This month's room is a dining and lounge in a meticulously renovated Chicago apartment building, interior designed by Michael S Smith, with interior architecture by Marvin Herman. With a portfolio of wonderfully elegant and warm interiors, Michael's work incites a sense of restful calm and clarity, whilst also ensuring each space distinct character and originality.
I have been struggling to make the decision as to which house I'd like to feature as the inaugural post of the House of the Month series. This is largely because I simply cannot narrow my many loved pieces of contemporary residential architecture to the point of one single favourite! It is rare, in fact, that I could name my favourite contemporary architecture firm at any moment in time, for I know that just around the corner - or just behind me - might be creeping some amazing until-this-point undiscovered design classic. But alas, we must start somewhere, and although I wanted to save an Owen & Vokes & Peters feature until later in the series, I just can't get them out of my mind. So here we go!
I am so excited to begin the Colour of the Month series! For the first few editions (at least) I'm going to go with colours from Le Corbusier's Polychromie architectural, purely because it contains the most fabulous and reliably delicious range of colours. All were deveolped by Le Corbusier in the mid twentieth century after [30!] years of testing and careful consideration. I have very closely translated these colours into actual paint colours by Resene so that you can lather your walls with confidence.
Le Corbusier designed a set of paint colours in 1931 and again in 1959 for Swiss paint company Salubra, which he called his Claviers de Couleurs (Colour Keyboards). The paint swatch palettes incorporated a systematic means of co-ordinating matching colours via moveable pockets and windows. This meant a fool-proof method for creating lovely colour chemes for even the least design savvy client. The colours themselves are beautiful and unique. Click on the image below to have a look at an online version of the Colour Keyboards.