Taking a journey through someone else’s world feels like a privilege.
Seeing how they create a world, how they negotiate the space, how they interact with the world around them. The atmosphere of their world.
One of my all time influences, even before I knew it existed, was Kettle’s Yard. Even before I knew it, how? Because the approach to living was what I was trying to emulate and when I first walked in, it felt like coming home. For those of you who have not yet visited Kettle’s Yard please do. If that’s not possible then take a virtual tour around it via their website http://tour.kettlesyard.co.uk
Jim and Helen Ede lived at Kettle’s Yard from 1958-1973. They often had an Open House policy, entertaining often and enthusiastically.
As curator of the Tate gallery Jim had collected art and supported many artists over the years and at Kettle’s Yard he placed these art works in and amongst found stones, natural objects and furniture in a carefully considered way. Every placing had intent, with an aim of creating an harmonic whole. For Jim the house wasn’t to be
an art gallery or museum, nor … simply a collection of works of art reflecting my taste or the taste of a given period. It is, rather, a continuing way of life from these last fifty years, in which stray objects, stones, glass, pictures, sculpture, in light and in space, have been used to make manifest the underlying stability.
(quote Jim Ede from Kettle’s Yard website)
To me it embodies the very essence of a complete and whole life not just a house and even more than a home. To me it was like finding a kindred spirit. The space that surrounds you shouldn’t just look good but it should look good, feed you and reflect you. There’s nothing false about this house as it is so true to the creator’s intention. It has an integrity that shines out and touches you directly.
Kettle’s Yard is a space – a home – that is both physical and cerebral – perfection to me.
The other space that is ticking boxes currently for me is Masseria Moroseta. I first found the space on Instagram (as usual) and this Italian farmhouse is reinventing our perceptions of what farmhouses should look like. It takes the conventions and twists them and creates clean almost Brutalist lines to create a calm Minimalist space that celebrates basic materials.
Blocks to build walls that are then painted bright white. Very few embellishments to the framework. Therefore celebrating each line allowing you to look at the form.
Very close attention to detail in the choice of furniture and decoration in the space. The farmhouse is a hotel and event venue which allows the freedom to be clutter free without huge amounts of storage in the rooms as the detritus of everyday life is unneeded to present itself and then it isn’t brought in by guests themselves.
Architect: Andrew Trotter @andrewopenhouse
All images are from Kettle’s Yard website or Instagram feed or Masseria Moroseta’ website or Instagram feed