This stunning mid century house in Massachussets, US, was the first private commission for iconic modernist architect Walter Gropius in the United States. Built in 1938, as a private holiday home for the mother of one of Gropius' then students, John Hagerty, at the time enrolled at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
The house sits right on the water, with a foundation built using local granite from the rocky shoreline. The simple form is true to the modernist minimalist ideas, a vast difference to the existing local architecture at the time. The house has floor to ceiling windows facing the ocean and capturing the views, whilst plain walls minimise contact and views to the adjacent buildings.
I find it incredible that a building designed almost 80 years ago, still feels so contemporary and current. A true piece of iconic mid-century architecture.
Enjoy / Jess
This year has seen a new colour trend develop, with a new, warm, "greige" colour having a moment in interiors.
A development from the classic cool scandinavian grey, this trend has a natural touch with warmer, earthier variations of the monochromatic theme. Still a great accompaniment to black, marble, leather and light timbers - this is a colour scheme that feels fresh and welcoming. They greige colour sits well in palettes featuring natural materials such as rattan, raw linen and imperfect ceramics.
The kitchen featured in this Swedish apartment for sale is a great example of a more minimalist approach, for more inspiration head to my pinterest page here.
Enjoy your weekend! Jess
Set in what was previously a sausage factory - this 2000 sqm space is now the home of a bistro, bar, pop up gallery, take-away shop and conference space.
With a finishes palette of white concrete, galvanised steel, white tiles and blackened iron the space is industrial and monochrome, with accents of tan leather throughout softening the look.
Usine means "factory" in french - a fitting name to a restaurant in an industrial space with a french bistro feel.
Todays feature is the fourth in the series #Artlove - featuring posts about inspiring artists and art news with a nordic aesthetic. I am therefore super excited to post the amazing work by Norwegian artist Nina Holst - also creator of famous blog Stylizimo.
Having followed her blog for years and being constantly inspired by her posts - I was thrilled to come across her side project as an artist at By Nina Holst.
Featuring mainly abstract, cool toned and large scaled artworks, this series of works are perfectly timeless yet have a fresh and modern edge. As the in-situ images show - these are a great accompaniment to any contemporary interior.
Nina's effortless sense of style, colour and scale is evident in her own home, which look and feel quintessentially Nordic with a monochrome palette and clean lines. A style that is distinct also in her beautiful art.
Enjoy! / Jess
( ps. a couple of years ago I featured her clever walk-in-robe - make sure to check it out here )
This beautiful barn conversion by London based architects McLaren Excell, is a great example of a sensitive re-interpretation of an old building into a contemporary residence. Set in the English country side, the original structure dates back to the late eighteens century - with various additions and alterations added throughout the years.
The architects at McLaren Excell faced the task of stripping the building back to its essence - involving re-structuring and re-servicing the entire building whilst opening up the spaces to create a light and modern living space. With clean lines, a timeless finishes palette of white oiled oak, natural stone and existing brick the interior space nods to its past whilst incorporating the elements desired in contemporary living. The existing timber beams sits perfectly against the bright white walls, and the sliding black steel staircase add a clever access point to the more intimate loft space level.
A large fireplace and chimney anchor the open plan living space and solid oak joinery and furniture link the spaces together.
An inspiring space in its simplicity - ( although I can imagine not without its challenges during construction!)
head here for more images, plans and site pictures for the project.
Make sure to also check out other works by this brilliant young practice.
As I am researching places to stay on our upcoming Canada trip, I came across this amazing boutique hotel - Fogo Island Inn - located on a remote island outside Newfoundland, Canada.
This architectural masterpiece is designed by Newfoundland born architect Todd Saunders of Saunder Architecture - now based in Bergen, Norway. With a strong nod to the local heritage of the traditional fishing huts, which were temporary timber structures, the architecture of Fogo Island Inn is a modern take on these simple buildings - teamed with clean, contemporary lines.
Constructed mainly from timber - the white painted cladding, timber stilt foundation and the dramatic cantilevered position on the rugged rocks make this a truly amazing place unlike no other.
Complete with 29 5-star rooms with floor to ceiling views over the Altantic ocean, restaurant and entertainment areas, saunas and hot tubs, the hotel also commissioned Saunder Architecture to add six small artist studios on various points of the island, in a way to preserve and showcase the local islanders traditions, arts and culture.
Credits: Todd Saunders with Ryan Jørgensen, Joseph Kellner and Attila Béres
Photographers: Iwan Baan, Alex Fradkin, Bent René Synnevåg
This 340sqm apartment is in a grand old building from 1892, and is located in a prime position in central Stockholm. With two roof top terraces overlooking the city skyline and plenty of generous living space, this would be a dream space live in.
