There’s something about a chalk-drawn kitchen, and looong bench that adds to the charm about a place. Not quite lived in, though. All the furniture here is from Minimum.de. If you’re liking the minimalist feel, check out this apartment also.
My favourite thing about this house is how it frames the outside. The leaves are coming back in the dreary North-West European country that I live in, and it’s beautiful – what better time to share. I took some pictures in the forest over winter, and looking back it seems so barren! Bring on sunshine and flowers.
I’ve been in an earthy mood lately, it must be Spring coming. I was taking a walk around the park yesterday and could see signs of green in the trees. It almost looked like a rebirth.
The wood in this house is a treat, and that ceiling height is to die for. If I had to sum up this house in three words based on its aesthetic, it would be ‘clean lines, solid edges’; you can see for yourself below.
It’s often seen as more of a cliche than an element of style, but the paraphrased maxim, that form follows function (or at least that it should) is an essential primer for all forms of design. It’s the idea that an object’s use should determine the way it is built and placed. There’s a contrast in the image above (credit: SEIER+SEIER) that perfectly highlights the difference between functionalism and other styles. The famous maxim comes from Chicago architect Louis Sullivan, shown in this excerpt:
“Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law. Where function does not change, form does not change. The granite rocks, the ever-brooding hills, remain for ages; the lightning lives, comes into shape, and dies, in a twinkling. It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognisable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.”
Sullivan explains that the size of a building, the spacing of its features, and so on, should as a law only be driven by the building’s function – ‘the life is recognisable in its expression’. An example of this is the two pictures below. The building is very simple, and there is no ornamentation. It’s implied that if you follow the law of functionalist, the end result will be aesthetic. And it is a specific type of aesthetic – very pared back, understated, clean, yet elegant. Some people find this boring, but there is still opportunity for variety in colours, and the surroundings of a building – the excitement is more subtle.
Yet what does ‘form follows function’ mean for interiors? This is the foundation on which a lot of Scandinavian design is based. Below is part of a library designed by Alvar Aalto, a Dane, in European Russia. The room would be relatively plain if it weren’t for the wood used. The plants could be described as ornamental, and maybe in this regard the room isn’t purely functionalist, but to me it’s about softening the gap between the outside and in. That has purpose.
I have one complaint with this place, and it’s nothing to do with the interior. It’s that the apartment is on the ground floor (you might be able to see a car through the living room window). Otherwise, it’s nicely set up and has a very classic look.
I am in love with that kitchen, the colour is so bold. This is a great and fun way to design a smaller area (although for my home city I would call this spacious).
This is such a perfect example of Scandinavian style that I had to share; it’s cosy, the palette is simple, there are strong lines throughout the place, and it’s all pared back. If you’re interested in more like this, why not follow us on Facebook for regular updates?
You can buy the swan poster here, but shipping outside of Sweden is around three times the price of it, so take that into account! If anybody knows where the lamp is from in the kitchen nook, please comment below.
I adore the character of these exposed wooden beams. I adore the spiral staircase which makes this home. I adore everything about the way this has been put together. Enjoy; click on the photos for full-screen size.
Calming wood floors contrast with the dramatic blue walls of this apartment. Notice how the ceilings and many of the fittings are also white. I really love the details in the way they’ve styled this apartment too, with the handles on the kitchen cabinets and the casual bedside table as good examples.
Nestled in lush greenery along Church bay, on an island near Stockholm, this style of home was built during the 1940s and 50s among former orchards. It’s a really beautiful example of the architecture of that time, and the updated interior pays somewhat a homage. As always, click on the photos to see them full screen.