The details are not the details, they make the design.
So simple but the truest things are usually the simplest things. This famous quote is by a master of simplicity, Charles Eames. ( 1907- 1978).
Eames and his wife, Ray Eames ( 1912- 1988), have left a legacy of design that is still so much in demand today. Some 50 - 70 years later their minimalist sleek designs would be perfectly in place on the cover of any modern lifestyle magazine and touted as “contemporary”. Just have a look at the below
So the above quote rings true even in nature where the most intricate detail makes the design. Imagine the intricacy of the inner workings of the ear or an eyeball- these not only “ make” the design they “are” the design.In the case of the Eames’ , where everything is so stripped down every component is purposeful and adds not only to the overall use but to the intended feel of the piece. Every part plays its role; every detail makes up the whole. Any single missing "detail" and it just wouldn't be the same.
Upon researching for this blog post and reading through a few articles and websites dedicated to them; one thing is clear that they had a desire to positively affect and impact the lives of people and their environments- the fact that their designs are still so much in demand AND replicated speaks that they were easily able to accomplish this.
And not only were they able to accomplish this in furniture design; they easily crossed over into many creative fields; starting into architecture moving to furniture design and venturing into film as well.
Have a look at Eames House; completed in 1949 ( !) its use of the elements and materials make for its openness and sleek minimalism.Again, this home would be perfectly in place in any contemporary lifestyle magazine.
One last note; they were into toy design too. We love the idea that they gave back and inspired design in children.That they were (and still are) able to open up and unlock a gift and passion for creativity. Who knows whom this may inspire to venture into design and even bigger projects. The snowball effect of their vision is clear on the video below. Have a look at the “House of Cards”, which inspired this project.
What more can be said about these design heroes? Their awards? Their accomplishments? Their pedigree? All of these are numerous, and can be listed. But we think the most important accomplishment is not just the awards and recognition but that their designs still inspire millions almost 70 years on. No fad but a true legacy.
A Legacy should keep giving back; and what they have left does just that. It inspires innovation and creativity and it adds beauty to our homes even today.
How would this legacy translate to our company? The answer would be to strive to add value in detail; that these details make the difference in the product. To give our customers beauty and simplicity to enhance their homes and lifestyles.
"Vintage Furniture" by Fay Sweet ISBN 9781844426294
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So you come back from the beach; if you haven't walked home you've driven home. It is hot. There is sand caked everywhere especially on the slathered- on-now- slimy- sunscreen. You are salty sticky all at once. Been there? Not cool.
Perhaps, you just want to be refreshed and what better way than in a zen outdoor space under the sun or stars listening to the sounds of the outdoors.
Whether indulgent or practical, we love The Outdoor Shower.
We have installed a few for our clients over the years, and each of them very different; some with a view of the sea or a valley below, some as a quirky statement on a timber deck; some have been practical with a built in surfboard rack.Such as this one here
This particular Zimbali home featured on Top Billing, incorporates the shower with a downstairs balau deck and pergola- the whole space has such character while at the same time is a very practical zone. The family can be easily organised when coming back from the surf. Sunscreen and sticky sand grains banished. Surfboards can be cleaned and packed back on their rack.
While researching this article we gathered some inspiration from the web, they are intimate closed spaces or open statement pieces. Some of the more luxurious ones are extensions of the bathroom as in the first image below. Find more of our favourites are on our Pinterest board here.
This concept would probably be my ultimate in bathroom luxury. This door opens out to the outdoor shower. Note that it is also has access from the garden. Its fresh and functional.
See this on House Beautiful. com. or click on the image for the exact page.
We love the timber cladding and functional shelf in this out door shower. Unfortunately the source is no longer online, none the less we love it.
This space combines different textures; the slate, the pebbles , the planting and timber decking all contrast with bold colour. It is both a refreshing and contemporary take on the outdoor shower.
Timber, timber and more timber- we couldn't resist adding this one!
Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration as well as the sources for these pictures.
With summer approaching it's time again to ( at least in our home) to start looking at our outdoor spaces again. And how we can LIVE in them. Every year we dream about adding a FIREPIT! There’s something about sitting around a fire being mesmerised by its flickering flame, the sounds of summer nightlife chattering in the background….
Someday soon we will do our own,so watch this space for our redo. In the meanwhile
we’ve found some inspiring spaces around the www that we would would love to hang out in. Also please find our pinterest board for some more inspiration if this is the project you are choosing to do this summer.
Some ideas to consider for your own firepit:
There really are no rules as every home is different , just love your home and let it keep inspiring you!
Are you planning any firepit projects this summer or have you done one of your own? Please share your ideas with us here email us (email@example.com ) or sahare on our facebook page.
Click on the images for their original sources OR find them and more on our Pinterest board for Firepits and fireplaces.
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