Saturday, April 19, 2014

When pattern and colour get together, photography by Janne Peters

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Photography by Janne Peters

Based in Hamburg, Janne Peters serves up photos like rare candy in an exquisitely and finely wrapped box of expensive, handmade chocolate. I came across her work on Pinterest (the finest of hunting grounds for eye candy) and then absolutely lost myself in her divine website. Everything she seems to touch, from her photography to her website design, carries a crispness and modernity that is oh so faultless.

Coming across Janne Peters' work was one of those moments (this happens to me from time to time when I feel like I've fallen into an aesthetically infused goldmine) whereby I cannot flip through the work fast enough, because it's all just so good!! And then I have to go over it again and again ever so slowly, because I know that in my greedy, hungry speed I missed all the beautiful details... and then... then I have to decide what to pick to blog about, a tough feat when I love all of it!!

So I've decided to take a breath and be rational, and then choose one of my favourite shoots from Janne Peters' full collection. This mesmerising array of ten photographs is called MusterMix and is styled by the also ever-so-talented Anne Beckwilm. One thing that is quite clear from Janne Peters' work is that she collaborates with amazingly gifted stylist, who share her thirst for sharp, bold and confident concepts. 

I chose this particular project as it simply blows me away when the use of such rich and free flowing colour is treated so faultlessly. In a shoot where all this colour carries a heavy risk of coming across as kitsch, every object is given presence, every tone is given depth, and patterns that should be at war are dancing together!! Again, fabulous styling by Anne Beckwilm, but one can't not give credit to the eye behind the camera, the one that perfectly snaps the edge of the bright orange stool, the one that inconspicuously captures the shape repetition between the scissor handles and the glasses frame, and the one that makes a silent hero of the soft and beautiful tile pattern shyly half-hidden behind a vintage cutting board.

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Photography by Janne Peters


Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Photography by Janne Peters

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Photography by Janne Peters

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Photography by Janne Peters

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Photography by Janne Peters

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Photography by Janne Peters

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Photography by Janne Peters

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Photography by Janne Peters

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Photography by Janne Peters

Source - jannepeters.de
Images courtesy of - jannepeters.de

Monday, April 14, 2014

The fun of function, Stacked House by Naturehumaine

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Stacked House by Naturehumaine

Completed in 2013, this sophisticated and sleek house design is located in a back alley of Montréal’s Plateau neighbourhood. Appropriately named Stacked House, this single family home is the creation of the award winning architectural practice Naturehumaine. Based in Canada, Naturehumaine design to a simple yet strong philosophy 'Not just pretty pictures in a magazine. Real spaces for real people'. And Stacked House is definitely true to this claim. 

While jumping out at me from these sharp, clean, light-filled photos, the house design is nevertheless so much more than just sheer beauty in a series of dazzlingly photographed moments. Faced with the challenge of needing to build upwards rather than outwards, the architects have created a stack of four boxes, each clad in a different material. From street view, each stack has its own character and visual personality. The facade sports tight horizontal patterns meeting with wide vertical ones, which in turn are broken by the relief of wooden louvres and modern window frames. There is a true play on juxtaposition, all while a visual rhythm is seamlessly achieved.   

Behind the facade, rooms and spaces are drenched with light, thanks to a void curved out of the centre of the house. Not only does this provide daylight but also ventilation and the opportunity of a private outdoor space. My favourite aspect I think would have to be the numerous 'viewing' moments created as a result of this void. When occupying any one space, the void let's the user view across to spaces on the other side of the house, as well as above, behind, and even directly below. Essentially, with very limited space and light Naturehumaine have very creatively solved for quite a tricky problem in urban dwelling.   

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Stacked House by Naturehumaine

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Stacked House by Naturehumaine


Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Stacked House by Naturehumaine

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Stacked House by Naturehumaine

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Stacked House by Naturehumaine

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Stacked House by Naturehumaine

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Stacked House by Naturehumaine

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Stacked House by Naturehumaine

Source - naturehumaine.com
Images courtesy of - Source - naturehumaine.com

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Analia Saban's orchestra of beauty & simplicity

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Best known for using laser cutters, silicon moulds, and erosive techniques, Analia Saban is an Argentinian artist who works out of the States. Her work abruptly stopped me in my scrolling Pinterest tracks. With its refreshingly reductive approach, it carries a depth that keeps me searching for meaning in every textural contour, in every subtle line, in every hint of relationship between medium and artist.

