Did you all catch the Vicente Wolfe interiors posted at Desire to Inspire this week? So many great rooms, with these kitchens among them. Mr. Wolf sure knows how to create open and airy spaces that feel anything but cold and clinical:
Like three variations on the same theme - big islands, generous light fixtures, and handsome legs, hard to say which of those is would be my favorite.
I’m not quite so sure about the layout below: this island is one you’d have to climb onto if one of your potatoes rolled away – yes I really do think there can be too much island!
And when there is, you have to put something in the middle just to fill the space – in this case, some kind of bird-house-cum-Asian-pavilion, (I know, no doubt a priceless treasure picked up in some exotic and hard to reach location) and that very creative light fixture. Do my eyes deceive me, or is it really two desk lamps mounted on a piece of PVC pipe?
Well, you can’t please all the people all the time, even when you are a design superhero. This home was featured in Elle Decor – you can read the article, here. I didn’t see any explanation for the light fixture there, but I can tell you that the homeowners are wildly happy with the project, and that’s what matters in the end, isn’t it? Or is it – actually, I would say Mr. Wolf doesn’t think so – to quote from this (must read!) interview in the New York Social Diary:
(Interviewer) Aren’t homes that have been put together without a designer equally valid? Why have designers?
(VW) No. How can you say that? Did you see The Devil Wears Prada where she says ‘Look at your sweater. You think it’s your taste?’ In other words she’s talking about the derivation of somebody’s supposed choice. I mean maybe if they [homeowners] go out and carve something [as furniture] but they’re not, they’re going to IKEA or someplace else and what they’re doing, either through lack of education or sophistication, is selecting their environment. You could say the same thing about dentistry. ‘Hey! I drilled my own teeth because I learned how to stop the pain.’ There’s such a thing as experience, understanding and professional expertise [in any field].
So I guess my lack of education and sophistication is preventing me from appreciating certain aspects of that particular design? What do you think? Whatever else, I’m definitely going to use that line about drilling teeth next time a client gets ornery!
If you haven’t done so already, check out Vicente Wolf’s very own blog, here. Despite being a complete superstar, he always comes across as one of the most genuine people you could ever hope to meet – and the blog gives all of us the chance to interact directly with him. How cool is that? Now if only I could think of a question intelligent enough to ask…