If you are an avid reader of Tat, I am sure you will be bored rigid in my constant musings over the joys and failures of Instagram. Well, here we go again. It has gotten a little crap of late, but one of the shining lights in the swathes of sponsored posts telling me how to whiten my teeth, stop drinking and check my biological clock is the Instagram of Hannah Hyden, who goes under the name of @domicilefile. An Instagram so well curated she should charge a subscription. She has found projects lost in the archives of the last fifty years. With research and, by the looks of it, a quality scanner, she has given these projects another day in the sun.
An obvious candidate for Dream House.
This kitchen in the Buenos Aires home of architect Alejandro Sticotti feels like a masterclass in “just enough.” Sticotti effortlessly combines all of the kitchen’s elements in such a way that the heavy materials appear light, and the numerous textures feel in perfect proportion. It is an unfussy and very flexible space, which is important to me because I move things around constantly! The materials also sit beautifully in contrast to the lush greenery outside, which makes the house feel as though it’s in the middle of a jungle despite being in the centre of the city. This home was photographed by Ricardo Labougle for Interiors Now! by Taschen.
Casa Prieto, built in 1943, was one of the earliest houses built by architect Luis Barragán and is an absolute favourite of mine. This sitting room, like all of Barragáns spaces, has a monastic quality while still feeling inviting, and the light from these towering windows is incredible. I’ve always dreamed of having a space big enough to comfortably hold such monumental furniture as it provides a sense of drama that’s difficult to replicate on a smaller scale. I can imagine spending all of my day's readings and resting in this room. Here the home is photographed by Tim Street-Porter for his book Casa Mexicana (1989).
What can I say? This bathroom is truly a dream! I came across this image of the Oxfordshire home of Bettina and Lawrence Bachmann in one of my favourite books, Country Houses of England by Barbara & René Stoeltie (1999). The trellis-like base of the tub is a continuation from the enormous latticework gazebo surrounding the bed and gives the sun-filled room the feeling of a conservatory. The vibrant pink and orange are surprisingly soothing (to me anyways), making the space zingy and bright for the daytime and soft and warm for a bath in the evening. I have fantasized about having a fireplace in the bathroom, it feels so cozy and extravagant. My only concern with this bathroom would be my inability to ever pry myself away!
This airy lofted bedroom photographed by Gilles de Chabaneix for the book Greek Style (1988), is the summer home of David Gilmour of Pink Floyd on the island of Rhodes. This may be somewhat controversial, but I love a bed directly on the floor. It turns the floor into a comfortable space to sit and spend time and can make a room feel expansive. This is especially the case in this room, where the bed is framed by two large windows, a high beam-clad ceiling, and bannisters demarcating the room as a separate space. The low bedside tables also bring intentionality to the floor bed, and the pelmets hanging on the windows provide some warmth in an otherwise austere room. The symmetry, the massive bed, the golden light, it’s just amazing; I think I would get some fantastic sleep in this room.