Attention-Grabbing Design

This is going to sound like one of those annoying complaints from the over privileged — as in, “Sometimes I wonder if my house is just too big…” — but sometimes my job gives me design fatigue. I know, I know, my life sucks. The thing is, that take-your-breath-away experience, that amazing, inventive, refreshing new ideas spark is what keeps us design nuts invested, curious and hungry to keep discovering. But some days, I feel like I’ve seen it all before.

This makes the moments that grab my attention and demand a closer look all the sweeter. These aren’t necessarily the wackiest, most daring designs. They’re simply moments that offer a pleasant surprise.

Most recently, it was a fuchsia pink shower glimpsed through a narrow opening in a traditional white and brass bathroom in the London, England home of designer Harriet Anstruther that caught my eye. (The colour is the effect of a hot pink skylight.) Is pink Anstruther’s favourite colour? Did she choose pink because it’s the most flattering colour, and who doesn’t want to look their best when clothes come off? Or maybe this was a brilliant compromise; the only room she and her husband, photographer Henry Bourne, could both agree to envelop in the feminine hue. Whatever the motivation, it makes me smile. I bet it has the same effect on Anstruther.

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Photo credit:
1. Via T Magazine, The New York Times, photography by Henry Bourne