Francoise Nielly's massive, colourful portraits are delicious to look at. Even more wonderful – and particularly infuriating to those of us who have timidly dabbled in painting – is to watch her create them. She, in her confident, strong hand, wields her painting knife shaped like a miniature garden trowel, and makes painting look easy like cake frosting.
She paints her vivid, passionate canvases — some as large as 78 x 25 inches (195 x 62 centimeters) -- from black-and-white photos, further proof of her unfailing ability to interpret light, shadow, hue and tone by applying brilliant colors and daring strokes.
Born in Marseille, brought up near Cannes and Saint-Tropez, and now living in Paris, Nielly is at home among bold contrast and dazzling light. To add to her likeability, here is the list of her loves: Life, wide open spaces, sushi, blue lagoons, the Internet, humor, books, Paris, New York and Vancouver.
Three of her prints are available exclusively through TCH online store - 1000mm x 1000ml metallic print on acrylic with free delivery in Australia/NZ.
We'll be introducing a lot more artwork to purchase in the coming months.
This is what we call breathing room! A room in which one can breathe. Where the sea breeze moves freely. Where the scent of the ocean is ever-present. And the best part? It is not in a deserted island far, far away, but in an urban setting.
This 300-plus year-old house is located in the ancient port city of Jaffa, the oldest part of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality in Israel.
The gorgeous renovation is by the Tel Aviv-based Pitsou Kedem Architects, already well known for their minimalist approach to architecture and design.
The single owner of the house asked the designers to maximize the sea view while keeping the historical feel of the building intact. The project team - Pitsou Kedem, Irene Goldberg and Raz Melamed - has achieved this beautifully.
The residence consists of a 100 square meter (1,076 sq.ft) living area (living, dining and kitchen) plus an additional 80 square meters (861 sq.ft) that includes the master bed room, a study and a guest room.
Our main attraction points in this cool sanctuary are the gorgeous arches, the exposed texture of the old stone, the subdued colour pattern, and the lovely balance between the old and the new. It looks so easy and natural, but it is very tough to achieve such poise.
There is an overall sense of peace and harmony that is a luxury in itself. Breathtakingly lovely. We are seriously envious of the owner. Tuija Seipell
Design team: pitsou kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Photographer: Amit Geron
We fell immediately for the dynamic feel and dramatic colours of this image of profiles by Magnus Voll Mathiassen.
The tension and sense of occasion invites the viewer to consider and ask questions. What are they doing? What are they looking at? Where are they going? Who are they?
With this much going on the image still manages to exude a sense of cool calmness. This piece will look magnificent in many kinds of interiors from living rooms to commercial spaces.
The Drammen, Norway-based Voll Mathiassen is a graphic designer and illustrator who has done work for Nike, Sony PlayStation and Microsoft.
Printed on metallic paper and then mounted under a layer of perspex, the print can be wall mounted or leaned against a wall. The print is available in 2 sizes.
Regular Size: 1500mm x 600mm
Large Size: 2000mm x 800mm
Buy them here
We haven’t found a way to visit Japan and NOT come back with something cool. This time, we brought a very limited number of these juicy bags and clutches.
Each lovely leather bag is unique and the vibrant colours make this is perfect stand-out accessory for any outfit.
We have only a couple of each size
The clutch/wallet has a separate pocket for bills and slots for credit cards. The larger shoulder/hand bag has a long leather strap that you can also stash inside, if you don’t want to wear it.
Both close with a handy magnetic snap.
See also below
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As always, we strive to keep our heads comfortably and firmly in the clouds. So, we are particularly happy that we can now offer the work of another cloud artist.
Spokane, Washington-born Michael Chase’s cloud prints have the ability to create an instant mood change, and they definitely draw the eye.
We love the incredible colours, which are further heightened by the way the photo images are printed on metallic paper and onto perspex/acrylic.
