It’s most convenient when one blog post begets another. So, you can imagine my good fortune when, tracking down images for yesterday’s post, I happened upon the work of Urban Grace Interiors, which I decided on the spot had to be hustled through the pipeline and featured today.
Urban Grace’s work isn’t going to wake you up from out of a stupor. It isn’t going to bedazzle your senses. It doesn’t yell out with color or fascinate by way of strangeness. This is very much to the company’s credit. Because, as far as I can tell, what Urban Grace does exceedingly well is to create spaces that are lovely, that rely on the sophisticated method of subtlety, and that are fundamentally serene. And then, there’s just a hint of spice in there: often (Praise you UG!, hands clasped together in prayer stance emoji) it’s an element that feels to me so Wes Anderson-esque that I want to kiss my screen.
The little cottage we’re spotlighting today had location going for it all along; situated on the Italian Riviera between Bordighera and San Remo, its views of the Mediterranean are ones most of us will only ever hope to replicate by way of paintings and photographs hung on our walls. In this case, the art lies beyond the window frames.
But besides the luxury of vantage point, the home boasted little other amenities (read: it had approximately zero toilets) before the architects Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet got their hands on it. Not to mention, it was, and is, barely more than 350 square feet. Including the terrace.
The designers had not merely to solve the small space challenge, but also find a way to incorporate modern amenities into what was essentially a long-retired ship. So they did what I would have told them to do: (let’s try to somehow involve me into this genius) ensure every element included storage capabilities. To that end, the stairs are, in fact, drawers.
The other main design decision? Floor to ceiling white (is this where I sign my life away to these people?). Nothing would attempt to compete with the stunning blues and greens of the Italian coast, for anything compared to that would surely fall flat. Instead, the intent was for the white walls to act as frames for the natural splendor outside.
And then, of course, there are the brass fittings throughout, the Carrara marble in the kitchen, and the subtle naval influences with tease your head in the most delightful way (Am I on land? Or is this the most sublime sea vessel ever?).
Seen on Honestly WTF via Architectural Digest Spain