This house has got so much going for it that I love; the steeply pitched roof and overhanging eaves, the black cladding, large round and rectangular windows and the visible criss-crossing timber braces that support the building. The house is located in northern Switzerland and was designed by local architect Pascal Flammer. Sitting between a wheat field and a thicket of woodland, the place has a definite physical connection with the world outside of its continuous windows. Once the building is softened with some well-loved furniture, rugs and the messiness of everyday life, I think it will look beautiful.
Talking of everyday life, we’ve been making a few changes around here lately. Obviously nothing on the scale of this house – in fact it’s quite ridiculous of me to even write of them in the same space. Still, I may post a few pictures soon, if I ever get around to taking any…
A nice clay chimney pot can be a beautiful thing so I was pleased to discover these new ones by Studio Wieki Somers. The pots are the crowning glory on a new housing development in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands and in keeping with the architect’s reinterpretation of English Tudor style, the designers have created a range of chimney pots, all enhancing the identity of the new neighbourhood.
The inspiration came from the tall, richly decorated chimney pots characteristic of traditional English Tudor architecture, echoed in the way that farmers stacked peat around the Haarlemmermeer lake in the sixteenth century. The studio developed a modular system by stacking several elements in various combinations to produce different compositions. It is a kind of Lego with infinite possibilities. The details of the chimneys are actually made from polyester concrete instead of clay and this contemporary and durable material allows sections to be ground open, revealing the underlying structure. At the housing development, each of the residents can choose their own chimney pot from a family of five different designs, offering them a unique way of personalising their home.
I’m a fairly relaxed gardener (as you can tell from the state of my lawn) but I always love looking at garden inspiration. This new book, The House Gardener, by Isabelle Palmer, is full of ideas for indoor gardening. From moss-covered fireplaces to terrariums and air plants, there is something in there that would enrich every home, even if it is nothing more than a humble house plant.
There are lots of useful tips on caring for your plants too, as the whole back section is dedicated to tools, materials and techniques. Who knew to wrap cacti in newspaper when handling them? Or how to grow plants upside down in a hanging bottle? Not me, but I do now.
The House Gardener is published by CICO Books and is available from rylandpeters.com
There are so many amazing wall hangings around at the moment. I love that this craft is enjoying a resurgence as I’ve always been partial to a bit of fibre art – the weirder the better for me. I caught up with rising star of the scene Maryanne Moodie to find out more about her work.
How and when did you start weaving?
About three years ago. I was searching for a craft to pursue and when I found weaving, something inside me just turned on. I was hooked!
What materials do you use and how long does each piece take?
I use all types of yarn and textiles in my work. I use lots of vintage yarn as well as small batch, hand spun and hand dyed wool. I also use handmade beads sometimes, as well as things I find at the hardware store.
What do you enjoy most about the process?
I enjoy working closely with my clients to ensure I create a piece that is wholly them. It will be a piece that has the privilege of hanging in their personal private spaces. I want to create a piece that will bring good vibrations into their homes and their lives.
Where do you sell?
I sell only via commission at the moment. I feel so lucky that I can enjoy the process in an individual way that is different for each client.
Do you have any plans for the future?
Yes, I am setting up weaving classes in NYC and Australia and I am commissioning a carpenter to help me put beginners weaving kits together. I am also filming an online weaving course that I hope to have live in April/ May. All very exciting!
To see more of Maryanne’s work, please visit her website or follow her on Instagram.