The colours pop and you can almost smell the weather. The Michael Chase cloud print is 1000 x 700 mm. in size, and it can be wall mounted or leaned against the wall.
We also have another Michael Chase favourite, the 1000 x 1000 mm colour splash print that is a fantastic focal point in any room.
It is colourful but not wildly so, and depending on the rest of the décour and the lighting, one colour in the image will pop out more than another.
This versatility makes this one of those pieces that you can take with you when you move. There will always be a room where this is perfect.
Also printed on metallic paper on perspex/acylic.
Michael Chase prints are exclusive to purchase through TCH online store only
We are quite easily charmed. Or, perhaps more truthfully: When certain elements exist we are highly likely to take a second look.
Give us beautiful use of wood, minimalist approach, classic lines, incorporation of nature in design, and we are intrigued.
And, if you can add that elusive ‘something,’ that special stroke of genius that makes your design unique, delightful, quirky, even weird, and we will really take a really good look.
The Tree Snake House in Pedra Salgadas by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade fits the bill perfectly.
The Lisbon-based architect duo has worked in the spa town of Pedras Salgadas in northern Portugal for some time, creating an Eco-Resort in the park. The resort huts are little eco-lodges made of modular systems and built on stilts.
The two Tree Snake Houses have many of the same characteristics and the architects worked with the Modular System Company to come up with innovative ways to create the feel of a tree house.
Each Tree Snake House has a studio, a bathroom and a kitchen.
The architects are working on additional versions of the Tree Snake House for different environments and climates, including mountainside, riverbank, urban and sand. They expect those to be available to purchase to the general public.
So, we suggest you start saving up for your own Snake House now. We certainly have been snake-charmed and can picture our office in one of them one day! - Tuija Seipell
Photographer: Ricardo Oliveira Alves for TCH
See also Treelife by TCH
Get off your butt and go already!
As we said in our long-ago post “It’s time to do your own thing”
You need to trust your gut and go. But to do your own thing, you also need perspective. Pretty much everything can be improved, and the solution is often on the other side. The second look, the upside-down view. The kid’s version. The new perspective.
You also need inspiration. Change the scene. Behave differently. Take a new route. Walk backwards. Jump. Watch others jump. Go somewhere scary. Shut down your gadgets and just look, listen, smell and feel.
You need to figure out the big picture, or at least give yourself the benefit of the wonder that you’ll experience when you do see the bigger picture.
Travel is the cure and the answer for all those needs. Get out and go somewhere new. Do it now and do it often.
We at TCH believe strongly that travel helps not just every individual but also the world at large. The more you see, the more you want to see. The more you see, the less you think your way is the only way. The more you understand others.
Even our tagline says: Roaming the Globe so you’re in the know.
In an interview, retired Commander Chris Hadfield – the Canadian guitar-playing astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station – commented on his experience in space. “In space, your convictions get heightened. You find yourself laughing and crying much more.”
“You start to think, about all those people you know in, say, Saskatoon, and how they’re not that different from the people in the city in Africa that you’ve never been to – trying their best, raising their kids – and how your particular set of loves relates to everything else.”
This is what happens on this Earth, too, when you travel and let yourself live a bit differently, and see others live differently.
No text book, degree or diploma will give you the valuable experience of what another city or country can provide
Travel the world, live in other cities, learn cultures. Learn because it keeps your mind young and your ideas developing.
Travelling offers you possibilities. When you’re stuck about what to do next in life, get on a plane and spend time in another country. You not only learn about others, you learn about yourself.
Travel opens up options you never knew you could have. You’ll become clearer on what to do in life or what exactly you should be doing.
Answers become clearer when you are in another country, exploring a different culture. We don’t know why or how, but something triggers answers when you are out of your environment in a place different from yours.
The answers have probably been there all along, but they’ll pop up when you are exploring the globe.
Travel now, not some other time when you have more time, more money, more this or that. Those days may never come and you may never have enough if this is your attitude.
