25 February 2013

Design Talk: Details #1

EHA Family Trust Residen in Wilson, Wyoming

Do not be fooled by simplicity, especially when it comes to design. Sometimes the most simple, clean-looking or seamless appearance of a design consumes the most time of brain work. Concealing details and making them look as if they aren't there takes careful deliberation, constant back and forth thinking and revision and meticulous conceptualization. So the next time you see a design, whether it be a product or space that looks simple and yet burns a big hole in a pocket, remember to check the details and see if it's worth the hole. 

This EHA Family Trust Residence in Wilson, Wyoming is a nice example of having subtle but really nice interior details. Indoor water features used as room dividers in residential spaces aren't anything new, but I love how it was executed in this particular space. The green lighting against the blue waters enhanced by the glass makes a nice play of colors and a very nice art piece in itself. Beautiful. 

09 February 2013

Oriental Express: East Meets West

East meets West, gets a kid and the result is glorious. Back in design school I've always been fascinated with Chinoiserie. I loved how it complimented the French Rococo so beautifully and how it gives a touch of exotic-ness to classic decor. Good ol' Google best defines Chinoiserie as "The imitation or evocation of Chinese motifs and techniques in Western art, furniture, and architecture". In contemporary times I feel like Kelly Wearstler is one of those designers who gets to pull this East meets West (and takes it to outer freakin' space in a good way) look. And so in commemoration with the Chinese (or Lunar) New Year, here are some Chinese Oriental-inspired things that I found lovely.

07 February 2013

Birdcages in Interiors

Avian Birdcages Wallpaper by Kenneth James
Birdcage Chandelier via Restoration Hardware
birdcage in interiors

Symbolically birdcages can mean two things: if it's closed it can denote being confined or imprisoned while if opened (with some flock of birds bursting out just for added drama) may mean "being free at last". I guess this is the "charm" that continues to lure people to birdcages, the way it represents one's struggle to be free and the actual state of being so. Kind of romantic in a Shakespearean sort-of way isn't? What I love about using birdcages in decorating is how it comes in different shapes, sizes and colors. From cathedral to lantern-like shapes, it's as if they have an architectural style of their own. Apart from using birdcages as actual cage for birds, I also like using it as candle holders, a conversational piece of house decor or as a pattern for fabrics, wallpapers or even decorative decals. See how I used ours in my previous post.

Ain't that lovely?

06 February 2013

Swinging 60s

swinging 60s
There was a time when retro-themed parties where all at rage and people would often come up dressed like a human character from Scooby Doo. When I was younger I didn't really appreciate the retro so much because I find the psychedelic and groovy patterns of this era as bordering tacky, but knowing better now I had a change of heart and have in fact even developed a somewhat soft spot for the revolutionary color power Sputnik decade. What not a lot of people know though is that most of your favorite "modern" or mid-century iconic furniture actually sprouted from this timeline. Those chairs you love from Dwell Magazine or most of your pegs from Scandinavian Interiors? Yep, most likely they came from the 60s. So if you were like me back then when I didn't know better and didn't like the 60's as much, well better think again my friend!

04 February 2013

That Lovely Find

Homeless HK


One of the many things I love about traveling (not just abroad, but locally as well) is exploring the neighborhood for nice "hole-in-the-wall" places--stores, restaurants, art galleries...well you get the idea. In a culture where the mall is where you have it all, there are still those rare moments when you want to seek something different or "traditional" such as walking around a corner of a street, spotting an old building with a small shop on the first few floors and get yourself be mind blown as you enter out of innate human curiosity. This was the case during our much recent trip from Hong Kong.  

In a seemingly old building around a corner near Forever 21 in Causeway Bay, I've been seeing this home decor store, Homeless, but it was only during our previous trip that we were able to explore the store. Lo and behold is a retail sanctuary of Scandinavian goodness--from chairs, tables, lightings to random home decor knick knacks, it's a visual feast for those who like hip, vintage and bohemian-looking things. Of course some of the items aren't exactly thrift-shop cheap, but they are definitely worth looking and considering at. I've discovered that some of the items from this store are also the ones displayed at Lane Crawford, though if they came from Homeless is beyond my knowing. 

They also have another store (their flagship store actually) in Central, Hong Kong. Check it out especially if you're fond of Scandinavian designs or our local Dimensione store. I've also been posting other photos from my recent trip in my Instagram (or as cynics would call it, hipstagram) account. Follow me @mikpangilinan. Enjoy the photo-heavy post ;)

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