Ditte Isager

Originally from Copenhagen, Ditte Isager describes her work as. "Nordic simplicity without being cold minimalist"[via].  She has excelled in her eight short years as a professional photographer, and  today, she travels all over the world shooting interiors, lifestyles, personalities, and the occasional editorial.  Of photography, Ditte says, "Its all about composing, cropping, and timing".  Photography and the styling of these photo shoots has a lot to do with the responsibilities of an interior designer.  Its our job to be the visionaries of the spaces we design.  Its about decisions and combining sometimes opposing elements.  We choose how we want others to view the spaces we design, and when executed properly, the results can be truly amazing.  

Danish design has been a huge influence on Ditte Isager's work.  She refers to Denmark as, "a very design oriented country where your home means a lot and people are very much into interiors and architecture"[via].  She says that "it [Danish design] is efficient in a very relaxed way"[via].

Angle is everything in this shot.  Who knows what the rest of this space looks like, but then again, who cares if part of it looks like this.

Details, details.

By carefully selecting lighting and space, Ditte Isager effectively sets the mood in all of her images.  She shoots exclusively with film, not with a digital camera, so with results like these, its clear she's an artist who knows what she wants and how to achieve it.

Sometimes simplicity speaks for itself.

Her attention to detail is essential to achieving the high quality prints she has become known for.

Ditte Isager has an amazing ability of combining textures and colors to create instances in time that you just can't stop looking at.

All images courtesy Ditte Isager [via]


A Picture...

"A picture is a poem without words"(Horace).  As the fog rolls into San Francisco tonight, I find the only thing to do is cozy up to a book and a cup of tea and enjoy the work of others.  I hope you can do the same...



Texture and Light

     Tadao Ando is probably best known for his use of light and his preference to concrete.  Although he has no formal training as an architect, Tadao Ando has risen to the top of his field and is world renowned for many of his designs.  It is said that his interest in architecture and light started around the age of 14 when his home was be rebuilt.  A hole in the roof was allowing light to shine through, but just slightly.  Tadao Ando was intrigued, and I think we can all agree that his curiosity paid off.  Below are images of the Tokyo Jewel Box, a joint effort between many designers, but most notably Tadao Ando and Olaf Eliasson.

Eliasson is responsible for the selection and design of the tiles, made of both concrete and  platinum.  Tadao Ando was skeptical of the tiles at first, but Eliasson has done an amazing job of completely transforming the interior courtyard.

Wow! Talk about some serious texture!  And let's not forget the lighting effects.  Between Tadao Ando and Olaf Eliasson, the possibilities seem to be endless.

Without any formal training in architecture, Tadao Ando learned most of his skills by observations.  He would often "camp out" at construction sights and sketch everything he observed.  I don't know about you, but I've never seen any construction site that looks like this!

For the bar, Ando worked with a designer to create a table and bench that were made out of slabs of optical glass.  In addition to the bar, the Tokyo Jewel box is home to two art galleries, and a ceremonial tea room among other activities.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for this expression of architecture and design.  Enjoy these for now, and expect more to come!



Ready for Anything!

One of the most exciting things about being a young designer is the unknown.  Yes, it can be terrifying at times, but it also allows me to experiment in ways that an "established" designer may be afraid to do.  I recently returned from a trip to Colorado, my home for the first 24 years of my life.  I came back with a new sense of confidence and excitement.  I have no idea how I am going to accomplish all of the things that I dream about, but I believe I'm exactly where I need to be, surrounded by exactly the right people, and  now its just up to me.  Piece of cake, right?


Daring, confident, and definitely ridiculous!  Just my type of girl.

Don't be afraid to stand out!



Raise Your Bottle!

The glass house...its hardly a new idea, but check out this creative reuse of recycled glass bottles.  From the historical Crystal Palace of the Industrial Revolution to Mies Van der Rohe's mid-century modern Farnsworth House, people are always searching for ways of testing the boundaries of what this material..  Although this adaptive re-use of glass bottles is less about structure and more about aesthetics, you have to give these designers some credit for their creativity!

This image and the one below are of an artists studio in New Zealand.

I think these would look just fine in this space...

Bottles Up(cycle)



Toes in the Sand...

There's nothing like taking a stroll on the beach, toes in the sand and soaking in the sun.  Just the first day of my three day mini-vacation in Santa  Monica and LA.  Enjoy these beauties and relax...  I know I will!



Lighten Up

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  With so many things to stress about, every needs a little getaway and a place to relax in when they can't get away.  This Nana Langerman interior is a refreshing new take on minimalism.  Check out her unique combination of textures and creative reuse of everyday items..books as a coffee tab? Why not!

I feel like this room could use this...

And this...

Another great combination of texture and material create this gorgeous chandelier by Lindsey Adelman.



Here's to the Bird...

...that took a big number-two on my pants.  For those of you who know me, this luck should come as no surprise, but for those of you who don't, just be thankful my bad luck lead me to this beauty.

On my quest to find denim inspired interiors after that beautiful creature relieved itself on my freshly washed jeans, I happened upon Pia Ulin and her amazing interior photography.  

I should get pooped on more often. 



Time to Getaway

What is it about seasons that leave us with the desire to getaway from our current surroundings, even if its just for a weekend.  In the winter, I'm always trying to escape to somewhere tropical and warm.  And now, its the first of June, and all I'm thinking about is the snow and the slopes!  The Villa, a beautiful and exclusive resort in Sweden will do just fine...

Or maybe I just want to wear this jacket...


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