Architecture is a passion, a vocation, a calling – as well as a science and a business. It's a social art and an artful science. Architecture provides a sense of place and support of all types of human activity. It helps the man-made fit in harmony with the environment while promoting health and well-being, enriching lives aesthetically and spiritually, providing economic opportunities, and creating a legacy that reflects and symbolizes culture and traditions.
With this project architects Štok + Pretnar complement their professional expressive path with seductive duality of modern design - interlacing fine and robust. Concrete ceiling's reflection in the polished black piano's lid is an infallible sign of that effort. They created a house that regardless of certain homey elements maintains an aura of a splendid, orderly residence.
Who would have thought that a tired, introverted house with a neglected garden can be turned into such a magnificent villa, thought through the last detail and embellished with invigorating greenery. Everything has its place. One is at peace. Here one finds one's Zen in the midst of the city.
Harmony of materials, colors, textures and forms of all the selected furniture, light and application elements is an example of a holistic approach towards designing residential environments.
Everything intertwines and repeats itself / ... / as does the lead motif of the net pattern, all together creating a dreamlike apartment that resembles New York’s Upper East Side penthouses. For a moment one feels like being on the set of the Gossip girl series. The opulence of the most prestigious furniture pieces merges into the apartment styled into a minute detail, but still offering all the comfort of a home. It’s like a young lady knowing how to splendidly match top fashion designer pieces.
In one of his recent interviews a renowned contemporary designer Ronan Bouroullec stated: “I often get the chills when I flip through architectural magazines these days seeing all these cold spaces.” This time we present the exact opposite. Gold is the main theme of the apartment where classical forms are interpreted in a contemporary fashion. One can feel the harmony of materials, colors, textures and forms. Thoughtfully selected lighting and the right amount and composition of decorative elements being the highlight.
According to the words of the architect the approach toward the interior design of an apartment differs in the very beginning regarding the type of the client / ... / A painter’s apartment should be full of sunlight, musician’s should be acoustical, engineer’s should be technologically advanced ... Modeling agency’s owner’s apartment should therefore respond to his “joie de vivre” lifestyle.
Li Edelkoort, the lifestyle connoisseur and one of the most world renowned trend forecasters, has been warning for a long time of an end to fully open and cold minimalistically designed spaces. Apartments should be divided into safe islands of intimacy, into soft, sexy female boudoirs, and more robust male club spaces. Passing through these two domains makes living more interesting, more dramatic. In the featured apartment the male and female principle, hardness and softness interlace on every step of the way, creating an opulent entirety.
A few years ago I've visited a Vienna exhibition of Toulouse-Lautrec's posters. Therefore I've visited the Cankarjev dom exhibition with even greater interest. I have to say, that the exhibition is excellently designed and one has to see it. It brings into life the atmosphere of Bohemian night life of Paris at the end of 19th Century. Praise to Cankarjev dom and the designers of the exhibition.
Toulouse-Lautrec is recognizable through his splendid color drawing and unveiling of Parisian joie de vivre! The featured posters are an example of how the events were promoted at their time with utmost efficiency and creativity. The originality of Ljubljana exhibition's design and presentation of the precious exhibits shows that we lack events of this sort.