The design’s of the 70’s are marked by opulence of colour and luxurious materials. So sexy, so contemporary; it was a decade that mixed interior styles without hierarchy. In my opinion, the 70’s will always be a tribute to style, design, and creativity. -tM
Toronto Designer Alessandro Munge talks about how we use space and how he designs according to our movement, our culture, and our emotional experiences. His psychology of design and process fascinates me. -tM
Philip Dixon’s Moroccan inspired home in Venice Beach is a space that feels tranquil and inviting. A home, in my opinion should be a place where you can decompress, let go, shut out the world, and replenish your mind, body, and soul. This particular design and open concept of home is well balanced in function and form, taking full advantage of the California climate and finding inspiration in the boho vibe of living near a beach. -tM
I would have not fared well during the Louis XIV times. I find anything busier then above to be clutter. Less is more. Just like with clothing, it highlights the bones and beauty of the space or in the case of dress, the person.
The closer to the basics I get, the more content and fulfilled I am. -tM
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
When the practicality of mathematics co-mingles with pink marble and brass, life becomes even sweeter. Lines and shapes that take you on a journey; isn’t that the expectation of beauty anyway? To be swept away in her bosom of purpose and form? -tM
Plants make great room dividers and also highlight the architectural design of your space. -tM
In the spirit of this time of year, where most of us will be celebrating the holidays, seeing one another, or gathering around for celebratory brunches, lunches, or dinners; the design of the above kitchen is just the icing on the cake for such forums.
I could sit gathered around that table all night long. -tM
Graffiti inspired walls and stairs that speak. I am not certain I would be brave or daring enough, but I appreciate the bold sentiment and panache it brings to ones space. -tM
Kitchen Island envy.
Who needs a dining table when you have an iconic island such as this. I would hibernate in this kitchen during party season. -tM
Design: Deiter Vander Velpen Architects
A baby grande, books, terrazzo floors, and mint coloured slip covers; I have fallen right back into the carefree days of summer. -tM
I love the way one would move through this room. Straight lines direct you but the curves entice you to linger a little longer, to take a seat, to loose your inhibitions.
Sensual, classic, and contemporary, the colour and texture of this space move me toward an inner state of peace. tM
An Italian designer and photographer, the above are snapshots from his Paris apartment. An eclectic and sometimes mythical mix with a strong 70's vibe. -tM
Small spaces can prove to be sexier then larger and spacious ones, simply because there tends to be less room to play with. It often needs to be paired down and kept simple, taking advantage of clean line architecture and then having some fun with pattern or colour.
This is an excellent example of the above. Streamlined, sexy, functional, and sophisticated. -tM
I love the functionality of this room. It works as both a formal and informal space. The table can be used in a formal dining setting or as an informal desk/breakfast nook where one can partake in their morning coffee and paper rituals with just a removal of a chair or two.
The two sofa's back to back act as a natural yet subtle space divider with no abrupt disruption to design. The eye roams and the energy flows.
Back to back, yet with no opposition, this room works on so many levels and is an impressive example of how smart design inspires good living. -tM
European interior design has always been incredibly thoughtful, practical, and progressive, because it has had to be. Small spaces, and historic buildings demand design musings.
This is why I applaud the above project. Designer Diego Delgado-Elias took this Parisian apartment and made it new while preserving the old. I love that the covering for the rad's along side the windows have now become extra bench seating for guests, and that the kitchen can be hidden behind beautiful floor to ceiling cabinets, hiding the utilities and the prep space from your visitors. It creates a natural visual flow from room to room, and adds uniformity.
All of this comes from understanding a space. If you listen to your space and truly live in it, it will tell you what it needs.
Inspiring indeed. -tM
Photography: Yannick Labrousse