what feeling do you want in your home? french interior design + evocative architecture

We generally ask our client what their design taste is, whether they have a scrap book of ideas, what ‘feeling’ they want from their house? What is important to them – lots of natural light? Large open spaces, cosy, enclosed spaces? Privacy? Peace and quiet? And so on.

mmj architects on tour french provincial shopping in st tropez: marina, fabric, shop windows and displays

some clients tell us they like a french provincial style

This reflects homes in Provence in the South of France. Since we were recently there, I was curious to see the authentic design style. We were not disappointed, a string of home wares stores in St Tropez were overflowing with the most beautiful displays, and I thought I would love to share them with you!

we loved the raw, natural materials, the colour palette

The levels of detail in the patterns giving texture to the space. The colourful tiled style flooring was actually a pattern on a piece of linoleum! So you can get the look on a budget. Being the daughter of two tailors, I particularly loved the rows and rows of gorgeous fabrics to choose from! Whilst this may not be our preferred style, as we are not fans of distressed furniture, it was truly beautiful to see how to put all the pieces together.

Together with the cakes just begging you to eat them… we had a lovely afternoon!

- luisa manfredini

mmj architects on tour in st tropez; french provincial desing inspo from true french home ware boutiques

mmj architects on tour in st tropez: shopping; cake displays, tiles, shop fronts.

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evoke - the art of architecture

8-11 September, Townsville

evoke celebrated the cross-over between architecture and art and the creation of evocative spaces. For each speaker the creative directors, Lindy Atkin and Stephen Guthrie (Bark Design Architects) asked themselves one question "is their work evocative?" and the answer was an overwhelming "yes'.

evoke presenters

Robyn Backen, (Sydney)

Kate Cullity, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (Adelaide)

Rodney Eggleston, March Studio (Melbourne)

Tim Hay, Fearon Hay (New Zealand)

Shimul Javeri Kadri, SJK Architects (India)

Kengo Kuma, Kengo Kuma and Associates (Japan)

Mauricio Léniz, Elton Léniz (Chile)

Rachel Neeson, Neeson Murcutt Architects Pty Ltd (Sydney)

Ana Maria Pinto, Vida Design Studio (Costa Ria & Australia)

Anu Puustinen (Avanto Achitects, Finland)

Twitee Vajrabhaya, Department of ARCHITECTURE Co. Ltd (Thailand)

It was a pleasure to attend the conference, be inspired with the view of architecture 'as' art + engage and discuss the sensory side of architecture - in the experience of material, scale and light.

I also had the opportunity to catch up with previous work colleague Paul Hotston (Phorm architecture + design) and my former boss Bruce Barrett one of Townsville's most respected and famous architects!

Thank you to all who organised and supported this great event.

- david mccrae

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