking brash, staged and disconnected.
Which doesn’t mean reflective surfaces as bad – just that age, colour and natural elements need to have a voice.
Even black works when it’s veined marble. The chairs, the nod to modernity with the patina of vintage, the table in the middle inviting the voyeur to sit and drink in, be in the room.
Or change it with the presence of wood, natural, warm, characterful.
Black Desert House in the Yucca Valley near Palm Springs is a darkness that flows and follows, proud yet hugging the ground. In fact the architects, Oller and Pejic Architecture were told ‘To build a house like a shadow’, an idea as they said with ‘very specific relevance to the desert area where the sunlight is often so bright that the eyes only resting place is the shadows’.
The opposite of expectation for a house in the desert, the darkness offers an almost dreamlike quality as it both sits within the landscape but also underlines it’s difference. This is beauty distilled to it’s most appealing concentration, a thunderous quiet, brooding contrast to the celebration of nature.
But I have to confess to a jarring and feeling of disconnect when it comes to the interiors..
Heading to the DIY shop today for wire brushes, sand paper, fillers and primers whilst imagining the perfect front garden: I have this quiet obsession developing for a statue of a dog to stand sentinel by the door – I’ve already caught myself searching on Ebay so I know it’s serious. It can’t be an expensive one as I’ll never persuade The Husband (hmmmmmmm – mind at work – present for Father’s Day?!, ‘Here Husband, have the concrete dog you’ve always wanted but never knew you did..you love it, don’t you?!’) Besides the chances are it’ll get nicked, but there’s a persuasive voice in my head saying ‘get a faux concrete one and paint it with yoghurt, the resulting green algae will soften, age and add character’…will it be enough to blur the line between kitsch and statement? It’s a risk..
But I can see him there already, proud, endearing, ever present…with a party hat on for birthdays, skeleton mask for halloween and baubles for Christmas: Fun, joy and no poos to clear up. Win win.
The search for the perfect Fido has meant other garden art has also popped up, some of it sublime.
A little post on a big subject..cleanliness and how much of our identity is tied up with how we smell. Or not.
We’ve long believed that bacteria on the skin are harmful. Except as we’ve got cleaner, we’ve had more problems with our skin. The idea behind Mother Dirt is to embrace the skin for the living eco system it is and help it to reconnect with the balanced state it once had: Yes, this is cleaning with bacteria…it takes a bit to get one’s head around it, but there are people who’ve found these products so effective, one has not showered for 12 years…
I have deeply held issues with our materialistic societies cavalier attitude in exploiting fears to bring in the money with the multibillion pound cosmetic industry smilingly leading the charge. The pervasive message is we can always be improved, which implies we’re not meant to be happy with ourselves in the first place. Something that women have been conditioned to think for far too long. So is this another beautifully engineered bottle of snake oil designed to further separate us from reality and our hard earned cash?
Or does it actually fly in the face of conventional thinking with the offer of a level playing field and genuine control..Maybe it’s even telling us it’s OK to be us..that we need to be us..
Christy Dawn produces indie pin-up pieces beautifully crafted for easy living and barefoot dancing in the golden rays of the Californian sun.
Her clothes are made with deadsotck fabrics – the left over fabrics from other fashion houses who’ve over estimated their needs: smaller supplies means smaller production runs making these dresses eco friendly near-originals handmade in LA.
For the laid back beach babe bride, her bridal section is also well worth checking out for its simple lines, lightness of touch and sheer summer elegance.
In fact Christy Dawn, with her prices of around $260 for a dress, $800 for a wedding dress is the perfect illustration of quality over quantity, buying less but buying better, her prices truly reflecting the costs involved for a genuine artisan label rather than an omnipotent big name brand with willy waving status issues.
The Bucket List: The things you think will happen one day but never will unless you set them in action, such as having an inspirational workplace like French graphic designer, Aurelien Dabat.
His is the stuff dreams are made of: In Marseille, not far from the sea, industrial with woodworking machines, not precious but creatively alive with fellow creatives – architects, designers and a painter.
A more instantly achievable bucket list option at around £20 is Aurelien’s Stampville – the retro style box contains 25 woodbacked stamps in an assortment of graphical shapes and textures ripe for exploration and flights of fancy.