Sunday, February 8, 2009


I have been trawling through an old set of bound magazines - page after page of traditional, sometimes ostentatious, decoration and then I came across this and it was like a breath of fresh air. It is as modern today as it was back in 1969.

The architect and designer, Richard Himmel, made the white interior look inviting - hard to do when the grounds outside the windows are under snow. It is difficult to see in these photos because of the split between the two images, but the lower aperture has the TV and the upper one the the fire grate -  a reversal of what is usually seen today and certainly wasn't normal back then. On the right of the fireplace the logs are held not in a basket as one might expect but in another fire grate. 

Look at the way the red is carried through the room, and look too at the arrangement of painting, prints, sconce (art?) and lamp above the rococo chest. I love this room. 

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