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My apartment, evolution since begin september.

In Decoration, I like, Interior Architects on 18/10/2013 at 15:44

I love doing homes for my clients, doing it for myself is different, of course because I have a low budget and I want to let my creativity be a base for an ever changing interior.

That is the reason why I choose white as blank canvas in the reception/show room spaces and adjacent my kitchen.

I rent an office space in a building from the 1970’s. It has been empty for over 4 years and was in a dirty, bad state. A lot of cleaning and new floors were the first things to do. Well the cleaning was okee, but it took a month to put the floor. Wooden panels, whom have to be lacquered in white paint. Handyman, who after 3 weeks said to me that painting was not his best skill !!!!!! So we asked a professional and in one day I had the result that I wanted. I had to live as in a cheap camping.. Hated it, but stayed calm and dreamed of how it would become.

I post some pictures of the not yet finished interior, but it should give you an idea of how it evolves.

All white, with gold colour

All white, with gold colour

White floor

White floor

 

Living/show room

Living/show room with my favourite sofa from Ikea with a new striped cover.

 

The way i love to mix.

The way I love to mix.

 

Work bench with objects.

Work bench with objects.

View to the kitchen.

View to the kitchen.

 

Grey on grey, walls and commode dare paint in the same paint, a colour that I created myself.

Grey on grey, walls and commode are paint in the same paint, a colour that I created myself. The carpet will be replaced.

 

Magazine table.

Magazine table.

 

These are the first pictures that I took, some more will follow in the coming days.

Wish you all a very sunny week end .

Thanks for reading my post.

Benoit.

 

 

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MAX MARA WEEKEND COLLABORATION WITH COLLECTIONSOF.COM

In Collecting, Decorateurs, Fashion, I like, Interior Architects, Objects, Shops on 23/07/2012 at 10:02

John and I were very proud when we were asked to collaborate on a new project of the MAX MARA group, situated on Westbourne Grove.
They opened their first English MAX MARA Weekend shop in this very beautiful part of London.
We had to search for furniture and small objects like coat hooks, paintings etc. and compose a collection of mantle vases.
We decided to put 25 vases on iron cast brackets in a configuration that was different then the one they made at the last minute. It looks anyway fantastic.

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Thanks for reading.

Have a lovely day.

Benoit and co. (John)

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MAGAZINES.

In Decorateurs, Decoration, Designers, Interior Architects, Magazines on 10/06/2012 at 15:58

I know it has been a long time since I have been on my blog….To busy and lots of PINTEREST pinning…

A lot to blog also.

First of all. I was till recently an avid magazine reader and then I realised that in all of them one sees always the same houses or the same kind of interiors. It became all so grey and beige, with whitewashed furniture and linen upholstery.With the same carpets, tables made of recycled items or wooden planks on a metal frame and lamps made from pieces of junk.In fact this is going on for years now.

Or when an interior is more contemporary, it is always filled with the same Eames chairs or chaise longue.With the same Swann chairs or the Jean Prouvé furniture and the Serge Mouille lamps…

Swann chairs by Alvar Aalto

Jean Prouvé

Serge Mouille

Or as one can see in the Spanish Architectural Digest an overload of vintage put together as for a publicity advert,really to much of the same, to be still enjoyable. And every month the same kind of Interiors…Without fantasy….

It is not that I don’t like it,but it is never inspiring.

For me, the interiors lack the personality as seen in the magazines from 20 and even 30 years ago. I still have American AD.’s from the seventies and eighties and Maison et Jardin with interiors of Michael Taylor, Kalef Alaton,Michael Schaible and partner Robert Bray,Mark Hampton, Thomas Britt and of course David Hicks, whom make me dream.

Michael Taylor. West Coast drama.

The inimitable David Hicks.

Kalef Alaton in Los Angeles.

Robert Bray, Michael Schaible in AD, July Aygust 1979. New York.

Thomas Britt.Palm Beach

I know, everything changes and nothing stays the same… But why has it to change for worse and not be an evolution for the better.

Nowadays you have seen one interior and you have seen them all…..You can’t see anymore if a house is showed that was build in Ibiza, South Africa or in Miami.

Everybody is copying and if people can’t pay the master they will do with copying his style, That is what is shown in most magazines nowadays. The best example for me of being copied is Axel Vervoordt who created a superb style in decoration that was copied all over the place, especially in Belgium and holland ,and which was never equalled.Yes, people call this inspiration….

Even my venerated american AD. set a step backwards and has sacrificed his spirit of showing great American and International homes ,to a level more approachable to people. And there goes the dreams with it…… It became flat since the former Editor in Chief of American Elle Decor, Margaret Russell took over from Paige Rense.

The only inspirational interiors are shown in the American VOGUE. Artistic and never fashionable homes. Houses where people live the way they intend to, not in a way  dictated by interior fashion and where sales management is taking over….

If magazines are crying for help, they have to thank themselves for it. Levelling downwards has never been a good idea.

Thanks for reading my post

Benoit.

TABLE.

In Furniture, Interior Architects on 13/02/2012 at 16:39

I created this table years ago and sold it to a dutch interior designer.

The table is made from zinc and I was very lucky at that time to find a quiet artistic workshop who where able to interprete my ideas.

photo credits:Kees Hageman. From the book ”Sierlijke potten by Elisabeth de Lestrieux”

I like: Sofa from Arent and Pyke

In Decorateurs, Furniture, I like, Interior Architects on 26/04/2011 at 01:15

I like the clean lines of this sofa with only the striped cushions as accent under the colourful artworks.

seen on the site of Arent and Pyke.

www.arentpyke.com

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