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Elements Lighting by Note Design Studio

Elements by Note Design Studio

Elements by Note Design Studio

Elements by Note Design Studio

Swedish design studio Note have just debuted a new series of lighting inspired by the Nordic mountains and its light, Elements. The lamps range from floor to pendant, and are available in a number of subdued colors, incorporating textiles from Danish house Kvadrat. With a simple but thoughtfully formed fabric shade, the lamps are designed to cast a gentle light, reminiscent of a warm dawn, dusk, or midnight sun: perfect for long, dark Nordic days.

More at: Note Design Studio

Down the Long Driveway, You’ll See It

Down the long driveway, you'll see

“Down the long driveway, you’ll see it” isn’t the shortest title, but it does perfectly fit the content of this beautiful new book from photographer Mary Gaudin (with text by Matthew Arnold).

There are plenty of books dedicated to modern and mid-century architecture, but few approach the subject with such a human format.

Across New Zealand exist many modernist gems, and Mary focuses not necessarily on the lines or design influence, but the actual life of these homes. The architecture serves as a frame for real places where people spend their days and lives, perhaps not always with the polish of a Dwell editorial, but embracing a style of architecture that represents a new and better way of home life.

These houses also reflect their environment, and it is fascinating to see how, often seamlessly, they are incorporated into New Zealand’s natural landscape. One great example is the Einhorn House, which backs onto the Karori Bird Sanctuary, leaving the owners with glimpses of the rare Hihi bird feeding in their garden.

As for the title, it comes from an e-mail that homeowner Bruce Martin sent giving directions to his home, a reminder that an important house isn’t always a monument, but a place someone lives.

Down the long driveway, you'll see it

Down the long driveway, you'll see it

Down the long driveway, you'll see it

Down the long driveway, you'll see it

Down the long driveway, you'll see it

Photography: Mary Gaudin
More at/purchase: downthelongdriveway.com

Listening / Viewing: Henry Green – You (Auram Remix)









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