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Sep 19, 2016

ARTISTS LIVING WITH ART BOOK

If you are, like me, one who likes to pry into the lifestyles and homes of other creative types, you're in luck. The book Artists Living with Art brings readers into the homes and personal art collections of a few of the world’s well-known contemporary artists, including Tauba Auerbach, Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, Rashid Johnson and John Currin. Through the pages, Stacey Goergen and Amanda Benchly lead readers into some beautifully renovated lofts in SoHo, 19th-century Brooklyn brownstones and even a restored farmhouse which all share one thing in common - an interior filled with the occupant's precious collection of artwork, objects, textiles, and ceramics displayed in artful manners. Photographed by Oberto Gili, these gorgeous lived-in interiors - a refreshing change from so many showflat-looking apartments lacking just that touch of character in design books - will inspire readers to rethink the display of their own artwork and treasured possessions. Highly recommended.

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Jul 10, 2016

HOME REJUVENATED!

The client's love for street art and pop imagery led us to design a home inspired by our urban environment. Upon entry, one is struck by the vivid blue of the metal hoarding cladding the walls that extend around the corner to the living area. Metal perforated screens provide a ventilated facade for shoe storage besides the main door. It is in the hall where the fun begins. This fun and colourful style is synonymous with the bachelorette's personality and sets the tone for the rest of the house. The collection of toys, art and wacky objects come together on full display here. Imagining the whole space as a street, we brought in humble materials like concrete, cement screed, bricks (white-washed and stripped down) and pavers to tell the story. The street lamp post lends a whimsical touch to the 'al-fresco cafe' dining corner while the graphical patterns on the rug in front of the sofa reminds one of a collage of ceramic tiles on the floor. Prints by UK street artist Eelus inject the interiors with bright pop hues.
A window opening created on the kitchen wall offers a glimpse of the action in the hall and illuminates the cooking space. The accent square tiles provide visual stimuli with the seemingly hand-drawn graphics. A weathered timber panelling hides the house shelter door from view. Elsewhere in one of the 3 rooms, the design is a clear tribute to Piet Mondrian's compositions with red, yellow and blue. Black strips run in an 'organised disarray' around the room, creating the sense one is living inside a painting. The colorful elements at the TV wall are made up of Lego base plates. A vibrant work titled Once We Dreamt by UK street artist duo Miss Bugs hanging above the denim-upholstered headboard completes the decor. 

In the study room, doors in various looks group together in a seemingly haphazard arrangement on the overhead storage unit, a move which is inspired by the works of contemporary Swedish artist Michael Johannson. A practical flip-up table top next to the built-in daybed can be kept away to save space in the small room when not in use. The terracotta colour on the walls and ceiling evokes a sense of being surrounded by old factory bricks, offering an intimate environment to read and work.
An organic feel permeates the master suite, spotting patterned wood planks and green shaggy carpet which mimics vertical greens. A special effects paint provides a cement look-alike finish to the walls, one of which is decorated with works by seminal pop artist Peter Blake and French street artist Dran. In the adjoining bathroom as well as the common bathroom, images by Italian painter Piero Fornasetti add an element of surprise and challenge the notion that bathrooms should look either formal or opulent - it can also be fun.

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Mar 29, 2016

HOME REJUVENATED!

An unique rust iron wall finish envelopes the entry hall, picking up the vibrant colors in the artwork ‘The Unveiling’ by Irish urban artist Conor Harrington – which literally sets the tone for the subsequent‘unveiling’ of the rest of the spaces inside - and providing a sharp backdrop for an one-of-a-kind whimsical pendant lamp conceived by the home owner/ designer.
Inside, the soothing atmosphere is deepened by intriguing textures. Imagined as a totally ‘blank’ white canvas, there is never any intention on the part of the home owner/ designer to keep to a certain design style. He seeks to create a livable art gallery as much as to use it as a testing bed for experimenting with different design styles, materials and textures.
A striking 3D-effect wallpaper from Belgian brand Arte serves as the perfect treatment for the TV feature wall, whether for aesthetical or practical (acoustical) purposes. The high gloss white laminate finish in the open kitchen features a cantilevered dining table (customised with hexagonal Spanish wall tiles and protected with clear tempered glass)  built into a counter. Museum style track lighting and a paper made lamp by a Filipino design studio provide the illumination for this space.
The owner’s collection of art and sculpture/ toy pieces are nestled amid the clean-lined furniture and masculine black and grey color scheme in the living area. Mirror panels climb the wall behind a beautiful painting by UK street artists Miss Bugs and helps to double the sense of volume in the home. Next to it hangs dark crinkled silken curtains that sluice down tall sliding doors leading into an outdoor balcony where greenery abounds. An industrial concrete top coffee table stands in front of the settee.
The front portion of the work area cum guest bedroom was carved out to form a larger living area and  a timber/ metal loft structure inside was erected at the designer’s instruction to make good use of the 3.4 meter ceiling height. Accessed by a flight of storage steps, the loft above was converted into a relaxing entertainment space and adopts a ‘never taken seriously’ design direction, what with the installation of a neon light sign housed inside an internally painted recycled wine box (made by the home owner/ designer himself) and ‘white-washed’ brick wall wallcovering on the wall. Below, a compact mirror door wardrobe sits next to an industrial metal table and a small library of art and design books. Opposite, the owner displays his ‘wall of art’ comprising a beloved collection of prints by Maya Hayuk, Faile and Bezt etc hanging via a gallery style hanging system from eye level up.
In the master bedroom, simplicity takes precedence. The white-on-white color scheme results in a sense of serenity within. A quiet but powerful painting by Spanish street artist Pejac hanging over the headboard  wall finished in a Kelly Hoppen-designed paintable wallcovering anchors the room and fits the theme of the room somewhat perfectly with its subject matter. A third smaller bedroom provides a little private lounge area for reading.
 
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