One of the things we talked about at the weekend was the idea of constantly exploring and questioning and thinking about your aesthetic and why you are drawn to certain things – using your blog as a way to explore your own creativity and as a catalyst to live your best life.
I saw this apartment a few weeks ago, and it really resonated with me, so I thought I might try and work out WHY I like it so much.
This room is gorgeous. The beautiful focal point of the paintings sort of goes without saying, but the designer has also used texture subtly and cleverly– the smooth table and hard metals contrasted with soft leather rug and pouffe and the natural wooden floor.
I’ve noticed in my photography that I’m really drawn to complementary shapes and I love how the designer has used the large square art pieces to emphasise the rectangles of the doors and walls, while the circle of the ceiling rose is echoed by the cylindrical light, the round table, the cylindrical pouffe and even the spots and circles on the paintings.
Pull out into the lounge area and you’ll see more use of shape and texture. More rectangular pictures, more circular tables and a Tord Boontje metal light shade (which I don’t think is quite big enough). You’ll know through all my ‘Go Fug Your Room’ rantings that I don’t like uncomfortable chairs, and I think the seating in here could be a little more cosy (and maybe a rug would have helped), but my goodness, it’s still a lovely space.
Looking in the other direction the stripy art picks out the lines of the floorboards (love how they go in opposite directions), and echoes the stripy art and crib slats in the nursery. I also like how the curved top of the mirror reflects the curves of the Eames rocker and stops everything from feeling too square and boxy. And there’s a most beautiful stuffed owl with circular owly eyes. And we all know how much I like those.
Rectangular shelves, a round stool and a stripy rug complete the nursery and there are more circles and a whole family of round-eyed owls in the entrance hall.
More stripes in the bed cover and through the kitchen cabinets and more circles through the art, the cushions and in the Nelson coat rack.
Wow. To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t noticed how thoughtfully the designer had organised the shapes in the apartment until I was half way through writing this post. I thought at first it was the colours everywhere speaking to me, but I think it’s the underlying sense of organisation that is making my soul happy (unfortunately this is not reflected in my own home). This house makes me want to tidy up and buy art.
What do you guys think? Do you like it or is it too structured and sterile for you? Does anyone know who did those amazing paintings or where I can buy those FABULOUS owls? And where do the people who live here put their stuff?
This apartment belongs to Norwegian jewellery designer Stine A. Johanssen. More details are here, translated from the Norwegian.