The hearth used to be a symbol of ones home which provided a space for a collective congregation of people for practical reasons. However, now a days, with central heating, the practicality of its use has changed. It has now become more form then function.
However, I firmly believe that a fireplace does not need to be functional to bring warmth and design interest into a space. I personally like faux mantles that bring texture, art, and visual interest into a room. Its structure offers many display opportunities for pieces that bring one joy.
You can still bring intimacy to its purpose through art, making it yet another informal place in your home to just be. -tM
In Residence: Patrizia Moroso
The grand dame of design opens the doors to her personal paradise
Imposing and unexpected amidst the lush greenery of a secluded plot in Udine in northeastern Italy, the home of Patrizia Moroso reveals a vibrant vision in the forest: at once a lived-in family home and a showcase of contemporary design and art gathered from around the globe.
As the creative director of Moroso, the prolific Italian furniture manufacturer started by her parents in the 1950s, Moroso is one of the grand dames of design, known for spotting and fostering new talent as well as for working with some of the most established names in design.
For years Moroso has lived here with her Senegalese husband, the artist and designer Abdou Salam Gaye, as over the years their three children have grown up and left the enchanted abode. Moroso, however, plans to stay put, glad to be living outside the borders of hectic design hub Milan. “If you are inside a place you don’t really see what is happening. You can see things differently from the outside,” she says. “Here I feel more free to see what is happening in design, and free to make our things according to a sort of independent vision.”
The three pillars of every religion have found their artistic expression in these three accent pillars/walls which can be seen from every room and vantage point in this modern Mongolian apartment. What a brilliant and artistic way to add sculptural allure and modernist sheen to a space.
Ancient allure meets modern aesthetic. -tM
Photography: Ha Da | Yatzer
It has become a joy of mine to have fresh cut flowers or beautiful palm leaves grace my space. I have made a weekend ritual out of it. Flowers and plants hold on to nature's light in the most phenomenal of ways. They magnify the beauty of the world for me. -tM
Chipped tile, 1970's décor, a washed out fade of a familiar life. The imperfections of home are sometimes the most comforting. It is a place you grow up longing to leave, yet good or bad, there are moments lived, as you grow older, that you wouldn't mind getting back to.
Take the time to linger a little longer with your loved ones this weekend. -tM
This is where I come from. The back alley that led straight to my childhood gated back door.
I have been witness to many lives lost in the neighbourhood or perhaps they were already lost by the time they had arrived.
The walls speak, and every now and then they change there story and colour. It keeps things moving.
I am glad to see that it hasn't lost its vitality. -tM