Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

'Paris vue depuis les toits', translates to 'Paris, as seen from the rooftops'... These majestic photographs are the work of French photographer Alain Cornu. I recently stumbled across his work, as well as an interview with the photographer, on the Vivre Paris website. It's no secret that I am taken aback by all that is Paris. And, I mean,  'literally' taken aback, to when I used to live in this magical city. But one can live in Paris all their life and never attain this secret glimpse of night-time rooftops that Cornu has captured...

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

My favourite shot is the one just above, with the Sacre Coeur. When I look at this image I just think 'home', because for almost four years of my six spent in Paris I lived just behind this breathtaking church. Beyond my emotional little link, however, the image is nevertheless excellent in its composition. It captures the grandeur of the Sacre Coeur in the background, all while bringing to light the notorious bargain den that is Tati, in all its neon glory. Moreover, I see at least four different stages of life that Cornu has captured, giving this image all that much more depth for the viewer to escape into; the street, the metro line above the street, the high windows of the Tati store, and then the Sacre Coeur in the heavens...   

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

If you dabble in French, there is a really good interview with the photographer on Vivre Paris. He talks of how he gets access to the rooftops via friends, and friends of friends, because it is really difficult to attain access through official channels, especially during the night. He explains that he chose to capture Paris from its rooftops because he has always loved the mountain, and the relation to being at a height gives him an aspect of danger as well as goose-bumps. He is also asked which is his favourite monument in Paris, to which he responds that it is the Sacre Ceour. While it appears to him as a grandiose cake at first glance, look at it longer and it turns into a beautiful Indian palace... 

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

Paris vue depuis les toits, by Alain Cornu - Nest of Pearls

Source - vivre paris
Images - vivre paris
Photography - alain cornu 



Friday, 21 August 2015

Vila Leopoldina Loft, by Diego Revollo

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

The above image stopped me in my tracks when I came across it. There was something so original in the canvas that hangs on the wall. The subject's eyes are so piercingly beautiful yet gentle, and the softness of her fringe so girl-like. I also wonder what she's listening to on her big head-phones... Beyond the uniqueness of the canvas itself, the photograph of the interior also has a great composition. The framed image plays with symmetry and gradient at the same time. The symmetry comes from the canvas' reflection in the coffee table, and the gradient of colour comes from the downward journey from the light creamy textured walls, to the grey minimalist sofa, through to the dark purple rug. It takes a special eye to make so many visual elements work in a space so seamlessly.

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

And the space in question is Vila Leopoldina Loft, by Brazilian architect and interior designer Diego Revollo. The 70 square-metre home was specially designed for the owner, who is an actor, with theatrical accents such as curtains playing a key role in the space. With limited use of doors, the curtains are used to divide the spaces where needed.

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

There is so much care and attention to detail that lives within the design of this home, and I'll leave you to enjoy the photos by yourself. But there's one thing that I found witty and quite playful in terms of visual repetition that I wanted to mention, and that is the reference to the swirl. In the living room area Leopoldina has used the Wiggle Side Chair by Frank Ghery, and then in the bedroom above the bed, hangs an image that looks into the spirally insides of a building. In an interior mostly dominated by straight lines and sharp edges, I love this subtle relationship between two soft and swirly elements, which complement each other... 

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Vila Lepoldina Loft by Diego Revollo - Nest of Pearls

Source - design-milk.com
Images - design-milk.com

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Friday, 31 July 2015

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

This is the majestic Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud. It is softly minimalist yet, at the same time, busy with moments of chaos and quirkiness. There are hints of craziness spicing up what is quite a classic foundation, and it's these hints that give us a look into the very unique character of the people that live here.

My favourite by far is the cosy armchair, pictured above, with layers of material, and holes in its arms, giving it a feel of something that has been used lovingly, and has been worn down over time through sheer enjoyment... like a great pair of jeans. And the chair leg jammed into the book, how clever!! How daring to intentionally break what is essentially a white, clean space with an injection of a little madness. Similarly the pillow on the armchair, squeezed by a beautiful leather belt, what detail...

Actually the more I look at these photos, the more I realise how evident it is that Burgaud uses her fashion design expertise to dress her furniture, and her home overall, as she would a mannequin, composing materials together to bring to life a world that is purely to her own style...       

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Paris home of fashion designer Eymele Burgaud - Nest of Pearls

Source - garancedore
Images - garancedore



Friday, 24 July 2015

Teeny yet super functional city pad of designer Szymon Hanczar

Small apartment design by Szymon Hanczar - Nest of Pearls

This teeny weeny 13 square metre apartment belongs to Polish designer Szymon Hanczar. While it's not his primary abode, as a lecturer at Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts & Design he does need to spend a fair bit of time in the city. Not wanting or needing anything that was too big, Hanczar did however want to make sure that it was homey. As a result, he is extremely happy with the outcome because while the apartment is comfortable despite its small size, it also ticks two other key criteria for him, having sufficient storage and being hotel-like, a place he can stay at when in Wroclaw.

Small apartment design by Szymon Hanczar - Nest of Pearls

Apart from the WOW factor of seeing how people design so smartly for small spaces, this type of design is extremely relevant for how many people need to, or simply choose to live today. Across the globe, in all the wonderful big, busy, bustling cities of the world, people care less and less for space, and more so for location. They want to be in the thick of it all, amongst the buzzing, ever-evolving life in the city streets. They want to step outside their little pad and have quick access to funky caf├ęs, relaxing parks, great museums, and so forth. They have little interest in being cooped up indoors, needing to maintain and clean large homes.

Small apartment design by Szymon Hanczar - Nest of Pearls

And living small does not mean living dingy or poorly. Hanczar's 13 square metre humble haven is proof of how a small space can be well designed and inviting. He has accommodated for all that is absolutely necessary for him. There is a toilet and small kitchen under the raised bed. There is even room for his bike which adds a modern touch of design against the white wall where it hangs. The furniture and joinery are minimal and above all very functional. The apartment has been kept very light in terms of the colour and texture of the materials used, so that it maximises light reflection and embodies an air of openness.

Small apartment design by Szymon Hanczar - Nest of Pearls

Small apartment design by Szymon Hanczar - Nest of Pearls

Small apartment design by Szymon Hanczar - Nest of Pearls

Small apartment design by Szymon Hanczar - Nest of Pearls

Small apartment design by Szymon Hanczar - Nest of Pearls

Small apartment design by Szymon Hanczar - Nest of Pearls

Images - dezeen.com
Photography - Jedrzej Stelmaszek

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