Studio Oliver Gustav
I recently discovered the intriguing work of Danish designer, Oliver Gustav. Gustav’s work has a definite Belgian feel to it but with an edge. His minimalist approach to decorating feels refreshing yet welcoming and comfortable at the same time. Warm tonal colors, time worn patina and natural textures are consistent throughout his work and I love the mix of modern and more classical elements, often with an Asian influence. Each item in his rooms are able to breath and one is able to appreciate the silhouettes and simple beauty in each piece. Gustav has galleries in both Copenhagen and new York City.
Mr. Smith Goes to Mallorca
Much admired designer, Michael Smith, has worked his magic yet again! This time on the far flung and exquisite island of Mallorca. Named La Posada, the previous version of the 15 year old house was “boxy” and needed “detail and texture” according to Smith. He succeeded masterfully by giving new life to the villa by infusing the rooms with a “Hispanico and Moroccan” feel and the addition of Smith’s love of the English style. To achieve this the villas rooms are layered with an exotic and Mediterranean inspired mix of plastered and stenciled walls, inky blue and green zellige tiles, straw matting, printed cottons,textured velvets and ornately carved wood ceilings. Surely taking inspiration from the Moroccan homes of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge, there is no doubt that they would feel right at home in Mr. Smiths latest triumph!
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By the Beach
Like any design genre, coastal style can be defined in varying ways with each designer infusing their own core elements. A principal important to my aesthetic is to ensure that every home fosters a sense of belonging, in some way rooting the home it to its surrounding environment through indigenous materials or unique elements. Whether the design takes on a bolder approach or is inspired by nature, coastal homes share at least one comment thread that helps evoke a sense of warmth and calm that only the sea and sun can bring: stark whites, sandy neutrals, ocean hues and sky blues, shake exteriors, natural woods, relaxed decor, leafy greens, maritime infusion, open air living …….
What are some of your favorite coastal design elements?