Wednesday, 19 December 2012

the wooden building


This domestic library by de Blacam and Meagher has been skilfully designed and crafted in white oak and iroko. The height of the space is accentuated by large picture windows to the north, south and west, offering expansive views over the city of Dublin. A mezzanine level to the east breaks up the space and provides a desk area for the occupant and access to shelves placed at a higher level. De Blacam imagines his libraries, from domestic to public, as living rooms and this is evident here. The picture windows also act as seats. This library even has its own ensuite. 

The rooftop's parapet in copper further enhances the visual connection with the various copper domes dotted across the skyline. 

hat, blazer - asos
tartan shirt - topshop
tartan pants and wedges - penneys finest
studio dungarees - zara 
black trim detail shirt - asos
Sam Edelman black wedges - nasty gal

apartment - not ours much to our dismay

Saturday, 15 December 2012

form | function

Thinking about the sheer joy that swept across my face when I found this box is a little bit embarrassing... it must be how the experts on The Antique Roadshow feel when someone finally presents them with that tiny door knob or bottle cap they've been seeking for years. 

A perfect example of form following function, this cylindrical box has been specifically crafted to maintain the form of the collars it holds. You simply couldn't take a judge with a wonky collar seriously. The contrast between the two types of crocodile leather is also very effective. 

 In order to preserve the continuity and dignity of justice, and its unchanging status in society, legal attire has changed very little in the past few hundred years. This box in particular holds 'wing collars'. They are used by judges when in court and are taken off and exchanged for another type of collar when they are out of court. Apart from a small shop in Dublin's Four Courts, these collars, along with all other judge attire are only available in a London based shop Ede & Ravenscroft. They also sell collar boxes but none half as loverly as this one.