Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Oak is probably my favourite wood. Look at the picures below and you'll see why.

This apartment belongs to the owner of Movement Design. Note the beautiful cabinet in the first picture, by Børge Mogensen, and the lamp, by Fog & Mørup. The chair hanging above it is one made for the H55 exhibition in Helsingborg by Björn Hultén. The art in the last picture is by Beck & Ljung; the bench, table and chairs are by Mogensen.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Kronish House by Richard Neutra is Safe

... The last remaining Richard Neutra house in Beverly Hills - The Kronish House - was about to be razed to the ground. Why? Because the former owner, Soda Partners, having themselves aquired the property in January at a foreclosure for $ 5.8 million, were having problems flipping it for an even 14 mil. They then reasoned that selling the 2-acre lot (about 8,000 sq. metres) WITHOUT the house would be easier. Luckily, with the help of a campaign to buy the house started by Neutra's son (and co-architect of he Kronish House) Dion Neutra, the house was sold to a private citizen with an intent to preserve.

About the house
The 650 square metre large single-story house is outfitted wih six bedrooms, and is one of the largest and most lavishly decorated Neutra ever built, with marble fireplaces and hardwood walls. It was built in 1955 for real estate developer Herbert Kronsih and his wife. The house and it's garden is said to be "extremely quiet". And if you would have bought the house, you would have gotten Madonna as your neighbour. If that's plus or not, I'll leave unsaid.

pictures from here.

more pictures of its current state here.


This is the blueprint of modern day Stockholm, created by politician Alber Lindhagen. They bear strong influence from Georges-Eugéne Haussman's plans for Paris.

The rough strokes are the same today, but some things have changed - majorly Norrmalm/Klara/City, one century after this plan was presented.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Wood Cabin

This incredibly inspiring house is the Catton residence, designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson in 1967. It is situated on a steep rock face; it overlooks the Georgia Strait, west Vancouver, Canada.

The house just makes me think of the Macahan family in "How the West Was Won". Maybe it's just that grainy 70's polaroid effect, or the scenic landscapes, but the house does have a cowboy feel to it, no? Of course, the house is rooted in history, which we like. Sublimely, functionally, and understated.

Look at that veranda.

Could this be one of the world's most beautiful fireplaces? It is shaped like the building... The art of fireplace architecture has really gone lost...

This is a view from the house' entry, where the panorama view is not yet revealed.

The interior and exterior walls are cedar, the floors oak and the doors and cabinets are mahogany.

Photos from Arthur Erickson's homepage.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

From Hans Asplund's Nordiska Kompaniet

Photo by Stellan Herner for ELLE Interiör

When you look at these pictures you really see that this place has the potential to become once again the gem that it once was.

More about the department store where this was shot here.