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New York loft with stripes

April 15, 2009

New York loft with stripes

Probably everyone and his/her dog has seen this NYC loft apartment by now, and possibly also blogged about it, but this is one of those places that is so hypnotizing I can’t stop looking at it.

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Marguerite Duras’ bedroom in Neauphle, France, 1960s

February 16, 2009

Marguerite Duras’ bedroom in Neauphle, France, 1960s

There’s something compelling about this photo of the bedroom of novelist Marguerite Duras in the house she bought in Neauphle, outside Paris, in the 1960s. The thin cot bed is so peculiar, like something she might have grown up with during her impoverished colonial childhood in French Indochina.

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Playing with Tradition rug by Richard Hutton

February 4, 2009

Playing with Tradition rug by Richard Hutton

Textile looms and computers share a common history; Babbage used punch cards in his Difference Engine after seeing a Jacquard loom at work. This carpet by Richard Hutten is called “Playing With Tradition” and it plays on the historical relationship of looms and computers by looking exactly like a digital image that has been pixel-stretched.

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Peasant houses, with textiles

Peasant houses, with textiles

The use of woven textiles in peasant interiors is so beautiful. The level of pride in the textiles is so evident, and that’s no doubt the result of the intimate connection people would have had not only with knowledge of the work and artistry involved, but also with the plants and animals from which the fibres came.

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1960s DIY projects – geometric wall treatment, vertical lanterns

January 12, 2009

1960s DIY projects – geometric wall treatment, vertical lanterns

Here are two quite beautiful DIY projects from the 60s, both found in The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970. Most of what you find in the book is a bit kitschy, but these two ideas seemed brilliant.

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Berber rugs, the art of a “people from between somewhere and nowhere.”

October 8, 2008

Berber rugs, the art of a “people from between somewhere and nowhere.”

Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen used these rugs regularly in their interiors, which is not surprising. Their unusual combination of minimalism and handmade detail, restraint and inventiveness works well with modernism’s aesthetics by both echoing the abstract geometry of the architecture and also counterbalancing that austerity with some softness.

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