April 30, 2014

Dar Kawa by Valerie Barkowski

The medina of Marrakesh is an exciting place, the winding labyrinths providing colourful surprises at every turn, in an endless meandering of shops selling a diverse variety of North African wares, from hand woven textiles to gold and silver. It is in a traditional neighbourhood of the medina that Belgian born textile and interior designer, Valerie Barkowski, has renovated the interior of a traditional 17th century structure, transforming it into the Dar Kawa Riad, a small guest house which exudes an aura of local charm in a very cool, laid back contemporary style.

April 29, 2014

Soledad Twombly's shelter in Punta del Este.

This house, full of wonderful details belongs to designer Soledad Twombly. It's located in Punta del Este in Uruguay and was renovated by Argentine architect Juan Ballester.


April 27, 2014

Sculpture House

In a Cycladic village, famous for its local, neoclassical architecture, an old olive press, built towards the end of the 19th century, an exquisite sample of island "industrial" architecture, was chosen as a summer and part - time residence of an Athenian lady, who has already transferred there a large part of her life. Proprietor of an art gallery in Athens, she recreated a backdrop of furniture and objects, highlighting the works of art and the human presence. So, the white walls and marbles, serve as the ideal background for the everyday objects and the artwork by the artists exhibited in the owner's gallery. A sculpted "fountain" of aluminum and steel, by Nakis Tastsioglou, dominates the main area, a table by Takis the kitchen, a fresco by Yannis Dimitrakis the bedroom wall, while a collection of artwork by Panos Raymondos, Lina Bembi and Anton constitute a "human celebration", where art links the spirits, attitudes and expectations of the 20th and the 21st centuries. Finally, the bathroom of this residence is an artistic statement by itself, made of the famous, local marble of Paros.