I love the combination of the raw and trimless fireplace next to the heavily decorative timber doors and windows. Its also nice to see the bold use of black, which is not very commonly used in scandinavian interiors. A sensitive blend between the building heritage and modern architectural elements make this a truly unique space with its own sense of style.
The latest collection from IKEA is a collaboration with renowned Swedish designer Ingegerd Råman, best known for her work in glass and ceramics. This collection is a focus on handmade, simple, everyday objects, in a natural monochromatic colour way.
Using glass, ceramics and natural fibres such as bamboo and rattan, the products are handmade and each item is unique and slightly imperfect. The design process involved paring back on the unnecessary, refining until only the bare minimum was left - the beauty is in the functionality and simplicity.
As in many times in design - it is not what you add but what you remove - a design ethos I try to apply in my daily work.
This stunning collection is due for release in Australia around May 2016.
Hotel SP34 is the trendy designer hotel in Copenhagen's eclectic Latin Quarters.
The hotel is designed in a typical Scandinavian pared back palette, with a metropolitan feel. Catered to the modern traveller - this award winning hotel has both a rooftop terrace, private cinema as well as popular restaurants within its walls.
I love the curved timber bedheads with the leather head cushion, as well as the elegant lighting throughout. The concrete look grey wall finish is also great and adds to the urban feel.
via Est Magazine
Haus Fontanella is a compact timber building designed by Bernardo Bader Arkitekten in 2013. Located on a sloped block overlooking the Austrian alps - the rough sawn exterior timber cladding makes the house almost blend in to the surroundings.
Although the postcard view surrounds the house - the windows are varying in size and at random locations - functioning as picture frames to the selected views as well as making for an interesting facade of the otherwise simple structure.
With timber clad interior walls and custom joinery - this alpine house is testament to the successful outcomes of simple, understated and timeless design and architecture.
As I woke up this morning to the first rainy and grey day in what feels like months ( we are blessed in Sydney with relentless sunny days:) -this understated yet luxurious Caviar bar in Finland's capital Helsinki- is the perfect feature for today's more monochrome mode.
The work of brilliant Finnish designer Joanna Laajisto, this small restaurant in the heart of the city serves caviar, oysters, champagne and vodka - in a stylish and very Scandinavian setting.
Keeping the existing floor tiles of what was previously a clothing store - the interiors was inspired by the cold Finnish winters and the existing grey colours of the floors. With streamlined furniture including Artek classics, its the simple details such as menu boards on pegs, the half painted grey wall and a series of commissioned artworks by local artist Eeva-Marie Piiparinen that bring it all together. Ceramic pendant lights by up and coming Finnish designer iina Vourivirta.
Helsinki is an amazing place with a small town feel yet packed with trendy cafes, bars and shops - definitely a must for anyone planning on visiting Scandinavia - I certainly cant wait to go back there!
Enjoy / Jess
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This Stockholm apartment for sale via FantasticFrank is a great example of monochromatic interiors done well. The whitewashed timber floors, white painted walls and clever built in storage solutions provides a simple backdrop to highlight art, books and artefacts.
I also love the building stairway - something I miss so much about Swedish apartment blocks. Often over a hundred years old - the stairways are grand, softly curved, often with marble treads and many still retain the old lifts with screen doors. In this particular building - the entry door ( bottom image) provides a welcome splash of colour.
This apartment is in a great location in Stockholm and I envy their soon-to-be new owner!
all photos via FantasticFrank
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This rustic residence in Hunter Valley is one of my recently completed interior design projects, and is the home of wine maker Richard Harkham of Harkham Wine.
Having worked with Richard on previous projects , including his Bondi house a few years back, it was such a great opportunity to create a warm, rustic and inviting country home on the property, as he divides his time between Sydney and Hunter Valley.
The existing house was remodelled internally to create a large, open plan living and dining space - with a feature stone fireplace as centre piece. As Richard often entertain one of the main requirements of the renovation was to ensure plenty of space for guests and large groups to get together. With 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms - this home now has generous proportions, and the living space flows out onto a large outside patio - perfect for private wine tastings and entertaining.
The colour scheme was developed to translate from cold, winter evenings to hot, summer days. With a fresh white and grey base palette, natural textures such as recycled timber, stone, sisal rugs and tan leather brings warmth and perfectly reference the surrounding country vistas.
New wide width, smoked and stained oak floors was installed and walls painted a crisp white. The large windows with views of the rolling hills outside were lined with soft grey linen curtains. Handmade white subway tiles give texture to the white kitchen and bathrooms, as black tap ware and accessories provide a modern edge.