Analia Saban describes her own process as both artistic and scientific, an approach inspired by a former instructor. This lens sees the artist dissect not only the painting process, but rather her works in themselves. There is a notion of layering whereby she leaves us feeling as thought there is at least one more step of dissection that could have been applied, however this is ours to play with. And so this is the blurred line that I love, whereby we're pulled into the artwork itself and challenged to imagine what the next step would be... allowing a different ending to the story for each individual viewer.  

There is something quite rugged and unashamedly bold in Saban's work. It has a firm presence, it breathes and jumps out at me from the photos. I can only imagine what it must feel like to see such works lost within a large gallery space. I see large, towering white walls, soft lighting, no one else but me, and Saban's orchestra playing its soft music around me.

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Nest of Pearls - Australian Design Blog - Analia Saban

Images courtesy of - analiasabanstudio.com and artsy.net

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wonderland in the sky, by Steven Harris Architects

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

I absolutely love New York. To date, I've only had the pleasure of visiting this amazing city as a tourist, but I just know that one day I'll need to live there, even if it's for a short period of time. Maybe the calling will come one day when I'm a full-time design blogger and I'll be required to live in New York to rub shoulders and interview local design talent... yes, I'm sure that that's what it'll have to be...

So I guess, until then, I'm left to dream and plan... and what better way to dream about the perfect NY abode than this whizz-bang snazzy penthouse!! What a space, what a view, what grandeur!! Designed by the award-winning Steven Harris Architects, this incredible jewel of an apartment hangs in the heights of the 27 and 28th floor of a converted 1930's office building NY's TriBeCa.

The 743 square-metre home is rich with breathtaking design solutions, an abundant allowance made that much more attainable by the clients' very accommodating and generous budget. One of my favourite aspects are the simple and elegant floating stairs. Made out of stainless steel plates, each step is then wrapped in leather. What a unique and unlikely mix of material!! I can only imagine how comfortable it must be to sink one's foot in these immaculate stairs.

Where I think this apartment design really tugs at my heart-strings, though, is the large windows, impeccable views, and rich light streaming in at every possible opportunity. It is an absolutely perfect wonderland for lovers of rich, plush, boundary-less comfort, quietly looking down on the mesmerising lights of one one of the most magnificent cities of the world.

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

Nest of Pearls - Tribeca apartment by Stephen Harris Architects

Images courtesy of - steven harris architects

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Rainy Sunday colour whiz-bang fun, by André Britz

Nest of Pearls - Colour Morphology by André Britz

André Britz is one third of the trio comprising the multimedia design studio Britzpetermann. Based in Germany, the company positions itself as a Studio for Design & Code, where "Childlike curiosity meets sophisticated multimedia".

Working on projects ranging from digital installations, graphic executions, social media strategies and website design, André Britz's work caught my eye through these flamboyantly loud, fun and simple graphic executions. Named the 'Colour Morphology', this series was created for a small installation project that explored how our viewing habits and perception are affected when we see everyday objects that have had basic changes made to their appearance.

These shots are bold, quirky, simple and make me smile. Perfect for a fun Sunday post, particularly a rainy Sunday, such as what we have here today in Sydney! And I'm just loving André Britz's choice of fluorescent colours, it gives me an uncanny desire to grab the fruits and juggle them!

Nest of Pearls - Colour Morphology by André Britz

Nest of Pearls - Colour Morphology by André Britz

Nest of Pearls - Colour Morphology by André Britz

Nest of Pearls - Colour Morphology by André Britz

Nest of Pearls - Colour Morphology by André Britz

Nest of Pearls - Colour Morphology by André Britz

Nest of Pearls - Colour Morphology by André Britz

Nest of Pearls - Colour Morphology by André Britz

Nest of Pearls - Colour Morphology by André Britz

Source - andré britz via britzpetermann
Images courtesy of - andré britz via britzpetermann