friday photo – hope…

Friday photo no21 – hope.

There always has to be hope. This photo was taken on our recent beach clean for Surfers Against Sewage – a lovely shot looking out to sea over freshly cleaned beaches and the new offshore wind farm that is being developed in the channel off Brighton. We need to work together to make this world better. We need to have hope to make that happen…

hope-for-clean-beaches-and-seas

(image by claire potter)

you can find inspiration in everything… a new interior project is taking shape…

We are big fans of the Paul Smith quote, ‘you can find inspiration in everything – and if you can’t look again’ and stick to this in the studio with our work. Looking outside for us often is the answer. How does nature do that, why does nature do that etc. And so we thought we would share a couple of photos which are really inspiring us at the moment with our current projects – and how they have translated from the outside to the inside…

So, a project we are currently designing the interior for is directly opposite Preston Park, and over the last few weeks the wildflower paddock has exploded with colour, which has definitely linked in with the client’s colour choices for the interior…

wildflowers Preston Parkwildflowers interior

 

But what is worth noting is the difference in colours – each meadow will be different with different tones, so if we were looking at the one below (at Arundel Castle), maybe we would have taken a stronger blue tone with a fresher green?
wildflowers arundel castle 1

 

Taking a walk and taking a few photos can be a huge help – just remember to see and not just look…

(images by claire potter)

2014 recap – August – a Cor-ten steel fence…

Today on our recap we are back in August, where things were fine and warm and we were enjoying toasty days outside in our gardens. We found a rather nice fence for those gardens too…

first published August 2014…

Ok. We are bending the rules just a touch today with this fantastic image. Not strictly a wall, today’s post is all about a fence. Constructed from cor-ten steel, the fence has a beautiful rusted appearance and allows it to blend rather beautifully with its location whilst still being a modern take on a fence.corten steel

Designed by Mikyoung Kim, the fence mimics the patternation of the oak leaves which are found on the site of this private residence in Massachusetts. The use of the cor-ten steel means that the structure is still fully stable even with the rusted appearance and does not require any coatings or paint. Even though using a weathering steel such as cor-ten is not the cheapest of options for a project, there is little ongoing maintenance required for the material which is protected by the outer ‘rusted’ layer, which cuts down on both cost and time implications.

It also gives a very lovely shifting colouration which is hard to get in metal but often found in wood, allowing it to feel as natural as possible. It is quite an acquired taste however, with some feeling that cor-ten steel just looks like rusted steel (which of course, it is), but we think that it is a highly versatile material.

And there is nothing wrong with a little rust eh?

(image via landezine.com)