May 28, 2011


The bathroom of today has evolved dramatically over the years, with greater attention given to the ease and pleasure of use. Getting all the basics right creates a foundation and functionality, that assists in living well with comfort.  To get through our daily grooming rituals having everything within reach is vital.  We used full height (side loading) pull out towers in this master bath, so products and appliances are convenient while counters stay clutter free.  Mirrors with wrap around task lighting have the bonus of an integrated TV at the primary vanity; from Electric Mirror.
There's a separate (sit down) make up area, again with flawless lighting. The large steam shower is fitted with compulsory rain head and hand held shower wands.  All plumbing fittings and bathroom accessories are from Gessi.  Washbasins by Flaminia, tub and toilet by Duravit.  A finish vocabulary that includes french limestone and custom stained ash cabinets makes this room, handsome everyday utility.

May 15, 2011

For Arts Sake

I'm very pleased to be travelling to Hong Kong for ART HK 11 this month. One of the great benefits of working in the design industry is it's interface with the world of art.  I've had life long love affair with art, and no matter where I travel experiencing art is part of that journey.  In the past I've had the good fortune to visit various international art fairs, auctions + exhibitions.  Art HK is a wonderful opportunity to see the best of Asia, both established and emerging artists.
We often rely on an expert adviser, for the selection of art work in our projects.  Susan Almrud, has assisted our clients in their acquisition of important works, and in so doing added greater richness to our interiors.   Susan does so much more than just prudently recommend art, she educates and excites with her enthusiastic depth of knowledge.  Touring the fair with her will be very enlightening.  "To be with art is all we ask",  Gilbert + George
Kibong Rhee, End Of The End 2011
Painting by Kibong Rhee, (South Korea).  Extraordinary dream like works, painted on translucent layers, suggesting traditional landscape painting.   

May 8, 2011

Staying In

Movies can take us to another place.  So when designing this home cinema we wanted the space to initiate that transcendence and provide a provocative experience, vastly different than the rest of the home.  A (dark blue) mono chromatic colour scheme absorbs light (from reflecting back to the screen) and the fabric wall panels provide acoustical balance.  Comfort was paramount and resulted in our decision use ultra lounge seating in soft leather, from B+B Italia. Cashmere embroidered throws and plush pillows allow everyone to get nested.  Staying in to enjoy a film feels a lot like going out, only better........ plus there's a bar.

We worked with Millson Media to specify and install the cinema technology. Project construction and millwork were managed by Heron Construction.

May 1, 2011

Cloud 9

Perched high above the city, this expansive master suite is a peaceful sanctuary of tranquility.  We Selected luxurious materials and custom designed almost all of the furniture, to visually and literally quiet the space.  Hard surfaces are kept to a minimum, casegoods have leather wrapped drawer fronts, a tailored wool carpet covers the floor, and the entire room (at the touch of a button) is surrounded by voluminous silk drapery.  Both the drapery and custom bed dressings are fabricated in Jim Thompson silks.  Desaturated neutrals create a tonal cocoon that is soothing to the eye and mandated to be soft to the touch.  Free standing lighting by Maison Liaigre  and Porta Romana.  Cashmere throws from, Holland + Sherry.
Cocoon; "Something that envelops or surrounds in a protective or comforting way."
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