Tuesday, September 15, 2009

design porn

In my opinion, only a few architects and designers are worth following, and they are usually less-known, silent forces that truly change the way we live. These people are not "brands" stamped on developments (like Philippe Starck usually is), but they are popular in their own niches and are preferred by clients with confidence in their own sense of practical aesthetics.

One of them is Page Goolrick - an award-winning arhictect, interior, and product designer.

Ms. Goolrick and I will be very good friends if we ever met. I love her taste. In fact, her "urban vessel" looks like a fancier version of "our bunker." The white walls, the glass partitions, the practical parquetry (although mine are ceramic tiles as I live in the tropics), the stainless mini kitchen, even the the sofa -- the resemblance is uncanny. I have been a fan of her previous works but NEVER daw her own place until now.




Goolrick's pied-à-terre functions much like the interior of a small yacht: efficient, adaptable, highly functional, and glossily good-looking. With a place for every little thing, and lacking fatuous details, she has created a decadent minimalism on a budget of only $70,000.

"You want to use every inch in this city," Goolrick says. "Every half-inch amounts to something, but
it's not necessary to have a lot of square footage to live well."



Similar sofa, bed, sliding glass walls.




Similar layout -- bedroom separated from kitchen with moving glass walls.


Sources:

The article is here.

The slide show is here.

Her apartment is here.


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Surfing for home porn (and blogging about it!) is such a waste of time. But my friend Barry advised me to WRITE ideas (nonsensical, like this) just so the brain could process it and move on. So here. Now, back to work.



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8 Comments:

Blogger Charles Bjørnsen Ravndal said...

I like that kind of design. Minimalistic and modern. We're planning to buy a house next year and I am thinking that I am going to renovate it into something minimalistic. Geared towards Japanese aesthetics.|

Btw, I got here from Acey's blog.

6:13 PM  
Blogger mussolini said...

charles> it's more "simple" and "practical" than bare, really. i agree with your lifestyle choice. "light" is the only way to go. life is complicated enough without the burden of "stuff."

12:05 PM  
Blogger :..M..: said...

I've searched through my entire blogspot archives to get your blog! I don't even know if you remember me anymore. I was one of the many bloggers who commented and was commented on (by you) some years ago now.

Anyway, I'm not sure if I remember this part correctly, but you live in KL. And the minute I gotto know that I'd be there for a day, I don't know how but my mind instantly remembered you.

Does any of this ring a bell?

(Also, sorry I had to post all this on your comment section for all to see!)

7:39 AM  
Blogger mussolini said...

hi, M> i remember you :) however, i do not live in KL. i've been to KL (and will be going again in two months) but i live in manila. nonetheless, it's nice to bump into you again :)

7:56 AM  
Anonymous barrycade said...

indeed, the resemblance is uncanny. guess you found your long lost sister, not that you want one. LOL.

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I chanced upon this compact kitchen while browsing for ID stuff:

http://www.beautifullife.info/interior-design/mini-kitchen/

You're the first person that came to mind.

Enjoy the long weekend!

~supercow

1:25 AM  
Blogger mussolini said...

barry> see you and bismuth in le bunker tomorrow :)

supercow> nice blog find! i'm gonna bookmark it. btw, where is your blog, if you have one?

7:31 AM  
Blogger ace said...

that's 1 really cool space!

4:31 PM  

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