The existing furniture was replaced with generous, solid pieces made from recycled timber and leather - to provide Richard with the perfect place to return to from a day on the property making wine and running the cellar door and adjacent accommodation.
Visit Harkham Wine in Hunter Valley and try their natural, preservative free wines.
Note: At times Harkham House is available for private letting - contact Harkham Wine for further information.
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I am working from home today and it is a beautiful day again in Sydney - I am fortunate enough to look right out on the ocean and the beach from my desk - its so gorgeous and a great way to end the week!
Another stunning place to envy is this Finnish loft apartment - complete with double storey ceiling height and effortless Scandinavian style.
I love the think black metal framing used throughout - on balustrades, wardrobe frames and furniture. It gives a modern and sleek-industrial edge to this otherwise white and light apartment. With enviable ceiling height and those huge windows bring in so much light to this space - it must be very special in the snowy winter months!
Its also a clever detail to have the concrete style paint on the main wall - yet painting the flooring in white to further brighten up the space and allow for the monochromatic scheme.
Using the space under the stairs is a clever way to get extra storage space - especially in apartments. I love the customised pull out stoarge for shoes and hanging. For more wardrobe and shoe storage inspiration - check out this post.
Have a great weekend!
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Summer is in full swing here in Australia and with summer comes long, balmy nights entertaining family and friends.
One must for every home is a large, generous dining table that can comfortably fit all your loved ones. In my opinion, the perfect dining table is solid, not too precious and is beautiful on its own - requiring only the simplest of decorations and table wares.
Below I have listed my Top 5 dining tables available from my favourite Australian furniture makers.
All made from solid timbers, designed in Australia and can be customised to suit your size and style - every one of these tables are a great purchase for anyone looking to invest in a dining table that can stand the test of time.
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This stunning apartment is for sale in Gothenburg, in the south of Sweden.
I love how some Swedish real estate's are taking property styling to the next level - so we can enjoy sneak peaking into beautiful spaces like this!
This spacious apartment in a 1930's building has generous proportions, loads of daylight and stunning original details.
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Interia is is an accomplished architecture and design practice I stumbled upon on Instagram last year, run by directors Dean and Karryn. I have since fallen in love with their second line of work - stunningly detailed timber handles for joinery and furniture. As you can see - the designs are perfectly curved, smooth and minimalist and the various finishes of the timbers makes it impossible to choose!
Beautiful timber handles are strangely enough very hard to find, and designers usually end up having custom handles made up by joiners and carpenters - with varying results. With these carefully crafted products on the market - designing exceptional and unique joinery for our clients just got a lot more fun!
I have used these handles on a previous job and the result was amazing - cant wait to find the perfect project to add these to again.
A great "Trade Secrets" but also great resource for anyone wanting to add a design edge to existing joinery or furniture.
For lots more exciting images follow their instagram account here
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Happy New Year!
I hope everyone is having a great Holiday Season - I have loved a little break with lots of sand, sun and swimming and relaxing with family and friends.
There are so many great projects in the pipeline for Nordicspace in 2016 - and whilst I still have a few more days to enjoy the holidays - I am secretly super excited to get back to work and start this new year!
This stunning coastal house by Mim Design is a beautiful example of contemporary, coastal interiors - and therefore the perfect feature to kick off the blog in 2016 as many of us are still very much in holiday mode!
The cool and neutral Scandinavian style finishes has a fresh and calming effect - I love the crisp white timber panelled walls and joinery and the whitewashed oak floor boards. The natural stone benches add a touch of luxe whilst the textured wool rugs gives a warm and homely feel. Whilst the house looks sleek and modern - it also has timeless feel that could translate just as well from hot summer days to cold nordic winters.
Photography by Sharyn Cairns - with thanks.
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I am super excited to post about this beautiful Paddington Terrace, designed by Sydney based architects C+M Studio.
Furnished entirely by Living Edge - the terrace was open to the public for a number of days in a brilliant showcase of the architecture and the perfectly selected furniture and accessories. ( For a full list of the pieces - check out the collection here).
On a smaller footprint than I ever imagined, this inner city terrace splits the living spaces over 3 levels with a central staircase connecting the spaces. Minimalist details and simple, timeless finishes such as oak, marble and matte white make for an architectural and modern edge.
Despite its size, the house feels airy and breezy due to the large openable doors in the bedrooms, balconies, the 3rd level roof terrace room and the indoor/outdoor kitchen linking in the entry and courtyard.
The front entry has been closed off to maximise the front room - current living room - and the entry into the courtyard from the side lane is a simple, minimalist hint of whats to come.
To read more about this project, check out Living Edge
Enjoy | Jess
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