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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Moved!

After 3 years, I've migrated this site to a new template!  Come check out the juicy new blog!


I'm hoping this is going to be easier to visually navigate, and a bit more interesting.  Looking forward to the next chapter.

  

Monday, 23 February 2015

Foundation Louis Vuitton - Paris

Whilst in Paris the other week, we went to the Foundation Louis Vuitton designed by Frank Gehry.  This is the first Gehry building I’ve ever been in, so I was looking forward to seeing how the interior spaces worked.  

Exhibitions included stunning installations by Olafur Eliasson as well as a show exploring Gehry’s design process.  These were fantastic, and made up for the rest of the works not being particularly moving for me. 

The internal spaces in the building were a bit of a maze, I didn’t feel like it was a very easy building to move through, and the exhibition spaces felt a bit disjointed. Some interesting use of form internally to create stunning skylights.  






Individually Cast Panels
Dynamic Skylights
Entrance Lobby
Olafur Eliasson
Frank Gehry Exhibition - Form of the Building is inspired by shoals of fish
Typical Paris! Everyone in Black
Great Exhibition Design, and a gorgeous Giacometti to boot.


Monday, 16 February 2015

Maison et Objet - Jan 2015


Finally getting to sorting though all the goodies I picked up a few weeks ago.  This year, instead of attending Milan Furniture Fair, we decided that it would be a good idea to head to Maison et Objet in Paris to see how they do it in France.  

I honestly can say I’ve never been to a trade show so huge.  We only had a day to see everything, but it was so immense I doubt I would have been able to absorb any more.  9 Halls larger than Earl’s Court (threefold!) filled with every permutation of interior decoration and furniture imaginable.  

Here are a few of the pieces I thought were really interesting.


Neri and Hu designed this Modular interior.  Beautiful Detailing in the joinery.

Nendo's Chocolate Texture Lounge, designed to make you feel like you
are in a wave of chocolate.
Nendo was also "Designer of the Year" at the show.
Gorgeous grey's from La Chance

Lights from G&C lighting.  LED and they look great in a cluster.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Schwoerer Haus

Earlier this week, myself and some collaborators from Build Consutlants were invited to the factory of Schwoerer Haus, near Stuttgart, to see for ourselves how the flat pack houses they sell are made.  We have a few prospective sites where we could use the houses, which benefits include 30 year guarantee, lowering utilities to 20% of the original cost, and a crazy fast build time.  From paid deposit of 10%, it takes 12 weeks for your new house to be installed on site.  

Obviously this is a huge advantage for developers, and also for those looking for a more robust option other than the flimsy new-builds we see going up around the country.

5 weeks supply of Timber, all sorted by size by a giant sorting machine...  enough for 20 new houses.

The size of the factory blows you away, there is a shed the size of 2 football pitches, and the lumbar yard above.. all felled from nearby sustainable forests. The company produces all of it's building material on site from the wood (which is spruce) and incinerates any waste product in it's on-site power plant which produces enough electricity to power 60,000 homes. 

What astounded me about the product is that all but 2 of the 37,000 homes they have already built are unique.  With a seemingly infinite choice of finishes, they have a sampling centre where you can see all the materials you have, and pull together your mood board for your new home.  


Below are some of the show homes they had on site.  Gives you an idea of all the variations you can have.  Kind of blows any pre-conceptions about flat-packs out of the water.









Give me a bell if you want to find out more, a bit more information... too much to put in one post!  Hopefully we'll be seeing some of these in the UK soon...




Monday, 17 November 2014

Berlin

I have finally made it to see Chipperfield's re-design of the Neues Museum in Berlin.  Beautiful detailing and conversations between different materials made the museum as much as a show-piece as the artefacts inside.









In contrast, Chipperfield has been commissioned to renovate Berlin's Modern Art Museum, Neue Nationalgalerie, and had installed an art piece "Sticks and Stone's" in the galleries main space before the work commences in 2015.  I can't wait to see how he and his team tackle the Mies van der Rohe building.... possibly more challenging than the  Neues museum in terms of critics!


We checked out the exhibitions there, I hope the redesign helps the space, a little bit crowded for me! Just some detail snaps of art works below.







Berlin itself was lovely and autumnal, staying in the district of Kruzenberg, we checked out the riverside street market, great cafes and bars.  Very laid back there! We'll be back soon. 



Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Ikon - Church Road Barnes

Last week saw the roof wetting soirĂ©e  of one of the first projects I embarked on as the independent entity of Catherine White Interiors.  From concept sketches three years ago, we are now almost finished!  Just a few finishing touches to go in along with the furniture and then we are done.  

The house is spread out over four entire floors of the prominent property overlooking Barnes Pond in South West London.  Two reception rooms (including an open plan kitchen and bar) a generous master suite with a steam room, along with a cinema room, maid's quarters, and two guest suites, and a study.

The planning concept behind the house was to keep the private spaces (suites and study) clearly separate from the more public spaces.  The client enjoys cooking and spending time with friends, so it made sense to create entertaining spaces that really work.  The two reception rooms are stacked one on-top of each other, so we opened up the floor to connect them and create one big party area.  This opens up onto a large deck and then one further.  No shortage of space, which was well used as he had 160 guests!

There is a clear circulation path through the property, with the stairs and lift in the same area allowing easy navigation of the large property.

The strongest design elements are the feature stair which is made of slate and steel and the void which exemplifies the minimalist ethos of the project, with it's fuss-free steel, glass and lighting elements.  The bar is made of Slate and Zinc and was a big hit with the guests, it's curvilinear shape contrasting with the rest of the property.

We kept the materials palate very minimal, only using steel, slate, glass, plaster and gorgeous large format timber in the main spaces.

A massive team effort, with a fantastic result!  


Slate and Steel Treads Cantilevered from the Structural Wall




Glass Ballustrade with Steel Wrap

Void connecting the two main entertaining spaces
Slate and Zinc Bar


Proving to be a great entertaining space



New lift for ease of circulation internally

Excited designer!  Great seeing my dreams come to life!

Team and Suppliers:

Project Manager : Avis Appleton and Associates
Contractor: M & J Development
Lighting Designer: Light IQ
Kitchen: Extreme Kitchens
Flooring: Texfield