Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I was sceptical about open plan when the original drawings for the refurbishment of the flat were first mooted, but this picture demonstrates well the benefit of being able to see the larger spaces beyond those within the area you are in. This is the view from my desk in the office, looking into the living room. The two tracks in the floor allow the sandblasted doors to slide closed, and to screen off the office, when a formal and uncluttered scene is required. The picture also demonstrates two other features that I have mentioned previously - the benefits of mood lighting, and the reflective qualities of the sandblasted glass, which enhance space.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I'm all for icons, but there is always a danger of using too many religious ones, such as the cross, to make your house look too much like a church. It's OK if you're the Pope, but a less desirable scheme if you haven't even made it to the priesthood. I'll be saying my three "Hail Marys" shortly.
And of course the Buddha image is used frequently in non Buddhist houses as a decorative object. In Thailand, apart from anything else it needs to be placed above head level, to give it its revered status.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
This eclectic display on a mahogany tripod table includes a crackle glazed lamp, a bronze dog, a nickel car mascot (hood ornament) of a skier, a piece of red coral, a Fornasetti dish, and a Goliath railway clock in a silver frame.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
My love of architectural prints allows me to easily adore this tower of coloured demitasse coffee cups by Richard Ginori. Sadly, I think they are no longer in production, but I do recall coveting them many years ago when I found this picture, and saved it in my "must have" file. Again, although I can live without demitasse cups, (and I have too many that are not used), these are still very desirable and depict some of the beautiful architectural gems of Italy; I recognise St Peter's (green), St Mark's (yellow), but for the others I am less sure. Help welcome!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
This is a rare C20th display stand in faux bois, and is a one of the many tear outs that I have collected over the years. I have recently come across it again, and I am not surprised that it is reminiscent of a smaller scale teak display stand from Hanoi that I wrote about in a recent post, (Tablescapes 2). Obviously some ideas remain in the mind for many years, and I think this reinforces my belief that I have a style that I have not altered greatly over the years.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Despite the profusion of exotic and glorious flowers in Thailand, tulips do not feature. In C17th Holland vases full of tulips were status symbols with which wealthy families adorned their reception rooms. Tulips, at the height of tulipmania were extremely valuable, (as much as a house itself). These pictures depict tulipieres, which were designed to support flowers with weak stems, and prolong the length of their display period. (From House & Garden by Virginia Fraser; photos by Michael Dunne)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
In this living room scheme I have used a daybed to divide the sitting and dining areas, but allowed elements from both to be used to bring them together; the reds and creams in the Afghanistani rug are repeated in the red and creams of the dining chairs; the yellow cache pots atop the torcheres is repeated in a planter beside one of the green armchairs; the reds in the daybed's cushions are repeated in both areas. Originally we laid a light maple floor, but the construction work was so poorly executed that it all had to come up, and white granite tiles which replaced it were deemed more hardy, and they also provide a very cool backdrop, both texturally and visually, in this very hot climate. Having lived with this for 3 years now, I think the next colour palette will be more vibrant, and the white floor certainly permits this.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
There's an interesting exhibition currently on at one of Bangkok's art galleries, with these works by Pornchai Jaima. I think this series of "vices" (gambling, drinking and cock fighting) is particularly amusing, and reminds me of Hogarth's Rake's Progress.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
I created this daybed with arms, in a black squiggle over white cotton fabric by Jim Thompson. Thailand is of course recognised as the home of the legendary Thompson, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in Malaysia in 1967. Happily the (essentially silk) business which he founded still flourishes today, and I have no doubt that he would be proud of the creativity that is its hallmark. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Thompson_(designer)