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La Fábrica.

Architect: Ricardo Bofill
Location: Sant Just Desvern, Spain

Stumbled upon an article about architect offices...then my jaw dropped.  World renowned architect, Richardo Bofill purchased the cement factory in 1973 and subsequently transformed the facility over the next 2 years into the offices of Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura. Now more castle than factory,  La Fábrica (The Factory) is simply stunning inside and out. The building houses several functions including architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, exhibition space, his personal apartment, guest rooms, and extensive gardens. Working in such a beautiful environment must make leaving work a challenge.

Check out the architect's website by clicking here which chronicles the remarkable transformation of La Fábrica then and now. 



Chartreuse & Co, Frederick, MD

A couple weekends ago, I checked out Chartreuse & Co in Frederick, MD.  There is a reason why this place made the Great Day Trips in the Washingtonian.  A collection of different vendors in a barn filled with oddities and unfurnished or finds.  Additionally, on the property, there was another barn filled with discards or works in progress as well as a shed filled with architectural finds. My favorite shop and my reason for the trip was Madison and Mabel (the image and below are of the shop). Great industrial and modern finds.


Of course I had to make a few purchases...but I controlled myself.

Purchased: Crates from the discards barn ($15 for 3, similar to above)


Purchased: Industrial Pendant  and Eames DCM Dining Chair (let's just say they were a steel)


Tempting: Vintage Steel Magazine Rack and Glass Pendant Lamp

So definitely check out Chartreuse & Co for a day trip or you can even just pop in a couple hours...they mentioned cocktails at their Holiday Tag Sale happening this weekend!

IMAGE CREDITS: Photo of DCM Chair by Gararge; Photo of Crates by MyDeco



Lighting by Wo and Wé Collection

Design for Men reader, Olivier Abry has been interested in vintage furnishings, especially lamps for a long time.   Abry, who lives in Lyon, France, started creating industrial light fixtures by assembling and restoring vintage objects just three months ago.  He now considers himself a "light creator-assembler", a title I love.  After clicking on his site, I realized that the title fits as his talent and attention to detail blew me away. I was also a bit jealous but that's beside the point. The fixtures are both sleek and functional. His adjustable arm fixtures remind me of the fixtures by Workstead published earlier this summer.  And pricing is reasonable despite the exchange rates that may apply. The following are a few favorites.

Vendu Wall Light

Double Potence Adjustable Arm Lamp

Liseuse Reading Light

Cage Potence Wall Light

Not bad for three months. Check out his site, Wo and Wé Collection, by clicking here.

Merci beaucoup Olivier pour la présentation! Votre travail est incroyable et bonne chance avec la collection! My sincere apologies as my french is very rusty.

IMAGES from Wo and Wé Collection



Wall Mounted Cubbies: Pottery Barn vs. CB2

My plan was to use the CB2 Wire 9 Cube Wall Shelf (l) to create a bar in my place.  And then, I happened upon the very similar Vintage Metal Wall-Mount Cubby system (r) at Pottery Barn.  I immediately had to compare and contrast to determine which to buy.


Both units have  9 cubbies and are comparable in  width and height.  So, scale isn't an issue.  However, the Pottery Barn unit is narrower, sized more for DVDs, CDs, and such so it is 6" deep as opposed to the 8" for the CB2. many glasses and bottles can I fit on a 6" shelf  I thought.


The Pottery Barn unit appears far more substantial than the CB2 version because of the solid sides and shelves.  Both units inclde blackened iron wire.


Comparable, PB - $100, CB2 - $90


Pottery Barn,  despite being narrower, the unit is far more substantial in appearance and construction.  And there will be plenty of space for my glasses and such.  Not to worry, if you prefer the CB2 version, the customer reviews are favorable.


I also love the staggered installation of the above Pottery Barn Wooden Modular Crates as I was also considering something a little less structured.

IMAGE CREDITS: CB2 and Pottery Barn



Scaffolding Obsession

Surrounded by construction, I have become incredibly inspired by scaffolding. All of sudden, it came to me - scaffolding would be great for creating a bed and perhaps many other pieces of furniture. So I am just inspired...I am considering making a headboard out of scaffolding for my place. The following are some great pieces for inspiration.

Scaffolding Bed above via Design Sponge Constructed of scaffolding tubes and wood planks by the husband of Marijke Hukema of Restored in Amsterdam

Motel Out of The Blue via Dezeen

Designers Maartje Dros and Francois Lombarts used scaffolding to turn a construction site into a conference area. The project, called Motel Out of The Blue included meeting rooms , lecture hall (pictured above), dining room,  library and 50 rooms (above) for visitor accommodation.   I particularly love the day bed...I could see that transformed into something really comfy for indoors or outdoors.

Scaffold Board Table via Ryan Frank

Made (exquisitely I might add) out of planks from scaffold