Just make it work now. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be. The less you need, the richer the experience. Your true value is what is left if you lost everything you own.
When you are old, it is your memories that you have to feast on. Don’t make those be regrets. Don’t be one of those who says: I wish I had, Why didn’t I, When I still could I should have…
The only thing constant is change, so you have to learn to embrace it.
We think we’ve figured the Answer to Life – and no, it is not 42. It is about moving forward. Whatever tragedy you face – and you will: you may lose a parent or someone close dies from cancer, you will go through heartache, a divorce, an end of some sort - and you cannot remain in that place of grief and heartache and worry forever.
You have to keep on moving forward, no matter what. Don't look back, keep moving forward. Pain is temporary, it may last for an hour or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. Just keep moving forward. Travel is an incredible cure for the pain in life.
Everyone keeps being amazed at how quickly life passes by, so do yourself a favour, don't think about it any longer - make a choice, just decide, book your ticket and explore the world and keep on doing it, year after year after year, a new city, a new experience.
You'll become far more interesting than the person you are now. And you will learn to love life on a totally different level.
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions," says the Dalai Lama
Make your life a wonderful adventure.
The Cool Hunter Team - Images via Amazing Places
Imagine the renovation dilemmas. A huge penthouse of a converted 1930s office building in TriBeCa, New York, is to be turned into a functioning home for a family with three teenagers.
In fact, we can not quite imagine the issues that faced Steven Harris Architects when the family showed up, literally, at the doorstep of the celebrated architect and asked if he’d like to work on their home. Harris said yes and proceeded to make his magic.
The scale of the apartment is huge and the freedom from budget constraints allowed for some spectacular solutions.
Harris’s work is often distinguished by clarity and light, by the use of glass, by the maximization of views and, above all, bold solutions. All of those are evident in this project.
What emerged as a result of the TriBeCa Penthouse project, is a multi-level (27th and 28th floors) nearly 8,000 square-foot (743 square meter) family-friendly residence that includes self-contained guest quarters and a new glass-and-teak-beam rooftop pavilion that functions as a recreation room.
The most frequently used areas of the apartment – kitchen, master bedroom, rooftop gym, even the laundry room – have the best views, including those of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and many of the city’s significant landmarks.
The double-height living area on the lower floor boasts an 18-foot high window with the view of the Woolworth Building. The room gained its height by necessity because adding the rooftop pavilion took the condominium conversion over its allowable floor area ratio. The team solved this problem by cutting off part of the lower-level ceiling, thus creating the double-height living area.
Harris’s team replaced the existing 70 double-hung windows with single-panel tilt-and-turn versions, and used glass in dividers and doors where-ever possible. The window panes were limited to 61⁄2 by 91⁄2 feet in size because of the size of the building’s freight elevator.
Early on, when the owners and architect realized they were looking at a substantially dramatic remodeling but the owners did not want to move out of the building, the family bought a couple of other apartments in the same building for temporary residence – and had them renovated before move-in, too. Those two apartments are now for sale.
One of our favourites in this apartment are the stairs. They are made of ¾-inch-thick steel plates wrapped in leather. The stairs appear to float in space and take up almost no visual room yet they are also stunning eye-catchers. Stairway to heaven, indeed, or at least toward it. - Tuija Seipell.
Any room can be completely recreated and revitalized by a well selected statement piece. It does not have to be expensive, or a major piece of furniture, it can just as well be a piece of art.The only requirement is that it does make a statement, stands out, looks stunning.
The photographs of clouds by Hamburg, Germany-based artist Robert Jahns have the drama needed to create a true statement piece.
Printed on metallic paper that makes the colours really stand out, and then mounted under a layer of persplex, the 1000x1000 mm photograph is as stunning to see as the most dramatic view through a window.
Can be wall mounted or leaned against a wall. Exclusive to TCH online store
See also these Francoise Nielly prints below