From the outside, an unassuming 1942 cottage overlooking Vancouver’s harbor is an unexpected place to find Omer Arbel, a designer known for his experimental, amorphous creations for the Canadian furniture and design company Bocci. But inside the 2,600-square-foot home he shares with his girlfriend, musician Aileen Bryant, and a collection of exotic pets, Arbel’s rich imagination and exuberant love of objects are on display.
Gallerist Veerle Wenes has sage advice for composing interior spaces: "People should choose objects for their home with passion, love, and emotion. You must give your interior some time to grow with your experiences. Let it be a combination of important discoveries from your own life," she says. Her eclectic living room reflects this philosophy in action. With the help of architect Bart Lens, Wenes and Bob Christiaens merged a 19th-century building with a 1970s one to create a combined home and art gallery in Antwerp.
Plagued by remodeling pitfalls, two tenacious homeowners reinvented a soggy midcentury home outside Seattle as a modern masterpiece. The doors of the renovated home open to a reddish-orange abstract painting that resident Sally Julien picked up in a Seattle antiques store. The vibrant piece serves as the basis for the interior color scheme: bright, fun, and a little cuckoo.
Cat Macleod and Michael Bellemo's new home (and HQ for their practice, Bellemo & Cat) in Melbourne is a funky, split-level cube wrapped in an extraordinary printed facade. Macleod describes the making of an eccentric, multifunctional, personal sanctuary.
When JAC Interiors was commissioned to revive an old 1,200-square-foot Hollywood home, the clients—a young couple who the designers call “fun and quirky”—requested the firm find a way to transform the space with as little construction as possible. They wanted a place with a modern edge, but not a scheme so outlandish that the novelty would fade quickly. In order to achieve this, the firm did some minor adjusting of elements, then spruced up the soul of the space with bold colors and textures.
British design pioneer, Sheridan Coakley transformed a 1970s bachelor pad an hour outside London into a stylish furniture laboratory. Coakley, owner of the London-based furnishings purveyor SCP, uses his home as a testing ground for the furnishings he carries in his company’s inventory.
Gray Organschi renovated a church in Greenwich, Connecticut, for Santiago Suarez and his wife, Bonnie. As soon as you step into the foyer and round the corner of its curvaceous wall, a large "birch pod" is met, floating above the great room. A massive Venetian chandelier provides the great room’s center of gravity (or, rather, center of whimsy). Deco screens from a movie theater flank the kitchen; paintings, sculptures, and photographs are scattered around the house deliberately, but as casually as a child’s toys.
Infant brand Oeuf has been celebrated by celebrities and design magazines alike for its sophisticated yet whimsical products for children. Sophie Demenge and Michael Ryan, a French-American couple and founders of Oeuf, invited Dwell to see how they've infused their Brooklyn residence with the same ethos that makes their company such a success.