Tuesday, May 24, 2011


While on the subject of white and neutrality as an interior theme (see last post), it seems appropriate to also consider subtlety, or lack thereof.  In our culture we are constantly accosted with more information than we are able to or care to absorb. Complexity rules. Some, I included, still believe in the "less is more" philosophy. This photo, again from Coté Bastide, exemplifies the idea that, when considering elements (line, color, form) for inclusion in a design, often, one change is enough. In this case, it is an embossed pattern which defines the uniqueness of this product. Someone made the decision that this was enough. We appreciate that. Your thoughts??


Now that it's finally spring, (and the getting there took forever!) white, spare interiors once again become incredibly appealing as a backdrop to the color outside. A case in point is Coté Bastide, the French housewares company, which embodies this philosophy fully (and inspires our work often). Here is a photo of theirs that we wanted to share to exemplify this point of view. We love the natural linen combined with white walls and an aged wood, wide-plank floor. Of course, the early morning light is lovely as well. Are you similarly drawn to this type of space? We'd love to hear your thoughts on what makes it so for you.