Last weekend it was Openhouse here in London, the most amazing architectural festival that gives free public access to lots of buildings in the capital and around the country. While most of the people generally hit for the iconic buildings in the city center, this year I opted to stay local and I discovered a beautiful gem just around the corner from my house:
This new build is designed by 6aArchitects and is nestled tightly into an irregular corner plot in North London and is split into three apartments.
The client – an artist and restaurateur – briefed the architects with a series of her own photographs depicting the stacking of everyday objects. The result is a minimal space, with a very strong character. The materials are rough ready, a perfect combination of wood, exposed concrete, brass and scratched white stucco.
Black Stone Building_ILBT
The featured staircase is the fluid that connects the 3 apartments. The top floor apartment is the most beautiful one and has been decorated by the homeowner with an exquisite taste using a mix of old and new pieces.
Life has been pretty hectic in the last few weeks, lots of deadlines at work, and trying to squeeze in my half-marathon training with the rest of the daily tasks it’s been pretty challenging….pffff relax that’s what I need!!!
This amazing Vincent Van Duysen Penthouse in Antwerp seems to offer the perfect place to relax and clear the mind. I wish I could spend some time there today:
I’ve always been a big fan of his architecture and style and this penthouse it’s not disappointing me: it seems to be a brilliant expression of his minimal style.
Happy New Year! I love the calm after the Christmas storm that January normally brings. This month is for me always the longest, but also the one full of brand new ideas, motivations, excitement and of course resolutions.
My main goal this year (among the others..) is to BE MORE CREATIVE:, share more inspirations here on the blog, discover new beautiful things, takes more photos (I am slowly getting back into my camera, and I’m loving it).
I spent a lovely Christmas back to Italy and then I went Paris for New Year’s Eve. Here’s a few pictures of my little break there, Paris is always beautiful, even under a cold and thick fog.
Have you got any new year’s resolutions?
I have to admit I am a last minute Xmas present kind of person, running around like crazy the last days to try and find something. So I’m happy to share with you some last minute GIFT IDEAS:
So I’m happy to share with you some last minute GIFT IDEAS:
1/ GIFT FOR SISTER, MOTHER, GIRLFRIENDS:
- Marble Coasters – Oliver Bonas
- Roud Mirror- Moebe
- Personal MINI Jewels box – Nomess
- Bottle Grinder – MENU
- Hang On – Norman Copenhagen
- Räsymatto apron – Marimekko
- How to Hygge – The Secret of Nordic Living
- Sholder Canvas Tote – Stighlorgan
2/ GIFT FOR BROTHER, FATHER, BOYFRIENDS:
- Passport Case – MUJI
- Rolltop Backpack – Stighlorgan
- Wireless Headphones – Urbanears
- Tumbler Alarm Clock – Menu
- Webbing Belt – Stighlorgan
- Bike Light – Lucetta
- The Right Tool – Card
- Cognac Glasses – Normann Copenhagen
I hope you’ll find it useful! Have you got all your presents sorted already?
P.S.Most of the pieces are available with prompt delivery, but always double check on the website or try and find it in a shop.
I’m so happy to share here on the blog, that the photos I took of our London Flat have been published on Apartment Therapy‘s website:
and on the Italian Magazine CasaFacile.it
I hope you’ll enjoy the Home Tour of our calm, minimal London flat 🙂
P.S. If you wanna publish it on your blog, web or magazine, just let me know. I am always delighted to share my photos with you!