Joseph Dirand, a French architect who is infamous for his stunning black and white, lavish designs, is also a master at what’s called “frame and contain”. He uses contrast and framing techniques that I find fascinating and extremely effective at highlighting views, emphasizing importance, and delineating spaces.
This Converted School Apartment is sure to stir up some fond memories of your studious past. Every piece of eclectic home decor plays a role in creating the nostalgic schoolhouse atmosphere. Fantastic antiques and artifacts grace every surface, every piece of artwork and furniture seems to embody the graceful passage of time.
It’s Sunday, so time for another church conversion (my favourites, large windows, space, what else you need?) This chapel situated in the quaint Flemish village of Bazel (not the Swiss one) has been reconverted into 2 loft-type houses. The building was built in the second half of the 19th century by Countess Villain XIIII next to the castle of Wissekerke as a place where the children of the village are be educated.
A change for our regular programming – not your typical city loft – however it has the open plan living and the floor-to-ceiling windows you’d expect. Saarinen’s buildings are truly timeless classics and this is one of the few family homes he had ever designed.