It’s a good day when a giant box of Taschen books arrive at the studio! The one I have been most excited about reading is Cabins. I became aware of this book last November when I was researching the christmas gift guide and have been desperate to get hold of it ever since… and now I have it in my hand! It’s a beautiful big hard back book with a really cool contemporary illustration on the cover by Marie-Laure Cruschi. There are lots of her striking illustrations throughout the book and really it’s worth buying just to see those.
This new Taschen title is full of creative cabin architecture and mind-blowing photography from all corners of the planet. It includes some of the most incredible, innovative buildings I have ever seen and explores architecture’s creative thinking, the ideas of a refuge appealing to the modern busy lives that we lead. For me being isolated for a while and alone with the elements really appeals. The rustic raw materials of the structures mirroring the surrounding nature would be the perfect sanctuary.
The book discusses and array of briefs, clients and their situations. One that really caught my eye was the Franke- Marzipan Bunkhouse originally built as a presentation booth for the Cottage Life Trade Show now a permanent cabin on Drag Lake, Hailburton. It has a flat square roof which is cantilevered over the structure with large deck doors. The interior is just stunning, finished with the walls covered in Douglas fir. The plan is square sitting on four concrete piers with terraces on two sides that look out over a beautiful woodland.
Other amazing structures to look out for is firstly the container guest house – I absolutely love this one, built from an old shipping container and painted deep marine blue is set with in an oasis of tropical planting, including a cacti roof garden… what’s not to love! At the other end of the spectrum the Four Cornered Villa in Finland is pictured with a bright white snowy out look reflecting the all white interior. It would be so peaceful and calm with its minimal skandi decor. The four cornered design was inspired by the island situation of the house, the architects sought out 4 different views towards the lakes and forrest. Its just an incredible building. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. A Life in the woods would be a very nice life indeed.
Cabins by Taschen is available from soo-uk.com/cabins
The South of France is still on my mind since our trip there earlier this month. I just can’t get the beautiful deep inky blues of the stunning Cote d’Azure landscapes out of my head and unsurprisingly it’s been flowing in to my work. I have hunted down some gorgeous interior pieces that really depict the feeling of the ocean and the invigorating sense of escape.
Firstly a piece that has been on my mind for quite some time, The Oilva Saapaivakirja plate designed by iconic Finnish design house Marimekko, with a striking blue watercolour design reminiscent of rippling water. I adore this piece it completely takes me straight back to the water every time I see it. Marimekko’s simple signature prints and bold use of colour keeps them at the forefront of design every season. This beautiful plate is available from amara.com
Another piece that has caught my eye this week is a striking painting by contemporary artist Tommy Fitchet of Saorsa Art. I could happily get lost in this painting with all it’s vibrant aquatic hues. Tommy paints directly on to glass to achieve this amazing depth of tone and colour giving his work a radiant energy. Tommy’s work is mainly inspired by Scottish landscape, sea scape and the changing light of the seasons. You can see more of his amazing work at saorsa-art.com
Stelton have a new moody blue range out this spring called Stockholm Aquatic it is a collection of vases and bowls inspired by ‘the full pallet of blue nuances reflected in the Baltic sea’. The pattern is of waves breaking over the shore. I love the deep midnight blues set against the stark white porcelain. This whole collection is stunning. You can see more at stelton.com.
‘The Blue View Cushion’ is inspired by ink blot prints and mirrored landscapes. This cushion invokes thoughts of the Rocky Mountains and is painted in gorgeous watery blues. I couldn’t find any information about this designer but I wanted to include it as it’s so unique and completely on trend for spring summer. It is Available from rockettstgeorge.co.uk
‘Out of the blue’ is a print designed by Crisp Sheets of Amsterdam you should take a look at there whole collection of stunning botanical art prints and inky bedding. There are several pieces I would like to of included in this feature. The print is made with aquarelle and printed on high quality 300 gram matte, bright white bamboo paper. It would be perfect displayed with a collection of framed prints.
Hopefully some of these beautiful accessories will of wet your appetite, they certainly transport me back to the freedom of being out on the water. A few of these pieces will help me hang on to the Cote d’azure for a little bit longer, my life aquatic.