In this inspiring issue of WOIs we firstly look at a beautiful restoration project in the Wye Valley near Wales. The sparsely furnished 'Tudorbethan' house has been restored with reclaimed materials and carefully chosen antiques. From old England we skip across to La Granja, Majorca to look at the expertly preserved and restored estate once home to Majorcan Aristocracy.Thanks WOI for another inspiring issue!
When browsing our library we recently pulled out Tom Kundig Houses 2, a sequel to his first book on residential design. Kundig has been a big inspiration of ours for a soon-to-finish residential project in the making for three years. In his book, Tom writes, "I hesitate to judge a piece of architecture on the basis of photographs; my hesitation does not arise from doubting the power of my own visual imagination, but from the fact that architecture is primarily an embodied and multisensory experience."
The first of the thrice annual Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair will take place this month from 20th-25th January at Battersea Park. Always a popular event, visitors are enticed by the extensive offering of beautiful and unique traditional and 20th century antiques. This event will see 140 antique dealers selling furniture, lighting, rugs, art and an intriguing array of decorative accessories. Be sure to check out one of our favourite London dealers, Puckhaber Decorative Antiques for their beautiful collection of tradition French and European Antiques, as well as Fiona McDonald for their stunning collection of twentieth century designs.
The images above are from the current stock available from Puckhaber Decorative Antiques, Martin D Johnson Antiques, Nikki Page Antiques and French Country Living Antiques. '
We could not think of a better way to start the New Year than with some inspiring work from self taught British photographer David Hurn. The above images are a small selection of Hurns' photography taken on a trip to Arizona in 1979. Hurns's objective and unique talent lies in his ability to capture the daily absurdities of life, whilst maintaining and enhancing the beauty of each moment.
These beautiful images include a selection of Nic Fiddian's most recent work. Fiddian is known internationally for his signature sculptures of horses, inspired by his very own chestnut hunter. Working from his studio, located in a stable block in Wintershall, Surrey he uses the horses there as life models to create the sculptures from bronze, clay and riveted sheet metal, soapstone, carrara and connemara marble. He has exhibited at the Sladmore Gallery in London and has installations at Royal Ascot, Goodwood, Knowsley Hall and Glyndebourne.
This WOI issue we start with antique dealer Micheal Trapp's beautifully rustic master suite. In contrast we then move onto the vibrant interior of the stunning music hall 'Folies Bergerein' in Paris and appreciate its decor that has been miraculously preserved. We then have a peek at Micheal Davis's sculpture studio and finish with some winter wool inspiration! What a lovely way to start the festive period! Thanks WOI.
John Pawson's 'A Visual Inventory' gives a unique glimpse of looking alongside a designer famed for his remarkable eye. Each snapshot is taken from his personal archive and with illuminating captions; they offer lessons in creative visual thinking. A great introduction to seeing the world from an inspirational perspective!
White cube will be exhibiting the new works by Liza Lou. Her exhibition ‘Solid/Divide’ showcases her exploration of glass beads into abstract, monochromatic and duo-coloured ‘canvases’. As with all of Lou’s sculpture, every inch of each canvas, including the painting’s sides and edges, are beaded, skilfully discarding the line between sculpture and painting. Be sure to check out this exhibition!