A thrilling part about blogging is being able to access material that I otherwise might not have come across. Or if I did it would have been edited by magazines and other blogs. For example yesterday I was reading through press material from Norm Architects and could not help but to feel inspired and blissful to be able to directly read about their design philosophy.
The Scandinavian studio talks about the different design steps and how they first and foremost start with identifying which needs have to be met. They always ask themselves if “[...] if a certain design idea is relevant” (-Norm Architects) and if it solves the given problem. This is actually not a strange approach since the design process for many designers starts with identifying ‘a need’. The studio also talks about their Scandinavian design philosophy and that they strongly believe in quality craftsmanship and a timeless design. To them a space or product should be as current after production as when years has gone by. Which is why they focus less on the trends that come and go and more about timeless beauty.
Credit: Norm Architects
I truly enjoyed reading through their press material as I both found it educational and inspiring. This type of material should be accessible to any one studying interior design or who wants to learn more about this profession, hence I recommend you to try to get a hold of them.
What is your thoughts on this. Do you enjoy reading the design philosophy behind design studios, and their ideas and concepts behind a project? Or do you merely find this a time waster?
Have you seen this house by Norm Architects? It was completed in 2009 after an artist hired Norm to create the perfect space that would both function as a home and studio space. The client found inspiration from nature so the perfect spot to design their new home turned out to be; behind the famous Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebækand, Denmark, where an old house was available. The house had potential to be something extraordinary, as the structure appealed to the concept and the area was surrounded by greenery, water and had a rural feel to it, just what the client wanted.
What I love about this project is the modernized barn feel which is achieved by opening the space up, letting more light flow through as well as leaving raw materials to shine. The wood beams are of course another typical barn element which adds to this feel. These raw elements and organic wood finishes balances the more streamlined contemporary fittings and walls, all which brings the feel of a more up to date dwelling.
Credit: Norm CPH / Design - Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen & Kasper Rønn / Photo - Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
Indeed does this home both feel artistic and extraordinary. I am curios to hear, what you think of Norm’s project?
Let’s be real, I will most probably never find a loft living of this size on the island where I am at. Or if I do it would come with a crazy hefty price, that I of course with a design wage would never afford. But hey, dreaming does no harm right?
The ‘thing’ with this building that I can’t take my eyes off are those large windows, and the open plan kitchen and dining area which fits plenty of guests. It makes it the perfect party pad for family and friends to dine, chat and who knows maybe even dance in! With us being somewhat -passionate cooks- the long island and the open feel around the stove gives it a creative place to learn and explore about food. This space therefore screams us…!
Credit: Clare Cousins / Design-Clare Cousins, Oliver Duff, Dita Beluli, Artwork-Rowena Martinich
/ Photo- Shannon McGrath
Sometimes it is nice to dream away of those properties that we can see our family living in. Maybe it puts a goal in mind or simply is a great little escape from reality.
There are so many different sources and things that sparks inspiration! Something I very often find inspiration in -go figure- is Interior Architecture; and especially those where decorative elements and furnitures are left out. It simply gives me an oppurtunity to furnish a space, well… in my mind that is.
A space that did just that, is this gorgeous house by Frederic Berthier Arhitects. The house is designed with more sustainable practises in mind; like sourcing local materials and using specific methods and materials so to achieve low consumption of energy.
What I fell for with this house is the summer vibe it has with the light warm color scheme, the outside area with the pool and greenery and those -must have in a summer-house one day- shutters! I am imagining this space a bit more decorative, perhaps some green plants and what about some subtle art work with shapes that also can be found in the landscape design? Uhm…what else?
Credit: Frederic Berthier